The Prepper’s Workbook by Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazzo

Posted on: June 3, 2014

[Full disclosure: I contributed the Foreword for this book. That doesn’t mean the review is biased because of that. Rather, it means I was so impressed with the book I agreed to contribute to it.]

Preppers come from all walks of life, all socioeconomic classes, all levels of experience. Yet, if there is one thing almost all of us have in common it is a love affair with checklists. I mean, sure, we enjoy learning new skills and seeing new ideas but, darn it, you better have a checklist at the end of the book!

If you are one of those preppers who loves checklists, brother have I got a book for you. The Prepper’s Workbook is truly heaven sent for those who want or need their information provided step-by-step.

The Prepper’s Workbook is divided into two sections. Basic Prepping covers the standard information that applies in most or all disaster scenarios, such as sheltering in place and bugging out. The second section is Specific-Threat Prepping, which goes through several types of disasters (i.e. tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, winter storms, civil unrest, etc.) and gives the reader information applicable to each scenario.

Ok, so far, so good. But, you might be thinking, Dude, how is that different than any of the other dozens of prepper books on the shelves?

Here is where The Prepper’s Workbook goes above and beyond. This is a truly interactive book. The bulk of the book consists of worksheets, checklists, maps, charts, and projects for you to complete. The whole idea here is to have a one stop shop, so to speak, where you can lay out all of your preparedness plans. For example, on page 35 is a flowchart to determine whether it is safe to shelter in place after a disaster. While simple in design, it will get you thinking in the right direction.

As would be expected, given Scott Williams’ previous books, there is an extensive checklist for bug out bag contents. One thing I really appreciate about all the checklists is how the authors have included numerous blank spots for you to add your own ideas.

In each of the disaster-specific sections, there is great information about what you can expect and how to mitigate your risks. There are also numerous activities they call Weekend Projects that will help you be better prepared. For example, in the earthquake section, they talk about securing furniture and appliances, as well as installing fasteners on cabinet doors. These are all very simple and relatively easy things to do but we often forget to get them handled.

In the Appendix is a very extensive list of additional resources, including books, websites, and even smartphone apps.

The Prepper’s Workbook isn’t designed to be the end all, be all resource for disaster readiness. Rather, it is a tool to be used as you create your plans. And in that regard, the authors have succeeded tremendously.

You can find The Prepper’s Workbook anywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Booksamillion.

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