Prepping Your Family For an Emergency

Simple steps to staying safe during a disaster

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
360 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2021
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Prepping Your Family For an Emergency: Simple Steps to Staying Safe During a Disaster by Suzanne Lowe is a timely book that could save your life. Lowe pulls together lots of great information in one place on how you can help prepare yourself and your loved ones for an emergency, from earthquakes to pandemics. Disaster preparedness isn't always on the minds of most people, but Covid-19 proves that it probably should be. Other natural emergencies like raging fires, flooding, twisters, and ice storms are always a threat somewhere in the world, but there are steps we can take to be ready for them and give ourselves a good chance at surviving them. This guide is full of common sense ideas and useful solutions.

I like that Lowe doesn't take the Doomsday approach, but more a practical one. You don't have to be a Doomsday prepper in order to prepare sensibly for emergencies, and the author gives ideas that are budget-friendly. Some solutions do cost money, however, but you don't have to be rich to be prepared. There are low-cost preparations, like extra drinking water, a generator, water purification tablets, how to keep your pets safe, how to create emergency heat, where to go if you have to evacuate, how to make a smaller shelter within your own home, important documents and items you'll need to take with you if you have to leave your home temporarily or for good, how to keep children calmer during an emergency, as well as entertained, and much more. I like that the author addresses emotional and psychological needs as well as food, shelter, clothes, and medical. She packs a lot of information that you can refer to again and again. Including recipes for homemade items like hand sanitizer is a nice touch. Being prepared won't remove all the anxiety associated with an emergency or isolation, but it does give a sense of relief and security. For example, if you suddenly can't get to a store for food, or there is no food on the store shelves, you'll be glad that you have some extra stored away in a closet. Prepping Your Family For an Emergency: Simple Steps to Staying Safe During a Disaster by Suzanne Lowe is your go-to book for emergency preparedness.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

We live in a world full of disasters waiting to happen: hurricanes, earthquakes, massive snowstorms, ice storms, forest fires, flooding – the list is endless, and don’t forget the most recent disaster, the pandemic. Are you ready to protect yourself and your family in case of an emergency? In case you’re suddenly homeless, or stranded in your home for days on end? Is your family ready? First of all, you need to have a plan of action and make sure everyone in the household is aware of this plan and their role in the plan. It’s always a good idea to keep a supply of non-perishable foods on hand, like canned foods. Frozen foods are good, too, as long as the disaster doesn’t involve a lengthy power outage. These are perhaps just the basics, but there is so much more to consider, and in a world as unsettled as the one we live in now, it’s best to be prepared. Granted, you can be prepared for every potential disaster, but being somewhat prepared is better than no preparation at all.

Suzanne Lowe has prepared a helpful guide for the unexpected, the terrifying, and the worst-case scenario. Prepping Your Family For an Emergency: Simple steps to staying safe during a disaster is a well-organized, thorough guide that walks you through many possible scenarios and what preparations are advisable. For example, we’ve all experienced power outages from time to time, but what do you do if it lasts for days or even weeks? The author provides us with some insight on how to keep safe, how to keep the family safe and how to protect the family pets. There’s also some useful advice on how to gradually stock up on food supplies, including a list of quantities you might want to consider keeping on hand. Something not usually considered is entertainment. What can you do during a lengthy power outage? With no electronics and no television, it’s back to old school: reading real books, playing real board games and doing real puzzles – great family togetherness time. There is so much to consider and, judging from what we’ve all experienced in the recent year, there is no guarantee that life will continue to be unchallenging indefinitely. We need to prepare ourselves and our families and this book is a great way to start.

Divine Zape

Prepping Your Family for an Emergency: Simple Steps to Staying Safe during a Disaster by Suzanne Lowe is a step-by-step guide on preparing for emergency situations and disasters. One hardly knows when disaster can strike — fire, floods, earthquakes, cyclones, civil unrest, pandemics, bushfires, and storms. While some of these emergencies can be foreseen, some take people by surprise, leaving them uncertain about how to keep their home, family, and pets safe. In this book, readers will learn exactly what they need to do when the power goes out, how to keep their pets safe, how to determine the amount of water they need, how to attend to the kids and keep them protected, and a lot more.

This book provides need-to-know information that everyone requires to face disasters, from getting the right supplies to keeping food safe, from planning for a home lockdown to preventing infections, from making life in isolation easier to being able to master the recipes for hand sanitizers. Suzanne Lowe takes readers through each emergency and addresses unique aspects that should be handled and how to handle them. She also provides a comprehensive list of emergency kits for both family members and pets. Prepping Your Family for an Emergency: Simple Steps to Staying Safe during a Disaster is written in a conversational style and the language is accessible to ordinary readers. The book is well-researched and written with confidence. Living in a country that is prone to natural disasters, especially floods and typhoons, this book is a timely tool for me. It contains everything you need to survive any kind of disaster. A highly recommended read.