This past winter was kind of rough for our area. Early in the season we had a nasty cattle virus hit our herd and several of our neighbors herds. After that several viruses spread through the human population, causing the hospitalization of several people I know and contributing to the death of one. This was a wake up call to me. What if we were hit with a real widespread pandemic? I realized that one of the biggest holes in my family’s preparedness plan was that dealing with the very real possibility of a serious pandemic, especially a “post collapse” pandemic.
At the same time that I was dealing with these problems at home, I got a package in the mail one day. Inside was a copy of Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak by Cat Ellis. I was very impressed with her other book and when I heard that she was working on this book I had told her that I was interested in reviewing it. I had forgotten all about it until I opened the package, but I quickly started reading it that evening. Cat Ellis is someone that I really respect. She is very knowledgeable, thorough, and understands how the world really works. Unlike many medical “experts” in the preparedness community, she never pushes a bunch unfounded magical cures nor does she speak authoritatively about something she doesn’t know anything about. Cat is a person I trust, someone who is as honest as the day is long.
So, Whats In The Book?…
This book is put together well. I really like the format and flow of information. It starts out with some basic information on pandemics, terminology you need to know and understand, and the example of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Cat then lists the top possible pandemics of the future and breaks them up into three “Treat Level” classifications. She also includes a “Watch List” of other diseases likely to spread in a post disaster situation. All three classification groups and the watch list chapters contain detailed information on how these various viruses and diseases spread and mutate, treatments (both alternative and conventional) and how to best avoid being infected. There is also a chapter called “Pandemic Preparation 201” that full of very practical and useful information on protecting yourself and your family.
The Bottom Line…
This is a very useful resource for anyone that wants practical information on preparing for a pandemic. I learned a whole lot from this book, myself. After reading it I feel like I have a pretty good handle what I need to work on to improve our family’s medical preparedness plans. I have an invaluable knowledge of some viruses and diseases that I previously knew little about. I understand how treat and more importantly how to avoid these potential killers as well. There is a lot of value in this book, I would gladly pay twice the retail price for the amount of real world, practical information that I got from reading it. You can grab a copy HERE.
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