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Organize for Disaster: Prepare Your Family and Your Home for Any Natural Or Unnatural Disaster Paperback – February 1, 2005
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"Kolberg has conducted thorough research. This is an impressive book about a subject the public has been apathetic about..." -- William R. McNutt, Sr., retired FEMA disaster professional
"Kolbergs book provides guidelines for protecting yourself and your loved ones. It is just a matter of getting organized." -- Dr. William Waugh, Jr., disaster expert and author of Living with Hazards, Dealing with Disaster
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CHAPTER 2: YOUR PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE NETWORK -- takes a look at the importance of communication during an emergency and the many obstacles that can keep you from receiving important information duringa crisis...plus tips for understanding the broadcasts from traditional warning systems, an list of actions that are warranted by each level of terrorist threat (green, blue, yellow, orange, red), how to make the best use of your local social network, and how technology can keep you informed
CHAPTER 3: ORGANIZE YOUR ESSENTIAL AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS -- provides a list of essential documents that you should have access to during a disaster, discusses accepted methods of proving your identity, and outlines vital contacts and codse you may need on hand...plus a listing of other important documents that you should be able to access if your property is destroyed, setting up a virtual safe deposit box, protecting business records, and preventing identity theft
CHAPTER 4: AVOID THE DISASTER AFTER THE DISASTER -- discusses methods for maximizing your homeowners protection, steps you can take before disaster strikes to protect your interests, what to do in case of emergency, and how to document the disaster...Read more ›
In her introduction, Ms. Kolberg presents research that indicates a very large gap between our awareness of the need to be prepared for a disaster and our implementation of the steps necessary to meet that need. "What accounts for this gap between awareness and implementation? Two things: instruction and organization."
The first chapter, It Could Never Happen to Me, sets the stage for the rest of the book. As we all saw post-Katrina, first responders can be overwhelmed for days or even weeks after a disaster. It is up to each of us to not be a victim.
Each chapter of the book begins with a short If I Only Knew Then What I know Now.... story by disaster survivors and ends with a box entitled What Kids Can Do. The information Ms. Kolberg provides is concise, specific, and covers such topics as hunkering down, what to pack in a grab-n-go bag, family communication, first aid and protecting your home and its contents. An entire chapter is devoted to documents - what's important, what's essential, what to have copies of, where to store originals. There are nine forms and checklists (e.g. vital contacts, home inventory) in the appendix.
This is a book everyone should read. Even if you don't implement all of the suggestions, you will achieve a good deal of peace of mind for each item you do implement!
Another big plus with this title is that it doesn't lean heavily on one area or another like so many other preparedness books. I have about a dozen different titles and some of them lean heavily on food storage or off grid skills.
The type of information included does not get outdated. This is important to consider in preparedness books. I've seen several that were Y2K based (or other outdated concerns).
Each chapter has a section at the end telling how you can involve children in the process which I found quite useful. There is also an appendix of about a dozen forms that will come in quite useful in your preparedness process.
There are a few items that make this book worth holding onto long term as opposed to reading, assimilating the info, and passing it on.
Page 110 states "Women should use flat-heeled shoes or sneakers only in an emergency." Wait until the Nike and Merrill shoe companies read that statement. I never met a woman who wore high heels ALL of the time, I guess Ms. Kolberg does.
See page 111 where it is stated "Do not use woodburning fireplaces or stoves......to heat the inside of your home." I am a Chimney Safety Institute of America Certified Chimney Professional and I install woodstoves in residential dwellings 50 weeks a year. Just tell me how, when the SHTF do you intend for people to heat their homes, Ms. Kolberg? You tout layering clothing, you recommend propane and kerosene. Great, I am sure that when people run out of either they will be able to find an ample supply of either right in their own backyard. Ms. Kolberg justifies this preceeding statement by saying that the risk of CO2 poisoning and fire is too great. Bull. The only risk is people's stupidity of not having working CO2 and fire detectors in their homes. Do you know that every person who heats their home with a furnace or boiler has a potential bomb in their home? Having fire in the middle of your home is just not a good idea in the first place but, it is commonplace now, isn't it? In cold climates, no sane, able bodied person would not have a working woodstove in their homes.
All flues, wether they serve a fireplace, woodstove, pellet stove, boiler, furnace or gas appliance should be inspected EVERY year by a certified professional and swept when necessary. This is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for getting organized with good tips on how to store valuable items, important documents, etc.Published 11 months ago by B. Knight
It was a good read. I will have to go back and read through it again.Published 21 months ago by Michael P. Spears
I read this book several years ago, and it made my emergency preparedness so easy and simple. I was so grateful that I was ready this summer during the Colorado Springs fire. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by Diane Rohan
Dull, does have the basic facts. But is a lesson for future writers. Do not write under the reader level.. The book is helpful with Appendix and is family freindly. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Alan
I am always a bit amazed at some of the more vitriolic book reviews that seem to be written solely to vent anger rather than to offer any valuable input to potential readers. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Sandy
I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH MY PURCHASE OF THE DISASTER BOOK IT IS A CHRISTMAS GIFT AND IM SURE HE WILL BE VERY PLEASED WITH IT. I AM ALWAYS PLEASED WHEN I ORFDER ON AMAZON.Published on December 21, 2011 by Whartie