Hi ya’ll hope you are all having a happy Monday!
I was so excited to join in on the this book tour one because Jim Cobb is extremely knowledgeable in his field of survival skills and I feel comfortable sharing with all of you not only about him but about the excellent books he writes!
Many of you might not know but in addition to being an author and a preparedness consultant he also makes time to mentor and coach others to share their knowledge so he’s just an all around great guy besides being an expert in his field of survival and planning to survive!
This book The Urban Emergency Survival Plan “Readiness Strategies for The City & Suburbs” by Jim Cobb is something I am also excited to share with my readers as I am the Suburban Homesteader and of course I prep as well living in Coastal North Carolina but I realized we were not all that solid on planning this past year when I had my first podcast interview with Jim Cobb! This will be re-broadcast this next year on The Prepper Broadcasting Network so stay tuned!
I am currently reading this book right now and it is so good and it hits right where I am in Suburbia….where do you go in Suburbia? Do you go further out to the country? Do you go into the city? Do you hide out?
What do you do to be prepared because once something happens it is too late to make a plan!
Jim shared with me when I interviewed him planning and communication are both integral pieces!
Excerpt from URBAN EMERGENCY SURVIVAL PLAN, Chapter 3 – Making Emergency Plans
Communication is key
Planning for communication is a key element of any disaster plan. While we live in a day and age where we routinely chat with people all across the globe using handheld devices, it is important to realize the use of those devices hinges upon their ability to function properly. If any one element of the equation, such as power for the device, the transmission signal reaching the satellite, or the signal reaching the other device, is taken away, the system falls apart.
Plan ahead for backup means of communication. For starters, each family member should carry a wallet card or some other list of important phone numbers. If the cell phone runs out of juice, you won’t be able to access the contacts list. Should you need to call a family member, knowing they are number six on your speed-dial isn’t going to be of much help.
It is also wise to, as part of your written disaster plans, set up a specific time interval for calls home or to other family members. What this does is help prevent unnecessary worry on the part of folks at home as they anxiously wonder when you’ll be calling. If the plan says you will call every hour, or every half hour, they know when to expect the phone to ring. They can spend the time in between listening to news broadcasts or otherwise trying to gather information to help those family members who are away from home. This sort of arrangement is also good for preserving the battery in the cell phone. You can turn the phone off when not in use, confident that family members know you won’t be calling for another hour.
As has been found time and again during and immediately following disasters, cell phone towers can quickly become overwhelmed. While you might see four full bars of signal strength on your phone, there are so many people trying to make calls at the same time that few of them actually get through. Worth nothing is the fact that text messages will often still get through during those times, as they are routed through a different system. If you can’t get a voice call to go through, try texting. This is something to keep in mind when it comes to communicating with children who may be stranded at school. While school rules often forbid the use of cell phones during class time, in an emergency I doubt many teachers are going to be handing out detentions to the kids who are trying to get in touch with parents.
A communication tree is also advisable. Put in very simple terms, you assign a person to be the start of the tree and they call two people on the list. Each of those persons call two people, and so on down the line. This system has been around for quite a long time and it works very well for getting information spread quickly.
However you set it up, everyone involved with the disaster planning needs to be on the same page with regards to communications. Who is going to contact who and how will such contact happen?
I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about Jim Cobb’s new book because he is also offering my readers a giveaway copy today!
I wish you all the best of luck!
or if you don’t want to wait on the chance you may win or not you can get this book for your favorite prepper in you life this holiday season! Or maybe you are looking for a book to get your plans locked down more or just to learn more about how to prepare!
Jim Cobb is a recognized authority on disaster readiness. He’s written
several books, including PREPPER’S HOME DEFENSE, COUNTDOWN TO
PREPAREDNESS, and PREPPER’S LONG-TERM SURVIVAL GUIDE. Jim has been
actively involved in prepping and survival planning for about thirty
years. In addition, he is a licensed private detective and has worked in
the investigative field for about two decades. Jim lives in the upper
Midwest with his lovely wife and their three adolescent weapons of mass
Jim can be found online at the following sites: