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In your preparations, what book do you refer to the most?

I am not too concerned with which book or books you might like but what book your refer to the most. For example, I am not delighted with the style of Boston on Y2k but I find I have picked it up more than all other books I have combined!

On of the reasons I am not enthralled with his style is that the author is a no nonsense tough guy that shoves my face into dealing with y2k more than I sometimes like. He reminds me of a drill sargent that I might hate but winds up saving my life.

-- Tomcat (, March 14, 1999


The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.

-- Rob Michaels (, March 14, 1999.

Mother Earth News is my pick, I have every issue :) Got them at,

-- Sally (, March 14, 1999.

Definetly, without a doubt, it is and has been Carlas "Bible" for about 8 years now at the Bear Den.

--Greybear, who won't stay home without it.

-- Greybear (, March 14, 1999.

If i could take only one book with me I would pick Carla Emery's Encylopedia of country Living- I have her latest plus an older version.

For magazines- it would be Countryside - the JD Belanger one- get a subscription plus every back issue you can get your hands on- it can't be beat. It's the current equivalent of the OLD Mother Earth News- 70's editions.(excuse me; 1970's; that's how we got into this mess anyway)

-- anita (, March 14, 1999.

Carla Emery's is #1; Magazine is also Countryside and Small Stock Journal.

But I'm also downloading every scrape of information from the 'net I can and putting together my own book. Tidbits from sites such as this one [Thank you all very much];;; y2kwomen; and forums are all being saved and shared.

-- K (, March 14, 1999.

Better be careful with that handle in this group, K (grin). <:)=

-- Sysman (, March 14, 1999.

I have a notebook on my kitchen table full of notes on what we need to buy for Y2K. Many of the notes have been crossed out, because we purchased that item!

-- Freddie the Freeloader (, March 14, 1999.

Besides Carla's book, my next is Solar Gardening by Leandre Poisson. Its a must-read for us Northerners who plan on growing food year round.

-- Lou Navarro (, March 14, 1999.

Carla's book is definitely near the top of my pile.

-- sparks (, March 14, 1999.

The Catcher In the Rye

--- J. D. Salinger

-- (you, March 15, 1999.

Making The Best Of Basics Talmadge Stevens especially for the just getting started

-- EC (, March 15, 1999.

I agree with all the above books and will add this comment.

When I started to seriously make plans in 1987, the first book I bought was A YEAR'S SUPPLY that was sold to me by a Mormon bookstore and is also available from mail order houses such as Out N Back.

I just loaned the book to a friend yesterday. Otherwise, I'd list the names of the authors (a husband/wife team). It is a very good book for someone just getting started buying supplies and for those who might not have thought about everything they need. It has good checklists.

-- bob (bob, March 15, 1999.

Michael Hyatt has just finished a new book entitled "The Y2K Personal Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get from This Side of the Crisis to the Other". The book is scheduled for publication on March 29, 1999. I downloaded the entire thing (900K bytes!) about 2 months ago, but then they took it off - the following quote from the web site (

"For a couple of months, I posted the chapters here for public comment. However, since turning the manuscript into the publisher, I have had to take it down. We were able to get the publisher to let us continue to post two chapters per week, on a rotating basis." - Michael Hyatt

The book will be over 500 pages, and will include dozens of suggestions that readers of the web version submitted (hopefully including my suggestion - William). My printed-out, 3-ring binder version is severely marked up and yellow-sticky-tabbed. My wife and I have spent hours pouring over the info and making our purchases. We're not done yet. I'll be buying the book just to see what he's added since the web version. It's the one single source I have used in my preparations more than all other books combined. I plan to get several copies for relatives and a few friends, so they can begin preparations.

The book will be available by the end of this month (3/99) in bookstores.

The following is a table of contents from the web site (no I am not related to Mr. Hyatt or have any business/personal connections...):

Introduction You Don't Have to Be a Victim

Part One: Information Chapter 1 Secure Hard Copies of Important Documents Chapter 2 Build an Emergency Preparedness Library Chapter 3 Develop an Alternative Communications System

Part Two: Supplies Chapter 4 Stockpile Food and Common Household Goods Chapter 5 Develop an Alternative Source of Water Chapter 6 Acquire a Basic Selection of Tools Part Three: Shelter Chapter 7 Evaluate Your Current Location Chapter 8 Secure an Alternative Source of Heat Chapter 9 Develop an Alternative Source of Energy

Part Four: Money Chapter 10 Build an Emergency Cash Reserve Fund Chapter 11 Collect Items You Can Use as Barter Chapter 12 Change Your Investment Strategy Part Five: Protection Chapter 13 Determine How You Will Dispose of Waste Chapter 14 Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies Chapter 15 Determine Your Self-defense Philosophy Epilogue Moving Beyond Fear Appendix A An Overview of Y2K Appendix B Y2K Preparedness Checklist Appendix C Making Sure Your PC Is Y2K-OK Appendix D Getting Your Local Community Ready Appendix E Shelf-life and Storage Tips for Various Foods Appendix F Where to Stash Your Cash

-- William (, March 15, 1999.

I'll fourth (fifth, sixth?) Carla Emery's book. Simply incredible.

-- Franklin Journier (, March 15, 1999.

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