Prepper Book Festival 10: Emergency Evacuations + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival Emergency Evacuations | Backdoor Survival

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Complete Survival Shelters Handbook + Giveaway

Complete Survival Shelters Handbook | Backdoor Survival

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? 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide + Giveaway

Pandemic Preparedness Guide | Backdoor Survival

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.

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset + Giveaway

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Start Prepping! + Giveaway

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.

With that introduction, I would like to introduce you to “Start Prepping!!: Get Prepared for Life” by Tim Young. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Air Rifles and Rimfire Rifles by Steve Markwith + Giveaway

Air Rifles Rimfire Rifles | Backdoor Survival

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)

Kerosene Pressure Lanterns | Backdoor Survival

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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11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival | Backdoor Survival

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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Prepper Book Festival 10: Prepper’s Survival Hacks

Preppers Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb | Backdoor Survival

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Spy Secrets That can Save Your Life | Backdoor Survival

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel + Giveaway

Prepper Book Festival Lights Out | Backdoor Survival

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Penny-Pinching Prepper

Prepper Book Festival Penny Pinching Prepper | Backdoor Survival

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. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare

Prepper Book Festival 10 | Backdoor Survival

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”?

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Prepper Book Festival 9: The Pantry Primer

The Pantry Primer | Backdoor Survival

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

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Apocalypse By Government

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.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Chickens From Scratch

Prepper Book Festival Chickens from Scratch | Backdoor Survival

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 9Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond is a book about raising chickens the old fashioned way. 

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Shadow Patriots New Recruits

Prepper Book Festival - Shadow Patriots Series |Backdoor Survival

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.

The latest entry in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is a work of fiction titled New Recruits (The Shadow Patriots Volume 2)

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine

Preppers Natural Medicine | Backdoor Survival

As an advocate of both essential oils and medical self-care, I am constantly on the look out for credible information that will afford good health without dependence on toxic pharmaceuticals.  I do not mean to imply that I totally shun modern drugs but these days, many of the newer drugs cause more harm than good.

To coin a cliché, this week’s entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is just what the doctor ordered.  In this case, the “doctor” is Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper, and the book is Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: The Toymaker by Joe Nobody

Prepper Book Festival 9: The Toymaker by Joe Nobody

Living in a post-apocalyptic world is something we can only imagine.  Sure, we can watch movies and read books, but no one can really predict what life will be like after SHFT.  On the other hand, stretching our imagination is something we absolutely must do to mentally prepare for life during uncertain times.

With that introduction, I would like to introduce the next book in  Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9The Toymaker is the latest book from Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own series that follows the lives of Bishop and Terri as they suffer through the challenges of living in a society that has turned upside down.

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Water Survival Guide

Preppers Water Survival Guide - Backdoor Survival

Last week I indicated that this was going to be “Water Month” on Backdoor Survival.  What better way to kick the month off then with a book on water that was written specifically for preppers?  So, with that in mind, this week’s featured book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.

Written by my friend and colleague, Daisy Luther, I have to tell you that this little book is the definitive resource on all things water. 

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Shotguns: A Comprehensive Guide

Shotguns A Comprehensive Guide | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to firearms, I admit to being a rank novice.  Even though I have had quite a bit of training, it has not been enough and I am smart enough to know it.  That being said, I do make an attempt to practice at the range whenever I can and in between I read and study.

Currently I am learning about shotguns. I have never used a shotgun so this next book in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is quickly bringing me up to speed. 

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Prepper Book Festival 9: Cascadia’s Curse

Preppers Book Festival Cascadia's Curse | Backdoor Survival

Last week, The New Yorker published a no-holds barred article describing what could happen if the “Really Big One” hit the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest.  It is scary stuff, especially since this is where I live and unless I get to higher ground very quickly, my home and everything else would be swept out to sea in a massive tsunami.

With current media attention focusing on a major quake in the PNW, it seems appropriate to kick off Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 with a fictionalized tale of what what happens when the big one hits.

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Prepper Book Festival 9 Is Now Here!

Prepper Book Festival 9 - Backdoor Survival

In what has become a Backdoor Survival tradition, Prepper Book Festival 9 is now here with an all new selection of books, author interviews, and giveaways. This time around I have an equal split of fiction and non-fiction, all unique, and all quite different from the others in the festival.

In the non-fiction arena, you are going to find books about survival water, natural medicine, chickens, and shotguns.  Really, a mixed bag with something for everyone.  In the prepper/survival fiction genre, I have titles from tried and  true authors Joe Nobody and G.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Making the Best of Basics

Making the Best of Basics - Backdoor Survival

In a couple of days, the United States will be celebrating Independence Day, commonly referred to as the 4th of July.  It seems only right that we recognize the significance of that day and of this moment in history with something special.  To my way of thinking, we need to celebrate our own efforts toward become self-reliant and secure in the fact that we can take care of ourselves in all but the most dire of emergencies.

It is for that reason I have held back the final entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8 until this week. 

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Practical Prepping No Apocalypse Required

Practical Prepping No Apocalypse Required - Backdoor Survival

A recent topic in the Survival Buzz comments section has been prepper burnout.  Perhaps because of the serious ramifications of not being prepared, people tend to approach prepping with frantic fervor.  When coupled with a busy family life and a job, it can sometimes become too much to handle. And that, in a nutshell, leads to burnout.

I realize this is an odd introduction for the book festival but stay with me, there is a reason.

The next book in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8 is Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required: An Everyday Approach to Disaster Preparedness

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Game Changer by Chris Bostic

Game Changer by Chris Bostic - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  Chris Bostic, the author of Game Changer, is back for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  He is also providing one reader with a free copy of his book. Not only that, the winner can choose either a print book or an eBook.

Some of you may recall his previous two books, Fugitives from Northwoods and Rebellion in Northwoods.  This newest book, Game Changer, is an adventure book that starts with a storm and ends in one calamity after another.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Resurrecting Home by A. American

Resurrecting Home by A. American - Backdoor Survival

Have you ever noticed the number of fiction authors in the preparedness and survival niche that are able to come back time and again with a new book to grab our attention?  It always astounds me that there are so many knowledgeable individuals, who, as preppers or survivalists themselves, are able to continually come back with novels that are both entertaining and educational.

With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  A.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Ron Brown and The Non Electric Lighting Series

The Non-Electric Lighting Series by Ron Brown - Backdoor Survival

Longtime readers of Backdoor Survival need no introduction to my friend Ron Brown. He is the author of the popular Propane for Preppers series and the NEW 2000-Hour Flashlight, a book that teaches how to take a $5 flashlight and MacGyver it so it will operate for 2000 usable hours on a single battery.

Now to be honest, originally the 2000-Hour Flashlight book was to featured in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  But, me being me, I did a switcheroo.  Ron’s series of books on non-electric lighting are so fantastic that I twisted his arm and used positive persuasion tactics to convince him to offer one lucky reader a set of the first five books in the Non-Electric Lighting Series. 

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Prepper Book Festival 8: A Time to Endure

A Time to Endure by Kyle Pratt - Backdoor Survival

Last year when I read Kyle Pratt’s “Through Many Fires”, I could not put it down.  In that book, nuclear terrorism destroys a number of American cities and chaos prevails.  A familiar story, perhaps, but written in such an engaging and thought-provoking manner that I anxiously awaited the sequel.

With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.  Kyle Pratt, the author of A Time to Endure, is back with book #2 in his “Strengthen What Remains” series. 

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