It's Time to Plan... Not Panic - Emergency Evacuation Preparedness and Coping Skills
Author: Barbara Salsbury
The information and guidelines found in Plan Not Panic are noteworthy and timely; even critical in many respects. Plan Not Panic is a 72-hour Survival/Emergency Evacuation manual. This book differs from the traditional emergency evacuation lists and "how-to's." It is the only book based on research combined with a personal experience that describes how to overcome the "villain" of most evacuations ... Lag-Time. This book replaces panic, gloom, and doom, that many times accompany thoughts of a crisis, with the solutions of economic, individualized, practical preparations; that includes a smile or two along with personal glimpses. The latest series of "visual aids" - rain, wind, floods, and earthquakes - provided by Mother Nature have emphasized that it is not just the "Big One" we need to be prepared for. This book teaches, step by step, how to meet individual needs in order to survive an evacuation with confidence and even some comfort. It has worksheets and personal planning pages. With the exclusive Neighborhood Evaluation form, you can begin to plan, not panic. It is important to understand the major differences between traditional emergency preparedness and 72-hour kit preparedness.
In Plan Not Panic Mrs. Salsbury offers practical solutions to meet your individual needs in case you are ever forced to evacuate your home or workplace. She tells you how to get ready for a 72 hour (or longer) evacuation and existence in a shelter so that you will not only survive it but survive with a minimum of discomfort and a maximum of confidence. Emphasis is placed on individual factors. Lists that specify exactly what you need - if prepared by someone else (even though "professional"- are not to be completely relied upon. There are too many individual factors involved in a setlist to apply to everyone.
A common misconception is that the government will immediately come to your rescue in a crisis. A disaster or crisis may mean bringing in help from outside of your area. Even if a problem is extremely localized, you alone may have to provide your own food, clothing, and other supplies until help arrives. The longer lag-time the more the problems compound. Following the guidelines outlined in Plan Not Panic could very well make the difference between coping and chaos.
Your 72-hour emergency kit must be ready - and accessible-before an evacuation crisis occurs and you are forced to leave your home or employment. How well you are prepared will determine how well you are able to cope. In Plan Not Panic the essential elements for you to consider are outlined in detail.