Survival of the Smartest Book Review

I was recently emailed the book “Survival of the Smartest” by Aaron Turpen for my review:

Survival of the Smartest is a beginner’s guide to self preparedness.  The purpose of the book is to put you in the best position to prepare and deal with a disaster should one occur.  By disaster I mean either a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, etc..), medical/accident, or even war.

Mr. Turpen explains how to mentally prepare for an emergency in order to avoid panic and be better able to help yourself and others.  He guides you though a number of desensitization methods designed to train your mind to respond to an emergency situation in a calm manner without going into shock.  He explains this chapter in detail and expresses it as the single most important thing to do in the event of a disaster.

The book outlines the ways to create an emergency kit (for every family member).  This kit can be used during events that force you out of your home and also for the type where you are forced to remain in it for an extended period of time.   It guides you through what to put in the different types of kits for both the “stay in” and “bug out” emergencies and how and where to store them.  It introduces you to the need for a “safe room” for emergency shelter and for housing the emergency kits.  There is also some helpful information on how often to check and change out some of these items as well as what you should carry in your vehicle at all times.

In addition to the emergency kits, the book reviews how to create a home evacuation plan and how to coordinate a family meet up plan.   It explains about mass evacuation (like an entire town) and gives some helpful tips for when to leave and where to go.  The book even explains in detail how to hide from various authorities in the event that you do NOT want to evacuate your home when being forced to.

The book also goes into a lot of detail on how to shut off various utilities at the home level.  It has some very good pictures of a gas meter and the various valves and lines that go into it.  It reviews how and when to shut off the main gas line, how to test for a leak and how to turn it back on.  It explains about the main water line and the main power line.

The last part of the book reviews quite a few different disaster scenarios – earthquake, flood, nuclear, etc. It gives a short overview of each and offers tips for how to prepare and what to do in each.  I found the nuclear emergency section most fascinating and would never have thought of some of the things that were suggested.

I learned a lot from this book and it turned out that we are not nearly as prepared for an emergency as I originally thought.   Previous to reading this book I thought that our camping gear would be enough to see us through any serious emergency.  I’ve since learned that there is much more we should do.  Everything in this book is simple enough for anyone to do and takes very little time or effort.  It was worth my time to read it.

You can purchase the electronic version of this book here

Mr. Turpin is also a an editor and chief writer for the Truth2America website, editor for the HealthFreedomNetwork and owner of the HiddenHealthScience website.  Because I found the book to be so helpful, I also plan to visit these websites.

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Posted by: on June 12, 2011 under Product Reviews & Giveaways, Front Page Deals


  1. Thanks for the great review! Glad you found the book helpful.

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