When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster Strikes

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.



Foreword by James Wesley, Rawles

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. (more)


Praise for When Disaster Strikes

“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,

“Stein’s common sense guide is an important tool for you, your family, your business and community, to avoid costly mistakes during times of crisis. It 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.

“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 for US Army special forces S.E.R.E. survival instructors (a “teacher of the teachers”), and author, Primitive Wilderness Living & Survival Skills

“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

“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

“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, author of Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Wilderness Locations, and former President of the Wilderness Medical Society

“I write survival books. Mat Stein has written a survival encyclopedia. Every survival topic I ever heard of is covered in depth, breadth, and detail. This is a survival library in a single volume.”

Bruce D. Clayton, Ph.D., author of Life After Doomsday

“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

 “Taking his remarkable book, When Technology Fails, to the next level, Mat Stein’s new book tells the reader exactly what to do, where to go or not go, what to wear, and how to take care of him/herself and loved ones in the midst of disaster. It is extraordinarily practical and empowering. When reading it, I feel confident and inspired to take the steps Stein has laid out for anyone who is willing to move beyond the denial of “it can’t happen to me” and into no-nonsense preparation for the inevitable. 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. It 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

“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 Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP, CNM, hosts of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Doom and Bloom Show, TM

“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

“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

“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, and

“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,

“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,

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,

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