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Living Safe in an Unsafe World: The Complete Guide to Family Preparedness

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Whatever emergency comes your way, Living Safe in an Unsafe World is your guidebook on how your family can survive it. You'll read about how to prepare for emergencies by developing "situational awareness," investigating insurance coverage, posting emergency numbers, designating family "safety spots," traveling safely, and more....

"The American Red Cross believes that everyone should be prepared for any possible disruption in their daily lives that may be caused by disasters, from a home fire to something that ...

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Overview

Whatever emergency comes your way, Living Safe in an Unsafe World is your guidebook on how your family can survive it. You'll read about how to prepare for emergencies by developing "situational awareness," investigating insurance coverage, posting emergency numbers, designating family "safety spots," traveling safely, and more....

"The American Red Cross believes that everyone should be prepared for any possible disruption in their daily lives that may be caused by disasters, from a home fire to something that affects the entire community. The content of this book can help you and your family be more prepared and safer should disaster strike. Most steps recommended in this book are simple and easy to do with little time and effort, yet will result in greater peace of mind for everyone in the family."
—Rocky Lopes, Ph.D., Sr. Associate for Disaster EducationAmerican Red Cross Headquarters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451409324
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.05 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Kelly is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and a former reporter for Time magazine and the New York Observer. She attracted international attention for her three-part series of articles on Bear Stearns, which ran on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal in May 2008. This is her first book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Table of Contents

A Personal Note from the Author 1
How to Use this Book 3
Introduction: Certified Emergency Manager Randall C. Duncan Addresses Family Safety 5
Part 1 General Family Preparedness
Chapter 1 Simple Steps Families Can Take to Prepare 11
Chapter 2 Emergencies: Getting Organized 16
Chapter 3 Create a Disaster Plan for Your Family 24
Chapter 4 Your Disaster Supplies Kit(s) 32
Chapter 5 Insuring Against Disaster 41
Part 2 Safety Specifics
Chapter 6 Home Dangers 55
Fire Safety 56
Preventing Accidental Poisonings and Falls 67
Chemical Emergencies 71
Carbon Monoxide and Radon 78
Lead-based Paint 82
Your Water Supply 86
Waste Management 94
Systemic and Technological Breakdowns: What to Do in a Major Systems Outage 96
Chapter 7 Travel Dangers 99
Air Safety 99
Car Safety 108
Vital Information about Car Restraint Systems 113
Defensive Driving 123
Rail Safety 139
School Bus Safety 144
Chapter 8 Public Dangers 147
Crowds 147
Elevators 150
Personal Safety 152
School Violence 155
Chapter 9 Food-Related Dangers 163
General Food Safety 164
Botulism 170
E. Coli 172
Listeria 176
"Mad Cow" Disease--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy 178
Salmonella 180
Typhoid Fever 184
The Safety of the Food You Buy 185
Chapter 10 Dangerous Encounters with Animals and Insects 191
Alligators 193
Bats 198
Bears 202
Cockroaches, Mice, and Rats 209
Cougars (Mountain Lions) 214
Coyotes 218
Dogs 221
Killer Bees and Other Stinging Insects 229
Sharks 237
Snakes 241
Spiders 247
Encephalitis and West Nile-like Virus 250
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome 252
Lyme Disease 254
Rabies 258
Chapter 11 Weather-Related Disasters 264
Avalanches 267
Earthquakes 274
Extreme Heat: The Stealth Health Threat 285
Floods and Flash Floods 294
Hurricanes 300
Landslides 312
Lightning and Severe Thunderstorms 317
The Ozone Layer and the Sun 326
Tornadoes 334
Tsunamis 345
Volcanic Eruptions 350
Winter Storms 355
Appendix Hands-on Emergency Information 367
Shutting Off Utilities 367
Creating a Temporary Toilet 369
To Contact for Additional Help 370
Further Reading 373
Index 374
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Practical and Complete Advice

    With so much uncertainty about our safety today, this book brings so much practical advice in preparing for disaster it also brings peace of mind. A thorough approach to family planning for safety in a time of fear. Every member of the family can prepare--even children--and this book gives easy-to-read, step by step information on how a family can protect themselves from a wide range of disasters. This book is a 'must read' for everyone today!

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