Handbook For Survival
Saving Lives During Radiation Release
  and Other Disasters

This new short book, Handbook for Survival, just published in August 2014, includes simple and inexpensive suggestions on home or office protections for all kinds of man-made or natural disasters.  It can be downloaded as an e-book for only $3.99 through Barnes and Noble, IBooks  and  Smashwords.  It can also be bought as a paperback for less than $12.  It can be read in only a few hours and is written, with a few definitions to be understood, in plain language.  Simple but important cautions to take to save life upon seeing a flash of light, hearing an explosion, or expecting a possible hurricane, are given.  Provisions and food to store are listed for at least a two-week stay at home or in shelter during and after any disaster.  Additional references and sources of information are also given for those who want to look deeper into maximum protection.  Also, an appendix presents the urgency for preparing for possible terrorist attacks and how our military might prevent them.

My previous book (shown below), Actions for Survival, is also available for those who want additional information, and for scientists and responders who might arrive after initial damage and harm is done.  Actions for Survival is over 370 pages, and includes scientific and technical data and methods for use by scientists and other trained responders, who could arrive only hours or days after a disaster has occurred.  Special information of my own to understanding radiation exposures and risks were provided in detail. 

To me, each individual is his own “first responder” because it would take hours or days before the limited assistance available for large disasters could arrive to help.  Therefore, I have written this new and much shorter book, so that all families can have at least someone who knows the most important preparations and actions for surviving the most devastating events.


Actions for Survival provides not only life saving information for the general public, but also recommendations for leaders of government agencies and emergency response organizations in order to enhance their ability to protect the public  and to reduce the effects of weapons of mass destruction. 
The emphasis in the book is on providing simplified information and rules of thumb for early actions in the seconds, minutes and early hours after an attack before the limited number of scientists are able to assess the extents of damage and exposure, and before the limited number of responders will be able to assist individual families and members of the public.  The book also explains why the public has been most subject to the exaggertions of low level exposres, and provides information on radiation risks versus dose and recommendations for public education that would prevent unwarranted panic in the vast areas that might be contaminated with radioactive materials. 

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The Author:    Dr. Brodsky  has had varied experiences in radiation measurements and methods of protection, in managing programs for protection from radiation at several universities as a Radiation Safety Officer; writing radiation safety regulations and guides in two Federal agencies; measuring prompt and fallout radiations as a physicist on hydrogen and atom bomb tests; and teaching and advising graduate students on physical and statistical aspects of their research at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and Georgetown University.  He has also reviewed research proposals for five Federal agencies, has published original statistical methods, and has written chapters on statistical methods in the second of his four-volume Handbook of Radiation Measurement and Protection, CRC Press, 1979-1986.  Other publications include:  the book, Review of Radiation Risks and Uranium Toxicity, RSA Publications, Hebron, CT, 1996; Editor and author of chapters in Public Protection from Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Terrorism, Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, Wisconsin, 2004; and many journal articles and reports.  Among his many awards he has received the Distinguished Graduate Award of the Graduate School of Public Health in 2004, “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of public health.”
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