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Sam Spencer is the author of "Caught Prepared."

"CAUGHT PREPARED: 25 Simple Steps to Protect Your Family in an Emergency," by Sam Spencer, Plain Sight Publishing, $12.99, 120 pages (nf)

Utah author Sam Spencer shares 25 suggestions on being prepared for all types of disasters, from earthquakes to winter storms, in his recent book, "Caught Prepared."

Spencer, who has studied the impact of natural disasters around the world, has put together a blueprint that will help readers be prepared for some of the most common problems created by natural and man-made disasters.

He starts with tips on how to store enough water to have a recommended minimum of one gallon per person per day during a water shortage and offers suggestions on ways to preserve enough water to survive until water systems can be restored.

"Caught Prepared" then offers ideas on how to build and maintain a food storage that can be used throughout the year and is readily accessible during an emergency. Spencer recommends everyone have a supply of two to four weeks' worth of food in their pantry.

The tips also include practical advice on how to use a fire extinguisher, what to have in a first aid kit and in emergency kits for cars, how to create a family communication plan, how to store fuel and cook during an emergency, and information on how to turn off the water, gas and electricity in a home.

Each tip has its own chapter, and at the end of each chapter, Spencer provides suggestions on what readers can do immediately to get started and a checklist to make sure they are prepared.

Throughout the book, Spencer describes situations from real disasters where being unprepared led to unnecessary discomfort and even death. His recurring theme of being prepared will enable people to care for themselves and others until other help can take over.

The structure of "Caught Prepared" and Spencer's common-sense approach are well-suited for those just starting to prepare for disasters as it covers many basics.

Spencer has been involved in teaching and researching emergency preparedness for more than 40 years.

Steve Larson is one of the founders of Information Alliance, a Utah-based data collection company. He currently serves as vice president of sales. Steve spends his free time writing and practicing photography. He also enjoys spending time outdoors.