Lots of folks are asking me questions about the best way to hunker down and survive the pandemic lock down. There are lots of survival books on the market, but most of them focus on “bug out” scenarios and surviving in the wilderness with nothing but a knife and some paracord.
That isn’t the information most people need right now. For those of you looking for more information about riding out the pandemic at home, I think Lisa Bedford’s Survival Mom is one of the best books you can acquire. It provides excellent information without having the paranoid survivalist tone that some of its competitors have.
The book mostly deals with urban or suburban scenarios for families. Little wilderness or back country information is discussed. The author does cover a few scenarios that are more rural in nature by providing equipment and resource checklists.
The strengths of the book are its conversational tone, thorough covering of the most relevant details, and abundance of great lists for supplies and further information. It also contains some excellent recipes using common “survival” food.
I have a few small complaints about the firearms section which contained a few errors (none horrible). The author’s talks a lot about stockpiling “creature comforts” to help get you through the crisis. On first reading, I thought that this was unnecessary. After all, I’ve “roughed it” in third world countries all over the globe. Now I wish I would have paid more attention to her advice. If I had, I wouldn’t be running low on toilet paper right now.
The book is a hit for its intended audience…urban or suburban families looking for information on how to be better prepared without seeming too “crazy”. There are other books that cover the subjects this one omits. For its niche, this book is great. Out of all the survival books I own, this book provides the most useful advice for our current pandemic situation.
Don’t pass the book over just because you are a male or don’t have a family. I’m a single male with no kids and I still found it useful. You will too.
Survival Mom is available HERE
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