These are the best survival books you will need in hard copies, not the e-book versions. If we lose power, and we will, we want a hard copy of certain books. I had a reader ask me to remind all of us to get hard copies of survival books. Now, as I’ve mentioned before I will not be hiking up into the mountains to flee my neighborhood. I wrote this article a few years ago, but felt I needed to update it.
There again, if my house is flattened from an earthquake or flood, I will have to evacuate. I only buy hard copies of books that I need today, or possibly next year, for knowledge to help me and my neighborhood get through just about any disaster, including an EMP.
If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book as outlined below, I highly recommend it. I was actually interviewed and recorded for my thoughts about living without electricity. Although my thoughts were not included in the book, it was a compliment to me to be asked for my ideas.
So let’s get started with some of the survival books I suggest you get. The word survival may sound a little strong, but let’s just say we may need some tools to get us all through rough times, and we will have rough times at some point in our lives if we haven’t already. My attitude has always been “buy right the first time.” Please keep in mind that some of these books are a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for in knowledge that is so beneficial.
Best Survival Books:
I was honored to be asked to write this book by Page Street Publishing. It is family friendly and you can have your children and grandchildren read it. When I was asked to write the book, I mentioned I did not want to talk about weapons in my book. Period. If you are wondering if I have a weapon, yes I do. Mark and I both have our concealed weapons permits, and we both know how to shoot. Mark more than me. Weapons are a personal topic. I will leave it at that. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
I have very little skills in the medical field, so I use this book all the time. Remember, if we lose power you will not be able to “Google” a question you are wondering about, just giving you the heads-up here. This book is user-friendly and has just about everything I have ever needed to look up as far as medical information. The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
I wish I could get more people to read this book. I bought the hard copy and I could only get one friend to read it. If you want to know the truth about our country’s power grid and how sad it is unprotected against terrorist attacks and how it would be virtually impossible to repair, let alone replace, you need to read this book. Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath We will need far more than candles, my friends.
This is my bible for essential oils. The FDA will not let us say much about essential oils because they have shut down websites for saying too much. First of all, I do not believe they cure anything, but they rock for giving you relief for various things. You can buy a pocket-size book, or the larger one with tons of information, which is what I did. I actually purchased both. I have one in the car, one in my first aid kits, and one in the living room. Essential Oils Pocket Reference WOW, the larger one is so expensive now. When I bought it I choked over the $90.00 price. Now it’s a bit cheaper.
This book is packed with knowledge but is extremely costly. Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition (6th Edition) (1905-07-21) [Spiral-bound] I have seen the prices of food storage and emergency preparedness items skyrocket over the last few years. Check out thrift stores whenever possible for books and equipment. This is what it looks like, see if you can get it at your local thrift stores.
Lisa Bedford from The Survival Mom is a friend of mine and she was actually one of the first preppers to write a book, as far I know. Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
Bernie Carr is a friend of mine and I have all of her books, this one is great for kids: Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids and this is a great one: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
I read this book and I was emotional the entire time reading about the truth of what happened at Memorial Hospital after Hurricane Katrina. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital I REALLY want to put this book on my list because this book tells what happened at one of the main hospitals AFTER Hurricane Katrina. Please read and be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. Those poor nurses and doctors, what they had to go through with and for their patients. God bless all the families involved in that tragedy.
Tess Pennington wrote a book that I like, it’s a little cumbersome, but it has some good information.
This is another book, I have not tried, but I can’t remember if I knew Crystal Godfrey from teaching at Honeyville Grain or because we both write about food storage.
Jodi and Julie from Food Storage Made Easy have a great book I really like.
Cat Ellis wrote a book on essential oils and natural remedies.
Janet Garmen from Timber Creek Farm is an expert on raising chickens and farm animals.
Janet, one of my favorite readers:
I would add something like “Peterson’s field guide to edible wild plants” and “Backyard Medicine.” I think both are available at Amazon.
I’m sure there are other survival books, but these are my favorite ones and aren’t necessarily Doomsday type books. We need the knowledge before a disaster or unforeseen emergency hits our neighborhood. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless all of us.