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While the author's time and experience in the field of Emergency Response is impressive, it just goes to show that expertise in one area doesn't necessarily make you proficient in another.
This book claims to be able to help you prepare for all manner of weather-related emergencies, earthquake, civil unrest, and even survive a terrorist attack.
The areas of the book concerned with basic personal preparedness (common-sense stuff like shutting off gas and electricity after a natural disaster, how to get water out of your pipes even after the main supply is shut off, and making a phone tree of in- and out-of-state contacts) and basic first-aid are thorough, and there is some useful information contained within (like the chart on water purification methods), some sections on emergency planning and personal response to natural and man-made disasters are so inaccurate as to be dangerous.
In one instance, the author runs through a food list that he claims...
I was very disappointed in this book. I purchased it at the same time that I bought "When All Hell Breaks Loose" by Cody Lundin. I can heartily recommend Mr. Lundin's book as it was a pleasure to read and filled with useful information, while the current book was a waste of time. The authors point of reference, as a rescue worker, permeates the book, and implies some government agency will be available to bail you out, rather than helping the reader take care of themselves. This book clearly does not live up to its flashy title.
I've read this book and found it to be quite useful. After reading some of the other reviews posted here, I think perhaps those reviewers were expecting something different from this book. This book is not intended for long-term apocalyptic scenarios. It is however useful for crisis that may only last a few days, like hurricanes or other natural disasters where you may be forced to evacuate. The author stresses the importance of simple preparedness like having a survival kit and extra food and water. He outlines simple techniques for surviving emergencies as well as very basic first aid. If you're looking for something to teach you how to survive in the wilderness for weeks at a time, this is not the book. A lot of what he puts forth is just common sense, but in a crisis common sense is usually the first casualty. I do have to disagree with the one review that states the author advocates putting all your faith in government agencies to save you. Mr. Black states in the...
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