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Real World Survival: Preparing for and Surviving Disasters Paperback – July 10, 2015
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Be ready for disaster. That was my motto while I worked for Trader Joe's. My team designed and built a duplicate computer room intended to run the company in the event the machines in the corporate office were damaged or destroyed. We had a huge responsibility, and we took it very seriously.
During this time, we were struck with a couple of medium-sized earthquakes, as well as a fire that came close to the office. I found it interesting that few of my team members seemed to have any understanding of how to respond to these situations.
As I thought over their actions, I realized that computers are worthless without employees to run them. A major flaw in our disaster plan was people were needed to run computers, and no plans had been made to ensure they were safe and able to work. Additionally, those that we needed to operate the business had little understanding of how to prepare for and survive a disaster or emergency.
In response, I decided to take a class called CERT-LA, which is a 7-day course sponsored by the Los Angeles Fire Department, to learn more about survival. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, and the purpose is to train people to be more effective during an emergency.
This class was one of the most fantastic educational experiences of my life. It was packed with information from the first day to the last, with a high degree of interaction, lectures, and practice sessions to put the knowledge to use. I took it twice to squeeze every last bit of data out of it that I could.
I was so excited when I finished. Since the class was (and still is) free, I decided I'd let everyone know. The knowledge and understanding of what to do in a disaster are potentially lifesaving, so I figured everyone would want to check it out.
I asked a few of my friends and co-workers a few questions about what they would do in a disaster. One answer from one of my teammates was typical.
"If there was an earthquake right now, what would you do?" I asked him.
"Get under the window," he answered without hesitation.
That shocked me. The right answer, of course, is to get under a heavy table or desk. Protect your body from falling objects. Getting under a window would be among the worst things you could possibly do since the glass would shatter over the top of you.
What would you do to protect yourself during an earthquake, hurricane, or other large-scale emergency in your area? Do you have a go-bag ready in case you need to evacuate? Do you keep a few days to a few weeks of food, water, and other supplies in your home?
Does all of that sound foreign to you?
I decided to write this book to pass along some of the knowledge I've learned over the years about disasters.
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Top Customer Reviews
Every geographical location has some type of weather related incident that they are more vulnerable too. I highly recommend not only reading but utilizing this book. Thank you Mr. Lowe, with the information that you have provided you will certainly help save many lives.
The author starts off having the reader consider what sort of disasters could occur in their area. It's something I'd never really thought about it, and I got hooked from the start.
I felt like the author was sitting next to me, literally guiding me and telling his personal experiences to me. I commend the author highly for this.
Earthquakes, floods, fires, volcanoes...you name it, the author has crucial information for readers. He discusses the importance of preparation and teaches the reader how to survive in any situation. I learned so much, and could see this as being an important book to keep on hand at all times.
Overall, this was an interesting and informative read. I loved the author's "voice" and respected his expertise.
I read this as an ebook, but now I want to get my husband a copy for Christmas because I know he'll love having this book in the house!
A well-deserved five stars!
The author maintains a light, conversational tone throughout, keeping your interest and making this book easy to read. There is a bit of repetition when you read the book from start to finish, but this allows you to re-read portions out of order as needed and still find the information required. This is an invaluable guide for everyone, not just the preppers. All I can say is that I hope you never have to implement the emergency preparations taught in this book. And, as the author advises, find the middle ground of preparedness and "don't live your whole life waiting for a disaster to happen."
Littered with anecdotal experiences of the author as well as other people, this book makes for an interesting and informative read.
Followed by a glossary of the terms used in the book and a list of recommended reading materials. Don't forget to check out the second book in this series, "Creating a Bug Out Bag to Save Your Life: What you need to pack for emergency evacuations".
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Full blog post: http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/real-world-survival-tips-by-richard-g-lowe-jr.html
Richard engages the physical senses with his descriptive writing, such as the terrifying earthquake that he, his wife and son experienced. "It was if the Mad Hatter had taken taken control of our apartment," he writes. Getting prepared before a disaster hits "can mean the difference between living through a disaster and not surviving at all," The key is to be ready and to know what to do when one occurs, but finding the middle ground between not being prepared at all and being overly prepared, ruled by fear.
Richard encourages the reader to be prepared to be without help from anyone for at least three days, and possibly up to two weeks in large disasters. Some ideas he offers, such as buying a portable generator or solar power panels, may not be possible for some people, especially those who are renting a home. Other suggestions, like buying MRE's and lots of trash bags, having extra batteries, clothes, and blankets, keeping a supply of water (enough for two weeks for all people with you), are very doable and are great ideas.
He includes suggestions to keep a full tank of gas, a renters' insurance or home owners' insurance plan that includes a stay at a hotel for several weeks or months, going over escape routes in your home in case of flooding, fire or other disasters. He also listed additional great resources for disasters, a list of foods for your emergency supplies, what should be in your emergency medical kit, and a binder with important documents, family contact info, maps, etc. I love the pictures in the book, too.
One of the most important things to do before a disaster hits is to "Look around you. Just look." Be aware. Be alert. Be prepared. Don't wait until disaster strikes and it's too late. This is a book everyone should read to help prepare in the event of some disaster. Loved it.