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Revised Guidebook for Self-Reliance during Natural Disasters and Civil Unrest

Date: 2011-10-12
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When a disaster or civil disturbance occurs, firefighters, police officers, and paramedics can quickly become overburdened with too many requests to handle simple emergencies – emergencies that most of us should be able to handle ourselves.  During a major disaster, communities will have to be self-reliant, including the public safety community, since emergency responders will be unable to respond to every request for assistance.  This newly updated and comprehensive book provides the knowledge to handle nine basic crises that typically follow a disaster and motivates readers to assist their families and neighbors should a large-scale catastrophe strike their community.

Originally published in 2007, the author, retired fire department captain George R. Bradford, has thoroughly updated the book with additional tools and guidelines for the civilian “immediate responder” - ordinary citizens operating at their own homes or businesses who are willing and able to provide the most timely action during those critical first few moments following an emergency, before the availability of government public safety responders (which, during a major event, may be delayed).

This book, available from, is the first step in educating the prepared and willing immediate responder.  It is well-illustrated and easy to follow, both as an invaluable and across-the-board overview of personal, family, and community disaster preparedness, and an important reference to keep handy and refer to.  Public safety personnel as well will find this a useful resource for the safety and proactive self-reliance of their families in times of disaster.

Also available as a companion booklet is a pocket-sized Emergency Action Guide, a condensed guide that serves as a checklist and/or reminder for the many key points needed to address the most common problems encountered following a everyday accident or a natural disaster. This 90 page (4”x 6”) guide is not intended to replace the full text of the book, but simply act as an easy to carry, quick reference checklist for the key points of typical operations. The covers are laminated to protect the booklet during harsh use.

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