As a former Green Beret who went through survival training, and then through more survival training, and then through more, and then had to apply much of that training during various deployments around the world, I’m not too thrilled with the survival information that’s available to the average person. A lot of it is written by hard-core survivalists and too technical. Other experts focus on hiding out in the hills with their gun and becoming the next Robinson Caruso without my man Friday (they’d shoot him). I focus more on the most pressing possibilities and also surviving with others, since no man is an island, except what’s his name, Tom Hanks, but even he left the island (and the volleyball didn’t make it!).
Also, frankly, many focus on the wrong things. For example, I point out that
I wanted to write a book for the average person and also wanted to cover emergencies from most likely (power outage, hurricane, accident, burglary, etc) to least likely (Apocalypse, Zombies, extinction event, vampires, etc). I use humor, experience, film and book examples and real world case studies. This is a book you can talk about with your family and friends and impress them with your knowledge.
I guarantee you will find numerous bits of information that you didn’t know and also you can develop a template for survival. More importantly, this book gives you the information you need to prepare for an emergency, which you can do right now and is critical. In Special Forces, most of our success was dependent on our planning.Looking at the guy on the left, I remember going through multiple Winter Warfare training exercises. Which is why I won’t get in water that is below 85 degrees.
This book lays out the mindset needed to survive; the five key elements of survival; the Special Forces Area Study; how to build your survival A-Team; equipment needed; proper preparation and actions in your home and your car; then covering a range of emergencies from car accidents to burglary to hurricanes, power outages, vampires, wild fires, plane crash, alien abduction, terrorism and more. Yes, there is humor in the book, because humor is a key element of survival.
The pages with humor are designed as Kindling pages (not Kindle) that can be torn out of the print version and used to start a fire. From the basics, the book moves into detailed survival techniques for water, food, fire, shelter and first aid. Finally, the book concludes with extreme emergencies, where civilization collapses, whether for a short or extended period of time. And yes, that’s when we get to zombies (communicable diseases). While this post is blatant promotion, it’s because I strongly believe this book is one that people should have. Even with my own training and experience, while researching it, I learned quite a few new things.
Nothing but good time ahead, but not if you’re not prepared!