Ninety-nine percent of the time the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of milk and cheese. But know with certainty that the world is a dangerous place. Storms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread. No one is ever completely safe. Not you. Not your children. We all live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and willing to kill us without remorse or pause. This book will help you to establish a practical disaster preparedness plan for your entire family, covering all 14 basic human needs. Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly, children, people with disabilities, pregnant women, and pets. Every topic is well researched, with over 240 references cited, and is presented in a clear, easy to read format.
The Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness was written by NASA Senior Engineer Dr. Arthur Bradley. In a family-friendly, easy to understand format, Dr. Bradley explains how to prepare for evacuating your home, purifying water, storing food, protecting yourself and your property and many more preparedness techniques. In his own preparation of writing the book he had consulted “every reference and preparedness plan” available, collected information from various agencies, conducted searches and tests and referenced 260 sources for his book. It was important to him to help families know how to pull together a plan that works for them, including special needs for people with disabilities and the elderly. He also wanted people to understand how to create an effective network by teaming up with their neighbors and friends to help each other survive disasters.
Here are 13 Basic Disaster Preparedness Tips written by Dr. Bradley.
- Start paying attention. Get a weather radio. Monitor local and national events. Be more aware of your surroundings and things that may affect your family. Stay Alert = Stay Alive!
- Make a simple list of dangers that you are most likely to face, many of which are dependent on where you live. Next, assess the shortages or hardships that these dangers might cause, such as loss of electricity, water contamination, or inability to travel the roadways. Finally, make a few basic preparations to mitigate the effects of those hardships (perhaps keeping a generator in your garage or installing a water purifier).
- Stock up on consumables that might end up in short supply: food, water, candles, batteries, generator fuel, ammunition, diapers, etc.
- Shore up your shelter. Take time to inspect your dwelling to make sure it is in good repair and capable of protecting your family.
- Plan your possible evacuation. Identify where you will go, at least two ways to get there, and what supplies or valuables you will take with you.
- Put together a small emergency kit for your automobile.
- Review your insurance policies and adjust or supplement them to have an adequate safety net in place.
- Have ready a properly-sized backup heating system (if appropriate to climate).
- Establish an emergency fund that can be quickly accessed when a financial hardship occurs.
- Learn first aid, and put together a well-stocked family kit.
- Maintain a minimum 30-day supply of important medications and medical supplies.
- Create a network of like-minded individuals committed to working together to survive dangerous events.
- Consider the special needs of those within your household, including children, the elderly, those with disabilities, and pets.
The book also provides websites for useful information and exercises families can practice to help them prepare for the unexpected emergency.
I have not yet read this book, but will be purchasing it. It has been 40 years in the making and so far as I can see it is a great resource to have and I believe will one day be important. Things happen when we least expect them, those of our fans that went through the tornadoes last year understand this better than anyone. So take a look and at the very least consider the 13 Steps as a starting point in preparedness.
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