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New Book Contest: “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes And Why”; Entry Question: What Have You Done In The Last Year To Prepare Yourself Or Your Community?

June 16th, 2009 · 7 Comments

The paperback edition of Amanda Ripley’s wonderful book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes And Why, goes on sale today. It includes a new section called, “How to Boost Your Survival Odds” which she added “because so many people asked for action items to apply the book’s conclusions.” To celebrate the paperback release, I asked Amanda to send me three copies to give away to readers. Copies of The Unthinkable audio book were the prizes in this blog’s first contest in June of 2008. In that contest, a preparedness tip was the entry.

So, for this contest I thought I would make the entry: “What have you done in the last year to prepare yourself, your family, your workplace, your kids school or your community over last year?” Either write your answer in the Comment section below or send it to me at I’ll pick three winners by random and print their answers.

I recommend those who cannot wait or who do not win the contest should buy the book here.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 BRB // Jun 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I have started to collect items for a 72 hour kit and a car emergency kit. Continued to practice on the gardening skills!

  • 2 Dominic Bonacci // Jun 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I had the texting feature disabled on my phone (since I was getting charged for “wrong number” texts — texts sent to me accidentally) but learning how text messaging may be the only form of communication that works in a disaster (because of it’s low bandwidth use) I had it turned on again.

  • 3 Connie-ToughTimes // Jun 17, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Because our home location is where extended family and good friends will travel to in a bug out situation, I know that I will need more preps than for just my family. I can’t do it all, so I have been educating my peeps via the internet info on preparedness and food storage. If they come, they can’t show up empty handed and I have made private lockers in my basement should they want to cache supplies. Also I have been burning up the ink on my printer to create a notebook on all kinds of info from canning, butchering, trapping, dental/first aid, you name it. Point is, should the lights go out, it wouldn’t do me much good to have all the wonderful survival info stored in my computor.

  • 4 Carlene // Jun 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

    We do have a stock pile of food and a safe place for everyone to meet. Please include me in your giveaway.

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  • 6 Francine and Steve // Jun 23, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Entry: “What Have You Done To Prepare…
    My husband and I have stockpiled food, planted a heirloom seed garden-canning later, packed emergency kits for the vehicles, packed BOBs including items for our 22mth and 3 yr old, planned escape routes if we need to leave our home, copied our financial papers, personal info, etc and gave it to relatives to hold in their safe, bought a water filter…continue to go over lists…

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