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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Squall Press (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966797043
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966797046
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...if you read this book and take it’s advice you stand a better chance of saving your life..." -- Jone Scott, Salvation Army, Oklahoma Service Unit Representative

"Kolberg has conducted thorough research. This is an impressive book about a subject the public has been apathetic about..." -- William R. McNutt, Sr., retired FEMA disaster professional

"Kolberg’s book provides guidelines for protecting yourself and your loved ones. It is just a matter of getting organized." -- Dr. William Waugh, Jr., disaster expert and author of Living with Hazards, Dealing with Disaster

About the Author

Judith Kolberg is originally from Levittown, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1975. She founded FileHeads, a professional organizing company, in 1989 and has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 1990. She formed the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization shortly afterwards and has served as its director for seven years. A recipient of the NAPO’s prestigious Founders’ Award in 1996, Kolberg is the author of Conquering Chronic Disorganization (Squall Press), co-author with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life (Brunner-Routledge), and Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster (Squall Press). Kolberg is an experienced consultant, sought-after public speaker, and an accomplished writer on organization/disorganization topics. She currently is the Director of Professional Development for NAPO and resides in Atlanta where she is working on a fictional book.

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Judith Kolberg is originally from Levittown, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1975. She founded FileHeads, a professional organizing company, in 1989 and has been a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) since 1990. She formed the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization shortly afterwards and has served as its director for seven years. A recipient of the NAPO's prestigious Founders' Award in 1996, Kolberg is the author of Conquering Chronic Disorganization (Squall Press), co-author with Dr. Kathleen Nadeau of ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life (Brunner-Routledge), and Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural or Unnatural Disaster (Squall Press).

Kolberg is an experienced consultant, sought-after public speaker, and an accomplished writer on organization/disorganization topics. She currently is the Director of Professional Development for NAPO and resides in Atlanta where she is working on a fictional book.

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The written text itself is superficial in most areas.
R. Kolodny
The information is solid, useful, and easy to implement--all the things that a good starter manual on organizing for disaster should be.
Sandy
I would definitely recommend it to everyone, and will likely give this book as gifts this Christmas to my family members.
Amy Vertrees

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141 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on April 17, 2006
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CHAPTER 1: IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME -- examines the state of denial most of us live in regarding disasters, whether or not you can really prepare for the unknown, the types of disasters that you might experience in your life (natural emergencies, man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism), and the role that local disaster agencies provide during an emergency

CHAPTER 2: YOUR PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE NETWORK -- takes a look at the importance of communication during an emergency and the many obstacles that can keep you from receiving important information duringa crisis...plus tips for understanding the broadcasts from traditional warning systems, an list of actions that are warranted by each level of terrorist threat (green, blue, yellow, orange, red), how to make the best use of your local social network, and how technology can keep you informed

CHAPTER 3: ORGANIZE YOUR ESSENTIAL AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS -- provides a list of essential documents that you should have access to during a disaster, discusses accepted methods of proving your identity, and outlines vital contacts and codse you may need on hand...plus a listing of other important documents that you should be able to access if your property is destroyed, setting up a virtual safe deposit box, protecting business records, and preventing identity theft

CHAPTER 4: AVOID THE DISASTER AFTER THE DISASTER -- discusses methods for maximizing your homeowners protection, steps you can take before disaster strikes to protect your interests, what to do in case of emergency, and how to document the disaster...
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alice Price on May 7, 2007
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All of us, no matter where we live in the US or Canada, are vulnerable to some type of natural disaster - hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, blizzards, etc. - as well as the possibility of terrorist attacks. And now we also have to worry about the possibility of the avian flu.

In her introduction, Ms. Kolberg presents research that indicates a very large gap between our awareness of the need to be prepared for a disaster and our implementation of the steps necessary to meet that need. "What accounts for this gap between awareness and implementation? Two things: instruction and organization."

The first chapter, It Could Never Happen to Me, sets the stage for the rest of the book. As we all saw post-Katrina, first responders can be overwhelmed for days or even weeks after a disaster. It is up to each of us to not be a victim.

Each chapter of the book begins with a short If I Only Knew Then What I know Now.... story by disaster survivors and ends with a box entitled What Kids Can Do. The information Ms. Kolberg provides is concise, specific, and covers such topics as hunkering down, what to pack in a grab-n-go bag, family communication, first aid and protecting your home and its contents. An entire chapter is devoted to documents - what's important, what's essential, what to have copies of, where to store originals. There are nine forms and checklists (e.g. vital contacts, home inventory) in the appendix.

This is a book everyone should read. Even if you don't implement all of the suggestions, you will achieve a good deal of peace of mind for each item you do implement!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lao T. Sue on August 28, 2007
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If you've done any research on the web about emergency preparedness, you already know much of what's in this book. It might be good for a family or individual with no prior consideration of the issue, however.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amber Kelley on August 28, 2008
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This was a nice light read but was still full of great information. I HIGHLY recommend it! It's a great comprehensive overview of preparedness, you could even call it a 'primer'. I found it to be a great book for someone just starting out. If you're experienced in preparedness that book may seem elementary to you but you also might find a few things you haven't thought of. It's certainly worth the investment

Another big plus with this title is that it doesn't lean heavily on one area or another like so many other preparedness books. I have about a dozen different titles and some of them lean heavily on food storage or off grid skills.

The type of information included does not get outdated. This is important to consider in preparedness books. I've seen several that were Y2K based (or other outdated concerns).

Each chapter has a section at the end telling how you can involve children in the process which I found quite useful. There is also an appendix of about a dozen forms that will come in quite useful in your preparedness process.

There are a few items that make this book worth holding onto long term as opposed to reading, assimilating the info, and passing it on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy Vertrees on August 22, 2007
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A lot of the information is common sense, but there were many suggestions that I had not thought of before. I would definitely recommend it to everyone, and will likely give this book as gifts this Christmas to my family members.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lyd on November 5, 2010
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I was mortified by the quality of this book. I bought it because it was supposedly one of the top five preparedness books recommended by a supposedly reputable author's post on this site.

Page 110 states "Women should use flat-heeled shoes or sneakers only in an emergency." Wait until the Nike and Merrill shoe companies read that statement. I never met a woman who wore high heels ALL of the time, I guess Ms. Kolberg does.

See page 111 where it is stated "Do not use woodburning fireplaces or stoves......to heat the inside of your home." I am a Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified Chimney Professional and I install woodstoves in residential dwellings 50 weeks a year. Just tell me how, when the SHTF do you intend for people to heat their homes, Ms. Kolberg? You tout layering clothing, you recommend propane and kerosene. Great, I am sure that when people run out of either they will be able to find an ample supply of either right in their own backyard. Ms. Kolberg justifies this preceeding statement by saying that the risk of CO2 poisoning and fire is too great. Bull. The only risk is people's stupidity of not having working CO2 and fire detectors in their homes. Do you know that every person who heats their home with a furnace or boiler has a potential bomb in their home? Having fire in the middle of your home is just not a good idea in the first place but, it is commonplace now, isn't it? In cold climates, no sane, able bodied person would not have a working woodstove in their homes.

All flues, wether they serve a fireplace, woodstove, pellet stove, boiler, furnace or gas appliance should be inspected EVERY year by a certified professional and swept when necessary. This is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association.
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