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Living safe in an unsafe world : the complete guide to family preparedness
Kelly, Kate.
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Publication Information:
New York : New American Library, [2000]

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xiv, 386 pages ; 21 cm
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Whatever emergency comes your way, Living Safe in an Unsafe World is your guidebook on how your family can survive it. You'll read about how to prepare for emergencies by developing "situational awareness," investigating insurance coverage, posting emergency numbers, designating family "safety spots," traveling safely, and more....

"The American Red Cross believes that everyone should be prepared for any possible disruption in their daily lives that may be caused by disasters, from a home fire to something that affects the entire community. The content of this book can help you and your family be more prepared and safer should disaster strike. Most steps recommended in this book are simple and easy to do with little time and effort, yet will result in greater peace of mind for everyone in the family."
--Rocky Lopes, Ph.D., Sr. Associate for Disaster EducationAmerican Red Cross Headquarters

Author Notes

Kate Kelly is a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and a former reporter for Time magazine and the New York Observer . She attracted international attention for her three-part series of articles on Bear Stearns, which ran on the front pages of The Wall Street Journal in May 2008. This is her first book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

A Personal Note from the Authorp. 1
How to Use this Bookp. 3
Introduction: Certified Emergency Manager Randall C. Duncan Addresses Family Safetyp. 5
Part 1 General Family Preparedness
Chapter 1 Simple Steps Families Can Take to Preparep. 11
Chapter 2 Emergencies: Getting Organizedp. 16
Chapter 3 Create a Disaster Plan for Your Familyp. 24
Chapter 4 Your Disaster Supplies Kit(s)p. 32
Chapter 5 Insuring Against Disasterp. 41
Part 2 Safety Specifics
Chapter 6 Home Dangersp. 55
Fire Safetyp. 56
Preventing Accidental Poisonings and Fallsp. 67
Chemical Emergenciesp. 71
Carbon Monoxide and Radonp. 78
Lead-based Paintp. 82
Your Water Supplyp. 86
Waste Managementp. 94
Systemic and Technological Breakdowns: What to Do in a Major Systems Outagep. 96
Chapter 7 Travel Dangersp. 99
Air Safetyp. 99
Car Safetyp. 108
Vital Information about Car Restraint Systemsp. 113
Defensive Drivingp. 123
Rail Safetyp. 139
School Bus Safetyp. 144
Chapter 8 Public Dangersp. 147
Crowdsp. 147
Elevatorsp. 150
Personal Safetyp. 152
School Violencep. 155
Chapter 9 Food-Related Dangersp. 163
General Food Safetyp. 164
Botulismp. 170
E. Colip. 172
Listeriap. 176
"Mad Cow" Disease--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathyp. 178
Salmonellap. 180
Typhoid Feverp. 184
The Safety of the Food You Buyp. 185
Chapter 10 Dangerous Encounters with Animals and Insectsp. 191
Alligatorsp. 193
Batsp. 198
Bearsp. 202
Cockroaches, Mice, and Ratsp. 209
Cougars (Mountain Lions)p. 214
Coyotesp. 218
Dogsp. 221
Killer Bees and Other Stinging Insectsp. 229
Sharksp. 237
Snakesp. 241
Spidersp. 247
Encephalitis and West Nile-like Virusp. 250
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndromep. 252
Lyme Diseasep. 254
Rabiesp. 258
Chapter 11 Weather-Related Disastersp. 264
Avalanchesp. 267
Earthquakesp. 274
Extreme Heat: The Stealth Health Threatp. 285
Floods and Flash Floodsp. 294
Hurricanesp. 300
Landslidesp. 312
Lightning and Severe Thunderstormsp. 317
The Ozone Layer and the Sunp. 326
Tornadoesp. 334
Tsunamisp. 345
Volcanic Eruptionsp. 350
Winter Stormsp. 355
Appendix Hands-on Emergency Informationp. 367
Shutting Off Utilitiesp. 367
Creating a Temporary Toiletp. 369
To Contact for Additional Helpp. 370
Further Readingp. 373
Indexp. 374