Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness, Author Jim Cobb

jim cobb 2Jim Cobb has worked in the investigation and security fields for more than 20 years and has been a survivalist most of his life. He is a Survival expert, author, blogger, and an active Prepper/Survivalist for more than 30 years. He has been a licensed private investigator for more than 15 years. He is happily married with three children, living in the upper Midwest.

Jim has 4 books currently in print:

  • Prepper’s Home Defense
  • The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness
  • Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide
  • Countdown to Preparedness 

Jim has 2 more books in the final stages:

  • Urban Emergency Survival Plan (due out in October 2014)
  • Prepper’s Financial Guide (due out in February 2015)

You can follow Jim on the following websites:

Other Projects

Jim has other projects on the horizon working with Panteao Productions ( on a series of survival/prepper instructional DVDs called Make Ready to Survive. Jim is one of 5 instructors tapped for this project.  Panteao is planning 8 or more DVDs in this series, the first of which should be released by December 2014.  Other instructors include Paul Howe, Kyle Harth, and Dave Canterbury, among others.

Also, beginning with the current issue of Countryside Magazine, Jim is now a regular contributor. He has articles planned for each issue from now (September 2014) through all of 2015, each focusing on a particular aspect of preparedness.

Here’s a quick summary of this latest book, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans: 

Welcome to the most important class you’ll ever take. This is the 4th book in the set of 6––2 more are being developed for release in the next few months. Jim’s latest book is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to fully prepare your family for any cataclysmic event.

In today’s dangerous world, there’s no place where disaster won’t find you. Your only option is to become educated. Presenting a straightforward 52-week course to becoming a full-fledged prepper, this book guides you step-by-step with everything from simple tools for storing food and water to advanced techniques for defending your family and property:

  • Learn to stock, treat, use and reuse the most important survival item of all—water
    • Store enough food to feed your family for three months without breaking the bank
    • Develop the emergency skills to respond effectively to any catastrophic event
    • Fortify and protect your home with affordable and manageable DIY projects
    • Create a prepper savings account to ensure your family’s well-being

If you want to make it out alive, you can’t rely on hope or help from others, you need to be ready to act on your own.


James Talmage Stevens Host ImageJames Talmage Stevens, Author

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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