Emergency Checklist a Finalist in National Best Book 2008 Awards

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"A Checklist/ Making a Family Plan for Emergencies" is an award finalist in the National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News, in the parenting/family category.

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The award winning book, "A Checklist/ Making a Family Plan for Emergencies" is an easy to use, step-by-step guide to getting it done. Finalist in the parenting/ family category of the National Best Books 2008 Awards, this little tablet has everything needed to complete a successful emergency plan.

The author, Nancy Overton, says, "I hope this award will call attention to the need of every family to make a plan for emergency, be it hurricane, earthquake, or storm. Having a plan in place is an insurance policy for family safety and survival." The Web address for "A Checklist" is http://www.preparedness101.com.

The spiral-bound 78-page book holds a checklist of all the tasks and supplies required for a complete emergency preparedness plan, from fire and earthquake safety to the preservation of important documents. Identification and emergency forms are included.

This is a straightforward look at a practical problem. It emphasizes a positive, first-things-first approach. Tasks are described as if they have been completed with the boxes next to them ready to be checked off. Each category has an accompanying shopping list that can be torn from the book and taken to the store.    

The plan for evacuation demands that decisions on what to take in case of emergency be finalized BEFORE the emergency and that the essentials are packed and ready to grab and go.

The plan for sheltering at home lists the necessities for getting by without electricity, gas or water. It suggests a variety of supplies for a variety of ways to cook, keep warm and light a room.

Presented as a family project, "A Checklist" is designed to build confidence in children and adults as they acquire knowledge and skills and accomplish the tasks of preparedness. Understanding the reasons behind the tasks builds a sense of mastery and control. Completing the tasks brings a feeling of competence and security.

Including a plan for family communication, getting neighbors involved, information on storing food and water and a plan for pets, "A Checklist" is a complete guide to getting a family prepared for most any emergency.

For additional information on "A Checklist/ Making a Family Plan for Emergencies", and information about the author, visit http://www.preparedness101.com/ or search for the book by title at http://www.amazon.com./.

Nancy Overton is an artist and writer living on the fault line and in the fire zone in the Oakland hills.

Nancy Overton
Nancy Overton Designs, LLC
1400 Redwood Rd. Oakland, CA. 94619


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