The Complete Disaster Home Preparation Guide

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Failure to prepare is preparing to fail! Benjamin Franklin

Disasters happen! Be ready with the #1 practical guide to protecting your family!

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, chemical spills, blackouts-The Complete Disaster Home Preparation Guide gives you specific, real-world, step-by-step solutions for survival and preparation, no matter what happens! Discover how to be ready when the power goes ...

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Overview

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail! Benjamin Franklin

Disasters happen! Be ready with the #1 practical guide to protecting your family!

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, chemical spills, blackouts-The Complete Disaster Home Preparation Guide gives you specific, real-world, step-by-step solutions for survival and preparation, no matter what happens! Discover how to be ready when the power goes off, when the phones don't work, when the running water stops running, when the sewage service stops, when the ATM fails!

In this complex, interconnected world, anything can happen-and preparation makes all the difference. Leading self-preparedness expert Robert A. Roskind gives you up-to-date, practical, advice on what to do before, during, and after a disaster-including detailed advice customized to address each type of disaster. Coverage includes:

  • Heating
  • Power
  • Water
  • Lighting
  • Food and cooking
  • Staying clean, healthy, and safe
  • Money
  • Protecting your important papers
  • And more!

You'll get hard-to-find information on products that work, specific quantities of items you'll need, how to save money-and what to avoid! Detailed checklists help make sure you'll be ready and comfortable, no matter what. Even if you never face a disaster, you'll have the confidence of knowing you can handle the worst. And as you get ready, you'll find yourself addressing important personal and business issues you've been putting off for years!

You owe it to yourself and your family to prepare, and one book is all you need: The Complete Disaster Home Preparation Guide, by RobertA. Roskind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130859006
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 12/30/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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PREFACE:

Preface

I am writing this preface in the fall of 1999. My editor just called and said we need this soon. So I'm sitting here thinking what I can say to you, my reader, that will motivate you to really get prepared for any disasters that might happen in your area.

It is a strange time to be writing about preparedness. Though the need for preparedness has never been more obviously clear, complacency seems to still rule the day. This year Hurricane Floyd left thousands homeless on the East Coast of the U.S., Taiwan was hit by a major earthquake, and India just got their worst flooding in 100 years. This year computer viruses have crippled companies, the government is warning about possible cyberterrorism, and Y2K is looming like a specter at the feast. The reasons to prepare seem compelling. But the stock market is booming, holidays are around the corner, and there are over 100 channels on TV. Preparedness just is not part of this society's mindset. It is just more difficult to think of hard times during good times.

So what can I say to you to convince you that you should spend the time, energy, and money to be fully prepared for any natural or man-made disaster that may occur? Only this: If a disaster befalls you and your family, preparedness will be one of the wisest, most mature decisions you ever made. If none befall you, it will still be.

—Robert Roskind

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Table of Contents

Preface xvii
1 The Basics Of Disaster Preparedness 1
How To Use This Book 1
Why Preparedness? 2
Preparedness as a Lifestyle 4
Disaster Preparedness and Sustainability 5
2 Food And How To Store It 7
The Problem 7
The Solutions 8
Your In-home Grocery Store: Storing Nonperishable Foods That You Normally Eat 8
Gardening 14
Freeze-dried or Dehydrated Foods 14
Selecting A Food Reserve System 16
Packaging 17
Freeze-dried Foods 17
Dehydrated Foods 19
A Good-tasting Meat Replacement 22
Proper Food Storage 23
Refrigeration 26
Household Sundries 27
Notes 28
Recommended Freeze-Dried Food Companies 29
Recommended Dehydrated Food Companies 29
Kitchen Checklist 29
Food Shelf-Life Recommendations 37
3 Storing And Treating Water 41
The Problem 41
The Solutions 42
Water Storage 42
Locating And Treating Water 50
Water Purifiers and Filters 52
Boiling 53
Chemical Treatments 54
More Rigorous Purification Methods for Radioactive Fallout 57
Wells 58
Notes 59
Checklist For Water 60
4 Heating 61
The Problem 61
The Solutions 62
The Options 64
Heating Safety 64
Propane 65
Generators 68
Wood Heat 68
Kerosene 73
Oil Heat 75
Coal Stoves 77
Solar Power 78
Notes 81
Checklist For Heating 81
5 Lighting Without Electricity 83
The Problem 83
The Solutions 84
Generators 84
Solar Lanterns and Flashlights 88
Gas Lanterns 91
Kerosene Lanterns 93
Candles 96
Battery-operated Flashlights, Lanterns, and More 98
Notes 101
Checklist For Lighting 102
6 Non-Electric Cooking Alternatives 103
The Problem 103
The Solutions 104
Dual Fuel Stoves 105
Kerosene Cook Stoves 107
Wood Stoves and Fireplaces 108
Gelled Ethanol Products 108
Propane and Butane Camp Stoves and Grills 109
Standard Propane Ranges 110
Solar Ovens 110
Notes 112
Checklist For Cooking Appliances 113
7 Staying Clean, Healthy, And Safe 115
The Problem 116
The Solutions 116
Staying Clean 116
Bathing 117
Alternative Toilets 120
Disposal Of Human Waste 122
Household Garbage 123
Washing Glothes 124
Staying Healthy 125
Paper Products 129
Staying Safe 130
Notes 133
Checklist For Health, Safety, And Cleanliness 133
Create A Family Disaster Plan (Recommended Fema List) 141
Red Cross Emergency Handbook 143
How to Cope With 143
Emergency Telephone Numbers 143
Home Safety Tips 147
Food-Borne Illnesses 149
8 Communications and Important Papers 153
Communication 153
The Problem 153
The Solution 154
Important Papers 157
Important Papers to Have Available 158
Note 159
9 Children & Pets 161
Children & Disasters 161
Preparing Children Before a Disaster 161
Children and Their Response to Disaster 165
Pets & Disasters 167
Notes 168
References and Resources 169
Reference # 1 Preparedness Books 170
Reference # 2 Organizations Offering Disaster Preparedness Assistance 175
Reference # 3 Disaster: House and Building Fires 178
Reference # 4 Disaster: Floods and Flash Floods 181
Reference # 5 Disaster: Hurricanes 186
Reference # 6 Disaster: Thunderstorms and Lightning 191
Reference # 7 Disaster: Tornadoes 195
Reference # 8 Disaster: Earthquakes 200
Reference # 9 Disaster: Winter Storms 204
Cold Weather Issues 208
Reference # 10 Disaster: Nuclear Power Plant Emergency 214
Reference # 11 Disaster: Wildland Fires 221
Reference # 12 Disaster: Terrorism 225
Reference # 13 Disaster: Hazardous Materials Accidents 229
Reference # 14 Disaster: Landslides and Mud Flows 233
Reference # 15 Disaster: Volcanoes 236
Reference # 16 Disaster: Extreme Heat 239
Reference # 17 Disaster: Tsunamis 243
Reference # 18 Fire Safety During and After A Disaster 246
Reference # 19 Your Family Disaster Plan 258
Reference # 20 Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit 264
Reference # 21 Disasters and People With Disabilities 271
Index 291
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