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When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes Paperback – September 20, 2007
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"When All Hell Breaks Loose is aimed at empowering an urban and suburban audience to deal with survival situations BEFORE they happen." -- SuperConsciousness Magazine
"When All Hell Breaks Loose is the essential survival guide for the twenty-first century." -- Jim Mulvaney, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist Tactical intelligence Services, Inc.
"When All Hell Breaks Loose-all 450 pages of it-is aimed toward educating and preparing you and your family for change and the unknown." -- BackHome Magazine
When All Hell Breaks Loose breaks survival preparedness down into a common sense approach, although Cody's style is still "in your face." -- Wilderness Way magazine
When All Hell Breaks Loose provides insight into common-sense solutions that can keep you and yours . . . alive. -- Bob Nelson, Executive Director, National Disaster Communication Response Team
Cody Lundin has written a book that eloquently makes the strongest possible case for robust, profound, and holistic emergency preparedness. -- Kay C. Goss, Senior Principal Director, Emergency Management and Crisis Communications Systems Research and Applications Corporation (SRA International)
Cody Lundin's When All Hell Breaks Loose is not your grandpa's survival manual--this book is just damn entertaining. -- Read It Here magazine
Lundin's suggestions and encouragements are clear and kind, offering readers a new-found confidence regarding survival before crises occur. -- Tucson Weekly
When All Hell Breaks Loose by Cody Lundin instructs readers how to dispose of bodies and dine on rats and dogs in the event of disaster. -- The New York Times, April 6, 2008
[The] book's key message--that advance preparation and personal responsibility are crucial in mitigating the effects of a disaster--is an important one. -- Elizabeth Gary, Acting Executive Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security
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Ever stay awake at night running through "what if" scenarios? Hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, famine, tornadoes, and terror . . . .Well, hold onto your gas masks, folks, survival guru and acclaimed author Cody Lundin is back with a no-holds-barred guide for surviving the next urban and suburban disaster! This isn't your father's boy scout manual or a FEMA handout. In his latest book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes, Lundin, founder and director of the internationally recognized Aboriginal Living Skills School, takes you on a wild ride into "self-reliant land" with an honest, blunt account of what every family needs in the home, office, or car to prepare for possible emergencies. From the basics such as shelter, water, food, survival kits, and first-aid, to survival exotics such as building a makeshift toilet, catching rodents for food, and safely disposing of a corpse, When All Hell Breaks Loose is the first book to concisely and humorously outline a simple survival system using everyday household items to survive catastrophes from Los Angeles to Paris and everywhere in between.
Lundin also delves into the little understood realm of "cause and effect" and the creation of a self-reliant mind-set, unleashing essential psychological secrets vital for survival to keep you from falling into full-blown fear and panic. Lundin's presentation style is fresh, entertaining, and a bit irreverent. Spirited characters such as Vinny the (Uptown) Cockroach, Holy Cow, Robbie Rubbish, and others climb aboard to graphically show you how to prepare for the unexpected and help you remember important survival strategies while under great stress and anxiety.
When All Hell Breaks Loose delivers home-tested techniques, tips, and tricks that will help anyone become more self-reliant in any situation. So ditch the fearmongering and paranoia, lower the shotgun, and immerse yourself in the most common-sense, in-your-face book on preparedness yet! Buy a copy for yourself and several for your friends and family too!
Cody Lundin and his Aboriginal Living Skills School have been featured in dozens of national and international media sources, including The Today Show, Dateline NBC, CBS News, Fox News, USA Today, CNN, The Donny and Marie Show, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning Arizona, Field and Stream magazine, The Los Angeles Daily News, Esquire magazine, CBC Radio One in Canada, and 702 Talk Radio in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as on the cover of Backpacker magazine. He has consulted for several organizations including National Geographic Television, the Public Broadcasting Station (PBS), The History Channel, The Travel Channel, and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
When not teaching for his own school, Cody is an adjunct faculty member at Yavapai College and a faculty member at the Ecosa Institute. His expertise in practical self-reliant skills comes from a lifetime of personal experience, including designing his own off-the-grid, passive solar earth home in which he catches rain, composts wastes, and pays nothing for heating or cooling. Cody lives in Arizona and is the author of the best-selling book on wilderness survival, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!
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Cody Lundin is operating from a baseline that you, the reader, don't know anything and haven't given your ethics any clear thought. You are such a blank slate that you need his help deciding why you want to survive, what is important, what is frivolous, who are the kooks and quacks, who are the serious survivalists, etc. He makes it clear from the outset that he considers primitive, indigenous peoples to be the model society for constructing your ethics and the nuts & bolts of your survival strategy, despite the fact that they are all disappearing, defeated or marginalized -- not to mention historically brutal, violent and short-sighted. To be fair, he also reveals in the opening pages that he thinks people who make room in their survival strategy for gadgets, guns and gold are stupid, un-serious survivalists and spends the rest of the book deriding them. He doesn't make any serious room for homesteading either, though he does say he'd give you a pat on the back. It's pretty much live off the land, eating rats or die for him. (And in his defense, its not a bad plan... FOR HIM. Teach everyone to try to make it in a post-disaster world with nothing but pointy sticks and Native American paraphernalia. Then when they start dying in droves, eat them. Oh yeah, did I not mention he seems to embrace cannibalism as a reasonable, ethical strategy?)
Despite his condescension and moral-superiority, he offers little enough concrete information. He peripherally mentions advantageous home-design, but declines to offer specifics. He hints at gravity-fed rainwater-capture hydration systems, but never offers actual diagrams, measurements, statistics, schematics. There's alot of that, along with thinly-veiled advertisements for his aboriginal survival school and other books, not to mention continuous political commentary with regard to gun-control, fossil-fuel use, global warming, materialist American society, et al. But he does seem to believe that continuous and liberal use of cartoon characters like "Vinny the Uptown Cockroach", other condescending cartoons and using modern rhetoric ("it's the bomb", "poop", etc.) will keep his audience distracted enough to take him seriously. As if that were possible when he egotistically includes a full photo of himself on the back cover, complete with long Native American-style braids, goofy Native American accessories and bandana.
This guy is a charlatan, plain and simple. He is pandering to a market of liberal, Earth-Mother types, purporting to offer genuine, plain strategies, while offering nothing. Nothing at all. He makes no effort to think tactically about situations that may arise. For example, he spends plenty of time waxing intellectual about self-defense techniques while never concretely considering arming yourself -- nevermind the fact that most crime NOW is armed crime and that is not likely to change after a disaster. If anything that proportion will increase. As a U.S. Army veteran, Eagle Scout and Christian, I found this book insulting. If you are serious -- really serious -- about preparing yourself and your family for a disaster, this is NOT the book for you.
* Replace some of the cartoons with more specific sketches
* Rate measures as to their effectiveness and difficulty
* Serve as a foundation
There were a lot of nuggets and reminders. One was that a .22LR is a lightweight rifle suitable for most small game and certainly effective in stopping another human that wants to cause harm if properly used. Ammunition is cheap and lightweight. It is all useless without practice.
The section on hygiene was great.
More guidance on threat assessment would be helpful as what's needed depends on the prospective challenges, goals and characteristics of the area. What are the worst case scenarios, would you need to leave the place where you normally live or live in-place without outside support and stuff like utilities. Are the natives friendly? What's the prevailing weather? What are the reader's goals - personal survival, family survival, help neighbors and family.
Perhaps the real answer is a bundle of smaller books including a pocket guide to handling medical problems and a survival guide to pack with the gear.
Fun reading but time invested is not adequately rewarded.