Family Survival Course Review – My Honest Opinion

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Hey, Davis here.

Thanks for checking out my blog, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a comprehensive review of The Family Survival Course written by none other than survival expert, Jason Richards.

First and foremost, I just want to clarify that I will be writing an uncensored, unbiased, no-frills review of Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course.  What you are about to read are the ESSENTIAL details you need to know before picking up a copy of the guide yourself.

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So just what is this survival course anyway?

The “Family Survival Course” by ex-marine of 23 years, passionate survivalist, and founder of Jason Richards is a comprehensive emergency survival guide designed to keep you and your family safe should a major crisis hit your town or city.

Dubbed the “crisis survival Bible”, this guide shows you several tactics that you can start using today to keep you and your family prepared should the next national catastrophe hit your area.  Some of these tactics are pretty well-known, and many others were completely new to me.  Jason Richards makes it a point to go into almost painstaking detail over everything from what food to stock now to how to make your own herbal supplements.

For example, Jason teaches you how to make a 72-hour survival kit, or “bug out bag”.

This “bug out bag” is designed to give you the 15 things that you cannot live without just in case you need to get out of the area in a hurry, or “bug out” in military speak.  Now, everyone knows that you should always stockpile things like food, water, clothing, etc., but the book goes into detail giving you ESSENTIAL facts like how much water should you bring, what kind of foods should you keep, and what exactly should you store your critical items for survival in?

I’ve read a few family survival guides and books over the past few months, including the Worst Case Scenario Handbook, and don’t get me wrong, they all have some great stuff in them.  However, this was one of the first emergency survival guides I’ve come across that gives you the EXACT instructions on how to stay alive for the LONG TERM in the event of a crisis.  Jason Richards’ to-the-point writing style tells you EXACTLY what you need no know and nothing more, no added fluff and theory to fill up 136 pages.

Here’s exactly how much food and water you should keep in your bug out bag:

Water is absolutely essential to survival.  This will probably be the first thing you use after you’ve gotten into a survival situation.  For a 72-hour survival kit, you should always keep 1 liter of water per person per day as a bare minimum.  So for a family of four, you’re looking at keeping AT LEAST 12 liters of water in your bug out bag at all times.

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As far as food, ready-to-eat canned foods and energy bars are ideal.  For the amount, use 2,500 daily calories as a gauge.  This number will be about 15% larger for teenagers with voracious appetites, and about 15% lower for adult women and children.  It’s also recommended in the guide that you pack foods that you’ll like.  Morale becomes even more important as the days drag on.  Remember, this is for a bug out bag.  This is what you’ll keep around so you can grab it and run and keep yourself going for at least three days.

So what are the BAD things about Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course?

Just like every product that I have read and reviewed, it’s not perfect (nor would I expect it to be).

-          I wish that there were a few more pictures, especially when Jason is explaining how to make things.  From time to time, the survival guide get a little too in-depth with descriptions, especially when he is explaining how to make a greenhouse.  I had a difficult time picturing how the thing was going to look in my head after reading the instructions.

-          Jason can get QUITE intense with his theories on what is going to happen and how the American government is lying to us.  This is very evident when he spends 3 pages listing all the diseases caused by the fluoride added to water supply of almost every major U.S. city.  While healthy paranoia is a good thing, I would like to see his sources on where he is finding this information before I pass judgment on fluoride.  Also, while it was terrible what FEMA did when they corralled the Katrina survivors into the Superdome, I don’t really think “government slaves” was the appropriate phrase to describe them as.

And what are the GOOD things about it?

-          Jason covers everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING.  I found the plans to create solar panels for less than $200 to be worth the price of this guide ALONE.  This was also one of the few places in the book where PICTURES were added to show you exactly how they should look during each step of the process.  There are also plans for a portable generator made from a lawnmower, and how to make your own greenhouse using only plastic tarps PVC pipe, and Duck Tape.

-          This book is 136 pages of nothing but survival techniques.  Jason goes into great depth explaining in detail things like what foods to store, how to store them, what to store them in, how to get the most out of them, everything.  This urban survival guide was made to keep you alive for 7 years after a major disaster.

-          The Family Survival Guide is set up to flow in a no-fluff fashion.  Jason gives a great step-by-step guide on what you can do right now to protect yourself for the next Katrina.  Instead of a “you can do this, OR this, OR this” style, Jason keeps the book in more of a “you do this, THEN this, THEN this” style.  I found this to be a much less overwhelming style to follow.

-          It doesn’t matter what kind of emergency it is, this guide will still work.  Whether it’s an earthquake, hurricane, flood, or zombie apocalypse, you’ll be covered.  There’s even a guide on how to treat diseases with herbal remedies, everything from diabetes to diarrhea.  Jason is VERY passionate about survivalist tactics and it really comes through in his book.

-          You don’t have to be a survivalist veteran to do the things that he shows you in the guide, even building solar panels and portable generators.  Everything is explained in such a way that even the biggest survival dunce can figure it out.  I should know, I’m one of those dunces.

Overall, what do I think?

Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course is in my eyes one of the best no-fluff, no BS emergency survival guides on exactly what you need to do to survive after a disaster.  It’s got you covered from Day 1 to Year 7.  Jason, an Operation: Enduring Freedom veteran, police officer, and survivalist really lets his 23 years of survivalist training show through (and it really does show through!).  This guide is packed from start to finish with tips and plans to not only survive the next big disaster, but thrive after it.  I’ve learned more from Jason than I have from any other survival guide I’ve read.

Hope my review helped,


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  7. stephanie

    Thank you, Davis, for your review . It has really helped my decision as to whether or not I will buy this book.

  8. Alex

    Go to the website (the official Survival Guide one) and click on the Privacy/Terms & Conditions links at the bottom of the page:

    - “…Jason Richards is a pen name.”
    -”We disclaimany responsibility from … health [etc] …, since only a specialist [is] able to give advice accordingly”
    -”We may also disclose your personal information [when we think] the applicable may require us to do so.” -> All fine and dandy, but he mentions the “bully laws” on the website, Hipocrates will be proud.

    Now in all honesty, one needs something like this, but to allow an anonomous person that insists that we are heading towards doom covers his backside (on a link that very few people even notice these days) is a bit dodgy.
    Since a “pen name” assumes a fictional persona, one can only wonder how valid is the statement “23 years of military experience”. A janitor is NOT lying when he says he worked at MIT (or Cambridge/NYU/CIA/FBI for that matter) for 23 years…

    Transparency is the curse of all conspiracy junkies!

    One word: Think!

    1. Davis Post author

      Yes, that’s all true. I state in my review that “Jason” gets QUITE intense with his theories. I don’t agree that fluoride in the water will be the end of all civilization for example, but that doesn’t invalidate all the great information in the book. Thank you for your comment!

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