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How to Prepare for Everything Paperback – June 28, 2017
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From the Author
After organizing 30,000 volunteers for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, my responsibilities shifted to community preparation. I developed a workshop that fixed everything I detested about preparation courses in general: Dogmatic lectures focusing on one disaster at a time, taught by an expert who told you what to memorize, do and buy, without much consideration for my personal needs. Above all, I removed FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt).
The result was a community facilitation in peer groups of 4-6. We focused on disruptions and preparing together. When you prepare for a few disruptions, you can prepare for any disaster. We also prepare better when we prepare together. The approach works in any context, because the community is in charge. I always train trainers around the country, and together we have trained more than 5,000 people using the approach.
In 2015, a friend convinced me to write a book on the subject. My first book, How to Prepare for Everything is the result. I genuinely hope it empowers you and your neighbors to prepare better, together, and without fear.
About the Author
Aaron Titus is a proud husband and father of eight children. A disaster relief technologist, he is the Executive Director of Crisis Cleanup, an open-source disaster relief platform that enables volunteers to help more people after disasters. He is the President of Mountain West Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (MWVOAD), a multi-state coalition of disaster relief organizations. As a former member of the New Jersey VOAD, he coordinated Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene response efforts for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also an attorney and privacy advocate.
Aaron enjoys volunteering, singing, organizing coalitions, web programming, and being a very silly dad.
Engage with Aaron on Twitter (@aarontitus), on Facebook, or at howtoprepare.com.
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What we are dealing with here, is basically a labor of love, a passion of the author towards helping others, and organizing communities to face disasters and their consequences, that is, disruptions on several fronts.
The level headed, non-alarmist tone is extremely useful to prepare with the minimum amount of anxiety. In a way, instead of preparing for every possible disaster and scenario, it deals with the interruption of the vital flows that provide daily support for our individual and community lives: power, communication, water, shelter, food, financial and physical security. Rather than focusing on the precipitating event, the book goes along the lines of highlighting how these lifelines can be interrupted, for how long, as well as coming up with short, medium and long term disruptions.
It does not seem that this book is for the rugged survivalist who pictures him or herself in a bunker, waiting for the reconstruction of civilization. On the contrary, it emphasizes the need for a support network, and the fostering of community, both in preparation and response.
A good part of the book deals with managing community workshops in order to prepare. If you are of the rather shy persuasion, this might not be your cup of tea. I feel a little like reading a book on a new religion and instructions to proselytize, all under 200 pages. The rest is rounded out with numerous examples and real scenarios seen by the author in diverse circumstances, that might inspire new ideas about your own preparedness.
Disasters can be really frightening, especially if you've never been caught in one. This book helps take some of that fear away and make you realize that you'll be okay and you can help your community, as well as yourself.