Preparedness Books

These are some of the preparedness books I keep in my library about food storage and emergency preparedness.

Preparedness Principles by Barbara Salisbury

A must-have preparedness book with ideas on food storage, emergency preparedness, and disaster preparedness. Barbara has been through it all, and has been teaching and writing about it for years. I love the chapter “The Pantry System: Finding a Place for Everything.”

She emphasizes the uniqueness of each family and that there is not one way of doing food storage. I enjoyed her excellent chapter on vegetable gardening. It helped me understand which vegetables are fast and slow growers, and how to interplant several vegetables. She teaches you how to start from seed and be successful.

Another chapter is called “Staying Warm Without a Furnace.” Here she teaches you the difference between blankets, comforters, and quilts and which ones are effective in keeping you warm. She also shares how to move everyone into a small room in the house if need be (including pets) to keep warm. Emergency kits (72-hour) are also covered, but she tells you the pros and cons of what to store them in. Love that! I highly recommend this book.

Emergency Food Storage In a Nutshell by Leslie Probert, Lisa Harkness (Available from Deseret Book)

When I heard Leslie Probert speak at the BYU Education Week in 2008, I knew I wanted her “Emergency Food Storage in a Nutshell” book. Even though speakers don’t promote their books during their talks, I ran over to the BYU bookstore to see what she had written.

This book is a GREAT learning tool for those wanting to understand what food storage is, and how to use it. The beginning of the book answers questions such as: “Can I get enough nutrition from dried or canned foods? Or “How can I afford the expense of acquiring my food storage?”

The next section teaches you how to make a food storage plan. Various charts help you create your own four and five-week food storage menus, and the appendix contains sample menus which are invaluable. And there are 200 recipes created with storable foods! The useful index helps you find recipes by ingredient. This one is a keeper in my food storage library.

I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage by Crystal Godfrey

Beginners will want to read this first book by Crystal Godfrey, the author of the former website, “Everyday Food Storage.’ She will teach you what foods to keep on hand in your pantry, and how to use wheat, dry beans and powdered milk everyday.

If you want to learn how to cook with food storage, check out this book. And her new website “Store This, Not That” is awesome! I’ll be reviewing her new book with the same title next.

Your Guide to Emergency Home Storage by Alan Briscoe

Brisco has done a lot of research and shares various plans for amounts of food storage to store since there isn’t one plan that will work for everyone. I was able to look at all of his plans, and create a unique one for my family. His lists helped me think of items I had not even considered.

I love how he encourages the gathering of small canned goods and boxed packaged food items, as well as medical supplies. There is also a food storage canned food rotation shelves pattern. This book is older and small than others, but still useful if you are serious about studying food storage.

100-day Pantry: 100 Quick and Easy Gourmet Meals by Jan Jackson

This book should have been titled “Disaster? Add This Can of Food to That, and Survive.” Jackson has created recipes by combining a few canned foods in a pot and heating them up.

Some people might find the recipes less healthy, but I think she is brilliant! I would have never come up with the combinations of ingredients she puts together to make a tasty meal. In a disaster, this is a book I’d want to have around to keep my family happy and fed.

Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison

This book is a good overview of emergency preparedness, so if you are not ready to get a dictionary like “The Disaster Preparedness Handbook” or “Survival Mom,” start with “Just in Case.”

Harrison teaches you how to handle a crisis, preparedness with children, how to evacuate and deal with fire in the home, and something as simple as how to thaw frozen pipes.

She taught me that if you have to transport water, consider how much it weighs. “A gallon of water weighs about eight pounds, so a five-gallon container, weighing about forty pounds, is about as large a container as most people can manage.” Thanks, Kathy!

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford

When I first looked at this book I was a little overwhelmed since I tend to prefer books that are 100 pages or less.  That being said, there is a ton of disaster preparedness information here.

Just start with Bedford’s chapter 3 on sanitation or chapter 7 about living without electricity. She’s also got a great website.

The Disaster Preparedness Handbook by Arthur T. Bradley

For the more serious prepper, Bradley’s book is a great resource. It’s extremely detailed and almost a textbook on preparedness, so perhaps start with chapter 7 on heating and cooling, and chapter 11 on communication. A great resource book.