Perhaps you’re thinking that since the Mayan faux-pocalypse is a thing of the past, you won’t be needing to Bruce Willis yourself out of a life threatening situation any time soon. But it’s that kind of thinking that’ll get you in trouble, friend. The hard truth? It’s a dangerous world we live in, and even if you haven’t recited the Scout Motto for two decades, it’s a prime idea to Be Prepared at all times. The SEAL Survival Guide: A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster ($14) by survivalist, television personality and former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley is a step-by-step guide to raising your chances of survival, no matter what life throws your way.

Learn, among other things, to improvise weapons, survive animal attacks, live through pandemic, pack a Go Bag and subdue hijackers. Starting with small steps that challenge and expand your physical and mental comfort zones, the book’s goal is to make you think clearly and confidently so that you’re on point and ready at a moment’s notice to survive the unexpected. Just like a SEAL.