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Why Prepare Now? Because It's Too Late After A Disaster Strikes


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The key is to do it smartly and efficiently. Start with basics. Do an Area Study to determine your specific needs. Then build up. 80% of US counties have suffered a weather disaster in the past decade. Because you will face some form of emergency, even just a power outage, that you need to be prepared for.

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Why Prepare Now? Because It's Too Late After A Disaster Strikes

  1. 1. Why Prepare Now? 98% of Americans were not prepared for a pandemic. Preparation for a pandemic was covered when The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide when first published, over a decade before COVID-19. Were you prepared?
  2. 2. Why Prepare Now? A record breaking hurricane season. A record breaking wildfire season. Record breaking drought. A once in a century pandemic. Rising temperatures. Rising sea levels. These, and more, are realities of our present. It’s not going to be better in the immediate future. Are you prepared?
  3. 3. Why Prepare Now? 80% of American live in a county that has been struck by a weather related disaster since 2007. There are many types dangers, disasters and emergencies. But 60% of Americans have not practiced what to do in a disaster.
  4. 4. Only 39% of Americans have an emergency plan. 55% think they can rely on local authorities to rescue them. Why Prepare Now?
  5. 5. 44% have no first aid kit. 48% have no emergency supplies. 53% do not have a 3 day supply of food and water which is the bare minimum. Why Prepare Now?
  6. 6. 52% have not designated an Emergency Rally Point. 42% do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members. 98% of people agree first aid saves lives, but 64% don’t know basic first aid. It goes on, but I’ve got good news! Why Prepare Now?
  7. 7. You Can Do It! The most important survival training is preparation. Having the right equipment and plans in place BEFORE an emergency or disaster is essential and needs to be started now!
  8. 8. Why I Wrote This Book Because of my family, particularly my grandsons. They had moved to San Diego and I started discussing earthquake and wildfire preparedness with my son. I knew from my Special Operations training and experience that there is a lot more to preparedness than most people realize and the available sources are confusing.
  9. 9. I’ve done considerable survival training, taught survival, and have studied many manuals and books on the subject. Most are overwhelming or focused more on immediate survival, rather than preparation. So I wrote this book to focus on what someone can do NOW. Also, I start with basics and most likely scenarios rather than going full apocalyptic, Zombie mode. My A-Team above 10,000 feet in winter on deployment
  10. 10. I am a former Green Beret who commanded an A-Team and was an Instructor/Writer for many years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, which trains Special Operations and includes the SERE School (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape). I was part of the cadre who designed the new Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS) and the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q-Course). I wrote this book for the civilian who needs to know where to begin and how to proceed in a time and cost-effective manner. I have been interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Forbes, Psychology Today, Sports Illustrated, the Discovery Channel, the SyFy Channel and more.
  11. 11. Yes, you can start a fire with a battery. But wouldn’t it be better to have a lighter? Or storm proof matches in a waterproof case? Most books I’ve read and sites I’ve gone to have interesting, esoteric survival advice, that’s useful, but not a priority. This book is about prioritizing for the most likely situations first. Then building on that base.
  12. 12. The Flow The book is broken down in two parts: the first half is focused on the preparation you can do now, in a step by step manner. There are numbered tasks and checklists. Also links to free apps, web sites and suggested equipment. The second half is focused on survival.
  13. 13. The Flow PREPARATION Do Your Area Study Immediate Rally Point (IRP) Emergency Rally Point (ERP) and Location Apps The Area Study Your Survival A-Team Prepare the Five Key Elements for Survival Water Food First Aid Shelter Fire The Places For Which To Plan Home Work/School Car/Traveling The Grab-n-Go bags you need Mild Grab-N-Go Mod/Ex Grab-N-Go
  14. 14. The Area StudyThe first thing we each have to do is an Area Study. That’s an assessment of ourselves, our family/team, and our environment for assets and threats. None of us are in the exact same situation, therefore, your preparation should be tailored for you. This is part of what makes Special Forces elite and will save you time and money in your own preparation. When you accomplish Task One on the first page of the book, you will already be more prepared.
  15. 15. The Flow SURVIVAL First Five Things To Do In An Emergency Key Phrase To Remember: Survival First Aid Breathing Bleeding Broken—Bone and Joint Injuries Water and Heat First Aid Cold Weather Injuries Bites and Stings Personal Hygiene Water Procurement Food Procurement Building Shelter & Starting a Fire Navigating and Tracking Specific Environments Cold Weather Desert Tropical Water
  16. 16. The Flow Urban Environments Burglary, Robbery, Car-Jacking Civil Unrest and Riots Terrorist Attack Active Shooter Power Outage Specific Man-Made Threats Car Plane Crash Train Crash Boat, Ferry, Cruise Ship, etc. Tall Building Fire Firearms Nuclear Weapons and Accidents Infectious Diseases, Pandemic and Biological and Chemical Weapons and Accident. Specific Natural Threats Tornado Hurricane Heat Wave and Drought Wildfire Blizzard Earthquake Tsunami Volcano Mud Slide/Land Slide Dams Flood Solar Flare
  17. 17. The Flow Bugging Out and the Hide Site and Caching Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Bug Out Hide Site (BOHS) Caching Stockpile, Scavenge, Sustain What Can Cause the Collapse of Civilization? Scavenging Appendixes Appendix A: All Tasks/Checklists Appendix B: Useful APPs Appendix C: Useful Web Sites Appendix D: How to Deal Specifically With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
  18. 18. S - Size up the situation, your surroundings, yourself, and your equipment. U - Use All Your Senses; Undue Haste Makes Waste R - Remember Where You Are V - Vanquish Fear and Panic I - Improvise V - Value Living A - Act Like the Natives L - Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills In Special Forces we’re taught that the word SURVIVAL provides you with the first letters of the keys you need
  19. 19. The Grab-N-Go Bags You Need Home/Main Bag Work/School Car and Traveling Emergency Rally Point/Cache
  20. 20. The Bottom Line Start simple, and at home, then slowly branch out. But the key is to start. NOW!
  21. 21. More Free Information I constantly update free, downloadable slideshows like this on my web site for preparation and survival and other topics. I also have YouTube Survival videos. HERE Also, I conduct Area Study workshops for those interested in properly preparing for their specific circumstances.
  22. 22. The guide on the left is the complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual with just the survival portion. Useful in your Grab- n-Go bag, car and kitchen drawer. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  23. 23. New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets and also runs the SERE school: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.