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Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community: Building a Civil Defense Plan for a Long-Term Catastrophe Paperback – July 4, 2013
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About the Author
I’ve worked as an urban EMT and paramedic. I’ve worked as a suburban cop and for the federal government. I’ve had a good deal of military training, two wartime deployments to Iraq, and two humanitarian missions to Guatemala. I was decorated by both the army and the federal government for my actions on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. But I have to say that my favorite “decoration” was having one of my troops in Iraq say to his first sergeant after a convoy: “that sergeant major is a hard ass!” I wrote this book because I have spent my entire adult life in the service of this country and its people. I feel that protecting the country and our communities is still a worthy cause.
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Top Customer Reviews
Think for a moment of the logistics of trying to protect yourself and family from all the desperate unprepared refugees in your town or city after a catastrophic event. Now imagine if these refugees were actually prepared town's people. There would be no need for people to have individual protection measures set in place inside the community if the town banded together and focused instead on protecting the community as a whole from outside forces.
The author uses his personal disaster experiences and his life skills as an EMT, paramedic, LEO (law enforcement officer) and veteran to personalize the book when discussing such topics as, the importance of creating a prepared community; drafting a civil defense/community survival plan; and, how to build a strong security force, to name a few.
He also addresses specific "groups" within a civil defense community; to include, medical, food, water, security, communications, sanitation and yes even law and order, and finance.
I found myself chortling at times - as the author subtly uses his sense of humor to drive home a point. But he also has those "gulp" moments such as when he posed the question, "What could possibly be worse than a nuclear war where we all die instantly? One where we don't." See what I mean?
I have always lived by the motto "Plan your work and work your Plan." This is exactly what 'Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community' is about - making a civil defense group plan within your neighborhood, community or town.
Imagine if even a fraction of our nation's communities would adopt a plan like this ... then we wouldn't have to concern ourselves with whether the Government was going to come and save us or not - we could save ourselves. Which is what preparedness is all about after all - self responsibility.
I love the idea of bringing people together for the good of all. The author has done an excellent job detailing just how this can be accomplished. I would highly recommend 'Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community' for those truly interest in creating a Civil Defense Community.
- Survivor Jane
I've read all of the previous reviews about this book, and it's hard to add more input, since those before me nailed the major concept, as well as the major message of this intelligent, well written, step by step referenced book. This book is easy to read, and written for those who do not need a degree in Emergency Management. I cannot reiterate this enough.
It doesn't honestly matter how the electrical grid goes down, (solar flare, cyber attack, or EMP), it's about, how do we, as a community of people, plan for long term survival should a national disaster occur?
This book reminds me of something I once heard. It goes something like this. You can take one pencil and snap it in half in a heartbeat. Now take 10 pencils and put them together, and you will quickly notice the task becomes very hard to break. This is only one illustration about what "Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community" is all about.
There is strength in numbers, and in preparedness.
I highly recommend this this book to everyone who reads my review. In fact, I plan to order many more books to hand out to those in my neighborhood, hoping it will make us stronger as a community should we find ourselves in a major crisis. It possibly could save our lives, and yours.
A word of warning, however; it is not an 'easy' read, per se. The arid, encyclopedic presentation can make it a bit difficult to simply 'sit and read.' The brief fictional story, written for dramatic effect thus in need of a little 'pop,' was instead presented in a terse, dry narrative style; even the title of the book, clunky yet rambling at 16 words, suggests a lack of artistic flourish.
That does not take away from the value of this volume in the least, however, since I do not believe the objective of this tome was to entertain while offering information. You are strictly getting the latter here, and I cannot find fault with anything the author has written. Simply put, he knows his stuff, and through that knowledge he not only makes a strongly compelling case for community prepping, he walks you through every step of the process. Recommended for any prepper who wishes to look beyond the short-term scope of 'me and mine.'