Surviving Disaster Without Leaving Home (Book Review)

I had the opportunity to read and study, "Surviving Disaster Without Leaving Home" by Andrew E. Jones & Michael Riemann. I found it to be very interesting and informative. Because of this, I thought I'd share some thoughts in this review. A complete breakdown of the book's contents are listed at the bottom of this review.

The book is sectioned into two parts: 

  1. Things to Consider (9 major items like food/water, sanitation, medical, communications, etc)
  2. Scenarios (8 possible emergency scenarios reviewed)

The first thing that I liked about the book is the very organized and easy to read information. It lays out many possible scenarios and then discusses supplies needed, considerations, action plans, etc for each of them. It has quite a deal of value-added insights that even seasoned preppers learn things. And yet it is so simply written that even those who are just now considering preparedness won't feel overwhelmed.

While reading the chapters, it is easy to see where the author has the most experience and knowledge. Some of the chapters/topics go into much more depth and details than others. And in several places, the reader is encouraged to search online or other resources for details on specific subjects (like building faraday cages for protection against EMPs).

In the introduction, the author states, "While this book is not designed as a "survivalist" guide for the long term situation, it will help you through a short term emergency (3-30 days) until normalcy returns." It doesn't go into great depth for many topics, but instead touches on the main points. For instance, on the top of pandemic, it explains some supplies recommended, conditions that may trigger a pandemic, things to consider during a pandemic, etc, but it doesn't go into great details about long-term sanitation, quarantine rooms, disinfecting practices, etc. That being said, if you read the book completely, some of this information can be found in other chapters. And realistically, if you were to write all the details needed on a topic like pandemics, hundreds of pages could be written on the subject. 

So this book is not the final, complete knowledge manual. Instead, it is a great general knowledge book that is very well written and is filled with a great deal of accurate and useful information. It gives an overview of many situations and allows you to decide which are relevant to you, steering you toward more in-depth study and research for those topics on your own.

The back of the book has some great resources and evaluations to get you thinking about your specific location and possible scenarios. It includes an Action Checklist and Evacuation Plan to get you started. It also has 72 hour kit lists, food supply suggestions, personal information gathering suggestions (medical info, phone numbers, account numbers, rally points, etc), suggestions of things to have in your shelter, etc. It even includes procedures on backfeeding generator to home (great for those with some electrical knowledge, but lacking details for those not familiar with wiring). And then it finishes up with a page of links to state emergency agencies.

So my final opinion of the book is that it is a well written book that is highly recommended for those individuals just getting into preparedness. It covers a lot of topics and is written in a way that doesn't overwhelm, nor bore the reader. The suggestions and information is of great value and is most definitely worth the investment. I recommend it as a valuable addition to a person's reference library.

Enjoy the journey!

AZ Prepper

The book's Table of Contents

The chapters and topics discussed in the book are:

  • Getting Started
    • Examples of things to prepare for
    • Unavailability of Supplies and Services
    • Things to Consider
  • Food and Water
    • Food and Basic Necessities
    • Three Month Supply
    • Water Storage Guidelines
    • Water Purification Guidelines
  • Sanitation
    • Water for Sanitation
    • Children and Babies
  • Children
    • Food, Sleep
    • Recreation
  • Electrical Power
    • Determining the Load
    • Black/Grey Out
    • On Site Generators
    • Generator Fuel Possibilities
    • A Few Considerations of Refrigeration
    • Transfer Switches
    • Typical Usage Chart for Household Appliances
    • An Idea for Emergency Lighting
  • Medical
    • Minor Injuries
    • Heat Injuries
    • Cold Injuries
    • Common Sicknesses That Can Kill
    • Common Parasitic Diseases
    • Serious Accidental Injuries
    • Common Vitamin/Dietary Deficiency Disorders
    • Health Issues During Entrapment
    • First Aid Supplies
  • Communications
    • Communicating to the Outside World
    • Methods of Communications
    • Ham Radio Factors and Limitations
    • Communications Adaptation
    • Emergency Radio Communication: When & Where
    • Get Involved
  • Where to Shelter
    • Types of Facilities
  • Getting Around
    • Transportation
  • Insurance
    • Types of Insurance Providers
    • Types of Insurance Business
    • Method of Purchasing
    • Policy Coverage Forms
    • Types of Coverage
    • Terrorism


  • Tornado
    • Safe Rooms
    • Entrapment
  • Hurricane
    • Evacuation Tips
    • Notes on Transportation, Route Planning
    • Historical Review
  • Earthquake
    • Consider the Following
    • Prepare a Place
  • Winter Storms
    • Power
    • Food/Water
    • Insurance
    • On the Road
  • Nuclear
    • Nuclear Plant Incident Planning
    • General Notes on Nuclear Power Plants
    • Some Notes on the Fukishima Incident
  • Volcano
    • General Principles
    • What To Do
  • Civil Unrest
  • Pandemic
  • Evacuation: The Only Option
    • Flood
    • Wild Fire
  • Security
    • The Basic Commandments of Home Security
    • Secure Points of Entry
    • Passive Detection Techniques
    • Family Security Plan
    • Rural and Farm Land
    • What is a Real Threat
    • Criminal Intent
    • Self Defense
    • Mobs 101
    • Personal Movement During High Security Situations
    • Situational Awareness
    • Defensive/Security Rings
    • Long Term Security Considerations
    • Case Study
  • Conclusion
  • Worksheets And Reference Material
    • Action Checklist
    • Evacuation Plan
    • Go-Bag (72 hours) list
    • Three Month Food Supply
    • Family ID Card
    • Good Things To Have Around The Shelter
    • List of 100 Things That May Quickly Become Scarce In a Crisis
    • Backfed Generator Proceedure
    • U.S. Emergency Agency Information Links

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