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Posted May 24, 2007
All of us, no matter where we live in the US or Canada, are vulnerable to some type of natural disaster ¿ hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, mudslides, tornadoes, blizzards, etc. ¿ as well as the possibility of terrorist attacks. And now we also have to worry about the possibility of the avian flu. In her introduction, Ms. Kolberg presents research that indicates a very large gap between our awareness of the need to be prepared for a disaster and our implementation of the steps necessary to meet that need. ¿What accounts for this gap between awareness and implementation? Two things: instruction and organization.¿ The first chapter, It Could Never Happen to Me, sets the stage for the rest of the book. As we all saw post-Katrina, first responders can be overwhelmed for days or even weeks after a disaster. It is up to each of us to not be a victim. Each chapter of the book begins with a short If I Only Knew Then What I know Now¿. story by disaster survivors and ends with a box entitled What Kids Can Do. The information Ms. Kolberg provides is concise, specific, and covers such topics as hunkering down, what to pack in a grab-n-go bag, family communication, first aid and protecting your home and its contents. An entire chapter is devoted to documents ¿ what¿s important, what¿s essential, what to have copies of, where to store originals. There are nine forms and checklists (e.g. vital contacts, home inventory) in the appendix. In the preface of this book, Ms. Kolberg states her ¿simple goal: save one person¿s life.¿ By reading this book and spreading the word, we have the opportunity to not only share Judith¿s goal but also to save people much grief and anxiety.
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