Survival Books for Your Bunker

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survival_book_bunker_cat_books_in_caseBe honest, you probably own somewhere between a handful and a shelf-full of various survival and prepping oriented books. And you have the intention of reading them, but know that you probably won’t unless you absolutely must. My personal survival oriented book collection occupies about eleven linear feet of shelf space. While the books address many topics, they fit into about a half dozen specific genres. There are the military survival manuals, the medical and first aid tomes, those pages that address wilderness lore and primitive skills, general prepping, hunting, tracking, gardening, game preparation, food storage, a few odd tangents, and plenty of survival stories. So how to take my library on the run?

By Doc Montana, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

survival_book_bunker_waterproof_caseFirst, the bunker. I chose the Pelican Storm Case iM2400 waterproof polycarbonate container. If the end of the world is more of a whimper, then this case is overkill. But if it’s more of the bang I suspect it will be, then this Pelican is just the bird for the Storm. The size is about the same as a small suitcase, and was chosen to provide some focus to the bunker, but not to limit this to a Top Ten List. Additionally, weight and size need to play a role in your decision making. If I Bug In, I have all my books, magazines, manuals, and pretty much everything else in my prepping world. But if I have head to my BOL (Bug Out Location) then I need a single, durable, waterproof package that just might contain my entire Library of Alexandria.

Importance of Purpose of Bug Out Books

survival_book_bunker_tracking_navigation_trackingLike many with a survivalist/prepper bend, I tend to accumulate books about all aspects of survival from pet first aid, to boobytraps, to gardening within a square foot, to firearm repair. But as my library increased in weight, I decided what I really needed is a Bug Out Bag Of Books or BOBOB. Or another name I use is my Survival Book Bunker or SBB. In other words, a consolidation of reading material chosen specifically for when one must take the survival literature show on the road. Bug Out Books are not about Bug Out Bags (that ship has sailed), but instead the necessary skills that might be needed in the future to survive and thrive post Bug Out.

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Lately, however, I have admitted to myself that I won’t be reading many of these books cover to cover but rather just referring to them or studying their table of contents so I know the gist of the book. And instead of putting the books back on the shelf, I have decided to build a portable bunker for them when when I have to throw the Survival Book Bunker (SBB) in the back of the Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) when I head to my Bug Out Location (BOL) with my Bug Out Bag (BOB).

The books I’ve selected are not in stone. They are just the best representatives of the different categories or genres of books that I think will be mission critical in a true Bug Out situation.

Current Book Categories

 survival_book_bunker_military_survival_army_sas1. Advanced strategic survival techniques: These books are the military survival books that address situations across all terrains, weather, and adversaries. They often lean towards the escape/evasion/short and long term survival from a non-apocalyptical point of view. But no matter the perspective, they are the broad-spectrum information antibiotic for survival. If you don’t have these books, you might not need the rest of the books in the bunker.

2. First Aid and Emergency Care: This category of books should need no introduction. But what it does need is a variation of complexity. For some who might use this Book Bunker, basic first aid might be a new skill. Others however, might be advanced and need guidance in surgical techniques for removing bullets and suturing wounds and cauterizing arteries. And not just for humans. Animal care might be part of your kit. I know Pet Vetting is part of mine.

3. Primitive skills and Woodlore: Books in this pile are geared towards self-reliance and off-grid life. They include topics about solid shelters, cooking, toolmaking, and pretty much anything else you might need for long-term life in the woods. There are plenty of sub-genres in this category including hunting and gathering, long-term food storage, long-term shelter building, tanning hides, making cordage, and literally basket weaving. On a side note, my particular copy of “Wilderness Living and Survival Skills” is autographed and signed by both authors. I’m not sure it will improve my chances, but everytime I see the signatures I will know I am not alone in the survival world.

survival_book_bunker_woodlore_wisdom_game_processing4. Gardening and Food Preservation: Maybe 50 or 100 years ago, a basic understanding that everyone would have is how to preserve game, salt meat, and can fruit. Not that those skills are difficult, but rather just elusive in today’s technofied world. But luckily they can be regained rather quickly with a few minutes of reading, and a few hours of doing. Gardening? Well that is another matter entirely. Gardening, like marksmanship, is a skill gained through practice and experience that is also perishable. But when it comes to food production, the stakes are a little higher to getting it right the first time.

5. X-Factor books: There is room for a few in my Survival Book Bunker for a couple tomes about boobytraps, parameter security, and a few other unmentionable topics that might provide a level of security and survival advantage beyond the suggestions in mainstream literature. And I’ll just leave it at that for now.

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A few topics are missing from my Book Bunker. I might add them later, but for now I will leave them as just concerns on the horizon. 

Farming and Ranching: Frankly, I would find it more likely that I would stumble across a library of books on animal husbandry than I would find a herd of cattle in need of an owner.

Blacksmithing: A couple of hundred years ago i would have worried about making my own ironworks including blades. But today I am going to reserve my Book Bunker  space for dead-on needs over imagined scarcity. In fact, for blacksmithing I would need much more gear in my BOB than just a book on how to forge metal like a hammer, anvil, bellows, and shop.

Drug chemistry: While it would be nice to grab a handful of whatever is around and formulate some broad-spectrum antibiotics, in reality the chance of cooking up some perfect drugs for your needs is pretty slim. In the end, I will leave my chemistry needs to medicinal plant guides and chicken soup for colds.

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hugh_glass_illustrationSurvival Stories etc.: There is an entire shelf of books that no longer have immediate relevance because, as I noted above, “That Ship Has Sailed!” These books including general preparing, how to Bug Out, what to consider with your Bug Out Vehicle, where you should put your Bug Out Location, and what you should cache in your BOL. Also of lesser consequence are lists of supplies, and the endless pile of survival stories (although there is still plenty of successful data mining to do if you have the time).

In the end, if you toss in a Bible of your persuasion and a copy of the US Constitution into your Survival Book Bunker you should be good to go. Think I missed something? Add your suggestions in the comments.

My Favorite Survival Books

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With Christmas coming around the corner I want to share some of my favorite new survival books of this year.

What better way to learn than by reading? Be it factual or fictional there are all kinds of good books to read. Bobby Akart and Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are some of the best authors I know of. Bobby Akart writes fictional true stories that haven’t happened yet. His words. 🙂 Dr bones and Nurse Amy have a goal set in mind to teach as many people as possible how to treat medical emergencies at home so that we can take care of our families in a disaster. Both of the authors should be on all book shelves.

The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy is a must have for every home. Not only preppers. The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family’s medical well-being

Bobby Akart has a post-apocalyptic series titled “The Boston Brahmin Series” is fantastic! There are 6 books in this series and each book takes you deep inside of our corrupt government with The Loyal Nine as America descends into societal and economical collapse.

 

 

“With social unrest sweeping the country, Europe on the brink of war and the U.S. economy under siege by foreign nations, a new threat emerges. The nation is caught in the crosshairs of a power struggle between wealthy oligarchs and the political leaders who claim to have the country’s best interests at heart.

As the collapse events escalate, enter The Loyal Nine – direct descendants of the Founding Fathers, a modern day Knights Templar whose mission is to protect America, and the republic, from those who would inflict tyranny upon her.

But will America be destroyed from within? Conditions of war are building and they do not involve bullets and bombs. There is a new battleground – cyberspace. As the country descends into decline economically and socially, will America be caught off guard by a threat never before experienced – a devastating Cyber War?”

It is definitely worth the read and will turn any non believer into a prepper very quickly. As Bobby says, “This is a true story. It just hasn’t happened yet.”

Book One: THE LOYAL NINE

Book Two: CYBER ATTACK

Book Three: MARTIAL LAW

Book Four: FALSE FLAG

Book Five: THE MECHANICS

Book Six: CHOOSE FREEDOM

A few others of my favorites written by Bobby Akart are:

Cyber Warfare

EMP

36 hours (The Blackout Series Book 1)

Zero Hour (The Blackout Series Book 2)

Turning Point (The Blackout Series Book 3)

 

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Winter Fortress + Giveaway

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During these days of extreme terrorist, crazy politics and uncertainties relative to government control,  it is easy to lose track of some of the threats we initially prepared for.  Case in point is a nuclear threat.  Although it is difficult to separate nuclear threats from terrorism, the recent spate of events has been focused upon shootings and suicide bombs.  That said, threats of nuclear sabotage has been around since WW II, and if anything, it has only gotten worse. 

With that introduction, today I present The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb, a piece of fiction that is gong to rock you off your chair.  Written by acclaimed author Neal Bascomb, this is a story of spies, commandoes, courage, sacrifice, and ultimately survival.

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While reading Winter Fortress, you will find the lines between fact and fiction running together, since indeed, as the tale unfolds, there is both . As evidence, to support the story line there are copies of actual photos of the mission to stop Hitler from creating a atomic bomb – even though he had the means and the technology.

What a great read for preppers who are ready to take a break from their normal reading fare!

Neal is here today to respond to a round of book festival questions and is offering five copies of his book to lucky readers,  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Neal Bascomb, Author of The Winter Fortress.

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

At the height of World War II, a brilliant Norwegian scientist and ten commandos set out to eliminate Hitler’s chance of securing a nuclear bomb. Many call their mission the greatest act of wartime sabotage in history. There’s little doubt it was one of the most daring and inventive, with chest-thumping moments of survival and escape at every turn.

This is a story about heroes, who survived months in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, scaled 500-foot icy cliffs in the pitch-dark of a wintry night, infiltrated a fortress guarded by scores of Nazis, eluded a countrywide manhunt, risked life and limb and family, and finally gambled one last mission against great odds.

These were not men of steel. Rather, they were flesh-and-blood heroes, who, in truth, were not much older than boys, who had troubling doubts and fears, who made mistakes, who suffered from their failings and loss of faith, yet came through in the end.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I spent months in Norway, both in Oslo and Vemork, combing through archives, conducting interviews, visiting the factory—even learning to cross-country ski and fire World War II weapons.

For several nights, I stayed in the kind of old hunting cabins where the saboteurs lived for months at a time. I hiked the Hardangervidda. I even, dare I say, wore some hand-me-down long underwear of one of the saboteurs on a skiing expedition near Lake Møs.

I uncovered numerous documents that have never before been seen that fill in many of the details of these events. Further, I lived in London for a summer to make my way through the vast papers of the British SOE and War Departments.

How long did it take to write?

Roughly three years. Two were spent researching, then another to write the book.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

From the start, I thought this was a story of action: commandos parachuting into enemy-held territory, a perilous attack on a highly-secured compound. In some ways, a historical version of the kind of operation that Navy SEALS are often heralded for executing.

Yes, there are definitely moments of such high drama, but the narrative is much more character focused than I suspected it would be.

This is really a tale about how a ragtag group of soldiers survive together in the wild for months at a time. How do they maintain their cohesion and morale? How do they persist in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. It’s a fascinating study of character and teamwork. These individuals who stopped Hitler’s bomb had moments of doubt and indecision. Sometimes they didn’t think they were up to the task. They were not unalloyed heroes, but together they managed to pull off the greatest act of sabotage of World War II.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

A national award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, I have written a number of books, all non-fiction narratives, all focused on inspiring stories of adventure or achievement. My work has been translated into over 18 languages, featured in several documentaries, and optioned for major film and television projects.

Born in Colorado and raised in St. Louis, I am a product of public school and lots of time playing hockey. I earned a double degree in Economics and English Literature at Miami University (Ohio), lived in Europe for several years as a journalist (London, Dublin, and Paris), and worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press (New York).

In 2000, I started writing books full time. An avid hiker, skier, and coffee drinker, I am happily settled in Seattle, Washington with my family. 

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

My hometown Seattle sits within close proximity to Mount Rainier (still an active volcano) and a major earthquake fault line that could have dramatic consequences for the city. My preparations involve readying my family to survive through a week or two cut off from help (essential food/water/communications).

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

A plan. Develop a list of steps you would take in case of a disaster or the like. From this generate the supplies and actions you’re family would take.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I thought a great deal about the 80’s hit RED DAWN while writing WINTER FORTRESS.

It’s a story of invasion, but also survival in the wild. Preparing for that, the demands it would take, the kind of expertise one would need, reminded me a great deal of the Norwegian heroes in my book—and provides lessons for all of us.

Do you have plans for another book?

At the moment, I am writing the GRAND ESCAPE, a non-fiction narrative of WWI pilot imprisoned by enemy lines who escape the “Alcatraz” of Germany by digging a tunnel, then trekking for 200 miles to the Dutch border.

Again, another story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

On the surface, my choice of subjects is definitely a grab bag.

Architects in a skyscraper war. Running the first four-minute mile. A Russian mutiny on the Black Sea. High School kids building robots. A hunt for a Nazi war criminal. But, if one looks deeper, each of these stories center on individuals who set an almost impossible goal and defy the odds in achieving it.

A long time ago I read a 1920s book called I DARE YOU by William Danforth. It was a very early rah-rah, you can do anything kind of self-help book. In hindsight, many of its tenets are a bit silly, but the book taught me how much we can be moved by stories. Those I tell inspire me—and I hope they inspire others too. 

The Giveaway

Neal and his publisher have reserved five copies of The Winter Fortress in this latest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

Most preppers feel that something dark and ominous is coming.  We don’t know when or even what.  Heck, nothing may happen. 

Still, we all know that there will be some silent heroes who risk everything to help ensure our survival. It is for that reason that books of fiction, such as this one, are important.  Perhaps a bit more serious than some, The Winter Fortress is chock full of adventure coupled with it’s tale of ordinary people who do something extraordinary.

Please do take a few moments to enter the giveaway; this is yet another book you will want to read.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  .The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

It’s 1942 and the Nazis are racing to be the first to build a weapon unlike any known before. They have the physicists, they have the uranium, and now all their plans depend on amassing a single ingredient: heavy water, which is produced in Norway’s Vemork, the lone plant in all the world that makes this rare substance. Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers push production into overdrive.

For the Allies, the plant must be destroyed. But how would they reach the castle fortress set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on Earth?

Based on a trove of top secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skies, perilous survival in the wild, sacrifice for one’s country, Gestapo manhunts, soul-crushing setbacks, and a last-minute operation that would end any chance Hitler could obtain the atomic bomb—and alter the course of the war.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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Prepper Book Festival 12: Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins + Giveaway

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Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins | Backdoor Survival

You might think this is an unusual title for the Prepper Book Festival but given the keen interest many of you have in precious metals, I felt this book worthy of your attention.

The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins by Brian Smith is a fascinating journey down the historical path of U.S. coinage. Not to be left out, it also includes a brief history of paper currency in the United States. Remember when paper currency was a “silver certificate” and not a Federal Reserve Note?  Back in the day, currency was backed by silver that the US government had on deposit, dollar per dollar.

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In this book you will find chapters on buying and selling junk silver as well as a chapter on ensuring you do not get ripped off during the purchase process  For those of you that are from other countries, there is a chapter on Canadian coinage as well as a chapter on bouillon silver coins that are minted by many different countries around the globe.  The book is very readable, and I appreciate that it is not a jumble technical jargon that takes a PhD to compehend.

Note:  “Junk silver” is a term to describe U.S. dimes, quarters, half dollars and other coins that were minted in 1964 and earlier.  These coins were composed of between 35% and 90% silver, while newer and current coins are composed of much cheaper base metals.

Getting back to history, the truly fascinating part of this book, for me, was the historical perspective.  Although I did not always like what I was reading, it was good to finally understand how we got to where we are in terms of coinage. There is even some humor that only a prepper will appreciate.  (More about that in “The Final Word”.)

Today I share an interview with Brian plus I have three copies up for grabs in a giveaway.

An Interview with Brian Smith, Author of The Complete Guide to U.S. Junk Silver Coins

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

My book, The Complete Guide to U.S. Junk Silver Coins, 2nd Edition, is all about junk silver coins.

“Junk silver” is a term to describe U.S. dimes, quarters, and half dollars that were minted in 1964 and earlier, as well as various other U.S. coins, because they are composed of between 35% and 90% silver, while newer and current coins are composed of the much cheaper base metals copper and nickel.

This comprehensive book covers everything you need to know about U.S. junk silver coins, from the history of how and why the Government made the switch away from silver, to the many benefits of holding junk silver today. In addition, it contains crucial information including: how wear and condition affect the silver content of coins, how to detect counterfeits, how to buy and sell junk silver coins wisely, and much, much more.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I did a lot of research, particularity for the history chapter of the book where I cover the background of how and why silver was removed from coinage in the 1960’s.

I spent a lot of time at libraries in the area looking at old newspaper articles on microfiche, and even worked with my library to borrow some microfiche from the Library of Congress. In addition, I did extensive research online and read several books on related topics.

How long did it take to write?

The first edition took a year to write, and the second edition took another year.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

I hope that readers of my book take away everything they need to know about all topics related to junk silver.

Additionally, I hope they learn that junk silver can be a fun and interesting investment, as well as a great way to diversify their savings and learn about the history of when the United States used to produce silver coinage.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I work in the Information Technology field and am married with three children. When I’m not spending time with my family or writing, I love spending time outdoors.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I am preparing for both the good times and the bad times. I try to take a balanced approach and invest in items and skills that will help me in my day to day life, as well as an emergency situation.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

It is easy to get started with junk silver. After reading the book, you’ll have all the information you need to know to buy it.

One of the great things about junk silver is you can get started for very little money, as a junk silver dime contains less than a tenth of an ounce of silver so they are very inexpensive. One of the best places to start is at a local coin store where you can easily buy 1964 and earlier dimes, quarters and halves. There are also many online silver dealers if you don’t have a coin store in your area.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

It’s not a movie (yet), but I loved the Lights Out book by David Crawford.

Do you have plans for another book?

I love writing, and I’m sure at some point in the future I will publish more books. Right now I have a couple of book ideas that I am considering, and hopefully will start on another book project soon.

The Giveaway

Brian has reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

Remember I said their was a bit of humor in the book?  Brian talks about silver and coin hoarding.  I had no idea this had occurred but apparently there was a time in the early sixties when people started hoarding coins. This happened right about the time silver was being all but eliminated from coinage.

Brian tells the story of how Johnny Carson mentioned on his late-night TV show that there was a minor shortage of TP. The mere mention of this send hoards of people to the store to do just that, hoard TP.

Much the same thing happened with silver coins.  Word spread that silver content was being eliminated and that some people were hoarding the older coins, just in case. More hoarding occurred, setting off a vicious cycle.  I don’t know about the rest of it, but most preppers can relate to hoarding TP!

I really enjoyed this book and believe you will too.  Good luck in the giveaway,

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  .The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)

“Junk silver” is a term to describe U.S. dimes, quarters, and half dollars that were minted in 1964 and earlier, as well as various other U.S. coins, because they are composed of between 35% and 90% silver, while newer and current coins are composed of the much cheaper base metals copper and nickel.

This comprehensive book covers everything you need to know about U.S. junk silver coins, from the history of how and why the Government made the switch away from silver, to the many benefits of holding junk silver today. In addition, you’ll learn crucial information including: how wear and condition affect the silver content of coins, how to detect counterfeits, how to buy and sell junk silver coins wisely, and much, much more.

The 2nd edition has new and updated material throughout the book, as well as several new chapters, including information on Canadian junk silver coins, and U.S. base metal coinage.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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A Prepper’s Cookbook + Giveaway

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When it comes to prepper cookbooks, I have been disappointed more often than not.  You might be wondering why so let me just say this:  many are simply compilations of recipes that are on the internet in the public domain.  Not only that, I know some cookbook authors that are prepper frauds.  They have not prepped a day in their life. I know because they have told me.  Let us leave that unpleasant tangent for another day.

Today I want to introduce you to a real prepper and real cookbook author, Deborah D. Moore.  Her book, A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods is fantastic. Deborah, as you will learn below, began living the preparedness lifestyle long before it became fashionable. She has lived off grid, in the woods, relying on a wood cook stove for both heat and meal preparation.

A Prepper's Cookbook | Backdoor Survival

Early on in the book is a chapter on “Learning to Cook On a Woodstove”.  For me it was a vicarious pleasure to read that section since both acquiring and learning to use such a stove is high up on my bucket list.  Deborah saved up for one of those gorgeous stoves most of us only dream about and offers all types of tips for using one.

That is just one example of how A Prepper’s Cookbook is more than a collection of recipes. Interspersed between chapters with recipes are snippets about life in the woods.  The garden, the animals, and even a quiet walk in the woods are shared in such a way that you really want to get to know both the person and the lifestyle.

I could go on but will stop now and simply say that you are going to love this book!  I have three copies up for grabs in this week’s giveaway so enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn how you can enter to win a copy for free.

An Interview with Deborah Moore, Author of A Prepper’s Cookbook

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

This is not just a cookbook; it’s a life book. I lived completely off-grid for seven years in the harsh environment of the woods in the northern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The cookbook is generously infiltrated by stories of my life, trials and elations of that time—and I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.

The recipes are actual meals I prepared from what I kept in the pantry. Considering my nearest grocery store was thirty miles away, I kept a well-stocked and very diversified pantry.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Research? It has been an ongoing, daily learning experience for this one-time-city girl—the living part, that is. The cooking part I’ve done my entire life. The most ‘research’ I had to do was to actually measure ingredients! I’m a little-bit-of-this-and-more-of-that kind of cook.

How long did it take to write?

Now, this is hard to pin down. I could go back as far as my first experience as a NON-prepper, when I was a nineteen-year-old bride in Detroit. A big snow storm was predicted and we were all cautioned to stay off the streets once it started. Realizing I had very little food in the kitchen, I went grocery shopping to ensure that my new husband and I could obey and stay in for the few days it would take to clean up the roads.

The stores were packed. It took me longer to check out than it did to shop. Right then it struck me that if I hadn’t or couldn’t get out, then or later, we wouldn’t have enough food—and it would be my fault. I vowed that would never happen.

That was the beginning of my prepper journey, and every day, every experience has added to my knowledge. It was that knowledge that I poured into this book, so I guess you could say it has taken me fifty years to write!

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

This is easy. I firmly believe that we are all responsible for taking care of ourselves and our families. It is up to each one of us—not the government—to see to those needs, whether it’s having enough food to last through a snowstorm or enough lifesaving medication to get past a small paycheck.

Preppers do that by not relying on anyone outside their circle. A word of advice here: don’t talk about what you have, what you do, or where you are.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

This where I always run into trouble. I’m a very private person. I will say, though, that I’ve lived a very interesting life. I’ve been married twice and divorced twice. I’ve been single now for over twenty years, and I’m comfortable in how my life has evolved. I’ve been scuba diving around the Caribbean, and I’ve gotten lost in the woods looking for wild mushrooms. I’m not afraid to try something new or do something I’m not ‘supposed’ to do.

I split and stack my own wood; I can and do use a chainsaw; I get on the roof and brush the chimney; I rototill the garden and cut the acre of grass: All things the ‘man’ of the house is expected to do. I drove—by myself—2,500 miles, just to watch my eldest son do the last jump of his military career into the Gulf. And I’ve done all this and more while working and writing. I think that kind of independence is what keeps me single.

I have two incredible sons—very different, yet very much alike—and each one has given me a grandchild that is very precious. When others talk about being estranged from their children, I can’t fathom that. My sons and I have never even had a bad argument. After being divorced from their father for forty years, he and I are still close friends. How many can say that?

Oh, and I LOVE to cook!

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

EVERYTHING!

As complicated as that may sound, it’s really quite simple. There are basics that are needed to live your life regardless of what the ‘disaster’ is. If you have a power outage of an undetermined length of time, or a complete collapse of the economy, you need shelter, food and water. Taking that a step further, you need shelter and a means to heat and/or cool it according to your area.

I live where it gets cold and very snowy during the winter; I heat with wood in a wood cookstove. This doubles to solve the next problem of preparing the food I have stored: it’s a cookstove, I cook on it and I cook in it.

Water will always be a primary need; you can get potable water from a mud puddle if you have the right filtering system.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

I would designate an area to keep supplies. Food and water are important, but so are soap, toothpaste and pet food—remember that what you store is a very personal thing. There are long term supplies and short term. Long term items don’t need to be rotated as often as short term.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

There was a series on TV called “Jericho”; there were a lot of flaws in it, but a lot of good advice too. It showed the results of not enough to go around, and what happens when others try to take what you have—and that will happen.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have a series called The Journal. It’s all about prepping in a fictional format. It follows the ups and downs in one woman’s life and her family’s life during a series of natural disasters.

Currently there are five books in the series and I’m working on the sixth. Most of my followers are avid fans, all saying the story is riveting because it reads so real.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Research, read, study and put into practice what you’re learning.

My sister, in an all-electric house, loses power frequently. She finally got a small propane camp stove to cook on, but was afraid to try it. Once she did, in a non-emergency situation, she had the confidence and the knowledge that helped her later.

Prepping is a way of life, not a past-time—and it’s NOT hoarding; it’s ensuring YOU and your loved ones will survive.

The Giveaway

Deborah and her publisher have reserved 3 copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.
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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

The back cover of A Prepper’s Cookbook says:

“Deborah D. Moore will take you on a fun, step by step journey to recreate the same meals she makes every day using only what she has stored in her pantry.”

Whether it is a disaster, a sudden loss of income, or the end of the world as we know it, there are times we must make do with what we have on hand.  This is especially true when it comes to the food we eat.  Let me assure you that this book is going to help. Good luck in the giveaway!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  .A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods

In a disaster, having food isn’t enough – you also have to know what to do with it.

Deborah D. Moore has been a Prepper for most of her life, long before the term was popular. She believes in being prepared to winter in during the long cold months that she has to endure on the the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An entire room of her small home is devoted to food and supply storage. Since her house is small it’s easy to heat with the wood cook stove that at the same time gives her a means of cooking and baking her food supplies.

Featuring over 100 recipes, author Deborah D. Moore will take you on a fun, step by step journey to recreate the same meals she makes every day on her wood stove using only what she has stored in her pantry.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook + Giveaway

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How much do you know about the Zika virus?   Whereas it is easy to consider Zika to be someone else’s problem, the reality is that that ramifications of Zika evolving into a global pandemic are horrifying. This is the next generation we are talking about and honestly, we need to care.

Today the Prepper Book Festival features The Zika Virus Handbook by Joseph Alton.  Many of you are familiar with both Joe and his wife Amy who blog at Doom and Bloom dot net.  They are also authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook and a periodic contributor to this website.

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The Zika Virus Handbook begins with a fictional depiction of a young mother in Brazil whose infant is born with microcephaly.  It then goes into a discussion of the virus itself including signs, symptoms, and treatments.  After that there are chapters on pandemic diseases in general including an easy to understand chapter on how pandemics are spread, and possible (probable?) candidates for future pandemics.

All of this is written in what appears to be an unbiased manner, including a discussion of the alternative theories that are out there as to cause and effect.  For the record, I subscribe to some of these theories (sometimes called tin foil hat theories) but appreciate that we all need to do our own research and come to our own conclusions on such matters.

Joseph Alton is a medical doctor and is well-known in the survival and prepper community.  He is here to answer a new round of interview questions and has five copies of The Zika Virus Handbook to giveaway to lucky readers.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Joe Alton, Author of The Zika Virus Handbook

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1. The ability to sterilize water. In a true survival situation, there will be many otherwise preventable deaths simply because we fail to pay attention to microbes that cause major diseases like Cholera and Dysentery. Failing to do so will cause infectious disease to run rampant among your people.

2. The ability to grow and produce food. My wife Amy, a nurse practitioner, and I felt so strongly about this we became Master Gardeners for our state through the Agricultural Extension Office. Everyone has to realize that, even if you’ve stored food, that, eventually, it will run out and your family will suffer if you don’t learn how to manage a working garden, not just for food but also for herbs that have medicinal benefit. We even have grown tilapia in ponds down here in South Florida, where temperatures allow them to survive year-round.

3. The ability to deal with the various medical issues you will inevitably encounter. Most medical conditions, where they’re injuries or illnesses, have a strategy that will work even with limited supplies. If you obtain some medical knowledge and supplies now, have no doubt, you’ll save lives later.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

A water filter, seeds for plants that can produce food in the climate we’re in, long-term food storage, a Firestarter, and a good medical kit. If we had some money left over, a reliable firearm would be an important addition.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

As a doctor and nurse team, our main focus is healing injuries, not causing them. Although we have the means to defend ourselves, we could use more training on dealing with tactical situations, not from a medical standpoint, but from the standpoint of abolishing threats.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Our family is alternately amused by and interested in the measures we’ve taken to become prepared and help others become prepared. This mostly depends on what’s in the news. If a natural disaster/epidemic hits the front page or, say, a mass shooting or bombing occurs, they’re plenty interested. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough to get them on the same page as us.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

I like W. Fortschen’s One Second After, and some of Jim Rawles’ books.

We’ve been honored to be mentioned in a number of apocalyptic fiction books, such as Franklin Horton’s Legion of Despair, where the main character was asked where he learned how to close a wound. The answer? “Good ol’ Dr. Bones.”   In “As The Ash Fell” by A.J. Powers, the main character finds our Survival Medicine Handbook in some rubble.

In others, like Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks, and The Simple Survival Smart Book by Pat Shrier, we’re mentioned in the context of austere medical strategies.

All of these books are good reading.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

There are so many books that have great advice for people in disaster scenarios, that it’s difficult to mention them all. I like the series of books by our good friend Jim Cobb, but there are so many others that make me wish I had a mobile library.

I’d like to mention The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood. If you’re going to function as a group, Charley’s book is an important addition to your collection.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

We’d like to announce our brand new Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Help is Not on the Way has just been published. It’s 700 pages on 150 medical issues you might face in the role of medic for your family and/or group, and the entire book assumes that something has happened that has taken away modern medicine.

Almost all medical books, even “survival” ones, mention transport to the doctor or hospital; we assume that these options no longer exist, and that YOU are the end of the line with regards to your family’s well-being. Best of all, it’s in plain English that anyone can understand and put to use. Also, our website at DoomandBloom.net has now passed it 800th article, video, and podcast.

Our main message to your readers is our mission: We want to put a medically prepared person in every family for any disaster. Have no doubt, you can be that person. If we can inspire just one individual to become that medic, to save a life in good times or bad, we’ve accomplished our objective.

The Giveaway

Five copies are reserved in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

The Zika Virus Handbook is an important read because there is so much mystery surrounding the virus, the mosquitoes that carry it, and how it came to spread to quickly.   The Zika notwithstanding, it is my fear that as disease spreading insects mutate, there will be more of the same.  With Zika, the victims are innocent infants and their families, but next time, it could be us.

Scary stuff.

It is always a pleasure to work with Joe and his wife, Amy. In addition to being genuinely nice people, they provide a huge service to our prepper community by sharing their wisdom online, in books, and at various speaking engagements.  For that I am grateful.

To learn more about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight: The Zika Virus Handbook

NY Times bestselling author Joseph Alton, MD provides a doctor’s perspective to the Zika Virus in his newest book.

Zika virus is an infectious disease that has reached pandemic status after crossing the Atlantic. The World Health Organization expects up to four million cases in this hemisphere and researchers have linked Zika to birth deformities in newborns and significant neurological disease. Written in plain English, “The Zika Virus Handbook” explains all you need to know about the epidemic in a calm, no-nonsense fashion.

The book gives a solid plan of action for Zika protection that can be easily followed in a concise guide. All this from a physician that has decades of experience as an obstetrician, and who is a well-known writer on medical preparedness.

The book also outlines other pandemic diseases, past and present, and discusses way to control the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the disease through its bite. Like many pandemic diseases, many controversial theories abound about why Zika has become a threat, and you’ll find these and commentary on their plausibility in “The Zika Virus Handbook”.

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Borrowed World Novel of Post Apocalyptic Collapse + Giveaway

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For the past year I have found that when it comes to post-Apocalyptic fiction, there is a lot of sameness.  Either the story lines have been told before or the writing is dark and oppressive to the point where I can’t get beyond the first twenty pages.  Call it a personal quirk if you must, but I want to learn from survival fiction and to open my mind to possibilities and scenarios that could play out if “it” – whatever it is – happened to me.  But I also want to enjoy the read.

It is the dearth of suitable titles that have prevented more fiction from appearing in these past couple of book festivals. For that reason, a couple of months ago I reached out to multiple book festival author, Kyle Pratt, and he suggested that I contact author Franklin Horton to see if he would be interested in contributing to a prepper book festival.

I am glad I did.

The Borrowed World | Backdoor Survival

His book, The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, grabbed me from page one and accomplished my reading goal of examining how I would act and re-act in a world where the laws of society no longer exist.  The Borrowed World is book one of a series of 3 books and Franklin has generously offered three sets of the entire series in the book festival giveaway.

They include The Borrowed World, Ashes of the Unspeakable, and Legion of Despair.

Enjoy the interview with Franklin and then check in below to enter the giveaway.

An Interview with Franklin Horton, Author of THE BORROWED WORLD Series

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

My first novel, The Borrowed World, is the story of a prepper who is on a business trip with a group of coworkers when there’s a coordinated terror attack on the country.

The terrorists target the infrastructure of the country, including fuel refineries, bridges, dams, and vulnerable connections in the power grid. The result is a cascading systems failure event, which is a situation where one collapsing system burdens other to the point that they collapse too. With the refining capacity diminished, the president freezes fuel sales to the public through Executive Order, leaving this group stuck hundreds of miles from home.

While part of the group is willing to accept that FEMA will find a way to get them home, another contingent prefers to take their chances on the road.

The Borrowed World and the following books in the series are the story of that journey, along with the story of the main character’s family trying to survive at home without the man they trusted to take care of things for them. It’s a story of survival but also a story of family.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I have been interested in survival from an early age. As a teenager, I read Soldier of Fortune magazine and a lot of the survival magazines of 1970s and 1980s. I am an also an avid hiker, backpacker, and shooter. Those hobbies provided me with a strong background for writing these books.

As a result, most of my research ended up not being about gear and techniques, but about cascading systems failure and how society can begin to collapse when deprived of a few of the basic conveniences we take for granted.

Without fuel, we quickly lose food because the trucks aren’t running and the just-in-time inventory model collapses. Without food comes civil unrest and crime. Without power people lose access to information, refrigeration, essential medical devices. All of these issues lead to first responders being overwhelmed. Those are the things that I spent my time researching. The nuts and bolts of how societies crumble.

How long did it take to write?

The first book was written over a four month period on my lunch breaks at work. I had written some unpublished novels before so I knew what was involved in the process. I knew that if I could crank out one or two thousand words a day, I could have a book in a few months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

I think the take-away from my books is that survival is more than information and gear, it’s about mindset. You can own all the gear in the world and you can take all kinds of training and classes, but developing a survival mindset is the difficult part.

I consider mindset to be adopting the attitude that there will be hardship and pain but you are going to survive because you are willing to make the hard decisions and live with the consequences. You may have to let other folks die so your family can live, you may have to kill people so they don’t come back and kill you later, you may have to turn away people wanting to take your food and other preparations – those are all cases where your survival mindset comes into play. It’s the difference between why some people lay down and die and other keep walking.

That’s part of why my book is about a regular guy and not a highly trained super-soldier. The point is to show that normal folks can have the mindset to get them through this type of event.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a native of southwestern Virginia but have lived in some other parts of the country over the years. I’m married and have two children. We do a lot of camping, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. I think those outdoor experiences are important as a basic entry into survival training. It teaches your kids not to be scared of the outdoors. They also get to practice fire building and outdoor cooking.

I live a preparedness lifestyle and try to always be learning new skills and techniques. And as a testament to perseverance, I wrote for over 35 years before hitting on a commercially successful project.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I have two things that I am wary of. The first is weather events. My region has been struck by freak snow and ice storms before that have left people without power for weeks at a time. We are also close enough to the coast that hurricanes hitting the Outer Banks of North Carolina can sometimes impact our weather. So I think that weather preparation should be a basic event that everyone prepares for. If you cannot handle a few days without power after an ice storm, you’re really going to have a tough time if we got into a more catastrophic event that lasts even longer.

I am also concerned that rather than facing an immediate catastrophic event, we may fall victim to a slow slide into economic collapse like some European nations and like Venezuela. There won’t be a defining event after which things become worse but instead we begin to notice that each year is a little worse than the year before and that the things we’re used to buying are less available than they had been. In my region that’s going on now.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Learning the basics of food storage, with a goal of having enough food on hand to survive a severe weather event that may shut your local stores down for a few days. Set an initial attainable goal of something like two weeks of food and water. Then expand that to a month’s worth. Then six month’s worth.

As you push out further, your eventual goal would be to have a sustainable food supply that could keep you for years if supplemented by a garden and some livestock. Even most suburban homes could raise a few rabbits or chickens for food if times got hard. A lot of people get hung up on gear and guns. I know people with thousands of rounds of ammunition and only a few days of food storage. That’s not prepping.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I’ve not seen any movies I felt were really accurate, although National Geographic’s AMERICAN BLACKOUT special seemed pretty realistic.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have released three books in The Borrowed World series so far which has made for a very busy year.

I’m currently at work on a stand-alone novel that should be coming out in July about a prepper dad trying to get his daughter home from college during a collapse event. I think anyone with children or family living any distance away from them will find this one interesting.

I hope to have the fourth book in The Borrowed World series out in the fall. That will be released by another book in the late winter/early spring that I’d describe as a terrorism thriller.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Just that I enjoy interacting with my readers. They can follow me on my website — www.franklinhorton.com — where they can contact me, sign up for my mailing list, or read about my projects. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

The Giveaway

Franklin has reserved three sets of his Borrowed World Series (that is 3 books per set) in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.  Good luck!

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I have always been a bit of a bookworm.  Even when I was in grade school, I would hang out at the school library during recess.  These days, with time to precious, most of my fiction reading is by audiobook.  You would be surprised at how quickly you can get through a book that way.

While listening to The Borrowed World, I found my mind wandering into areas I  had not visited in quite some time.  If there were a catastrophic terrorist event and I was away from home, would I stay put and make do with my get-home-bag or would I try to hoof it. I came to the conclusion that weather conditions, the distance, my age, and the severity of the disruptive event would all play a role in my decision.

This is a decision I hope we never have to make.  That does not, however, mean we should not consider the possibility.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds.

When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament – trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home.

Does he have the strength — the brutality — required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

Bonus:  The author is also including Ashes Of The Unspeakable and Legion of Despair in the giveaway.  These are books two and three of The Borrowed World Series.

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
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Prepper Book Festival 12: 5-Gallon Bucket Book + Giveaway

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5 Gallon Bucket Book | Backdoor Survival

When this newest Prepper Book Festival was launched, I indicated there would be some fun titles along the more serious fiction and non-fiction titles. Couple practicality and usefulness with fun and and we have a real win.  Such is the case with today;s book, 5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles.

Here in my household, collecting 5 gallon buckets takes second place only to mason jars, and you know how I feel about them!  Give me a few dozen buckets and jars and I can and do store anything.  There is one critical difference between the two, however, and that is I am very clever at scoring pre-owned buckets for free from restaurants and bakeries.

5 Gallon Bucket Book | Backdoor Survival

With that introduction, I am pleased to introduce you to The 5 Gallon Bucket Book by Chris Peterson.  Want to learn how to make a manual washing machine?  What about a composting toilet or water filtering system to use when SHTF? Detailed directions are in this book. Heck, there is even a DIY for creating a Vermiculture Bin,  Aquaponics System and a Trotline Buoy – all using a five gallon bucket as a starting point.

DIY Manual Washing Machine | 5 Gallon Bucket Book

Each DIY project is beautifully photographed with step by step instructions using common supplies and tools.  Chris also invokes his sense of humor here and there.  For example, when talking about the benefits of a manual washing machine, he says:

“The other benefit is exercise.  So many people pay for a gym when you can get a decent workout just by saving electricity and water.  Even the least fit person in the household will be capable of washing a small load of clothes while burning a tidy sum of calories”.

On the fun side of the ledger, I love the garden fountain and the cable and cord organizer.  Okay, I admit to sometimes walking on the quirky side of life but to me, those projects are fun.

In traditional book festival fashion, Chris is here today to answer my interview questions plus offer up three copies in a book giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below so you can enter to win.

An Interview with Chris Peterson, Author of 5-Gallon Bucket Book

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s an easy-to-read instructional manual on reusing 5-gallon buckets in ingenious, useful and fun ways.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I started by looking around on the web at Instagram and other sites at what people were doing with 5-gallon buckets. It was amazing. I did some library research on 5-gallon bucket projects in other books, and then came up with a long list that I eventually whittled to the projects that I felt were the most universally useful, interesting, valid and fun.

Then I camped out in a hardware store to figure out how to create achievable versions of those topics.

How long did it take to write?

About three months, including research, writing, and working back and forth with the photographer on details.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Everything we throw away can be reused in interesting and intriguing ways. It’s fairly simple to turn trash into treasure, and I think this book proves that.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a former book editor, and I’ve been a freelance writer for 12 years. I’ve written extensively on do-it-yourself topics like deck building and refitting bathrooms. But I also write cookbooks and do a fair bit of ghostwriting. After living in Brooklyn for 30 years, I recently moved to a small town in southern Oregon—a big culture change, but I’m settling in.

In my free time, I snowboard, root for the Yankees and go hiking. I also cook and bake like a maniac.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

As a Buddhist and environmentalist, I’m concerned about the slim margin of time we have to reverse some of the damage we’ve done to planet and prevent irreversible and very serious changes to cultures, societies and economies around the world. I think reusing waste material is a simple, imaginative way to lessen our impact on the environment.

The goal is to make a better, cleaner, more livable world for the next generation and beyond.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

An emergency kit (and, look, you can use a 5 gallon bucket for one).

No matter where you are, there’s the possibility of an extreme weather event or other type of emergency. Even a long power outage can make things difficult for you if you haven’t got much gas in the car and haven’t shopped in a while.

Basic first aid supplies, batteries, a battery powered radio, dried snack foods and water are easy to set aside and can be vital if your really need them. Once you go through the exercise of making an emergency kit, you can take one step further and make prepper pantry, or even a rudimentary survival shelter.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

The worst case scenario is The Road, which is what happens when society breaks down under pressure. But I think any old Western movie will give you some idea of what it might be like if things go south quickly. Bad things happen when the food chain is interrupted, or there is a threat to general law and order or basic social agreements like the fact that we all agree these little pieces of paper are worth something of value.

Do you have plans for another book?

Many. I’m currently working on a revision of my book Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose & Re-Use Salvaged and Leftover Building Materials. But then I’m going to be working on a book about renovating and pimping out old campers.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I hope they take the opportunity of the book to explore reusing not only 5-gallon buckets, but other supposedly “waste” items (I use old milk cartons as plant starter boxes).

It’s really like an interesting game when you hold something over that kitchen garbage can and say, “Wait, I wonder I could make this into…?”

The Giveaway

Chris and his publisher have reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

One takeaway from Chris’s interview was his suggestion to watch old westerns to learn about life when things go south.  What a great idea and not one I have seen mentioned before.  In thinking about it, a lot is written about survival during the Great Depression but what about pioneers heading west in wagon trains, with only the most rudimentary of supplies?  Like I said, something to think about.

If you are lucky enough to win a copy of the 5 Gallon Bucket Book, you are going to be over the moon anxious to start on some of the projects.  One I want to start right away is painting the outside of some buckets were pickle containers in a previous life.  Of course these painted buckets will not be used for food storage, but they sure will be useful in color coding buckets of biomass, charcoal, tools and other non-consumables.  I can’t wait to get started.

Whether you want to make an upside down tomato planter, nesting box for your hens, or one of the projects mentioned at the beginning, you are going to love this book.  And if you wants some tips for scoring free buckets?  That is covered too.  Just remember to be creative and ask nicely!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  .5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles

Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it?

Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, re-engineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work.

Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?).

For anyone who doesn’t already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)?

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Bug Out Bag – Get Home Bag Supplies
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook + Giveaway

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Survival Doctors Complete Handbook | Backdoor Survival

How many times have you had a medical or first aid issue occur during the middle of the night or on a weekend when getting help would be difficult?  Or, equally bad, help is available but only at a hospital emergency room an hour a way?  What if the power was out, roads were blocked, or there was something going on that precluded EMTs coming to the rescue?

What I describe are typical survival scenarios and those that we, as Preppers, plan for.  I don’t know about you, but for medical and first aid emergencies, I don’t rely on free information on the internet or free eBooks on Amazon.  I want real information, written by real doctors who have practiced medicine on real people.

Survival Doctors Complete Handbook | Backdoor Survival

With that introduction, I want to introduce you to Dr. James Hubbard’s newest book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.  Many of you might recall two of James previous books from earlier book festivals: First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival and Duct Tape 911.  His latest book takes things a step further and is an all-around handbook for dealing with a much broader variety of medical related things that can and do happen when professional help is not available.

Let me share an example.

In The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook there is a section describing how to close a scalp wound.  James starts by saying that unless you are bald, tape is not going to stick. True enough and funny how I never considered that.  Whereas you can use superglue to close things up, he suggest using the hair on either side of the wound to cinch things up nice and tight until it is closed.  This advice is coupled with easy to follow illustrations that even I can follow.

Below you will find an all-new Backdoor Survival interview with James, plus I have two copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with James Hubbard, Author of The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

I would bug-in. I live in a rural area, and I think I would be able to handle the problems that would arise, including food and water scarcity, better where I live than fighting for it in a place that I’m unfamiliar with. The traffic would probably also be a major barrier for bugging out, if cars were working.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

The basics of food, blankets, drinkable water, and a store of essential medicines are givens.

For comfort I would include over-the-counter medicines, such as something for pain, rashes and bowel/stomach problems; candles for light at night; a few good books to read; maybe a board game; and at least a small variety of favorite food treats. I’d have plenty of bug spray, breathable clothes for the heat, along with a good coat and raincoat.

If feasible, I’d have a good mattress and pillow or at least a good foam pad.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Learn how to use a gun and have one you’re comfortable shooting. Have a Taser or two, or something similar, and know how to use them. Keep a low profile. Don’t wander out unless you have to. Have a dog or two.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

The information in The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook is based largely on my experience as a doctor—over 30 years of it. I share what I believe to be the most common medical problems one might encounter, how to recognize them and what to do. The book has close to 100 illustrations so you can learn visually while you read. I include makeshift options for times when you don’t have the medical tool typically used for a problem.

Since sometimes expert medical help is available, just far away, dangerous to get to, or both, I provide information to help you decide if the problem is so dire that it’s get-help-or-die.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

I liked Apollo 13 and the book and film version of The Road. Regarding TV, I enjoyed Revolution.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Know the basics of writing, such as grammar, flow, organization, and how to make a good outline. Or hire an editor. Make the book easily readable. Don’t use never-ending sentences or lots of big words. Know, or learn, your topic well. Join a critique group, or have someone who will read your material and is willing to give constructive criticism.

The Giveaway

James has reserved two copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I do want to mention one other thing about The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.  Each chapter begins with a pop quiz.  The quiz begins with a few descriptive paragraphs describing something that occurred during James career as a medical doctor.  There are four potential answers in a multiple choice format.

On the next page are the answers along with a thorough description of why each choice is correct or incorrect.  Some of the answers may surprise you and would make excellent discussion points when talking about medical first aid among family members or friends.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will teach you just what you need to know to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the event you aren’t able to get professional medical help right away. Encompassing but going well beyond immediate first aid, the book covers:

  • How to put a dislocated joint back into place
  • How to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out
  • What to do for asthma when you don’t have your inhaler
  • Whether you can really drink your own urine if you run out of water
  • What to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine
  • And much more

Featuring more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will take you step by step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis. Whatever your situation and your health needs, this handbook is your must-have medical resource.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)?

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are “wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For Emergency and Survival Kit Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Bug Out Bag – Get Home Bag Supplies
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy

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Prepper Book Festival 12 | Backdoor Survival

After a short break, it is time to get our mojo in gear for an all-new Prepper Book Festival.  This is #12 and it is, without question, another eclectic mix of books covering a lot of topics.

This did not happen by accident.  Since the beginning, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals have brought you some of the newest and the best titles available to educate you about preparedness and survival.  That being said, it was time to get away from generalist books and focus also on staying healthy and being happy.

Who can argue with that?

Prepper Book Festival 12 | Backdoor Survival

Before we get started, for those of you new to the concept of a book festival, let me give you the basics and answer the question, “What the heck is a prepper book festival?”.

What Is A Prepper Book Festival?

Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festivals are a showcase of some of the best books and authors in the survival, preparedness, and self-reliance niche. The way Book Festivals work is that more-or-less once a week, I feature mini-reviews and book giveaways coupled with exclusive, one on one author interviews.

To enter each book giveaway, I ask what I hope to be a thought-provoking  question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article.  I have been told that many readers are more interested in the answers to the questions themselves than the book.  I very much applaud that because to be honest, learning from each other is how we will move forward and prevail during these uncertain times.

Just so you know,  I typically provide a way to make multiple giveaway entries so you will want to watch for those bonus opportunities.  Many of these bonus opportunities involve social media.  If you already like Backdoor Survival on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest or Twitter, you basically have some free entries coming.  Email subscribers (don’t worry, that is also free) also get an extra entry that is worth multiple points.

Winners of the book giveaways are selected at random and the winning book is sent out directly by the author or the publisher. The winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate is selected.  You snooze, you lose.  Many times there are multiple winners, therefore increasing your chance of winning.

Now that you know how it works, let’s get started.  Here is the list of the BDS Prepper Book Festival #12 books and their descriptions.

2016 Prepper Book Festival #12

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds.

When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament – trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home.

Does he have the strength — the brutality — required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

by Franklin Horton

Bonus:  The author is also including Ashes Of The Unspeakable and Legion of Despair in the giveaway.  These are books two and three of The Borrowed World Series.

The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

It’s 1942 and the Nazis are racing to be the first to build a weapon unlike any known before. They have the physicists, they have the uranium, and now all their plans depend on amassing a single ingredient: heavy water, which is produced in Norway’s Vemork, the lone plant in all the world that makes this rare substance. Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers push production into overdrive.

For the Allies, the plant must be destroyed. But how would they reach the castle fortress set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on Earth?

Based on a trove of top secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skies, perilous survival in the wild, sacrifice for one’s country, Gestapo manhunts, soul-crushing setbacks, and a last-minute operation that would end any chance Hitler could obtain the atomic bomb—and alter the course of the war.

by Neal Bascomb

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles

Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it?

Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work.

Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?).

For anyone who doesn’t already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.

by Chris Peterson

Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking

This complete guide will get you growing, harvesting, using, and healing with herbs — the world’s oldest and most effective natural medicines.

Popular health writer Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook profiles thirty-one common and easy-to-grow (or readily available) herbs, sharing scientific discoveries about their usefulness and offering more than one hundred easy ways to use them in delicious recipes, healing teas, and soothing body treatments. You’ll discover ways to delight body and mind as you incorporate Mother Nature’s medicines into daily life, where they nurture and protect.

by Michelle Schoffro Cook PhD

DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home

Advances in solar technology have made many DIY-friendly products available to consumers. These include solar water heaters, solar battery charging stations, solar powered lights, photovoltaic shingles that provide supplementary electricity, solar heat pumps, and solar panel kits that generate primary home electrical service.

Among the step-by-step projects in this book is a solar water heating system you can build and install yourself for under $1000; simple thermosyphon solar heat collectors for barns and outbuildings; or “heat grabbers” that you can fabricate for $50 in materials and position below a south-facing window to provide auxiliary winter heat.

by Eric Smith

Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today

Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers!

Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar’s impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar’s invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families.

Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been “discovered” as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art.

The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the “DIY Maven.”

Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that’s based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar.

by JoAnn Moser

Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons

Mother Earth News Almanac is back and is refreshed and ready for the next generation of self-sufficient makers and DIYers.

The 1970s classic has been out of print for years. Now, updated for today’s readers and back in print, its information is as useful as ever. It contains instructions and illustrations for everything from harnessing solar energy to cultivating a sustainable garden to learning how to keep bees. Simply put, Mother Earth News Almanac is designed to empower readers to be self-sufficient.

You will find that the Mother Earth News Almanac is a seasonal guide with subject matter that every passionate DIYer, homesteader, or environmentally aware reader can appreciate. There are recipes, money-saving tips, and homesteading techniques such as illustrated directions for tying a timber hitch, cat’s-paw, sheepshank, and other knots; folk medicine treatments and preventatives; tips on raising chickens and keeping bees; plans for building three kinds of kites; complete instructions for fast and easy compost; and much, much more!

The simple life doesn’t have to be hard–not when you have this timeless almanac.

by Mother Earth News

A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods

In a disaster, having food isn’t enough – you also have to know what to do with it.

Deborah D. Moore has been a Prepper for most of her life, long before the term was popular. She believes in being prepared to winter in during the long cold months that she has to endure on the the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An entire room of her small home is devoted to food and supply storage. Since her house is small it’s easy to heat with the wood cook stove that at the same time gives her a means of cooking and baking her food supplies.

Featuring over 100 recipes, author Deborah D. Moore will take you on a fun, step by step journey to recreate the same meals she makes every day on her wood stove using only what she has stored in her pantry.

By:  Deborah D. Moore

The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)

“Junk silver” is a term to describe U.S. dimes, quarters, and half dollars that were minted in 1964 and earlier, as well as various other U.S. coins, because they are composed of between 35% and 90% silver, while newer and current coins are composed of the much cheaper base metals copper and nickel.

This comprehensive book covers everything you need to know about U.S. junk silver coins, from the history of how and why the Government made the switch away from silver, to the many benefits of holding junk silver today. In addition, you’ll learn crucial information including: how wear and condition affect the silver content of coins, how to detect counterfeits, how to buy and sell junk silver coins wisely, and much, much more.

The 2nd edition has new and updated material throughout the book, as well as several new chapters, including information on Canadian junk silver coins, and U.S. base metal coinage.

by Brian Smith

When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times

This 500+ page book – 3+ years in the making – was written by the author as the reference he would want if his own family’s life depended on it. You could fill an entire bookshelf with survival books, or you could simply obtain “When There is No FEMA” and have a single, textbook-quality reference that provides detailed information on virtually every aspect of modern-day disaster preparedness. Described by one of the foremost survivalists in the world as “encyclopedic”, WTINF covers all the bases.

Where the typical survival book might simply recommend that you “raise chickens for eggs”, WTINF goes into deep detail about all aspects of raising chickens and other small livestock. Rather than simply suggesting you grow vegetables, WTINF covers growing seasons, fertilization and irrigation, how, when and what to plant, how deeply to plant the seeds and how far to space them.

Beyond that, this definitive work provides similar detailed information on water treatment and storage, sanitation, quarantine, food processing, foraging, hunting, trapping and fishing, fuel and energy, nutrition, first aid, weapons and home defense, defensive tactics, disaster planning, disaster communications, organizing entire survival communities and a host of other vital topics.

If you are concerned that the volatile and dangerous world in which we live today may find its way to your own doorstep then this is the book that was written for you!

by Richard Bryant

Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation

Relax, focus, reach a higher state of mindfulness and express your creativity coloring these intricate floral mandalas. When finished, tear out your new works of art and share them with friends and family, or hang them as colorful wall art!

These postcards offer you a garden of inspiring blooms, including:

• Orchids
• Roses
• Gardenias
• Vines
• Lilies
• Sunflowers
• Lotuses
• Marigolds
• Poppies
• Tulips

Attain focus, clarity and peace while creating colorful, mail-ready postcards perfect for sharing with friends and family!

by Wendy Piersall

Gaye’s Note:  If this book does not make you happy, you are hopeless!

The Zika Virus Handbook

NY Times bestselling author Joseph Alton, MD provides a doctor’s perspective to the Zika Virus in his newest book.

Zika virus is an infectious disease that has reached pandemic status after crossing the Atlantic. The World Health Organization expects up to four million cases in this hemisphere and researchers have linked Zika to birth deformities in newborns and significant neurological disease. Written in plain English, “The Zika Virus Handbook” explains all you need to know about the epidemic in a calm, no-nonsense fashion.

The book gives a solid plan of action for Zika protection that can be easily followed in a concise guide. All this from a physician that has decades of experience as an obstetrician, and who is a well-known writer on medical preparedness.

The book also outlines other pandemic diseases, past and present, and discusses way to control the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the disease through its bite. Like many pandemic diseases, many controversial theories abound about why Zika has become a threat, and you’ll find these and commentary on their plausibility in “The Zika Virus Handbook”.

by Joe Alton, MD

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook

It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?

The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will teach you just what you need to know to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the event you aren’t able to get professional medical help right away. Encompassing but going well beyond immediate first aid, the book covers:

  • How to put a dislocated joint back into place
  • How to prevent hypothermia when your heat has gone out
  • What to do for asthma when you don’t have your inhaler
  • Whether you can really drink your own urine if you run out of water
  • What to feed your toddler if he has a fever and you have no medicine
  • And much more

Featuring more than 100 illustrations, along with quick quizzes and real-life examples, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook will take you step by step through the essentials of medical care during a crisis. Whatever your situation and your health needs, this handbook is your must-have medical resource.

by James Hubbard MD

Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

This is Book 8 in The Non-Electric Lighting Series. The series as a whole is aimed at people who want to survive whatever Mother Nature throws at us – blizzards, blackouts, or Carrington events.

Unfortunately, when we get to “alcohol lamps,” the term conjures up a vision of a lab-type lamp with a small wick and almost invisible flame. Alcohol MANTLE lamps, the subject of this book, are a different animal altogether. Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric light bulbs.

As a lamp fuel, alcohol has some advantages over petroleum-based fuels.

For one thing, alcohol does not degrade in storage. For another, alcohol produces less carbon monoxide than a petroleum-based fuel (ANY petroleum-based fuel) making it a better choice for indoor use. Third, in an emergency situation, alcohol (as lamp fuel) can supply a solution that most people are not aware even exists. You can pick up some rubbing alcohol while they are searching for propane cylinders. (Although you do need the appropriate lantern, of course. You cannot just dump alcohol in your Coleman and burn it.)

Lastly, alcohol is perhaps the ultimate survival fuel. In Europe, World War Two saw many restrictions on petroleum products. So farmers made what was essentially high-proof moonshine and burned it in their lanterns.

This information in this book is something you should have tucked away for future reference. Are you interested in prepping? This is prepping.

by Ron Brown

Bonus:  The giveaway will be for all eight books in the Non-Electric Lighting Series

Preppers Armed Defense

A comprehensive guide to gun options as well as non-lethal and homemade alternatives needed for neutralizing attackers after a catastrophic collapse

A massive disaster strikes. Civilization breaks down and with it goes the thin blue line of police protection. Days or even weeks pass before the National Guard arrives to protect law-abiding citizens. In the mean time, it’s every man, woman, and family for themselves. Having self-sufficient means for protecting your family at this critical moment is essential. Thankfully, Prepper’s Armed Defense details exactly how to achieve this high level of life-saving readiness.

Far more than a gun guide, Prepper’s Armed Defense is the most comprehensive, no-holds-barred guide to all type of weapons, including knives and other edged weapons; non-lethal weapons like pepper spray, tasers and stun guns; plus last-minute improvised weapons made from common household items.

Among the weapons covered:

Firearms
Knives
Brass knuckles
Bows
Blackjack and sap
Monkey fist slingshots
Clubs and batons
Tonka and other martial arts weapons

The legalities of self-defense are also discussed as not all encounters will take place after a societal collapse. From the proper way to relate the information to a police dispatcher to when you should call an attorney, the focus is on ensuring you don’t end up behind bars for protecting your loved ones.

Prepper’s Armed Defense is your guide to inflicting the maximum amount of damage to those who would harm you and your family.

by Jim Cobb

The Final Word

Two month’s ago, as I was putting this together, I started to think “who needs another book covering preparedness basics?”  Along those lines I was thinking it was time to pack the book festival concept away and begin anew with something fresh.  As luck would have it, I reached out to some of my friends in the publishing world who convinced me to keep going and offered up some new titles for consideration.

Armed with author, publisher, and reader suggestions, I was able to cobble together one of the best prepper book collections yet, with enough diversity to keep you interested not only in the books themselves, but with what the authors have to say about their work and their personal preparedness efforts.

Over the next few months, I hope I can come up with some thought-provoking giveaway questions that will challenge and inspire you to take your preps to the next level.  If you have a question you would like answered by your fellow preppers, be sure to let me know.  The next step is up to you.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

PS – And the HAPPY part? Every stressed-out prepper needs a fanciful coloring book!

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Which are the best oils for your survival kit?  This article describes my top picks.

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Building a Library for Your Survival Community

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Building a Library for Your Survival Community Town libraries are almost lost in the fast paced world of technology and information today. The thing is, if the plug is ever pulled for extended periods of time, a lot of knowledge would be lost! Building a library is a great prep for the single person, family, or …

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Failures of Imagination + 12 Book Giveaway

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It seems like just yesterday we could wake up each day to a routine.  We would get up, go to work, eat an evening meal, then spend a bit of downtime with friends and family or in the pursuit of personal hobbies.  We worried about making ends meet, our careers, and the health of our loved ones.

What we did not worry about was being safe from terrorist attacks, nuclear wars, global pandemics, or an economic collapse.

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Alas, times have changed, and with each day we face more uncertainties.  Couple these uncertainties with little confidence that our government and our leaders have a pulse on the world situation, and we feel a sense of abandonment.  Our solution is to prepare.

With that introduction, I introduce the final book in Prepper Book Festival #11.  Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them was written by Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

In this book, Chairman McCaul gives us eight vignettes representing plausible terrorist events; events that we need to know about.  Each chapter begins as though it is a novel, getting right to the heart of the matter, and working up to a specific attack.  Different perspectives are given, from the terrorist themselves to the innocents affected by the attack.  Concluding each chapter is a summary report to the president and a discussion of “Could this really happen?”.

In this very special book festival article, I have received permission to post an excerpt from the book, plus, in Book Festival tradition, have a dozen copies of Failures of Imagination up for grabs in a giveaway.

Enjoy the read then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

Failures of Imagination

In hindsight, there was nothing improbable in 1941 about Japanese fighter-bombers descending from the skies over the most vulnerable American port in the Pacific. Similarly, there was noth­ing improbable in 2001 about civilian airliners being turned into cruise missiles targeting America’s symbols of financial, military, and political power. Indeed, less than a decade earlier, terrorists had bombed the very same World Trade Center with the intention of toppling both towers.

As the 9/11 Commission put it in their oft-referenced report on the attacks: “The most important failure was one of imagina­tion.”

Admiral Bobby Inman, a veteran of the intelligence com­munity who served in senior positions at the CIA, DIA, and NSA, said that 9/11 was “grounded in a failure of the imagination,” the kind in which “you don’t know what you are looking for; you don’t know where to look.”1 We didn’t see the enemy coming. Because we didn’t want to.

Expanding the limits of our imagination is the purpose of this book.

The goal is not to frighten people and certainly not to en­tertain. Instead, it is to envision possible scenarios through which terrorists, foreign nations, and their allies could inflict great dam­age on our homeland. In other words, we can’t afford to live under comfortable and false assumptions any longer. We need to imag­ine the worst in order to prevent it.

Today, the free world faces numerous dangers, many of them brought to us by the same sort of radical Islamists who once al­lied themselves with Hitler. These enemies of civilization seek the death and destruction of the American way of life, and they view no citizen of our nation as an innocent bystander. They seek the world’s most lethal weapons and will gladly kill any man, woman, or child in their line of sight.

There are other dangers that await us in this new century, too, from lone-wolf terrorists seeking to sow chaos to amoral cyber-mercenaries to nations seeking to undermine America’s global leadership and maybe even the very foundations of our democ­racy itself.

Make no mistake about it: the United States of America is still very much a target.

Operations against us, using diverse methods, are discussed around the world—and here at home—every single day. Our vulnerabilities are being probed, our fortitude tested. Foreign citizens, even our fellow Americans, are being recruited to wage acts of horror and violence on our homeland. Some of these attacks have been thwarted in their planning stages; oth­ers were stopped when they were far closer to being carried out. Other plots are forming even now, waiting for just the right mo­ment. And we are not ready for them.

Fourteen years since the September 11 attacks, the United States is not any safer. In fact, we are less safe, even as the threats against our people multiply. That is why this book is needed so urgently.

Before my election to Congress, I was a federal prosecutor. I served as the chief of counterterrorism and national security in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, where I led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and got a firsthand look at the threats against our citizens. Now, as chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security, I see every day the interconnected threats that span the world and link together America’s web of enemies.

I’ve also met the dedicated men and women working around the country and around the world to stave off these threats. One exercise in which the intelligence community frequently engages is setting up so-called Red Teams, informal groups of people tasked with the job of thinking like our enemies, probing our own weaknesses, and gaming out future scenarios in which American security might be put at risk.

This book is a series of Red Team exercises in which ordinary Americans can be observers. They have been developed in con­sultation with experts in a number of fields and reflect the lat­est unclassified intelligence assessments. There are, of course, any number of different potential terror scenarios to choose from, but for the purposes of this book, our list includes:

➤ A “decapitation strike” on America’s political leadership at the U.S. Capitol

➤ Detonation of a “dirty bomb” smuggled into Texas across the Rio Grande

➤ A foreign agent connected to China tampering with an Amer­ican presidential election

➤ A shooting rampage at the Mall of America the day after Thanksgiving

➤ A devastating and debilitating attack on the East Coast’s power grid as part of a wide-ranging cyber strike

➤ Radicalized “black widows” releasing a deadly strain of small­pox at Disney World

➤ A jetliner explosion over downtown Los Angeles—on Oscar night

➤ Russia invading the Baltic states, neutralizing the NATO Al­liance, and threatening the American coastline

Each of these scenarios is shown through the eyes of those who would see it play out on the ground. You will see the perspectives of the attackers and their victims. And you will experience, in real time, the launching of a major assault on the United States.

From there, we will move to an analysis that delves deeper into the possible avenues for planning and executing such an attack, including hints from real-world events that should be taken into account and flaws that could be exploited. Finally, we will discuss the future in the form of recommendations and strategies to pre­vent these kinds of attacks from happening.

When counterterrorism work consumes so much of your life, it’s easy to become complacent and assume that others are aware of these issues as well. The truth is, most people aren’t—even if they should be. That’s why I wrote this book. I have intended it to be accessible to every American: policy makers, intelligence of­ficials, our military servicemen and -women, and to any member of the public who wants to understand the ever-growing—and ever-changing—nature of the dangers to our country.

At the very least, we should expect our own government to be honest with us.

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Reprinted (or Adapted) from FAILURES OF IMAGINATION: THE DEADLIEST THREATS TO OUR HOMELAND—AND HOW TO THWART THEM Copyright © 2015 by Michael McCaul. Published by Crown Forum, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.


The Giveaway

Chairman McCaul and his publisher have reserved 12 copies of Failure of Imagination for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

The message is clear.  These eight scenarios represent a wakeup call to our leaders.  In my own words: quit fooling around and start thinking outside the box.  Think like a terrorist and come up with a plan of counterattack.

The message for the rest of us is also clear.  Keep on prepping to the best of our ability and budget.  We, too, must think outside the box and become proficient at skills to use if forced to hunker down for awhile. Move outside of your comfort zone if need be, and remember that there is always something to do to further ensure are comfort and safety if the SHTF.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight: Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them

America’s inability to foresee the September 11, 2001 attacks was deemed a collective “failure of imagination.”  Our political leaders and intelligence professionals failed to anticipate the wide-ranging and unorthodox threats to the nation’s security.

Nearly a decade and a half later, imaginations in Washington D.C. are still failing.  Despite assurances from our leaders that America is safer today than it was before 9/11, the truth is, we are still vulnerable.
Congressman Michael McCaul has spent years in Washington watching the Obama administration ignore or dangerously underestimate the most pressing threats to the country.  In Failures of Imagination, the sitting chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who receives daily intelligence about threats materializing against America, depicts in real time the hazards that are closer than we realize.

From cyber-warriors who can cripple the Eastern seaboard to radicalized Americans in league with Islamic jihadists to invisible biological warfare, many of the most pressing dangers are the ones we’ve heard about the least—and are doing the least about.

Failures of Imagination offers a call to action for Americans to address these very real and present dangers, and the need for the White House—whoever its occupant will be—to combat them with the seriousness and urgency they require.

This is an important book.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Braving the Storms + Huge Giveaway

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By now you probably know that I have a virtual love-fest with certain authors.  These are the individuals that consistently put out meaningful and educational work that we can learn from, whether it is the form of preparedness oriented reference books or survival fiction.

This week I once again feature one of those authors, Kyle Pratt, as I introduce you to the third book in his “Strengthen What Remains” series, Braving the Storms.  I love audiobooks and lucky for me, I was able to listen to the book during my daily walks with Tucker the Dog, and during my nightly de-stressing while coloring in “adult” coloring books.

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Braving the Storms was, for me, not so much about the consequences of the unraveling of society as about the human factor.  It was about the feelings, the fears, and the optimism of the characters who, by the end of book, you really care about.  I do not want to spoil things for you so I will leave it at that.  This is Kyle Pratt at his best.

Today I share an all new interview with Kyle, plus, I have ten copies up of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.  I did say this was huge giveaway, after all.  But there is more.  The winners will have their choice of a print book, eBook, or audio book.  Pretty nice right?

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kyle Pratt, Author of Braving the Storms

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

There are conceivable disasters that would force a family to flee their home, or bug-out. However, I have chosen to live in a place and in a way to minimize that possibility. I live in a rural area on a small farm.

There are many reasons I would want to stay put beyond the fact that this is my home. We have a pantry full of food and supplies. Over the years we have planted an orchard of apple and pear trees. There is a well with both an electric and hand pump. We have chickens and bees. These things, and many others, would be useful in a disaster and would be difficult, or impossible, to relocate.

However, I still have a bug-out bag (two actually) and could if the situation required it, leave quickly.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

It is possible to store a lot of food as MREs or drums of rice and beans, but who would want to eat only that. I’ve already mentioned that we grow apples and pears. Part of the reason we do is because these are great snack foods. However, in addition to items like that we also stock things like coffee, cocoa, and chocolate.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Robert Heinlein once wrote that, “An armed society is a polite society.”

In that vein, I do believe every adult should have access to at least one firearm and know how to use it. Of course there are non-lethal weapons such as Tasers and Mace. However, I also recommend learning martial art techniques such as Krav Maga, Karate or Judo.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

Braving the Storms is the third book in a series that, for me, started with a simple premise. If countries such as Iran, North Korea and China conspired with terrorists to weaken the United States, how might they accomplish it? Everything that happens in the book follows from the resulting terror and destruction. There are no vampires, zombies or aliens.

I am a prepper and include some information about prepping when and where it fits into the story, but my main character isn’t a prepper. He does have a military background and some skills (otherwise it might be a really short book) but he doesn’t know everything, and makes mistakes. He’s a good person, but very human.

All of my point-of-view characters are fairly average people just trying to survive and do the right thing. I believe that allows my readers (mostly average people trying to get along in life and survive) to identify with the characters and learn while being entertained.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

My favorite survival movie is Contagion. It came out in 2011, and starred Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. The plot realistically portrays the spread of a flu-like virus around the world. While medical researchers and public health officials struggle to identify and contain the disease, law and order is breaking down.

6. It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

Finish your book. Many people say they always wanted to write a book, or they have several chapters done. Few people come to me and say, “I’ve finished my book, now what do I do?”

Today is a great time to be an author, but before an agent or publisher discusses possible options, they will want to know that you can finish a novel.


The Giveaway

Kyle has reserved 10 copies of Braving the Storms for this Book Festival Giveaway. The winners can choose their format: print book, eBook, or audiobook.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

By the way, did you know that you can get a free trial of Audible along with 2 free audio books?  Be forewarned that you will be hooked!

The Final Word

As with the rest of the books in this prepper book festival, Braving the Storms is an outstanding example of the newest books coming out of the niche.  These are books that not only help us learn, but they also cross the line into the mainstream, educating the world about the threats we face and what to do about them.

Please indulge me as I put in a plug for the entire Strength What Remains series. Right now, the first book in the series is only $1.99 for the Kindle version. If you decide to read it, I am confident that you will not be disappointed.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas.

Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?”

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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   Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

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Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepper’s Communication Handbook + Giveaway

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Preppers Communication Handbook | Backdoor Survival

One of the challenges of emergency communication is understanding the technology.  Is a one-way radio sufficient to receive updates following a disaster or other emergency, or do I need a scanning device?  What is a shortwave radio and why do I need one?  Is getting a Ham radio and radio license worth the effort?  And then there are those “family” walkie-talkie devices.  Those seem like a good idea but are they really?

Shoot, even I get confused by all of the options even though I own all of them.  Deciding which one to use, and when, only adds to the dilemma.  One thing is for sure: I can’t carry all of my radios at once or I would not have room for anything else in my pack.

Preppers Communication Handbook | Backdoor Survival

Lucky for us, help as arrived in the form of a handbook written by one of the most down to earth, and easy to understand writers in our niche, Jim Cobb.  His book, Prepper’s Communication Handbook, succinctly sorts out the various options that are available when it comes to emergency communications and guides you to making the right choices.

In his usual style, Jim writes in a manner that is a breeze to read and also enjoyable.  He even mentions the importance of having fun with it, because, after all, there is life after prepping.

Jim and his publisher, Ulysses Press, have set aside five copies of his book in this latest Book Festival giveaway.  Enjoy an all-new interview with Jim, and be sure to check in below so that you can enter to win!

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Prepper’s Communication Handbook

This is your seventh Prepper Book Festival so our readers are well accustomed with your work. That said, what topic or topics do you feel are underrepresented in the preparedness and survival genre?

I think far too many books and blogs today take a fairly simplistic approach to preparedness, catering to the folks who are brand new to the idea of prepping.

That’s all well and good but what about the people who have been at it a while now? I think that’s an area worth exploring further.

Has your opinion of “the end of the world as we know it” changed over the years and if so, how?

Oh, definitely!

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, during the Cold War when the big threat was nuclear war with the Soviets. Once that threat sort of faded out, then it was the dreaded Y2K. After that, it was terrorism (domestic and abroad) and pandemics. Today, it seems as though EMP is the reigning threat.

From my perspective, it really doesn’t matter a whole lot what the “disaster of the moment” might be. When you get right down to it, 90% of prepping is focused on how to survive AFTER the initial disaster hits. For example, we’re not too concerned about why the power went out. We’re more concerned with how to survive until it comes back on, whether that’s a matter of hours, days, or years.

Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out” has introduced the possibility of a cyber-attack as well as preparedness to mainstream Americans. Do you think his book will alter the prepper landscape and if so, how?

I’m hopeful that it will open a few more eyes and bring some more people to the prepper fold. We saw a similar influx of new people after One Second After became so popular. How many people actually stick with it though, rather than fading away as the initial excitement wanes, I can’t even begin to predict.

I’m always happy to see new people embrace the idea of self-reliance and such. Sadly, though, a lot of them drift off once they learn how much work is involved.

What advice do you have from the experienced or advanced prepper that wants to take things to the next level?

Go beyond just stocking up on food and supplies. Focus on learning skills and practicing them, everything from first aid to navigation, firearms to fire starting. Cook over an open fire a couple of times a month. Do drills regularly to find the holes in your plans while you have the time to fix them.

Supplies will only get you so far. Skills trump stuff.

Do you have a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Prepping is hard work, don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. It is a lifestyle, not a hobby. That said, you also need to live your life. Go see a movie. Take a vacation, even if it is only a day trip to the other side of the county.

Live, laugh, love.

Don’t get so caught up in the potential for gloom and doom that you forget to appreciate the sunshine from time to time.


The Giveaway

Jim has reserved 5 copies of Prepper’s Communication Handbook for this Book Festival Giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

I could not agree more with Jim’s assessment of topics that are under-represented in the prepper and survival niche.  There are the financial, moral, psychological, and life-planning aspects of prepping that go far beyond the need for food, water, shelter, and supplies.  This applies to blog articles as well as to books.  Speaking for myself, I often struggle with maintaining the right balance of newbie and advanced topics.

“Live, love, and laugh” is also a theme that needs to be played out more often.  It is my hope that over time, we will see survival gurus focusing on this most important aspect of being prepared for uncertain times and an uncertain future.

In closing, I want to mention that Prepper’s Communication Handbook  represents the seventh time one of Jim’s books has appeared in a Prepper Book Festival.  As far as I am concerned, as long as Jim keeps writing, Backdoor Survival will be here to promote his work.  His books belong in everyone’s library.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded.  Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this in-depth guide, you learn the best tips, tricks and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail.

This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down, including the best types of radio for every disaster scenario from HAM radios (used by most search and rescue groups) to walkie talkies (small and easy to use, ideal for children).

And, since survival communication goes beyond the short term, there are also instructions for longer term solutions like hand cranked or solar powered batteries.  This is the ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling and utilizing life-saving emergency communication systems.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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   Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

Mountain House Sale

Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)?

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
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Amazon Gift Cards

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Preppers Guide to Caches + Giveaway

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Do you have a survival cache?  Or have you wanted to store items, currency, or ammo in a hidden locations but did not know what, how, or where?

How to go about putting together a survival cache is a frequent question both in comments and in the emails that cross my desk.  Until know, I admit to responding in a rather lame manner since for me personally, the answer has been to have a geographically separate bug-out-location.  On the other hand, I do know that relying a upon a well-stocked alternate location is foolhardy.  It can be vandalized or too difficult or dangerous to get to when you really need it.

The Preppers Guide to Caches | Backdoor Survival

The latest book in the Prepper Book Festival is The Prepper’s Guide to Caches by Joe Nobody and T. Pike.  This is the book that will teach you what you need to know about burying your stuff then disguising its location so that even the most diligent sleuth can not find it.  (Hint:  bury your cache under a stinky, gross, pile of fresh manure).

Prolific author Joe Nobody is back for his fourth interview and has a copy of the Prepper’s Guide to Caches available in a giveaway.  Honestly, I do not know of a single prepper that would not want this book!

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Joe Nobody, Author of The Prepper’s Guide to Caches

Since it has been awhile since you answered this question, please tell us again what you are personally preparing for.

I prep for an extended grid-down situation, most likely followed by extensive civil unrest.

As my family goes about improving our skills and knowledge base, we think of years, perhaps decades without electricity, city water, fuel, and grocery stores. We envision a world that is a far more dangerous place at first, followed by a simpler lifestyle.

In your opinion, what is the likelihood that the event you are preparing for will really happen?

I’ve always thought that the likelihood of “the event” is low.

Our preps are like the smoke detectors in our house. That chance that our home is going to burn is very low, but if it does catch on fire, the detectors can save our lives. I sleep better at night knowing they are installed. I walk through everyday life with a healthier attitude knowing I am prepared.

Here is a related question. Of all the events that are likely to occur, which situation do you feel you are least prepared?

A nuclear winter would probably overwhelm my family. Our preps require access to outside food sources after some number of months.

What is your own personal #1 prep?

Defensive capabilities. You can have all the seeds, water purification, and medical equipment in the world, and it won’t do you a bit of good if desperate men take them from you.

If you were just getting started, what would you do differently?

We would train more on the skills we acquired. Camping, outdoor-oriented vacations, putting what we read and learn to actual use.

I would also network more with on-line forums populated with like-minded people. There you can bounce ideas, read about others’ experience with equipment, and learn a lot of things without investing time or money.

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Be a prepper to be happy, not because you’re convinced the end of days will be next week. Use your preps to increase self-esteem, confidence, and family bonding, not because of paranoia. Focus your preparing energies on skills that are fun, enjoyable, and give you a sense of accomplishment.

In my experience, my own walk through life is easier because I know my family can survive practically anything, and that knowledge allows me to hold up my head and carry on when things go badly.


The Giveaway

Joe  has reserved a copy of  The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear for this Book Festival Giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Joe’s advice (the last interview question) simply blew me away.  Being a touchy, feely type of person (if you were here you would get a hug and not a handshake), his message to all of us was remarkable in its truth as well as it’s simplicity.

The Prepper’s Guide to Caches is like that as well.  It is easy to read and easy to digest.  It is universal in it’s message to prepare by having a cache somewhere, anywhere really.  Stashing a cache is not just for those with a plot of land.  Joe and T. Pike share tips for the urban apartment dweller as well.

The bottom line?  Hiding a cache of goods is not hoarding any more than having a smoke detector in your home is being paranoid.  You are going to love this book!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear

There are a variety of circumstances where creating a cache is a wise preparation. Natural and man-made disasters abound in our headlines, many of which can completely destroy valuable preps in a matter of seconds.

With proper techniques, equipment, and methods, practically any type of critical supplies can be safely stored in a manner that is nearly impervious to the elements. The largest single threat to any cache, however, is being discovered by other people. This guide will provide you with several methods, including disguise, diversion, and technology to defeat even the most sophisticated metal detectors, theft, or illegal seizure.

Author Joe Nobody is joined by T. Pike, USMC. During his two deployments in Afghanistan, Pike’s job with the Marines included searching for enemy caches. He found a lot of them, denying his foe important weapons, ammunition, and supplies. He also developed a unique level of expertise and experience that can now be leveraged by anyone who wishes to keep their personal assets out of harm’s way.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Oathkeeper
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

~~~~~~~~~~

   Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

Mountain House Sale

Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.


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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)?

I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Bug Out Bag – Get Home Bag Supplies
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepping for a Pandemic + Giveaway

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Prepping for a Pandemic | Backdoor Survival

Every few months or so, a new threat to our safety seems to emerge.  One month it might be a terrorist attack, three months later it might be a cyber attack on the grid, and then, out of nowhere, there will be the threat of a pandemic.

Trying to decide what to prepare for and how to prepare for it is a dilemma we all face.  We do the best we can, building up our knowledge and practicing day to day skills that will protect us if the worse should happen.

Prepping for a Pandemic | Backdoor Survival

Today I want to address the topic of building knowledge and embracing skills that will see us through a pandemic.  Who better to do that then Cat Ellis, author of Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak.

In this week’s Prepper Book Festival #11 entry, Cat sorts through various type of pandemics by assigning them a threat level. The highest, which she calls “Treat Level I”, are Influenza, Tuberculosis, and Staphylococcus Aureas.  Ugly stuff, indeed, but in my opinion, the pandemics sited Threat Levels II and III are equally bad, just less likely to occur.

In her book you will learn everything you need to know about various pandemics, as well as what you need to do to prepare in advance, then treat the symptoms of the pandemic with both a traditional and herbal medical response.  She even addresses what to do after a disaster to help mitigate and prevent the spread of disease – perhaps not a pandemic but risky to your health none-the-less.

Towards the end of the book you will find what Cat calls “Pandemic Preparation 201: Actionable Steps” as well as a robust listing of resources where you can delve into the topic of pandemics and herbal medicine in greater detail.

In Book Festival tradition, I have an all an all-new interview with Cat, plus three copies of Prepping for a Pandemic available in a giveaway.

An Interview with Cat Ellis, Author of Prepping for a Pandemic

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1) Plant identification. This will allow you to recognize both edible and medicinal plants, providing you both food and medicine no matter where you may be.

2) Water purification. Clean, safe water for consumption and sanitation is an absolute must. There are many different ways to go about this, so having a couple of methods up your sleeve is a good idea.

3) Fire-starting. Fire will allow you to stay warm and dry, boil water, cook food, deter pests, and sterilize metal tools, just to name a few handy, life-saving applications.

I have to give an honorable mention to self-defense skills. It was very difficult to leave that out.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

• Good sneakers and good boots
• Seeds
• Mason jars- as many as I can get
• A good knife

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

I don’t feel totally prepared.

Honestly, survival is not a lone wolf kind of thing. Chances of survival are better when there are others with which to share the chores and responsibilities. I don’t feel like we have enough of an established circle of trusted people for a mutual support group. Changing this is my next major preparedness goal.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My immediate family is very supportive. My husband will get right in there with me if we’re canning all day, pull weeds in the garden, help set up herbal tinctures, and whatever else I need.

However, by preference, he’s more the mechanical/builder type. He built our bug out cabin by hand, handles much of our auto repairs (good, barterable skill), and so on. He also keeps bees, which is a huge bonus to anyone who is prepping or making herbal medicines.

Our children are still elementary school age. We homeschool and include preparedness lessons into their education. They should know how to grow their own food, have some self-defense skills (karate), and they love going camping.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

This is a toss up between One Second After by William R Forstchen and The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

I am a confessed book addict and hoarder. This is one of those areas that my husband teases me all the time about, because there’s no way we can take my library with me. I may even start buying multiple copies of books just to keep a spare set at our cabin.

Since we may end up making some of our bug out trip on foot, and medical emergencies are always on my mind, those are the factors which I used to narrow down my choices. After grabbing my own two books, Prepper’s Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic, I would have to take:

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm, by Lewis Dartnell

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Care Handbook, by David Werner, Carol Thuman, and Jane Maxwell

Where There is No Dentist: Murray Dickson

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Lifesaving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation, by Anthonio Akkermans

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

This spring and summer 2016, I will be launching a number of online herbal and traditional skills courses, including herbal certification courses created with the unique concerns of preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders in mind. I’m almost done with the edits and look forward to bringing these courses live.

And for people who want a taste of what my courses are like, they should sign up for my website’s newsletter for my webinar announcements. These are generally 2 hour online trainings in herbal and preparedness topics.


The Giveaway

Cat has reserved three copies of Prepping for a Pandemic for this Book Festival Giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Knowing when and how to use nature’s remedies for various ailments is an important part of preparedness.  I currently take the lazy way out and purchase essential oils but that does not mean I do not continue to learn as much as I can about herbal remedies.  Nor does it mean I shun medical remedies

That is the beauty of books like these. Armed with knowledge, you can pick and choose what works best for you, your family, and circumstances of your illness.  But remember, regardless of your book knowledge, it means squat if you have not put it to practical use now, before your life depends upon it.

I hope you will take a few moments to enter this giveaway.  For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Emergency Food Buyers Guide 2016-02-26

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Spotlight:  Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak

Every year pandemics strike! And they can easily spread all over the world—overwhelming doctors and hospitals. Will you be ready when a deadly epidemic hits your town?Prepping for a Pandemic by Cat Ellis

Prepping for a Pandemic provides the vital information and life-saving steps needed before and after an outbreak, including:

•Outbreak Warning Signs
•Initial Symptoms
•Ease of Transmission
•Quarantine Protocol
•First Aid Skills
•Medical Treatment
•Future Threats
•Home Remedies

With detailed information on deadly diseases, tips on stockpiling supplies and plans for bugging out, this book offers everything required to keep you and your family safe.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Oathkeeper
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

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The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepare Your Family For Survival + Giveaway

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When it comes to being prepared, no one does it better than Linda Loosli.  I know.  I have been to her house, sampled her made-from-scratch cooking, and examined her gear.  Not only does she have two of everything, from what I call tell, she has three or four of everything, plus the skills to perform preparedness and survival tasks in multiple ways.

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Her book, Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation, was previously showcased before in the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.  In that article, I listed the ways, which, while written in my own words, coincided with the chapters in the book:

1.  Know how to purify, filter, and store water
2.  Keep your food storage simple, by storing simple foods, packaged for the long term
3.  Know how to cook food using alternative cooking devices and fuel
4.  Get a bead on emergency lighting and have lots of backups
5.  Be familiar with basic first aid procedures and stock a robust first aid kit with supplies that you know how to use
6.  Practice good hygiene both for yourself and your home
7.  Develop methods for doing laundry when water is scarce and the grid is down
8.  Be part of a larger, like-minded community
9.  Hope you will not need it but have a fully stocked Bug Out Bag
10.  Gather essential documents (and precious photos) then make copies for safekeeping
11.  Assess your risks then prepared an evacuation plan; know when it will be time to leave and be ready to go both physically and mentally

In addition, you may have noticed that in the weekly Survival Buzz, I post some of Linda’s tips, directly from the book.

With that introduction, today I share an interview with Linda.  In addition, I have five copies of her book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Linda Loosli, Author of Prepare Your Family For Survival

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

I have always felt it is important for each family to learn how to be self-sufficient. It seems so many people think the government will take care of them in every disaster situation. We’ve learned that the government’s resources are limited and it may take days or weeks for them to respond to a particular location’s needs.

The book outlines various situations we may find ourselves in that require us to survive based on how we’ve stored food and water and have the personal resources at hand to deal with cooking, heating, first aid, sanitation and other key aspects of daily life we take for granted that are turned upside down when disaster strikes.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Besides my own life experiences, I have tried to observe the experiences of others and how people and groups dealt with survival issues. I’ve decided to put my thoughts and observations to use through my blog, Food Storage Moms, so people everywhere can learn ways to be better prepared.

As part of the blog exercise I’ve had many vendors of storage and emergency preparedness products approach me to test and write about my experience with the products. I always try out things before I ever write how they work or whether I would recommend them.

Much of what I have in the book could be termed as “back to basics” approaches to survival, like cooking from scratch, learning to cook homemade bread, having multiple sources for heat, light, cooking, etc. Finally, I’ve stressed the need to have water for so many reasons and outlined how best to meet your needs within a budget.

How long did it take to write?

I was approached by Page Street Publishing in October 2014 about possibly writing a book about food storage and emergency preparedness. We discussed the opportunity for a couple of months and I signed my contract in mid-December 2014. I was asked to complete the table of contents and the first chapter by February 1, 2015 and to have the full manuscript completed by the end of March 2015.

It was an exciting and challenging time as I tried to put my thoughts, experiences and heart into the project. I was helped and encouraged along the way by my husband Mark and a number of others affiliated with Page Street. They are great people who had a lot of confidence in me and my message.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

As with everything new, we often are intimidated by the thought of starting a food storage and emergency preparedness effort. My philosophy has always been to start small and learn as you go. Some people want to go out and purchase a pallet of prepared food stuffs and call it good.

If you take the time to really evaluate what your family typically eats each week and then plan your storage item purchases around that analysis you will be way ahead of most people. Think, then act and you’ll save a lot of time and money. Get the whole family involved so they fully understand the “why” and not just the “how”.

Since we all have different financial resources the ability to purchase and store could amount to one can a week, or multiple cases. Your emergency needs for a Florida location will certainly be different when it comes to heating, but should be the same for cooking and lighting. We all have similar needs for food and water, we all just need the spark to get us started on the journey.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was born in California but lived most of my early life in Las Vegas. I moved to Salt Lake City after high school and that is where I met and married my dear husband, Mark. We started our family right away and before we knew it there were four beautiful daughters sharing the house.

Both Mark and I have a banking background. He branched out into equipment leasing and I started my own mortgage company, employing all the girls at one time or another. I think it was at this time that I saw families struggling to make ends meet with the ultimate dream of owning a home. Many had health, job, finances and other challenges that made them, and me, better understand the need to be prepared for the unexpected.

We now have 17 grandchildren and love seeing them grow and accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions. We enjoy traveling to visit and help out whenever we can.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I have really tried to walk the talk. Our home is full of food storage, we have barrels of water in the garage and on the side of the house. I store water in solid containers under beds. Our garage has shelving full of first aid items, cooking utensils, fuel (propane is stored outside), blankets and so much more so we can honestly say we are prepared.

As we age the need to be better prepared for health challenges and the financial strain of healthcare has really come into focus. We are trying to continue our efforts to be financially ready for the future and what is dealt to us. We also make a concerted effort to rotate our food and use what we have so it stays fresh and isn’t wasted. We have set goals to help our family, friends and neighbors also be better prepared.

My goal, though somewhat pie in the sky, is to educate the world so everyone is prepared for the unexpected. This book is my most ambitious effort to meet that goal.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

I’d set a goal to evaluate our family’s eating habits and then try to purchase one can at a time of what I know the family will eat. I would add another can and then another can until I had at least a week’s worth of food then I would strive for a month or longer.

I’d then set out to buy our first water storage container(s) so we have enough water for the bare necessities, particularly to cook with. I’d then set a goal to get some alternative lighting sources and cooking equipment with the appropriate fuel. I’d also start gathering extra blankets, hats and gloves so we can stay warm. If we had the space, I’d also plan to try my hand at a small garden. I’d also start learning ways to properly clean our clothes with limited resources.

Remember, start small, learn as you go and then expand your horizons as you learn and have the finances to support your goals. You can do it, I promise.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

It’s interesting to see what is portrayed in the disaster movies. They show individuals and families going to shelters for food and a place to sleep.

Think about it.  During Katrina in New Orleans hundreds of families ended up in the huge sports facility and there wasn’t room for all who wanted shelter. FEMA ended up delivering hundreds of trailers for families to use, but most still needed food provided by outside sources. It became a worse disaster than it needed to be due to the small percentage of people who had thought ahead and prepared.

Most disaster movies depict earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, etc., In our country each year more people are affected by snow and ice storms like we’ve seen recently in the northeast, wind storms that bring down trees and disrupt power availability, and floods that wipeout whole communities as the water make its course to the ocean, covering hundreds of miles and leaving helpless people in its wake.

Also, people don’t always understand or appreciate the devastation from job loss due to cut backs, accident, health issues or suicide. In every case, families need to have some back up plans to carry them through the tough times.

If you want a more accurate depiction of what to expect in an emergency check out various History, The Weather Channel or National Geographic documentaries available on your TV.

Do you have plans for another book?

There are two things I’ve been thinking about.

The first would be a recipe book. I know, there are hundreds of those available. I would try to make mine unique by stressing the need to get back to basics and learn to cook and generally prepare meals by using not only the things in your storage pantry, but natural foods from your garden or the local farmer’s market. I would hope to be able to teach people, particularly young mothers how to use more fresh fruits and vegetables, grind wheat and make homemade bread and other flour based food products. Teach them how to make their own yeast and use it instead of the artificial brands we buy at the store.

I also want to pull from my archive that 52 week outline I put together showing how over a year’s time you can put together the food storage and emergency preparedness items needed to be the most self-sufficient you can be.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

It’s all discussed above to some degree, but the readers need to understand that unexpected things come into everyone’s life. Those that are planning and thinking ahead are the ones that truly survive with the least amount of emotional, physical, and spiritual scars from those events. We can all do it, and it helps to work together to make sure we each are the best prepared we can be. May God bless everyone to be prepared now…..not next month.


The Giveaway

Linda has reserved 5 copies of Prepare Your Family for Survival for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

The giveaway question this week is a good one:  What would you like to learn to cook from food storage?  Seems like a good question to ask Linda, the Food Storage Mom!

And just for kicks, here is a photo of the two of us taken last September.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Parents care about keeping their families safe, hydrated, fed, and healthy on a daily basis; yet, every year families face unforeseen situations that threaten those necessities. It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard, or a man-made emergency situation like a power outage or food shortage.

Is your family prepared?  Learn the basics of water and food storage―where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation―as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. Readers also get helpful guides to follow once their family is in an emergency, like how to stay clean with a limited water supply, how to cook with emergency cooking devices, and how to survive in the dark.

Linda Loosli is the founder of the prepping blog, Food Storage Moms. She is an expert on emergency preparedness. With this book in you possession, you will sleep soundly at night knowing that you family won’t be caught unprepared for the next emergency.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Oathkeeper
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)
Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

This month they feature a number of power related products at a deep discount.  In addition, many of their #10 tins of Mountain House meals are being offered at a discount.  One of my favorites is Lasagna with Meat Sauce now on sale for $23.99 which is 33% off.  For those of you that prefer individual items rather than kits, Mountain House is my #1 choice in food storage.

Emergency Essentials carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials


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The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
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Survival And Preparedness Books For The Bookshelf

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The general interest in Survival & Preparedness has been growing, especially during recent years, perhaps due to an instinctive response from our inner-selves alerting us to the systemic risks and dangers that we’re facing in today’s modern world – urging us to take action, to ‘get ready’… With that said, there have been lots and […]

Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020 + Giveaway

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One of the pleasures of being an author and blogger is that you become acquainted with a wide range of people and personalities.  During that process, sometimes you happen upon someone who is wonderfully helpful and seems like an all-around nice person.

A couple of years ago I met such a person, JD Dutra, the developer of the hugely popular Conflicted Card Game series.  Although we only touched base occasionally, I found JD to be responsive and always willing to help with whatever I was doing to spread the word about Conflicted.

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It gives me great pleasure to lead the newest prepper book festival with JD’s novel, Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller.  I recently settled down to start reading Dark Ages and was hooked from the get go.  My imagination has always been drawn to plausible conspiracies and Dark Ages promises not to disappoint.

Today I share an interview with JD, plus I have three print copies up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with JD Dutra, Author of Dark Ages 2020

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s about how a secret society brings modern civilization into another Dark Age, through a man-made pandemic; and about the lives of 5 people who are unprepared for it.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I researched several different conspiracies theories, but the most interesting ones were about the Bohemian Grove, and about the elongated skulls with no match to human DNA found anywhere in the world.

How long did it take to write?

It took me 6 months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

That the world we live in is fragile and full of illusions.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was born and raised in Brazil, but I chose to become an American a few years ago. I live in California with my wife and 3 children, and I enjoy reading, shooting and developing more material for both my novels and for Conflicted: The Survival Card Game.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

The financial collapse of our civilization and the world war 3 that will follow.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Read good books on preparedness.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

A hard one, but I do think that the 3rd World War will be nuclear, so The Road would be a scenario many people who survived the attacks would face.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I have plans for more books in these series and others! Including some non-post-apocalyptic books focused on American and Latin American politics.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes of all time – “We will be the same person in 5 years that we are today except for 2 things: the people we meet and the book we read” ― Charles Jones


The Giveaway

JD has reserved three copies of Dark Ages 2020 for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

I would like to say a few words about Conflicted, the Survival Card Game.  The way the game works is that there is a set of cards, each describing a survival scenario following the collapse of society.  The point is to open up a discussion of how best to deal with the situation by coming up with workable strategies.

In this week’s giveaway, I pose a question asking what scenarios would you like help with. What scenarios would you like to discuss as a group?  I am fascinated by the prospect, and for that reason, hope you will enter the giveaway and record your entry in the comments.  Who knows?  Perhaps I can convince JD to create a Backdoor Survival deck of Conflicted playing cards!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.  There is truly something for everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller

The Dark Ages ended when the Black Death pandemic decimated over 60% of the European population. Millions of sudden deaths, created an immediate surplus of goods and lands, which catapulted that part of the world into a new age of rebirth: The Renaissance.

The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror, weaved by this powerful global elite.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller (print)
Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller (Kindle)
Oathkeeper
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)
Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
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Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive

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It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the books that have been selected to participate in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #11.  This time around I have both fiction and non-fiction, from new authors as well as old favorites.  It is a fantastic line-up with something for everyone and I hope that you find something that is both interesting and educational.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing author interviews as well as book giveaways – lots and lots of giveaways.  The authors and their publishers have been very generous and so I do hope you will support them by taking a moment or two to enter the giveaways and take a chance on winning some free books!

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But first, for those of you that are unfamiliar with book festival format, what is a “Prepper Book Festival”?

What Is A Prepper Book Festival?

Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festivals are a showcase of some of the best books and authors in the survival, preparedness, and self-reliance niche. The way Book Festivals work is that once a week I feature book giveaways coupled with exclusive, one on one author interviews.

To enter each book giveaway, I ask what I hope to be a thought-provoking  question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article.  I have been told that many readers are more interested in the answers to the questions themselves than the book.  I very much applaud that because to be honest, learning from each other is how we will move forward and prevail during these uncertain times.

Just so you know,  I typically provide a way to make multiple giveaway entries so you will want to watch for those bonus opportunities.  Many of these bonus opportunities involve social media so if you already like Backdoor Survival on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest or Twitter, you basically have some free entries coming.  Subscribers (don’t worry, that is also free) also get an extra entry that is worth multiple points.

Winners of the book giveaways are selected at random and the winning book is sent out directly by the author or the publisher.  The winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate is selected.  You snooze, you lose.

Now that you know how it works, let’s get started.  Here is the list of BDS Prepper Book Festival 11books and their descriptions.

2016 Prepper Book Festival #11

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them

America’s inability to foresee the September 11, 2001 attacks was deemed a collective “failure of imagination.”  Our political leaders and intelligence professionals failed to anticipate the wide-ranging and unorthodox threats to the nation’s security.

Nearly a decade and a half later, imaginations in Washington D.C. are still failing.  Despite assurances from our leaders that America is safer today than it was before 9/11, the truth is, we are still vulnerable.

Congressman Michael McCaul has spent years in Washington watching the Obama administration ignore or dangerously underestimate the most pressing threats to the country.  In Failures of Imagination, the sitting chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who receives daily intelligence about threats materializing against America, depicts in real time the hazards that are closer than we realize.

From cyber-warriors who can cripple the Eastern seaboard to radicalized Americans in league with Islamic jihadists to invisible biological warfare, many of the most pressing dangers are the ones we’ve heard about the least—and are doing the least about.

Failures of Imagination offers a call to action for Americans to address these very real and present dangers, and the need for the White House—whoever its occupant will be—to combat them with the seriousness and urgency they require.

This is an important book.

Author: Michael McCaul

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Parents care about keeping their families safe, hydrated, fed, and healthy on a daily basis; yet, every year families face unforeseen situations that threaten those necessities. It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard, or a man-made emergency situation like a power outage or food shortage.

Is your family prepared?  Learn the basics of water and food storage―where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation―as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. Readers also get helpful guides to follow once their family is in an emergency, like how to stay clean with a limited water supply, how to cook with emergency cooking devices, and how to survive in the dark.

Linda Loosli is the founder of the blog, Food Storage Moms. She is an expert on emergency preparedness and regularly teaches preparedness classes in her local community.

Author: Linda Loosli (who is also my good friend!)

Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak

Every year pandemics strike! And they can easily spread all over the world—overwhelming doctors and hospitals. Will you be ready when a deadly epidemic hits your town?

Prepping for a Pandemic provides the vital information and life-saving steps needed before and after an outbreak, including:

•Outbreak Warning Signs
•Initial Symptoms
•Ease of Transmission
•Quarantine Protocol
•First Aid Skills
•Medical Treatment
•Future Threats
•Home Remedies

With detailed information on deadly diseases, tips on stockpiling supplies and plans for bugging out, this book offers everything required to keep you and your family safe.

Author: Cat Ellis

The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear

There are a variety of circumstances where creating a cache is a wise preparation. Natural and man-made disasters abound in our headlines, many of which can completely destroy valuable preps in a matter of seconds.

With proper techniques, equipment, and methods, practically any type of critical supplies can be safely stored in a manner that is nearly impervious to the elements. The largest single threat to any cache, however, is being discovered by other people. This guide will provide you with several methods, including disguise, diversion, and technology to defeat even the most sophisticated metal detectors, theft, or illegal seizure.

Author Joe Nobody is joined by T. Pike, USMC. During his two deployments in Afghanistan, Pike’s job with the Marines included searching for enemy caches. He found a lot of them, denying his foe important weapons, ammunition, and supplies. He also developed a unique level of expertise and experience that can now be leveraged by anyone who wishes to keep their personal assets out of harm’s way.

Author: Joe Nobody and T. Pike

Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded.  Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this in-depth guide, you learn the best tips, tricks and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail.

This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down, including the best types of radio for every disaster scenario from HAM radios (used by most search and rescue groups) to walkie talkies (small and easy to use, ideal for children).

And, since survival communication goes beyond the short term, there are also instructions for longer term solutions like hand cranked or solar powered batteries.  This is the ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling and utilizing life-saving emergency communication systems.

Author:  Jim Cobb (who is a friend of Backdoor Survival and is back for his 7th Book Festival)

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller

The Dark Ages ended when the Black Death pandemic decimated over 60% of the European population. Millions of sudden deaths, created an immediate surplus of goods and lands, which catapulted that part of the world into a new age of rebirth: The Renaissance.

The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror, weaved by this powerful global elite.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

Author: JD Dutra (who is also the creator of the Conflicted card game series)

Oathkeeper

Until recent times, Calumet County had never been known as a place of killing and violence.  That said, a peaceful valley in the mountains of Colorado becomes a battleground pitting the federal government against a rural sheriff’s department.

Beleaguered Sheriff Bear Ellison finds himself outnumbered, over-matched, and increasingly isolated as he is forced to decide between risking his life protecting a local hero, or reneging on his oath and handing him over to federal prosecutors.

Author: Troy Grice

Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas. Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?”

Author: Kyle Pratt (one of my favorite post-apocalyptic authors!)

Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)

James Wesley, Rawles latest book is a bold piece of speculative fiction that posits the establishment of a Christian nation of refuge, in response to the establishment of a global Islamic Caliphate in the near future.

Launched by a pair of free-thinking venture capitalists and an Israeli art dealer, the fictional Ilemi Republic is carved out of a disputed border region between Kenya and South Sudan, with the consent of the governments of these two neighboring nations.

The fledgling republic is a nation of firsts:

  • The first nation as a dedicated place of refuge for Christians and Messianic Jews
  • The first nation with absolutely no taxes or levies of any kind
  • The first nation with no licenses or permits
  • The first nation with minimalist government
  • The first nation to reject fiat currency and establish a tri-metallic currency (gold, silver, and platinum)
  • The first nation to have a self-policing citizenry with a citizen’s militia–and hence no standing army and no police force
  • The first nation with a near absolute right to keep and bear arms, where only weapons of mass destruction are restricted from private ownership
  • The first nation without a parliament or congress, where all decisions are made by public referendum.

Wow!

Author: James Wesley Rawles


The Final Word

From where I am sitting, this has to be one of the most eclectic Prepper Book Festivals yet.  I love that the topics include material for both newbie and advanced preppers with something of interest for almost everyone.  Plus, as with all Backdoor Survival Book Festivals, Prepper Book Festival 11 represents the best of the best in terms of new releases from both new and established authors.

That being said, I would like to extend a big thank you to the individual authors and their publishers for submitting their books for consideration, and also for providing copies to award in the upcoming book giveaways.

It is my hope that you will learn lessons in self-reliance and survival from each of these books, including the books of fiction.  In the coming weeks you have a chance to meet the authors, learn about their books, and get a peek into their own preparedness efforts.  As I mentioned at the start, if a book sounds interesting, please support the authors by entering the giveaway, purchasing their book, posting a review on Amazon, or suggesting the title to your local library so others can learn from them as well.

Now, as always, the real work begins.  Which book am I going to read and review first?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 11.

Non-Fiction

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

Fiction:

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Oathkeeper
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)
Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)

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10 Must Read Survival Fiction Books

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Must Read Survival Fiction Books

Now this list is in no particular order, but all of these are fantastic reads. All of them will certainly get your mind working, when it comes to what would happen if SHTF…

1. One Second After – William R. Forstchen

This book follows John, a retired Army Colonel and history professor, during the aftermath of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). Extremely well written, Forstchen touches on some very real problems one would face during such an event. This book was so well received and thought provoking that it was actually referred to, during a meeting with congress, about the threat of an EMP attack on the United States.

2. The Stand – Stephen King

The master of horror does his take on the apocalypse in the form of a Super-flu. The story follows several survivors as they journey across a landscape ravaged by a weaponized strain of influenza. It gives a frightening look at life where 99% of the population is dead and the rest are left to fend for themselves. Anyone that is interested in survival and the apocalypse, would certainly want to check this one out.

3. Going Home (The Survivalist Series) – A. American

Going Home is book one in what’s called The Survivalist Series. A family man named Morgan, breaks down over 200 miles from home, during which the country’s power grid completely crashes. Being a survivalist, Morgan straps on his emergency pack and starts the journey home. Written by a prepper, for preppers, this book(and the rest in the series) will certainly grab ahold of you and leave you wanting more.

4. Dark Ages:2020 – JD Dutra

What if a secret society was responsible for the Black Death plague of the 14th century? What if it was a plan to wipe out the majority of the population, so that a new era could be born, resulting in The Renaissance? Now imagine if that secret society planned to do it again in the year 2020. JD Dutra has written an excellent story that makes your mind wander, and makes you look at survival from a whole different view. With relatable characters, and a story some may see as not far from non-fiction, this is a great read for any prepper.

5. Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

A comet slams into Earth resulting in catastrophic natural disasters, the beginning of a new Ice Age, and the end of civilization. Written in the late 70’s, this is a disaster novel that still holds it’s own today. The world is thrown in complete disarray, leading to political issues that change mankind forever. Some very violent and unsettling topics are touched upon, which in the world that’s left over, not much more is to be expected.

6. 299 Days: The Preparation – Glen Tate

This is a real-world story of a man making the transition from another sheep of society, to a prepared individual with his eyes open to what’s going on in the world around him. This is another first in a series, but this one in particular resonates very well with any people new to prepping. Take the title literally, this book is all about a man’s journey into becoming prepared for a post-collapse scenario. It touches on some very real hurdles one faces with their family, friends, and jobs, when it comes to a prepping lifestyle.

7. Under The Dome – Stephen King

Life in Chester’s Mill is pretty normal until all of a sudden an invisible force surrounds the town in a huge dome. Closing the citizens off from the outside world, the town’s people must work together to figure out what exactly is going on. Without knowing how long they will be trapped inside the dome, eventually egos start to clash, supplies starts to dwindle, and people start acting strange. This story does a great job in showing how people can go from friendly neighbor, to someone you need to keep your eye on, in an instant. When you’re trapped with nowhere to go, you’re forced to confront your issues head on.

8. Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank

Written in 1959, this book tells the story of a threat we face even today: nuclear war. A Soviet missile strike tears across the U.S., but a central Florida town is spared for the most part. Survivors band together to try and rebuild a community, and fight back against bandits. An eye-opening look at the struggle society would face, in trying to come back from an event of that nature. Another classic tale, and one that shouldn’t be missed.

9.  The Road – Cormac McCarthy

This tells the story of a man and his son and their journey of survival. An extremely bleak look into a post-collapse world, McCarthy does a great job of setting the pace and environment for a grueling tale of life on the road. Faced with starvation, lack of water, and blood thirsty cannibals, this father/son duo trek south in order to survive the coming winter. This is one that stays with you for a while after you finish reading.

10.  Earth Abides – George R. Stewart

Isherwood Williams becomes ill and begins to fall in and out of consciousness. He wakes up to find that most of the population has died, due to the same disease that had him down. He goes on a cross country journey scavenging for supplies and other survivors. Once back in his California home, he decides he must attempt to rebuild society. This is a great look at what happens when someone takes the initiative to rebuild, and the consequences that come along with that daunting task.

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A Good Book Review

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Enforcing Home – Another Excellent Chapter in the Survivalist Series

I have wrote before about how well written and realistic A. American’s Survivalist series was and the latest, book #6 called “Enforcing Home” is no exception. This latest book continues to find Morgan, his military partners improving their situation while faced with threats from armed bandits and the Department of Homeland Security.

While survivalist books by A. American, Joe Nobody, James Wesley Rawles and others are novels since the collapse hasn’t happened yet,…..yet,…..you can still learn something. You can see problem sets and ask yourself how you would solve it, what decision you would make. Another way to learn are the survival tips that the authors spread among the story line.

Without giving too much up for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, I had five major takeaways from a learning or reinforcement stand point:

Growing food occupied all the characters and/or their separate survival groups. The most successful people in the story line was a couple who had a collapse preexisting green hose and were adept at growing much of their own food supply. S o in a perfect world the survivalist would have a green house, possibly some cleared land for a spring-summer garden, a good supply of non-hybrid seeds, a water source and the skill to grow vegetables.

Feed chickens was the second point. In the story Morgan’s group had chickens which gave them a healthy supply of eggs. A way to feed those chickens was described where a bucket with holes was hung up above the chicken coop and a dead animal carcass was put into the bucket. Flies would leave their eggs in the carcass and when they would hatch the maggots would fall out the bottom of buckets onto the ground for the chickens to eat. I never heard of that before.

Preserving eggs. Something I have heard before and reinforced in memory was the technique of coating eggs with mineral oil to preserve them. Having a supply of mineral oil on hand for other things is smart as well. Treats constipation, can be used for burning in oil lamp, even lubing weapons in a pinch.

Prepared for contact with disease ridden people. This is something I had wrote about before, about having personal protection gear and a plan on how to approach, handle or interface with people possibly infected with bad communicable diseases. In that perfect world again, a smart and well prepared survivalist would have a stockpile of antibiotics to treat some of treatable diseases, the knowledge of treatment plans, a stock of personal protective gear, and a plan on what to do with diseased infected suspected contacts or people that have been exposed within your own group.

If you are a prepper and have not yet read the Home novels from A. American (the “A” stands for Angry by the way) then you can pick up series through Amazon.

Prepper Book Festival 10: Emergency Evacuations + Giveaway

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It seems appropriate that the final book in Prepper Book Festival 10 is one that is written by one of the most loved bloggers in the preparedness niche, Lisa Bedford.

Her newest book, Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! is the first book in her “Survival Mom’s No Worries Guide” series.  It is a compilation of information, tips, and checklists that will set you planning in advance for a potential evacuation and let’s face it, you do need to be ready for that possibility.

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What I like about this book is that it is concise and to the point.  It is written in a conversational manner as though Lisa and you are having a nice little chat over a cup of coffee.  I also found some unexpected humor that made me smile (“Your getaway vehicle: not just for bank robbers!”)

Although written for Moms, the book goes far beyond evacuating with kiddos.  There are all-important sections that cover all aspects of evacuating, including a chapter describing what you may or may not find when you return home.  There are case study examples and lots of lists that you can use to prepare yourself for an evacuation at a moment’s notice.

Today I share an interview with Lisa plus, I have one copy of the print book and five eBooks up for grabs in a book festival giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Lisa Bedford, Author of Emergency Evacuations.

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

In my first book I covered so many different topics related to survival and preparedness, but while I was writing it, I knew I could have delved much deeper into numerous sub-topics if I had the time.

Well, now I have the time and chose to focus specifically on emergency evacuations – when, where, how, etc. – because it’s a very scary experience and the actual process deserves more attention, especially for everyday households and not necessarily the hardcore prepper or survivalist.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I’ve written numerous articles related to evacuations on my blog and have personally experienced one myself. However, I wanted to include a few first-person stories and sought out women with those stories to tell. I also didn’t want my book to be just a rehash of everything else that has been written on the subject and that led to some brainstorming sessions with my assistant and a couple of women who write for my blog as well as searching the internet for creative twists.

As I wrote, I wanted to be as inclusive as possible and decided to write a section about evacuating with a special needs loved ones. One of my good friends, Lorraine, has a sister with Down syndrome, so we talked about her family’s plan for bugging out. I was so impressed by the fact that they had come up with a plan on their own that was respectful of this handicapped woman but also very effective.

How long did it take to write?

The outline was finished in the spring of 2015 but I wasn’t able to really dig into the main research and writing until mid-summer. It was completed in September, but since it’s self-published and I’d never gone through this process before, there was a bit of a learning curve involved before it was actually published this month.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Don’t procrastinate when it comes to being prepared. All the steps that I outline in my book are simple measures one can do at any time. It doesn’t take a lot of time to pack a child’s emergency kit or train family members where to meet up or ask a school teacher about their emergency policies.

However, wait just one moment too long to do those things and your future, as well as that of your loved ones, will be far more uncertain and, perhaps, even dangerous.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I come to the survival and prepper world not as a master of bushcraft or a former Special Ops member but as a mom who wants her family to be safe. My kids are now both teenagers and are quite survival-minded themselves, but when I first launched into the world of survival, they were only 7 and 9. I homeschool both of them – always have.

My professional background is in teaching, training, and sales, and each of these former professions has helped me a great deal to develop The Survival Mom as a resource of reliable and motivating information. We live in Texas, about 90 minutes out of Houston and have 2 dogs and 4 cats.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

This is a great question but with an answer that keeps changing! It’s kind of like Lucy moving the goal post every time Charlie Brown kicks!

Initially, I was highly concerned about the state of our economy and fully expected a collapse or something close to it. It made sense to stock up on food, become more financially stable, and take all the other precautions that good preppers know to take!

While our economy is by no means hale and hearty, I’m now just as concerned about the overall state of our nation. I fully expect to see an increase in terrorist attacks, and, as the world stage heats up, possibly a war that will hit very close to home. I see a population that has grown increasingly fragmented, which means that fellow Americans will likely not step up to support each other as they did back in the days of the Great Depression and World War II, and leaders who are too blinded by political correctness and their own greed to make decisions that could turn around this sad condition of our country.

Normally I’m a pretty positive person, always looking ahead to the next sunrise. Now, I truly fear for my children’s and grandchildren’s futures. We continue with food storage, learning practical skills and gaining knowledge in the areas of survival and self-reliance, we make smart financial decisions – none of that will be wasted, no matter what happens.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Awareness. Open your eyes to the reality around you and become educated about current events that affect you, whether you realize it or not.

Preparedness isn’t just about having a lot of food and gear. It’s also knowing what priorities to set and how to put to use what you have – both materials goods as well as skills and knowledge. It all starts with awareness first.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I think most books in this genre offer a realistic glimpse of the future but I don’t think that any one of them has it nailed down. There are just too many variables and, of course, it would be impossible to include all of them in a single book or movie!

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, and I’m very excited about this! I have an entire series of books called Survival Mom’s No Worries Guides, and hope to publish 2 or 3 each year for the next couple of years. Currently in the hopper, I have The 52 Weeks Savings Plan Handbook and 101 Best Survival Mom Tips. They will be shorter books, in the 110-130 page range, and available on Amazon and Kindle.

I have a longer book that is about 60% finished, One Second After the Lights Go Out, and it is a very practical manual for survival if/when the power grid fails, for whatever reason.

There are a lot of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which detail the causes of a power grid failure and give an idea of what life would be like, but in my research I discovered quite a few issues that I’ve never read about anywhere else. For example, once a city’s sewage system no longer has an incoming source of power, whatever is in your home’s pipes will stay there.

Yep – clean water as well as raw sewage, which will begin backing up! I’ve interviewed people who work at power plants and municipal water systems to get practical answers for problems we can’t even begin to imagine, because a long-term power failure has never happened before.

I’m hoping to publish this book with a traditional publisher, and turn over to them the processes of editing, proofreading, page design, etc., but we’ll see.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Stay focused on doing the best where you are, with what you have. Don’t become discouraged by anyone who tells you it’s too late to prepare or that you must spend money you don’t have. Take it one day at a time, and remember that being a survivor has more to do with your mental state than it does with accumulating a lot of stuff.


The Giveaway

Lisa has reserved one copy of the print version and five copies of the eBook version of Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Being prepared for an evacuation is something we all need to do.  I know you are thinking that you will be hunkering down to shelter in place but what if your house is on fire? Or what if there is a major wildfire headed your way?  Stuff happens and you need to be ready.

Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! is a book that will help you prepare for such an event.  It will take you through the steps of packing up, establishing a safe route (in advance), and preparing yourself mentally for leaving your home.

This is a book for everyone’s library.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast!

Fact: Under great stress, the human brain triggers an alarm that causes many to freeze in their tracks, not exactly the smartest move when flood waters are rising or when flames fill your home!

Getting away from a dangerous situation fast is key to survival but without a plan in place, one that triggers an effective and automatic response, your survival is debatable.

You need a system you can rely on during those initial, panic-filled moments when your safety depends on getting out fast.

This book is just the guide you need for helping to insure that each loved one (pets included) and your most important belongings make it to safety.

In this book you’ll learn:

  • What to put in your family emergency kit
  • How to pack an emergency kit for babies, pets, and even elderly loved ones
  • What documents are most important to have on hand
  • How to plan the best routes to safety
  • Unusual, safe destinations when you don’t know where else to go

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Complete Survival Shelters Handbook + Giveaway

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Water, food, fire, and shelter are considered the four basic human necessities.  Bloggers tend to focus on the first three because they are easy to research, test, and write about.  But what about shelter?  As much as we all hope we can hunker down in place following a disaster or disruptive event, the truth of the matter is that there may be a time when you have to flee and find shelter elsewhere.

In a worse case scenario (including but not limited to Camp FEMA), would you know how to build a shelter that will keep you warm and safe until danger passes?  After all, lack of shelter can kill you in days, and sometimes hours.

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With that introduction, I would like to present the next book in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.  Written by wilderness expert, journalist, and author Anthonio Akkermans, The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook is a gem.  It takes you through building various types of shelters starting with the most primitive hand built shelters to tents and other modern store-bought shelters.

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This is all great stuff but the highlight is the hundreds of photographs that allow you to follow along and really learn as you go.  There is something for everyone, regardless of climate or geographical locale.

Today I share an interview with Anthonio Akkermans, the author The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook.  In addition, I have three copies of his book up for grabs in the latest Prepper Book Festival giveaway..

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Anthonio Akkermans Author of The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s a book about shelter, starting with clothes and sleeping gear, journeying through so-called “primitive” hand-built all-natural shelters and home-build projects such as the Mongolian Gher/Yurt.  It finishes with modern shelter equipment such as hiking tents, hammock “tents” and family sized bell-tents.

It also deals with improving comfort, such as the correct use of emergency blankets, improving your campfire and building your own mattresses.

Shelter comes first in order of priority on anyone’s list of survival priorities, whether they be out for a long camping trip or surviving natural or man-made disasters.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Actually, very little as a direct consequence of writing this book. I write the way I teach. I only teach subjects I am intimately familiar with and have mastered through experience. Without this mastery, a book might lack depth or miss important points that a more experienced person would have learned through trial and error.

On the other hand, I have spent most of my life learning skills and knowledge from others who went before me, whether it’s through their books, courses or personal interaction. As such, the process which led to this book started with learning what others had to teach, internalizing the knowledge, mastering the skills, adding knowledge gained through experience of every-day use of the skills, learning some more from others, and so on.

I have no doubt that if I were to write a future edition of the same book, it would be even richer and deeper.

How long did it take to write?

It didn’t take too long to write. I find it hard to give an exact figure, because I didn’t sit down behind my computer and get up three weeks later with a finished manuscript. instead, it was an hour here or there over the space of a few months.

While the writing was easy and fast, the photographs were not. The book contains hundreds of step-by-step photographs that had to show the step accurately in a way that would show the reader clearly what was intended.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

The message I keep coming back to is that these skills have to be learned through practice. Sure, a lot of knowledge can be gained by reading books such as these, but that knowledge will not be enough when it really matters.

People will have to go out and practice the skills they read about. They need to internalize them, master them and make them their own. This applies even more so when the skills are needed during times of immense pressure and stress.

It’s all great building that shelter on a sunny day, but how about that car crash during a blizzard with night fast approaching?

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I started on this path when, as a young teenager, I met a man who taught me through his school and encouraged me to teach the skills on through a youth group. Years later, as a young adult, I moved to Northern Ireland, where I started my own school.

In the years since that first youth group, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the world, teaching primitive skills and learning more skills myself in the process. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to experience searing deserts, damp rainforest and the freezing sub-arctic regions and see the skills work there.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

It sounds a bit cliché, but a person tries to prepare for everything and nothing at the same time.

I am fortunate to live in a country that has very little exposure to adverse natural disaster. And though there are still lingering consequences of the so-called “Troubles”, Northern Ireland is a very safe place to live.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could go wrong in the outdoors?

Into the Wild” is a fair account of the type of incident that is most likely to befall the unprepared traveler or survivalist. It’s the small things that we would be most at risk of.

I mean, the chances of being in a plane crash in a big wilderness are remote, whereas small mistakes made during a normal outing are much more likely.

In the story, the mistake is eating non-edible berries (a lack of knowledge). It could be something else such as spraining an ankle, losing a piece of equipment, breaking down in a vehicle, misjudging the incoming tide or similar that presages disaster.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yup.  I’m working hard on a book about fire with the same concept of starting simple and primitive and journeying to modern equipment, taking in the making of wood-burning stoves, pit-fires and similar.  I am also working on a book about hunting tools, beginning with traps and knapped tools through to bow & arrow as well as rifles etc.

Again, a journey from old to modern and everything in between.


The Giveaway

Anthonio and his publisher, Ulysses Press, have reserved three copies of The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

My hope is that the most complicated homemade shelter you will ever need is one to protect you from a sudden rain squall.  The space blanket in your kit will serve you well in that regard.

On the other hand, the time may come when you need a more substantial shelter.  This book will teach you about all types of outdoor shelters, regardless of climate or wilderness situation. This is a fantastic book to include in your survival library!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation

You can survive a couple of weeks without food and a few days without water, but in some cases, you would be lucky to survive one night without shelter.

With structures ideally suited for any weather condition, this book presents emergency shelter designs built from a variety of elements, including 100 percent gathered items, a combination of natural and store-bought supplies, and even durable construction materials.

The author offers helpful tips and techniques for mastering your shelter-building skills, as well as tutorials on how to make basic tools, bedding, mattresses and other items to increase shelter comfort.

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, this all-encompassing primer teaches you how to construct a variety of lifesaving shelters, including:

Rock Shelter
Debris Hut
Lean-To
Bent Sapling Shelter
Snow Cave
Subterranean Shelter
Scandinavian Lavvu
Ger/Yurt
Basha/Tarp Shelter

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the book mentioned by today’s author.

Into the Wild:  In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the WildAlso on DVD.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Their prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.  This month they are featuring a #10 tin of Mountain House® Ground Beef for $37.99, a discount of 37%.

Emergency Essentials also carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide + Giveaway

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There is a rule of thumb in survival and preparedness circles.  That rule is that when a disruptive event is eminent, people sit up and take notice.  Readership on related websites and blogs explodes, and food, water, and equipment flies off both the online and off-line the shelves.

We saw this with Fukushima and again in 2014 with the Ebola epidemic.  We are also seeing a bit of that right now, with the wild fluctuations in stock markets around the globe.

Pandemic Preparedness Guide | Backdoor Survival

Whereas the next book up in Prepper Book Festival 10, is titled The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, the reality is that this book is a whole lot more.

It is a handbook of the precautions and preparations you need to put in place to ensure your health and survival in the even of either a medical and non-medical disruptive event.  These are situations where for one reason or another, normal life as we know it stops, and a new reality begins.  Whether permanent or temporary, these disruptions cause us to turn to our preps (knowledge, skills, and stuff) in order to make it through, one day at a time.

Trust me.  This is not a book about sickroom supplies although that is covered as well.

With that introduction, today I share an interview with Ken McClelland, the author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide.  In addition, I have a copy of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kenneth R. McClelland, Author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book speaks about various viruses, from the cold and the flu, to the Ebola virus, and explains what makes a virus become a pandemic.

It also guides the reader through what they can do in advance of a pandemic, and even during one, to help keep them and their loved ones safe. Near the end I offer ideas on home remedies, and offer suggestions on what items I believe will be essential for safety and survival.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The research into the medical aspect of viruses and also the study of past pandemics, was extensive and at times overwhelming. Additionally, a lot of care was given to prepping as we know it today, and also to what potential government responses we might expect should such an event occur.

How long did it take to write?

This book and the research involved in writing it, was spread out over perhaps ten years time. In other words, this was not a hastily written book meant to garner sales in response to the recent Ebola virus for example.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

I would hope that your readers realize that they should be prepared for a loss of conditions; whether that arrives as a pandemic, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an EMP, or perhaps even a job loss. I would also hope that they would realize that prepping in advance will ease their stress and anxiety about such possibilities.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a government employee, a family man, and a Christian who enjoys writing, among other things. I’ve come to realize that knowledge is power, and the more you have of it the less you’ll need to rely upon others, and the less concerned you’ll be about where you’ll fit into the future.

Like the GI Joe cartoon used to say: “Knowing is half the battle.”

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Living in central Florida as I do, we’ve always felt the need to be prepared for hurricanes, which works out great when you go to the store and order a case of soup.

But my greatest concerns are not hurricanes, but more related to viral pandemics; economic collapse; or a loss of the grid for any reason – which will completely change our world in a matter of seconds.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

I would start accumulating knowledge; whether that’s through books, the internet, or with the help of experienced Preppers. Decide what’s most important to you and focus your early preps towards covering those bases, and by all means band together with like minded people you already know and trust.

Consider garage sales and flea markets as resources for acquiring things like solar panels, manual kitchen tools, food-grade water barrels, oil lamps, etc.. Consider splitting into teams and make it like a scavenger hunt.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

That’s a tough call, but the movie Contagion is the first that comes to mind.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes I do. It’s actually finished, and keeping with the virus theme, the book is an historical fiction novel called “The Pandemic Report” which takes place during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

I’m amazed at how many people have never heard of this event (including myself), and yet that bird flu virus swept across the globe and took with it the lives of up to 100 million people in less than two year’s time. While the book is completed, it still needs editing.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I think it’s great that through The Backdoor Survival Book Festival, you’re able to help so many people find the resources to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by gaining the knowledge and skills that will help them to be more independent, self sufficient, and more confident.

While the term Prepper may be a misunderstood term to some, a Prepper; a prepared person, is simply anyone who has a plan – while an unprepared person is someone who will realize too late that the cavalry is not going to be coming in at the last minute to save or feed them, should the worst happen to the world around us.


The Giveaway

Ken has reserved a copy of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

The historical perspective offered in Ken’s book brought home the need be prepared for the lawlessness that will ensue when the desperate and unprepared descend upon us following a pandemic.  He uses some examples; examples I had not previously known about.  This is eye opening stuff when brought within the context of a pandemic.

This is a book you will want to read if, for nothing else, to be come more educated and more knowledgeable about pandemics past and future.  I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own for free.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This comprehensive book will provide you with a better understanding of Flu and Ebola viruses, what a pandemic is, and what things will look like when it begins.

In the words of one reviewer:

“As a professor at medical school, and author of three prepper medical books, I found the medical information presented in this work to be remarkably accurate. That’s quite a feat for someone who hasn’t been indoctrinated into the rigid confines of medicine. But that shouldn’t have surprised me, because the author writes very, very well.

Much of his book addresses the potential consequences of global diseases, and how one might reconcile difficult choices that must be made during disasters… from a Christian point of view. Another large portion deals with a subject on many people’s minds these days. Namely, what does it mean to be a Patriot in America today, when the people of this great nation no longer trust their government, and find conspiracy in every direction they look. And that’s why I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I didn’t agree with everything, but I certainly respected his well written arguments and points of view.”

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Shop the Emergency Essentials Daily & Monthly Sales for Fantastic Deals!

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

Their prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.  This month they are featuring a #10 tin of Mountain House® Ground Beef for $37.99, a discount of 37%.

Emergency Essentials also carries a wide variety of equipment and supplies – all at competitive prices.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset + Giveaway

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Playful Preparedness Survival Mindset | Backdoor Survial

A couple of months ago when Tim Young approached me about his book Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children-For Life, I withheld judgment because historically, Backdoor Survival readers did not seem to be interested in children’s books.  I did want to keep and open mind however and when my review copy of the book arrived, I knew we had a major score on our hands.

So what is this book about?  It is a well written handbook of 26 fun and engaging games to be played with your children.  The reality, however, is that in my opinion these games can also be played with other adults.  With names such as “I-Spy”, “Picnic Attack” and “Lost In Space”, who can resist?

Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset | Backdoor Survival

Each game is designed to teach preparedness skills, situational awareness, and survival mindset.  The “Picnic Attack” game, as an example, is a spur of the moment picnic designed to simulate an evacuation. It requires a bug out bag, a picnic spot, and some survival food. During the course of the game, you will leave home, go to the designated spot, eat the food.  During the process, you go through the items in the B.O.B. and either use them, test them, or discuss their purpose.

See what I mean?  Adults can have fun doing this as well, and this is just one example of many.

In addition to Playful Preparedness Tim also shared his eBook The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters.  This is a companion book in that it too teaches situational awareness, this time focusing on adults.  All told, both are excellent additions to Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

Last week Tim answered his initial round of interview questions in Prepper Book Festival 10: Start Prepping!  He is back again today for a second interview plus to giveaway a copy of both Playful Preparedness and The Survival Mindset.

Enjoy the encore interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Tim Young, Author of Playful Preparedness and The Survival Mindset

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

The answer depends on what the survival situation is, of course. But in general, I’d say it’s critical to have:

1. The ability to source and purify water;

2. The ability to source natural food (foraging, gardening fishing, hunting); and,

3. The ability to protect yourself, which means shelter as well as personal security.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Yes—but.

We feel totally prepared in terms of all that’s important to live—sourcing food, water, shelter, knowing how to hunt, grow and preserve. The ability to barter and defend and so on. However, our biggest weakness, like that of many I suppose, is in the area of catastrophic or emergency medical care. Sure, we make our own medicines and have QuickClots, Israeli Bandages and all that, but that’s not the same as having the know how for emergency surgery and stored antibiotics.

For that reason among others, I hope we keep the system alive and well.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

It’s something my wife and I are equally committed to and passionate about. It’s so second nature to us that we really don’t even think about it any more. The notion of prepping is something that non-preppers or new preppers think about—once you get immersed in it, it just becomes a way of life.

Our extended family is like pretty much everyone else; relatively unprepared. We’ve had some success influencing them but honestly don’t try that hard. Prepping via preaching often backfires, so we just try to lead by example.

What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

The Road. I’m sure many of your readers have seen the movie, which is great, but it doesn’t convey the same poetry as Cormac McCarthy’s words do.

What about your survival favorite movie?

Contagion. It’s entertaining, plausible and realistically frightening.


The Giveaway

Author Tim Young has reserved a copy of Playful Preparedness (print version) and The Survival Mindset (eBook version) for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Who would have thought that playing games would teach so much about situational awareness?

These games are not fear-mongering or doomer-porn, but rather fun activities that adults can play with their families or amongst each other.  I personally think they would be a gentle introduction to prepping for those that are reluctant or fearful of getting started.

The trend toward learning to prep by playing games is a good one and I hope to see more of the same going forward.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness So You Can Survive Any Disaster

You don’t like to think about it, but deep down you know it can happen. Disaster can strike without warning, leaving your family without water, food, or electricity, and without medical or police support. How will you survive when that happens? How will you protect your family from threats of violence?

Buying insurance, writing wills, getting our teeth cleaned, and saving for retirement are just a few of the precautions we routinely take to mitigate risks, but most people fail to prepare for what’s most important.

They fail to prepare for their own survival.
With 91% of Americans living in places at a moderate-to-high risk of disasters and with all of us dependent on a very fragile life-support system, it’s time for you to take preparedness seriously.

When you read this book you will

  • understand the 27 disasters you’re likely to face why some people perish when others don’t, and you’ll know how to ensure your family survives.
  • master situational awareness and the survival mindset you need to avoid becoming a victim of violence.
  • know when to stay, when to bug out, and how to implement an evacuation plan.
  • learn the best non-firearm options for self-defense.
  • discover the best ways to generate electricity, store water and food, and handle sanitation and medical care on your own.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the book mentioned by today’s author.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy:  A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. If you have not read the book (or seen the movie) please do.  Highly recommended!

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Start Prepping! + Giveaway

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Start Prepping Get Prepared For Life | Backdoor Survival

With the dawn of the new year less than a week away, many prepper types, both new and experienced, are revisiting their to-do lists and setting some new goals.  What better way to start setting those goals than to get out your stack of preparedness books to review for things you missed the first time through?

Of course you can also pick up a new book to gain a all-new perspective on preparedness.  That is what I am doing.

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With that introduction, I would like to introduce you to “Start Prepping!!: Get Prepared for Life” by Tim Young.  This book is the latest entry in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare and let me tell you, it is a great book!

As Tim states from the get go, this book will teach you that preparedness is about much more
than having stuff. It is about having skills and, most important, embracing the survival mindset.

Something else he does is let us know from the get go that this book is about short term prepping which he defines as one month.  I really like that he sets this expectation, and even better, lives up to it with a 10 step plan that includes detailed checkpoints so you can track your progress along the way.  This is my kind of book.

In usual book festival fashion, today I share an interview with Tim, plus I have a copy of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Tim Young Author of Smart Prepping!

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book is called Start Prepping!, Get Prepared—For Life!. The title pretty much sums up the aim of the book, which is to encourage people to start prepping.

The subtitle is “A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness So You Can Survive Any Disaster” and the book follows the path in this illustration: The 10-Step Plan to Preparedness.

Prior to dealing with the first priority on the path, water, I devoted a chapter to the 27 personal and societal risks in my order from most likely to least likely. And while EMP is on the list, it isn’t number one—or even in the top 10.

Also, in addition to providing specific guidance for each step on the path, the book includes a number of preparedness challenges to help readers put into practice what they learn, as well as templates for evacuation and communications.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Much of the content is second nature to me since I live and embrace what I wrote about, but there were areas I had to research to make sure I conveyed the best advice possible.

In particular, I went to great lengths to vet out information on water purification as it relates to using water from swimming pools, waterbeds and so on. Many preppers champion using calcium hypochlorite for water purification, and I do too. But there are some deadly consequences of mishandling calcium hypochlorite. I cited two examples in the book and just wanted folks to be aware, since I rarely see those dangers mentioned.

There are a lot of books in the market on prepping. Why did you feel another was necessary?

You’re absolutely correct that there are a number of excellent books available on the subject of preparedness. However, thanks to shows like Doomsday Preppers and countless failed predictions/prophecies on the part of extremists, the concept of prepping is not taken seriously by mainstream Americans.

Where I felt there was a need was with a book that reached out to those who have yet to embrace prepping, but to do so without any of the doomsday rhetoric we so often hear in the prepping community. In other words, I didn’t want to scare folks by saying that an EMP, super-volcano or some other event that they’ve never heard of might happen, but rather wanted to show them how preparing was something humans have always done.

To convey that message, a good portion of the book delves into normalcy bias, situational awareness and the survival mindset. The more readers understand the potential devastating impact of likely disasters (job loss, house fire, natural disaster, assault) the more likely they are to take the first step into prepping.

So the message I hope that readers take is that being prepared is as sensible as carrying a spare tire in a vehicle.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a recovering corporate type, having spent a good part of my life on an airplane and running businesses. My wife and I bought a run-down 126-acre property about a decade ago and turned it into a grass-based livestock farm and artisan cheese making business.

As time went on we found our passion was in the area of homesteading and self-sufficiency rather than commercial farming, so now we’re living the life we want; rural, isolated and taking care of most of our needs.

Part of living a self-sufficient life is producing your own income, as I described in the book How to Make Money Homesteading, so I generate income through writing. My website is www.selfsufficientman.com

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

In our case we’re just preparing for life since preparing for a single event is a mistake, in my opinion.

If you can move to the country like we did then prepping is pretty simple—in concept. Most of what we focus on is developing and refining skills rather than storing more stuff. So we grow and make our own soaps, lotions, medicines, meats, dairy, cheeses, veggies…all the stuff we NEED to get by. We have large, stocked ponds, a septic tank, good hunting and plenty of potable water.

However, more people each day live in tightly packed urban areas, so everything I just mentioned isn’t possible for them. That’s the group I wrote Start Prepping! for.

Whether they read my book or one of the other excellent titles available, I’m worried about that group of people and hope they start taking preparedness seriously. When disaster strikes, it’ll be too late.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Well—you caught me. In the last chapter of Start Prepping! I included a 10-Step Quick Start Guide for those who didn’t have the patience to follow all the advice in the book, but had some money to “buy” some preparedness. The list was in priority order so I’ll have to honor what I wrote. Here’s what I said for #1: Water

Now, I’d approach water in two phases. 1) I’d put aside 15 gallons of water per person in my family. That’s enough for two weeks. 2) I’d purchase a portable water filter so that I could purify water from any source in case I had to bug out.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I’m afraid that I believe both Contagion & CyberStorm are fairly plausible. Contagion is a very entertaining film that we watch regularly, and CyberStorm is an engaging read. Both make me very, very happy that we left the rat race and moved to the country.

Do you have plans for another book?

Of course. I’m taking a break from nonfiction and completing a novel, which will be finished later this fall. The one-sentence summary is: In a digital world where cash is banned and life-support systems depend solely on technology, a mother fights to survive after a weaponized virus crashes the system and reveals society’s thin veneer.

I’m having a great time writing it—but it’s a scary concept.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Yes. If you haven’t begun yet, start prepping. Today. If you have already begun, become a big brother or sister and recruit a non-prepper into the world of preparedness.

I describe ways to do that in a non-doomsday manner in the section on prepper groups in Start Prepping! but I’m sure your readers will know the approach that’s best for them.

Let’s take prepping mainstream. After all, no one makes fun when we tell the Boy Scouts to “Be Prepared,” and nor should they.


The Giveaway

Tim has reserved a copy of Start Prepping! for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

In reading this book, one of the most important takeaways for me, as an experienced prepper, is that the new generation of prepper books is far more focused on risk analysis and personal goal-setting that the “do this first, then do that” books of four or five years ago.  That means that even though a particular book is written for the beginner, it brings value to the seasoned prepper as well.

As an example, in this book the chapter on personal security and survival mindset drills down to the core instincts we must examine and hone in order to survive.  Earlier books rarely delved into this topic with much more than a paragraph or two.  (Note:  Tim also gets into this topic in a later book, The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters, coming up in the book festival next month.)

In closing, I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win your own copy of Tim Young’s Start Prepping!  Like I said, it is a good one.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight: START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness So You Can Survive Any Disaster

You don’t like to think about it, but deep down you know it can happen. Disaster can strike without warning, leaving your family without water, food, or electricity, and without medical or police support. How will you survive when that happens? How will you protect your family from threats of violence?

Buying insurance, writing wills, getting our teeth cleaned, and saving for retirement are just a few of the precautions we routinely take to mitigate risks, but most people fail to prepare for what’s most important.

They fail to prepare for their own survival.
With 91% of Americans living in places at a moderate-to-high risk of disasters and with all of us dependent on a very fragile life-support system, it’s time for you to take preparedness seriously.

When you read this book you will

  • understand the 27 disasters you’re likely to face why some people perish when others don’t, and you’ll know how to ensure your family survives.
  • master situational awareness and the survival mindset you need to avoid becoming a victim of violence.
  • know when to stay, when to bug out, and how to implement an evacuation plan.
  • learn the best non-firearm options for self-defense.
  • discover the best ways to generate electricity, store water and food, and handle sanitation and medical care on your own.

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

Contagion (The Movie) and CyberStorm (The Book):  I can especially recommend CyberStorm.  I listened to the audiobook version on the trip south to Arizona and could not help but agree with the plausibility that something like this could happen, especially given the woefully inadequate backup plans in place by our government.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith + Giveaway

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Timing wise, right now nothing is closer to the hearts of most prepper’s than ensuring their safety when confronted by an attacker.  That is why I am happy to introduce you to the two newest books in Steve Markwith’s Survival Gun Series:  Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles.  Both books are part of Steve’s excellent Survival Gun Series and to my mind, some of the best books out there for learning what to buy, why to buy, and how to use and maintain a particular firearm.

Today, as part of Prepper Book Festival 10, I share an all-new interview with Steve.  In addition I have copies of both books available in a giveaway for one lucky reader.

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Before we start, however, I do want to say a word about airguns since you may be wondering about the role they play in your preps.  First and foremost, I have learned from Air Rifles that an air gun is not the wimpy BB guns we all had when we are kids.  These days they are quite sophisticated and can be used for shooting practice in your own backyard, usually without the burden of government regulation (but always check first to be certain).

They are quiet and the “ammo” is cheap.  Not only that, if TSHTF, they are perfect for the clandestine hunting of small game that can be used as a food source.

Rimfire Rifles, on the other hand, are generally accepted as a prep-worthy firearm and need little justification.  They are great for foraging and with the proper cartridges, can be used for self-defense.  I should mention, by the way, that all of Steve’s books, including this one, are written with defense and subsistence in mind.  They are written with preppers in mind.

With that introduction, enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Steve Markwith Author of Rimfile Rifles and Air Rifles:

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

I’d say:

#1: Defensive capability (including skills!).

#2: Survival skills and equipment sufficient to “live off the land” in challenging conditions.

#3: All-weather mobility coordinated to rally-points, independent of cellular and satellite technologies.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

A list is individual, based on items already on hand, but geared towards the above three skills. That said, commodities serving as universal currency could easily include food, fuel, and ammunition!

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Very few of us are “totally prepared”. Count me among them.

Residing in a rural area, I’d prefer to stay in place. Fuel (gas) is a concern.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Very little, although my military family is self-sufficient and can build, repair, hunt, fish, etc.

What is your favorite survival favorite movie?

Maybe “Red Dawn”.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Besides the four books in print, look for two more firearms publications. All are slanted towards Prepper capabilities.

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The Giveaway

Steve and his publisher, Prepper Press, have reserved a copy of both books for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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The Final Word

It goes without saying that for many, firearms play an important role in their family preparations.  Something that gets lost in firearms debate, however, is the need for small caliber guns that can be used for a variety of purposes, not the least of which is foraging for small fowl and game.

I can not begin to tell you how much I have learned from Steve’s books.  They are well written, easy to read, and useful for both the novice (me) and the experienced (Shelly aka the Survival Husband).

I urge you to enter the giveaway to win a copy of both books for free!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight #1:  Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)

Air-powered guns offer many useful possibilities for informed shooters.

First, we can mail-order both airguns and their ammunition, which don’t fall under the jurisdiction of BATF (check your local regulations). Airguns also tend to be quiet – a useful advantage if low-impact hunting is necessary. The right choice will have adequate power for small game, and possibly even deer.

From here it gets better since uninformed people will lump them all together as simple BB guns. In fact, airguns still maintain social acceptance not only domestically, but also around the globe. As a result, sophisticated designs have evolved with outstanding performance. Some are even sold in head-turning calibers like 9mm, .45, or .50-caliber! On a smaller and more affordable scale, we can also improve our all-around shooting skills while having some low-cost fun.

Since an understanding of the various power-plants is essential, this thorough and complete guide will provide the necessary information for its purchase and use.

Spotlight #2: Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)

This book is devoted to a whole series of useful firearms, beginning with the well-known .22 Long Rifle.

The venerable “twenty-two” hosts a wide array of interesting loads, including some ultra-quiet choices and fairly nasty high-speed rounds. Even hotter rimfire calibers include the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, plus three small-bore derivatives: the .17 Mach II, .17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum, and Winchester’s high velocity .17 Super Magnum.

Careful shopping can provide us with a useful rimfire (or maybe even two) with which to quietly harvest small game or eliminate pests. An economical .22 LR firearm can also serve as a great high-powered rifle trainer if similar function is considered. In a pinch, it might even work for self-defense.

The rimfires can’t do everything, but they can do a lot once fully understood. One trait is easy to overlook until you start shooting. They’re lots of fun! This book will lead the way from beginning to end.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

 Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series) + Giveaway

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The author of this next book needs little introduction since he has been a contributor to the Prepper Book Festivals almost since the beginning.

Ron Brown, author of Kerosene Pressure Lanterns is once again sharing his wisdom relative to non-electric lighting sources.  This particular book covers a wide range of topics relative to pressure lamps: theory, Coleman’s, Petromax (as a type and as a brand), safety, and, just to keep things interesting, the Aladdin Lamp which is not a pressure lamp at all but it does burn kerosene!

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Is your head spinning yet?  If it is, or you just want to learn more, read the interview with Ron then enter the giveaway to win one of five copies that are up for grabs in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare!

Special note:  Even if you are not interested in Kerosene Pressure Lanterns, be sure to read the interview.  Ron shares some very wise prepping wisdom.  Very wise, indeed.

An Interview with Ron Brown, Author of Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why?

My natural inclination is to bug in, to hunker down in-place. That’s where my supplies are, where my friends are, where I feel the most secure.

On the other hand, last spring we almost had to evacuate the house because of flooding. The car was packed. I sat up with a 1000-lumen flashlight most of the night watching the water rise in the back field. It was a close call.

So I guess the best advice is simply, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” There are any number of reasons why a person may be forced to get outta Dodge.

Even though I don’t want to leave, I do feel the need to prep for that eventuality. In our garage, therefore, lined up against the wall, are boxes that can be tossed in the car on a moment’s notice. Food, clothes, blankets, gear. Plus enough gasoline to top off the tank. Plus a road atlas. You do remember them, right? Maps printed on paper? From olden times? Before GPS?

The stockpile in the garage does not include drinking water because, in New York State, it would freeze in the winter. So in the basement are some cartons of store-bought drinking water in sealed bottles. They’re not touched for day-to-day use.

We have a fireproof, waterproof mini safe in which we keep important papers (e.g. passports), cash, and an external hard drive for computer backup. The safe and the water are the only things we must get from inside the house. All else sets beside the car, ready to go 24×7. (Medicine is equally important but is a case-by-case individual affair.)

Having bug-out preps in place gives me some peace of mind but really, in my heart of hearts, I want to bug in, not out. THIS is where I have land and tools and a garden spot prepared. A solid house with a good roof. This is where I could, if push came to shove, live a sustainable, independent, secure life for many years. This is home.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

Comfort food, you say. Hmm. Chocolate, whiskey, and a stack of Playboy magazines. I mean, what else is there?

No doubt I just now revealed great cultural sensitivity and depth of character, eh?

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

This is a powerful question. Survivalist articles all seem to be written from a macho-man point of view. But how about the kid in the wheelchair? The blind grandfather? The pregnant wife in her last trimester? They deserve to live, no?

There’s an old pro-camouflage adage to the effect that, “They can’t shoot you if they can’t see you.” Fair point.

Many moons ago, attending college, I had a room off-campus. Each day I walked past a Mama-Papa grocery story on the corner. An old man, living upstairs over the store, was robbed of his coin collection.

I thought of it every time I walked past the store. I realized it had to be an inside job. The only person who could steal those coins was someone who knew the coins existed. There’s a message in there for anyone who boasts about their preps to family and friends.

“Loose lips sink ships.”

For the people who promote guns, please note that one discharge of a firearm will change your life forever (as well as the lives of your entire family).

No matter who’s right or who’s wrong, pull the trigger just once and it is you who will end up in court; you who will end up in police custody. It doesn’t require a thousand rounds of ammo to put you in hot water. One warning shot aimed at the sky can start you down a very slippery slope. Just sayin’.

But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Don’t put yourself in a compromising situation (like walking the streets on the wrong side of town at 3:00 AM). Don’t present yourself as a tempting target, a victim waiting to happen. Take some self-defense or karate classes. Have a dog. Or the tape recording of a dog barking? Install a surveillance camera. Or a fake surveillance camera?

If yours is the only house in the neighborhood with bars on the windows, you’ll come across as paranoid. Or, perhaps, ‘What treasure do they have stashed in there that needs all that protection?’ In that case the bars become bait, not protection. On the other hand, if yours is the only house on the street WITHOUT bars on the windows, you come across as stupid, easy pickin’s.

Join a neighborhood watch group. Or any group. Rod-and-gun club, square dance club, church group. Friends look out for each other. Be kind to people, generous. Share with others. Take care of your neighbors. In return, they’ll look out for you. Repeat after me: “You’re only as strong as your friends are.” Again: “You’re only as strong as your friends are.”

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

Survival books and blogs and on-line forums are chockablock full of bogus information. On Amazon, a reader of one of my books commented, “Good but save a penny and Google it instead . . . Nothing you can’t find online, my suggestion is skip it and search YouTube and wiki DIY.”

And he’s right. Unfortunately, every bit of good information on Google or YouTube comes sandwiched with ten bits of bad information. And how do you sort out the pepper from the fly specks? Crunch time is NOT the time to discover your Coleman doesn’t run on kerosene as you always believed.

How about this one? In 2014, I wrote a series of propane articles for Backdoor Survival that replaced an earlier series. One of the reader’s comments from the preceding series was that, on one-pound propane cylinders (the kind used on camping lanterns), the wraparound paper label should be removed else moisture would be trapped beneath the paper and promote rusting.

Sounded like a good tip. Logical. Believable. And false.

I went to work in Canada for a couple of years and stored half a dozen propane one-pounders in a tin shed behind my house for the duration. When I returned from Canada, the shoulders on the propane cylinders were all rusted, all corroded. But UNDER the paper label, both paint and metal were perfect. Perfect. What part of ‘armchair science’ don’t you understand?

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Survival books are compiled by copyists. Nobody has enough time for first-hand research on everything – growing food and measuring radiation and childbirth. Not to mention butchering, first aid, cabin construction, cooking recipes, ammo reloading, sewing, auto repair, shortwave radio, home canning, and ice fishing.

So well-intended people copy over what other well-intended people copied over before them. And some of it is wrong. But after enough trips through the Xerox machine, bad information morphs into accepted fact.

How are my books different? I do my homework. At least I try.

Galen Lehman has expressed an interest in stocking my books. Galen is President of Lehman’s, the online (and offline) catalog store. In a recent email (introducing me as well as handing me off to one of his buyers) Galen said, “Ron Brown publishes a series of books on non-electric lighting.  They are technically astute, very readable and well-written. I would like to see them on our website . . . No one has written anything as in-depth as he has.” [https://www.lehmans.com/ ]

Hey! Outa sight. He did my bragging for me.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

Don’t have one. The things we really need to fear never appear on those shows. Do you know someone who is bi-polar? Or schizophrenic? They make pretty scary roommates. A few days after TSHTF and the meds run out . . . and you have to ride the elevator with one of those guys . . . Katy, bar the door.

Survivalist movies show vegetable gardens with chickens scratching in the dirt. Picturesque for sure. But there won’t be any chickens.

We’ve done our level best to remove ‘broodiness’ from poultry. It takes three weeks for mama hen to hatch out a chick from an egg. What a waste. She could have laid 21 eggs in those 21 days. For the past hundred years we’ve employed electric heaters for hatching and carefully selected the next generation of hens from those who never wanted to set on a nest anyway.

So when TSHTF, no electricity equals no chicks. No longer will the Delmarva Peninsula (where Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia come together near Chesapeake Bay) produce a billion pounds of chicken meat a year.

Well, it’s not a billion pounds. That was a few years ago. It’s a lot more than that today. BTW, did you ever see a cooking recipe that called for eggs? There ain’t gonna be no eggs. Maybe you can substitute applesauce.

And . . . are your shots up to date? Are you prepared for cholera, rabies, and typhoid fever? Don’t break your eyeglasses. Don’t run out of toothache drops. There will always be unwanted babies and abortions. Always. And what butcher will perform that procedure, pray tell?

You will for sure find yourself out in the vegetable garden for hours at a time, a place wherein you’ve never lingered before. Or standing on the squishy edge of a pond, trying to get some water in your bucket or attempting to catch a fish. But you won’t be alone. You’ll have swarms of mosquitos for company. At that point, what will you be willing to pay for some REALLY GOOD bug spray? Not the cheap stuff on sale. Not the homemade stuff. Something that WORKS.

Did you ever see any of this is on TV or in the movies? Did you ever see bug spray on a list of 20 top barter items? I suspect there are preppers around who WANT the stuff to hit the fan. They’re tired of being underdog. They wanna be top dog for a change. And to them I say, “Be careful what you wish for. It ain’t gonna be like you see on TV.”

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

My first job out of college was for a man whose son was New York State spelling champ. The guy was hell on wheels for proper grammar and spelling. Later on I worked for a man who was equally compulsive about number accuracy. Turn in a report that didn’t add down and across properly and you could expect him to be standing by your desk, tapping his foot, when you returned from lunch.

I worked for each of these men several years. And I hated both of them. But they pounded skills into me, discipline into me, that has paid off again and again and again. So tough-love piece of advice #1: If you want to be a writer, learn the basics (verb tense, punctuation, spelling). Can you, at this very moment, name the parts of speech? That’s Eighth Grade stuff. If not, if you’re not willing to study and learn the fundamentals of English grammar, then you’re wasting your time.

#2. Join a writers club. There will be a lot of brain cells in that room. Shut up and listen. Don’t argue or run your mouth or make excuses. Shut. Up. And. Listen.

#3. Self-publish something on Kindle. It’s a great learning experience. And include an ‘active’ Table of Contents. That’s what allows the reader to navigate an eBook. Don’t know how to do it? Learn. If you don’t have an ‘active’ Table of Contents then your reader must navigate to a specific short story in the middle of the book via 350 individual page-clicks. That won’t give you many 5-star ratings on Amazon.

#4. Amazon owns both Kindle (eBooks) and CreateSpace (paperbacks). You can easily publish a book in both formats. Later, if something is wrong with the eBook, you can remove it. A few keystrokes and it’s gone. But the paperback you cannot kill. There will always be secondhand copies for sale (or there might be) and Amazon will not allow you to totally kill it EVER. Not today. Not next year. Not in this lifetime. Did you know that? Oopsie.

You’ve now written six books on emergency lighting in addition to the 2000-hour flashlight book. What got you started on this theme, this genre? And how long have you been at it? And how many more books will there be in The Non-Electric Lighting Series?

My interest began with the blackout of 2003 across the Northeast United States. I’d just started work in Toronto. The company put us up in a fancy apartment for a couple of months (maid service, pool, all that stuff) and two weeks later the lights went out. We were NOT prepared. Not in any way, shape, or form.

So when I retired in 2005, emergency lighting became a hobby. (That sounds better than obsession, eh?) That means I’ve been at it ten years. It seems like every closet and shelf in the basement is loaded with lamps and lanterns and candlesticks and flashlights. No. It doesn’t just “seem like.” Every closet and shelf in the basement truly IS loaded with lamps and lanterns and candlesticks and flashlights.

How many more lighting books? At least two. One on propane and one on alcohol-fueled mantle lamps. In World War II Europe there were many restrictions on petroleum fuels. As a consequence, farmers made what was essentially moonshine whiskey and used it as fuel in mantle lanterns. I want to revisit that technology and make sure it’s not forgotten.

On the Amazon listing for The NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight, one reader commented: “I live in South Florida and wish I had had this information when after Hurricane Wilma we were 3 weeks without electricity!”

Such a comment makes me feel both good and bad at the same time. Good because I know there’s a legitimate need for what I’m doing.

But also sad because I know that for every person I’ve helped there are a hundred or a thousand others stumbling around in the dark.

Wow. That’s an upbeat ending, yes?


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The Giveaway

Ron has reserved five copies of the print version of Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Before closing, in the foreword to Kerosene Pressure Lamps I wrote:

It has it dawned on me that what Ron Brown is doing throughout his entire Non-Electric Lighting Series is documenting knowledge from yesteryear that might otherwise be forgotten. To take things one step further, this is knowledge that may be needed down the road if our reliance on electricity becomes compromised. It could happen, you know.

For that reason, I think it would be wise to have this set of books tucked away in your reference library. One thing for certain is that they are priced right – even downright cheap. As I like to say, knowledge is power and the information in this book, as well as the others in the series, is powerful stuff.

Given the “not if, but when” likelihood of an EMP or cyber-attack on our power grid, it seems to prudent that we all learn as much as we can about non-electric lighting.  I am not saying it is going to happen but we could be in the dark for a long, long time.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric lights. And KEROSENE mantle lanterns have an advantage over lamps that use Coleman fuel. Kerosene is more generic, more widely available.

The book has four main sections:

(1) It describes six different Coleman models, old and new, made specifically for kerosene. Collectors’ items (expensive) and orphans (no spare parts) are ignored. The emphasis is on practical, day-to-day lighting.

(2) It gives the specifics on converting nine different Coleman gas lanterns to kerosene (what generator to use, etc.).

(3) It explains Petromax lanterns, a pre-World War II German design. World-wide, there are more Petromax lanterns (and Petromax clones) in existence than Coleman.

(4) And it explains Aladdin lamps, kerosene lamps that use a mantle but are not pressurized. Aladdins have been around over a hundred years and a new model is on the verge of being introduced – the first new model in 46 years!

And – oh yes! – this book names eleven different lantern models that, given the right generator-mantle combo, will burn diesel fuel. That alone is worth the price of admission!

If you picture yourself being forced to live off-grid for an extended period of time, then THIS is the book you need. You don’t have to cook supper or fix the car or deliver a baby by the light of a candle. You can have light equivalent to a 50 or 100 or 200 or 300-watt electric bulb. Pressurized kerosene lanterns come from another day and age but are known, established, reliable technology. This book is not artsy-fartsy. It’s nitty-gritty.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

The Non-Electric Lighting Series (6 Book Series): Get all six books in eBook format for less than $10.

The New 2000-Hour Flashlight: This is the book that started it all.  Only 99 cents and chock full of details AND photos to ensure your success at building a 2000 flashlight from an $6  lantern you get on Amazon or at your local hardware emporium.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

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When I meet someone for the first time and am asked “What is your blog about”, I always answer “Family Preparedness”.  This does two things.  First, if they are already prepper-centric, they will get it and start asking questions.  Second, if they don’t have a clue, they will look at me glassy-eyed and again, will start asking questions.

Do you get the main theme here?  Getting someone to ask questions about preparedness is the first step in helping someone embrace the preparedness lifestyle.  The next step is coming up with the answers.

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If you are long on questions but short on answers, help is on its way.

Prepare Your Family for Survival by Linda Loosli

For the past year, my friend, Linda Loosli at Food Storage Moms, has been working night and day on a major opus:  Prepare Your Family for Survival.  I have been following her progress in our weekly chats and was lucky enough to learn of the details early on.  I knew in my heart that this was going to be huge and it is.

Let me tell you why.

Linda, and her husband, Mark, live the preparedness lifestyle and have for years and years.  What she teaches in her community, writes about on her website, and describes in her book are facts and not supposition. She writes from first-hand experience and from knowing what works and what will fail.  When I say Prepare Your Family for Survival is an opus, it is because of that first hand knowledge.

Linda knows this material because she lives it, day in and day out, month after month, year after year.

Prepare Your Family for Survival is the consummate handbook of preparedness for folks like you and me who want to be ready.  Folks like you and me that want to be ready even if nothing happens.  For us, preparedness and prepping is our safety net that allows us to sleep at night knowing that we can take care of ourselves no matter what.

That is what this book is about.  Being ready.

11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

The best way to introduce you to Linda’s book is start out with a list of 11 ways to prepare your family for survival.

1.  Know how to purify, filter, and store water

2.  Keep your food storage simple, by storing simple foods, packaged for the long term

3.  Know how to cook food using alternative cooking devices and fuel

4.  Get a bead on emergency lighting and have lots of backups

5.  Be familiar with basic first aid procedures and stock a robust first aid kit with supplies that you know how to use

6.  Practice good hygiene both for yourself and your home

7.  Develop methods for doing laundry when water is scarce and the grid is down

8.  Be part of a larger, like-minded community

9.  Hope you will not need it but have a fully stocked Bug Out Bag

10.  Gather essential documents (and precious photos) then make copies for safekeeping

11.  Assess your risks then prepared an evacuation plan; know when it will be time to leave and be ready to go both physically and mentally

Although this list is in my words, it aptly describes each of the chapters in the book.  The book itself, of course, goes into a great amount of detail on each topic.  There are lots of useful checklists and call-outs highlighted in yellow so you can recognize the important stuff right off the bat.  In addition, for most topics there are multiple ways of doing something with pros, cons, and recommendations for helping you make the right choices given your circumstances.

Each chapter is organized logically and is easy to follow.  The style is friend to friend and you almost get a sense that Linda is talking to you directly.  Now that I think about it, perhaps she is.

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Prepare Your Family for Survival is chock full of fantastic illustrations.  What no one knows is that the source of many of these drawings are photographs of Linda’s own prepping supplies and gear. I know, because I saw them during my recent visit to her lovely home in Utah.

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Linda and Gaye – Two Common Sense Prepper Gals

I know something else.  Linda wrote this book to teach the world about preparedness.  She does not want anyone to suffer following a disaster or disruptive event and so, even after writing this book, she continues to go out into her community to teach preparedness to anyone that will listen.

The last thing I know is that like me, Linda’s goal is to help you prepare to meet your unique needs.  She is not going to tell you to purchase 1,000 pounds of wheat for each person in your household if you don’t have a clue regarding what to do with it (although her fantastic bread recipe is in the book).  Nor is she going to cite definitely what you need to fill your pantry so you have food for a year.

Instead, she takes a common sense approach giving you lists to use as a basic guideline so you can pick and choose what works for you. If this sounds familiar, it is.  I take the same approach.


The Final Word

Quite coincidentally, in the past few weeks, I have been asked numerous times for my recommendation of one or two must-have books for the preparedness library.  Today I will give you my answer.

One is Prepare Your Family for Survival by Linda Loosli and the other is The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joe and Amy Alton.  Linda’s book will help you get ready and the Alton’s book will give you tools and strategies for coping with medical emergencies. Although these two books serve very different purposes, they each with help you face a disruptive event head on.

In closing, let me remind you that when it comes to preparedness, one size does not fit all.  We all have unique needs and Prepare Your Family for Survival will guide you based upon those needs.  It is all up to you.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

In Prepare Your Family for Survival,  learn the basics of water and food storage – where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation – as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. This book includes numerous helpful guides to follow not only before an emergency, but during an emergency as well.

Written by my friend, Linda Loosli, from Food Storage Moms,  I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a well-written, common sense oriented approach to preparedness.

Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to some of my own, favorite preparedness items.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2 oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.  Also available here.

RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers.  Value priced at about $50.  For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. About $6 for 10.

No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes:  One wipe is more than enough for a complete “bath”.  These are a good backup when traditional showers are not available such as the week or weeks following a disaster.  Also good for the sick room as well as camping, boating, hiking and such.  Here is my review.

Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack.

Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder: Likewise, I feel that everyone should own a basic, 12” cast iron skillet.  In spite of the myth, they are easy to care for and over time, will become a family heirloom.  On grid or off grid, cooking with cast iron is the way to go.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Prepper’s Survival Hacks + Giveaway

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When it comes to books about survival and preparedness, one of the more prolific authors out there is my friend and blogging colleague, Jim Cobb.  I have all of his books and can attest to their integrity, readability, and usefulness.  Today, I am pleased to introduce you to his newest book, Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits.

Preppers Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb | Backdoor Survival

So what is this book about?  It is not so much an “about” book but rather a “to-do” book for do-it-yourselfers and MacGyver types.  Does that sound like you?

Want to make some fire-starters using empty egg cartons?  How about an inexpensive rocket stove fashioned from patio pavers?  These two projects are in the book along with 48 others.  What I like is that most are accompanied by photographs so you can not only read about the project, but follow along visually.

Why is that important? The photographs are visual proof that these projects are doable and not just the imagination of some anonymous eBook author on Amazon.  (Oops!  Did I really say that?)

In classic Prepper Book Festival tradition, I have an all-new interview with Jim as well as three copies of his book up for grabs in this week’s giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway and to read  an excerpt from Prepper’s Survival Hacks.

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Prepper’s Survival Hacks

This is your sixth Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival which speaks to your success as an author in the preparedness and survival niche. That being said, how do you differentiate this book from your previous books?

This book is all about the DIY end of preparedness. I believe that fostering skills like thinking outside the box and being creative are important ways to succeed when under pressure. Being able to improvise a solution when the “standard” isn’t available can be crucial.

Do you ever suffer “prepper burnout” and if so, how do you deal with it?

I think we all do from time to time. While preparedness is a way of life, it doesn’t need to be all-consuming. It is important to take breaks from time to time, to live your life. Go on vacation, just be practical and use some common sense to take reasonable precautions, that’s all.

What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges we face going forward?

As a society, we are growing ever more divisive. I don’t know if this is something that is being done intentionally or not but the fact is, we seem to be headed for some sort of conflict within our own borders.

In the days following 9/11, the American people were, for the first time in many years, allied as one against a common foe, though at the time I don’t think we truly understood completely what had happened. In the years since, we’ve lost that feeling entirely and it has become much more of a everyone is out for themselves mentality. Sad, really.

Two acronyms are bantered about among survival and prepper types. They are SHTF and BOB. How do you feel about these two terms and do you use them yourself?

I use BOB in my writing far more than I use SHTF. Honestly, I never really cared for the SHTF acronym. I never use either of them when giving classes and such.

What advice do you have for a young person in their 20s who has shown an interest in preparedness?

Start saving money now, putting a little aside every single time you get paid and never touching it. Far too many people never learn how to handle finances and that’s actually a crucial part of preparedness.

Start learning some basic skills, too, like scratch cooking and food preservation. Preparedness isn’t all about the sexy stuff like firearms and bushcraft. You have to know how to feed yourself, how to keep clean, how to pay your bills.

Tell me about your own website. Was is its focus and who is the target audience?

SurvivalWeekly.com was started about 6 years ago as an attempt to combat the large amount of false information that was, and is, going around online regarding disaster readiness.

The target audience has always been the average person who wants common sense and practical advice on how to be better prepared for whatever life decides to throw their way.

Can you drop some hints about your next book?

The next book will harken back to my first, Prepper’s Home Defense. It isn’t a new edition or anything, rather something like a spinoff, I guess you could say. I’m very much looking forward to writing it, just gotta get the current one done first, LOL!

Do you have some advice or a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Do something every single day that moves you forward, that moves you closer to your goals, whatever those goals may be.

Life is short, don’t waste it.


The Giveaway

Jim has reserved three copies of Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Excerpt: How to Build a DIY Solar Still

If Prepper’s Survival Hacks sound familiar, it is because back in September, in the article Emergency Water for Preppers Part 2: Purification, I included Jim’s instructions for building a solar still.  For your convenience, I am sharing these instructions below as well.   And just for the record, I agree with Jim!

I’m going to be flat-out honest with you. I don’t in any way, shape, or form endorse the use of a solar still for acquiring water in a survival situation. I’m including it here for two reasons.

1. In any survival manual, it is almost expected that the solar still be mentioned, and its absence in this book would be noticeable.

2. I wanted to include it specifically so I could talk a bit about why you shouldn’t rely upon it.

MATERIALS
Shovel
Bucket or clean container
Large plastic tarp
Large rocks or logs
Small rock

#1  On the surface, the solar still is a fairly straightforward project. Using your shovel, dig a hole a few feet deep. At the bottom of the hole, roughly in the center, place your bucket or other clean container. Next, stretch the plastic tarp across the top of the hole using the large rocks or logs to secure it in place. Finally, place a small rock at the center of the tarp, which weighs it down above your container.

#2  The idea is that the sun will heat up the inside of that hole, causing moisture from the ground to evaporate, then condense on the bottom of the plastic tarp. It will then run along the plastic to the point above the bucket, into which it will drip.

Here’s the thing. The amount of water you’ll gain through the use of the solar still is, quite literally, a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of energy you’ll expend by digging the hole and setting everything up.

Don’t believe me? Go ahead, set one up tomorrow and see how well it performs. If you get more than 2 cups of water, you’ll be doing fairly well.

The Final Word

Let me repeat the last words in Jim’s interview:  Life is short, don’t waste it. Those are sage words, which, after reading them, I had to write down on a large piece of paper and set next to my desk lest I forget.

These days, it is all too easy to get bogged down in the ritual of preparedness. Finding an outlet, whether in the form of DIY projects or some other hobby, is something we all need to do.  That, along with setting small, achievable goals, will bring a sense of focus and satisfaction to our lives.

As crazy and uncertain things are in our world, we can only do what we can do.  Find some pleasure in each day and then, with a sense of smug righteousness, be comfortable in the knowledge that have taken steps to prepare.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

When a catastrophic event strikes, you’ll need to rely on your skills and supplies to keep you alive. This book teaches you how to improvise solutions for the scarcities, deficiencies, and dangers that will arise in a worst-case scenario.

Prepper’s Survival Hacks offers a wide range of creative ideas for transforming cheap and widely available items into life-saving gear:

•Harvest water in a transpiration bag
•Catch food with a pocket fishing kit
•Cook using a handy hobo stove
•Craft quick fire starters in an egg carton
•Make a mini oil lamp using a mint tin
•Assemble a survival kit in a belt pouch

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

 Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
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Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life + Giveaway

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Recent world events dictate that we remain on high alert, whether attending a concert, traveling using public transportation, shopping at the mall, or even walking around our own neighborhoods.  If you are like me, you may already be thinking that you know enough about situational awareness to know when something bad is about to happen and, as I have suggested, escape or take cover.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg.  To really get a grasp on the skills you need to stay ahead of the bad guys, you are going to need expert safety, survival, escape and evasion tactics.  With that introduction, I am pleased to present the next book in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

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The book is Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life and oh my gosh, talk about 233 pages of information we need to know now!  This is information for the common Jill or Joe, written in a manner that is understandable and actionable.  For example, do you know how to think like a criminal, really?  Have you ever cased your own neighborhood or your own home?  Do you even know what to look for?

That is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are chapters that cover putting together a spy and escape evasion kit (not so different than a survival kit), how to travel safely, and even how to avoid or mitigate a car jacking.  This is good stuff.

In usual Book Festival fashion, today I share an interview with Jason Hanson, the author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life.  In addition, I have a three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway and for sure you are going to want to enter this one.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Jason Hanson, Author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book teaches everyday people — from soccer moms to CEOs — how to help keep themselves and their families safe. It details simple ways people can be more aware of their surroundings and the dangers that they may have to confront, so they’ll be better prepared to deal with unforeseen dangers in our world.

Some of the fun and useful safety tips in the book include:

· How to hotwire a car even if you have zero mechanical knowledge.

· How to escape zip ties, duct tape, rope, and even handcuffs in 30 seconds or less… without having to use a knife or sharp object.

· How to disappear without a trace.

· How to create an Escape and Evasion Kit and which critical items to include in it.

· Lock-picking secrets that will allow you to quickly defeat doors and padlocks.

· How to use social engineering to get almost anything you want. (These are the secrets used by top intelligence agencies around the world.)

· The #1 way to create an improvised weapon if you don’t have any other way to protect yourself during an emergency survival situation.

· How to avoid being the victim of a deadly home invasion.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I really didn’t have to do much research since this how I was trained when I was with the CIA for seven years (2003-2010), and this is what I do for a living. I was trained in many different skills including evasive driving, hand-to-hand combat, firearms, and more, including some things that I cannot share.

How long did it take to write?

Since I’m busy running my Spy Escape and Evasion business, it took me about six months—longer than if I’d been able to focus on writing full-time. Additionally, I continued doing speaking engagements and security consulting, as well as teaching everyday citizens at my Spy Class and at my Spy Ranch in Cedar City, UT.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Mainly that anyone can use the Spy Secrets I share to stay safer on a daily basis.

We live in a world that is always changing, and we need to be prepared when faced with a dangerous situation. I hope that I never have to use my skills to defend my family, but I’m comforted knowing that I have the knowledge and training to hopefully stay safe. The goal of the book is to impart those skills to readers, too.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. My first job out of college was with a local police department. After starting with the police department I was offered a job with the CIA and the Secret Service. I thought the CIA would be more fun and interesting, so I accepted the job. I worked for the CIA from 2003-2010. I had the entrepreneurial bug, and that was when I began teaching everyday civilians the secrets that could one day save their lives.

My wife and I recently moved our family to Cedar City, Utah. This is where we have the Spy Ranch, which is a 320-acre facility where I teach classes including Escape & Evasion Driving, Advanced Pistol Course, Defensive Riflecraft and many other courses that I believe every person can learn from.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, camping, and shooting.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I believe we should be prepared for everything: power outages, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, and the collapse of the dollar. Our society is unpredictable, and when people are in desperate situations they do desperate things.

We need to be prepared for all of these things, and it’s important to be prepared to shelter at home or leave in a moment’s notice–because you may not have a choice.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

The most important thing I recommend is to do your research. Read books and find people in your area who have done this. Also, build up your three-day food and water supply with other survival items, which I call an Escape Bag.

These are important steps that you can start now and slowly build up while maintaining a budget. It’s possible to build food storage on as little as $5 a week.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Well, anything could happen, which is why I think it’s so important to be prepared. There was a TV show called Revolution that gives a good possible scenario.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, there are lots more Spy Secrets I have to share. I also write a weekly blog post where I share many ideas that everyday citizens can use to keep themselves safe. It can be found at www.SpyEscape.com.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

My book has lots of valuable information that will keep people safe. It’s important to always do research and learn as much as you can so you are prepared when faced with a dangerous situation.

Everyone should act today rather than put off preparing.


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The Giveaway

Jason and his publisher have reserved three copies of Spy Secrets for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Some of you may have seen Jason on Shark Tank where he shared a tip for releasing your hands after they have been bound up with duct tape.  That technique is in the book along with a whole lot more including how to escape from zip ties, rope, and handcuffs.

That being said, if I had to pick a single chapter as my favorite, it would be the chapter on “How to Run Counter Surveillance Like a Pro”.  I leave it to you to figure out who might be spying on me and why.

This is another fantastic Book Festival book and another must-have for your survival library. Please do enter the giveaway to win a copy for free . . . and good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in every day civilian life.

In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his “positive awareness”—a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior—on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation.

In this book, you will learn how to:

• prevent home invasions, carjackings, muggings, and other violent crimes
• run counter-surveillance and avoid becoming a soft target
• recognize common scams at home and abroad
• become a human lie detector in any setting, including business negotiations
• gain peace of mind by being prepared for anything instead of uninformed or afraid

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

 Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel + Giveaway

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On more than one occasion, I have suggested that our greatest risk is that of an EMP, whether caused by natural events or a cyberattack.  Regardless of its source, experts say that the massive destruction of the power grid will send us back to pioneer days.  The difference, of course, is that back in those olden days, folks were not reliant on technology to power virtually ever aspect of their lives.

Circling back, today it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to  Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath by award winning news anchor and journalist Ted Koppel.  Hang on to your seats, everyone, because if you thought you knew everything there was to know about the repercussions of a cyberattack and EMP, think again.

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In Lights Out, Mr. Koppel makes it clear that our leaders are ill-prepared to protect our power grid. Furthermore, there are only rudimentary plans in place to help the millions who will be caught off guard with no preps and only meager skills to survive.  Think about it.  If large regions of our country were to go dark, who would be mobilized to evacuate the masses and even then, where would they go?

Without question, we are all vulnerable and as Ted Koppel explains in his book, we all need to have a plan, get ready, and be prepared.

Today, as part of Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare,  I share a special conversation with Ted and, in Book Festival tradition, have five copies to giveaway to lucky Backdoor Survival readers.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

A Conversation with Ted Koppel, Author of LIGHTS OUT

Ted, how likely is an attack on our power grid?

Very.

When I posed that question to former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, she put the likelihood at 80 or 90 percent. General Lloyd Austin, who currently heads up the U.S. military’s Central Command, told me that it’s not a question of “if, but of when.” Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned of a cyber Pearl Harbor, and President Obama highlighted the threat to our power grid in his 2013 State of the Union address.

In short, government and military leaders think it’s likely, and I found no compelling evidence to the contrary.

What could happen if our power grid was attacked?

Depending on the sophistication of the attack it could take out all or part of a grid, of which there are only three in the entire United States.

Under a worst case scenario, tens of millions of Americans could be without a normal supply of electric power for weeks or even months. The resulting shortages would, inevitably, lead to civil unrest, with the likelihood that large numbers of people would flee affected cities.

The wealthy (assuming they could access their money) could relocate to unaffected parts of the country. Those without means would very likely be urged to keep moving.

You say the Internet should be viewed not only as an incredible tool, but also a potential weapon of mass destruction. That phrase has a lot of immediate connotations, specifically to nuclear weapons. Why use it here?

Weapons of mass destruction are not limited to nuclear. There are biological and chemical weapons that are categorized as weapons of mass destruction. The definition depends on the number of people who could be affected.

Using that as a measure, denying an urban population electric power (other than that produced by emergency generators) over an extended period of time would result in significant casualties: patients needing life support systems powered by electricity; the most vulnerable elderly, dependent on electric heating in the winter, cooling in the summer; and the unpredictable casualties that would result from civil unrest when food, water, and medicine are in short supply.

Why is our power grid so vulnerable?

The electric power industry is made up of more than 3,000 companies, many of them using old and difficult-to-repair equipment. The large power transformers, for example, which are crucial to the transmission of electricity across the country, are almost 40 years old on average. They are enormous, so they are not easily moved or replaced. They tend to be custom made, so they are not easily interchangeable. They are very expensive, so small companies don’t keep backups on hand, and most of them are built overseas and it takes more than a year to get a new one.

The largest, most profitable companies have taken elaborate precautions against cyberattack; but they are interconnected with the smaller, less protected companies. Like any chain, the power grids are only as strong as their weakest link.

Who is most likely to mount a cyberattack?

The Chinese and Russians are the most capable of launching an attack against one of our power grids, but because of their many interlocking interests with the United States they are less likely to do so. (As we’ve seen, of course, these ties haven’t stopped the Chinese from launching the biggest cyber-espionage attack in history, vacuuming more than 21 million personnel files out of the U.S. government’s computers).

The great danger of a catastrophic cyberattack comes from entities that have fewer common interests with the United States: countries like North Korea or terrorist groups like ISIS. There is a growing belief among U.S. intelligence specialists that independent groups already have, or will soon have, that capability.

What kind of plans are in place if the power does go out? What agencies would be responsible in that event?

The only plans our government has in place are those created to deal with natural disasters, such as hurricanes or blizzards.

A cyberattack on one of our power grids would be vastly different—its impact would be spread over a far wider area and the outage could last weeks or even months. FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security are the two agencies that have the greatest responsibility to prepare, but they disagree over the likelihood of such an attack and over how to respond.

Couldn’t people just evacuate?

One area of disagreement is over the option of evacuating our urban centers. The deputy administrator (the number two man) at FEMA thinks evacuation is the right option. His boss, the administrator, disagrees. He thinks there would be too many people involved, not enough time and not enough willing host destinations.

Indeed, I found that in one small rural state, the governor has developed plans to keep refugees moving: give them a sandwich, a bottle of water, and a map indicating the nearest gas stations.

Who, if anybody, is best prepared for this kind of scenario?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, have been conditioned throughout their history to prepare for one form of disaster or another. I devote three chapters to the Mormons and their extraordinary level of organization.

It would be difficult for any other institution to duplicate, but there are measures Mormon families take from which the rest of us can learn.

Is there anything ordinary citizens can or should do to prepare for such a possibility?

Preparing for the unexpected is always a tricky proposition.

I spent my earliest childhood years in London during World War II. The British had gone to great lengths preparing for poison gas attacks, which never materialized. They evacuated well over a million people from their cities in anticipation of German attacks, but hundreds of thousands of those evacuees, as it turned out, preferred taking their chances at home to being refugees in someone else’s home.

Past experience in preparing for the unexpected teaches us that, more often than not, we get it wrong. It also teaches that there is value in the act of searching for answers. Acknowledging ignorance is often the first step toward finding a solution.


The Giveaway

You are going to want this book!  Ted and his publishers have reserved FIVE copies of Lights Out  for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Lights Out is not a book about doomsday and yet the consequences it describes are terrifying.  If our power grid is attacked, masses of humanity will suffer and recovery will be slow.

The message is clear; there is still much to be learned and to do in order to prepare for such an event. Make no mistake. This message is directed as much to the leaders who set policy as it is to citizens such as you and I. It is a wakeup call warning us not only of the danger ahead, but of need to educate and take our preparations to the next level.

It is my hope that Lights Out will also open the eyes of those who have thought the notion of prepping was silly.  You know who I am talking about – reluctant spouses, partners, and family members.

I don’t say this often, but this is truly a must read.  As always, be well, be safe, and be prepared.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

In this book, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.

Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.

It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyber-warfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon. And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid.

With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most! (soon to be released)
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Since I just purchased some dairy products, I thought I would mention that Instant Nonfat Dry Fortified Milk is on sale for 27% off.  Milk is perfect for the prepper pantry because it delivers protein and is also good to use when preparing those oats that you store.  Another good choice is Yoders Canned Bacon at 17% off.  If you like bacon, you are going to love this!

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping + Giveaway

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Middle Ground Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Anytime I hear the term “Extreme Prepping” I cringe.  Extreme denotes exceeding the bounds of moderation and guess what?  That is not, in my humble opinion, what prepping is all about.  Give me the normal and give me the ordinary.  I want prepping to be a mainstream preoccupation and so that is what I write about.

Prepping in moderation using common sense and practicality is the mantra of this website.  For that reason, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the book Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach  as the next entry in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

Written by Jim Serre, this is a book for those of you that want a single, well-written handbook that will educate you about the nature of disasters and disruptive events along with reasonable and doable strategies for creating your own person safety net.

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In the usual Book Festival fashion, today I share an interview with Jim, and in addition, have two copies of his book up for grabs in giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Jim Serre, Author of Middle Ground Prepping

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way.

You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The majority of the research done to complete this book was centered around the historical look at emergency preparedness in the U.S. and the various organizations associated with disaster relief.

A good deal of information was also found within FEMA after action reports related to Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. Additionally, my years of experience as a first responder provided significant perspective on many of the emergency situations presented in the book.

How long did it take to write?

Some of the book’s contents were originally blog posts over the past 10 years; however, we were able to assemble those documents, research items and write the book in about 3 months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

The main message of the book is that everyone can and should do some form of preparedness in order to support themselves and their family in the case of and emergency or longer term disaster.

You don’t need a missile silo as a bug out shelter to be prepared. Get some supplies, make some emergency plans and practice your plan once in a while.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Like many, after 9/11 I felt the need to do something to help those that can’t always help themselves. I also realized that I was ill prepared on that day without a communication plan.

My wife and I became involved in volunteer Search & Rescue operations with a couple local Sheriff’s Departments. This taught us a great deal about emergency management and our interest in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) grew. I’ve been a CERT Instructor for the past 9 years and continue to learn about emergency management and how to help others in an emergency.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Here in northern California, our weather if fairly mild; however, local flooding is probably our greatest weather concern. But I tend to more concerned with socio-political events that could disrupt commerce and our ability to access food supplies and medical assistance. The most common would be local rioting that was able to truncate local commerce and force us to stay home with only the supplies and medical knowledge we have.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Certainly, planning is the key first step in preparedness. One must first identify any and all potential risks in your locale. Such risks may be natural, technological, man-made or other hazards (such as solar flares (and resulting EMPs), collapse of the monetary system, nuclear war, etc.)

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Well on the socio-political front, “Aftershock – Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown” by David Wiedemer, PhD provides a good look at what the future could hold for us given the massive job layoffs and redistribution following both the “Dot.com” and the mortgage failure crises we’ve seen.

Do you have plans for another book?

While not yet confirmed, I am contemplating a book about volunteerism in American and the idealistic views of those who start out, but soon lose interest.


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The Giveaway

Jim has reserved two copies of Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

Those of you familiar with this blog know that I feel a lot of angst against websites, books, and videos that pitch prepping in the extreme.  Portraying preparedness as entertainment is downright nauseating so when I find an author or website that aligns with my core values, in an totally in.

Middle Ground Prepping is a book not only for those of you that think like I do, but also is an excellent resource to share with those that a hesitant to jump on board.  My thanks goes to Jim for writing this book.  Please enter the giveaway so that you can win a copy of your own.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach

Learn how middle ground prepping can get you prepared without taking over your life.

Somewhere in between the fanatical preppers highlighted on the hit reality show “Doomsday Preppers” and the millions of Americans who have done nothing to assemble emergency supplies lies “middle ground prepping.” Middle ground prepping is a concept that provides a measured and reasonable approach for novices to prepare for impending emergencies or disasters in order to protect yourself and your family.

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way.

You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.  There is truly something for everyone.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most! (soon to be released)
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Since I just purchased some dairy products, I thought I would mention that Instant Nonfat Dry Fortified Milk is on sale for 27% off.  Milk is perfect for the prepper pantry because it delivers protein and is also good to use when preparing those oats that you store.  Another good choice is Yoders Canned Bacon at 17% off.  If you like bacon, you are going to love this!

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Penny-Pinching Prepper + Giveaway

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Years ago, when Backdoor Survival was just a few months old, I ran across a small website that was also just getting off the ground.  At the time, many prepping sites were quite militaristic and doomsday-oriented so it was refreshing to see a site that was grounded in a set of core values similar to mine.  The site was ApartmentPrepper.com and from the get go, the site owner, Bernie Carr, and I became online friends.

A lot has changed in our world since then, and the scary events we prepare for these days seem a whole lot more intense.  Still, Bernie and I both continue to write articles that focus on common-sense and preparedness tactics that are easy to do and will not break the bank.

Prepper Book Festival Penny Pinching Prepper | Backdoor Survival

With that introduction, I am thrilled to roll out Bernie’s newest book as the first entry in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster is a book for all of us.  After all, who hasn’t found it necessary to cut back on living expenses in order to build up their emergency supply of food, water, and gear?  Wouldn’t it be nice to also save money on prepping items as well?

Whether you are interested in saving money or simply have an interest in becoming self-reliant by making your things yourself, this is the book you want.  In it you will learn everything from how to make your own emergency lamps to making your own personal products and cleaning supplies.  But that is just the tip of the ice berg.  Every single page has tips for saving money and prepping on a budget.  This is a book you will refer to over and over again.

Okay, I think you get it.  The Penny-Pinching Prepper is a fantastic find!  I would love to see everyone get a copy so, in true penny-pinching fashion, I have three copies up for grabs in a Prepper Book Festival giveaway.

But first, enjoy the interview with my friend and author, Bernie Carr.

An Interview with Bernie Carr, Author of The Penny-Pinching Prepper

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

I would first assess what type of disaster or collapse is going on.

If it was a natural disaster such as a hurricane, and my area is not under water, I would likely bug in. Utilities such as electricity and water may be temporarily interrupted but with enough water and supplies stored away, we would be able to ride out temporary inconveniences.

However, my response would be different if there is a total collapse.

If the collapse seems to be widespread, and infrastructure is compromised, such as a pandemic, I would seriously consider bugging out. I live in an apartment community in the city. In close quarters, lack of water and sanitation would become a big problems rather quickly. Crime would become rampant. Without electricity, water, trash collection, and police and fire personnel to keep communities safe, living conditions would deteriorate very quickly. It would be best to leave before it’s too late.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

If I did decide to hunker down, and I already had the necessities covered such as water, food, lighting, first aid, sanitation, safety, personal care etc., I would definitely include some comfort items. Coffee would be high on my list, as I am one of those people who gets a headache all day without at least a cup of coffee. This also means I’d need powdered milk as a substitute for cream, and sugar to add to my coffee.

I’d also have a stash of shelf stable cheese such as dehydrated cheese, cheese spread or Velveeta, and some crackers. I can recall the days after Hurricane Ike, I had a strong craving for cheese and because there was no dairy available without truck deliveries to the grocery stores, I had to wait a week.

Another item I would include is chocolate, sometimes that Hershey Bar would just hit the spot. M&Ms last a long time; they are even included in MREs, so I would store a few bags of M&Ms but I would have to get a vacuum sealer.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

I would recommend a Taser as well as some pepper spray. However, before getting either of these items, everyone should check the laws in their state, as each state varies.

Once you acquire them, you would need to make sure you learn how to use them. Even though these are considered non-lethal weapons, you would still need to learn how to use them properly to avoid hurting yourself or others.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

I wrote The Penny-Pinching Prepper specifically to help people who are concerned about the costs associated with acquiring emergency supplies.

Prepping can get expensive but it does not have to be that way-there are ways to save money while preparing for emergencies. The book shows how living a prepared lifestyle will help anyone prepare for multiple emergencies, whether they are small day to day emergencies or major disasters.

The book will also give you lots of tips to improve for financial situation. Improving your finances while in the process of getting prepared is a benefit that will stay with you whether an emergency happens or not.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

One Second After by William R. Forstchen is high on my list – it is one of the first books I read in the survival genre and I can remember being scared while reading it at the time. It reinforced the need to be prepared. The sequel,One Year After is on my reading list.

As far as TV, I like the Survivorman shows. There are many shows I have followed, but I prefer Les Stroud over all the others.

I also like The Walking Dead. It’s a great conversation starter and has been a good way to approach friends and family on how they feel about being prepared.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

I would advise a budding author to write as much as you can, as often as you can. Start a blog about your favorite subject, or jump right into writing that book.

The main thing is just to get started. That first step is the hardest, but once you start, you just keep going.

Don’t do it for the money; if you love to write so much you would do it for free. Getting paid for your writing becomes a side benefit. There is nothing like getting readers who follow you and share their comments. I still feel grateful every day that people read my work.


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The Giveaway

Bernie has reserved three copies of The Penny-Pinching Prepper for this Book Festival Giveaway.  How cool is that?

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To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

I would be remiss in not mentioning that Bernie has another book that you might be interested in.  The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster has been popular with Backdoor Survival readers since it was released a few years back.  It a book I always recommend to someone that is just getting started because true to its title, all 101 things listed in this book are truly easy peasy and not the least bit daunting or overwhelming.

In closing, please know that when it comes to budget prepping, I totally get it.  In my own household, if it were not for penny-pinching on the little things, I would not have been able to afford the more expensive preps such as a Berkey water filter and freeze-dried food.  It all gets down to a matter of choices, right?

Luckily, the The Penny-Pinching Prepper will get you to where you want to go a manner that is not painful to the pocketbook.  I encourage you to enter the giveaway so that you can win a copy of your own for free!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster

Cost-saving strategies for stockpiling emergency supplies and becoming fully prepared—without breaking the bank!

Prepper Book Festival Penny Pinching Prepper | Backdoor SurvivalYou need to get prepared before disaster strikes. But supplies can be expensive. This book solves the problem. Packed with inexpensive DIY projects for keeping your family safe in any worst-case scenario, this helpful handbook’s smart and frugal approach shows how to stay on a stable financial footing while fully preparing for any life-threatening situation.

The Penny-Pinching Prepper offers dozens of affordable and easy-to-implement solutions, including how to:

•Stock a prepper pantry on $10 a week
•Build a stove from used tin cans
•Create a water filter with two free 5-gallon buckets
•Craft a lamp that burns inexpensive vegetable oil
•Devise a storm shelter using 10-cent trash bags

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author, Bernie Carr.

One Second After: Like Bernie, this is one of the first post-apocalyptic books I read and it scared the you-know-what out of me.  Every time I begin to question whether all this prepping is worth it, I go back this book.  A must read for all of us.

One Year After:  In this sequel to One Second After, we return to the small town of Black Mountain, and the man who struggled so hard to rebuild it in the wake of devastation following an EMP, John Matherson.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster:  This is the perfect book for someone who is feeling overwhelmed by the task of prepping.  Author Bernie Carr breaks things down into management steps that are practical, easy, and kind to the budget.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most! (soon to be released)
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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My favorite Clear Mist 115 Hour Plus Emergency Candles are $4.95 and the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) is on sale for $11.99.  Finally, prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare

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It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the books that were selected for the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #10.  My gosh, what a line-up.  For the first time, all 14 books are non-fiction and they cover such a wide range of topics that there is surely something for everyone!

As readers, I hope that you find something that is both interesting and educational in this list of book festival entries. These are the best new books to help you prepare!  I also hope that in the coming weeks you will enjoy the author interviews and that you take a moment or two to enter the giveaways to win some free books,

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But first, for those of you that are unfamiliar with book festival format, what is a “Prepper Book Festival”?

What Prepper Book Festival?

Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festivals are a showcase of some of the best books and authors in the survival, preparedness, and self-reliance niche. The way Book Festivals work is that once a week, and sometimes twice, I feature book giveaways coupled with exclusive, one on one author interviews.

To enter each book giveaway, I ask what I hope to be a thought-provoking  question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article.  I have been told that many readers are more interested in the answers to the questions themselves than the book.  I very much applaud that because to be honest, learning from each other is how we will move forward and prevail during these uncertain times.

Just so you know,  I typically provide a way to make multiple giveaway entries so you will want to watch for those bonus opportunities.  Many of these bonus opportunities involve social media so if you already like Backdoor Survival on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest or Twitter, you basically have some free entries coming.  Subscribers (don’t worry, that is also free) also get an extra entry.

Winners of the book giveaways are selected at random and the winning book is sent out directly by the author or the publisher.  The winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate is selected.  You snooze, you lose.

Now that you know how it works, let’s get started.  Here is the list of BDS Book Festival 10 books and their descriptions.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach

Learn how middle ground prepping can get you prepared without taking over your life.

Somewhere in between the fanatical preppers highlighted on the hit reality show “Doomsday Preppers” and the millions of Americans who have done nothing to assemble emergency supplies lies “middle ground prepping.” Middle ground prepping is a concept that provides a measured and reasonable approach for novices to prepare for impending emergencies or disasters in order to protect yourself and your family.

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way.

You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

Author:  Jim Serre

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life Deluxe: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in every day civilian life.

In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his “positive awareness”—a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior—on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation.

In this book, you will learn:

• prevent home invasions, carjackings, muggings, and other violent crimes
• run counter-surveillance and avoid becoming a soft target
• recognize common scams at home and abroad
• become a human lie detector in any setting, including business negotiations
• gain peace of mind by being prepared for anything instead of uninformed or afraid

Author:  Jason Hanson

START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness So You Can Survive Any Disaster

You don’t like to think about it, but deep down you know it can happen. Disaster can strike without warning, leaving your family without water, food, or electricity, and without medical or police support. How will you survive when that happens? How will you protect your family from threats of violence?

Buying insurance, writing wills, getting our teeth cleaned, and saving for retirement are just a few of the precautions we routinely take to mitigate risks, but most people fail to prepare for what’s most important.

They fail to prepare for their own survival.  With 91% of Americans living in places at a moderate-to-high risk of disasters and with all of us dependent on a very fragile life-support system, it’s time for you to take preparedness seriously.

When you read this book you will

  • understand the 27 disasters you’re likely to face why some people perish when others don’t, and you’ll know how to ensure your family survives.
  • master situational awareness and the survival mindset you need to avoid becoming a victim of violence.
  • know when to stay, when to bug out, and how to implement an evacuation plan.
  • learn the best non-firearm options for self-defense.
  • discover the best ways to generate electricity, store water and food, and handle sanitation and medical care on your own.

Author:  Tim Young

The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This comprehensive book will provide you with a better understanding of Flu and Ebola viruses, what a pandemic is, and what things will look like when it begins.

In the words of one reviewer:

“As a professor at medical school, and author of three prepper medical books, I found the medical information presented in this work to be remarkably accurate. That’s quite a feat for someone who hasn’t been indoctrinated into the rigid confines of medicine. But that shouldn’t have surprised me, because the author writes very, very well.

Much of his book addresses the potential consequences of global diseases, and how one might reconcile difficult choices that must be made during disasters… from a Christian point of view. Another large portion deals with a subject on many people’s minds these days. Namely, what does it mean to be a Patriot in America today, when the people of this great nation no longer trust their government, and find conspiracy in every direction they look. And that’s why I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I didn’t agree with everything, but I certainly respected his well written arguments and points of view.”

Author:  Kenneth R McClelland

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation

You can survive a couple of weeks without food and a few days without water, but in some cases, you would be lucky to survive one night without shelter.

With structures ideally suited for any weather condition, this book presents emergency shelter designs built from a variety of elements, including 100 percent gathered items, a combination of natural and store-bought supplies, and even durable construction materials.

The author offers helpful tips and techniques for mastering your shelter-building skills, as well as tutorials on how to make basic tools, bedding, mattresses and other items to increase shelter comfort.

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, this all-encompassing primer teaches you how to construct a variety of lifesaving shelters, including:

Rock Shelter
Debris Hut
Lean-To
Bent Sapling Shelter
Snow Cave
Subterranean Shelter
Scandinavian Lavvu
Ger/Yurt
Basha/Tarp Shelter

Author:  Anthonio Akkermans

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

In his new book, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.

Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.

It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyber warfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon.  In fact, as a former chief scientist of the NSA reveals, China and Russia have already penetrated the grid.  “It’s not a question of if,” says Centcom Commander General Lloyd Austin, “it’s a question of when.”

And yet, as Koppel makes clear, the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid.

In the absence of a government plan, some individuals and communities have taken matters into their own hands.  But how, Koppel asks, will ordinary civilians survive?

With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

Author: Ted Koppel

Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most! (soon to be released)

Fact: Under great stress, the human brain triggers an alarm that causes many to freeze in their tracks, not exactly the smartest move when flood waters are rising or when flames fill your home!

Getting away from a dangerous situation fast is key to survival but without a plan in place, one that triggers an effective and automatic response, your survival is debatable.

You need a system you can rely on during those initial, panic-filled moments when your safety depends on getting out fast.

This book is just the guide you need for helping to insure that each loved one (pets included) and your most important belongings make it to safety.

In this book you’ll learn:

  • What to put in your family emergency kit
  • How to pack an emergency kit for babies, pets, and even elderly loved ones
  • What documents are most important to have on hand
  • How to plan the best routes to safety
  • Unusual, safe destinations when you don’t know where else to go

Author:  Lisa Bedford aka The Survival Mom

Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)

Air-powered guns offer many useful possibilities for informed shooters.

First, we can mail-order both airguns and their ammunition, which don’t fall under the jurisdiction of BATF (check your local regulations). Airguns also tend to be quiet – a useful advantage if low-impact hunting is necessary. The right choice will have adequate power for small game, and possibly even deer.

From here it gets better since uninformed people will lump them all together as simple BB guns. In fact, airguns still maintain social acceptance not only domestically, but also around the globe. As a result, sophisticated designs have evolved with outstanding performance. Some are even sold in head-turning calibers like 9mm, .45, or .50-caliber! On a smaller and more affordable scale, we can also improve our all-around shooting skills while having some low-cost fun.

Since an understanding of the various power-plants is essential, this thorough and complete guide will provide the necessary information for its purchase and use.

Author:  Steve Markwith

Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)

This book is devoted to a whole series of useful firearms, beginning with the well-known .22 Long Rifle.

The venerable “twenty-two” hosts a wide array of interesting loads, including some ultra-quiet choices and fairly nasty high-speed rounds. Even hotter rimfire calibers include the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, plus three small-bore derivatives: the .17 Mach II, .17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum, and Winchester’s high velocity .17 Super Magnum.

Careful shopping can provide us with a useful rimfire (or maybe even two) with which to quietly harvest small game or eliminate pests. An economical .22 LR firearm can also serve as a great high-powered rifle trainer if similar function is considered. In a pinch, it might even work for self-defense.

The rimfires can’t do everything, but they can do a lot once fully understood. One trait is easy to overlook until you start shooting. They’re lots of fun! This book will lead the way from beginning to end.

Author:  Steve Markwith

The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters

Authorities respond to violence—they don’t prevent it, leaving YOU as the line of first defense. This book will show you how to act like it.

In today’s increasingly violent world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the sudden threat of everyday crime, danger is at everyone’s doorstep. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and author Tim Young—wants you to be ready.

The Survival Mindset is a highly actionable guide that will increase your situational awareness, teach you the step-by-step survival mindset, help you determine the contents of your everyday carry (EDC) items and survival bags and how to break free from the deadly grip of normalcy bias.

This book will help you to reclaim the lost art of situational awareness and develop a keen survival mindset so you can avoid violence and survive disasters.

Author:  Tim Young

Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life: 26 Games for Teaching Situational Awareness, Prepping, Emergency Preparedness and the Survival Mindset to Children of All Ages

Today’s children can recognize over 1,000 corporate logos but can’t identify 10 plants native to their region. They live in an artificial world—one where they spend less than seven minutes per day playing outdoors and over seven hours per day staring at a digital device. But the threats our children face are real, from random violence and terrorism to natural, manmade, and accidental disasters.

What skills do today’s children have to prepare them to face threats of violence and disaster? For that matter, what skills and resources do their parents have?

Playful Preparedness is a one-of-a-kind preparedness book, packed with 26 games and dozens of activities to help teach children situational awareness, life-saving preparedness skills and the survival mindset so that they can survive in the real world.

Read Playful Preparedness today and help your children to become prepared—for life.

Author:  Tim Young

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster

Cost-saving strategies for stockpiling emergency supplies and becoming fully prepared—without breaking the bank!

You need to get prepared before disaster strikes. But supplies can be expensive. This book solves the problem. Packed with inexpensive DIY projects for keeping your family safe in any worst-case scenario, this helpful handbook’s smart and frugal approach shows how to stay on a stable financial footing while fully preparing for any life-threatening situation.

The Penny-Pinching Prepper offers dozens of affordable and easy-to-implement solutions, including how to:

•Stock a prepper pantry on $10 a week
•Build a stove from used tin cans
•Create a water filter with two free 5-gallon buckets
•Craft a lamp that burns inexpensive vegetable oil
•Devise a storm shelter using 10-cent trash bags

Author:  Bernie Carr

Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

Lanterns that use mantles produce light on par with electric lights. And KEROSENE mantle lanterns have an advantage over lamps that use Coleman fuel. Kerosene is more generic, more widely available.

The book has four main sections:

(1) It describes six different Coleman models, old and new, made specifically for kerosene. Collectors’ items (expensive) and orphans (no spare parts) are ignored. The emphasis is on practical, day-to-day lighting.

(2) It gives the specifics on converting nine different Coleman gas lanterns to kerosene (what generator to use, etc.).

(3) It explains Petromax lanterns, a pre-World War II German design. World-wide, there are more Petromax lanterns (and Petromax clones) in existence than Coleman.

(4) And it explains Aladdin lamps, kerosene lamps that use a mantle but are not pressurized. Aladdins have been around over a hundred years and a new model is on the verge of being introduced – the first new model in 46 years!

And – oh yes! – this book names eleven different lantern models that, given the right generator-mantle combo, will burn diesel fuel. That alone is worth the price of admission!

If you picture yourself being forced to live off-grid for an extended period of time, then THIS is the book you need. You don’t have to cook supper or fix the car or deliver a baby by the light of a candle. You can have light equivalent to a 50 or 100 or 200 or 300-watt electric bulb. Pressurized kerosene lanterns come from another day and age but are known, established, reliable technology. This book is not artsy-fartsy. It’s nitty-gritty.

Author:  Ron Brown

Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

When a catastrophic event strikes, you’ll need to rely on your skills and supplies to keep you alive. This book teaches you how to improvise solutions for the scarcities, deficiencies, and dangers that will arise in a worst-case scenario.

Prepper’s Survival Hacks offers a wide range of creative ideas for transforming cheap and widely available items into life-saving gear:

•Harvest water in a transpiration bag
•Catch food with a pocket fishing kit
•Cook using a handy hobo stove
•Craft quick fire starters in an egg carton
•Make a mini oil lamp using a mint tin
•Assemble a survival kit in a belt pouch

Author:  Jim Cobb


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The Final Word

See what I mean?  In my humble opinion, Prepper Book Festival 10 represents the best of the best in terms of new releases from both new and established authors.  That being said, I would like to extend a big thank you to the individual authors and their publishers for submitting their books for consideration, and also for providing copies to award in the upcoming book giveaways.

It is my hope that you will learn lessons in self-reliance and survival from each of these books.  In support of that, in the coming weeks you have a chance to meet the authors, learn about their books, and get a peek into their own preparedness efforts.  If something strikes your fancy, please support the authors by entering the giveaway, purchasing their book, posting a review on Amazon, or suggesting the title to your local library so others can learn from them as well.

Now the real work begins.  Which book am I going to read and review first?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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You can also vote for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 10.

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life Deluxe: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness So You Can Survive Any Disaster

The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Life-saving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most! (soon to be released)

Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)

Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)

The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters

Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life: 26 Games for Teaching Situational Awareness, Prepping, Emergency Preparedness and the Survival Mindset to Children of All Ages

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster

Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

This month is their annual “stock up” month with exceptional values on some of their most popular items.  As I do every month, I like to single out my own favorites.  This month, one of the best deals is on their 4 person 72 hour buckets which is based upon a total of 2,000 calories per day per person.  A 2-pack (2 full buckets) is 50% off at $99.99.  

My favorite Clear Mist 115 Hour Plus Emergency Candles are $4.95 and the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) is on sale for $11.99.  Finally, prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Shop Amazon Tactical – Great Selection of Optics, Knives, Cases, Equipment
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Long-Term Survival: Good Items for Bad Times

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Long-Term Survival You should already have your Get Out Of Dodge (GOOD) plan in place, but you may be struggling on what to bring with you when you bug out. Whether you plan to shelter-in-place or you are evacuating to a predetermined location, here is a list of items you should consider keeping on hand. […]

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Prepper Book Festival 9: The Pantry Primer + Giveaway

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What makes the up a prepper’s perfect pantry?  If you think I am going to tell you that boxes of MRE’s and cases of freeze dried foods are the way to go, you are wrong.  It is not that those items do not have their place, but rather that they are supplements to the perfect pantry.

So what makes up the perfect pantry?  The perfect prepper pantry is composed of foundation items such as grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and scratch-cooking basics!

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With that introduction, I would like to present the last book in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, written by my friend Daisy Luther.  This the book that will get you started as you build your pantry from the ground up, step by step, and on a limited budget.

For those of you with a good memory, you might recall a similarly titled book in an earlier book festival. True enough.  Since then, the book has been completely rewritten and expanded to almost triple the amount of content with greater attention given to the how’s and why’s of pantry basics.

Naturally, as with all book festival entries, one copy has been reserved in a giveaway.  So sit back, enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Daisy Luther, Author of The Pantry Primer

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own back yard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

For most disasters, I’d bug in. My place is set up to be a retreat and is complete with security, my supplies, a well, and the tools I need for self-reliance. However, it’s really important to keep an open mind. When you become too rigid about your plan, you’re unable to think on your feet and adapt when necessary.

For example, last year, we were right on the edge of a wildfire that destroyed thousands of acres of forestland. We were ready to evacuate at any second because nature just about took the choice right out of our hands. Always be ready to move to Plan B without hesitation.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

Chocolate and coffee are well-stocked here. Don’t come knocking. There are some things I just won’t share. *wink*.

In all seriousness, I do have chocolate and coffee but probably the most important items we have that makes our home comfortable in a bug-in situation is a vast library of books, both fiction and non-fiction. We load up at yard sales and thrift stores. Many of our books haven’t been read by us yet, which would provide hours of entertainment post-disaster.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

Well, I do strongly recommend learning to use a firearm and practicing until you are comfortable. However, if you absolutely can’t or won’t do that, a large dog is a good deterrent. (We have a 165 pound livestock guardian dog who roams our property.) Next, I recommend things like pepper spray or wasp spray. Wasp spray is nice because it has a long range for a spray and the stream can be directly targeted to someone’s face. Don’t try to use a knife for defense – it’s very likely to be taken away from you by a stronger opponent.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

My book is based on 20 years of preparing for a rainy day.

Preparedness can be incredibly overwhelming, both financially and by the sheer amount of “stuff” we feel we must acquire. The Pantry Primer discusses personalizing your supply instead of using the generic formulas that many books offer.

As well, it goes into detail about properly storing the food, suggesting places to put it, focusing on nutrition and food quality, and finally, doing this on a normal person’s budget. I’m a single mom and have always been on a tight budget, so I completely understand the need to prep when your income isn’t in the 6 figure range.

How is this book different from the first edition?

The new Pantry Primer has been greatly revised from the first book. The first edition was a collection of blog posts about our own experience that readers had asked me to compile into a book. We had moved from Canada to the US and because of Customs, weren’t allowed to bring our food supplies. We had to start absolutely from scratch. The first book was our experience rebuilding our stockpile.

The reviews were mediocre and when I sat down to revise it, I read all of the negative reviews to learn where the book fell short. I realized there wasn’t enough detail – no specific lists, no advice about personalizing your supplies, no instructions of proper food storage.

The 2nd edition has all of that information and more. It is more than twice the length of the first book, professionally edited, and well-organized. It’s gone from being a first person account to being a specific how-to. I’m very pleased with the new version.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

Contagion.  That movie is epic, particularly after the Ebola scare of last fall. I could watch it again and again and learn something every time. It clearly demonstrates two very important lessons: How quickly and easily a virus can spread (via awesome special effects) and the importance of hunkering down in such a situation. The one thing I don’t like about the movie is how the world is saved by a vaccine. Sort of propaganda-ish.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

I’ll give you the advice my father gave to me, right before he passed away. Writer’s write. If you don’t write, you aren’t a writer, you’re a dreamer. The best way to become a writer is by writing. Do it every single day and the words will flow. You’ll become faster, better, and best of all….a writer. Start with a blog to give yourself a place to share your thoughts. The next thing you know, that book will come pouring out of you.

The Giveaway

Daisy has reserved a copy of The Pantry Primer for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

When it comes to building a survival pantry, we all have to start somewhere.  I advocate starting with the foods you know and love, then adding grains, legumes, and other bulk foods a bit at a time.  I also advocate learning to cook with these items.  It never ceases to amaze me to have someone ask how to cook rice without using a rice cooker!

Putting together a proper prepper pantry from the ground up can be terrifying if you are starting with nothing and have a limited budget.  That being said, there is no reason at all to freak out.  With books such as The Pantry Primer, and my own article, 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan, you will be well on your way to a one year food supply in no time.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

A one-year food supply means freedom. It means that you are less subject to the whims of the economy or personal financial emergencies. You can handle small disasters with aplomb. You aren’t reliant on the government if a crisis strikes. You can’t be manipulated because your family is hungry.

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The second edition of The Pantry Primer is nearly triple the size of the original book. It has morphed from a book about our own journey to replenish our pantry after a cross-continental move, to a detailed compendium of all things food storage. Geared towards preppers, it teaches you:

  • Why everyone needs a food supply in their homes
  • How much food you need
  • How your pantry is directly related to your health
  • The components of a perfect pantry
  • Prepping for those with dietary restrictions.
  • A thrifty new way of shopping so you can afford to build your pantry
  • How to store the food you purchase to extend the shelf life for as long as possible
  • A week-by-week plan, complete with shopping lists and menu ideas
  • How to save money by making items most people purchase ready-made at the store
  • Pantry inventory and maintenance
  • Where to store all of that food
  • Bonus: 25 frugal and delicious recipes

If you’re new at this, you can take the most important step today…the step of getting started. You’ll have a year’s supply of food in no time at all!

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction

Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide (PrepSmart Volume 3)
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource
The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Fiction

Cascadia’s Curse
Apocalypse by Government
New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)
The Line of Departure: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Holding Their Own: The Toymaker

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

This month is their annual “stock up” month with exceptional values on some of their most popular items.  As I do every month, I like to single out my own favorites.  This month, one of the best deals is on their 4 person 72 hour buckets which is based upon a total of 2,000 calories per day per person.  A 2-pack (2 full buckets) is 50% off at $99.99.  

My favorite Clear Mist 115 Hour Plus Emergency Candles are $4.95 and the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) is on sale for $11.99.  Finally, prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Shop Amazon Tactical – Great Selection of Optics, Knives, Cases, Equipment
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival 9: The Pantry Primer + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Prepper Book Festival 9: Apocalypse By Government + Giveaway

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Apocalypse By Government | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to government intervention into our lives, I personally draw the line on an embedded RFID chip.  In concept, I can see some advantages in very limited situations but for the most part, the entire idea is far too “Big Brother” for my liking.

In the  next book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9, the Government has promised food, shelter, and security in return for embedding an RFID Chip.  It should come as no surprise that for the characters in the book, things do not quite work out that way and things go from bad to worse.

Apocalypse By Government | Backdoor Survival

The book is Apocalypse by Government by Kelli Otting, and today she is here to share her second Backdoor Survival interview.  In addition, Kelli is generously giving two readers copies of all three books in the Liberty Dying Series, including Jingling Our Change, Nanny State Nightmare, and Apocalypse by Government.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kelli Otting, Author of Apocalypse and the Liberty Dying Series

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1. Reloading and gunsmithing are two related skills that will be as good as gold in a SHTF scenario for yourself and for potential trading or bartering.

2. Being physically fit is the difference between life or death when the SHTF. Being an armchair prepper with a credit card and a pile of unused gear is going to be great for the guy who finds it after that armchair prepper can’t survive the physical requirements of a post electrical event.

If you can’t use the gear you’ve already bought, don’t buy anything else until you’ve used everything ten times. Know how to use it in the dark, in the cold, when it’s raining or snowing,… Get physically fit and learn skills like gardening, animal husbandry, meat curing, canning, dehydrating with solar, and many many more.

3. Sock-maker and shoemaker. Pure and simple two of the most overlooked skills. Shoes and socks can be the difference between freezing feet or dry warm feet. Not only cold but rocky terrain can be brutal on the feet.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

Personally, I would invest in heritage seeds, chickens, goats, and sheep.

Growing, harvesting and storing food is the only sustainable way to make it in a long term situation. MRE’s and freeze dried food will run out. It’s good to have a year or more supply in case you have a bad harvest but ultimately to survive long term, you’ll need a sustainable supply of fresh food.

Find a community and begin a sustainable homestead with other likeminded individuals. Goats for milk and food, sheep for wool and food, chickens for eggs and food, garden for food and seeds for next year’s garden. This can be accomplished on a small parcel of land. If you have more land, then cows might be an option and of course horses. I think the essential are the small animals and larger ones are the so-called, icing on the cake.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

Personally, I need to practice with my firearms more. I enjoy shooting but it’s become significantly more expensive over the past six years.

I’ve taken the steps to get out of Illinois to relocate in Arkansas. We sold our business and if our house doesn’t sell, we’ll rent it. We are not putting our plan on hold waiting – for anything – a moment longer.

When we’re through with this reallocation of our wealth, we’ll have the deed to our modest farm. The banks won’t own our property. It was one of the highest priority items on our list to ensure our land was ours… well, as long as we can continue to pay the tax. It left us in the most secure position we could manage.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

My son is a Lieutenant in the Army and he’s headed overseas. His wife isn’t involved at all but I’ve made sure that my granddaughter and daughter-in-law drive to my homestead when I tell them to. Other family members have been invited but I don’t think a single one has done anything for themselves. We love them enough to help them in the event of an event.

We have a strict policy that uninvited guests will only be warned one time. It’s just the way it has to be and I think anyone else who takes prepping seriously understands this statement.

What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

All the ‘Storey’ books from Chickens to Goats and Pigs are all great even though they’re not specifically for prepping.

What about your survival favorite movie?

I’m not a television person so I don’t have a movie but I do watch videos on YouTube and ‘dirtpatchheaven’ is a favorite along with ‘jnull0’. Real people with real homesteads. I watch many others but these two are a couple of my favorites.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

Get out there and do it. Take the scary plunge and make the move to sustainable existence. It doesn’t have to be rough. Learn the skills and practice, help a farmer, learn remedies that don’t rely on chemicals.

If the current state of world affairs doesn’t move you into action perhaps feeding your children and grandchildren food without GMO’s and other chemicals might. The food available in the grocery stores are mostly PRODUCTS not real food. Learn what you’re eating. And what your children are eating – and improve their health and your health by getting the chemicals out of your family’s food supply. A side effect of this is that you’re on the road to sustainable living and long term food security in the event a SHF scenario comes to pass.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone that has purchased the three books in my Liberty Dying Series, “Jingling Our Change”, “Nanny State Nightmare”, and “Apocalypse by Government”.

The reviews, that you’ve taken the time out of your busy schedule to provide, are feedback I take to heart. I most humbly thank everyone for their praise and generous remarks. It’s tough to find time to write a review but it’s the only thing that helps people decide if they want to buy my books. I’ve never purchased bulk reviews to pad my results and rely solely on my readers for feedback.

God Bless and Good Reading.

The Giveaway

Kelli has reserved two copies of all three books in the Liberty Dying Series for lucky Backdoor Survival readers in this Prepper Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.


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The Final Word

Trying to grasp what may or may not happen to citizens following the establishment of a tyrannical government is anyone’s guess.  Personally, I would like to believe that our right to independence and free speech will prevail, but I am smart enough to recognize that there are no guarantees.

Books of fiction, such as Apocalypse by Government, give us one person’s insight into how things might play out, for better or for worst.  I think you will enjoy Kelli’s book and the entire Liberty Dying Series and encourage you to enter the giveaway to win a complete set for free.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

If you enjoyed this article, consider voting for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates  and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

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Spotlight:  Apocalypse by Government

The Government has promised food, shelter, and security in return for the RFID Chip in their left forearm.  With starvation and unbridled abuse the rule, the Government promises turn to ash.

The Jacks (as in jack-booted thugs) wield their power with a heavy hand, requiring compliance with every demand, lawful or not. With harsh punishments for disobedience, civilians step into line. The Jacks continue to intimidate and abuse those they promised to protect.

Having traded their freedom for security, the citizens find themselves with neither.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival as well as a link to the books mentioned by today’s author.

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Non-Fiction

Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond
Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies
Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide (PrepSmart Volume 3)
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource
The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget

Prepper Book Festival 9 – Fiction

Cascadia’s Curse
Apocalypse by Government
New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)
The Line of Departure: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Holding Their Own: The Toymaker

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

This month is their annual “stock up” month with exceptional values on some of their most popular items.  As I do every month, I like to single out my own favorites.  This month, one of the best deals is on their 4 person 72 hour buckets which is based upon a total of 2,000 calories per day per person.  A 2-pack (2 full buckets) is 50% off at $99.99.  

My favorite Clear Mist 115 Hour Plus Emergency Candles are $4.95 and the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) is on sale for $11.99.  Finally, prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what.

Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

The Amazon Top Most Wished For and Best Selling Outdoor Items
Emergency Preparedness Items from Amazon.com
Shop Amazon Tactical – Great Selection of Optics, Knives, Cases, Equipment
Amazon Gift Cards

Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Apocalypse By Government + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

The Ultimate Sniper (Book Review)

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Ultimate SniperIn a serious SHTF situation, you may be called on to defend yourself with your rifle. If you only have one manual for reference and training on rifle marksmanship, this one should be it.

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