How You Survive Disaster
Our lives and our civilization are built on a complex, far reaching infrastructure that has been constructed over hundreds and thousands of years. For many of us in first world countries we live better than royalty did two hundred years ago. We take comfort and safety for granted. We have food in our homes and water coming out of our taps at will. We know that the nearby grocery store has everything we need to feed ourselves and our families. We can go to the local gas station whenever we want and fill up the tank in our car that we can drive virtually anywhere any time. That can all end for an entire region in the space of an afternoon. Regional disaster preparation is the focus of this book. If you haven't prepared to survive a disaster, then you and your family may starve or be at the mercy of others who are starving and will do whatever it takes to steal what you have so they can live. In a disaster of sufficient size and scope the government will not be able to help you. Disaster relief agencies will not be able to reach you. You will truly be one hundred percent on your own for a very long period of time. Your environment for tens or hundreds of miles around you could quickly be reduced to the infrastructure of the mid-1700s. Are you and your family ready to survive in that situation when thousands around you are dying? The difference between this book and many others is that it describes an incremental, low cost approach to becoming being prepared for a disaster of any kind. This is not a book that describes things like expensive underground shelters as the best solutions for surviving short or long term, local or regional disasters. Naturally, if you can afford a shelter, that's great. This book gives a practical approach that you can use to remain safe when there may be impending or active chaos, death and disease for miles around you.
- Paperback | 90 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 5.33mm | 190.51g
- 10 Jun 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Smoky Tracks
I spent six years as a military officer and five years as a Department of Defense Civilian. In addition, I have spent ten years working with local police forces and a regional organized crime task force as an advisor. While working for the DOD as an officer and civilian I was responsible for local organization and regional war plans, disaster preparedness and recovery plans, and survival, recovery and reconstitution operations. I was responsible for making sure that local and regional operations supported higher level organization planning. I did this in the Middle East (long ago) and a portion of the United States. The area that I was assigned to in the Middle East was a war zone twice when I was there. We had more opportunity than we wanted to test the plans I was responsible for and we did well. We lived through blackout conditions and rationing and decreasing stockpiles of food. I watched families accustomed to military life, even in a third world country, become justifiably concerned for their safety and long term health. The conflicts ended before the situations became dire but I wondered what would have happened if it had gone on for a while longer. While in the Middle East, my wife and I both ended up in the hospital with food poisoning. That is horrible stuff. Every cell in your body is sick and feels like it is on fire. You are expelling the poisons every way you can. I doubt that we would have survived without medical care. During that time I had dysentery for eighteen months because I was given local water from a tap. I lost thirty pounds in three months and probably would have died without the inexperienced, young doctors who were assigned there finally finding out what was wrong. My work with the police and the organized crime task force is more recent. During that time I talked with the head of the task force frequently. I am still periodically engaged in training with police officers.