Survivors of environmental disasters like floods, fires and earthquakes have already learned what many are just discovering with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic: that no one can rely solely on government to provide them with food and shelter in dire times. Crisis Preparedness Handbook is a comprehensive primer designed to help readers develop survival skills for such events.
The authors underscore the urgency of creating a robust survival plan by discussing the Rule of Three: “We can survive for three minutes without air, three hours without adequate shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food,” they write. Their book includes six main sections, covering: types of potential disasters (and how to rate the likelihood of their occurrence); how to develop a master disaster plan; storing water and food for a crisis; growing and preserving food; preparing shelter; and designing communication, transportation and protection strategies.
In short, readers will learn tips on everything from how to raise rabbits and dig a latrine to selecting the right firearm for a crisis.
The book is written in a clear, easy-to-read style. Graphs and tables—such as one regarding food storage (“7-Plus Basic Plan for One Person for One Year”) that quantifies how many pounds of grains, sugar, nonfat dry milk, etc. you’ll need for one year—are particularly useful. And the authors’ personal anecdotes, in sidebars titled “Personally Speaking,” add valuable perspective.
The book covers so many issues that survival novices may find it overwhelming. Also, some advice requires further fleshing out to be truly helpful (for example, the authors address building a permanent fallout shelter in three meager paragraphs). While there’s a section on preparing for a pandemic, discussion about how to cope with the mental challenges of social isolation many are now experiencing would have been welcome.
Nonetheless, Crisis Preparedness Handbook is a valuable resource with an important message: Preparedness itself offers a certain peace of mind when disaster strikes.
Also available as an ebook.