Disaster Survival: How to Choose Secure Sites and Make Practical Escape Plans

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910436175
  • Publisher: Conway Data, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Natural Disasters 5
A. Astronomical Phenomena 6
B. Cold Waves and Blizzards 7
C. Droughts and Heat Waves 7
D. Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions 10
1. Earthquakes 10
2. Volcanos 22
E. Ecological Phenomena 24
F. Floods 29
G. Land Sinks, Slides, Avalanches and Soil Expansion 30
H. Wind Storms: Hurricanes, Typhoons and Cyclones 30
I. Thunderstorms, Tornados and Related Phenomena 41
III. Man-Made Disasters 50
A. Fire and Explosion 51
B. Transportation and Travel 52
C. Structural Failures 54
D. Nuclear Radiation 57
E. Ecosystem Mismanagement: "Ecodoom" 65
1. The Food Chain 65
2. Medicine and Medical Research 67
3. The Water Supply 68
4. The Air Supply and Atmospheric Pollution 70
5. Toxic and Hazardous Materials 72
6. Technical Errors and Insufficient Data 74
7. Famine and Over-population 75
8. Impact on the Individual 75
F. Terrorism 75
G. War: The Ultimate Man-Made Disaster 83
1. Underground Wars 83
2. Local Wars 84
3. Global Wars Using Conventional Weapons 85
4. Global Wars Using NBC Weapons 85
5. The Balance of Power 85
6. Forces at Sea 87
7. Aircraft and Missiles 89
8. Ground Forces, Manpower, Logistics 91
9. The Time Factor 91
10. Civil Defense Programs 93
11. Fifth-Column Threats 93
12. War Risk Potential 94
H. Economic Disasters: Non-Violent Political and Social Calamities 94
1. Domestic Risks 94
2. International Hazards 99
3. Foreign Risks 100
I. Hysteria-Induced Disasters 101
IV. Evaluation Of Risk Potential 102
A. Scope of Disasters of Various Types 103
B. Comparing Risks for Nations, States and Localities 103
C. State Maps Indicating Potential Risks 108
Alabama 109
Alaska 111
Arizona 113
Arkansas 115
California 117
Colorado 119
Connecticut 121
Delaware 123
Florida 125
Georgia 127
Hawaii 129
Idaho 131
Illinois 133
Indiana 135
Iowa 137
Kansas 139
Kentucky 141
Louisiana 143
Maine 145
Maryland 147
Massachusetts 149
Michigan 151
Minnesota 153
Mississippi 155
Missouri 157
Montana 159
Nebraska 161
Nevada 163
New Hampshire 165
New Jersey 167
New Mexico 169
New York 171
North Carolina 173
North Dakota 175
Ohio 177
Oklahoma 179
Oregon 181
Pennsylvania 183
Rhode Island 185
South Carolina 187
South Dakota 189
Tennessee 191
Texas 193
Utah 195
Vermont 197
Virginia 199
Washington 201
West Virginia 203
Wisconsin 205
Wyoming 207
D. Risk Potential at Specific Sites 209
E. Combinations of Risks 209
F. Finding the Intelligent Compromise 209
V. Survival Planning: Site Hardening And Escape Contingencies 212
A. Household Survival Plans 212
1. Life Support Systems 212
2. Home Readiness and Protection 214
3. Protection Against NBC Weapons 214
4. Emergency Services and Utilities 223
5. Economic Preparedness 224
6. Periodic Review of Alert Status 225
7. Relocation Plan 225
B. Corporate Survival Plans 225
1. Overall Corporate Planning 226
2. Security Plans for Each Key Facility 226
3. Protection of Key Personnel 229
4. Protecting Records, EDP Systems and Intelligence 229
C. Planning New Facilities for Survival 232
1. Review of Location and Site Criteria 232
2. Underground Sites 232
3. Emergency Relocation 235
D. Personal Action Plans 235
1. Lead Time 235
2. "Dive" Plans 235
3. Evacuation 239
4. In-transit Plans 239
5. Basic Survival 240
6. Reassembly and Recovery 241
VI. Public Policies And Survival 242
A. What Government Can Do 243
B. Where Government Falters 247
C. The Future: Will the Odds Improve? 251
VII. Appendix: International Disaster Risk Data 255
Bibliography 279
Index 283
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