The Free "Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness"


If you are like me, you have amassed a collection of electronic books, manuals, brochures and documents related to preparedness. This is all fine and good and is something I endorse 100% but there are times when a digital document will be of no use.

Clearly, a power outage or grid down situation bubbles to the top but in addition to that, sometimes we just want to pick up a real book and thumb through it to find answers.

One solution, of course, is to print out the most important stuff to store in binders or folders. Good idea but there are issues: namely the cost of all of that printer ink and paper plus the space to store all of these printouts.

Which brings us today’s topic.

Not known by many is the fact that you can call or send an email to FEMA and have most of their online reference materials sent to you in printed form. Now how cool is that?

Are You Ready: An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

fema-bookOne of the FEMA reference books that is a must have is Are You Ready: An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness. This particular 206-page book is chock full of useful information presented in a format that is easy to read with photos, charts and checklists.

It can be used as a reference guide or even as a step-by-step manual for taking protective measures to secure your homestead against disaster.

The chapters include:

Basic Preparedness

Natural Hazards

Technological Hazards


Recovering from a Disaster

Plus the three appendixes:

Water Conversation Tips

Disaster Supplies Checklist

Family Communication Plan

I think it is pretty nifty to have all of this information - ready to go and in print form - and 100% free. Of course our taxes have paid for this but if you don’t know about it, you can’t get it, right?

Sounds Good. How do I Get It?

Okay, here is the deal.

To get your own copy, you need to send an email to and simply state that you would like a copy of “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22)”.

Be sure to include your mailing address (a PO Box is okay). A short time after sending the email, you should get an order acknowledgment telling you it may take 4-6 weeks to arrive although mine arrived in less than 2 weeks. You may also call 800-480-2520 with the same request.

If you would like an electronic copy as well, here is download link: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.

The Final Word

The FEMA website at is a storehouse of useful information. I find the information available at the site invaluable to my own research and also as a starting point when mitigating the risks in my own area.

Just keep in mind that any publication related to preparedness - whether free online or purchased on from Amazon or elsewhere - is only as good as the follow-though you take to insure that you have done what you can to put together the food, water, supplies and skills to survive when disaster strikes.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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About Gaye Levy


Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to San Juan Island. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at

At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us. You can find Gaye through her website, on the Backdoor Survival Page on Facebook.

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