On TV: Surviving Disaster

Would you know what to do in the following emergencies?:

• Hijacking
• Fire
• Hurricane
• Home Invasion
• Avalanche
• Lost At Sea
• Mall Shooting
• Nuclear Attack
• Earthquake
• Pandemic

If you had watched Spike TV’s original series Surviving Disaster you might. Ten episodes, focusing on the previously-mentioned scenarios, aired on Spike last year. From the network’s website:

What will you do when disaster strikes? Spike TV’s new original series Surviving Disaster, led by Navy SEAL Cade Courtley, vividly takes viewers through catastrophic scenarios and arms them with the knowledge needed to survive the unthinkable. Courtley tackles worst-case scenarios and equips viewers with the practical information needed to save their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. Whether the threat is natural or man-made or on a national or personal level, Courtley speaks directly to the viewers and guides them through a comprehensive, step-by-step process to not only survive the big picture disaster, but endure the many dangerous obstacles that may occur within each catastrophic event. While leading viewers out of danger, Courtley not only provides helpful tips and hands-on instruction, but swiftly points out common misconceptions and fatal mistakes. Unlike any other series, Surviving Disaster may actually save lives by providing actions that anyone can perform.

I’ve watched several of the episodes, and I’ve enjoyed them all. Courtley is a fantastic host, and there is an awful lot of pertinent information that can be taken away from the series.

However, common sense dictates that watching a television show only goes so far in successfully preparing the individual for a disaster. Therefore, the lessons learned in Surviving Disaster should serve as a starting point for further education.

Thankfully, the entire Surviving Disaster series can be viewed for free on the Spike TV website. You can access them here to watch the full episodes.

(Editor’s note: Link to full episodes has been placed on “Resources” page)


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4 Comments to On TV: Surviving Disaster

  1. Hurricane Katrina was a wake-up call showing everyone why they need to be prepared to care of themselves following a disaster, rather than waiting for help from whomever.

    A good first step towards making oneself ready for the unthinkable would be to take a look at the following list of items that would be useful to have on-hand should a disaster occur:



  2. Mammoth on December 28th, 2010
  3. Thanks for the comment Mammoth.

    “Hurricane Katrina was a wake-up call…” And the 2010 Christmas Blizzard on the East Coast is a good reminder for being prepared. Besides those typical winter storm stories of power outages and canceled flights with stranded travelers, I’m hearing such tales as:

    -In New York, hundreds of subway riders were left stranded Sunday night for seven hours after the power went out on the track’s third rail
    -A family with an infant was trapped in their car in the snow for eight hours
    -In Massachusetts, residents in a coastal town were not only overwhelmed with snow, but with flooding and fires as well

    And thanks for that link you provided. I’ve seen it before, and thought it was so good that I downloaded it some time ago for my own personal reference.

    Something else to check out if you (this goes for all readers) haven’t done so already is the blog Surviving In Argentina by Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre, a father, husband, and survivalist that lived through the Argentine socio-economic collapse of 2001. What sets Aguirre apart from other survival writers is that he’s actually lived through a major crisis. Not many of the others can say that. If you’re going to read only one post of his, this one is the “must-read,” in my opinion.

  4. Editor on December 28th, 2010
  5. Yes, I have read some of FerFAL’s writing and agree his experience os of value, as is that of those who went through (former) Yugoslavia’s wars.

    The East’s recent blizzard is indeed a reminder of the need for people to always be prepared. And here in the Pacific NW, we have the potential for a severe earthquake which could knock out just about everything.

    Wishing you the best of everything in the coming new year.

  6. Mammoth on December 29th, 2010
  7. Thanks for the comment Mammoth. I’ll have to look into those recollections of surviving the Yugoslav wars. Earthquakes are also a potential threat (New Madrid fault) to those of us here in the Midwest as well. Although, the experts seem to believe a significant event is probably more likely to occur out on the West Coast before it happens here. Feel free to check out my earthquake post if you haven’t already.

    “Wishing you the best of everything in the coming new year.”

    You too, and that goes for everybody!

  8. Editor on December 29th, 2010

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