There aren’t too many books I buy where you get the opportunity to sit down to read them, and they are exactly what I was looking for. However, in David Morris’s book “Urban Survival Guide: Learn The Secrets Of Urban Survival To Keep You Alive After Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, and Breakdowns In Civil Order,” that is exactly what I got, and more. As many of you know I live just outside NYC. You probably are sick of hearing me say that. What that has done for me is give me the opportunity to be very critical of what is happening around me, and think deeply about how I am going to act or react to a situation that may occur. David Morris, has gone a step further in this book. He has interviewed dozens of experts on a miriad of possibilities, and has laid out a plan that can help you to seriously kick start your plans to either Bug In or Bug Out based on your own personal situation. I drew many parallels out of this book, but clearly David has years on me when it comes to assessing the situations, and preparing for them. The book is actually a 12 week course that David sells online called Survive In Place. If the book parallels the course, then there is a lot of information there.
This is a no nonsense guide and plan. David gets right to the point regarding every aspect of getting ready to Bug Out or Bug In. There is very little fluff, and uses real life examples of disasters such as Katrina with specifics as to why people should have gotten out earlier, and what you should be aware of if you are ever going to be in the same or similar situation. I think this was written before the Earthquake in Haiti or I am sure there would have been references in there to that disaster as well. There is a comprehensive resources section as well as URLs for you to go to his Website to see additional content, examples, and updates around the information written in the book.
This book covers everything from your own sanity gut check to “Hardening Your Home” which is a whole chapter in the book. Do not expect very detailed information on how to add metal bars or sheeting to protect windows however. Expect the high level information to be there so that you may take the steps to look into doing what you have to do for you or your family. The fact that Morris brings the information up and points to it should be enough for you to investigate, if you have not already. Otherwise this would be 1000 plus page book.
The book does come with work sheets that you can replicate on your PC to help you to plan and improve your skill set(s). There was even a skills assessment sheet to help you to assess where you, your family, and / or your survival group need to improve on. Needless to say, I need a lot of skills improvement. Those sections will help you to prioritize what is important to you.
There is no gun talk, or very little, which was fine with me, because everyone has their own opinions, and it is clear David Morris knows this. I was happy to see there was little gun talk as there are more important topics to be discussed.
This book is an easy read, as it reads quickly, is not over complicated, and is just chock full of information for the urban and suburban prepper / survivalist. I am going to go out on a limb and say that if you are in prep mode at all, you need to get your hands on this book to help take you to the next level. You may only find that this solidifies your thought process, but it is always good to know there are other like minds out there.
I had been looking at this book for a long time going back and forth about purchasing it. I am glad I did. In fact, I bought it on the Kindle platform, and now will probably go back and buy it in paperback so I have it to mark up and make notes in, as well as throw in my Bug Out Bag with me. And, the fact that I will buy any book twice with a close to $25.00 price tag says a lot.
Here is the book on Amazon: http://goo.gl/90NOf. I think you will find it is well worth reading.
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