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- Establish a disaster plan
- Covers 14 basic human needs
- Extensively researched
- Easy to read disaster guide
- Well-researched by an army veteran and current NASA engineer
- Essential guide every family should have, study, and keep handy, in case the unthinkable should occur
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The Disaster Preparedness Handbook will prepare you for the 1% of the time when things go bad. 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.Shelter.First Aid.Protection.With this book you can outline your survival plan.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..Authors - Dr. Arthur T. Bradley.Binding - paper.Pages - 544.Publisher - Skyhorse Publishing.Year - 2011.ISBN - 9781616083878.
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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.
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.
Dr. Bradley points out that you going overboard on food storage won't help you; you have to stay balanced. He also includes a lot of good info on food poisoning and how to avoid it. What other disaster preparedness book have you read that talks about food poisoning in detail, citing specific bacteria and their causes/treatments? And yet it's a huge problem in disaster areas. It makes a handy reference, and this was one section I didn't mind the extra level of detail.
There is a decent run-down of First Aid, and although I keep other references for medical advice I suppose it doesn't hurt to have as much information around as possible. I was very pleasantly surprised to see a Financial Preparedness section which included many great suggestions for saving money and handling the money you save. This is another subject most DP/Prepper publications skip over.
One point I really appreciated: pre-made disaster buckets and kits are totally inadequate in real emergencies. Better than nothing, sure, but if you think buying a $40 pre-packaged kit from Wal-mart will cover you, you're going to be hurting. "The best DP kit is not the one with the most supplies but the one with the right supplies."
I really enjoyed the variety of test scenarios at the end, encouraging you to act them out at some level with your family to see how it would really be and what holes there are in your preparedness. There are also some good lists and worksheets to look over in case you haven't considered all the items you might need.
All in all, a very informative and practical guide. Basic enough for complete beginners but with enough information on a variety of subjects for veteran preppers to sink their teeth into. Definitely worth a few bucks for the ebook, and having a paper copy on hand would be even more practical in a disaster!
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>the book is not sensationalistic; it presents a reasonable and responsible perspective
>Bradley does an outstanding job of balancing presenting enough information to be useful and making a person truly informed but still remaining relatively brief and to-the-point (i.e. there's minimal filler...mostly solid useful information that isn't too long-winded)
>surprisingly complete; the book is simply chock-full of really helpful tables, charts, pics, etc. that condense the information and make it quickly and easily accessible
>logical flow of ideas, sensible arrangement of topics and subject material, high quality sturdy construction (the hardcover in particular), nice color/glossy pages, and overall very high-quality and professional presentation
>works great as an encyclopedia-type reference, to read straight through as a book, or to read "a la carte" as stand-alone chapters/subjects
On one end of the extreme you have your apocalypse prepper types; on the other extreme you have people who are either oblivious to any potential threat to their safety at all, or even worse those who criticize and denigrate the very idea of disaster preparedness as "weird" or "extreme". Too often you find one or the other extreme. Bradley's book is a very welcome breath of fresh air that injects some sanity and responsibility into the subject.
Although I certainly have no official or professional clout in this context, I'm a reasonable person, concerned citizen, and discriminating consumer, and have read more than my share of this type of material, and I can confidently say that this is the best single book I've ever read on the subject of disaster preparedness. If your family only has one book on the subject, this would be a very good choice.
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I also have squirreled away ebook copies of this on all backup devices, and my daily phone/ereader...Read more