Best Emergency Preparedness Books

by Merissa on March 4, 2013

in Featured, Preparedness

Best Emergency Preparedness Books

Best Emergency Preparedness Books

Are you busy prepping lately or are you striving to be more self sufficient?  If you've ever looked up any resources, you know there are many books out there on prepping. It can be overwhelming! Here are my recommendations for the best emergency preparedness books that you can have in your library. Each of these best emergency preparedness books has it's own special qualities, and are useful for different areas of being self sufficient. Do you own any of these yet?


The Encyclopedia of Country Living

This book doesn't have much on kitchen info or recipes but if you have animals you will want to get this one! It has large and detailed chapters on raising and taking care of all different kinds of animals.


Back to Basics

Another great resource. This book goes in depth about "old fashioned" living. Everything from building various cold storage in your backyard to planting a good garden. This book is less "prepping" and more self sufficiency.

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Just in Case

This is a good and simple resource. It covers in detail what to do for all different kinds of natural disasters and how to prepare for them. If you are new to prepping or really want to work on being ready for natural disasters this is a good, basic, easy read.

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Making the Best of Basics

This book is another HUGE one with all kinds of info. This book covers food storage in detail, medical prepping, making prepping part of your normal routine, and much more. This is a very comprehensive book.


Mennonite Country Style Recipes

Now this might seem like an odd book on this list but the idea is to have a GOOD basic cookbook. Every kitchen that wants to be self sufficient must have one! The Mennonite Cookbook I mentioned above was actually my first cookbook as a young girl and I still have it and use it regularly, it's excellent! (And huge!)

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What do you think of this list of my best emergency preparedness books? Is there any that you would add? What do you think about having paper books like these on your bookshelf versus ebooks?



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1 Laura March 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

I received an autographed copy of Mennonite Country Style Recipes as a wedding gift 20 years ago and went to college very near where Esther Shank lives. This is by far my favorite cookbook. My copy is full of bookmarks, scraps of paper, and notations.


2 Merissa March 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Wow, so lucky! My book is totally falling apart now, it’s so well loved!


3 RevAllyson March 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Putting Food By is my go-to book for canning, drying, freezing and otherwise preserving. It’s the best. The Foxfire series, as a whole, also is high up the list, as well as being entertaining (people often forget to put “fun” stuff in their prepper bags!). I also have Hoyle’s Complete Book of Games, the 1986 or so version, which has every card game known to man up until that date. 🙂


4 momof7 March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

I would also recommend “How To Live Without Electricity And Like It” by Anita Evangelista. And “Five Acres and Independence” by M.G. Kains. Both have good advice on how to live without what we would call “neccesities”.
I agree too with the Foxfire Series- It’s fun just to read also.


5 Heather @ My Kansas Life March 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I love the Country Living Encyclopedia! Such useful information, and it’s kind of obscure stuff, too, so it’s a little bit of everything.


6 Kathy Harrison June 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

Thank you for recommending my book, Just In Case What an honor!!!


7 Merissa June 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

I love your book Kathy, definitely a great practical resource!


8 Leanne August 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

I purchased Carla Emery’s Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969. My daughter has it now and well, I am thinking of getting her a new copy for Christmas. It is looking a bit ragged from so much use.


9 Merissa August 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

That would be a great Christmas gift I think!


10 Laura October 28, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I have had Carla Emery’s Encyclopedia of Country Living for years, as well as having had all but the Mennonite cookbook at one time or another. My standbys for cooking & preserving are the Encyclopedia of Country Living, Putting Food By, Stocking Up, an original Boston School Cookbook, the Ball Blue Book and Butchering, Processing & Preserving Meats. I also have a couple of good pickling books. I also have an extensive wildcrafting and herbology library.


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