Ninety nine percent of the time, the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of good food But the world is a volatile placestorms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread No one is ever completely safe Humans live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and merciless Could you protect your family in the case of an emergencydomestic or global The Disaster Preparedness Handbook will help you to establish a practical disaster plan for your entire family covering all fourteen basic human needs in case the unpredictable happens Additional information is also presented for those with special needs, including the elderly and disabled, children, pregnant women, and even pets Well researched by an army veteran and current NASA engineer, this is the essential guide every family should have, study, and keep handy, in case the unthinkable should occur This is the disaster preparedness handbook for the average American Its premise is that you don t have to be a hardcore prepper to be ready for a wide variety of the most likely disasters you might face In this era of hype and doom saying, it s a welcome message.Dr Arthur Bradley lays out the problem of disaster preparedness DP in an accessible manner that many can appreciate, in language that s easy to get through This is no wild eyed fight off the cannibals treatise on right wing nuttery He advocates a balanced, rational approach to real scenarios that nevertheless refuses to buy its head in the sand and doesn t excuse those who choose not to prepare.Early on, the book attempts to help the reader wrap his head around the various disaster possibilities and their likelihood, based on recent history It s effective enough, but I doubt anyone that picks this book up needs convincing We ve all watched the news and gotten the heebie jeebies when we realized just how unstable the world can be.My biggest criticism of the book is that a lot of the sections went into detail than necessary, presenting all options rather than just recommending the one or two best ones There are a few sections that I could probably do without a whole chapter on Sleep, and repeated speculation that terrorists might go after our food supply A small quibble, though, compared to how much valuable information is contained here and how much common sense comes with it.The info on sanitation and water treatment is the most thorough I ve read Staying hydrated and not getting sick are much important to me than how to build a fallout shelter or which type of ammo to use on looters.Dr Bradley points out that you going overboard on food storage won t help you you have to stay balanced He also includes a lot of good info on food poisoning and how to avoid it What other disaster preparedness book have you read that talks about food poisoning in detail, citing specific bacteria and their causes treatments And yet it s a huge problem in disaster areas It makes a handy reference, and this was one section I didn t mind the extra level of detail.There is a decent run down of First Aid, and although I keep other references for medical advice I suppose it doesn t hurt to have as much information around as possible I was very pleasantly surprised to see a Financial Preparedness section which included many great suggestions for saving money and handling the money you save This is another subject most DP Prepper publications skip over.One point I really appreciated pre made disaster buckets and kits are totally inadequate in real emergencies Better than nothing, sure, but if you think buying a 40 pre packaged kit from Wal mart will cover you, you re going to be hurting The best DP kit is not the one with the most supplies but the one with the right supplies I really enjoyed the variety of test scenarios at the end, encouraging you to act them out at some level with your family to see how it would really be and what holes there are in your preparedness There are also some good lists and worksheets to look over in case you haven t considered all the items you might need.All in all, a very informative and practical guide Basic enough for complete beginners but with enough information on a variety of subjects for veteran preppers to sink their teeth into Definitely worth a few bucks for the ebook, and having a paper copy on hand would be even practical in a disaster This is a very thought provoking book ideal reading during lockdown This is very much about planning and preparation and is specifically not about survival techniques such as how to build a teepee or skin a rabbit What it is good on is being realistic how likely am I to be threatened by a meteor and economic On the downside it written in American, by an American and, in reality, for American So, all the regulations and agencies referred to are applicable to the US The measurements are non metric, so you have to do your own conversion At a subtle level there are assumptions about weather and construction that also make it less than ideal For example one suggestion is to convert the cupboard under the stairs for storage but in the UK many older houses have the the gas and electricity meters housed in there So, in summary, interesting and useful but could do with a translation. very useful All in all pretty sensible book and pretty well written Not that I intend taking much of its advice in the near future although with Boris Johnson, Don Trump and Popeye Putin involved in world politics potentially maybe I ought to.Not a book about dealing with world catastrophes, a guide to surviving comfortably in local , and probably likely and feasable scenarios This makes it not quite such a page turner but no less useful, in fact probably useful Its writing and information all seem competently done.