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The Red Cross’ Self-Help Section

Self-help books make up a large portion of today’s reading. You can improve everything about yourself; your social skills, your image, your income. There are even “anti-self-help” guides available for the self’help addict.

However, we decided to dig a little deeper into the topic. We want you to improve yourself to be ready for EVERYTHING and ANYTHING at ANY TIME. We have told you time and time again to be ready for a disaster – any disaster – but you may have glossed over these. So for those of you who love self help as much as you want to love yourself, here is a list of books that we think will have some great disaster preparedness appeal, as well as some self-help appeal.

The COMPLETE Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook

This little beauty has it all: we especially appreciate the chapters “How to Save Your Cat From Choking,” “How to Survive a Flu Pandemic,” and “How to Deal With Wedding-Related Injuries” – all are topics that we teach in Red Cross courses. And you thought Red Cross preparedness tips were boring!

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead

This wouldn’t be a true “off beat preparedness guide” without including something on zombies. Zombies seem to embody all that is preparedness – they tend to be the top of the bar when you ask “are you prepared for anything?”

This book is especially great because it covers what to do after a disaster: specifically, having a pre-determined meeting spot and plan to get there. Additionally, we like that it covers practicing your escape routes as well as equipment and supply preparedness.

Sound at all familiar to you?

And our last book recommendation seems strange, but we promise it has a great message…

How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack: Defend Yourself When the Lawn Warriors Strike (And They Will)

Yup, bet you didn’t see that one coming! Gnomes may appear harmless on your lawn, but this book begs to differ. While interesting on many levels, we appreciate that it encourages you to check your home inside an out – which is what the Red Cross encourages you to do before an emergency to mitigate potential hazards, and after an emergency to shut off power and gas.

Deep down inside, we’re all looking to make ourselves better, and with these books, you too can become Red Cross Ready in the most meaningful way possible.

For more Red Cross preparedness resources, you can go to our website: we have an entire section dedicated to being prepared for the different scenarios you may encounter in your neighborhood.

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