Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Practical Prepper by Kylene and Jonathan Jones

About the book:

Earthquakes, hurricanes, civil unrest, economic troubles- no one knows when the next disaster will strike. Will you be prepared? With everything from cooking in a crisis to home security and protection, “The Practical Prepper” is the ultimate guide to making timely preparations for an uncertain future. You don’t need to bug out to be safe; be ready in the protection of your own home during any emergency.

About the author:

Jonathan is a licensed civil engineer and an avid enthusiast of alternative energy sources, especially solar and wind power. He has served as vice president and advisory board member of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA), as secretary/treasurer for a local chapter of Civil Defense Volunteers, and as an emergency preparedness and communications specialist. As a city councilperson, has been tasked with developing the city emergency plan in his own community. He has coauthored numerous articles with his wife on emergency preparedness topics and published them in The Journal of Civil Defense. He is the owner of Your Family Ark, LLC, an education and consulting business designated to assist individuals and families in preparing for an uncertain future (www.yourfamilyark.org).

Kylene has an educational background in business management and family studies. She has also served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for TACDA and is currently the editor for The Journal of Civil Defense. She has a passion for researching and experimenting, which adds a sense of real life to her writing and teaching. A firm believer in hands-on learning, she involves her family in emergency training for everything from fire drills to living off food storage and garden produce to turning off the power in the dead of winter just to see if they can survive it. She’s learned many powerful lessons from these experiences, the best one being that we are tougher than any challenge. We will not only survive but will emerge better, stronger people as a result of the adventure.

Jonathan and Kylene make a dynamic combination. Together they have presented in a wide variety events, including community education courses, educational seminars, preparedness fairs, employee education programs, and community classes. With Jonathan’s extensive knowledge and Kylene’s high-energy personality, they have a unique talent for taking a relatively boring topic and turning it into an exciting quest, motivating audiences to join the ranks of provident preppers.

My review: The Practical Prepper by Kylene and Jonathan Jones


I was given this ebook to review as part of its blog tour. I think I would like this book as a soft back or hardback better so easier to make notes and underline. Besides in emergency kindle might not be charged.

I like how they want you to figure out what risk for your area to help prepare for. For me every year power goes out for long term at least once every winter.

second is snowed in. I don't drive in heavy snow. So always want at least week food for me & pets. Always try and keep extra bag of pet food.

I have gone a week in winter without heat furnace problems. Lots of blankets. Was able to use electoral heater for one room. Now have down blanket for emergency.

I like all the different areas to work on but all the math drove me crazy. Also over loaded what need to do. So I decided what to work on right now. Bathroom problem I live in a 100 year old house that is now hooked to sewer, But out in back yard is a outhouse nailed shut for last 22 years so need to open and sweep.

Also light is essential for me the house has great big windows that work for light during day but not good to keep out cold especially in one room. Also have high ceilings so like tent idea inside.

The other major even for my area is earthquake. So all the windows will not help that problem.

With all the different options they give us for different budgets, needs, disaster for your area make it so everyone can do a little to prepare all the time. Maybe it is buying a case of water and couple extra cans when on sale.

They have a website http://theprovidentprepper.org/ where you can get worksheets to help you see what you need and to work on. You can download pdf forms.

It has a lot of good information. Plus they show you some websites to find out more information. This would be good to look at every month and see where you are or what you may want to work on next.

My action plan: 1 buy WaterBricks and fill them start with 4 (I bought 4 WaterBrick container from Amazon and used Amazon Gift cards I had. So I will have them soon as a start. Think might make a good gift.
2 Save empty juice bottles clean and fill
3 buy case of water when on sale
4 can heat & camp stove
5 go through can goods. Was actually doing that this week anyway.
6. wrench for natural gas
6 get more oil lamps fuel (did use one a few months when power was off for 8 hours.

Since I wrote this review I actually felt a earthquake two towns away like 15 minutes a 4.1 and one town away has had lots of 1 and 2's. Now lucky they are tiny but you never know what can happen around the corner.

The Practical Prepper” blog tour schedule:

July 13: Mom Loves 2 Read
July 14: Daily Survival • LDS Women’s Book Review
July 15: Readalot
July 16: Poet’s Life • I Love to Read and Review Books
July 17: Chris Miller
July 18: The Cover Contessa
July 19: My Devotional Thoughts
July 20: McClellan Books
July 21: Parenting With Purpose Too • Debra Elliott
July 22: Dorine White
July 23: Prepared Housewives • Tressa’s Wishful Endings • Bookworm Lisa
July 24: Jeanz Book Read N Review
July 25: Katie’s Clean Book Collection • A Book a Day
July 26: The Book Blog Experience
July 27: Totally Temberton
July 28: Armageddon Medicine- Survival Magazine
July 29: Fire and Ice
July 30:
July 31: Grow Your Own Groceries
August 1: I Get Ready
August 2: Min Reads and Reviews • LDS Women’s Book Review • Doom and Bloom

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