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5.0 out of 5 starsA must read
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015
The book that made me realize as a parent there are so many things I can do to be prepared for any disaster. Easy to understand, practical, and thought provoking. This is a must have for everyone.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting and informative read
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2015
The author begins by listing his expertise and experiences which qualify him to write a book of this nature. He gives examples of disasters he has experienced and the lessons he learned from surviving them, e.g., hiking with his father, having his car surrounded by fire, and narrowly escaping a flash flood in a dry riverbed. He asks you to start by first asking yourself what kind of disasters are likely to occur in your area. Being aware of where you are and of what is around you can save precious minutes if/when disaster strikes. You need to be prepared to not be rescued for a minimum of three days to a couple of weeks. In this book, the author will teach you: how to prepare for and deal with disruptions to power, gas, water, sewage, trash collection, cell phone service, Internet and cable services; the types of disasters you might have to deal with (volcanoes, fires, earthquakes, chemical spills, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, nuclear disasters, long-term power outages, rioting and looting, tornados, tsunami); and the disaster information services you can subscribe to. He will then lead you step-by-step to creating your disaster plan, a communications plan, preparing your home (including stockpiling water, food, flashlights, batteries), packing a go-bag, and preparing for trips and outings.
The author maintains a light, conversational tone throughout, keeping your interest and making this book easy to read. There is a bit of repetition when you read the book from start to finish, but this allows you to re-read portions out of order as needed and still find the information required. This is an invaluable guide for everyone, not just the preppers. All I can say is that I hope you never have to implement the emergency preparations taught in this book. And, as the author advises, find the middle ground of preparedness and "don't live your whole life waiting for a disaster to happen."
Littered with anecdotal experiences of the author as well as other people, this book makes for an interesting and informative read.
Followed by a glossary of the terms used in the book and a list of recommended reading materials. Don't forget to check out the second book in this series, "Creating a Bug Out Bag to Save Your Life: What you need to pack for emergency evacuations".
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Full blog post: http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/real-world-survival-tips-by-richard-g-lowe-jr.html
This survival guide is well-researched and written by a qualified expert. I loved the way this book was put together, catching my attention right off the bat and flowing perfectly. The author starts off having the reader consider what sort of disasters could occur in their area. It's something I'd never really thought about it, and I got hooked from the start. I felt like the author was sitting next to me, literally guiding me and telling his personal experiences to me. I commend the author highly for this. Earthquakes, floods, fires, volcanoes...you name it, the author has crucial information for readers. He discusses the importance of preparation and teaches the reader how to survive in any situation. I learned so much, and could see this as being an important book to keep on hand at all times. Overall, this was an interesting and informative read. I loved the author's "voice" and respected his expertise. I read this as an ebook, but now I want to get my husband a copy for Christmas because I know he'll love having this book in the house! A well-deserved five stars!
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent! Filled with practical wisdom to prepare for a disaster!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2015
This is an excellent, no-nonsense guide filled with practical wisdom of what to do to prepare for a disaster---rather than to panic and NOT know what to do after one strikes. Richard's stories that he shares at the beginning of this book--his father and him on a mountain hike, the fire on the sides of a road in the mountains--and others could have ended in great tragedy, but taught him well, and now he teaches others what he has learned. One important lesson is to always pay attention to your surroundings and to understand your surroundings and local conditions from experts.
Richard engages the physical senses with his descriptive writing, such as the terrifying earthquake that he, his wife and son experienced. "It was if the Mad Hatter had taken taken control of our apartment," he writes. Getting prepared before a disaster hits "can mean the difference between living through a disaster and not surviving at all," The key is to be ready and to know what to do when one occurs, but finding the middle ground between not being prepared at all and being overly prepared, ruled by fear.
Richard encourages the reader to be prepared to be without help from anyone for at least three days, and possibly up to two weeks in large disasters. Some ideas he offers, such as buying a portable generator or solar power panels, may not be possible for some people, especially those who are renting a home. Other suggestions, like buying MRE's and lots of trash bags, having extra batteries, clothes, and blankets, keeping a supply of water (enough for two weeks for all people with you), are very doable and are great ideas.
He includes suggestions to keep a full tank of gas, a renters' insurance or home owners' insurance plan that includes a stay at a hotel for several weeks or months, going over escape routes in your home in case of flooding, fire or other disasters. He also listed additional great resources for disasters, a list of foods for your emergency supplies, what should be in your emergency medical kit, and a binder with important documents, family contact info, maps, etc. I love the pictures in the book, too.
One of the most important things to do before a disaster hits is to "Look around you. Just look." Be aware. Be alert. Be prepared. Don't wait until disaster strikes and it's too late. This is a book everyone should read to help prepare in the event of some disaster. Loved it.