Ninety-nine percent of the time the world spins like a top, the skies are clear, and your refrigerator is full of milk and cheese. But know with certainty that the world is a dangerous place. Storms rage, fires burn, and diseases spread. No one is ever completely safe. We all live as part of a very complex ecosystem that is unpredictable and willing to kill us without remorse or pause.
This 440-page handbook is a complete guide to creating a practical disaster preparedness plan. The 3rd Edition has been expanded to cover every important topic, including food storage, water purification, home improvements, electricity generation, backup heating, personal protection, financial preparations, communication systems, disaster preparedness networks, evacuations, life-saving first aid, and much more. An entire chapter is also provided for people with special needs, including the elderly, those with young children, people with disabilities, and pet owners.
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A great introduction to disaster preparedness in a single volume, both scholarly and easy to read! Provides practical information for families seeking to organize their preparedness efforts. --James Talmage Stevens, Making the Best of Basics
An easy to read handbook packed full of very helpful information to cover any emergency one might encounter.--Marg Pollon, Founding Director of Bridges of Love Ministry Society
This book is an incredible compendium of knowledge in the area of disaster preparedness. In spite of the many pages, it is never daunting or overpowering but rather written with a comfortable conversational tone. --Kerry Lewis, Master Anjing Banfa
Families want and need actionable practical plans when disaster strikes and the Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family has it all in one volume! --Shane Connor
Whether you’re a novice just starting out, a seasoned “prepper” or a die-hard survivalist, this is one book that you should add to your must read list. --Keith Erwood, disasterpreparednessblog.com
This handbook exceeded my expectations! It is a comprehensive presentation of ideas not only for disaster preparedness but also helpful for everyday living. --Dr. Lee Green, Dangerous Man Christian Conferences
This book offers a comprehensive run-down of household preparedness activities that is easy to follow and implement. --Jeff Bowers, Confluence Disaster Preparedness Consulting
Dr. Bradley’s sincerity, hands on research, and organization makes this book a treasure. It should be read by someone in every family, and a copy kept in every home. --Linda Hoover, 912 Group Lead, Centennial, CO
What I appreciated most from this book is Bradley's focus on being prepared so that we can help those around us, and the unintimidating, conversational style in which he presents the information. --Cindy Baum, Books and Chocolate
I've found the book to be informative and well written with a good dose of common sense. --Scott Hansen, Battalion Chief-Emergency Preparedness
Arthur Bradley was born in California in 1965 to a father in search of answers to the world's secrets and a mother just seeking a loving family. They were nomadic travelers for his early years, with many odd jobs including selling sheepskins on the side of the road and breeding black widow spiders. As maturity and age finally caught up with his parents, they ended up in a middle class neighborhood with all the usual perks and drawbacks.
Arthur joined the US Army as an Airborne Infantryman at the ripe age of 17. While in the military, he studied several martial arts, including Kenpo karate, aikido, and jiu-jitsu. Three years and many adventures later, he left the service and enrolled in college in search of a different life. He excelled in engineering, graduating first in his class at Auburn University. He toggled in and out of graduate school while gaining experience at several companies including Sony, Dynetics, and Time Domain. By the time he was thirty five, he had completed his PhD, found a loving wife, and developed a marketable skill.
Dr. Bradley currently works at NASA Langley Research Center in southern Virginia. He and his wife, Lalia, homeschool their four children. He is active in volunteer youth organizations, including the Boy and Girl Scouts of America and Upward Basketball. Dr. Bradley is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association as well as a supporter of the Virginia Civil Defense League.
Having lived all across the United States, Dr. Bradley writes from personal experience about preparing for a wide variety of disasters, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, house fires, radiation contamination, and massive snowstorms. He believes that preparedness should always be motivated by love and concern, never by fear and paranoia. His practical approach to family preparedness has received widespread praise from individuals, emergency preparedness consultants, and religious organizations. As a public service, Dr. Bradley provides no-cost presentations on disaster preparedness to church and civic organizations around the country.