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When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,349 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Survival expert Cody Lundin's new book, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes is what every family needs to prepare and educate themselves about survival psychology and the skills necessary to negotiate a disaster whether you are at home, in the office, or in your car. Lundin addresses basic first aid, hygiene skills, and makes recomme ...more
Paperback, 450 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Gibbs Smith
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Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is written for suburbanites who are worried about how to survive disasters like Hurricane Katrina. While it seems like this would be a book for paranoiacs worried about society collapsing, Cody Lundin's writing style and the general style of presentation in this book would put off militia types.

In the book he covers a variety of topics including food storage, first aid, self-defense, and how to dispose of dead bodies. The goal is to tell people how to survive when the systems that the
Nov 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Aroura by: Orson Scott Card review
Do you know what materials are best to help regulate your core body tempurature if you could no longer rely on gas and electricity? Do you know how to disinfect water to make it potable without boiling it or using iodine? How are you going to take care of your family's bathroom waste in a sanitary manner if necessary? What could you (safely) eat if you ran out of food? How are you going to cook your food when you can't use the stove?
I cannot emphasize enough how much I would recommend this book!
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This could have been said in 40 pages. It badly, BADLY, needed an editor. I ended up fearing that one day, at some point in the future, I'll be seated on a plane next to this guy, one of those people to whom you say, "how's it goin'?" and a half hour later he still hasn't taken a breath and you're starting to think a mid-air explosion really wouldn't be that awful an experience in comparison. It's not that I disagree with his political philosophy or survival philosophy (most preppers are what he ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
There is some really helpful information here. The problem is that you have to dig through pages of 'hippie manifesto' to get to it. Much of the information in "98.6 degrees Keeping Your Ass Alive" is repeated in this book. It seems to loose something in the retelling, as it is neither as clearly constructed nor as succinct.

Lundin has a unique approach to living life and it suits him well in his role as an instructor of primitive living skills and survival techniques. It also offers some good so
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
For what it is, a survival handbook for days/weeks/months of living without the conveniences of life today, this was a great book. I found it to be funny and engaging as it was informative and thought provoking. When Michael first picked it up, he flipped to the how to clean and eat rodents part and asked me what kind of red-necked book I had checked out. It does have moments where you can't believe he would really discuss some of the things he does. However, I still think it is better to have t ...more
This book looks really good, and I want to give it another try. Due to my hectic schedule and the overwhelming onslaught of text and cartoon drawings splattered across the pages, I wasn't able to get through more than one chapter. From what I read, though, there was good psychological information in it. I'll pick it up again when I have a clearer head and can appropriately focus. Let's just hope between now and then stuff doesn't hit the fan and I need to GTFO. Afterall, trying to read this book ...more
Johanna Harris
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Totally fun, light-hearted presentation of seriously important information.
Todd Martin
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: outdoors
Although Cody Lundin is now a TV star with his Discovery Channel show Dual Survival, he really has lived the self-sufficient lifestyle and has developed his unique expertise through direct experience. He’s built his own house and lives off the grid and has taught wilderness/primitive living skills for many years. As the subtitle suggests, the book is designed to teach you Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes.

The book is divided into two sections, the first of which is dedicated to men
Jason King
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
In survivalism, bushcraft, and self-reliance it can be very difficult to separate correct actions from incorrect ones; many of these can be attributed to elements of a lack of scientific rigor. Cody Lundin, among all the teachers of survivalism, seems to accept the limits of the discipline of survivalism best and approaches what he considers to be keys - the proper mindset and about the most practical, albeit unsexy, ways to complete this. Lundin does not fetishize the Bug Out Bag, a bag that ha ...more
Michael  Baggetta
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cody Lundin who owns and operates the,"Aboriginal Living Skills School," in the State of Arizona, is the real deal!. This man and author lives what he teaches, and I will say that his book,"When All Hell Breaks Loose," is a MUST read, and is by far the best book I have ever read on preparing for the many types of disasters that could affect you and your loved ones. I really enjoyed the author's entertaining writing style, which is absorbing enough that you can gain some enjoyment from a topic th ...more
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Marcus by: Jesse
It's actually pretty good. Very readable, good examples, fun illustrations that help reinforce concepts: I'd happily recommend it to folks who would like to ensure that they, and their families, are adequately prepared for an emergency. The author takes a practical approach to emergency prep, and does well when confined to the realistic things that folks can do to prepare for emergencies. He doesn't do so well when he gets new age-y and quasi-spiritual, his recounting of the many times he's eate ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non_fiction
When I first heard about the Ebola outbreak in Africa I was concerned about lacking knowledge and the things my family and I would need in the unlikely but highly impactful event of any epidemic/pandemic outbreaks or any other disaster situation. Besides, I live in an apartment building in a metropolis and I rely 100% on life supporting stuff that I don’t produce. If a crisis really happen, it’s likely that society collapses and we don’t have access to the things we take for granted. I wanted to ...more
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Pretty good "how to be prepared for when shit goes down" reading. The author says (rightly) that there is only so much that you can learn about surviving a life or death situation from reading a book, however reading stuff like this and doing some simple preparation is certainly better than doing nothing and waiting for the government to save yo' ass when things go bad.

How much regular old household chlorine bleach does it take to disinfect one gallon of drinking water? This answer to this quest
Jamie Belanger
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great read, packed with information and ideas on all sorts of issues one would run into while trying to survive. There are some things I already knew, but the majority of the book was one surprise after another. There are just many things I never even considered, and the author's treatment of the topics felt very thorough.

Honestly, I wanted to read this book the moment I saw the title. And the interior has lots of dark humor that resonates well with me. When I started reading, I was m
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a great, entertaining, thorough read about disaster preparation! Yeah, it's an odd topic, but Lundin takes a very down-to-earth, no-BS approach to everything from communications to first aid to cooking to...well, you name it (pooping, catching / cooking rats,'s not all pretty). But it's all covered in one book. It never feels old, although a few chapters from it are similar to his other book, "98.6 The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive." And that's OK, because the two parts most copied ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the best survival, prepping books I have read. Lots of common sense applications, he gets to the root of survival. Keeping a level positive attitude, and using your brain.
Example: You see these preppers with all their food stores, but those stores are not in rotation with their everyday food consumption. So eventually all those stored goods will go bad and have to be replaced. Which is fine if you have the time and resources. Which the average family probably does not have. Cody
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-non-fiction
Maybe not the best survival guide out there, but certainly not the worst, either. What it lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in breadth. Covering everything from the basics of how to start a fire and purify water to more exotic things like how to dispose of a dead body and self-defense tactics, Cody Lundin discusses how to look after yourself, your family, and even your community in the case of a major disaster. And by disaster, Cody is not talking about zombie attacks or alien invasions. ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Great book - I like Cody Lundin to begin with, but his lighthearted tone and practical, pragmatic point of view are great. The book is sectioned into major categories of pertinent information about survival in suburbia should a natural disaster/grid meltdown type event occur. It's been on my mind lately as we're more and more dependent on technology to accomplish even the most menial daily tasks.

In high school, we had a storm so bad it knocked out power for two weeks...our family kept the basic
Alan Alvaro
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book! I first tumbled onto Cody Lundin watching a television show "Dual Survival" where he demonstrated much of his extensive knowledge of survival in the wilderness. His alternative approach to life was very refreshing. I was very happy to find more of this philosophy in this most informative book. His approach to surviving the apocalypse emphasizes lifestyle changes that focus on mental conditioning and developing a survival attitude. Yes there are the requisite equipment ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very, very detailed. Covers just about all bases and in depth. The author has a good sense of humor and is quite candid. Everything from water purification, to how to defend yourself no matter your age, size or gender. There was a chapter about bathroom facilities and potential digestive issues in a SHTF scenario that wasn't exactly pleasant to read. However, in a scenario like that you'd probably be quite thankful you had such detailed instruction. My only issue is that I bought the Kindle vers ...more
Jun 16, 2011 is currently reading it
in the mood to read something funny and educational..what better than a book about what to do in a catastrophe..yeah i know catastrophes are not funny, but i will be laughing my ass off when and if one occurs and i know what to do while everyone else is scrambling around like chickens with their heads cut off, which by the way i think is a very sad thing..the chickens losing their heads i mean. if people lost their heads that would be sad too of course. anyhow, getting back to the the comical pa ...more
Nathanael Coyne
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Substantially thicker that Lundin's previous book 98.6 Degrees, and contains much of the material from the previous book so if you're going to get one of Lundin's book get this one. The emphasis is on urban survival and covers hygiene, food, water, shelter, communication, first aid and more. The first chapter on dealing with stress and fear was rather insightful. He has read a lot and has experience, but there is no bibliography so as always rely on facts not hearsay. I hate his illustrations - ...more
Bill Seitz
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
A strange book. I don't think I'd want this as my only survivalism book, as I'm not sure I can relate to a guy who spent years living in a yurt. The book swings wildly from the practical ("canned food is inherently pre-cooked, and when things are nuts you don't want the extra stress of having to build a fire just to eat"; also, despite his yurt-history he's explicitly against thinking you can "live off the land") to the over-the-edge (recipes for cooking mice and rats).

But, still, there's plenty
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, this book was much more mild than I expected which I consider to be positive. I thought it would be about buying weaponry and building a bomb shelter to form a militia. I wasn't familiar with Cody Lundin when this book was suggested from a patron when I worked at the library. I found the information educational and practical rather than the extreme. I actually which that there were more diagrams of some of his explanations and real pictures. I didn't understand some of the cartoon versions ...more
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually came across this book at a motorcycle supply store. One thing that made this book different than many others I've read was the avoidance of relying on gadgetry that often becomes a crutch.
The author addresses the basic needs for survival and supplies solutions readily implemented with items commonly found at the local store. He also isn't averse to suggesting further reading resources that cover a subject in more detail.
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book very addictive, I believe Cody Lundin has a lot of great information and has put it all together in a great way. I would recommend anyone who is in the least bit a survivalist to read this. No matter if you are just thinking about being a survivalist to a fairly well seasoned survivalist, there is very useful tips to consider and know in the event of a real disaster. Read it now... keep it handy, in case of emergency.
This is a very comprehensive book regarding preparedness and survival skills. This book differed from others I have read, in that he drives home the importance of regulating body temperature. It is not a book full of lists, but rather it is more of a conversation on the realities of knowing what to do in advance, practicing those skills, and taking a realistic approach to preparedness. My favorite chapter was "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?," which focused on Bug Out Bags.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best survival book I've read so far. But I will be reading more so there will be more comparison. He touches base on a little bit of everything you need to think about (even includes pictures). I particularly like that he lives the lifestyle that he preaches. He's very straightforward and some of his wording is funny! Its not dry and boring (as some might expect). I think I will have to buy his other book on survival.
Deedee Light
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book basically scared the beejeezus out of me and also, made it very clear, most likely, when all hell breaks loose, my days are numbered. That said, I enjoyed the matter of fact and simple ways this survivalist breaks down every aspect of living in the face of complete catastrophe. Think of Lundin’s book as a kind reference material (complete with photos of succulently prepared rodents) as a must have for your disaster preparedness emergency kit.
Bill Conrad
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I came across this book by accident. A friend had it on his desk. I asked about it and he said, “I just read this. It’s a good book. Keep it.” I was expecting a survivalist kind of prep book. Instead, it gave lots of easy to follow tips on how to prepare for what cannot be prepared for. It was a fascinating book that had a lot of humor. I learned a lot and this is a book that you should at least be aware of.
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