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When the pandemic hit us hard last March there was a problem of wide-spread supply shortages and panic buying. People were running to stores for whatever they needed — like food, clothes, cleaning supplies and, yes, toilet paper. We were all caught off guard one way or another. This is why I thought some survival guides to help us if another pandemic ever came our way again. Here are several survivalist authors which could help you in the future.

The Ultimate Preppers Survival Guide: James Wesley Rawles, a former U.S. Army Intelligence officer, has covered preparedness topics for many moons. Here’s what he says, “Could you survive the end of the world as we know it? The UPSG book will set you on the path to learning all the skills you will need to survive. We live in precarious times and sensible people are recognizing the preparedness between life or death.” Rawles explains how to survive in the short term and how to thrive in the long term. Practical, easy-to-follow instructions are included to instruct you on the preparedness you can make today, Prepare your home and family for a life threatening catastrophe by guiding you about food, shelter and security.

Wild Remedies: Rosalee De La Feret will show you how to forage healing foods and crafts for your own herbal medicine. She is the author of two bestselling books — “Alchemy of Herbs” and “Wild Remedies,” which were co-authored with Emily Han. These two herbalists will expertly guide you through the benefits of two dozen of the most important and commonly found wild plants, many of which you can easily grow in your own garden. Rosalee said, “If you’re looking for quality herbal information that you can trust, then you’re on the right spot.”

Peterson Guides: Roger Tony Peterson is one of the world’s greatest naturalists, but unfortunately he died in 1996. He was an artist, photographer and writer and his legacy goes on with these two books. “Edible Wild Plants” has more than 370 edible wild plants plus 37 poisonous look-alikes and they are described with 400 drawings and 78 color photographs. “Mushrooms of North America” has a new approach of identifying mushrooms based on five key features that can be observed while on the field. Toadstools, truffles, morels and much, much more. They can be delicious or deadly so be careful. These two beautiful books are essential additions to a naturalist’s bookshelf or backpack and the ideal tool for beginner and intermediate mycologists. Yes, go ahead and look this up.

Animal Vegetable Miracle – A Year of Food Life: Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to see rural life vowing they would only buy food raised in their own neighborhood or grow it themselves. The book contrasts with ecological costs of growing food in factory farms, transporting it thousands of miles and adding chemical preservatives so it will not spoil. This book has a mouthwatering appeal if there ever was one. It has insights, interviews and a ton of good stuff. Rich Bass, Boston Sunday Globe, said, “This will challenge your life perhaps never before has food been written about so passionately.”

This April is a good time to prepare your home and family for a life threatening catastrophe (think tornado). Remember, how quickly the pandemic hit us. Don’t get caught again. Happy survival reading. everyone!