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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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?. . . Read More
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.
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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!. . . Read More
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.
What I like about this book is that it is concise and to the point.. . . Read More
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?. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.
With that introduction, I would like to introduce you to “Start Prepping!!: Get Prepared for Life” by Tim Young.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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!
Is your head spinning yet?. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.
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?. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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,
But first, for those of you that are unfamiliar with book festival format, what is a “Prepper Book Festival”?. . . Read More
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!
With that introduction, I would like to present the last book in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
One of my dreams is to someday own a small flock of chickens. I would tend to the flock myself and have plenty of fresh, wholesome eggs to serve for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Thus is the dream and I admit that it is more fantasy than reality. But heck? You never know, right?
With that introduction, I present the next entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9. Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond is a book about raising chickens the old fashioned way.. . . Read More
A small part of each of us harbors a lack of trust in those organizations and agencies empowered to keep us safe. This, I am afraid, is a 21st century reality. While it easy to point fingers and play a blame game, it is my opinion that we are better served by fostering self-reliance so that we can depend upon ourselves and not on third parties.. . . Read More