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Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"A first-class book, probably the best available." -- Conrad V. Chester, civil defense expert and chief researcher, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
"Many times I have referred to [this] book...one of the few 'normal' books on survival." -- George Guillery, manufacturer of nuclear survival products
"One of the bestwell reasoned and completeguides to personal preparedness." -- Bruce Tippery, Remnant Review, Texas
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For those of you hoping for a ready-made directive to prepare you for a specific disaster, and a panacea for all possible scenarios, this book, like every other single book on the subject, is not for you. The key to all of this is a single word in the title: "Guide". Mr. Spigarelli does not espouse many of my beliefs and I would not expect that of him. Instead, what he does is to present some guidelines for developing YOUR personal preparations for whatever YOU think might happen.
Some decried his focus (the phrase I frequently read was akin to "2/3 of the book") on food preparation and storage. Let's face facts, here, people! The only thing more important than food, in disaster survival, is water and there's just so many ways of saying that you should have water put up.
But food.... Holy Cow! How much? What kinds? What methods of preparation? Pre-packaged or DIY? How to store it? He even makes things clear that you would think would be common sense, but when you read it you think "Yup! Some idiot is going to save a bunch of food they got on sale and end up being allergic to it!"
Mr. Spigarelli covers a lot of ground in just over 200 pages and provides tables either directly quoted or interpolated from sources like the US government. The book is a must-have if you're serious about being prepared. If, on the other hand, you're an ostrich with your head in the sand, don't bother. That will leave more copies available for the people who understand the book is a guide to use for their personal preparation.
Oh! Despite a plethora of spelling, grammatical or editing errors, the book is totally readable. Don't think errors in the language equate to errors in thinking regarding preparedness (as at least one reviewer hinted). There's a lot more in this GUIDE than could ever be overcome by language errors.
This book is a superb outline of the issues we need to concern ourselves with for emergency and crisis preparedness, but it's important to understand that it is not a complete "HOW-TO" manual. The intention of the book is to provide a comprehensive guide that ensures good coverage of all the important planning points. Within the limitations of that framework, it is an excellent work and should be included in most good survival reference collections.
Here are the section titles:
FOOD AND WATER STOCKPILING
130 pages, mostly on food storage; what foods to store, where to store them, how to store them, how to plan for food storage, and more. This includes basic nutrition and an excellent table that breaks down many food types with calories by weight and protein/fat/carbs content. It covers food preparation equipment and supplies briefly. There is a chapter at the end of this section on Emergency Water Supply that is a good starting point but needs individual tailoring by the reader before being ready to implement.
27 pages on sprouting, growing, raising (livestock), and finding (foraging). These are all brief and only serve as a planning guide and will need more details to implement.
28 pages on cold storage, canning, dehyrating, and other methods. As mentioned before, these sections are brief and not comprehensive in HOW-TO instructions. The dehyrating section is not enough to make us masters of dehyrating, but it contains valuable tables on dehydrating and good references to other sources.
15 pages on evacuation and survival tools. The tools chapter is 4 pages on firearms and little else, although other tools are mentioned in other sections of the book. A comprehensive table of all tools together in one place would be a welcome addition.
70 pages that cover clothing, cooking, medical, sanitation, types of warfare, transportation, communications, and home preparation (including a great list of tools and supplies).
8 pages of book references and 10 pages of sources for both tools and supplies and information. These lists alone are worth the price of the book.
Summary - this is NOT a book on wilderness survival, or survival gardening, or strategic defenses. It IS a book that contains an outline of knowledge areas we must be aware of and it has some key information and good listings of other sources and resources. The book is indexed.