Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 in
Published: September 12, 2011
Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1553658507
ISBN - 13: 9781553658504
Read from the Book
Injury--not death--is the main threat from an earthquake. Most injuries happen because people don''t know what to do, and suffering can continue afterwards when people are not prepared to survive without help for the many hours or days required. Emergency preparedness experts recognize that both denial (assuming a threat isn''t real) and fatalism (assuming preparation won''t make any difference) are common reactions that lead to taking unnecessary risks. The bottom line is that accidents--and disasters--happen. That''s why we wear seat belts when we drive, and strap our children into safety seats. We''re not acting out of fear, but out of love and a desire to do what is best for ourselves and our families. We never know what is going to happen next on this eventful planet. Instead of fearing what might happen, or burying our heads in the sand, we can take a healthier approach: we can prepare for the worst, then put it out of our minds and live for the best. In my research I found numerous good sources of information. However, the material tended to fall into two camps: too detailed and complicated--the survivalist handbook that tells you how to perform surgery in the middle of a blizzard and asks you to devote yourself full-time to preparation; or too bare-bones--the how-to pamphlet that provides a list of emergency kit contents but no motivating explanations or background information. Another problem with all the information available is that it overwhelms us with urgent dem
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 Geology 101: Earthquake Basics 2 Earthquake Psychology 3 Week1: Getting Started Before an Earthquake Strikes 4 Week 2: Preparing Yourself and Your Home 5 Week 3: Finding Safe Places 6 Week 4: Staying Safe in the Car and at Work 7 Beyond the Essentials: Quake-Proofing and Insuring Your Home 8 During an Earthquake 9 After an Earthquake Conclusion Checklists and Forms References Resources Index
From the Publisher
A four-week program to help you and your family
Major earthquakes typically happen once a year
somewhere on our planet. Sometimes little damage occurs and
sometimes many lives are lost. Knowing what to do before, during,
and after an earthquake can save your life and help your family
members and pets survive. Use this guide and the checklists inside
to get ready:
- Find your safe spots at home, at work, at school, and
- Develop your emergency communication plan.
- Shake-proof your home.
- Assemble emergency supplies
By following the steps in the four-week readiness
program described here, you can avoid injury and ensure you have
the food, water, and other essentials you need to be prepared
rather than scared.
From the Jacket
How to survive when the ground shakes Major earthquakes typically happen once a year somewhere on our planet. Sometimes little damage occurs and sometimes many lives are lost. Knowing what to do before, during and after an earthquake can save your life and help your family members and pets survive. Use this guide and the checklists inside to get ready: o Find your safe spots at home, at work, at school, and outdoors. o Develop your emergency communication plan. o Shake-proof your home. o Assemble emergency supplies. By following the steps in the four-week readiness program described here you can avoid injury and ensure you have the food, water and other essentials you need to be prepared rather than scared. Maggie Mooney is a writer and a community prevention facilitator with a master''s degree in counselling psychology. She is author of Canada''s Top 100: The Greatest Athletes of All Time, and co-author of Nobel''s Women of Peace. She lives on Gabriola Island in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
About the Author
Maggie Mooney is a writer, editor, and community worker.
She is author of Canada's Top 100: The Greatest Athletes of All
Time, and co-author of Nobel's Women of Peace. She
lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
"Are You Ready? is one of those books you hope you'll never need
but if you do, you'll be glad you read it. Without this book, in
fact, if an earthquake happens, you could be on shaky ground."