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PREPAREDNESS NOW!: An Emergency Survival Guide for Civilians and Their Families Paperback – May 15, 2006

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"Aton Edwards is a man with the perfect skills for our troubled times." -- BBC Radio

"Aton's work is tremendously important. What we need to do for the next round is to get ourselves prepared." -- Chuck D., author, musician, and host of

"Aton's work is very important. The people must begin to prepare themselves. This book can help them do it." -- Dr. Ken Alibek, author of Biohazard and former director of Biopreparat, the Soviet Union biological weapons program

"It's a great thing that we have Aton Edwards to help inform and prepare the public." -- Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone

"Senator Chuck Schumer, meet your germ warfare czar." -- Robert Kolker, New York magazine

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"We don't like anticipating disasters. It suggests pessimism and America is largely a nation of optimists. But when you look at the damage inflicted by an accidental storm, you have to think about the sheer havoc that an intentional terrorist attack may produce one of these days. We want to believe that no one will ever use a weapon of mass destruction against one of our cities. But it's almost inevitable that someone, someday will. We don't like to hear that. We certainly don't want to contemplate the consequences. But we need to talk about it and we need to plan for it. The very worst thing you can do when confronting a potential disaster is to take the position that it'll never happen to us."

—Ted Koppel, Nightline, 8/30/05


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Process (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097608225X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976082255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,058,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Latham on March 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have scanned thru most of the book by Edwards and have enjoyed reading it. This is perfect reading for the toilet-I don't mean to sound crass but this is a perfect book to read in sections as opposed to from page one.

It makes sense to me to read this book and modify what Mr .Edwards says in order that it may fit a specific scenario. Not all of us can carry a huge Bug Out Bag( I do) but his suggestion of multiple bags is a bit over the top. I got several very useful tidbits from this book and will continue to gleen more as I read more. Most of his book delves into prepardness(hence the title) and there are aspects that everybody should have some grasp of. The threat of future terrorist attacks is inevitable so it makes perfect sense to have knowledge of what will happen in various situations ie nuclear,chem/bio etc. It would also seem that in order to survive most of these attacks one needs fairly deep pockets in order to afford the quality protective gear needed to withstand such an attack. I think a basic preparedness is a must in todays world-having some essentials close at hand is simply common sense and I think that is where most people should be. If you have unlimited resources then by all means fully suit you and your family and pets up and have 3 plus BOBs, water, food and games etc ready for any impending emergency.

Another thing I like about this book is that Mr.Edwards uses real companies and their products-some of which are useful and most can accessed via the internet. It's important that in this modern world websites and product names be given and even recommended. This makes it easier for the reader to draw their own conclusions on products and even formulate their own recommendations and what may work better for them.

I like what Mr. Edwards has to say but as with anything in life use the info as it applies to you and your situation.
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While I'll admit to having a paranoid streak dating back to childhood, I think I'm a pretty far cry from the stereotype of a "survivalist." A recent criminal event involving a parent from my child's school--luckily not occurring at his school!--re-activated my dormant interest in preparedness and led me to this book.

I found the author's views fairly balanced and realistic without excessive paranoia or any political extremism. Unlike many survival themed websites I've visited, the author never makes me feel like an unwanted interloper due to my religion or my moderate political views.

After reading this book, I felt further motivated to improve our family's preparedness plans and supplies. I started our "Go Bag" (sounds better to our ears than the common "Bug Out Bag") and have it in the front closet. I re-stocked the first aid kit and increased its comprehensiveness. I went over our family emergency plan with my husband and actually committed it to paper instead of just talking about it. I'm in contact with another concerned parent and a teacher at school to help get my son's "home away from home" improve its level of preparedness. I took stock of our emergency food supplies and am working on a plan to dramatically expand them. I collected our many supplies into a more centralized and itemized cache.

Maybe the most useful facet of this book, in my opinion, is that I didn't close it and feel the sick-with-dread-but-helpless feeling that some other resources engender in me. I felt motivated to do some work. I was reminded how important keeping up with good health habits is for emergency (and life!) preparedness and not just "because I should.
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I have a pile of thes books at home & this is the first one that ever gave me any useful information. I am physically challenged and I have a hard time getting around. This is the only book I ever read that features information for people like me.
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The information found in this book is very useful, exact, correct and spot on. I can find no flaw in the INFORMATION of this book what-so-ever. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in the subject matter. That said, there is one fatal flaw. Overt Liberalism from the author (which, I guess for Liberals make this a great book!). From claiming to know something bad (i.e. 9-11) was going to happen to the World Trade Centers and warning all his family and friends to stay away as early as Feb. 01, to commenting on Weapons of Mass destruction--saying something along the lines of "real WMD's, not imaginary ones that weren't found in Iraq" the author proves again and again that he's always right and that everyone else (i.e. the government) is always wrong. But, again, the Author's writing style is my only complaint.
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This is an unusual but really good emergency survival handbook. It emphasizes urban survival for people in sizable cities, which sets it apart from most others in this genre. Most other books tend to emphasize survival outdoors or in rural environments. The author is from New York City, and it shows. Preparedness Now is all about temporary but major disasters, i.e. it is not a hard-core, "survive the end of civilization" book - in case this is what you were looking for.

This book handles many urban disaster scenarios, like fire (probably most common urban disaster), floods, winter storms, earthquakes, various terrorist attacks, etc. It is surprisingly comprehensive in fact. There are urban specific topics like escaping from a subway tunnel and evacuating town. However, in many cases the coverage is superficial, e.g. to deal with disaster X, you need this list of items. It is almost like in the movie Matrix, where the characters are expected to gear up and learn everything needed in an instant :)

One big shortcoming of Preparedness Now is that it does not teach any skills. There is nothing much about building latrines, lighting a fire, or other practical survival skills. The author sometimes says things like, you should learn judo or jujitsu for self defense, or you need to work out to be in good shape, or rapelling with a rope is a good way to exit a burning or damaged building, but teaching any particular skill (even simple ones) is beyond the scope of this book. Most distressingly, there is NOTHING ABOUT FIRST AID which is essential in most disasters!

In many spots, the author sounds gear-obsessed. In fact, he apparently regularly carries with him more than 6 lbs of emergency kit!
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