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

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

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 firs

 

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  1. MtnRick says:
    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Little Book For Every Household’s Library, December 17, 2011
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    MtnRick (Lake Tahoe, CA) –

    This review is from: When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Paperback)

    After spending the last 30 years of my life living in an extreme alpine environment, I’ve come to realize the importance of having a book like this as an important part of everyone’s household library. Mat has apparently chosen to try to tackle a huge topic and attempt to condense the most important aspects of surviving a huge assortment of possibilities into one compact book.

    What separates Mat’s book from others is his inclusion of alternative technologies and modalities to this attractive mix. For most of my life I have been utilizing many of the alternative healing methods he recommends, to great success. It is amazing that more of the population is unaware of what simple, inexpensive, yet effective options of maintaining optimum health there are out there.

    For trying to tackle such a broad assortment of topics and compiling them into this compact volume, Mat did a great job.

    Several of the topics covered are situations which people don’t expect, yet find themselves thrown into. As I suggested at the beginning of my review, I live in an alpine environment which has the majority of homes as vacation homes. During the winters and the summers, these vacation homes are full of people from all sorts of climates (from all over the world). In my 30 years of living here, I have experienced several week long power outages due to snowstorms, and evacuations due to wildfires in the summer time. For someone from a warmer climate to have to endure being isolated from “civilization” due to a massive snowstorm, and power outages, a book such as this would help lessen the effects of the situation. Another reviewer suggested many of the topics covered in the book could be researched easily via the internet – however, the reviewer didn’t recognize is that many of the people reading this book may be doing so in a powerless situation and without access to the internet.

    Mat goes into quite a few scenarios which I never thought about, and probably wouldn’t as a part of my everyday inquisitiveness. However, if one was thrown into any of those scenarios without a guidebook such as this, the lack of this knowledge would allow fear to cloud a rational person’s view of the situation. Knowledge is power, and by quickly pulling this book off the bookshelf would assist most people in many of the unexpected situations which could arise.

    I will place this book on my bookshelf in case I need to access this knowledge again. This book is a keeper in my reference library.

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  2. J. Hopkins "Baja James" says:
    23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Bit of a mix, November 8, 2011
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    This review is from: When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Paperback)

    This book has a great deal of information form When Technology Fails the authors other book. Where the book is a mix is that it is both strong and weak. Strong on hand to hand combat but weak on food storage and energy preparations. I was a little disappointed that Mr Rawles raved about this book so glowingly with such large holes in the subject matter. Having said that it is not a bad book, just not a great one.

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  3. Charles Manto says:
    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Inspiring Resilience for Long-term Disasters, November 13, 2011
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    Charles Manto (Maryland) –
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    “When Disaster Strikes” is an excellent buy for many reasons. First, it is a handy overview of a broad range of topics that will save hours of research and cost for those looking for practical advice on personal and family disaster planning. It is something you will want in print prior to a disaster when the Internet may not be available to you because of the very disaster you wish to prepare for.

    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
    [...], [...] and
    Manager of the EMP SIG of InfraGard National

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