2012-04-17

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness - a Review

Details.  They say the devil is in the details, and this book if full of details.

I'll give you my straight impression right up front, and that is that this book is chock full of good information but you really have to wade through a lot of miscellanious details to find it. Like gold nuggets found while digging next to a riverbed, you will have to sift through a lot of sand to find what is important to you.

That isn't to say that this book is a waste of time, but be prepared to read it over a few weeks, or even a couple months, skipping over parts that, at least to me, seemed to be a bit of filler.

For one thing, the author talks about preparing for the most likely scenario and then spends a large amount of time discussing what the unlikely events are, and how to prepare for them.

Don't think that this is a book that you can use as a reference manual, putting it on the shelf to look up information when you need it, or need to review it. The information is so dense that you really should read this at least twice so that you can more fully understand those parts that apply to your own situation.

I read it on a kindle, and while that was convienient, I would probably get a paper version of it, so that I could mark it up, underlining things that I needed to be able to remember, and making notes in the margins.

All-in-all I'd give this about a 3 out of 5

Last modified on 2012-04-17 by jhasz