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When Everything Fails: Surviving Any Disaster

Be the coolest head in any situation by honing your instincts on how to prepare for, react to, and recover from disaster.
When Everything Fails: Surviving Any Disaster is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 14.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from When Everything Fails: Surviving Any Disaster I have taught this with the CERT programs, and this training series augments and helps bring other specific family and personal needs into consideration. All preparedness is good, sufficient preparedness is rare.
Date published: 2024-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Presented; Great Material I purchased these video lessons over a year ago and watch it all the time. I am never bord with it and learn continually from it. The lessons are well presented with pertinent material. It is up to date and applies to everyone.
Date published: 2022-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential information for today. I've been working in disaster preparedness and response planning for fifty years, from local to national levels. THIS is the personal prep course I now recommend. Well done!
Date published: 2022-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from important information good detail information to be able to prepare self and family for an unexpected disaster
Date published: 2021-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just average I would say that the useful info is in the first 3, or maybe 4, lectures. After that, it is not that interesting or useful.
Date published: 2021-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Information I purchased this course in 2019. I found the information informative and well presented for the average layperson. Having been affiliated with an EMS agency for the past 43 years, the course covered a number of topics that the average person has no concept of what to do. I retired from my local city government Emergency Services as a 911 Communications Specialist and had the privilege of attending a week long FEMA hands on training class several years ago. The information provided in this course gives the viewer/student a good base to start from. It's not all inclusive as that would take more than the 24 lessons presented here, but it does give the viewer enough information to allow them to further investigate their own needs to prepare and protect themselves and family members in my opinion.
Date published: 2021-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring with little value past the common sense As some other reviewers mentioned, this should be titled Emergency Management. For an ordinary person there is little of value in watching the whole course. I fell asleep during most of the lectures, even those on fires and earthquakes. I learned almost nothing new, and I don't know much about what to do in a disaster besides the common knowledge. Most of the advice was along the lines of "Hopefully you have your go-bag packed - evacuate.
Date published: 2021-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very boring presentation of common sense I have watched 80+ great courses and this is a remarkably lackluster presentation. This course would be improved if it had more survival skills like how to purify water, start fire, build emergency shelter, etc. and reduce coverage of boring materials like disaster agencies like FEMA, and all the other responder related jargons. Only lifesaving skill given due consideration was CPR and Heimlich maneuver, which was disappointing. Active Shooting lecture was a downer too. I was hoping to learn so much more. The presenter is a Criminal Justice professor and teaches one course on "emergency management", and that's what the content is mostly about. This course is better titled "Emergency Management: Overview of the Disaster Response System in the USA." But that would be boring, wouldn't it? The marketing department named the course sexy, but the content doesn't really match up to its current title.
Date published: 2021-01-12
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Learn the fundamentals of preparation, reaction, and recovery in emergency situations.


Stephen Owen

I will show you the essentials of disaster preparedness as we draw lessons from calamities that have affected big cities and small towns across the United States.


Radford University

Stephen Owen is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Radford University. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL). He also holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA in Political Science from UMSL. His studies focused on the links between criminal justice, public policy, public administration, and urban affairs. Professor Owen has also collaborated with the professional emergency management community, including as chair of the New River Valley Regional Local Emergency Planning Committee, a member of the board of directors for the Virginia Emergency Management Association, and a planning team member for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education.


Professor Owen has published on a variety of topics related to criminal justice, including institutional corrections, interpersonal violence, criminal justice education, law and sexuality, and law enforcement policy issues. Most recently, his work has focused on issues related to emergency management, with a particular focus on the public safety community’s response to active shooter incidents.


Professor Owen has received the Radford University Foundation’s Distinguished Creative Scholar Award and Distinguished Service Award as well as Radford University’s College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition, he was recognized by his undergraduate alma mater, Southeast Missouri State University, with a Young Alumni Merit Award. At Radford University, Professor Owen regularly teaches the course Emergency Management. He has also developed unique course offerings, including Active Harmer Incidents in the United States and Investigating the Kennedy Assassination.


Professor Owen is coauthor of Foundations of Criminal Justice and has authored or coauthored more than 80 book chapters, articles, proceedings, encyclopedia entries, and reviews.

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When Everything Fails: Surviving Any Disaster
When Everything Fails: Surviving Any Disaster


How Prepared Are You for a Disaster?

01: How Prepared Are You for a Disaster?

Welcome to your journey of preparedness! Begin your course with a self-assessment. Explore the different types of disasters and reflect on your baseline. Do you know the hazards around you on a regular basis? Do you have plans for shelter or evacuation? What about communication?

31 min
Developing a Preparedness Plan

02: Developing a Preparedness Plan

After reviewing a few basic concepts—such as the difference between an emergency, a disaster, and a catastrophe—Professor Owen walks you through the fundamentals of a good preparedness plan. From identifying risks around you to building physical and digital “go kits,” you are on your way.

31 min
Identifying Hazards and Responses

03: Identifying Hazards and Responses

Prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, recover: This simple framework is a way of thinking, designed around FEMA’s National Preparedness Goal, a recipe for identifying and preparing for potential hazards. From here, the next step is to equip yourself and establish a few practices that will serve you if—or when—disaster strikes.

31 min
Making Decisions in a Disaster

04: Making Decisions in a Disaster

Decision-making is a critical component of surviving a disaster. In an emergency situation, your mind won’t operate like it does in day-to-day life, which is why preparation and planning are so critical. Here, learn to size up emergency situations, guard against “normalcy bias,” and act appropriately under stressful circumstances.

32 min
Essential Lifesaving Skills

05: Essential Lifesaving Skills

Knowing the basics of CPR, first aid, fire extinguishers, and more, might one day save a life—yours or that of someone around you. Take a look at some of the practical skills you would be wise to develop, from operating an AED to shutting off utilities. See where you should look for more comprehensive hands-on training.

30 min
What to Do in a Fire

06: What to Do in a Fire

A fire is one of the most common disasters you might encounter, and one for which you can readily prepare. Learn the basics of fire safety, from developing a home fire safety plan to specific things you can do to reduce your risk of fire in the home. This lecture also shows you the fundamentals of how fires work, including flashovers and backdrafts.

32 min
When the Earth Shakes or Opens

07: When the Earth Shakes or Opens

Depending on where you live, earthquakes may pose a serious threat to your life or property, and what makes them so frightening is they can strike without warning. Learn how best to stay safe during and after an earthquake. Then consider two other geologic hazards—volcanos and sinkholes.

31 min
Surviving Hurricanes and Other Storms

08: Surviving Hurricanes and Other Storms

Take a crash course in some of the more common weather hazards, from hurricanes and tornadoes to floods and blizzards. We will all experience extreme weather at some point, and this lecture arms you with information about the dynamics of weather systems as well as precautionary measures you can and should take.

33 min
Coping in an Active Shooter Situation

09: Coping in an Active Shooter Situation

We might associate the word “disaster” with accidents or environmental hazards, but it can also include human-created activity, particularly violence. Active shooter situations are all too common, so preparation is crucial. Here, you will learn about situational awareness and the “run, fight, hide” response.

31 min
Helping Others in a Disaster

10: Helping Others in a Disaster

Shift your attention from specific types of disasters to the way communities respond. As you will find out in this lecture, one “emergent behavior” following a disaster is a sense of community bonding and altruism. Examine a few of the ways you can help after a disaster, from volunteering to donations.

33 min
First Responders and How They Work

11: First Responders and How They Work

In this first lecture of three lectures on community infrastructure, you will review some of the public safety issues typical to many places, as well as how first responders operate within the community. Popular media often mischaracterize the roles of police, firefighters, and emergency medical services, so take a real-world look at what these organizations do in urgent situations.

33 min
The First Responders Many Never See

12: The First Responders Many Never See

Police and firefighters may be on the visible front lines of a disaster scene, but communities require numerous individuals and agencies in order to respond effectively and recover. From scientists researching risks to public works departments or public health officials coordinating recovery, uncover society’s hidden responders.

33 min
How Disaster Response Is Coordinated

13: How Disaster Response Is Coordinated

Delve into the fascinating world of incident command. In the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, federal government officials saw the need for coordination among many players in an emergency. The Incident Command System (ICS) is a set of common languages and procedures that can help us all do our best during and after a disaster.

31 min
The Challenges of Disaster Recovery

14: The Challenges of Disaster Recovery

When disasters strike, urgency pervades as individuals, emergency personnel, and local governments work to respond. But what happens after the crisis has passed? In this final lecture, consider the short- and long-term effects a disaster may have for individuals and communities.

34 min