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Matthew Stein on Coast to Coast AM

In case you missed it, Matthew Stein, author of When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, was on Coast to Coast AM With George Noory Last night.
In the latter half of the show, author Matthew Stein talked about the popular interest in preparedness and how individuals can ready themselves for unexpected chaos. According to Stein, “having the self-reliance skills to do what our grandparents and their parents knew how to do is very important in this coming time.” Stein listed a number of ways in which people can be prepared for disastrous events. One such suggestion was to acquire a “super efficient” vehicle, whether it be an electrically powered motor scooter or a plug-in hybrid car. Additionally, he emphasized the need for people to begin developing their own home gardens so that they can become self-reliant in the event of food shortages. Stein also suggested having an out of town contact who can act as a conduit between family members in the event that communications fail during an emergency.
If you want to listen to the program online, you’ll have to become a subscriber to the Coast to Coast AM website. Although, now that I think about it, many of you probably already are. It’s a very popular program—I had no idea exactly how popular until I saw the book had jumped to #35 (in all books) on after Matt’s appearance. Now that’s a hell of a bump. *** UPDATE 10/06/08 *** Here’ the audio from YouTube:

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