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PREPAREDNESS NOW!: An Emergency Survival Guide (Expanded and Revised Edition) (Process Self-Reliance) Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"It's a great thing that we have Aton Edwards to help inform and prepare the public." -- Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone
"Aton's work is tremendously important. What we need to do for the next round is to get ourselves prepared.--Chuck D.
"Mr. Edwards is often called the city’s foremost expert in personal disaster preparation he has appeared on the Today” show, has taught his Ready Up!” seminars to hundreds of participants with partners like the Red Cross and has set up, as part of the National Urban Self-Reliance and Preparedness Program, incident command centers” across New York, like the one he recently created for the hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa in the Bronx." -New York Times
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What's new in this edition:
- better chapter on food storage, with a table of shelf life of various foods
- new chapter on urban gardening (which is interesting although slightly strange)
- updated lists of recommended products and websites
- slightly reordered chapters, and minor edits here and there
After reading quite a few survival books and online resources, I find this to be the best book for preparing for Katrina-style disasters, meaning temporary but very disruptive, especially in urban areas. I live in a disaster-prone urban area and I find this book useful. The author covers various natural and man-made disasters.
The next best alternative to this book is the LDS Preparedness Manual for members of the Mormon Church, which you can find for free online. The Mormon guide is in some ways better than this book. It tends to focus way too much on food storage (although it covers plenty of other topics) - and it is not as convenient to read as this book. If you are interested in this topic, check out the LDS Preparedness Manual since it is free.
Bottom line: Highly recommended to city dwellers. It will help you get prepared for potential disasters.
One example - the section on shelter. It addresses 3 options - a tent (I didn't need a book for that idea), a geodesic dome (I don't know what it is and am pretty sure I won't build one, but this book wouldn't help me anyway, since it doesn't actually tell you how to make one, though it did inform me that they use them at Burning Man...) and how to live on the streets in a city or in abandoned buildings (I got this book so I wouldn't have to live on the streets!). It completely omits other shelter solutions, like using things available in nature or that might be salvageable or in your emergency supplies. The Lighting, Power and Heating section has good information on hand crank lanterns and solar, but somehow doesn't discuss fire making at all, and also spends a page on how to make a wind turbine, which obviously isn't for the beginner or short-term emergency.Read more ›
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I bought the original version in 2006 and learned an awful lot. Edwards knows this stuff forwards and backwards. I've just started on the revised version but it's from 2009. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay M.
This was a gift for a preparedness trainer. A bit outdated but still good info for anyonePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wouldn't say 'i love it!' as the five stars suggest, but I think it deserves five stars. It is a good read and informative, which is all I expected. A good reference.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Extremely thorough book. Edwards covered situations I'd never imagined but are actually very possible in this day and age. He also takes budgeting in to account which is nice. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ADDBounceyball
great book to have would recommend had the older version this one is much better and up to date !Published on August 15, 2013 by Georgina Rivas
This is a great book for people looking to make some basic disaster/emergency preparations. This isn't a hard-core "you must store 2 years supply of food" type of manual. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Charlie P.