Segment Topic: When Disaster Strikes.

Message: What you need to know, do, and have on hand to keep your family safe in times of disaster and emergency.

Name and title of on-air guest: Matthew Stein (Mat Stein), MIT trained mechanical engineer, “green” builder, and author of When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival.

Talking Points:

  1. Why should every family have a 72 hour survival kit (also known as 72-hour kits, grab-and-go kits, go-bag, bug-out-bag, etc.), and what are some of the key items in your 72-hour survival kit?
  2. Before every hurricane or impending natural disaster, so-called “experts” offer the same old preparedness advice on the TV and radio, yet once the disaster strikes so many people find themselves critically unprepared. What valuable things are these “experts” forgetting to tell people, that our listeners should know so they can truly be prepared for the next disaster?
  3. How can I disinfect “ditch water” using just sunshine or simple household chemicals?
  4. Why is emergency preparedness like buying car insurance?
  5. Why should I have a family emergency plan and what kind of things should it cover?
  6. What is the “Pit of the Stomach exercise”, and how could it save my life in a crisis situation?
  7. “Drop, Cover, and Hold” on is the earthquake survival strategy recommended by most disaster experts, but there is another strategy, called “The Triangle of Life”. Can you explain the differences between these two strategies, and why you feel people should be aware of both?
  8. What is “The Rule of 3’s”, and why does it matter?
  9. Where can I find a detailed list of all the items you recommend in your 72-hour survival kit? (Go to under the heading, “Articles”)
  10. The Bird Flu scare came and went, the Swine Flu turned out to be no big deal. Ebola was pretty scary, but it also appears to have come and gone. Is the potential for a global pandemic a real threat or just fear based media hype? If so, what sort of supplies and alternative meds should I have on hand, “just in case”?

Props/Graphics/Bulleted Lists:

Props for key 72-hour survival kit:

  1. Field serviceable portable water filter
  2. Hand crank and/or solar powered emergency AM/FM/Short wave radio
  3. Headlamp
  4. Colloidal silver generator
  5. First-aid kit with 1 ½” wide roll of cloth adhesive first aid tape and ACE bandage
  6. Backpack for evacuation by foot

Five key points in family emergency plan:

  1. Store at least one 72-hour emergency “grab-and-go” survival kit in or near your home, and condensed versions in your cars.
  2. Determine a local meeting place with a large open area, such as a park or school, where your household can gather if you are separated and do not have access to your home during emergencies.
  3. Arrange for an out-of-state emergency contact to reach for coordination and communication. After an emergency, it may be easier to call long distance than locally, or your family may be separated and need an outside contact to communicate through.
  4. Store your important papers in one easily accessible location, preferably in a waterproof and flameproof box (“My Life in a Box”) Store copies of key computer files, documents, pictures, etc. off site.
  5. Make sure that all capable members of your family know how and where to shut off the water, gas, and electricity for your home in the event of an emergency.

The Rule of “3’s”:

  1. Three seconds without blood circulation, and you are knocked out.
  2. Three minutes without breathing/air and you are knocked out.
  3. Three hours without proper clothing or shelter in extreme weather and you risk hypothermia/hyperthermia.
  4. Three days without water when physically active in hot weather and people start to die.
  5. Most people can last at least three weeks without food.
  6. *the rule of “3’s” quickly illustrates where to place your priorities in times of disaster!