The Urban Prepper’s Guide: How To Prepare Your Home for the Next Crisis

Welbeck. Aug. 2022. 224p. ISBN 9781787398351. $15.95. REF
Noted prepper and prepping consultant Cobb aims to distill years of preparedness, wisdom, and know-how into an accessible guide for people living in urban and suburban environments. Cobb argues that not everyone has the time, resources, or ability to become a hardcore survivalist capable of living off the grid in a remote cabin for months at a time. However, there are practical, commonsense things that most people can do to become better prepared for the crises and natural disasters that are more likely to occur in life than a true apocalyptic situation. Cobb devotes chapters to topics readers will expect, such as food, water, and shelter, but also to less obvious areas including finances and “survival mentality.” Whether someone relies on this book solely for reference or reads it cover to cover, they are sure to come away with some new practical information. Examples include a list of items to carry on one’s person every day (Every Day Carry or EDC), such as a sturdy knife and a pocket flashlight. Another example is to think of three possible evacuation locations, each in a different direction from the house, as one never knows from which path a crisis will loom. Throughout, the book is filled with useful diagrams and illustrations; there are also photographs, though some of these seem extraneous. Appendixes list further reading in specific areas of prepping and recommended suppliers.
VERDICT This practical, concise introduction for those living in cities or towns will provide some cornerstone prepping ideas and tips but is by no means a comprehensive guide.
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