If you have been curious about disaster preparedness, you have probably heard about the book ‘The Lost Ways’. Let us find out how to be prepared for disaster at all times and also how the book ‘The Lost Ways’ can help you. If you have watched Hollywood movies, there is no doubt that you are familiar with most of the end-of-the-world scenarios and also the various types of disasters that you could encounter.
In life, although unlikely, such emergency scenarios are very much a reality for the thousands of people, who experience natural disasters or get lost or left behind at faraway places every year. Therefore it bodes you well to be prepared for any eventuality, as the saying goes, “Better safe than sorry!”.
The book ‘The Lost Ways’ is a large collection of rare knowledge from experts in various fields directly or indirectly related to survival in disaster situations. It basically explains how our great grandparents survived in a much tougher world, hundreds of years ago and how these ways are still relevant today in case disaster strikes and we lose access to all modern day amenities. You must remember that they had no electricity or refrigerators or cell phones or active law enforcement and emergency services and also no shopping malls or Amazon or Walmart selling survival kits or guides. Yet they got stuff done and got us to where we are today.
In this book, the author, Claude brings to light, long-lost secrets that our ancestors used, to survive great famines, devastating wars, deadly diseases, droughts and all sorts of natural and man-made calamities. These secrets can be of tremendous help if we are to face such situations if such calamities befall our country or the world. Also, there are three interesting, old and extremely valuable lessons to ensure that your family and children are well fed even at a time when others may be looking for food in garbage bins!
The book, however, is not just confined to the author’s knowledge. It has advice from experts from various areas. Some of the most interesting ones include:
1. Patrick Shelley: He made a living even while living in the forests for years! He explains how you can make amazing traps and how to trap beavers so that you can enjoy the meat even when others have barely anything to eat.
2. Shannon Azares: She shares the secrets of sailors from three hundred years ago. This can help you store fresh water for months and even years.
3. Susan Morrow: She shows how you can create great medicines and antibiotics, the way our grandfathers did. There are several other experts in the book such as Lex Rooker who explains how you can create super-food that you can survive on, for years, and other such interesting and useful tricks from experts but let us not discuss them all so you have new to things to discover when you go through the book by yourself.
On going through the book, there is absolutely no doubt that it is an amazing one-of-a-kind resource for disaster preparedness. There is an incredible amount of practical tips and advice that is included, including a ton of stuff that you cannot find anywhere else. The collection of advice from the top experts in every field makes it an incredible piece of work. Knowing all of this, one must also realize that it is not a magic pill. It can show and tell but it cannot make you work. It will take you some time to finish reading the book, then it will take time for you to learn and master the skills.
Disaster preparedness involves much more than just reading a book. Here are top 3 tips for being disaster ready:
1. Be prepared for the more likely disasters that may affect your area: This is important to understand. A tsunami cannot affect a city that is two thousand miles inland. It is always sensible to be prepared for the disasters that are likely to strike the area where you live. It improves your chances of survival as well as brings down the cost of disaster preparedness. It does not really make sense to store supplies or survival kits for ‘all scenarios’, no matter what an internet guru may claim! Do not fall into the trap of ticking off check boxes when it comes to the scenarios you want to be prepared for. Just consider the ones that are likely to happen in your area and be prepared for them.
2. Buy simple and effective kits and keep them at the right places: You do need a survival kit with emergency supplies but you do not really need a fancy kit that says, ‘nuclear proof’ and cannot even be opened by your kids in case you fall unconscious. Thus it is better to avoid complexity when it comes to emergency situations and stick to simple, tried and tested supplies. Also, you do not need fancy food. Organic or Vegan food is not really what you will be looking for in case of a hurricane or tsunami. All you need is clean, high-energy foods to keep you alive and if possible, strong enough so that you may help your family and others in need.
3. Be knowledgeable: Knowledge cannot be stressed enough. Having the right knowledge can save your life over and over again in emergencies. This is where this book comes in. If you know what you are doing, there is probably nothing that can hurt you. If you can find or create food, shelter, and water, there is barely anything else you need for short term survival. However, you need the knowledge and skills to be able to find or make these things. In a disaster scenario, you are going to be competing with probably hordes of other survivors for limited supplies. It is obvious that you can not only win if you have the right knowledge and skills but you can also help out the others in need.
Your preparedness may be the deciding factor that determines whether you and your family perish or survive a disaster. Thus, it deserves your time, attention and money. The book ‘The Lost Ways’ is a great resource to help your prepare. However remember that reading is not the “be all, end all” of disaster preparedness, but taking action on what you learn, is what will ultimately help.