Survive!: An Emergency Preparedness and Survival Guide

Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, financial collapse, chemical spills, explosions, blizzards, blackouts, fires – whether disasters are natural, man-made, or some combination of the two, they never end. You…

Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, financial collapse, chemical spills, explosions, blizzards, blackouts, fires – whether disasters are natural, man-made, or some combination of the two, they never end. You can’t prevent these disasters, but you can control how you respond to them. Survive! is a practical, nuts-and-bolts introduction to emergency preparedness. This comprehensive manual is divided into three sections : Before, During, and After. Section 1, “Before,” is about minimizing damage and making preparations prior to a disaster. It includes chapters on sheltering-in-place plans and evacuation plans, communication plans, how to mitigate property damage and personal injury, supplies to stockpile, tools and equipment to have, personal habits that can help minimize your exposure to danger, what to do beforehand to make recovery easier in the aftermath of a disaster, how to prepare for an apocalyptic event that permanently changes your lifestyle, and maintaining your readiness once your plans are in place Each chapter in this section includes worksheets and checklists that summarize tasks to accomplish and items to acquire. Section 2, “During,” outlines what to do during different kinds of catastrophic events. It includes general responses that apply to all emergencies and responses that apply to specific kinds of emergencies, alphabetized to make it easy for the reader to find specific material. It offers guidance on how to respond to heat waves, droughts, dust storms, landslides, avalanches, tsunamis, epidemics, famine, biological incidents, nuclear incidents, hijackings, workplace violence, assault, civil unrest, terrorist attacks, coronal mass ejection, fires, blackouts, blizzards, explosions, chemical incidents, financial collapse, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, and more. Section 3, “After,” outlines actions to take in the aftermath. It includes chapters on how to get back to “normal” if recovery is possible and how to adjust to a “new normal” if an apocalyptic event occurs. This manual helps you develop sheltering-in-place plans for your home, your vehicle, an urban public setting, and a rural or wilderness area, as well as evacuation plans and a communications plan. It guides you on setting a budget, arranging priorities, and establishing deadlines. The book provides tips for mitigating property damage and personal injury on your dwelling’s interior and exterior, with topics on a safe room, loose objects, doors, windows, energy needs, landscaping, security, and more. This manual also provides extensive lists of supplies, tools, and equipment to have on hand for emergencies, including food and water, sanitation supplies, medical supplies, clothing (headgear, eye wear, ear wear, masks, jackets, vests, shirts, pants, gloves, socks, footwear), bedding, and more. It discusses various methods of short-term water treatment, various energy sources, and a variety of communications devices. It includes emergency preparations for pets. The chapter entitled “Recovery Plan” outlines what you can do before a disaster strikes to help you with the recovery process afterward. The “Maintenance Plan” chapter helps you create a schedule to maintain your readiness, with monthly, quarterly, semiannual, and annual checklists. Between changing weather patterns, the strain of rising population on our infrastructure and resources, and the increasingly unstable political situations in the world, the likelihood that you will be the victim of some disaster, whether natural or man-made, is increasing. Survive! helps you prepare for the day that disaster strikes and allows you to live with confidence that you will be ready to handle whatever comes your way.

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