An Encore Interview with G. Michael Hopf
Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
Mindset, fitness and foraging knowledge. First: Mindset is often overlooked, gathering resources and learning skill sets in a controlled environment are very good and I highly recommend, but I feel people should take those skills and tools in the wild or into training where the intensity level is raised and done over a period of time. This will teach you many things, and one of those is do you have the temperament to tackle SHTF situations. My mindset was forged as a combat veteran and continued as an executive protection agent. There I dealt with situations that challenged me and gave me a breadth of knowledge that no classroom or book could ever. My experiences showed me I could do things I only theorized I could do before. Second: Fitness is something that I know without a doubt is overlooked in the survivalist but mainly in the prepping community. If you are going to survive anything, you must have the ability to tackle it. Fitness is tied to survival, you can’t rely on your adrenaline to take your through an event. Third: My foraging and ability to identify plants and roots to eat has been with me since the mid 1990’s. I’m a hunter but I think foraging can be more important because edible and medicinal plants can be found in many different environments, from rural to urban.
2. What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
Water purification and fire starting tools are critical for survival. So if I only had that amount to spend, that’s the direction I’d go.
3. To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
My wife contributes and my children have now been included in a collective effort, but I am still the one who runs point.
What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)
I will go with fiction on this one. Alas, Babylon is a timeless read.
Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
Look for Book 4 in The New World Series to come out this upcoming winter.
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Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! GayeIf you enjoyed this article, consider voting for me daily at Top Prepper Websites! In addition, SUBSCRIBE to email updates and receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Spotlight Item: Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined… Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation, and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all. While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation. Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor, and Pablo are all on different paths; but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary.Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.
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Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction
Day After Disaster Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1) Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2) The Shadow Patriots Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die Collective Retribution Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2) Forsaking Home Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel 299 Days: The War Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)
Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness
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E-book 99 Cents – Also Available in Print!No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.
The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget. It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner. Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.