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September is National Preparedness Month. It is a great opportunity to sure up your own base level of preparedness.
This could be updating that emergency binder or just assuring you have batteries for those flashlights and lanterns. But you most assuredly want to build up your library of survival books.
Prepared Not Scared
This is the motto of National Preparedness Month 2019 at Ready.gov. The month is broken up into 4 weeks and each week has a very particular goal.
Week One: Save Early for Disaster Costs
Building a small disaster fund will go a long way in terms of dealing with things like repairs and your household or transportation needs post-disaster. Even if you just start putting $5 a week away it will add up in a years’ time.
Week Two: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disaster
You cannot act effectively without a plan. Now is the time to create that preparedness plan and print some hard copies. Put your evacuation, fire, tornado and other plans in a binder and refer to it when you need it.
Week Three: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disaster
Preparing your children is of the utmost importance. Teaching them to be calm and react to things like power outages and how to deal with stress are incredible tools when coping with a disaster. There are limits to what you can teach kids but a little goes a long way with disaster preparedness.
Build a small survival kit with them or get them a personal first aid kit for their bag.
Week Four: Get Involved in your Communities Preparedness
After a disaster, you want the numbers on your side. It’s much better to put a neighborhood back together with 30 people rather than 3. Opening lines of communication now can make all the difference when disaster strikes. Try Nextdoor the community social network that helps neighbors stay in contact.
Build Your Emergency Library
Below we have 20 of the top survival books you can add to your prepping or survival library. This massive collection of survival and prepping books will help you address things like wilderness survival, wild medicine, urban preparedness and prepping basics.
10. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times
19. Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
Preparedness gets one month a year to sit in the spotlight. Even if you just put the work in and September and forget about it for the rest of the year, it will make a difference. Don’t delay and add some, or all, of these survival books to your library. Week one is already almost over!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.