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Arthur T. Bradley
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September 1, 2011 1616083875 978-1616083878 2nd
Ninety-nine percent of the time, the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of good food. But the world is a volatile place—storms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread. No one is ever completely safe. Humans live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and merciless. Could you protect your family in the case of an emergency—domestic or global?

The Disaster Preparedness Handbook will help you to establish a practical disaster plan for your entire family (covering all fourteen basic human needs) in case the unpredictable happens. Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly and disabled, children, pregnant women, and even pets. Well-researched by an army veteran and current NASA engineer, this is the essential guide every family should have, study, and keep handy, in case the unthinkable should occur.

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Editorial Reviews


“Families want and need actionable practical plans when disaster strikes and the Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family has it all in one volume!” (Shane Connor )

“This book is an incredible compendium of knowledge in the area of disaster preparedness. In spite of the many pages, it is never daunting or overpowering but rather written with a comfortable conversational tone.” (Kerry Lewis, Master Anjing Banfa )

“This handbook exceeded my expectations! It is a comprehensive presentation of ideas not only for disaster preparedness but also helpful for everyday living.” (Dr. Lee Green, Dangerous Man Christian Conferences )

“An easy to read handbook packed full of very helpful information to cover any emergency one might encounter.” (Marg Pollon, Founding Director of Bridges of Love Ministry Society )

“A great introduction to disaster preparedness in a single volume, both scholarly and easy to read!” (James Talmage Stevens, author of Making the Best of Basics )

About the Author

Dr. Arthur T. Bradley,  is an Army veteran, father of four, martial arts expert, and homeschooler. He is active in volunteer youth organizations, including the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. He holds a doctorate in engineering from Auburn University and currently works as a senior engineer for NASA. Having lived all across the United States, Dr. Bradley writes from personal experience about a wide variety of disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, house fires, and massive snowstorms. He is the author of The Disaster Preparedness Handbook.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 2nd edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616083875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616083878
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Arthur Bradley holds a doctorate in engineering from Auburn University and currently works for NASA. Having lived all across the United States, he writes from personal experience about preparing for a wide variety of disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, house fires, massive snowstorms, electromagnetic pulse attacks, and solar storms. He holds a black belt in Kenpo Karate and is highly skilled with all manner of firearms.

He has been featured in the New York Times, Money magazine, the Toronto Sun, Popular Mechanics, Men's Journal, and numerous radio shows.

His books include:

- Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
- Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms
- Prepper's Instruction Manual: 50 Steps to Prepare for any Disaster
- Process of Elimination: A Thriller
- The Survivalist (Frontier Justice)
- The Survivalist (Anarchy Rising)
- The Survivalist (Judgment Day)

Dr. Bradley subscribes to the philosophy that preparedness should always be motivated by love and concern, never by fear and paranoia. His practical approach to family preparedness has received widespread praise from individuals, emergency preparedness groups, and religious organizations.

He conducts seminars around the world, teaching individuals and families how to establish effective disaster preparedness plans. He also enjoys hearing from readers of his books.

Customer Reviews

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic & practical September 18, 2011
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Books covering TEOTWAKI & zombie apocalypse type scenarios are a dime a dozen these days as are the blogs and forums on the topic. What all these have in common is that they are completely impractical for the vast majority of the populace.

You cannot expect everyone to suddenly buy 40-80 acres of land in the middle of nowhere and live completely off-grid. Heck, not even in the middle-ages or antiquity would people live like that. But, this is what most survival advice books recommend.

What I liked most about this book is that it is relevant to the average person that has a job (s)he wants to keep, is not independently wealthy and wants to live with the comforts the human race spent the last few millenia inventing.

Highly recommended
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have to Protect You and Your Loved Ones! August 16, 2011
My family and I were living in New York City during 9/11. What happened is history, but we were totally unprepared for it. Fortunately, we were more than a mile from Ground Zero. We immediately began taking precautions in case another disaster targeted where we lived. If we had a copy of The Disaster Preparedness Handbook we would have had a terrific guide in terms of what to do. For example, we had no plan or place to meet up if we and our small child were separated. We didn't have food, water, protective equipment for emergencies, or a plan for how to leave the City (except to drive as we always did). We certainly hadn't considered any kind of disaster possibilities so we hadn't reviewed the fourteen basic human needs and how to provide for them. The book has great coverage, including the concerns of the elderly, the disabled, children, woman who are pregnant, and people with special needs. We all hope nothing will ever go wrong, but it's good to be prepared in case something does. This is definitely the book to have. Its price is reasonable and it has lots of color photos for illustration.
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, too much filler March 22, 2012
I bought The Disaster Preparedness Handbook to be better prepared. I was looking for a book that would address urban preparedness rather than outdoors survival. I was disappointed by its condescending tone, lack of in-depth analysis and many unfounded assumptions. The book is a collection of wikipedia survival topics with too much filler since half de book is useless data. I would have given it 3 stars had it been 100 pages shorter. Save yourself the money by reading wikipedia, thats where most of the data and photos in this book come from anyway.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful But not Fulfilling July 21, 2012
By ben
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I bought this book with Bug Out in mind. This book gives you some direction but if you are a novice prepper or more serious then this book will be useless. If you are starting out then it has some decent advice. it talks to much about prepping your house but without power or gas some of the info will not work. I suggest a book called "Building the Perfect Bug Out Bag". Also like another review I did not receive the 2nd edition but paid the price for it. What is up amazon?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Scott
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This is the disaster preparedness handbook for the average American. Its premise is that you don't have to be a hardcore prepper to be ready for a wide variety of the most likely disasters you might face. In this era of hype and doom-saying, it's a welcome message.

Dr. Arthur Bradley lays out the problem of disaster preparedness (DP) in an accessible manner that many can appreciate, in language that's easy to get through. This is no wild-eyed "fight off the cannibals!" treatise on right-wing nuttery. He advocates a balanced, rational approach to real scenarios that nevertheless refuses to buy its head in the sand and doesn't excuse those who choose not to prepare.

Early on, the book attempts to help the reader wrap his head around the various disaster possibilities and their likelihood, based on recent history. It's effective enough, but I doubt anyone that picks this book up needs convincing. We've all watched the news and gotten the heebie-jeebies when we realized just how unstable the world can be.

My biggest criticism of the book is that a lot of the sections went into more detail than necessary, presenting all options rather than just recommending the one or two best ones. There are a few sections that I could probably do without (a whole chapter on Sleep, and repeated speculation that terrorists might go after our food supply). A small quibble, though, compared to how much valuable information is contained here and how much common sense comes with it.

The info on sanitation and water treatment is the most thorough I've read. Staying hydrated and not getting sick are much more important to me than how to build a fallout shelter or which type of ammo to use on looters.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I have thoroughly appreciated Dr. Bradley's Disaster Preparedness Handbook!! This down-to-earth scholar has given us a manual that is well-researched and easy to put into practice. His military background gives him practical experience concerning emergency preparedness. His scholarly approach informs us about world political, economical, and natural upheaval. Dr. Bradley sites specific reasons why we should consider disaster preparedness---without hitting the panic button. He uses scholarly references for his information-NO fly-by-night websites or extremism here.
From financial preparedness, food/water born bacteria awareness, and first-aid to food shelf life, proactive supply plans, and preparedness scams to be aware of, this book is amazing. He even provides different scenarios so that readers can know how to react safely & rate their own readiness.
I keep this book with me always, and this is something our family has taken seriously and put into action. Thanks so much!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
Really like the book, especially the authors writing style. I like it so much that I purchased the hardback to keep onhand for reference. Read more
Published 3 months ago by WarbossSkullKrusha
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
I really enjoyed this book from first to last page. I have several survival and preparedness books. This ranks at the top. Enjoyed using the available websites also. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laurie phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you ready to survive a real disaster?
Your life matters. The lives of your family members are critical. You owe it to your family to have the basic knowledge that would enable them to survive a real-life crisis. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. D. Giard
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have only one, this should be it...
Disaster preparedness isn't "doomsday preppers". Concern for emergency preparation does NOT mean you're some sort of extremist suffering paranoid delusions (any more than having a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared
I took away a few good points from this book. I am not preparing for the end of the world but can forsee a major interruption os services due to an earthquake.
Published 5 months ago by bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful if even you are not expecting the end of the world
A practical, calm and common sense approach to making preparations for any kind of disaster: earthquake, hurricane, flood, monster snow storm, etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Bell
This contains useful information, but much is in the nature of good common sense, and that is probably most of what is needed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RONALD S SMITH
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide for real situations
Most survival handbooks are aimed for wilderness survival - this book is not. It is aimed at survival of disasters that you might encounter while at home as opposed to being in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on the Subject
Well organized and written in a fashion that is readily understood. The view is what should you reasonably do to prepare for likely disasters. Mainstream advice and guidance.
Published 7 months ago by Gord O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I bought this as a gift, because I already owned a copy I'd found at REI. As an overall guide for the whole smash, including topics not usually covered in "Bug out" type... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nightwatch
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