In today’s speed-of-light society, with websites, blogs, and videos, one ancient information source endures: the book.
Its worth is particularly apparent during crises—such as when the Internet isn’t accessible.
Here are some suggestions for great survival books in no particular order and include a range of survival-esque topics.
Best Books on General Disaster Preparedness
1. When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency (Revised and Expanded), by Matthew Stein
When Technology Fails is a great book that covers a range of topics related to surviving in a disaster situation. The book includes information on self-reliance, sustainability, and long-term emergencies. The book examines not just what you need to do in order to prep yourself, but also how and why. Chris Maser explains everything you need to know about preparing for anything when it comes down to food and water, shelter, energy, first-aid, and crisis management.
2. Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford
In Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford offers advice on how to prepare for everyday disasters and worst-case scenarios covering topics including first-aid, food storage, and self-reliance. She also provides tips on how to keep your family safe in the event of a major disaster.
3. Emergency Preparedness and More: A Manual on Food Storage and Survival by Howard Godfrey
Emergency Preparedness and More is a book that covers a range of topics related to food storage and survival.
It has 19 chapters, including: How much and what kind of foods you’ll need to store for long periods of time; how to package food for long-term storage; what to do if the power grid goes down. How can you prepare meals and light your home without electricity? What sort of medical supplies should you have on hand if you’re caught offsite?
Do you know how to purify water if the water supply fails? It offers practical hands on tips to get your journey started.
4. The Enlightened Prepper: The Complete How to Guide for Disaster Preparedness by Survival Monk
The Enlightened Prepper is a book that deals with a number of disaster preparedness-related issues. The book discusses food storage, as well as how to survive in the event of an emergency
Learn how to be self-sufficient and independent in the face of catastrophe. Everyone should have a strategy in place, whether it’s hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, fires or the zombie apocalypse. It’s a must-read for anybody who wants to be ready for any type of calamity.
5. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine: The Definitive Home Reference Guide to 550 Key Herbs With All Their Uses As Remedies for Common Ailments (Second Edition), by Andrew Chevallier
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine is a book that discusses the use of herbs for treating common ailments. The book contains information on 550 different herbs, including their uses, dosage, and potential side effects. It also includes information on herbal remedies for a number of different medical conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and heart disease.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine is an essential resource for anyone interested in using herbs to treat common medical conditions. The book is easy to use and contains a wealth of information on the use of herbs for healing.
Best Survival Books
6. SAS Survival Guide: For Any Climate, for Any Situation (Second Edition), by John Wiseman
This book is a comprehensive guide to survival, written by John Wiseman, a former SAS soldier. The book has 11 parts: the first half covers survival in general, while the second half is specifically tailored to wilderness survival. The book contains information on how to find food and water in the wild, how to build a shelter, and how to deal with dangerous animals and weather conditions. It also includes detailed information on first aid and navigation.
This new edition of the world’s best survival guide, which replaced and expanded the original John Wiseman title, covers everything from basic first aid and campcraft to coping with any sort of catastrophe. Long regarded as the ideal handbook for outdoor skills and preparedness, this new edition—extended by renowned survival expert John “Lofty” Wiseman to include information on all of the newest navigation and survival technology—is a must-have for all campers, hikers, boaters, and explorers.
7. Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places by Joel M. Skousin
Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places is a book that discusses the idea of relocating to a safe place in the event of a major disaster. The book contains detailed information on a number of different safe places, including both urban and rural locations. It also includes information on how to choose the right safe place for you and your family, and how to make the move.
Best Survival Medicine Books
8. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook: Keep Your Loved Ones Healthy in Every Disaster, From Wildfires to a Complete Societal Collapse by Joseph Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP
Combining medical, public health, and emergency preparedness expertise, this book explains how to manage a number of medical problems in an emergency. Doom and Bloom teaches non-medical professionals how to deal with a number of medical emergency scenarios in simple English.
9. Where There Is No Doctor (Revised Edition), by David Warner, Jane Maxwell, and Carol Thuman
Where There Is No Doctor is a book that discusses the prevention and treatment of common medical problems in developing countries. The book contains information on a number of different medical conditions, as well as information on how to treat them. It also includes a section on childbirth and child care.
Where There Is No Doctor is an essential resource for anyone working in or travelling to developing countries. The book is easy to use and filled with valuable information on how to treat common medical problems.
10. The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton, Ed.D., and Amy Alton, ARNP
In this book readers will learn how to handle medical issues when no doctors are available, which includes everything from damage control surgery to setting bones without modern surgical equipment or disinfectants. The reader will also learn how to deal with common maladies such as constipation, headaches, hemorrhoids, and fevers using things found around their home.
11. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Alas, Babylon is a novel that tells the story of a small town in Florida that is preparing for a nuclear attack. The book follows the townspeople as they prepare for the attack and deal with the aftermath. Alas, Babylon is a gripping novel about the effects of a nuclear attack. It is an excellent choice for anyone interested in post-apocalyptic fiction.
12. The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly
The Jakarta Pandemic is a novel that tells the story of a pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population. The novel follows a group of survivors as they struggle to survive in a world where most of the population has been wiped out. The Jakarta Pandemic is a thrilling novel about the end of the world.
13. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
One Second After is a novel about a small town in North Carolina that is hit by a nuclear attack. The novel follows the townspeople as they struggle to survive in a world where most of the population has been wiped out.
14. The Pulse: A Novel of Surviving the Collapse of the Grid by Scott B. Williams
In The Pulse, a group of survivors struggle to survive in a world where the grid has collapsed. The novel follows the group as they navigate through a world where most of the population has been wiped out. The Pulse is a thrilling novel about the end of the world.
This is not an exhaustive list but is a good start for both novels and practical field guides. What’s your favorite survival book?
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