Review: Be Ready! Magazine (May 2015)

Posted on: June 4, 2015

I reviewed a previous issue of Be Ready! here. I certainly enjoyed it enough that I had to pick up the current issue when I came across it last week. This issue is even better than the last! I believe this is going to be a semi-annual publication going forward.

The first thing I noticed is that the table of contents is fairly small. A dozen articles total, not counting the editorial, that fill 94 pages. Hm, I thought, seems pretty sparse. Once I began reading, though, I understood. Where other magazines will devote perhaps a page or two for a given topic, Be Ready! will take all the space needed to cover the necessary information. For example, Don’t Leave Your Best Friend Behind by Richard King, an article that discusses how to prepare for bugging out with pets, runs 5 pages and is packed with great recommendations.

Another great article in this issue is Are You In The Dark About Night Vision? also by Richard King. As night vision technology has improved, the cost has dropped on older generations of devices. King does a fairly good job explaining the different types and generations of devices available today, allowing the reader to make a better informed decision on what to purchase.

The Prepared Purse by Peggy Robinson should be required reading for all those who carry shoulder bags. She gives some great advice on what to keep in a purse for emergencies large and small. Some of it is common sense, of course, but there are a few things you may not have thought of before.

I think my favorite article in this issue is Bugging Out by Bike (Part 1) by Alfredo Rico. Using a bicycle for a bug out vehicle is something many instructors, including myself, have discussed here and there. In this article, though, Rico goes into exquisite detail on exactly what you’ll need to pull it off. He talks about what to consider when purchasing a bike, as well as how to outfit it with bags and racks in order to carry what you’ll need. Rico also has recommendations for tools to keep you on the road, food to keep your body moving, and clothes to keep you warm and dry.

There is a lot of great information here, spanning a wide range of subjects. Other topics addressed in this issue include fire starters, choosing firearms, building a short wave antenna, and even how to plan for sex in the apocalypse.

The entire magazine is extremely well illustrated. Photos aren’t just filler but provide clarification in many instances. Advertising is kept to a minimum, too. The focus of the magazine is on providing great information, that is abundantly clear. All in all, I’m pretty impressed with Be Ready! and I’m looking forward to the next issue, which should be arriving in August. Find this and future issues at bookstores and on newsstands pretty much everywhere.

1 thought on “Review: Be Ready! Magazine (May 2015)

  1. While no one wants to leave their dog behind, women need guidance in putting the necessary amenities in their purse to fabricate a mini go-bag, and a really cool and practical emergency egress vehicle built around a bicycle are timely and well covered, communications takes a back seat (as usual) in this review. Sadly emergency communications (EMCOMM) seems to always finish last.

    I have 52 years experience in ham radio, commercial radio & TV along with a 20 year career in military communications. Without comm you are definitely screwed.

    Unfortunately EMCOMM gets passed over for more important things like guns, ammo, vehicles, fire starters, blow out kits etc. Why? Personally I feel that most preppers and survivalists are misinformed as to how easy it is to get a ham license. That information coupled with the idea that getting started n ham radio is expensive (which is NOT) keeps a large percentage of the folks from becoming involved with a great hobby that has the positive spin off of the ability to provide much needed emergency communications during natural and man made disasters.

    Kudos to the staff at Be Prepared! magazine for emphasizing the need for EMCOMM and providing a pulpit to explore some of the options available to those folks who need to expand their prepping horizons.

    Over the years I have written seven books on ham radio, authored countless feature articles for radio hobby press magazines, was the first (and only) low power communications (QRP) editor in the ARRL’s monthly magazine, QST and a featured guest speaker at the annual Dayton HamVention, the biggest gathering of ham radio operators in the US.

    Over those same years I and my wife, Patricia (also a ham), have weathered many severe storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc) and participated in local and national exercises involving malfunctioning nuclear power plants. IN short we both know how valuable ham radio is to the local community, along with county, state and national emergency management agencies.

    Ham radio offers the dedicated operator a chance to learn about and practice emergency communications techniques in addition to becoming well schooled in the art and science of setting up a radio station capable of supporting world wide communicating using voice, Morse code AND digital modes.

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