Crisis Preparedness Handbook

By Patricia Spigarelli Aston

Crisis Preparedness Handbook

By Patricia Spigarelli Aston

Book Description

The crises of 2020 impacted every single one of us.
Were you prepared?
Are you prepared for the next crisis?

This new, updated third edition gives you the tools you need to ensure safety and survival so you can be prepared for any disaster that comes your way. You’ll learn how to:
✓ Identify your crisis risk
✓ Create a customized preparedness plan
✓ Design a basic food-storage system that’s ideal for you
✓ Safely store water and fuel
✓ Tackle sanitation issues and communications breakdowns
✓ Protect your home and family
This book also gives you unique benefits you won’t see in other preparedness books, such as:
• 5 Things You Can Do Now—Quick-start ideas in each chapter to get you going
• Quick Checks—Checklists that help you evaluate options
• Worksheets—Planning tools to optimize your preparedness plan
• Resource Section—Reviews of unique products that help you prepare
• Personally Speaking—Patricia’s tips, insights, and survival life-lessons

You’ll love Crisis Preparedness Handbook because it gives you everything you need to confidently handle any crisis and feel the peace that comes with being prepared.


Check out the Reviews!

Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez:
“Crisis Preparedness Handbook,” by Patricia Spigarelli Aston and Jack A. Aston

“Crisis Preparedness Handbook” is a book everyone should have in their home library. In this book, the authors give us a wonderful overview of everything we need to be prepared for any kind of emergency or crisis that might come our way. In addition, there are specific tips and tools given in each chapter of the book.

Each chapter has a section called “Five Things you Can do Now.” These are five easy steps that summarize what we can do to get started in that area of preparedness. Each chapter addresses a different topic on how to be prepared. Then at the end of each chapter, the author gives personal experience from her life and how she applied that topic and what her family liked best. I enjoyed this because each chapter gives a lot of tips, but it’s nice to see what a real-life family enjoyed and what specifically worked for them.

I also really enjoy that the book provides worksheets and checklists to help you actually implement the advice given in the book. You can learn things about preparedness from any topics ranging from food storage, fire safety, natural disasters, what you need if you ever have to evacuate your house, what kinds of other things you should have in your home storage besides just food, and even financial advice to help you be prepared for a rainy day. I myself am a beginner at preparedness, but I can see how even people that have been working on preparedness for years will learn something new from this book.

Review by Karen Pellet, Author of "The Spectrum Mom" Series:
As a mom of three special needs kids on the Autism Spectrum home storage has been relegated to the last item on my list of concerns to worry about. However, I went ahead and read this book and was amazed at how many easy things I could do along the way. When we had fewer kids, we did strive to get a 3-6 months’ worth of supplied together in our tiny condo, including a storing a small emergency kit in the car and at work. But, as soon as our kids started exhibiting food sensitivity issues, the basics required in most food supplies (i.e. flour, oats, sugar, powdered milk, legumes) no longer made sense for our unusual family.
But the beauty of the Crisis Preparedness Handbook is that it is a comprehensive easy to read tool to help modify self-reliance to meet your family’s needs. It is well organized, has clear explanations, personal/relatable experiences from the author, and covers pretty much everything you might ever worry about in being prepared. You do not have to read the book straight through, you can identify the areas that you want to work on and focus on those specifics. Every section has room for notes, tables to help you calculate what your family needs, and links to more information or tools.

For our family I focused on Section 2, which has four chapters covering water supplies and filtration and was pleased to note I was ahead of the game. The book helped me to identify additional sources of water around the home, how to store water, and a thorough section on the difference between filters, iodine tablets, and more. While the food storage information was helpful, I chose not to focus on that at this time as we are still trying to normalize our family’s diet. However, I have bookmarked those chapters to return to when I am in a better position to focus on.

I am fascinated by the details included in growing and harvesting your own food for storage as we have had our own raised garden beds in our postage-stamp sized back yard for years. Yes, my kids might not eat a lot of what I grow, but my husband and I do. So, I loved the information that reaffirmed what I already knew, and yet gave me several options of how to expand and modify in the future. I have also tagged the sections on Communication, Transportation and Protection for a Crisis to reread more thoroughly. I want to make sure we are up to date on what we do have an to identify new ways our family can prepare.

The Crisis Preparedness Handbook really is a plethora of valuable information to help prepare for all kinds of emergency situations. I highly recommend this handbook to everyone as a staple in their home. After reading this book I have marked what our family can work on for the moment without being overwhelmed. I have a friend that works for the National Red Cross that had told me I should store a bit of cash in a safe place each payday in case of a long term power outage that takes out ATMs and anything we’d normally pay for with a debit card. This book reaffirmed that need. Now when I go to the story and the self-checkout machine asks me if I want cash back, I click on “Yes” then store it in a safe location in the house for times of need.

Review by Gregory Little:

2020 has been a year few anticipated. If a once-in-a-century pandemic has you wanting to include more disaster preparedness in your life, Crisis Preparedness Handbook has you covered. This exhaustive reference guide covers everything you could ever wish to know about how to survive a disaster, be it common or uncommon, short or long. Food and water security, shelter, protection, transportation, nothing is overlooked. After acquiring this book, no one can fairly claim they won’t have the knowledge necessary to survive any apocalypse that is survivable. Understanding that not every reader will be a hardcore survivalist, the book lays out varying levels of preparedness depending on the level of effort you are willing to exert. As the book itself states, it’s intended to be first and foremost a reference guide, and readers are encouraged to pick and choose the parts that work for their lifestyles. Not every reader will need every bit of information in the book, but it’s safe to say every reader will benefit from its advice.

The relationship between Pauline and her father, the need to prove yourself against the odds, the banding together of an unlikely group of heroes… all highly relatable themes for the YA genre, keep you engrossed in the story.

I will say this. If you are unfamiliar with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or steampunk lore, this book will feel like being dropped in the middle of a world and being expected to know how to navigate it. And the first several pages will feel like a blatant rip off of Peter Jackson’s interpretation of “Mortal Engines.” Stick with it. Your patience will be rewarded with a light, easy read once you acclimate to the new world Tarbet is presenting.