Scott James has a hands-on, deeply philosophical, understanding of the world we live in and of the need to address the issues that will impact his children and mine — all the children of our planet. This book guides us along a pathway to truly understand the nature of our collective futures. It is a brilliant tapestry that interweaves the emergency preparedness and sustainability movements.
Scott James’ book, Prepared Neighborhoods, will save lives. It is must-read, page-turner despite its daunting subject matter, and Scott’s ability to transform a scary future into a manageable and more enjoyable present is visionary. As part of our extensive earthquake preparedness coverage at KING5 in Seattle, Scott’s expertise has proved invaluable. He has the rare skill of being able to speak comfortably with both experts and layman, decoding science and psychology into the manageable sound bites.
Prepared Neighborhoods is a powerful resource for both small communities and individual households. Scott James clearly lays out the “What If’s” many of us harbor in the backs of our minds and proposes sustainable and resilient ways to address them. Best of all, this book is written for real neighborhoods, using the language they speak in and clear examples.
Scott James has filled a missing link in the transition to a new economy. The neighborhood unit – bigger than a household and smaller than a city – is the essential human scale for building community resilience and preparedness. Get your neighbors together to read Prepared Neighborhoods and act!
Books like Scott’s are resilience stabilizers, helping us navigate the circuitous path of change. Communities come together for solutions. Going it alone is a myth; the more we embrace our collective wisdom and skills, the stronger and more resilient our communities become. Oh, and make sure that those communities are building fun into the mix – no one wants a future unless it is going to be fun!
This is a beautifully written, essential book for our times. So inspiring…this idea of connecting neighbor to neighbor to help and more fully enjoy each other. Prepared Neighborhoods gives us practical advice and real world examples about how to create a resilient neighborhood, leading to deeper connections and true peace of mind!
This book’s impressive coverage of preparedness is both wide-ranging and deep. The organization and writing style of this information-rich book make it particularly easy to read. It is clear and understandable. Small steps to ease into each category of preparedness are highlighted. The content can be generalized to most regions of this planet and in settings from rural countryside to densely populated cities. Important nuggets of information abound in Prepared Neighborhoods!
With the help of a resilient community—interwoven with networks of self-reliant and prepared friends and neighbors—we stand a much better chance for not just surviving, but actually thriving after a long term catastrophe. How to build such a network and community? Scott James has thought long and hard on this subject. He and his neighbors and friends are not just thinking about it, they are doing it, and they are sharing their practical knowhow through his excellent new book. Do yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors a favor—buy this book and take the time to start building resilience and preparedness into your neighborhood. Do it now, while there is still time for a relaxed leisurely approach, and let Scott’s very readable book guide you through the process. Highly recommended!
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