Preparing for the Worst
A Comprehensive Guide to Protecting Your Family from Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Other Catastrophes
by James (Jay) Schaefer-Jones
June 2007, 208pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-99631-4
$48, £37, 42€, A66
eBook Available: 978-0-275-99632-1
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Explains in clear terms what average citizens can do to protect themselves and their families in the event of a terrorist attack or a natural disaster close to home.

Preparing for the Worst details the best practices in antiterrorism tactics and preparing for disaster. This book is for typical American families, business travelers, corporate executive management personnel, emergency first responders, school administrators, and local government officials responsible for public safety and emergency management.

Americans are regularly bombarded with reports of disaster and tragedy in the daily news. Catastrophes like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, violent crimes, and terrorism are so common and routine that many of us have become numb to the stories. Without a heightened awareness, focused concern, and effective planning, we have lost the edge that can save lives.
Do you know what you should do to protect your family during a disaster? Does your neighbor have the knowledge required to survive a catastrophic event? Part of the solution is rooted in common sense, but much more depends upon effectively applying learned survival skills. Americans need a helpful reference tool—a Swiss army knife for handling today’s threats. This book is that tool.

A former U.S. Marine and Desert Storm veteran, Schaefer-Jones has experienced calamity firsthand. He is also a concerned husband and the father of three young children. While considering how he would personally handle a disastrous event close to home, he came to realize that a comprehensive how-to guide was not available—until now.


"The author covers a gamut of natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other threats that may be realized....This title is recommended for public libraries. It may be a good addition to college libraries where courses are offered to public safety professionals and first responders."—E-Streams, June 1, 2008

"Schaefer-Jones....[e]xplains preparations by which people can prove themselves and save their families during an emergency. After going over the basics such as having plans and supplies, he looks at specific natural, technological, and terrorism hazards. A final chapter discusses recovering from disaster."—Reference & Research Book News, November 1, 2007

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