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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Fedhealth (May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930131003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930131002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,070,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...This book will soon be considered the standard for emergency preparedness...practical down-to-earth information put in a compact easy-to-use format..." -- Michelle B. Graye - Tucson-Pima Public Library

"...We are pleased to offer this useful book to our members." -- Joshua Fowler, Executive VP - Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa

About the Author

Bill and Janet Liebsch are the authors, publishers, and founders of their new corporation Fedhealth. They consider themselves "social entrepreneurs" since one main goal is to develop and market programs that primarily benefit schools and nonprofits while helping communities focus on preparedness.

Customer Reviews

There is a lot of information in this book.
R. Lloyd
The guides, information, and just plain common sense solutions will save lives.
Robin Marks
This guide, or one similar, should be in every household.
D. Fowler

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tydings Frushour on May 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have a copy of this book in my disaster "GO" bag & car glove compartment. As a retired emergency manager, I was so impressed with this book, that I ordered 250-copies for hospital employees, prior to my retirement. This book, along with Red Cross 1st Aid skills, gives the best information regarding how to prepare for disasters, & additionally, provides necessary information on how to begin the road to recovery post-disaster. Many Red Cross materials are free. This book is essential, for it contains the information you need to prepare, mitigate, respond & recover from a disaster.
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Format: Perfect Paperback
There seems to be a plethora of survivalist and disaster preparedness books on the market today and when I spotted this one I was hesitant to purchase it. Do I need one more of these books? I finally decided to pick up this copy after taking a look inside. The first thing I wanted to take note of was whether or not it was up to date. One of the first things I came browsed was the section on cardiac arrest and giving CPR. It was indeed up to date and used the American Heart Association guidelines and distinctly outlined when or when not conventional CPR or hands-only CPR should be used. I have a few books on my Kindle, but a hard copy is much more convenient in times of emergency. No power, no Kindle.

This book, as are many in its genre, is a marvelous compendium of disaster preparedness materials, most of which are drawn from governmental resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Public Heath Agency of Canada. Sources are indeed important if you are to rely on any book in times of emergency. The set up of the book itself makes it easy to read. The topics and bullets are printed in red for easy identification and quick reference. For example, one section under hailstorms, "Before a Hailstorm," I could easily spot the words or phrases 'Listen,' 'Park It,' 'Bring 'em in,' and 'Stay put.'

The book is divided into four sections: Family emergency Plan, Kits & Shelter, Disaster Preparedness & Prevention, Information & Tips on Basic First Aid, and Emergency Contact Names & Numbers. In the back of the book is an excellent index, end and source notes and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Lloyd on July 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
There is a lot of information in this book. The information it has provided my family and friends has been indespensible. We have referred to this book countless times for a variety of reasons. It has helped us in gathering and organizing important documents and helped us in developing a family plan for emergencies (we have hurricanes here). Everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency, particularly in situations where we may not be together. We established where to go and how to stay in contact with each other - especially useful when phones may be out. We have given books as presents and I understand that it can be used in fund raisers. Man I wish some organizations would sell something like this - something that is actually useful ! Everyone should have a copy of "It's a Disaster"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Marks on November 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding guide. It brings together emergency preparedness and immediate action. Bill and Janet have painstakingly researched all facets of the most likely injuries to occur in a disaster situation. This is a must have resource guide because we know that in a major disaster situation local emegency services are beyond overtaxed and help may not show for hours or days. The second half of the book on preparedness steps are divided by specific types of disasters - hurricane, earthquake, etc. The guides, information, and just plain common sense solutions will save lives. I wish I'd had this book during Hurricane Fran in North Carolina and Hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico. With my flashlight, NOAA radio, canned food, and "It's a Disaster" book, I'll be ready for the next one. Buy one for yourself and one for everybody you care about.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Williams on April 16, 2011
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This is useful information for everyone. A great reference to keep on hand for any disaster.

Let's face it, your smart phone and computers will not work when needed most; so don't plan on them being available. Only you are responsible for you; none of us pay for our very own fireman, policeman, or lifeguard. Besides, they have their own families to worry about first.

Think caring for yourself for at least a week.
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This book contains useful information that might help someone begin very basic, general disaster planning. However, the book seems to be intended for junior high school kids. Language is simplistic, which is not necessarily bad, but in the case of this book, is patronizing and insulting. One example: throughout the book animals are referred to as “critters,” causing me to feel that the authors were talking down to me. Anyone who wants to begin disaster preparations (and I hope that includes you) can easily get it, in a style addressed to adults, here: [...] You have already paid for this resource through your tax dollars, and it is a very good start. Another excellent beginner’s resource is Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family by Arthur Braley. It guides you through a very simple, practical, inexpensive system for preparing for life’s bad moments. And no, I have no financial interest in your decision.
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