Prepper’s Communication Handbook

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This post is by Bernie Carr,

Today we are looking at Prepper’s Communication Handbook by Jim Cobb.  Jim has been featured on Apartment Prepper a number of times, as he has written many books on preparedness: Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits.  Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide just to name a few.  You can also find him in

Prepper’s Communication Handbook deals with a subject that is often left out of many emergency plans, until you realize how important it is to be able to get in touch with loved ones in an emergency.

Here are a few more details about the book:  (excerpt from Amazon)

Exploring the best options for every disaster scenario, this hands-on guide features in-depth coverage on a wide variety of lifesaving emergency communication systems, including:

* Satellite Radio

* Shortwave

* NOAA Receiver

* GMRS and FRS Radios

* Citizen’s Band

* Ham Radio

* Radio Scanner

* MURS Radio

If you’re looking for a “take you by the hand” approach to learning how to set up a ham rig, look elsewhere.  The focus here is on providing an overview of all the different communication tools out there, allowing you to decide for yourself which ones are best suited for your needs,situation, and experience level.

I think the book gives solid information on this important subject.  I liked the sections on Amateur Radio as well as Codes and Ciphers.  The chapter on Putting It All Together with a sample plan made for a fictitious family nicely illustrates the steps to take.  I was not as keen on the Effective Communications chapter, or Conflict Resolution chapters however I can see how tips on resolving conflicts via communication can be helpful in times of high stress caused by a disaster.  Read the book: you’ll have a clearer picture of emergency communication options available and you can formulate a plan to suit your needs.

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  1. Thank you for the chance to win a nice, educational book. I am building my (meager) library and this would fill a void. Great posts, great site. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for this opportunity. My husband and I have been talking about this and trying to figure out what would be best for us.

  3. I’d love to win this book. Looks like a lot of great basic info to help you make prep decisions.

  4. I’m always looking to improve my preparedness library. Right now my comms consist of CB radio, FRS/GMRS radios (licensed for GMRS), and a Baofeng UV-5R. I’m studying for my ham license now.

  5. Comms is a big hole in my prepping, mostly because the people I’d want to communicate with are either five states away from me, or aren’t interesting in prepping seriously.
    Book looks interesting to have as a printed version to show people to get them interested in comms maybe.

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