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What to Do When The Shit Hits The Fan 1st Edition
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This book claims to be able to help you prepare for all manner of weather-related emergencies, earthquake, civil unrest, and even survive a terrorist attack.
The areas of the book concerned with basic personal preparedness (common-sense stuff like shutting off gas and electricity after a natural disaster, how to get water out of your pipes even after the main supply is shut off, and making a phone tree of in- and out-of-state contacts) and basic first-aid are thorough, and there is some useful information contained within (like the chart on water purification methods), some sections on emergency planning and personal response to natural and man-made disasters are so inaccurate as to be dangerous.
In one instance, the author runs through a food list that he claims should sustain an adult for a year, but it only includes #4 of peanut butter and #1 of dried peas, along with low quantities of dried beans, flour, dry soup mix, and pasta that are almost equally unrealistic.
The author's instruction on sheltering-in-place during an NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) event is to duct-tape yourself and your family in an interior bathroom, where, he claims, you will have enough breathable oxygen for about 3 hours.
The author discourages firearms ownership, and it is clear he knows nothing about them when he claims that "9mm is as small as you should go, and anything larger than a .38 is too big.Read more ›
I do have to disagree with the one review that states the author advocates putting all your faith in government agencies to save you. Mr. Black states in the opening pages that he recommends that each person take responsibility for their own safety. He does give one chapter to various government and civil organizations that help with disaster relief but he openly criticizes many of them as being wasteful and inefficient. I think that's a criticism we can all agree with.
All in all the information in this book is sound and useful but limited. It may help keep you alive for a week or until your supplies run out. After that you'll need a new plan.
The author grew up in a Mormon family that stockpiled the recommended two years supply of food and emergency essentials, and he has spent time living in primitive environments outside the United States. Following "long years in the military in intelligence and special ops", he was a firefighter and paramedic in Utah, and is now "an internationally recognized consultant in emergency planning and disaster response."
This is not a book that counsels to run for the hills with a heavily laden backpack, a compass and map, and a loaded gun. There is, then, no sense of the moral chaos and the clear need for self-protection that many survival minded people believe would arise in a "SHTF" situation. The author has an apparent faith in the appointed civil authorities, and a trust in one's local, community-network of neighbors gathering together to help one another through seriously difficult times.
Note: A "first look" is not a comprehensive look. It is simply one good place to begin. If you want only one book that tells you everything, this isn't it.
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Have not actually had the chance to really take the time to read through this book thoroughly yet. However, skimming through what I have seen, it is packed full of useful stuff. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by ghostrider
Very informative, I learned several new things about being prepared. I have looked for more information from the author. I like his style of writing.Published on February 18, 2014 by Charles Donaghe
I was really surprised at how well and in shape this book was when it arrived! I can't wait to give this to my mom as a present! Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Katie
Some common sense but otherwise culturally and economically skewed... if you drive your BMW suv up to your vacation home but don't own a generator or have a cache of food or first... Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by C. Hammell
I like it, but it kinda felt redundant when i was reading thru it. Already knew the majority of what was discussed by being an eagle scout and my years as a doomsday prep guy.Published on July 23, 2013 by Aqwarius
I find that this book will be highly helpful in a short term emergency. I have moved from the country into a large metropolis area, and this book gives a very good education on... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by derail1969
not a whole lot of new stuff here to me but it may come in handy to those who have never considered these thingsPublished on February 17, 2013 by Rex Reads