Books On Survival And Emergency Preparedness

Living in a world where most anything can happen at any time means that no one is ever completely safe. It pays to be prepared. These guide books help us to take a clear-eyed look at what to do should the worst happen. 

June is National Safety Month. Let’s learn how to recognize danger, make quick decisions and live confidently in the modern world. 

The Prepared Home: How to Stock, Organize, and Edit Your Home to Thrive in Comfort, Safety, and Style by Melissa George

Whether there’s a power outage, the wi-fi goes out, or you are asked to quarantine, you should have plans and preparedness goals that don’t take over your space and your life. George provides a guide to help you transform your home from entertaining mode to disaster-ready mode, using clever ways to store emergency items. Your home is your sanctuary– it should be a place of safety, comfort, and beauty!

The Disaster Survival Guide: How to Prepare for and Survive Floods, Fires, Earthquakes, and More by Marie D. Jones

Using what has been learned from previous disasters, this indispensable book illustrates how others survived past crises and managed to rebuild their lives. Covering the basic needs from food, water, and first aid to shelter, security, and self-defense, this informative guide walks readers through the steps it takes to create their own personal emergency action plan. It provides a catalog of the skills, tools, and items needed to endure and overcome a variety of situations and circumstances. Plus, it provides insights into how to react and respond when disaster does strike. 

The End: Natural Disasters, Manmade Catastrophes, and the Future of Human Survival by Marq De Villiers

A Canadian Science Writers Award-winning author presents an analysis of humanity’s role in catastrophic natural disasters to consider whether or not such threats are increasing and how they can be managed.

The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disasters by Juliette N. Kayyem

Filled with personal anecdotes and real-life examples from natural disasters like the California wildfires to man-made ones like the Boeing 737 MAX crisis, The Devil Never Sleeps is a guide for governments, businesses, and individuals alike on how to alter our thinking so that we can develop effective strategies in the face of perpetual catastrophe”–Dust jacket flap.

How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation by Bear Grylls

Reveals to reader’s a full toolkit of survival tactics, from everyday basics like avoiding blisters to once-in-a-lifetime events like surviving a kidnapping. Opening with the most essential survival skills–assembling your survival kit, making a fire, building a shelter–and then moving on to more specific situations, such as escaping fire, dealing with harsh terrain, and handling medical emergencies, this book is a sure guide for any type of disaster situation.

SAS Urban Survival Handbook: How to Protect Yourself Against Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Fires, Home Invasions, and Everyday Health and Safety Hazards by John Wiseman

Wiseman shows readers how to think realistically and practically about these perils in order to avoid them, whether they are at home, on the street, in school, or in transit. From self-defense techniques to home security systems to coping with natural disasters, this book will teach readers to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in the modern urban world.

How to Survive Anything: Shark Attack, Quicksand, Embarrassing Parents, Pop Wuizzes, and Other Perilous Situations by Rachel Buchholz

Let’s face it. With school pressures, social pressures, parental pressures…the teenage years are tough. Your best friend is with you one day, dating your crush the next. But it could be worse! You could be face-to-face with an angry grizzly, or chest-deep in quicksand. Never fear, National Geographic has the solution! In this hilariously informative take on surviving the trials of middle school and the jungles of South America, we combine our expertise on nature and adventure with the fun-and-learning approach of our Nat Geo style…and voila, the perfect advice to conquer any obstacle. 

The Next Apocalypse: The Art and Science of Survival by Chris Begley 

In The Next Apocalypse, archaeologist Chris Begley argues that we completely misunderstand how disaster works. Examining past collapses of civilizations, such as the Maya and Rome, he argues that these breakdowns are actually less about cataclysmic destruction than they are about long processes of change. In short: It’s what happens after the initial uproar that matters. Some people abandon their homes and neighbors; others band together to start anew. As we anticipate our own fate, Begley tells us that it was communities, not lone heroes, who survived past apocalypses — and who will survive the next.

The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness by Scott Hunt

The world we live in is an unstable one. From natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods of biblical proportions to concerns about the economic downturn and government shutdown, the hits just keep on coming. At the same time, the power grid is incredibly fragile. Our dependency on widely distributed long distance systems for power, medicine, and food makes our society susceptible to attack, whether by foreign or domestic enemies, or the weather. 

How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos by David Pogue

A practical and comprehensive guide to surviving the greatest disaster of our time, from New York Times bestselling self-help author and beloved CBS Sunday Morning science and technology correspondent David Pogue.

-Hongmei, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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