If there were such a thing as a 12 point program for Mason jar addicts, I would be a card carrying member. I adore Mason jars and use them to store bulk foods in the pantry, craft supplies in the closet, and frozen goods in the freezer. Because of my love for Mason jars, they are being carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and packed away in boxes so they make the big move I have coming up this Fall.. . . Read More
When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there. It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don’t like pitch black darkness. As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books.. . . Read More
Taking a break from your preps is something we all need to do from time to time and what better way than to immerse yourself in a calming and relaxing hobby. This time around, I am not going to tell you to go camping like I did early this week. Instead I am going to ask you to break out the coloring books and start coloring.
To help me twist your arm a bit, I have asked artist Wendy Piersall to join us in a Prepper Book Festival.. . . Read More
How much do you know about herbal medicine? Or perhaps more important, how much do you know about becoming your own herbalist? You might be asking, “what is an herbalist”? An herbalist is someone who is proficient in the use of herbs. As simplistic as that seems, if you are like me you have read books, studied and grown herbs, and then, with the exception of a few select plants, filed this herbal knowledge away for sometime down the road.. . . Read More
Dozens of readers have asked about DIY solar projects and until now, I have had very little to offer. That has changed. As you will see below, the latest entry in the Prepper Book Festival is flat out fantastic.
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home by Eric Smith is a full-color DIY book with lots of pictures, lots of diagrams, and lots of information. Interested in building a real, wood-encased solar oven (and not a tin-foil and cardboard mockup)?. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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?. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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.. . . 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!. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . 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.. . . Read More