It’s an emergency!

family emergencies cover

Family Emergencies

What’s with the kid on the bike?  Is he hurt? Being chased by zombies? I am not sure where the publishers were headed with this cover art.

Most of the contents are predictable and cover generic situations. I feel that this whole book is not organized properly and that it feels a bit light on details. I guess the best word would be amateurish.

The snake and insect bite info is not very helpful. (It also bothers me that they refer to spiders and scorpions as insects.) I would think some more in depth descriptions of the actual spiders or snakes would be helpful. Some of these creatures are specific to certain climates or regions. It’s not like I have to worry about too many scorpion problems in Michigan. Regardless, as medical and safety information, it should be weeded, as I am sure it is out of date.



back cover of family emergencies

when you are alone with an emergency

cold exposures

snake bites


  1. When you’re alone and need first aid: ask questions. Sooo who am I supposed to ask? The snake? The cactus I fell on after the snake bit me?

  2. Given this predates the proliferation of cell phones, I imagine the answer to “How can I get help?” isn’t that up to date.

  3. My (American) family moved to a developing country for a couple of years when I was young, and we had a similar book to help us in case of medical need. Not that different from how people use Dr. Google now.

  4. Nowadays, there’s an app for that. (I actually have several on my phone but luckily I haven’t needed to use them.)

  5. That cover is oddly disturbing. I’d have to turn it face-down if it was in the room with me.

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