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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007247362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007247363
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.3 x 11.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This miniature-sized guide (handy to fit in the pocket of your
radiation-proof jumpsuit) will give you the tools to cope with every kind
of disaster from bird flu to tornadoes to mass riots and civil unrest.
Phone numbers, survival kits, action plans and recovery strategies are all
covered in a clear and concise language." -- Scottish Daily Record, 23rd June 2007

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Be prepared for any eventuality


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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2009
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Yes, it is informative and compact but I didn't care for it. A wide range of eventualities is covered - briefly - but the advice was terribly boring, as if created by a committee. The book is divided into 1. extreme weather and natural disasters, 2. man-made disasters (like accidents, blackouts, riots), and 3. terrorism, including nuclear. I dipped in here and there but within an hour I had forgotten any of the advice I read. It isn't the first book I'd look to.

I also got a few other books but they didn't cover the same wide range of disasters. The First Aid Manual covered a wide range of accidents and had lots of pictures, which was good. SAS Survival Handbook, as I should have guessed, wasn't really that useful for a normal householder who is worried about the unexpected local disaster. Organize for Disaster was somewhat over-basic and US-centric but might be worth getting out of the library for a look (if they stock it). The Self-Sufficiency Handbook is mainly for the UK and has excellent basic (but not too basic) suggestions that I found most useful, with sections on recycling, going off-mains including generating your own power, organic gardening, animal husbandry, brewing, and preserving produce.

Life After Doomsday was so extreme I had to have some rice-pudding to soothe myself, but if you have any reason to suspect long-term survival problems and looters/attackers, it is amazingly logical, sensible and practical. My favourite, so far, is When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin. It's all about how to survive at home, it's written by someone who is a survival instructor, who lived on the streets for a while and who has practiced everything he preaches - for years. The Lundin book and the Life After Doomsday book were the least boring to read and therefore their advice is most likely to be remembered, and hence useful, in case of need. However, both require weeks of expenditure and preparation.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AvidBookReader on 25 Mar. 2008
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Excellent little book. It covers all sorts of disasters that could happen, and gives the facts as to what the individual needs to do to survive it. It's a pocket size. Recommended to everyone, just to read and become aware, and hopefully, if (pray it doesn't) you happen to experience any of these disasters you will automatically remember what you have read and know what to do.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By noelia on 21 Jan. 2012
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The problem is that i had just read the collins gem "SAS survival giude", whuich as you can imagine is very comprehansive and could be really useful if you ever needed to leave your home and be self sufficient due to a disaster. I then was recommended the collins gem "disaster survival" and remeber thinking to my self, brilliant idea a book that can come in handy in a situation that may actually happen to you and me.

I was a bit dissapointed, whilst the book does cover almost all types of disaster it doesnt nearly go into enough detail in each section. It is roughly half the number of pages than the "SAS survival guide" and i felt that with what the "disater survival" covers it should have been twice size.

The "disatser survival" a pocket size publication but it doenst need to be. It there ever was an emergency i cant see anyone seeking it out for guidance.

Summing up it is a good read and a perfect place to start if you are worried about current events and disasters in 2012 and so on. If you already have read any survival guide i dont think you will need it.

Steevi (Noelia's husband)
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If you've got limited space on your bookshelf or want a guide for an emergency go-bag, this is a great little book. Even if you've got bags of space on your bookshelves, this is worth buying.

Most of us are lucky enough to hopefully never encounter an earthquake, avalanche or terrorism but more than likely will experience a power black-out at some point (or repeatedly!) and should be prepared in case of domestic emergencies such as fire, flood, gas leak or problem with the water supply. This book covers all sorts of situations, outlining preparations, responses and basic first aid. If you have even the tiniest worry that something could happen, buy this book. It won't break the bank, may put your mind at rest and could even help to save you and your family. Even if it only means that you're better prepared to wait out the next blackout more comfortably, it will have been a good buy and an interesting read.
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It's okay... The stuff in here is really basic and obvious.

It might be useful to someone with absolutely no knowledge about preparedness but still, I think everything in here is common sense. With that said, I suppose it's not a bad starting place if you've got a slight interest in the topic.

It might be worth having a look at Lofty Wiseman's SAS Survival Manual if you're considering this as it might suit your needs more.

My one final thought on this is that I really don't know why it's in a Collins Gem. The info in here is so simple that you'll only read it once, it's not like you need a pocket guide to keep handy. Once you've read it, that's it! You'll find you already knew most of it and if you do find things you didn't, then they're that simple that you'll commit them to memory and certainly won't need to keep hold of a pocket guide.
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This book is a preppers Bible. It offers short, bullet point tips on what to do in a variety of disaster and emergency situations. This includes everything from how to survive an avalanche (one key apparently is to face away from the snow flow), to how to keep armed kidnappers calm. There are also sections on how to store food and water during shortages, and how to maximise your chances of surviving a plane crash. Not bad, and a handy little sized book.
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