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Areas Study Workbook and Preparation and Survival Guide

  1. Why Prepare Now? 98% of Americans were not prepared for a pandemic. Preparation for a pandemic was covered when The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide was first published, over a decade before COVID-19. Were you prepared?
  2. Why Prepare Now? A record breaking hurricane season. A record breaking wildfire season. Record breaking drought. Record breaking heatwaves. A once in a century pandemic. Rising temperatures. Rising sea levels. These, and more, are realities of our present. It’s not going to be better in the immediate future. Are you prepared?
  3. Why Prepare Now? 80% of Americans live in a county that has been struck by a weather related disaster since 2007. There are many types of dangers, disasters and emergencies. But 60% of Americans have not practiced what to do in a disaster.
  4. Only 39% of Americans have an emergency plan. 55% think they can rely on local authorities to rescue them. Why Prepare Now?
  5. 44% have no first aid kit. 48% have no emergency supplies. 53% do not have a 3 day supply of food and water which is the bare minimum. Why Prepare Now?
  6. 52% have not designated an Emergency Rally Point. 42% do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members. 98% of people agree that first aid saves lives, but 64% don’t know basic first aid. Why Prepare Now?
  7. Why I Wrote These Books Because of my family, particularly my grandsons. They had moved to San Diego and I started discussing earthquake and wildfire preparedness with my son. I knew from my Special Operations training and experience that there is a lot more to preparedness than most people realize and the available sources are confusing. It’s hard to figure out how to even get started, so I wrote the Area Study and Preparation and Survival books with that person in mind. From page one, a person is more prepared, and then the books build on that.
  8. Everyone’s situation is different. We’re different individuals. We have different households/situations. We live in an array of places with varying climate, terrain, and possible natural and man-made disasters. Thus, before we begin to ‘prepare’, we must know what we’re preparing for and what we’re working with.
  9. By doing a good Area Study, you save time and money because you’ve focused on your priorities. You need to know your assets and your threats. You also have to get the right supplies, training, and gear for your specific situation.
  10. In Special Forces, what made us elite was our planning and preparation. The first thing we did when we received a mission packet was conduct an Area Study of the Area of Operations (AO). In the same way, you need to conduct an Area Study of yourself, your home, work, and school Areas of Operation.
  11. YOURSELF AND YOUR TEAM What special skills and background do you have? The people on your team? What special considerations?
  12. How close are you to the nearest military base? Nearest police station? Firehouse? Hospital? Do you know where the closest emergency room is? How long it will take to get there? Could you drive the route in the dark? How quickly can an ambulance respond to your location?
  13. Where is your closest source of drinkable water if your drinking supply is contaminated? This often occurs during natural disasters especially floods. Are you prepared to a base level with emergency water?
  14. You want to examine your environment for a lot of things. What can harm you? What can help you? What can hide you? What are your enabling factors? What are your disabling factors?
  15. Data indicates the following in terms of lethality: Heat/drought 19.6% Severe weather (storms, fog, hail, wind) 18.8% Winter Weather 18.1% Flooding 14.0% Tornado 12.6% Lightning 11.3% Coastal (storm surge, rip current) 2.3% Hurricane 1.5% Geophysical (earthquake, tsunami, volcano) 1.5% Mass movement (landslide, avalanche) .9% Wildfire .4%
  16. You want to examine your environment for a lot of things. What is the terrain and how can it help you or hamper you in movement? What are the roads, trails, rail, etc. What effect does your environment have on you? What are choke points, particularly river crossings (bridges and tunnels)?
  17. There are also man-made disasters. Here is a partial list: Car accident, boat/ferry accident, train/subway accident, tall building evacuation, fire, power outage, burglary, robbery, carjacking, civil unrests/riots, terrorist attack, active shooter, firearms accidents, nuclear power plant accident, nuclear weapons, biological weapons and infectious diseases, chemical weapons/accident, industrial accident.
  18. The Flow The book is broken down in two parts: the first half is focused on the preparation you can do now, in a step by step manner. There are numbered tasks and checklists. Also links to free apps, web sites and suggested equipment. The second half is focused on survival. The Pocket-Sized Guide is just the survival portion.
  19. The Flow PREPARATION Prepare the Five Key Elements for Survival Water Food First Aid Shelter Fire The Places For Which To Plan Home Work/School Car/Traveling The Grab-n-Go bags you need Mild Grab-N-Go Mod/Ex Grab-N-Go
  20. The Flow First Five Things To Do In An Emergency Key Phrase To Remember: Survival First Aid Breathing Bleeding Broken—Bone and Joint Injuries Water and Heat First Aid Cold Weather Injuries Bites and Stings Personal Hygiene Water Procurement Food Procurement Building Shelter & Starting a Fire Navigating and Tracking Specific Environments Cold Weather Desert Tropical Water
  21. The Flow Urban Environments Burglary, Robbery, Civil Unrest and Riots Terrorist Attack Active Shooter Power Outage Specific Man-Made Threats Car Plane Crash Train Crash Boat, Ferry, Cruise Ship, etc. Tall Building Fire Firearms Nuclear Weapons and Accidents, Infectious Diseases, Pandemic and Biological and Chemical Weapons and Accident. Specific Natural Threats Tornado Hurricane Heat Wave and Drought Wildfire Blizzard Earthquake Tsunami Volcano Mud Slide/Land Slide Dams Flood Solar Flare
  22. The Flow Bugging Out and the Hide Site and Caching Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Bug Out Hide Site (BOHS) Caching Stockpile, Scavenge, Sustain What Can Cause the Collapse of Civilization? Scavenging Appendixes Appendix A: All Tasks/Checklists Appendix B: Useful APPs Appendix C: Useful Web Sites
  23. There are numbered tasks, laying out what needs to be done and in what order. Also, levels of preparation from a mild, base level, to a more advanced level are delineated.
  24. A key to preparation is, of course, that you can’t prepare after the fact. But, as importantly, is the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have done this.
  25. New York Times bestselling author, is a graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial arts. He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains Green Berets and also runs the SERE school: Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.