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#179352 - 08/14/09 07:49 PM "Crisis Preparedness Handbook"
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
by Jack A. Spigarelli (2002)

Has anyone read this? Opinions?

#179357 - 08/14/09 08:12 PM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: Susan]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
I have it, and Meh is my opinion.

I think 100% of what you get out of the book can be found on these forums free.

The book was so "meh" I can't even come up with anything that stands out in it...
Self Sufficient Home - Our journey to self sufficiency.

#179370 - 08/14/09 09:01 PM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: Todd W]
Loganenator Offline
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Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 151
Loc: Sacramento, CA, USA
Hey Susan,

I agree with Todd. I donated the book to the library. The book is very heavy in food storage prep, dehydration, organization etc and for that its a decent reference. However the "feel" of the book was survivalist oriented when I read it. How to store your food and ammo in a defensible cabin in the woods type.

I just found a great website for finding books at local libraries called worldcat.org. This way hopefully you could check out the book for yourself and see if its worth purchasing as a reference. If I remember past posts right you already have a pretty extensive knowledge on gardening, food prep and storage so this book may not teach you much.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world - MK Gandhi

#179371 - 08/14/09 09:06 PM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: Loganenator]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
I'm going to go through my book collection, put a couple with outdoors survival information in ziplock bags and put them in the car with the spare tire.

May as well store them there as in the house. If nothing else, a book is fire fuel.

Have culled one choice from the pile:

"Camping & Wilderness Survival" by Paul Tawrell

A veritable encyclopedia. If nothing else it will give me something to read while I slowly perish with the car. This is definitely going in. It's a thick book (1.5" thick) -- over 1000 pages, densely-packed with information in tiny print.

Another good reason to pack a magnifying glass....

Edited by Dagny (08/14/09 09:35 PM)

#179377 - 08/14/09 09:48 PM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: Dagny]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
Anyone here recommend either of the following books be kept in the car?

"Wilderness Survival" by Gregory J. Davenport

"U.S. Army Survival Manual" (civilian version -- evidently can be downloaded for free, including from this ETS website!)

** http://www.equipped.org/fm21-76.htm

In a bad situation, knowledge will be at least as vital as most of the gear I've collected over the years. And if there is time in a crunch for a refresher course, seems like a good plan.

And again, books are also fire fodder.

Edited by Dagny (08/14/09 09:52 PM)

#179408 - 08/15/09 04:12 AM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: Dagny]
barbakane Offline

Registered: 03/12/09
Posts: 205
Loc: Florida
I keep the Army survival manual in my BOB and the SAS guide in the car. Have the electronic version of The Anarchists Cookbook if things get REALLY bad!
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#179410 - 08/15/09 04:41 AM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: barbakane]
RoverOver Offline

Registered: 01/16/09
Posts: 32
Loc: Kali4nya
A very recommended reader would be Wilderness Survival by Alan Fry,& If All else fails then I suggest:Over the Cliff by Hugo Ferst

#179540 - 08/17/09 12:37 AM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: RoverOver]
BrianB Offline

Registered: 07/16/08
Posts: 99
I think they're both solid, but if I only took one, I'd take the Davenport manual, as the military manual spends a lot of pages (tinder) on military considerations. Then again, if you're planning on being evasive rather than getting found, the military manual may be just the ticket.

#179598 - 08/17/09 06:37 PM Re: "Crisis Preparedness Handbook" [Re: BrianB]
el_diabl0 Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
Certainly heavy on food storage, but not entirely worthless. I agree that most of what you read in the book could be found here on the forum and other good websites, but how will you access them when the lights go out?

I got this book used on eBay, so it didn't cost me much. I wouldn't pay the "new" price for it, and wouldn't make it my #1 preparedness manual, but it was worth the small price I paid. That said, there are better books to be had.
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