Before you find yourself in a situation with a pandemic or other survival situation and you don't feel prepared for it, you can stock up your library with books that will help you learn the necessary skills. At the very least, you'll have tools that teach you even if you don't have all of the supplies you'd like to have.
If you want a reference book that helps you learn the skills you need when you need them, you can't beat this definitive guide. It's full of hundreds of skills from building fires to searching for shelter to handling first aid situations.
We'd all like to think we can call an ambulance or police officer to help us in times of need, but in a survival situation, you may only be able to count on yourself.
This guide is a gem that will help you treat all types of health problems from minor first aid to major chronic illness. This won't give you a medical degree, but it can help you to cope when there's no expert by your side.
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman
If you have to survive and you don't have a garden already planted, this guide will help you to learn which plants you can eat and which ones you should stay away from. In a situation that requires you to forage for food, this field guide will give you the information you need.
Gardening is one of the best ways that you can learn to survive in a difficult situation. But if you have no experience gardening, it may seem very overwhelming. This book is a complete guide to gardening to help you get started. While you're at it, you also need to begin ordering seeds as soon as you can.
SurvivalNations – Surviving a Disease Pandemic (Survival-Survival Planning Book 1) by Dr. Leland Benton
All survival situations have specific needs – and a pandemic brings certain risks and needs for survival. This book explains how pandemics spread and what you need to do to protect yourself as well as your family in the event of a worldwide disease outbreak.