5 Best Books To Save Your Life: Disaster Preparedness

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5 Best Books To Save Your Life: Disaster Preparedness. My theory in life is simple: if I’m prepared for it, it won’t happen.  I recognize this is reprehensibly naive, but there you go.  So far it’s been working for me; I haven’t died (up to date Will and life insurance policies, score!)  So, you can see it never hurts to Plan Ahead.   I suspect some of the truly awful reality series aren’t helping the cause of preparedness any–yes, “Doomsday Preppers,” I’m talking to you.  But you don’t have to be a paranoid nutjob to be concerned about the possibility of all manner of disasters. Case in point?   Here in Salt Lake City, Utah, my family is less than 70 miles from the following:

  • The wildly unstable Wasatch Fault
  • The world’s largest stockpile of nerve gas and low-level radiation dumps (thanks, local lawmakers!)
  • An atomic reactor at the University of Utah–3 blocks from my house
  • Two key military bases
  • Two massive oil refineries waiting to blow sky-high
  • And word is (allegedly) scores of nuclear weaponry “out in the desert”
  • Oh, did I mention the wildly unstable Wasatch Fault?


You can see why at this point I’m really hoping for the Zombie Apocalypse as the best of my options. Anyway, let’s get back to Planning Ahead.


5 Best Books To Change Your Life: Disaster Preparedness


Disaster Preparedness: Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents; Disaster Survival for the Family: I love James Mushen’s book because the man is clearly smack-dab in the middle of the Sandwich Generation with the rest of us.  How do I get my father from his care center and my toddler from pre-school?  Where do I put my twin’s seizure medications?  Where does my emotionally needy Portuguese Waterdog go in the roof rack?  I love those cute little booklets that apparently think we all have families with 2.5 members.

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit: I think some of these “experts” who write these books are forgetting that we don’t all have pack mules to carry our “bug-out bags.”  The point of said bag is that you may not be able to throw it in the back of the ol’ SUV and drive off into the sunset.  Your 8 year old might have to walk while carrying one.  Author Creek Stewart seems to understand this.

The Poor Man’s Prepping Guide: How to Prepare for Disaster on a Shoestring Budget (Stay Alive): THANK YOU.  If you have the $10,000.00 or so needed to be all kitted out for the Zombie Apocalypse, please accept my congratulations and also, send me your address because we’re coming to live with YOU.  How to build what you need on a budget.

Sigh…yeah, I know we’re all sick of the “…For Dummies” book series.  But the Disaster Preparedness for Dummies book really is very good.  And simple.  And easy to follow.

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis: let’s face it.  The 72-hour kit only gets you so far.  What if it’s a 2-week blackout, like with Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast?  Or the End Of Everything, like New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?  This is an excellent guide to building a food storage system that protects your family not only during a crisis, but during illness, poverty, job loss, etc.  Now, that is preparedness.



Todd & Erin’s Shop Locally Holiday Guide – Rogliano’s Italian Dressing

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The Todd & Erin “Shop Locally” Holiday Guide – Rogliano’s Italian Dressing.

I have a 6’6 mountain of a brother that’s a hard-core carnivore. He was “Keto-friendly” before there was such a thing. So I buy him a case of Rogliano’s Italian Dressing every year for his Christmas gift. Aside from being ridiculously tasty, this stuff acts as a marinade … part of your crockpot meal … ribs … pasta salads … pork … sandwiches … shrimp … it even makes a perfect gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and panini when you baste dressing on your bread instead of butter.

Would you like a free bottle of Rogliano’s?

Just send us one of your recipes that’s made better with a little Rogliano’s added and we’ll send you a bottle! You can add it in the comments below or send it to: toddanderinshow@gmail.com.


But here’s why I love Rogliano’s: Jeff and Veronica.

They’re the owners of this lovely, tasty business and they’re at every local fundraiser, every community event, and they epitomize “shopping local.” Rogliano’s is carried in select local grocery stores, from Harmons, Macey’s, Lee’s, Fresh Market and Dick’s Market.  You can find all the locations that carry them here. If you don’t want to have to actually leave the house, you can order them online as well at Rogliano’s.com. There are all kinds of lovely recipes online as well, just in case you have “chef fatigue” and you can’t think of one more thing to cook. Jeff describes their tasty dressing like this:

“The recipe for Rogliano’s Italian dressing has been a family tradition since 1922. The authentic Italian taste comes straight from the old country and is not only a delicious salad dressing, but makes a great dipping sauce, seasoning or marinade that is superb for grilling.”


They’ve dressed up their bottles for the holidays, so it tucks nicely into a Christmas stocking, a gift basket (or in my gigantic brother’s case, a side of beef and a case of Rogliano’s) and part of anything that needs extra tastiness. Here’s a store locator to find your Rogliano’s fix closest to you. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Want to pick up a bottle in person?

Jeff and Veronica are all over the map this holiday season:

Holy Cow Christmas Boutique – Nov  20-23  – Lindon Community Center – Utah county
Simple Treasures Weber Holiday Boutique – Golden Spike Events Center – Ogden
Daybreak – Winter Market & Santa’s Arrival – Daybreak Community Center – Daybreak
It’s a Wonderful Life Festival – Dec 13-14th  Deseret Peak Complex – Grantsville (Tooele)

And, their Black Friday for case delivery for holiday gifts. It works like this…

Free delivery for our dressing famiglia! Just $3 a bottle for 12 or more bottles of either flavor. Use coupon code “famiglia” at checkout on Roglianos.com/shop. Perfect for family, friends, co-workers and even you. Offer only good through 12/1 in Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Davis, Box Elder, Cache, Wasatch and Summit counties. Will be delivered after 12/1. #roglianos #UtahsOwn #SmallBusinessSaturday #BlackFriday #CyberMonday

Support local businesses this holiday!

Supporting Rogliano’s by throwing a boatload of bottles in your shopping cart is one of the best ways to show love a local business. The folks at Rogliano’s are here for the community at charities … holiday events … Erin’s Night Out … Look! Even Kevin (Hercules) Sorbo loves them. And so do I.

Everybody loves Rogliano’s. Even Governor and Mrs. Herbert know a local treasure when they see one.