Prepping: It’s not just for grownups anymore.

thumbDallas resident Bernie Carr sees no reason that city dwellers can’t be ready for trying times. Having written The Apartment Prepper blog for several years and having written “The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster,” Carr has made preparedness more accessible to a lot of folks who don’t own bunkers.*

Now she’s taking on a new audience: kids.

Not to scare them into stockpiling skateboard wheels and Fruit Roll-Ups, but rather to make the idea of getting ready for any challenge – be it power failure or hurricane, earthquake or zombie apocalypse – less frightening.

Her new picture book, “Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids” (Ulysses Press) is designed to show young readers that it’s smarter to be prepared than scared. While imagining an amazing trip (deserts, mountains, jungle, a cave) they pack the supplies they need to stay warm, fed and safe.

Carr has donated a copy of the book for this week’s giveaway. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, whether you live in Tornado Alley or on the Ring of Fire, Jake and Miller’s story can show kids that getting ready isn’t scary – it’s smart.

Each page has a prepper-friendly lesson, such as “Don’t forget the can opener” or the importance of a crank radio for information.

And yes, the two of them do go on an adventure – but that’s all I’m going to say.

If you don’t win the book, you can get a copy for $8.50 to $11.48 on Amazon via the link above. Ditto the “Pocket Guide,” available for $5.99 to $7.50. Why let your kids be smarter than you when it comes to being ready for the next ice storm?

P.S. Don’t forget the can opener.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Monday, June 16. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, June 17, I’ll pull a new winner.

*And no, I’m not making fun of preppers. My dad is one, and my brother is heading in that direction. Come to think of it, so are DF and I.

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  1. Cindy Brooks

    I’d love to share this with all the kids (and parents!) in our lives!
    someluckydog at gmail dot com

  2. Cindy Brooks

    e-mail subscriber
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  3. Cindy Brooks

    following on facebook
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  4. Mary G

    Sounds like a fun book, actually!

  5. Great idea!

  6. Valerie

    Great idea for a book!

  7. Valerie

    I subscribe via bloglovin (feed).

  8. Valerie

    I “like” you on Facebook.

  9. Awesome idea for a book! I would love to read that one. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 I agree that prepping is not just for grownups anymore.

  10. Wendy Roberson Welch

    Great idea to make the kids feel involved with prepping and planning!

  11. Wendy Roberson Welch

    I subscribe via email. (wendywelch47@gmail.com)

  12. Wendy Roberson Welch

    I follow on Twitter (@wrwelch).

  13. Great idea to get kids into being prepared just in case. Learned that as a Girl Scout and by watching my Grandparents. A cool story just might “hook” my kids.

  14. Great idea! We need to prep a new kit. We moved and everything gets thrown out, replaced, and shuffled.

  15. Jessie

    Sounds fun, thanks.

  16. Sounds like an interesting read. Thx!

  17. Facebook too.

  18. We can never get enough books in this house! I’d love to win.

  19. I follow on twitter.

  20. I subscribe via RSS.

  21. I need to be prepared. Great giveaway.

  22. I subscribe via email.

  23. Ro in San Diego

    I would love to win and share the winnings with a family with young children. I follow you on Facebook.

  24. Ro in San Diego

    I follow you by email too

  25. You’ve always shared ways to be organized, frugal and prepared. Now there’s just a catchy word for it.

  26. Carolyn

    would love to win this for my grandkids (and their parents) to get them thinking


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