Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford
I was prepared for this book to be just another doomsday prepping book, similar to Jim Rawles according to whom, you need a fortified secret location about an hour's drive from your home that is hidden, well protected and self-sufficient, and an arsenal to protect yourself with against the angry hordes or zombies at the time of the apocalypse. This book, however, has down to earth practical advice that could be useful to any mom, whether she has a survival and doomsday mindset or not. The author discusses issues that moms face, even in short term disasters or problems, that can be really helpful. For instance, she addresses the issue of sanitary supplies for women and suggests the Diva Cup, and also suggests that moms of babies have a supply of cloth diapers on hand for just in case situations. She does suggest stocking up on food and dry goods and has some interesting storage suggestions. She outlines topics for teaching our children what to do in case of emergencies, how to prepare their own meals, care for pets and more. For one source of emergency lighting, she suggests going to the dollar store or grocery store and getting devotional or patron saint candles that come in those tall glass containers because they are long burning and cheap. From water, to food storage, to finances to evacuation; whether you are preparing for the end of the world as we know it, a hurricane, blizzard, or power or water outage, this book has some excellent information that will be useful for all moms.