Here the delight of defeating a disaster awaits you. With this primer close by, defeating a disaster can be as easy as deciding to eat dinner. Like eating, all you need to do is think ahead a little. Well before you sit at your plate you will have purchased and pantried what you will prepare so it will be there when six o'clock rolls around. Hence this "menu" in your hands offers you a table of savory delights that will release you from the grip of terror and energize your intelligence in ways that will tilt the odds of danger from being forever against you to being always in your favor.
This book is NOT a doomsday survivalist tract. It is a wittily written practical guide for residents and workers that describes how you and your family and friends can deal with more than twenty kinds of disasters BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER they occur. It describes how to store and use all the "calamity commodities" you will need when misfortune comes knocking on your door, and it emphasizes how victims can help each other —and be known as Samaritans rather than Survivalists.
What is your biggest danger in a disaster? Destruction? Nope, your biggest danger by far is disruption. Death and damage may make the news, but in almost every disaster far more lives are disrupted than destroyed. Witness the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 and killed 158 people. The path of death and destruction was less than a mile wide and only 22 miles long —but within thirty miles of this streak of calamity 160,000 citizens who suffered not a scratch and whose homes or workplaces experienced not a dime of damage were profoundly disrupted by the carnage, loss of power and water, suspension of civic services, closed roads, and empty gas pumps and store shelves. This is why you should prepare for disasters. If one kills you, you don't need this book —you need an undertaker. But for that other ninety-nine percent of the time when you may be far from a disaster's destruction and suffer nary a scratch to your person or your premises, you may desperately need to fend off such dreads as eating poisoned food, drinking polluted water, becoming feebly infected from a simple cut or burn, enduring hours of darkness between dusk and dawn, or being trapped by fallen trees and debris in every direction. Then this book's seeds sown in savage ground may bear merciful fruit.