Last week I reviewed Selco Begovic's new book.
At the time, I concluded:
As a matter of fact, Selco's book has got me wondering whether I shouldn't write one of my own, about the lessons learned in SHTF situations in the many and varied circumstances in which I've found myself over the years. I must think about that.
Many of you left comments or sent e-mails to say that I should, indeed, write that book: so I'll add it to my plans for this year. I'd like to get your input on how it should be structured, and what it should contain. I'm in a bit of a quandary here. If it's too much "I was there, and I saw this", then it won't have enough room for the practical information I'd like to include. If it has too much of the latter, it won't have space for very much of the former. What balance should I aim for?
Also, I don't want to write multiple books on the subject. I'd rather write just one. That means being selective about the number of issues it covers. It'll therefore address the most likely real-world problems and their solutions, but not more off-the-wall situations (otherwise it would be too long and complicated). To take one example, a lot of people speak rather glibly about "bugging out" when a crisis hits, and setting up somewhere else. I don't think that's practical for most people. I've already written about the subject on this blog, and I can add more information and more real-world examples to illustrate the point. That's the point of the book: to be practical about emergency preparedness, not go off on a zombie-apocalypse, TEOTWAWKI tangent. (If that happens, we're probably all going to die anyway, so I don't think it'll be very practical to prepare for it! I'd rather address emergencies that are more likely to happen.)
So, how best to structure the book? I'm thinking I should start with a short introductory section about disasters and emergencies I've experienced, witnessed, etc. and what I learned there. The next section should involve analyzing your own situation. What risks are you most likely to encounter? Which among them can you prepare for, in realistic terms? That would be followed by several sections covering the practicalities of preparedness: food, water, clothing, shelter, family needs, etc. They won't involve big, dramatic, Hollywood-type dystopian fantasies; they'll be down-to-earth, focused on solutions to problems that are likely to arise. I don't want to encourage the Rambo-fetishist, knife-between-the-teeth survivalists who infest so many online "prepper" forums and discussion groups. I'm trying to help people like you and I, seeking to have a backup plan in case anything goes wrong in our lives. (As all too many of us have learned, through earthquakes, floods, fires and storms, that's not a remote possibility.)
If you have suggestions to offer, or want to nominate subjects you'd like me to cover, please let us know in Comments. I'll take them into account in planning the structure and content of the book. Also, if there are areas in which I have little or no experience, I might bring in others to write those sections, to make it more practical.
Thanks in advance.