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When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Prepping and Crisis Survival Paperback – November 16, 2011
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There are few books that summarize what families need to do to be truly ready for disasters. Certainly, there are good books in print about first aid, food storage, outdoor survival, the martial arts, and amateur radio. But there are precious few that succinctly summarize numerous topics in terms that are understandable to a layman. You are holding one in your hands now, and I hope that you appreciate its significance. It could literally mean the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones.--Foreword by James Wesley Rawles
"If every family in the country would simply take the time to study one chapter in this, as a family project each month--what a stronger, more prepared country we would be, and able to face the many hazards in our communities. Great job!"--Rick Tobin, President/CEO, TAO Emergency Management Consulting
"Self-sufficiency and survival skills are essential following disasters or unforeseen events, which can be as simple as getting lost in the outdoors. For major disasters, the government has advised everyone to prepare with a minimum of supplies sufficient to survive for three days and preferably one to two weeks until aid can reach individuals in the affected communities. Mathew Stein has drawn together a unique compendium of information from various disciplines including disaster preparedness, wilderness survival, and living "off the grid." This book has specific lists, instructions, and techniques, and will satisfy people with very different interests and needs-both the people who want to purchase the necessary items for the most common disasters and want to be more self-reliant for the long term, and those who prefer improvised and natural solutions to commercial products."--Howard Backer, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician and Disaster Planner; former President of the Wilderness Medical Society
"Mat Stein did an amazing job on this book! When Disaster Strikes is an outstanding compilation of emergency preparedness information. This is the one book I want on the bookshelves of all the people I care about, including my children."--Kathy Harrison, author of Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens
"Mat Stein offers a sure and steady hand through turbulent times. When a storm threatens or the earth trembles,you'll be glad you have When Disaster Strikes close at hand."George Noory, host of Coast-to-Coast AM and author, Journey to the Light
"When Disaster Strikes is an important tool for you and your family, as well as your business and community, to avoid costly mistakes during times of crisis. Stein's common sense guide provides valuable tools and lessons learned so you can be prepared ahead of time, and won't have to learn them the hard way while going through a disaster."--James Lee Witt, Chief Executive Officer of Witt Associates and Director of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 1993-2001. www.wittassociates.com
"When Disaster Strikes is not your typical survival book. Not only is it packed with critical information, but also with the real-life stories explaining the topic at hand. It keeps you interested and begging for more."--Steve Thibeault, founder, www.survival-gear.com
"If you need to know how to use emergency gear, make rope, run a generator, give first aid, or make colloidal silver, these and many more survival skills are explained in When Disaster Strikes along with clear illustrations and photos throughout. This is clearly the work of an author who knows his topic and who has taken the time to research it well."--John Egan, proprietor, prepperbooks.com and preppergroups.com
"Concise yet comprehensive, When Disaster Strikes gives good advice for just about every disaster situation imaginable. Medical preparedness is covered in a well-written and conversational manner that anyone can understand, with a focus on alternative remedies. Unlike some authors who just talk the talk, Mat Stein really walks the walk!"--Joseph and Amy Alton, hosts of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy's Doom and Bloom ShowTM
"Every day, disaster strikes someone, somewhere. When it does, only a handful have the wisdom and foresight to be prepared. Mat Stein has done one hell of a job of accumulating the tremendous vault of knowledge that can set you apart as one of the few who elect to care for themselves and not wait around for someone else to do it. This book will help you prepare for just about any catastrophe that might strike-from basic first aid at the scene of an auto accident to coping with the devastating effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which would shut down society as we know it for months or years."--John McPherson, survival instructor, US Army special forces S.E.R.E. survival instructors, and author, Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills
"With his book, When Disaster Strikes, Matthew Stein has put together one of the most comprehensive emergency preparedness manuals I've ever seen. From the smallest emergency to a total societal collapse, this book has it covered. Highly recommended!"--Jim Cobb, disaster readiness expert and cofounder,www.SurvivalWeekly.com
About 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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A far better book is really any other survuval book. Poor writing abounds is this drawn out publication. I love how people that claim to live in the mountains or the woods, are now 'experts' in the field of survival. They only fool themselves and those that follow. In the end this book is VERY disappointing and I'm sorry I bought it. Now i know why it was found in the clearance section...
By Matthew Stein
Published in 2011 by Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT
Why should we bother with preparedness?
Here are a few reasons why we should. First, most of our petrochemicals come from thousands of miles away from some countries that hate us in the worn-torn Middle East. It doesn't take much to disrupt any of that. Second, consider the disruptive effects of the Japanese tsunami of 2011, Hurricane Katrina, or 9/11. After one of these disasters hits us, all the normal supply lines, utilities, and central services are either crippled or destroyed. When the disaster is huge, most doctors, nurses, fireman, and policemen are either injured themselves or busy caring for family members, or evacuated from the area. After Hurricane Iniki hit the Hawaiian island of Kauai, it took four weeks to restore electricity to just 20% of the island. When things get really bad, most buses, trains, trucks, and planes will stop running, bringing food and fuel deliveries to a halt. This is exactly what happened when the Spanish flu struck the United States in 1918.
Does it cost a lot of money to prepare?
Some aspects of preparation don't cost much. You can buy a decent water filter for $60 and a water purification kit for $14. You can also buy a bottle of chlorine for $2. This can purify hundreds of gallons of water. It doesn't cost much to buy a hand-crank emergency radio that can access shortwave as well as standard radio channels.
How do I start?
The best place to start is with a preparedness plan. This plan should specify a local meeting place with a large open area. Part of this plan will be to ensure that all family members know how and where to turn of the water, gas, and electricity for your home in the event of emergency. Then start to stock up and organize supplies for longer term emergencies. Then consider how to put your house in order. Then consider acquiring some survival skills, tools, and materials. The
72-hour-grab-and-go-bag should include some first aid supplies.
I don't agree with all of the author's claims (i.e. man-made global warming, p.14). I also don't agree with his recommendation of using a bank safety deposit box (p.30) because when the banking system collapses, there is a good chance that the banks will confiscate all the contents in the safety deposit boxes just like the depositors in Cypress lost 47.5% of their savings. But these minor issues do not negate the importance of preparedness.
How long does stored food really last?
Freeze-dried foods tend to be good for 20 to 30 years. Whole-grain wheat and white rice, packaged to remove oxygen and stored at room temperature or cooler, are usually good for 30-plus years. Beans, dried apples, macaroni, potatoe flakes, and oats are good for up to 30 years. Properly stored nonfat dried milk is good for up to 20 years. Baking powder will store for many years and baking soda will keep indefinitely.
What other tips does Matthew Stein have?
He gives a lot of advice on camping equipment, tents, camping clothing, insulated sleeping bags, backpacks, camp stoves, cookwear, footgear, backup sources for heating and cooking, backup light sources, and sanitation notes. He listed out what we should consider having in our compact survival kit (pp.144-147). He also had some helpful advice related to wild ddible herbs, building a fire, building a shelter, water purification and storage, communications equipment, tips of self-defense and personal protection. After all of this, Stein had additional chapters related to how to prepare for fire, earthquake, hurricanes and floods, tornadoes, how to handle the cold without power, how to survive electromagnetic pulses and solar storms, and how to survive the unthinkable- nuclear disaster.
Secondly, it dares to tackle the issue of long-term disasters. This is essential since most of us will never take the time or expense to be prepared as long as we feel like someone else will bail us out anyway -- especially when we are in difficult economic times. As good as we feel about our emergency planning agencies at the state or federal level, if there is a sustained nationwide power and communications outage, we must be able to take care of ourselves, our families and our neighbors since it could take months before help might arrive from those on the outside. And, however long or short it takes for help to arrive, if we can help ourselves, then that help which can be provided can go to those who need it most.
Thirdly, in his chapter on "Emergency Survival", you will engage matters of the heart and positive mental health and attitudes that are critical not only to survival but the willingness to have the discussion in the first place. I have often heard many say, "I don't need to prepare for these kind of scenarios, just give me a bullet." Even more than hope that we can survive, we need motivation to compell us to survive. I think that motivation needs to be each other. We need to be willing to think of another we care about so much that we will gladly go through an extremely depressing time or environment so that we might help that other person. In the end, it is not just about me, it's got to be about us. Otherwise, we may lose the will to live or strive.
More can be said on all these topics. I expect to hear more from Matt Stein and others from preppers to those in the "transition movement". I look forward to new developments in sustainable communities, the role of new technologies, particularly those that help create sustainable local communities addressing every critical infrastructure from communications and local power generation (especially using renewable energy) to water, sanitation, food production,transportation, shelter and medicine. Meanwhile, for these reasons and more, this book is a great start.
Chuck Manto, CEO
Instant Access Networks, LLC
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Manager of the EMP SIG of InfraGard National