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They Laughed at Noah: Preparing for Natural Disasters.

They Laughed at Noah: Preparing for Natural Disasters; by Kellye A. Junchaya; 1999; MEDCAP, PO Box 2085, Clifton, NJ; 272 pages, $12.95 + $3 S&H

Here are some more facts to take your mind off Y2K: Lightning strikes the Earth over 8 million times a day; there are more than a million earth quakes every year; the energy of a hurricane equals 50,000 atomic bombs.

And then there are avalanches and landslides, tornadoes, volcanoes, wildfires, drought and famine, and the biggest killer of all -- floods.

This is a very interesting and well-written book in several ways. You'll learn something about history, earth science, and family preparedness.

Each individual topic is first dramatized through one or more historical accounts of an actual natural disaster, from the 1900 Galveston hurricane (which killed at least 7,000 people) and the 1889 Johnstown flood (more than 2,200 dead) to the Red River flood of 1997 and the el Nino induced landslides of 1998. Photos and drawings add to the drama.

This is followed by a "What it is" section, describing in easy-to-understand terms the natural conditions and events that get these disasters started, and what their destructive forces do.

This is followed by advice on "What we can do," ranging from national and regional policies and precautions to individual awareness and preparedness.

The second part of the book is devoted to "Emergency supplies," and covers family preparedness in general, first-aid kits, car kits, grab-and-run bags, and emergency supplies in general.

Part 3 covers the basics of food and water storage.

A 23-page appendix lists additional resources, including government agencies and periodicals, organizations, and academic institutions (most with websites).

The "preparedness" parts of this book are probably too basic for the average homesteader, although others will undoubtedly find the ideas and information quite valuable. But the scientific and other information on natural disasters should be of more than passing interest to anyone who has ever wondered how such awesome power is released ... or how an earthquake is measured, or how a hurricane is named.

Above all, this book reminds us that disasters do happen, whether we're ready or not.

"Why is it human nature to wait until the last minute to buy extra food and get ready for emergencies? Is it because we don't think an emergency will ever arise that will affect us? I doubt it. Is it because we think we can always beat out the storm or other frantic shoppers? Probably not. Is it because we are so busy living our hectic lives that we can hardly plan for today, let alone tomorrow? Maybe. Is it because we do not have the space, money, time, energy or motivation to store extra supplies? Possibly. Is it because we just do not know how? I believe this is the main reason and it is the reason I decided to write this book." (From the Introduction)
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
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Date:May 1, 1999
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