Book Review: Surviving Doomsday by Richard Duarte

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It was my pleasure to have Richard Duarte on my show.  While lots of preppers are telling us to head for the country, Richard tells us how to prepare and survive right where we are.

Richard knows what he’s talking about.  On August 24, 1992, Hurricane  Andrew struck South Florida.  It destroyed almost everything in its path.  Richard and his family stayed in their home but he didn’t make any serious preparations to secure it.  He says, “In hindsight, my biggest mistake, besides my total lack of any planning or preparation, was that I completely underestimated the seriousness of the situation.  I did not realize it at the time, but I was in denial, and I would pay a very steep price for my complacency.”

Richard and his young family survived by hiding in a small closet until it was over, but when they came out, they found their house was completely destroyed.   His family was safe, but he was burdened with the feeling that he had failed them.  By not planning or preparing, he had exposed them to tremendous risks.   He had been given a second chance, and committed to learn everything he could about urban survival and disaster preparedness.

When he first started researching the topic of preparedness, there weren’t that many resources available to him.  He spent many years of research and testing, and recorded his efforts along the way because he wanted to share his knowledge with family and friends.

Surviving Doomsday is a wonderful resource for anyone – whether they’ve just come to the realization that they need to take responsibility for their own lives, or they are seasoned preppers.    We can all learn from one another’s experiences and Richard has done a great job of breaking it all down and even providing a shopping list of things you’ll need.  It makes it relatively easy to go through and see what you already have and what you need.

Richard has already done a lot of the work for you and he shares the information in a way that’s sensible and uncomplicated.  Even the quotes attached to each chapter title gave me something to ponder, and in some cases, something to smile about.  For instance, Chapter 7 deals with having to make the decision to evacuate, or to hunker down in your home.  The quote is one of my favorite music lyrics by The Clash:  “Should I Stay or Should I Go.”

Richard’s book, Surviving Doomsday – A Guide For Surviving An Urban Disaster  is available on in paperback and in the Kindle Edition. You can also learn more about Richard and his book by visiting his site




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