The Backdoor Survival Contributing Authors

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The Backdoor Survival Contributing Authors

Some days, some times, there is a topic that I find interesting but is simply beyond my scope of knowledge.  Other times, I find something that is written by someone else and think “Wow, I could not have said it better”.

Backdoor Survival Contributing Authors

When this happens, I typically reach out to other fine authors and writers and ask permission to share their work on Backdoor Survival.  I do this because their voice and perspectives teach us a lot more about preparedness than I could do alone.  Plus, their contribution fuels additional research on my own part, making me both a better prepper and a better blogger.

Today I would like to introduce you to the Backdoor Survival Contributing Authors.  These individuals have agreed to allow me to share the best of their work so that we all can learn and grow from their wisdom.  I happen to think they are the best of the best and hope that over time, you will agree as well!

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe Alton, also known as “Dr. Bones the Disaster Doctor”, is a medical doctor and Amy Alton, also known as “Nurse Amy”, is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife.  They are medical preparedness experts and the authors of the #1 Amazon Bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First aid, “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, a guide for when medical help is not on the way.  They have just published a brand new  second edition.

Joe & Amy Alton Backdoor Survival Contributing Authors

Besides their book, the Altons produce a weekly podcast called the  “Survival Medicine Hour” on Blogtalk Radio and have a YouTube channel named “drbonespodcast”. The Altons are also regular contributors to magazines like Backwoods Home and Survival Quarterly.

Their website at has over 400 posts on medical readiness. The Altons also have designed an entire line of medical kits to deal with issues you might encounter after a catastrophe, and produce instructional DVDs to teach skills that might be useful in times of trouble.

In addition to their medical credentials, the Altons are associated with the Master Gardener program for their state, with emphasis on growing food and medicinal herbs. They have Ham Radio licenses, and raise tilapia as a food fish in South Florida. Dr. Alton is a member of MENSA, and collects 19th century medical books to better understand our options in grid-down scenarios.

The Altons are popular speakers throughout the country in their role as survival medicine experts.  Their mission: To place a medically self-reliant caregiver in every family or mutual assistance group before a disaster occurs.

Richard Earl Broome

Early in 2014, I was contacted by Richard with regard to his novel Leaving the Trees.  To be honest, I am contacted by a lot of authors and as we initiate our correspondence, I never quite know where the conversation will take us.

Serendipity must have been working hard back then, because the conversation continued and evolved into my hosting a couple of “think pieces” that were crafted for Backdoor Survival and our prepping community.

Here is some information about Richard.

Richard resides in Bozeman, Montana and teaches at the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

He frequently writes articles on resilience and survival. During his career he has over fifty articles, interviews and major presentations including in the New York Times and Washington Post. His most recent two articles have appeared on Backdoor Survival and are: “The Coming Cyber War” and “Building A Culture of Preparedness“. His novel, LEAVING THE TREES, was published in July 2013 and is a fictional account of how the cyber threat could destroy the global financial markets and the likely aftermath.

He joined the U.S. Army at age eighteen with a high school diploma and then spent the next twenty-seven years in military service going from a Private to a full Colonel. By the end of his military service, he had earned his Bachelor’s Degree and two Master’s degrees. The military was followed by almost nineteen years as a businessman, mostly on Wall Street.

He also had the extraordinary good fortune to be asked to serve on the White House staff for two Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush as a member of their National Security Council staff on their crisis management team. During this period he also spent a great deal of time studying and learning about the many threats facing the United States and what measures need to be taken for our survival as a nation if the worst ever occurred.

Retiring from the military, and given the increasing threats facing all of us, he became a management consultant to both the government and commercial businesses, helping them plan for the resilience of their enterprises. He was privileged in November 2012 to deliver to the faculty and students at Montana State University, the David B. Orser Executive Lecture. His topic was: “Managing Risk in the New Operating Reality.”

When he is not writing or teaching, he takes pleasure in all that Montana has to offer with his wife of forty-four years, Pam, and their golden retriever, Molly.

I am so very pleased that Richard will continue to bring his insight and thought-provoking wisdom to both our BDS family and to me personally.

Rob Hanus

Rob Hanus is the author of several books, including, “The Preparedness Capability Checklist” and “Surviving EMP,” which are an intelligent look at becoming better prepared and being armed with the right information.

Rob Hanus Contributing Author Backdoor Survival 220

He is also founder and host of the “Preparedness Podcast,” where he teaches well organized reasons for preparedness and provides great information on a wide variety of preparedness topics, including current events and issues potentially facing all of us.  His popular, experienced-based podcasts are great resources for becoming better prepared.

Rob also manages the Prepper News Watch, highlighting news and articles relevant to preppers. Rob is the creator the Backdoor Survival Fast Track Prep Tips.  To learn more about Rob, visit his website at

Rebecca Schiffhauer

Rebecca Schiffhauer is a popular blogger and essential oils advocate.  I connected with Rebecca through her website at Camp Wander; finding her and learning from her vast knowledge of essential oils has been a personal game changer and I am so grateful to have her onboard as a Backdoor Survival Contributing Author.

Rebecca is a self made, self-taught, genuine person with lots of hands on experience but no certifications.  She does not trust them (sound familiar?).  You are going to love her!

Here is her story:

I grew up in Southern California by the beach and I learned to love a garden from my Mom.  She surrounded herself with flowers and kept a space in a community garden for growing vegetables.  Maybe it was the California influence but I’ve always been interested in life on the natural side.  Since I was little, I longed for life in the country where I could have a HUGE garden, animals and live off the land.  I read books and books on the subject and dreamt of someday being surrounded by wide open spaces.

Well, you know what they say, be careful what you wish for!

The here and now finds me in Wyoming, surrounded by wide open spaces and yes, a garden.  It’s the most perfect backdrop for what I do everyday, sharing the value of pure essential oils and how they can heal, protect and change lives!  One constant in this life is my respect for nature.   Nature holds all the answers and it never stops giving.

Camp Wander is a place that reflects my love for natural alternatives and how to use them for healing and whole wellness.  It’s my gardener’s nature that first opened the door to nature’s pharmacy, always drawn to herbs and the soil, where it all begins.  And so it is with our health, like the soil our bodies need to be nurtured and cultivated to be well, flourish and contribute.  Pure essential oils are much like every garden I’ve loved, trustworthy and created to heal.

Rebecca will be sharing some of her most popular and educational articles right here on Backdoor Survival.  We are lucky to have her!

Coming Soon: Another Great Contributing Author!