Prepare for the worst with this practical survival guide from bestselling author Tom Brown.
Today most Americans live in the city or suburbs—a safe, comfortable life, at least on the surface. Few of us realize how close we are to the elemental struggle for survival, until disaster strikes. Yet it is possible to be prepared. In this uniquely practical handbook, Tom Brown, Jr. gives you the specific skills and detailed knowledge you need to protect yourself and those you love in almost any emergency.
• Alternative heat and light sources
• Preventing and coping with electrical failure
• Automobile survival techniques
• Protecting your home from intruders
• Unconventional food sources for the city dweller
• Surviving earthquakes, floods, blizzards, hurricanes, and more
• Guarding against urban crime
TOM BROWN'S FIELD GUIDES: America's most popular nature reference books, Tom Brown's bestselling field guides are specially designed for both beginners and experienced explorers. Fully illustrated and comprehensive, each volume includes practical information, time-tested nature skills, and exciting new ways to rediscover the earth around us.
About the Author
Tom Brown, Jr. began to learn hunting and tracking at the age of eight under the tutelage of an Apache elder, medicine man, and scout in Toms River, New Jersey, and is the author of 16 books on nature. He was the technical advisor on The Hunted, a major motion picture starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro. In 1978, Tom founded the Tracker School in the New Jersey Pine Barrens where he offers more than 25 classes about wilderness survival and environmental protection.
Table of Contents
Tom Brown's Field Guide to City and Suburban SurvivalIntroduction
1. Body and Mind
Basic Principals of Shelters
Types of Shelters
4. Heat and Light
Emergency Lighting and Heating
Raising Plants and Animals
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Catching Wild Animals
Unconventional Food Sources
Pickpockets and Purse Snatchers
Muggers and Rapists
Keeping Your Children Safe
Conclusion: Enjoying the City
Appendix A: Common Urban Edibles
Appendix B: Common Urban Animals
Appendix C: Survival Supplies
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book contains many things that once read seem like common sense. Some other information in this book is not necessarily just common sense and should be known by everyone who wishes to be able to survive a disaster or unknown harmful situation. I think that this book could mean the difference between life and death for many people. We won't always have the modern conveniences we are used to(grocery stores, working water faucets, electricity, heat, etc.) in a disaster situation.
With the recent events such as 9/11 and the very recent blackout in the northeast, this book is more relevant than ever.
I wanted to have a urban disaster planning resource book, and read the reviews, ultimately selecting this book. I ordered several, for my self and my kids / their families. It has not disappointed. I have wilderness survival books which are good for camping trips, or being stranded in the wilderness. However, for most of us, a disaster where we live is more likely, and most of us have experienced such disaster's on a limited scale. Hence, the need for a book like this for your 72 hour + kit. I like the focus on urban sources of water, emergency power, food (stored and urban "wild"), crime and similar tailored issues. And it's an easy read. I was not disappointed.