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

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From the creator of TheSurvivalMom.com comes this first-of-its-kind guidebook for all the “prepper” moms keen to increase their family's level of preparedness for emergencies and crises of all shapes and sizes. Publisher’s Weekly calls Lisa Bedford’s Survival Mom an “impressively comprehensive manual,” saying, “suburban mom Bedford helps readers learn about, prepare for, a ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by HarperOne
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Jeanette
Mar 03, 2013 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young prepping moms
This was a great prepping book written specifically for Moms. It was fun to read, starting right off the bat with a comical "What kind of survival mom are you?" magazine-style personal quiz. There was tons of useful information, lists, and checklists, in a contemporary graphic style that made it super pleasant to read. She gave lots of tips for how to do this all with kids, and informing and involving them without freaking them out. And you could tell she was speaking from experience, sharing lo ...more
Ami
Nov 08, 2013 Ami rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
While I found this book had a small "cutesy" vibe to it (because, of course, anything geared toward women must have some sort of "cuteness" to it according to the world), it was no where near as bad as I had feared. Whew!
What I liked best about this book was that it was primarily aimed at a parent concerned with protecting their children, as well as their own lives. As such it included many good tips and thoughts not always found in other survivalist reading. I also thought the book was well org
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Audrey Grant
Mar 24, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Audrey by: Goodreads
Shelves: own, won
I won this book here on Goodreads and was amazed to receive it in two days! It is a good book with a LOT of well researched information. Much of this information is stuff that I was aware of living in Alaska for the last 27 years. Between being prepared for tsunami's, earthquakes, blizzards, 6 months of winter, hiking, hunting trips, fishing trips, camping, etc. and always being prepared in case of being weathered in or training to protect yourself from bears and moose.
This book did a good job o
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Little
Nov 04, 2014 Little rated it it was ok
Things I liked: Bedford's writing is funny and engaging. Bedford encourages readers to consider the range of disaster possibilities in the places they live and to prepare first for the most likely, then for the next likely, and on down, rather than just urging us to be prepared for any and everything RIGHT NOW (which is hard to do on a budget and even harder to do with kids in tow). The book contains several suggestions for emergency toilets.

What I didn't like:
Rigidity. If the worst case ever h
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Sarah
Apr 17, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Not expecting much, I picked this up to leaf through while waiting for my kids to finish a program at the library. Turns out to be the best general preparedness book I've come across. I don't agree with everything the author says, and I'm enough of a geek on this topic that I didn't learn a whole lot (though it did remind me to get some calcium hypochlorite), but I highly recommend it. Despite the title, it is not particularly parent/kid focused, so it would be useful to non-parents as well.
Jamie
Oct 25, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Really great informational book! Every Mom should read this!
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
May 04, 2012 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Straightforward. Organized. Could be overwhelming to some, but a terrific book full of helpful information. A book you can read straight through or one you can just pick up and use for reference when you're interested in a particular topic on emergency preparedness or preparing for a specific disaster scenario. This is one book that will end up underlined, highlighted and tabbed.
Casey
Mar 09, 2015 Casey rated it really liked it
For the most part, this is a practical guide to preparedness. By the end of the book I felt overwhelmed, but I've been lax with this sort of thing since moving away from hurricane country, and I think I've done a poor job of outfitting my car for the winter weather this year. (Except for my snow tires. Those rock.) With a baby and a dog coming into my life since I last packed a survival bag, I need to re-evaluate my preparedness. The chapters on food storage and cooking were particularly interes ...more
Becky
May 16, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
I've already been in the thick of "prepping" for almost a year. This book has tons of great information and resources. I compiled a little notebook of things to do, learn, and to buy. So excited to continue preparedness with what I learned.
Sarah Anne Carter
Oct 03, 2015 Sarah Anne Carter rated it it was amazing
I don’t remember when I first stumbled upon The Survival Mom (Lisa Bedford), but I’m guessing it was after the tornado hit Joplin, Mo., in 2011. We lived a few hours from Joplin at the time and I started getting interested in being more prepared as a family for disasters and emergencies. After reading the state of Joplin in the following weeks, I knew I didn’t want to be in a position where I wasn’t prepared to take care of my family.
I put this book on my to-read list, but didn’t get around to b
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Alison
Jun 01, 2012 Alison rated it really liked it
One of the best books I've read on emergency preparedness, particularly for people with children. Fantastic information on preparing for and surviving natural disasters and the first stages of any widespread emergency, and you can take as little or as much of the advice as you need. Should there be some kind of long-term disruption to civilization, this book won't really help you learn how to make the transition to that new way of life (i.e. growing food and making the things you need in your da ...more
Greg
May 10, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
Overall, I think this is a great book. It provides excellent information without having the paranoid survivalist tone that some of its competitors have.

The book mostly deals with urban or suburban scenarios for families. Little wilderness or back country information is discussed. The author does cover a few scenarios that are more rural in nature by providing equipment and resource checklists.

The strengths of the book are its conversational tone, thorough covering of the most relevant details, a
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Dana
Jul 18, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nancy
Apr 11, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Lots of excellent information. Some I already use but a lot I didn't know. Great ideas for simple preparedness at different levels. The author not only points out natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., but also simple emergencies that can happen at any time like job loss or forgetting to pay the water bill.

I've been a crazy proponent for emergency food supply and Bug-Out Kits (I call 72 hour kits, but I like her title better) for years. Mine is a much more haphazard approach but
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Rebecka
Aug 21, 2016 Rebecka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: google-cloud
I like how it goes into detail, not assuming you know each topic. I also like how it doesn't start with money. It starts with "knowledge". As in, if a power out or whatever were to happen, do you know the skills to get by. Like cooking on a grill. Then before recommending a pantry, she has you examine your eating patterns to have a pantry of stuff you will like. Not a one pantry fits all. It's personalized.

Adding to my review, since I finished the book. It is a well rounded book. Written in a f
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Katie F
Aug 23, 2016 Katie F rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Lest anyone think I am now a "prepper", I was looking for a resource to help me do some basic emergency planning for our family. This was way more than basic, but was so interesting nonetheless. It's written in a way that is so well laid out, that you can just pick and choose the parts that you want to do. It doesn't hurt that the author is pretty funny too, and never takes herself too seriously.
Melissa Dally
Jun 12, 2014 Melissa Dally rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I really dug that this one was geared toward women and families living in urban and suburban situations. Sometimes it's not feasible to build a bunker on one's acerage! I borrowed this from the library, but I am definitely thinking I'd like to own it at some point.

I sure didn't need to develop a new scare tho! LOL (the EMP).
Megan
Aug 10, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
A bit too focused on food and toilet paper
I am not a prepper. Actually think all that money and time could be spent more wisely but it was an interesting read. I have evacuated twice for hurricanes so some of this would be applicable
Cari
Sep 23, 2013 Cari rated it liked it
This is a great book for any person wanting to be just a little more prepared for possible disasters, including natural disasters but also economic failure or loss of job. Bedford includes practical tips with steps that are clear and pragmatic, ranging from how to stock your pantry, preparing your children without scaring them, financial security, evacuation basics and securing your home. Each chapter ends with an easy-to-follow checklist, which makes it feel like something anyone can do. Whethe ...more
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This is a great book for any person wanting to be just a little more prepared for possible disasters, including natural disasters but also economic failure or loss of job. Bedford includes practical tips with steps that are clear and pragmatic, ranging from how to stock your pantry, preparing your children without scaring them, financial security, evacuation basics and securing your home. Each chapter ends with an easy-to-follow checklist, which makes it feel like something anyone can do. Whethe ...more
vanessa
Mar 03, 2015 vanessa rated it liked it
I liked this book, It gave me some good ideas, I knew a lot of it already though, but I did learn some new stuff. It was written in a fun way. I wish there was more medical and sanitary stuff in it.
Erin
Jul 20, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
I liked this book as a general overview but like with other books or even websites like this I get very overwhelmed with the volume of stuff needed to be self sufficient and where to start and especially if you live in an apartment and if you move often etc. I think I just need a different type of book....I mean I like the ideas of it but where the heck am I going to store 28 gallons of water in a 1 bedroom apartment and then #10 cans of stuff. I think I will just start with the American Red Cro ...more
Christina
Feb 11, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing
Very good book for beginners and moms who want to survive a disaster.
Jessica Mahajan
Jul 22, 2013 Jessica Mahajan rated it really liked it
This is a good place to start if you are new to preparing for disasters. The book has plenty of checklists for all types of disaster situations. Bedford also discusses how to afford to prepare and how to handle finances during times with power is out for long periods.
Though others have said she's less doom and gloom than other preppers, she still has many worst-case extreme-anarchy type scenarios and carries a gun in her car "just in case" (along with a case of water and tennis shoes for the wh
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Jhenelle
May 16, 2014 Jhenelle rated it it was amazing
This is a well-organized book that is great for those who are beginning preppers or for those who want to have a good system in preparing for emergencies. Each chapter is thorough yet concise in getting you and your family organized. It includes great checklists, preparedness resources, and excellent explanations for any items necessary in prepping. I definitely recommend this book to anyone seeking to prepare for an emergency.
Amy
This is a really good book on how to prepare for likely disasters such as blizzards and ice storms, wildfires to long term unemployment. The same preparations to deal with a likely disaster are often the same ones needed in case of a more unlikely national or global catastrophe - so you're really killing two birds with one stone. Lots of great checklists and resources. I borrowed this from the library, but I really want a copy of my own to keep so I can make use of the great lists and informatio ...more
Veronica
Sep 10, 2014 Veronica rated it it was amazing
Great book if you want to get prepared!
Emily
Aug 28, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
This is a great resource! She really walks you through just about every scenario possible and gives you step-by-steps actions be get prepared. Not only is the book an invaluable resource but she references her website which is a treasure chest itself. I really appreciate the viewpoint of survival and being prepared, from a mom's perspective- because for me, it's the first and most important perspective and will take precedence over all other issues ;)
Resa
Jun 25, 2012 Resa rated it really liked it
Shelves: homemaking
I love this book! Finally something on disaster preparation written for me: the average, suburban homemaker! My family thinks I'm a tad off my rocker making them put together bug-out bags and emergency kits, but just in case...they'll be as ready as I hope to be! Filled with common sense and awesome checklists (my favorite), you'll be able to rest easy--even if a tsunami is threatening Kansas City (ha).
Christine
Oct 27, 2013 Christine rated it it was ok
This book has many good resources and tips, but was overwhelming to me. I'm just dipping my toe into the world of disaster preparedness, and I thought this book sounded friendlier than the typical macho type of prepper book. However, I would consider this to be at a more advanced level. Not to say its a bad book, just not the friendly, supportive, baby steps type of book I thought it was.
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