It’s funny, being a cop and having a background in emergency services changes you.
You see things on a regular basis that most people would find abhorrent, and run toward dangerous situations that everyone else is running away from. Crisis management takes on a whole new dimension, and you find yourself living with a preparedness mindset.
As a small-town police chief, I was blessed to be able to attend some very elite schools. I learned about counter-terrorism, explosives, threat assessment and on and on. I noticed one thing, these schools were attended by mostly upper echelon types, and the cop on the street didn’t ever see the information they were teaching. After leaving active LE, the idea of putting together a comprehensive book with chapters on virtually everything an emergency responder would encounter germinated, and I itched the concept along with hundreds of pages of notes and illustrations to a publisher, and the rest is history.
“The Pocket Partner” was introduced almost 22 years ago, and it has gone through five editions and almost 250,000 copies and has become a best seller. Street cops, firemen, government, industry, theme parks, the military, airplane builders, computer chip manufacturers and thousands of other individuals and organizations have made the book SOP for disasters and info.
Sadly, with the advent of Apps, the book is no longer available in print, and I hold the few remaining copies to give to family in the event of an emergency.
I decided that a civilian version of an emergency resource guide would be a great addition to have to give to friends and family so I compiled a lot of information that would be extremely helpful in guiding someone with no emergency services background through a crisis, and hence, “How to Handle a Crisis” was born.
Here is a description from Amazons page:
“How to Handle a Crisis” was created for individuals, families, students, and businesses that are concerned about personal safety, soaring crime, global threats and police, and emergency services layoffs. Loaded with protocols for dealing with natural and manmade disasters, terrorism, nuclear, biological, chemical and medical emergencies, automobile accidents, active shooters, missing children, crime and other emergencies, there are also chapters on travel, hotel, and aircraft safety, preventing ID theft, sheltering in place, emergency food and water as well as how to prepare for a disaster. An extensive up-to-date first-aid chapter has protocols for not only common medical emergencies such as fractures, heart attacks, strokes, bites, stings, and poisonings, it also contains protocols for emergencies not normally found in civilian books such as blast injuries, childbirth, influenza and puncture wounds. “How to Handle a Crisis” was created for civilians without emergency training that still wish to be prepared in the event help may not be immediately available.
It covers bio-terrorism and most of the issues that the world is facing today, including food storage and first aid,
Even though it is a little dated, the information is still completely relevant and could help guide anyone whos’ concerned about what to do when help isn’t available.
It’s inexpensive, and a right now is a great resource for friends, family and anyone who finds the current state of affairs unsettling.
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