Disaster preparedness isn't "doomsday preppers". Concern for emergency preparation does NOT mean you're some sort of extremist suffering paranoid delusions (any more than having a fire extinguisher or a spare tire); it means you are a sensible rational person who recognizes that disaster preparedness involves a serious issue and legitimate threat to you and your family's safety that all reasonable and responsible people should thoroughly consider. Everybody remembers things like Katrina etc., but various situations happen everywhere all the time of varying severity -- most of the time less, sometimes more -- in which being prepared can mean the difference between mere inconvenience or true hardship in the case of the former, and true hardship or survival in the case of the latter.
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>the book is not sensationalistic; it presents a reasonable and responsible perspective
>Bradley does an outstanding job of balancing presenting enough information to be useful and making a person truly informed but still remaining relatively brief and to-the-point (i.e. there's minimal filler...mostly solid useful information that isn't too long-winded)
>surprisingly complete; the book is simply chock-full of really helpful tables, charts, pics, etc. that condense the information and make it quickly and easily accessible
>logical flow of ideas, sensible arrangement of topics and subject material, high quality sturdy construction (the hardcover in particular), nice color/glossy pages, and overall very high-quality and professional presentation
>works great as an encyclopedia-type reference, to read straight through as a book, or to read "a la carte" as stand-alone chapters/subjects
On one end of the extreme you have your apocalypse prepper types; on the other extreme you have people who are either oblivious to any potential threat to their safety at all, or even worse those who criticize and denigrate the very idea of disaster preparedness as "weird" or "extreme". Too often you find one or the other extreme. Bradley's book is a very welcome breath of fresh air that injects some sanity and responsibility into the subject.
Although I certainly have no official or professional clout in this context, I'm a reasonable person, concerned citizen, and discriminating consumer, and have read more than my share of this type of material, and I can confidently say that this is the best single book I've ever read on the subject of disaster preparedness. If your family only has one book on the subject, this would be a very good choice.
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 2nd edition (1 September 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616083875
- ISBN-13: 978-1616083878
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 689 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)