CHAPTER 1: IT COULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ME -- examines the state of denial most of us live in regarding disasters, whether or not you can really prepare for the unknown, the types of disasters that you might experience in your life (natural emergencies, man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism), and the role that local disaster agencies provide during an emergency

CHAPTER 2: YOUR PERSONAL INTELLIGENCE NETWORK -- takes a look at the importance of communication during an emergency and the many obstacles that can keep you from receiving important information duringa tips for understanding the broadcasts from traditional warning systems, an list of actions that are warranted by each level of terrorist threat (green, blue, yellow, orange, red), how to make the best use of your local social network, and how technology can keep you informed

CHAPTER 3: ORGANIZE YOUR ESSENTIAL AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS -- provides a list of essential documents that you should have access to during a disaster, discusses accepted methods of proving your identity, and outlines vital contacts and codse you may need on a listing of other important documents that you should be able to access if your property is destroyed, setting up a virtual safe deposit box, protecting business records, and preventing identity theft

CHAPTER 4: AVOID THE DISASTER AFTER THE DISASTER -- discusses methods for maximizing your homeowners protection, steps you can take before disaster strikes to protect your interests, what to do in case of emergency, and how to document the special tips for renters, dealing with trees, earthquake and flood insurance, automobile coverage, terrorism insurance, and life insurance

CHAPTER 5: PROTECT THE CONTENTS OF YOUR HOME -- outlines the steps you should take to get your household belongings in order prior to a disaster...including decluttering your home, protecting your computer and electronics, preparing a home inventory, and protecting memorabilia

CHAPTER 6: PREPARING YOUR HOUSE TO WITHSTAND DISASTER -- takes a look at steps that will help your home weather an emergency like fire damage, trees and wind damage, lightning, electrocution, flood, creating a "safety zone" around your house, controlling your utilities, protecting against carbon monoxide, and performing a "home hazard" hunt

CHAPTER 7: YOUR FAMILY COMMUNICATION PLAN -- helps you determine in advance how you will reconnect with family during an emergency...including choosing a reunion spot, establishing phone contact, having a plan when you are out of town, and the ways that various communication technologies may be affected by a large-scale disaster

CHAPTER 8: FAMILY-FRIENDLY FIRST AID -- outlines some common disaster-related injuries and the appropriate first aid techniques for each, teaching first aid to your kids, donating instructions for putting together a first aid kit and preparing a personal medical form / medical release

CHAPTER 9: HUNKERING DOWN -- guides you through the process of seeking shelter in your home for an extended period of time...including finding a safe place, making sure you have enough of the right kind of provisions, storing your provisions, and preparing a "grab and go" coping with a power outage, cooking alternatives, water purification, sanitation, heat and light sources

CHAPTER 10: SAFELY EVACUATING AND ESCAPING FROM YOUR HOME -- leads you through the process of preparing an evacuation plan for your home and escpae plans for different types of attacks and emergencies...including where to go, what to bring, creating a vehicle disaster kit, mapping your route, evacuating with pets, and what to do when you return home

CHAPTER 11: THE ESSENTIALS -- outlines your list of disaster preparedness tasks in priority excellent action checklist

APPENDIX: FORMS -- includes reproducible forms for recording: