I’ve known of Christopher Nyerges for a while. He was on the first season of Doomsday Preppers, way back before that show became something to point at and laugh about. I’d read several of his articles in various survival/prepper magazines, too. Simply put, he’s obviously been there and done that when it comes to this sort of stuff. He’s been around the proverbial block enough times that he could tell you a story about every crack in the sidewalk.
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A few years ago, I did a short review on the first edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. You can find that review here, if you’re so inclined. That book came out in 2011, I believe. In 2013, they came out with the 2nd edition. Now, they’ve upped the ante even more with the 3rd edition.
First edition was roughly 400 pages. The second edition clocked in at about 580 pages. Now, this new edition adds almost 100 more pages, coming in at around 670 pages! This book is over 1.5 inches thick. Each and every one of those pages is chock full of great information, too.
Here’s the thing. In a true grid-down, SHTF scenario, heading to the clinic or hospital for treatment, even if such facilities are still running, will be a dicey proposition at best. The journey itself may be very risky. On top of that, you’re going to see very limited resources being stretched beyond belief. It may well be that your best option will be to treat the injury or illness at home.
Before I go any further, let me say this. Proper medical care by licensed and experienced professionals is ALWAYS the ideal and should be sought whenever possible.
Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have long admired Joe and Amy Alton. I consider them to be both colleagues as well as friends. I have been a guest on their various shows multiple times and we’ve even shared dinner a time or two.
Okay, with all of that out of the way, let’s talk about their book. I’ve often said that The Survival Medicine Handbook is THE medical resource for preppers and that opinion hasn’t changed with this new edition. One thing I love about Doc Bones and Nurse Amy is they take a very well-rounded approach to medicine. Some would say that today’s medical community seems to just want to throw pills at a problem until it goes away. Bones and Amy aren’t afraid to suggest medications, of course, but they also take time to discuss more natural remedies, such as using essential oils and herbal teas.
The Survival Medicine Handbook takes the approach that you will be the medic and, as such, will need to address any number of injuries, ailments, and other medical situations for the foreseeable future. The book assumes you will have no backup medical treatment options. You are it, for all intents and purposes. With that in mind, Doc Bones and Nurse Amy have covered just about every type of medical scenario you can imagine, from delivering a baby to suturing a wound, handling infections to dental emergencies. The Table of Contents along with the Index make it quite easy to quickly locate the information you need in a given situation.
Each and every section of the book is written in plain English. Any and all medical terms used are defined so they are easy to understand. Along the way, they present all sorts of great information on how to prevent injuries and ailments before they arise. An ounce of prevention and all that.
They also share several lists of equipment and supplies you should have on hand for medical emergencies. Ho hum, you can find those anywhere, right? Throughout this book, though, they explain how to use all that good stuff. The most comprehensive medical kit in the world won’t do you much good if you don’t know how to use the stuff inside.
Bones and Amy are at the forefront of medical information for those working on their emergency preparedness plans. They’ve spent the last several years traveling the country, sharing their information as conferences and expos. The Survival Medicine Handbook is about the next best thing to having them at your side in person.
You can find The Survival Medicine Handbook here on Amazon. Whether you get it from Amazon or elsewhere, please be sure to check that it is the Third Edition.
A massive disaster strikes. Civilization breaks down and with it goes the thin blue line of police protection. Days or even weeks pass before the National Guard arrives to protect law-abiding citizens. In the mean time, it’s every man, woman, and family for themselves. Having self-sufficient means for protecting your family at this critical moment is essential. Thankfully, Prepper’s Armed Defense details exactly how to achieve this high level of life-saving readiness.
Opening with a survey of firearm options including handguns, rifles, and shotguns, Prepper’s Armed Defense is the ultimate resource for deciding on your most powerful tool for protection. Far more than a gun guide, Prepper’s Armed Defense is the most comprehensive, no-holds-barred guide to all type of weapons, including knives and other edged weapons; non-lethal weapons like pepper spray, tasers and stun guns; plus last-minute improvised weapons made from common household items.
When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t always work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded. Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this in-depth guide, you learn the best tips, tricks and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail.
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Prepper’s Survival Hacks is for all of those out there who enjoy DIY projects, repurposing/recycling junk, or who just want to save a few bucks by making their own gear. Within this slim volume, you’ll find 50 different projects, from fire starters to survival kits, all with a common sense and down to earth approach.
There is nothing here that requires specialized knowledge or training. No obscure tools are needed, either. Odds are, you likely have everything you need sitting at home right now.
What is really cool, too, is that there are no projects here that could not be accomplished by your average elementary school student, though perhaps with a little supervision. Many of these projects make for great ways to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon with the kids or grandkids.
Find Prepper’s Survival Hacks here on Amazon.
Everything he presents is rock solid advice.
Dan Sullivan, SuburbanSteader.com
Prepper’s Financial Guide will give you plenty of suggestions on how to survive economic turmoil or even minor financial bumps in the road.
Julie Sczerbinski, HomeReadyHome.com
If you realize that there is more to “prepping” than buying pallets of freeze-dried food and cases of bottled water, then Prepper’s Financial Guide by Jim Cobb is for you.
Shelle Wells, PreparednessMama.com
Economic trouble is one of the most likely societal collapse scenarios we face today. If you examine history, even recent history, you will understand just now untenable the current economy is in the United States. Even if the primary disaster isn’t financial based, the ramifications upon the banking and related industries are almost certain.
Almost everyone experiences bad patches when it comes to finances. An unexpected job loss can quickly devastate a family. Recovering from any number of every day, common calamities, such as a house fire or tornado, can wipe out savings, even if the insurance company holds up their end of the deal.
Prepper’s Financial Guide will help you get your financial house in order so you can withstand the challenges almost sure to come at some point down the road.
On top of that, the book also provides solid information on how to reduce debt and increase your prepping budget. One of the chief complaints among preppers and survivalists is a lack of funds to acquire the gear and supplies they feel they need. Even learning new skills can be costly, both in terms of necessary supplies as well as any fees related to the classes and such.
We also discuss concerns related to long-term collapse scenarios, such as bartering, using precious metals and minerals, and how to safeguard your investments.
The Foreword was contributed by well-known survival and disaster planning instructor John D. McCann. You can read what he had to say here.
Prepper’s Financial Guide can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booksamillion, and anywhere else books are sold.
Prepper’s Home Defense has earned a place on my bookshelf by giving me the information I needed to go home and put in place some security procedures and equipment that made my home more secure the day I read the book. — Stephanie Dayle, American Preppers Network
Jim does a great job in laying out the options and helping the reader wade through all of the available weapons choices. I especially liked his improvised ‘hand-spike’ fashioned from a hub cap removal tool…. If you like reading about prepping – especially defense – you will like this book. It’s a great compilation of security strategies to help protect your ‘fort’ and ‘family’…. — Creek Stewart, Willow Haven Outdoor
Two things I especially like about the book are that it is realistic and that I couldn’t find any really bad advice….I feel Cobb tells readers what they should hear which is a credit to him. — Charlie Palmer, Author of THE PREPPER NEXT DOOR
#1 Bestselling book on Amazon in the Home Security niche for almost two full years! Prepper’s Home Defense begins with the assumption the reader isn’t a highly trained former Navy SEAL, nor Army Ranger or SWAT trained law enforcement. Instead, it is written for the average person who is looking to augment their home security (more…)