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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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There are hundreds or thousands of survival books in publication; however many of them are not worth reading. Some of the not recommended books are written by people such as Dave Canterbury, Tony Nester, Franklin W. Dixon, Mors Kochanski. The Marine, Ranger, Army guides, etc.
Cody Lundin, Mykel Hawke, Randy Gerke, J. Wayne Fears are the best of the best IMHO.
Am I entirely happy with this book? HECK NO. I have one little nitpick. He recommends using 2% iodine solution to disinfect water.
Iodine is very good at killing bacteria, cysts, Protozoa, and viruses in water. Then what's the problem?
a. Iodine is not safe for people with no thyroid or poorly functioning thyroids.
b., iodine disinfects the water bur makes the water taste nasty and people may choose to limit their consumption of water and not be properly hydrated. I wish he had recommended using unscented Clorine bleach. Bleach is an effective route. Everyone is accustomed to Clorine in tap water, and is not dangerous to people with malfunctioning thyroid glands.
Where this book shines is helping people develop a survival mind set and developing one's will to live.
The second thing Cody helps develop a strategy to help people start thinking outside the box
Such as using non lubricated and spermicide free condoms in a survival kit as backup storage device for treated water.
Lightening your pack by choosing multi purpose items. I will demonstrate one of my multi purpose items. I make an ointment to heal skin injuries. It is madr with petroleum jelly and a concentrate of three herbs; I can also use a little ointment on a cotton ball for a fire starter.
An emergency blanket can be used to keep you warm, used as a signal mirror to alert rescue, and line a container and use it as a solar oven.
Simply reading a survival guide is not enough. You need dirt time with the techniques you are learning to own the skills so you will KNOW what to do when you find yourself in a survival situation.
I took a survival course in 1973 and even though I have been a survivalist for 41 years; I still read this book, and the survival guides by Randy Gerke, and J Wayne Fears every single year just to keep survival concepts fresh in my mind.
Let me spell out the rule of 3 on survival.
You can live for three seconds if you panic.
You can live for three minutes without air.
You can live for three hours without shelter
You can live for three days without water
You can live for three weeks without food.
If you find yourself in a survival situation go over the rule of 3 to see what you have instead of only looking at what you don't have and panicking.
It might be something like this.
I'm scared but not panicked and about to run off a cliff.
There is plenty air.
I need to rig up a shelter to keep the sun off or make a lean to to keep the wind or rain off. Or get a fire started
I need to find some water but I'm ok for now.
What do I see in my environment that I can use for traps. Do I have anything I can use for fishing line or snare wire.
Good I have a roll of dental floss I can use to keep my teeth healthy, use as sewing thread. Use as cordage in rigging up a shelter, use for fishing line, and use as snare wire if I can get the game animal off the ground.
I was not saying don't use 550 paracord, or bank line. Just demonstrating how something as simple as a small roll of dental floss in your survival kit can be used for five different things.
The lighter you can go with your pack the farther you can go in more comfort. George W (Nesmuck) Sears would go out for weeks at a time and his pack and canoe together only weighed 28 pounds. His cedar canoe weighed 10 1/2 pounds.
My base weight oh my pack before adding food and fuel weighs only 12 pounds. This includes my water filter, sleep system, survival/first aid kit, spare clothes pack cook kit, fire kit knives, assorted cordage 550 paracord, roll of bank line, dental floss. 1 oz bottle Clorine as a backup to my filter, etc. Alcohol stoves. One for boiling and another for simmering or baking.
As I said earlier the more multi purpose items in your pack the lighter your pack can be.
Not only does Lundin give you background information on his approach, but also why he is suggesting it, and details on how to accomplish each. He's actually lived this lifestyle for quite a while and I think this fact lends credibility to his philosophy.
He also pointed out that "living off the land" is nearly impossible... which I had secretly thought would be pretty hard to achieve all along, but I had held out hopes. So now, after reading this book, I can see what can be done at home to prepare and have a better feel for it; I also look at things a little differently and it is helping me think more about the stuff I buy.
He seems like an amusing kind of guy, and I got a kick out of his anecdotes... His own experiments with food, for example, were priceless.
If you get a chance, check out his website... he has a couple of important comments about TV survival shows.
This no nonsense, no bullsh*t book is great for any one that would like to know some things when the lights go out, ( and let me tell you, they're gonna here soon). he covers so many topics that it's ridiculous and his writing style is easy to read.
His bias towards being prepared is sound and doesn't come off like some paranoid prepper already living underground in a bat cave.
You can read this book front to back or simply pick the chapters that interest you most, either it is a well written and thought out book.