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Just in case : how to be self-sufficient when the unexpected happens / by Kathy Harrison.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2008.
Physical Description:
239 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Organize -- Acquire and rotate -- Personal preparedness -- Home systems -- Communications -- Preparedness with children -- Pets -- Preparing your car -- Evacuation -- Loss of power -- Fire in the home -- Natural disasters -- Toxic hazards -- Pandemic -- Terrorism -- Skills for independence -- Food from scratch -- The stored food cookbook -- Epilogue: could we really do it?


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613.69 HAR Book Adult General Collection

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If disaster strikes and public services are limited, you want to know that your family will be taken care of. With an eye toward self-sufficiency, Kathy Harrison guides you through preparations and contingency plans that will keep you healthy, safe, and calm in a crisis. Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, and much more. You'll soon gain the ingenuity and resourcefulness to get your family through even the most unfortunate circumstances.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With the assumption that many of us have a false sense of security... assuming that technology will prevail or that some government agency will bail us out in a crisis, this extensive guide gives detailed, down-to-earth advice on what to do when disaster strikes, be it a house fire, an ice storm or biological terrorism. Aided by charmingly retro illustrations vaguely reminiscent of a 1940s air raid brochure, Harrison (Another Place at the Table) presents her OAR system for preparedness--organizing, acquiring and rotating supplies--and techniques to safely and even comfortably survive any kind of emergency. She shows how to prepare for a short-term crisis: building a supply of food and water; preparing first aid and evacuation kits; planning communication and a family meeting place in times of crisis. She also presents long-term strategies for self-sufficiency: eliminating debt and securing a supply of cash in your home; planting a garden, canning food and making cheese; replacing an inefficient fireplace with a woodstove; building a solar oven. Harrison shows that learning to do it yourself, besides providing some security in an increasingly insecure world, brings less obvious but perhaps equally important benefits: an incredible sense of self-sufficiency and independence. And pointing out that family preparedness can build community, she reminds readers, crisis can bring out the best in people, or the worst. Strive to be one of the good guys. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Oar System
Chapter 1 Organize
Chapter 2 Acquire and Rotate
Part 2 Preparedness
Chapter 3 Personal Preparedness
Chapter 4 Home Systems
Chapter 5 Communications
Chapter 6 Preparedness with Children
Chapter 7 Pets
Chapter 8 Preparing your Car
Chapter 9 Evacuation
Part 3 Dealing with Disaster
Chapter 10 Loss of Power
Chapter 11 Fire in the House
Chapter 12 Natural Disasters
Chapter 13 Toxic Hazards
Chapter 14 Pandemic
Chapter 15 Terrorism
Part 4 Doing it Yourself
Chapter 16 Skills for Independence
Chapter 17 Food from Scratch
Chapter 18 The Stored Food Cookbook