Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Getting Home by Alex Smith

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival.  Alex Smith, the author of Getting Home shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Alex Smith Getting HomeBefore we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Uncle Phil ” has won a copy of Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Uncle Phil answered the question What is the title of your favorite NON-FICTION survival or prepping book?”.

I like reading books about people who have survived different situations because these books give me a view of the mental and physical aspects of surviving these situations. Some of my favorites are: “Escape From Camp 14”, “Lost in Shanghai-la”, “Unbroken”, and “Alone On The Ice”. As far as books on prepping, “When Technology Fails is an excellent book that covers a wide variety of topics.

Speaking of which, I will be using the entries to compile a new listing of Backdoor Survival reader favorites.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

AN  INTERVIEW WITH ALEX SMITH

Tell me about your book, Getting Home, What is it about?

Getting Home attempts to address the scenario of a disaster, or other catastrophic, happening while you are away from home – most likely at work. How do you get home? What skills and tools will you need? I’ve geared the book towards people with beginning to intermediate level knowledge of disaster preparedness, though even those with more experience may pick up a trick or two.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Getting Home?

Not much in the way of research, but years of going on backpacking, hiking and multi-day canoe trips helped prepare me for the notion of surviving with only what I have on hand.

How long did it take to write?

Three weeks.

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

Disaster preparedness is a personal responsibility, as we’ve seen in Katrina and more recently, during Sandy. During a major, regional disaster, help is not coming – not for a long time. You are the first responder.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m just a normal guy that enjoys the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping. I’m worried about my country and I would like to see more people prepared, if (when?) disaster strikes. Saved by Christ and loved by a great woman.

Do you have plans for another book?

I’m considering a three book, “Home” series: Getting Home, Staying Home (Home hardening and preparedness) and Leaving Home (Bugging out).

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

A book is a great starting point, but being prepared is a lifestyle change. It is asking questions, getting trained, growing and learning. It is a regression, of sorts – getting more in tune with how our fathers and grandfathers lived. No book will make you a survivor, but it can introduce you to a path of self-reliance that will be rewarding and satisfying.

THE BOOK GIVEAWAY

A print copy of Getting Home has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location.  Examples include earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche or ??????

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the random.org website.  In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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THE FINAL WORD

Getting Home is not a long book. Instead, it is concise and gets right the to point in a clear, easy to read and logical manner.  It has an especially good section on day packs (purse, backpack, laptop bag) and it even inspired me to keep one with me for those times that I need more than an EDC (every day carry) but less than a bug out bag.  It is an especially good value at $3.99 for the Kindle version.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Spotlight Item:  Getting Home is a book that addresses what you need and what you need to do to get home to your family after disaster strikes. Getting Home addresses the question of what should you have with you to survive plus much more.  It is written in a clear and concise manner and explores the following topics:

1. Creating a robust Every Day Carry (EDC) kit
2. Supplementing your EDC with a Daypack (DP)
3. What to store in your office (or other facility while you are away from home)
4. Selecting and outfitting your vehicle
5. Selecting and outfitting a Get Home Bag (GHB)
6. Creating Caches
7. Getting Home: Tips and Tactics for Survival

 


Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.

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THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – NON-FICTION

The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse

THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – FICTION

Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey


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Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Getting Home by Alex Smith — 58 Comments

  1. our greatest disaster would be a tornadoe!!!!!! i,ve been thru a few and i sure try my hardest to be prepared for them every year…

    • Agreed, middle TN is littered with them throught the spring and really heavy fronts that come through. Whether its our home, neighborhood, we try to prepare for no electricity, no home, no clothes, no food/water. Except for establishing some cache locations, it’s difficult when most of your preps are inside your home (that could be wiped off the face of the earth).
      ap

  2. Fire would be the biggest threat in this area. I haven’t heard of a tornado or earthquake here, although I’ve gone through a few of both of them when I lived elsewhere.

  3. Flooding is the greatest threat. Lived through the flooding that happened in 2011 with the Susquehanna River overflowing.

  4. Being in Ky, and my neighbor’s house lost to a tornado, I know this is my biggest threat of a natural disaster happening. Living on the New Madrid fault is a big worry. I really think it is coming. It will be bigger than the last and no, when it happens, FEMA will not be there. So many people cant see what would happen to our food distribution (or any trucks rolling) with all bridges on the Mississippi gone. Most of the overpasses on the interstate highways in the midwest gone. It may not be the end of the world as we know it, but the fan will be in high speed slinging it….

  5. In this area around Chicago, a major snow storm could bring this city to a standstill. This occured in 2011. In addition, a tornado would cause a major disaster and a standstill in the community.

  6. Our greatest threat in Pocatello would be the Yellowstone Super-volcano, and although we have an extensive plan for that occasion, the most common threat with this climate change issue is probably wildfire. We are as ready as we can be for an in-town location (the hydrant is right in front of our house). There was a wind driven fire across the street from us a couple of weeks ago which came up to the back doors of the houses directly across from us. If the wind had been blowing in the usual direction, our house would have been directly in the path. It was an eye opener. All kinds of scenarios ran through my head as I watched.

  7. Winter storm is most likely, but staying put is the answer. EMP is my greatest fear with a revolution and marauders. Emergency kits & BOB’s are ready. But I saw the word cache and am very interested in this info. Any info. being on foot or otherwise is greatly appreciated. This book should give precise directions on that info.

    • Caches are places where supplies have been put so as not to rely on carrying everything all the time. I have some in my home AND in my yard, since one never knows what may happen in the future.

  8. Here in Central Ohio we have had some huge storms over the past few years. A few tornados have touched down in our county and Hurricane Ike was actually a catagory 1 when it came across here. Every street in our community had numerous large trees down. Many houses were damaged and quite a few of our roads in our rural area were blocked by downed trees and power lines. We were without electricity for 7 days. We have a generator,( run by our propane tank) but it only runs basics. Our storms bring very high winds, thunder and lightening strikes , and some flooding in the lower areas of the county. My biggest concerns are the ice storms and the violent thunder storms ..both of which frequently take out our power. We do have camping equipment ( stove, lanterns, sleeping bags, etc.) so that we can still cook , and stay warm even if our propane tank runs low.

  9. Super Storm Sandy whipped through here last year and put us down for the count. A storm like that is what we really need to “re” prepare for, since communications and fuel delivery were compromised

  10. Our greatest threats here are volcano’s and forest fires.

    Most people are pretty set up to handle forest fires but you just can’t prep for a volcano unless you’re going to completely bug out.

  11. Currently living in Florida which is prone to hurricane winds, rain, and storm damage. Giving it all up to persue a dream of moving west. Will be relocating to Colorado where I will contend with wildfires and heavy snows! Can’t wait!

  12. Our greatest threat would be a wildfire which could wipe out my food storage. I am working to building a noncombustible storage building which can help protect against that, remove trees from around my home and learn other ways to limit damage of wild fires.

  13. Our greatest threat is tornadoes.. My son’s house and area around our house was hit a few years ago… It was awful trying to make sure all of my grown kids and their spouses and their parents were all okay… We should have had a better plan…

  14. My family and I live in small town East Texas. We have tornadoes and wildfires and the fall out from hurricanes and drought. I drive 30 miles to work and worry about having to travel either the roadways or across country to get home in the aftermath of a disaster, natural or otherwise. And that is just during a work week, other cases for worry are being away on vacations or visiting out of town relatives. I have small packs for each car but worry about making it alone.

  15. There are a couple of potential natural disasters that I can think of for my area.
    One is fire; We are surrounded for miles and miles of woodlands and there are dry periods here, even though it is rainforest. The second is flood. There is a threat of a tsunami, from earthquakes, but my most anx, is our culvert/ creek system. The island DOT has been working on culverts , that haven’t been touched for over 20 years, when there were a lot less people living in this area. Personally, I’m waiting and a little nervous about the up-coming rainy season, because of the changes that have been made on the culverts. It’s possible this place could be undermined by flash-flood conditions.. Other possibilities are pretty normal for this area…..like being snowed in.

  16. Our greatest natural disaster threats are tornados and severe thunderstorms with high winds and lots of lightening. We are also prone to severe winter weather with lots of snow and high winds that can keep the roads closed for days.

    During the worst of these storms, many trees often come down and take power lines with them. Usually the power outages only last a day or two, but twice in the past few years, the power has been out for close to a week. We don’t have a generator, most of the time that’s not a problem, but the two storms that took our power for almost a week were challenging! We do have a camper with a furnace and stove that run on propane, so we can temporarily house there if we are without power and need heat. We also have camping equipment such as lanterns, sleeping bags and there is always the propane grill. Our biggest challenge is refrigeration in the summer. In the winter it’s usually cold enough that our food is okay outside in a cooler.

  17. Living on Florida’s gulf coast, hurricanes are my likeliest threat. I’ve been through quite a few of them, and learned at a young age to be prepared. As the world has gotten crazier, I’ve started prepping for other scenarios as well because you never know when something will happen out-of-the-blue.

  18. The greatest natural disaster threats in my opinion for my region (Mid-Atlantic, Lower Shenandoah Valley) are another Snowmaggeden event, hurricanes, widespread flooding or now it seems an earthquake. Since I work 48 miles, 50 minutes (by interstate), a water hazard and two significant terrain features away from home home, this book is on my must have list contest or no.

  19. You know having had the privilege to have lived through a traumatic adventure where I was scraping seeds off the ground to eat.. needless to say I live in an areal where there is plenty of food to yet fell through the cracks.. what is funny though is how many there truly are that fall through the cracks of society.. I have seen many and with what I suspect is on its way I fine myself truly grateful for my past experiences. It gave me strength and character and the will to survive what comes. similar to that of our elders that lived through the great depression. If you went into any one of those peoples homes that had to deal with the depression you would find a survival kit available usually money tucked someplace that no one can find it or would look for it and a well stocked pantry just waiting for the day it would be needed.
    Now after watching the television show Naked and afraid I have come up with another tool that I think would be the most useful and am in the process of getting one. that is the Machete with an ax and sawback with a branch hook and in the handle a fire starter with fishing gear and a group of snare wire. in the hand guard arrow heads and the handle wrapped with para cord to make bows and arrows and what ever else you can make with it..
    Now how will the next depression unfold in my humble opinion who is to know for sure. over on the http://www.urbansurvival.com site George Ure has a good idea.. but I think personally it will begin with one thing then cascade across the board similar to domino’s drooping.
    From what I see now our Congress is talking about doing away with a great amount of food stamps and the EIC tax credit.. depending on when they do that is when I think the ax will fall since the majority of those affected are small family groups that are in low paying positions up to that point I think our federal reserve bank will be able to keep pushing the wet noodle across the table. the people that receive those benefits are for the most part the ones that spend the majority of the money. Ronald Reagan and George Bush had it right when they gave tax rebates to spur the economy during their time in office.What surprises me is that we all know that there has to be vital cuts but to cut from the poorest then give to the wealthiest companies and individuals that are already hiding their funds in offshore accounts.
    Then give to what was the figure forty billion dollar increase in international spending.. that doesn’t make sense. if anything they should have given cuts to the small business owners not the bigger ones and tariff incoming goods and services from the companies that have so far outsourced our economy .
    Maybe if we took advantage of taking care of america first.. instead we have let those from other countries divide our strategic defense resources so thin making us all vulnerable to anyone wishing us harm. we would be able to survive the upcoming correction that has to be made in the world of money and banking.

  20. Here in Southern CA, obviously our greatest risk is earthquake. I have lived through a few big ones…Northridge being the worst. We could not live in our home for several months. We are as prepared as possible for this catastrophe…the rest is up to how severe it is. Thankfully we are set up to move to an area in North Eastern Washington next June.

  21. Even after the number of wildfires that have hit our area this summer (including one that caused several of our friends to have to evacuate their homes), I still believe that the greater natural disaster threat for me is an earthquake. Our home is far enough away from the dried out hills that I trust the firefighters to protect our home in the event of a fire, but it has been almost 20 years since a “Big One” in my area, and I know we are due. This is something I know I need to be better prepared for.

  22. Fire! Living in Northern Nevada it’s so hot and dry. We’ve had several fires come close over the years, but the one that started on July 4th was less than a mile away. Spent many sleepless nights watching and waiting to evacuate. Fortunately on day 10, the winds shifted and they were able to put it out. Burned over 19,000 acres.

    My commute is 64 miles each way – so the other biggest threat would be an EMP if it happened while I was at work..

    Thanks for the contest!

  23. The greatest threat in our area are tornadoes. There have not been any in our area for a long while, but every time the weather turns bad I wonder if this is the day. We live in a mobile home so really don’t have a safe place to go to other than just outside in a nearby ditch. It is my wish to build a root cellar or something like that to go to if we have the need. It will have to be big enough for three wheelchairs as my mother, brother and I are all in wheelchairs and we live in the middle of the woods (with the deer and bears, lol).

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter so many wonderful contests. I love your web site.

  24. Tornado! If you don’t have a shelter, your preps will go with the rest of the home. Can’t prepare for that! Everyone in this area needs access to a shelter. I am so glad to see the schools actively trying to get shelters.

  25. Our most catastrophic threat would be tornado; our most likely threat is severe winter storms. Having said that, it turns out that our longest power outage happened, as someone above mentioned, when Hurricane Ike came through Ohio. There was no rain, just a terrific wind storm.

  26. Well, I’m between volcanoes and the coast where there is a subduction fault just off shore. So I have to prepare and not just a LARGE earthquake but one which will last for minutes not seconds — that’s just the first one; then there’s the aftershakes AND the tsunami which will follow. An event like Indonesia and Japan. That’s west of me. East of me, is the Pacific rim with volcanoes, an a possible new one rising, for now it’s just a bulge but like the rest of them along the rim anything can happen anytime. St. Helen’s has shown us that we have 2 worries, the amount of ash which may fall and the rushing of hot ash coming down the canyons along with the water and whatever else the water picks up.
    No matter where one goes, there will be something Nature can toss just to let us know who’s controlling this world. 😉 I have chosen one of the best parts of the country to live, but even snowstorms can a disaster for a few days since we don’t have them often, we also don’t have the snow removal equipment or at least not enough. Floods may come but I’m high enough the only one I fear is with a volcano eruption. Yes, prepare for the worst and celebrate when it doesn’t happen.

  27. The greatest “Natural disaster” (or man-made in this case could happen as well!) in my neck of the would be Forrest Fires. While we can and do get flooding, blizzards, and even Tornado’s in the Eastern Mountains of Arizona, the greatest threat as demonstrated repeatedly is wild-land fires. In 2011 the area I now live in fell victim to the LARGEST forrest fire in state History, the Wallow Fire, started by lightning or backpackers depending on who you believe it consumed hundreds of square miles of forrest before the Monsoon Rains and lack of Fuel put it out. (it stopped mainly because it ran out of forrest and was into high mountain desert plains…

  28. The greatest natural disaster in this area is flooding. Living along a river of this size has its drawbacks as well as its rewards.

  29. In oregon the threat we prepare for is the cascadia full rip quake. Having children in 3 different locations during the day leaves us making several different plans for getting back together again and making sure we have at least a month prepared to survive without help in major aspects of life.

  30. There are 2 types of natural disasters that we need to prepare for in our area. The first and most common are tornados and the second is an earthquake. Even though we have not had a big earthquake around here since the mid 1800’s, the experts tell us it is only a matter of time until the new Madrid fault causes a catastrophic quake. We are past due for the big one. Any size able quake from the new Madrid fault would cause a lot of damage here in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and other states in the Mississippi valley because homes and businesses have not been built like homes and businesses in California. They have been built to help withstand the damage of earthquakes ours have not.

  31. What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location Here in GA I would say a hurricane. We seldom get an tornados and those are usually isolated. Hurricanes visit GA at a rate of a category 3 every 2-3 years.

  32. In my area wildfires are the first threat, of which we have had several this year. This is followed by earthquakes and volcanoes. I am waiting for the Cascadia subduction zone to give way which will cause a lot of disruption for this part of the country.

  33. The greatest Risk here in Kentucky is an earthquake. Much like the underground
    caverns in Florida, we too have numerous caves and caverns running throughout
    the state. In the event of a major earthquake, it is possible these caverns
    could open up and drain some or all of the major water sources in the state,
    this of course would cause major panic as most are ill prepared for such a
    tragedy. Hope to read the book. Thanks.

    “Lightseeker”

  34. In this area we are know as ‘Tornado Alley’. A good chainsaw and axe are almost a standard in all homes. We take shelter when one is reported but fear the one that comes in the night while everyone is sleeping. Basements and cellars are great to have if possible.

  35. I live in one of the few areas in the country that is unlikely to see tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes. Forest fires are a small concern, but here in the eastern U.S., it’s seldom dry enough for long enough at a time to make everything a fire waiting to happen. We seldom get enough snow to cause a problem, either. Our only power outages in recent years have been after severe summer storms, such as last year’s derecho winds that left most of West Virginia without power for several days. Given that natural disasters are something that’s never been too much more than an inconvenience, I worry more about EMPs, economic disasters, and riots in populated areas, which could eventually spread to my small town.

  36. What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that I perceive in my geographical location? Well, it’s sort of a tossup between tornado, fire, hurricane, pandemic (our location is near a major metropolitan area at the intersection of major interstate highways, plus we have a port and an international airport), and nuclear/EMP (we live near a military target).

    Last year, a tornado touched down within a half mile of our home, and 16 years ago, a twister took the roof off another house that I have since sold. This even though we do NOT live in “Tornado Alley.” The Midland NOAA radio stays on standby these days to warn for tornados, and under our beds, we each have shoes, flashlights, and hardhats which I recently bought so my husband could give me his “you’re nuts” look. But I feel like two close calls were enough.

    Fires haven’t been an issue around here since 1998 when ash from forest fires fell like snow. It was fabulous being pregnant through the hottest summer in 120 years, by the way. Now I keep go-bags packed (including cash & medications), photos in carry bins, and duffle bags in closets near the silver and jewelry. Insurance and other important documents stay in the safe deposit box [high off the bank’s floor, in case of flooding] with some family items that can’t be replaced. I also posted on the side of a kitchen cabinet a single laminated page with a list of who does what for an evacuation, including pet care for a cat, three BIG dogs, and one dachshund. We can be fully loaded and in the vehicle in 10 minutes.

    Our home is close to a river, but our elevation is expected to stay dry except in a category 5 hurricane’s storm surge (my “behind” would be hundreds of miles away, however, looking for this house on the news). I still want to either install hurricane shutters or keep on hand enough 3/4″ plywood to cover all the doors and windows, but my husband doesn’t want to spend the money. Well, next hurricane, he’ll be standing alone in that line at Home Depot waiting for a truckload of plywood to be delivered while I’m evacuating the rest of the family. ‘Not doing that again.

    If something arrived like the Spanish flu, nuclear fallout, or whatever would make it unsafe to venture outdoors, we would be completely fine not stepping outside the house for at least a month. Without electricity, hot weather would be uncomfortable, but we have ways to mitigate the discomfort from that, too. After a month, we would need at least to draw water from a well, but otherwise, could stay home for up to a year.

    Our family prepares primarily for conditions may make it dangerous to leave our property; it’s anybody’s guess what those could be. We do have go-bags ready for emergency evacuations with packable stores of food & water, but “bugging-in” is our most likely scenario.

    • Even I am impressed with your preps. Like you, my first choice will always be to bug in. There are certain catastrophes such as massive destruction from and earthquake or a tsunami coming, where bugging out would be mandatory.

      As I have often said on the website, I have extremely well prepared but also extremely disorganized. That drives me crazy because every other part of my life is so organized that it drives other crazy.

      If you live close by I would hire your to come help out 🙂

  37. Although it has yet to happen, the area I live in on the West Coast of Washington is projected to have an earthquake anytime. Knock on wood it doesn’t ever happen.

  38. In SW Washington our biggest risk would be an earthquake. We travel in to Portland a lot and if one takes out the bridges then we would have a real problem for getting home.

  39. I’m pretty lucky in my area the most likely is a blizzard (Is Detroit a “natural” disaster? :D). These happen every year. The only question becomes how severe. I think we could survive for a couple of weeks. The weak link in my preps is heat and I’m working on that.

  40. living in California, our greatest threat is an earthquake – but there’s also an earthen damn in the hills above my home, so if that failed after a quake we would have to evacuate quickly… something i try to always keep in mind.

  41. In southern California our biggest threats are earthquakes & wild fires. Our last wild fire consumed over 2,400 homes. I am not familiar with your term “bugging in” or “bugging out” but I am guessing we would need to “bug out” in the event of either of these situations. We don’t have basements or storm cellars here and they wouldn’t help in an earthquake. Two years ago our entire county (over 2 million people) had a power outage, supposedly due to human error by someone at the power plant. Everything closed down, grocery stores, gas stations, land-line telephones, etc. Cell phone frequencies got jammed. It lasted all day (hot day so no AC) and well into the night. Luckily for us, the weather was beautiful as evening fell and everyone in my neighborhood fired up their BBQs and had major block parties & pool parties with flashlights and lanterns. My family was prepared enough so it turned out to be a ‘fun’ adventure but if it had lasted much longer it wouldn’t have been fun any more. As for “getting home” I have walkie talkies but my daughter doesn’t take prepping seriously so I wouldn’t be able to communicate with her that way. Any suggestions? Maybe the book addresses that subject. Thanks for all you do, truly appreciate it.

  42. Probably fire with an EMP as second, as I am only about 80 miles from DC. I have cleared my property of any ground ‘fuel’ and hopefully a fire would go around my place, but I would evacuate before it got that close! An EMP (providing it’s not nuclear bomb on DC caused) I can handle, I use very little electricity as it is now.

  43. “What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location. Examples include earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche or ??????”

    Well to be honest the waterfront is only a few steps away from our home and although in the past natural disaster is not something that we would ever have worried about, times are changing. Within my time here in Maryland we have had Earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical Storms. For those of you not familiar with Maryland (yes there are people who have no clue where it is) the nation’s capital is literally 30 minutes away (and yes I worry about that too). I would say over the past 5 years I have been increasingly more worried about hurricanes since we were hit by several over the past few years and the damage is extensive. The scary part is my husband and I both work a good distance from home and we also travel out of the country to see our family in Canada.

  44. I live in Southeast Texas. Our area is beset by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods and drought. It’s difficult to prepare for all of the possibilities, and budget constraints make it very difficult, but little by little I keep trying.

  45. We live in Kansas and head to the basement quite often during the spring and summer months because of tornado threats.

  46. Flooding is our biggest threat here in Northeast La. Even a regular thunderstorm sometimes comes down faster than can drain off. Hurricane season in south La. is rainy season in north La.

  47. I live in Arizona so the biggest natural disaster threat I can think of, besides no rain which would be REALLY bad, is fire. We have had some horrendous forest/grass fires that has caused loss of life, the latest being the 19 firefighters on the Yarnell fire, but loss of home is more likely and can be devastating in its own way even if we do, suppossedly, have some help.

  48. I live in Texas and our greatest risks are from tornadoes and wild fire. We have also been suffering from drought resulting in water rationing in our city.

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