When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival

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Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.

In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter ...

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Overview

Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.

In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You'll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.

Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Matthew Stein has been way ahead of the curve in recognizing the multiple fiascos we face in late-stage industrial society. This book is a concise, comprehensive, and deeply intelligent manual for getting through all that in one piece.... It's a darn good book--the kind of thing I actually need!"--James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, and the World Made By Hand novels

"Mat Stein's new book tells the reader exactly what to do in the midst of disaster. It is extraordinarily practical and empowering. Read it, share it with friends, give it as a gift, and keep one in the home and one at the office or in the car. This book could save your life or the life of someone you care about."--Carolyn Baker, PhD, author, Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition

"Natural and man-made disasters can happen anywhere at any time, and Mat leaves no stone unturned-from surviving at home without heat or power, to coping with full-blown nuclear disaster and other large-scale catastrophes. When Disaster Strikes is a must-have addition to any survival library!"--Ed Corcoran, editor, Survivalist Magazine

"A full-spectrum, highly readable resource...an entire bookshelf in an invaluable one-volume guide. Stein's personal experience and practical knowledge animate each topic."--Charles Hugh Smith, author, An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times, and writer, oftwominds.com

"I write survival books. Mat Stein has written a survival encyclopedia. Every survival topic I have ever heard of is covered in depth, breadth, and detail. This is a survival library in a single volume."--Bruce D. Clayton, PhD, author, Life After Doomsday

"Comprehensive and delightfully overwhelming, When Disaster Strikes hits the mark that so many miss. Authentic, real, and dependable. A must-own resource."--John L. Chunta, PeakOilResources.com

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This well written guide provides instruction on making sure your needs are met for food, water, first aid and self-defense in any crisis. Specific instructions for handling seven types of disasters, from fire and earthquakes to electromagnetic pulses and solar storms are provided. Useful figures appear throughout, and the book closes with recommended reading and resources. Stein is an avid outdoorsman and green builder.

Library Journal
This handbook tries to explain everything readers need to know to survive weather-related, earthquake, electromagnetic pulse, and nuclear emergencies. Sadly, Stein (When Technology Fails) uses the book to promote his own quirky beliefs, such as the use of colloidal silver, an unproven homeopathic elixir, as a medical cure-all. Much of the text is merely expanded lists of things to remember or what to pack when preparing for disaster. It is filled with statements of general knowledge ("a good sleeping bag will keep you warm, even in severely cold temperatures") that make the text needlessly long. Sidebars throughout detail the author's or his friends' experiences with survival and disaster but add little value. Occasional chapters begin with long quotes predicting or recounting disaster experiences that serve only to alarm. Some readers will find offensive the section on animal trapping. Stein is a building contractor and survivalist who writes apocalyptic works like this one. VERDICT This would serve well as emergency campfire fuel; otherwise, it's not recommended.—Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603583220
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/16/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 80,297
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

An engineer, author, and building contractor, Matthew Stein has built hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly homes and designed consumer water-filtration devices, commercial water-filtration systems, and automated assembly machinery among other things. He currently resides with his wife, Josie, in the High Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe, California. His websites are at www.stein-design.com and www.whentechfails.com.

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Table of Contents

1. Where there is a need, there is a way
2. Your preparedness plan
3. Stored food and other supplies
4. Home is where the hearth is
5. First aid
6. Staying healthy in a crisis or pandemic
7. Emergency survival
8. Water: requirements, purification, and storage
9. Communication
10. Self-defense and personal protection
11. Fire!
12. Earthquake!
13. Hurricanes and floods
14. Tornadoes
15. Winter storms: how to handle the cold without power
16. Electromagnetic pulses and solar storms
17. The unthinkable: surviving a nuclear disaster

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    A good primer

    This is not only a good resource to help you prepare for disasters but also a good resource to have around if the unthinkable should happen. It gives you a lot of ideas on ways to react.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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