How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters

Non-Fiction - Self Help
288 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

In his book, Survival, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honore takes you on an in-depth journey through Hurricane Katrina and the role that he played in the recovery efforts. The end result of what he witnessed can be summed up in the idea that Americans are not prepared and rely too much on the government to do for them what they should be doing for themselves. Lt. Gen. Honore outlines the steps that each family should take in preparing for the next Katrina, power outage, or whatever may come. He includes a list of contents that everyone should have in emergency supplies.

Along with the tips and advice for Americans to follow, Lt. Gen. Honore also gives you the information concerning Hurricane Katrina that was not revealed through the media. Many questions are answered and many proactive ideas are given.
All in all, this is a great book that is easy to read and easy to follow. It should be required reading for all adults. We need to become self-sufficient and prepared for any situation the future may hold.

Pamela Bozeman

This is a great book. The content flows well and General Honore has done a great job of telling us about himself and events as they relate to his experiences with hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Additionally, the information in the final chapters on preparedness are worth their weight in gold. However, whoever edited this book totally dropped the ball. The grammar mistakes are numerous and should have been caught by either Ron Martz or someone at the publishing company. When I went to the General's website and read the press release for the book the same errors were present.
This is disappointing because I want the General to be successful with his current mission. I live on the coast of NC and I know that in terms of preparedness his voice needs to be heard and headed. I also know that hurricanes are nothing to play with and must be given the utmost respect. I have seen my local county officials trying to get the people to prepare for a coming storm. In many cases it is not the government that is at fault rather it is the public. I am always totally amazed when we have a storm coming and I see folks on the evening news, standing on the beach, announcing to the world that they are going to have a hurricane party during the storm. Then in the middle of the storm they actually expect government or local officials to risk their lives to save their stupid butt. I have also personally witnessed the public being beyond abusive to those same officials after the storm. Why? Because the public did not prepare individually for the event and now they expect someone else to pull them out of the mess. General Honore's message is clear, we must be responsible for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.
I have read that some folks think the book has been poorly marketed in terms of it's content. That is totally untrue and it leaves me to wonder if they actually read the book. This is a book about how to prepare for any natural disaster, both on an individual level as well as on a community level. This book is also encoded with many suggestions on how to improve leadership skills and improve a person's common sense quota. And you know what, at the end of the day I have to ask, how much information do you need in order to prepare for disasters that are native to your geographic location? The information concerning all levels of preparedness are clearly stated both at the end of every chapter and in the final chapters. There is even a selection of photographs showing necessary supplies. I highly recommend this book and I pray that people will pay attention to what this man has to say; he's not trying to become a millionaire, he's trying to save your life.

Ivor Burton

This is a MUST READ for any one that is part of Emergency Preparedness system, especially the military performing their DSCA mission. LT GEN Honore' offers his out of the box perspectives that create a "forward thinking" mind set that is necessary when things don't happen as planned.