Prepare Magazine Book Review/Giveaway (It’s A Disaster!… by Bill and Janet Liebsch)

September 28, 2015

We’re happy to join our friends at PREPARE Magazine in another series of Book Reviews and Giveaways. And we are honored they’ve chosen our book for giveaway #2! Remember … if you found this post after the Giveaway has finished (ends 4-Oct-2015), you can learn more about our book and programs using below links.

preparemag disaster book giveaway liebschHere’s what the Reviewers at PREPARE Magazine have to say about this book:

The Book: It’s a Disaster…and what are YOU gonna do about it? by Bill and Janet Liebsch has been used in First Responder Training across the country since 1999! How much better could your family be prepared than to have on hand the very same book that so many First Responders use?

The book doesn’t read like a novel nor is it difficult to ‘get through.’ In fact, it lends itself to reading in short segments of time based upon your need, area of potential disaster or interest. Even if you are in the midst of a crisis, the way this book is set up – it’s so easy to find what you need in just seconds that it is a far better field guide than most other emergency manuals we’ve reviewed.

From Family Emergencies to Business Preparedness or Natural Disasters to Man-Made Mayhem, the book: It’s a Disaster…and what are YOU gonna do about it? 5th Edition really does cover the widest base of events we’ve ever seen in one single book.

Not only does it cover the events – it gives you the wherewithal to handle living through them right while they are happening. The step-by-step bullet points are easy to spot and follow thus they help you stay on track in the midst of chaos! It covers so many possible events in order to help you feel ready with almost endless contingency plans.

The authors also offer this as a Whole Community approach to Preparedness that includes funding ideas for schools, volunteer or church groups, or community planners. This outreach is unique in that the desire is to get these books in the hands of more grass-roots movements rather than hit a ‘best seller list’. This shows the true heart of the authors – to help communities and people prepare for life’s emergencies. We applaud and stand with them in this effort!

As the authors state on their website, the It’s a Disaster!… book truly “helps families and businesses ‘be aware, be prepared, and have a plan’ for most types of emergencies and disasters (including Terrorism). The 266-page paperback provides quick-reference instructional bullets in 2-color format. It is not written to alarm people, rather it suggests tips on what to think about and do before, during and after specific types of scenarios, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

If you have not had the opportunity to get your hands on this valuable resource guide, we highly recommend that you do. We hope you’ll enter this Giveaway for your opportunity to win it and add it to your bug out bag, emergency bin or back pack!

Click here to enter this book giveaway from PREPARE Magazine … and please visit and signup for their free digital magazine and learn how to subscribe to their print magazine.

Links corrected on book review/giveaway post

September 13, 2015

Unfortunately there were a few link errors in our earlier email about Prepare Magazine Book Review/Giveaway (The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by Jim Cobb).

My apologies and the links to Jim’s book and the Book Giveaway (ends 9/20) have been fixed on our blog post. ~ j

Prepare Magazine Book Review/Giveaway (The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness by Jim Cobb)

September 13, 2015

Our friends at PREPARE Magazine are running a series of Book Reviews and Giveaways every other week that can help you expand your Preparedness Library. If you’ve found this post after the Giveaway has finished (ends 20-Sep-2015), you can still learn more about Jim’s books using links in Prepare Magazine’s below review.

prepare mag book giveaway cobbThe Prepper’s Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness by Jim Cobb is the quintessential preparedness primer. It is suitable reading for both the novice and seasoned prepper. Almost every topic is covered in this book yet it still it goes into great detail without distracting from the primary focus of laying a strong foundation. Disaster Readiness is a broad topic but author, Jim Cobb knows his topic well and has done a fantastic job of breaking things down into clearly distinct chapters and sections to help the reader grasp the scope of being well prepared.

The chapters offer a wide range, yet build from “Why to prepare” to more specific details such as “Where to go” in a disaster. The Prepper’s Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness will take you on a sequential journey without hype or conspiracy. Unlike day to day life, this book is tightly segmented in its approach so that you are able to locate a particular area on which you need to focus and review to it regularly.

Jim enlightens the reader on areas usually untouched such as how Disaster Readiness affects relationships (Children, Pets and Elderly). This is a book that we highly recommend regardless how long you have been on the preparedness journey.

Click here to enter this book giveaway from PREPARE Magazine … and please take a moment to click over to and signup for their free digital magazine and learn how to subscribe to their print magazine.

Exhibit 13 (9/11 tribute video by @BlueManGroup) #NeverForget

September 11, 2015

In case you’ve never seen Blue Man Group’s Exhibit 13 vid tribute to 9/11, we wanted to share it with you. Per their youtube page:

The following pieces of paper blew into the Carroll Gardens neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York following the attacks at The World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

The Exhibit 13 video was created by the Blue Man community in response to those tragic events. We remember.


Challenge yourself with #30Days30Ways Game during September #NatlPrep Month

August 31, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM or #NatlPrep) and we – along with thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations – are encouraging Americans to take time to help your community get better prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

NPM wraps up with America’s PrepareAthon! as a national day of action (on 9/30 or anytime) when individuals, families, organizations and businesses have preparedness events, drills and training sessions to help turn “knowing into doing”.

A really fun way to get involved with NPM is to participate in the 30 Days, 30 Ways disaster preparedness game.

#30Days30Ways was started by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in WA with the goal of challenging people to do one basic task per day to enhance their personal readiness for emergencies.

Each September, CRESA posts one simple readiness task each day and winners are selected from among the participants. The tasks are creative, fun and educational using an interactive social media based approach to reach an audience who may not be normally reached through traditional community events.

Check out this year’s 30 Days, 30 Ways promo video and scroll down to learn how to get involved and play…

How do I play?

Anyone can participate in the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge — in fact, the game has had players in over 44 states and 38 countries — and there are 2 ways to play this year…

Daily Challenges:

  • A daily task will be posted by 7am PDT to 30Days30ways website every day during September.
  • The challenge will be cross-posted on Facebook and on Twitter @30Days_30Ways
  • You can complete any task, any time as long as they are submitted by midnight on Sept 30th.
  • You may enter as often as you like.

Weekly Challenges:

  • This Year there will be 4 Weekly Challenges posted each Monday.
  • You have until the following Sunday evening at Midnight Pacific Time to submit your entry.
  • These Bonus Challenges will judged by a team of Emergency Management Coordinators at CRESA for creativity, relativity to the topic, popularity and how best it answers the overall theme of the game.

What can I win?

The number of winners and Amazon Gift Card prizes are based on the funds donated for this game. If you’d like to contribute to the #30Days30Ways crowdfunding campaign, visit their 30Days30Ways 2015 Preparedness Challenge page. (Any amount is helpful and all money donated goes directly into prizes awarded to those participating in the challenge.)

Learn more about the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge at or follow them on Facebook  or Twitter @30days_30ways  or #30days30ways.

New book pricing (but honoring old prices for #NatlPrep Month) + funding ideas for schools and volunteers

August 18, 2015

disaster booksAs we wrote in our July enews, for over a dozen years we have discounted our disaster preparedness and first aid manual up to 75% off the $14.99 list (or $3.50 U.S. each + freight) for agencies, nonprofits, volunteers, schools and others, but unfortunately rising costs have been piling up the past few years.

Freight costs for ground shipments typically average about 50 cents per book plus there are handling charges and other fees we’ve absorbed for groups over the years.

New pricing (but not just yet)

To offset some of these costs we need to raise our prices a little bit, and we want to simplify things for everyone going forward so…

As of July 2015 our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! paperback (either standard red books or custom printed ones in bulk) will be $4.50 U.S. each delivered* (70% off list on 10 copies & up).

We still provide FREE customization ~ either with peel & stick labels on our standard red books … or … you can personalize covers and first 12 full color glossy pages in the print process on 1,000 units and up.

And if you want to upgrade your order to add 48 to 288 extra full color glossy pages (up to 300 custom pages in front / back), the upgrade price is $7.00 U.S. each delivered*. * = Note: Delivered price in continental U.S.

And as before, custom CDs and flash drives are unique ways to distribute this life-saving data using our 280-page ebook and pricing depends on quantity needed and size of media needed.

HOWEVER… since September is National Preparedness Month and 9/30 is America’s PrepareAthon, we plan to honor the lower $3.50 + freight price for our 266-page book (either standard red books [10 copies & up] or custom books [1,000 units & up]) … or $5.50 delivered price for larger, upgraded custom versions through October 2015.

Basically all you need to do is ask for the old price and we’ll give it you!

Books make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, customers and local communities, and our customizable tool can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Also … groups needing smaller quantities can always purchase our standard red books and personalize them with free peel & stick labels. We can ship red books and custom labels within 24 hours of your order anytime so you don’t have to wait for a custom print.

Learn more about free customization, view some samples or call FedHealth at 1-888-999-4325 (and mention you’d like our old price!)

Also feel free to download a free mini ebook portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book and scroll down or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (in U.S. or Canada) to learn more.

Funding ideas for volunteers, schools & youth groups

Keep in mind a creative way to raise funds for groups and get preparedness data out to local communities is to partner up with local Chambers, Rotary Clubs, Jaycees or others and sell ads inside books. Encourage businesses to include discounts or freebies on products and services to help incentivize the public and save them money on supplies and daily needs like groceries, dry cleaning, car repairs, lawn care and more!

For example…

Say a school, Student Club or CERT wants 5,000 custom books with 288-page color glossy upgrade (total 300 custom pgs) and collects $750 for each FULL page color ad on 250 pgs (leaving 50 pages for local data)…

Partners buy 250 pgs of color ads: $750/ad x 250 pgs = $187,500

Cost for 5,000 books @ $7.00 ea delivered* = $35,000

Total funds leftover for project = $152,500 … and more funds could be raised by collecting more per ad, offering premium placement on covers, etc. And share funds with your Chamber or Rotary partners so everyone benefits!

Note: A $750 ad is only 15 cents per book that goes into 5,000 homes.


And, if you do above example between now and Oct 2015, you could get the old $5.50 delivered book price mentioned above and save $2,500!

Download a 2-page handout explaining these funding ideas  … or learn more about our easy Referral Program … and, if you know an agency, nonprofit, school, church, Scout troop, or volunteer group who could benefit from our preparedness book and/or funding ideas, please have them visit or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 for more information.

Hot Weather Health Emergencies (heat exhaustion versus heat stroke)

July 1, 2015

What is Extreme Heat? Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for that area and last for several weeks are considered “extreme heat” or a heat wave. Humid and muggy conditions can make these high temperatures even more unbearable. Really dry and hot conditions can cause dust storms and low visibility. Droughts occur when a long period passes without enough rainfall. A heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation!

Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Know the symptoms of heat illnesses and be ready to give first aid treatment.

There are two major types of heat illness – HEAT EXHAUSTION and HEAT STROKE. If heat exhaustion is left untreated it can lead to heat stroke. Both conditions are serious, however, heat stroke is a major medical emergency and getting victim’s body temperature cooled down is more critical than getting fluids in their body. Heat stroke can lead to death.

Things to watch for…

  • Heat Cramps
    • Muscle pains and spasms (usually first sign that body’s having trouble with the heat)
  • Heat Exhaustion
    • Cool, clammy, or pale skin;
    • Light-headed or dizzy and weak;
    • Racing heart;
    • Sick to the stomach (nausea);
    • Very thirsty or heavy sweating (sometimes)
  • Heat Stroke (also called Sunstroke) –
    • Very hot and dry skin;
    • Light-headed or dizzy;
    • Confusion, drowsiness or fainting;
    • Rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat;
    • Convulsions, passes out or slips into a coma

What to do…

  • Get victim to a cool or shady place and rest.
  • Lightly stretch or massage muscles to relieve cramps.
  • Loosen clothing around waist and neck to improve circulation and remove sweaty clothes.
  • Cool down victim’s body – put wet cloths on victim’s face, neck and skin and keep adding cool water to cloth… or if outdoors, use hose or stream. Also, fan the victim or get inside air-conditioned place.
  • Have victim sip cool water (NO alcohol – it dehydrates!)

If victim refuses water, pukes or starts to pass out:

  • Call for an ambulance or call 9-1-1.
  • Put victim on their side to keep airway open.
  • Keep cooling down their body by placing ice or cold cloths on wrists, neck, armpits, and groin area (where leg meets the hip) or keep adding water to cloths. Also fan the victim.
  • Check victim’s ABCsAirway, Breathing, & Circulation.
  • Stay with victim until medical help arrives.

Remember, HEAT STROKE (a.k.a sunstroke) is a medical emergency and can cause the victim to slip into a coma — getting a victim’s body temperature cooled down is more important than getting fluids in their body!

Disclaimer: These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Above data extracted from IT’S A DISASTER! …and what are YOU gonna do about it? by Bill and Janet Liebsch


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