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5.0 out of 5 stars The most practical guide..., November 15, 2010
This review is from: Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family (Paperback)
Length:: 1:15 Mins

How many times have you read about the 10 steps to solve <name your problem>? I've read plenty, and they always leave me with a 30,000-foot view of a problem and little insight on what I need to get from the hardware store on Saturday. Well, expect much more than vague 10-step plans to solve all your problems from Dr. Bradley's book. His Handbook not only paints the high-level picture, but gets down to specifics; did you know that in his typical 2-story house he extracted 2 gallons of drinkable water from his hot water pipes?

The most impressive feature of this book in my view is how pragmatic it is. I've seen the Army Survival Manual - it is great for wilderness survival, but what about living in my neighborhood? Dr. Bradley breaks surviving a disaster down to 14 basic needs, and shows you first how to prioritize your efforts, then how to get to the level of preparedness that makes sense for your family. The book is full of well thought-out overviews of the 14 basic needs of life, and also delves into specifics (best products, calculations, checklists) you can use to become prepared for the unexpected.

Finally, like no other text I have seen, Dr. Bradley looks at the whole spectrum. Ever think of air as a necessary tool for surviving a disaster? How about the role of finances? Preparing your house to resist rioters? What water filter really works? What weapon is best? How do you calculate the size of the generator to secure light and communication for your family? Ever think about how sleep is essential to your ability to survive a disaster? What about common illnesses? Do you know what they are? That they often come from poor sanitation? How do you avoid them when infrastructure breaks down?

As an engineer Dr. Bradley calculates trade-offs between conflicting needs every day on the job. As a soldier he learned what it means to sleep in the mud and fortify a position. As a father and husband he is in-tune to the needs of small children and pregnant women. His life experience tells in this book: it is comprehensive and pragmatic, taking an honest and realistic look at what your family can do to be prepared. His Handbook is a veritable one-stop reference manual that gives you knowledge and the thought process you need to be confidently prepared!
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Initial post: Sep 4, 2011 8:15:05 PM PDT
J. Baker says:
Mr. Miller, I did appreciate your overall review of the book. If it is possible, please do not sit in a chair that twists. It was distracting to your review. Thanks again for the review. I plan to purchase this manual.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 9:13:36 AM PDT
Emily says:
Thank you for taking the time to write the review and the video. It's not a big deal, but it was uncomfortable watching as you were moving in the chair. I wouldn't have thought it would be, but it was. Again, thank you, Sam.

Posted on Mar 17, 2012 10:23:53 PM PDT
Vince says:
Cool review dude. I too just think it's a tremendous book. ;)

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 7:24:33 AM PDT
kdbroadh2o says:
Nicely done--thank you!

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 1:27:47 PM PDT
spinny chair haters! get comfortable I say.. for your next review you should definitely do 360's... and wear a party hat! seriously nicely framed specifics and good review

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 6:52:32 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 23, 2013 6:55:04 PM PDT
Thank you for such a thorough review. You might be interested in my new post-apocalyptic novel: The Survivalist (Frontier Justice).

Best wishes, Arthur Bradley
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