Emergency Preparedness: A Practical, Common-sense Guide

Emergency Preparedness is a fundamentals book, a guide for making preparedness a way of life, not a survival manual for when society collapses. It summarizes, organizes, and focuses the important principles of each topic in a balanced, common-sense way. Written by a newspaper columnist, every chapter has appeared and has been well received as feature articles in various mountain-west newspapers. The first section, Emergency Preparedness Skills, includes basic topics that are applicable to all emergencies: creating a family emergency plan, ten key principles of 72-hour kits, evacuation planning, first aid, emergency water storage, and long-term food storage. The second section, Responding to Emergencies, covers the potential emergencies around us: house fires, earthquakes, hazardous materials accidents, winter weather challenges, handling summer heat problems, coping with power outages, preparing for high winds, tornados and hurricanes, floods, Y2K and technological emergences, social unrest, and financial emergencies. The third section, Emergency Preparedness as a Way of Life, is about making emergency readiness a low-key but regular part of everyday living, with over a hundred miscellaneous suggestions on medical and first aid situations, clothing, food preparation and cleanup, personal hygiene, survival, and miscellaneous items such as emergency preparedness gift ideas. A final chapter presents four profound principles for on-going emergency readiness.

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    by Evan Gabrielsen

    Emergency Preparedness is a fundamentals book, a guide for making preparedness a way of life, not a survival manual for when society collapses. It summarizes, organizes, and focuses the important principles of each topic in a balanced, common-sense way. Written by a newspaper columnist, every chapter has appeared and has been well received as feature articles in various mountain-west newspapers. The first section, Emergency Preparedness Skills, includes basic topics that are applicable to all emergencies: creating a family emergency plan, ten key principles of 72-hour kits, evacuation planning, first aid, emergency water storage, and long-term food storage. The second section, Responding to Emergencies, covers the potential emergencies around us: house fires, earthquakes, hazardous materials accidents, winter weather challenges, handling summer heat problems, coping with power outages, preparing for high winds, tornados and hurricanes, floods, Y2K and technological emergences, social unrest, and financial emergencies. The third section, Emergency Preparedness as a Way of Life, is about making emergency readiness a low-key but regular part of everyday living, with over a hundred miscellaneous suggestions on medical and first aid situations, clothing, food preparation and cleanup, personal hygiene, survival, and miscellaneous items such as emergency preparedness gift ideas. A final chapter presents four profound principles for on-going emergency readiness.

    Emergency Preparedness is filled with dozens of tips that inspire action. It’s level-headed thinking, with valuable new insights that families and communities can use to real advantage to dilute the danger and suffering of the potential emergencies that face us all.

    Chapters include:

    Section 1—EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SKILLS

    1. Do One Thing Today—the Most Potent Advice
    2. The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do—Create a Family Emergency Plan
    3. 72-Hour Kits—Guidelines for Preparing 72-Hour Kits
    4. Evacuation Planning—What Do You Take? Where Do You Go?
    5. First Aid—Improve Your Effectiveness in a Medical Emergency
    6. Water Storage—Emergency Water Storage Answers
    7. Long-term Food Storage—Store What You Eat, Eat What You Store

    Section 2—RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES

    1. The Potential Emergencies Around Us—Know What You Are Preparing For
    2. House Fires—House Fire: A Too-Common Emergency
    3. Earthquakes—Find and Fix Home Hazards Before a Quake Shakes Up Your Life
    4. Hazardous Materials—A Hazardous Materials Accident in Our Town?
    5. Winter—A Little Winter Weather Preparation Can Save You Grief
    6. Summer—Surviving Summer Heat
    7. Power Outage—When the Lights Go Out
    8. High Winds, Tornados, Hurricanes—When the Wind Blows
    9. Floods—Anticipating the Devastation of Too Much Water
    10. Y2K and Technological Emergencies—Preparing for Millennial Madness
    11. Social Unrest—When a Crowd Gets Out of Control
    12. Financial Emergencies—Preparing for Financial Disasters

    Section 3—EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AS A WAY OF LIFE

    1. Sharing Information—Life Preparedness
    2. Miscellaneous—Bandannas and Preparedness Gifts
    3. Emergency Preparedness as a Way of Life—Four Principles of Planning for Progression

    6” x 9” paperback

    154 pages