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Consider This: When There is No FEMA

As founder and organizer of the Tampa Readiness group and, Rich Bryant has been deeply involved in the disaster preparedness movement since 2008. Since that time, that original group has spawned and inspired satellite groups throughout Central Florida, and Rich has provided presentations to numerous other groups across the state.

In earlier years Rich worked on the family farm, growing up hunting, trapping and fishing in the swamps and woodlands of West Tennessee. This diverse background of practical knowledge is the background with which Rich has approached prepping, and the authorship of When There is No FEMA. As work on his book progressed, that timeless wealth of knowledge and experience found its way between the covers.

The result of this life-journey is a book that delivers a treasure trove of knowledge and insights to the contemporary prepper/survivalist.  When There is No FEMA not only provides the type of deep detailed information needed by those seriously interested in surviving social breakdown at the individual and group level, but it also covers survival and renewal at the community level.

Prior to being drawn into the world of disaster preparedness, Rich worked as a technology consultant specializing in information and physical security for many major organizations throughout the US. Much of that experience was in the areas of physical and information security––a background which has lent a security-centric emphasis to the book.

In 2010 Rich realized that there was a need for a serious book on the subject that contained sufficient detailed information to provide “normal people with a fighting chance” to survive a major social breakdown.  When There is No FEMA is the result of the subsequent 3-year effort, which required endless research and countless into-the-night discussions with experts on every aspect of modern-day survival.

Perhaps most importantly of all, When There is No FEMA is intended to help the reader think clearly about preparedness, make the best preparedness decisions with limited resources, and to begin to transform themselves both physically and spiritually into a person who can better deal with the enormous challenges that lie ahead.

When There is No FEMA is written as a non-fiction survivalist preparation and reference book intended to help the reader think clearly about preparedness to make individual decision(s) with individual resource(s), experience and time constraints. The book strives to provide deep, detailed information needed by those seriously interested in surviving social breakdown at not only for individuals and small groups, but for entire communities as well. These practical researched facts and tested techniques are intermixed with brief first-hand and historical anecdotes. This combination of specialized information contributes to both the readability and memorability making When There Is No FEMA an easy cover-to-cover read.  The organization and deliver indeed contribute to this one-volume tome to be considered a must-have encyclopedic disaster preparedness resource for everyone serious about being prepared for the uncertain future.

Rich organizes the content to cover these broad areas to facilitate the reader to:

  • Learn the ins and outs of creating a self-sustainable survival capability through hunting, farming and community building.
  • Prepare to defend self, family and the community with effective tactics, communication and planning.
  • Prep smarter with a logical approach to stocking up on the right things, in the right way to avoid wasted time, space, and money.
  • Gain understanding in the threats from poor sanitation in addition to the infrastructure and practices needed to maintain a healthy environment.

Rich created the website  in support of When There is No FEMA. Initially it was intended to provide prospective readers with a good introduction to the book and to direct them to where they could purchase it for themselves.

With the passage of time, the charter of  has expanded to better connect the author with the reader, and to provide those interested in becoming better prepared with access to information and preparedness-related products and services that the author has personally reviewed and endorsed.

Rich’s hope is that  fully accomplishes its purpose in providing those interested in disaster preparedness to make best use of their resources as they become as prepared as possible––as quickly as possible.


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James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.

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