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Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1475136536
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"A great introduction to disaster preparedness in a single volume, both scholarly and easy to read! Provides practical information for families seeking to organize their preparedness efforts." --James Talmage Stevens, Making the Best of Basics

"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

"Whether you're a novice just starting out, a seasoned "prepper" or a die-hard survivalist, this is one book that you should add to your must read list." --Keith Erwood, disasterpreparednessblog.com

"This book offers a comprehensive run-down of household preparedness activities that is easy to follow and implement." --Jeff Bowers, Confluence Disaster Preparedness Consulting

"What I appreciated most from this book is Bradley's focus on being prepared so that we can help those around us, and the unintimidating, conversational style in which he presents the information." --Cindy Baum, Books and Chocolate

From the Author

Right out of the gate let me tell you what the book is NOT. It is not a book about fighting off hordes of flesh-eating zombies, should they ever rise from the grave. Nor will it describe how to survive a shipwreck by feasting on coconuts and roasted iguana. Finally, it is not intended to help you survive our planet being sucked into the cosmic fireball affectionately known as our Sun. If you wish to prepare for those types of events, I respectfully suggest that you continue your search for a more suitable text.

This book is designed to help your family prepare for more commonplace, yet still potentially deadly ­disasters. The list is long and varied, and includes hurricanes, tornados, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, pandemics, financial collapse, widespread blackouts, and much more. My hope is that this handbook will accomplish three things: (1) motivate you to become better prepared, (2) illustrate how to prepare effectively, and (3) help you to realize your place in a larger movement.

The handbook is clear and easy to read with more than a hundred photos, illustrations, and worksheets. What makes this book different is that it focuses on practical steps that you and your family can take to become better prepared. At the beginning of each chapter, is an example scenario designed to help you consider your current level of readiness. At the end, are brief lists of recommended supplies.

This handbook will help you to lay out a plan that includes assessing your family's needs, stocking supplies, shoring up your shelter, leveraging existing resources, mitigating potential hazards, and preparing for likely threats. At the end of your efforts, you will be rewarded with knowing that your family is far better prepared to handle real world challenges.

--From the Author --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (May 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475136536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475136531
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Robideau on July 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love how the author uses this book to focus on the most likely disasters. You won't find sensational advice about surviving the zombie apocalypse, but rather you will find practical advice for surviving and thriving through the disasters that we are most likely to encounter. The author takes some time at the beginning of the book to lay out the reasoning behind and basis for his calling certain types of disasters more or less likely.

The book is laid out and organized by types of preparations, much like many other books of this type, but in each category the advice proffered is focused on addressing the most imminent and likely needs.

- Staying Alive
- Food
- Water
- Shelter
- Light
- Electrical Power
- Heating / Cooling
- Air
- Sleep
- Medical / First Aid
- Communication
- Financial Preparedness
- Transportation
- Protection
- Special Needs
- Creating a DP Network
- Five Horsemen of Death
- Electromagnetic Pulse and Solar Storms
- Trial by Fire

The last three chapters are dedicated specifically to different types of disasters(natural and otherwise) and specific actions that you can take in the midst of those disasters. This book is a "must read" even just for these last three chapters.

It was obvious that quite a bit of research went into this book and this 3rd edition is quite polished and extensive.

This book was well formatted for the kindle with the ability to quickly skip from chapter to chapter and access the linked Table Of Contents. Also, the beginning of each chapter had a linked "Table of Contents" of it's own to quickly take you to the different sections of the chapter.
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How many times have you read about the 10 steps to solve <name your problem>? I've read plenty, and they always leave me with a 30,000-foot view of a problem and little insight on what I need to get from the hardware store on Saturday. Well, expect much more than vague 10-step plans to solve all your problems from Dr. Bradley's book. His Handbook not only paints the high-level picture, but gets down to specifics; did you know that in his typical 2-story house he extracted 2 gallons of drinkable water from his hot water pipes?

The most impressive feature of this book in my view is how pragmatic it is. I've seen the Army Survival Manual - it is great for wilderness survival, but what about living in my neighborhood? Dr. Bradley breaks surviving a disaster down to 14 basic needs, and shows you first how to prioritize your efforts, then how to get to the level of preparedness that makes sense for your family. The book is full of well thought-out overviews of the 14 basic needs of life, and also delves into specifics (best products, calculations, checklists) you can use to become prepared for the unexpected.

Finally, like no other text I have seen, Dr. Bradley looks at the whole spectrum. Ever think of air as a necessary tool for surviving a disaster? How about the role of finances? Preparing your house to resist rioters? What water filter really works? What weapon is best? How do you calculate the size of the generator to secure light and communication for your family? Ever think about how sleep is essential to your ability to survive a disaster? What about common illnesses? Do you know what they are? That they often come from poor sanitation? How do you avoid them when infrastructure breaks down?

As an engineer Dr.
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This well written guide is a book every person interested in the safety of themselves, their family, and their property should consider. Unlike many books of this type, instead of telling us how to survive a post-nuclear appocalypse it focuses on planning for the problems that are most likely to happen to most of us, from fire to natural disaster to financial collapse, and makes practical recommendations to not only survive them, but to survive in a fashion that maintains physical and emotional health, and leaves you prepared to recover and continue after the disaster has passed. I suspect there are thousands f people in New Orleans who wish they had made an invetnory of their important documents and collected them so that in the event of an evacuation they were able to take them with them as they left. This guide not only suggests what should be gathered, but provides a convienent format for recording the information so that it is available when you are getting ready to head for higher ground.

I spent 20 years in the military, been a Scoutmaster, 4H Instructor, Paramedic, and Camp Staff member, and I have never encountered a more useful, to the point, and easily used reference. Dr. Bradley has done a wonderful job of researching the available information on keeping ourselves and those important to us safe and consolidating it into concise, well written chapters that cover the preparations required to enable a practical response to real world threats. Equally importantly, he provides a bibliography to help you explore each topic in greater detail if desired.
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