Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Staying Home by Alex Smith

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Today I share another interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Alex Smith, the author of Staying Home, is back again this week for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  He is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Kevin” has won a copy of Getting Home, also by Alex Smith. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Kevin answered the question “What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location.  Examples include earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche or ??????”

The greatest “natural disaster” (or man-made in this case could happen as well!) in my neck of the would be forest 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 forest fire in state history. The Wallow Fire, started by lightning or backpackers depending on who you believe,  consumed hundreds of square miles of forest before the monsoon rains and lack of fuel put it out. (It stopped mainly because it ran out of forest and was into high mountain desert plains.)

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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AN  ENCORE INTERVIEW WITH ALEX SMITH

1. Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

These are vague on purpose, because only choosing three is difficult.

I. The ability to provide sustenance (both food and water) for you and your family. Depending on your circumstances, this may be easier said than done – that’s why you should live in a location that gives you a fighting chance of surviving a crisis (so get out of the cities).

This ability may include: food storage, hunting, farming, foraging, sand filter construction, well digging, rain catchment, etc. ad nauseum. Practice what applies to your area.

II. Self-defense. Have reliable and capable weaponry, spare parts, magazines, ammo (hope you have it already), optics and everything else that goes along with it. Train regularly. Buy airsoft replicas of your battery and run scenarios with them (plus it saves ammo).

III. Be able to foster teamwork and coordinate large groups of people that may not be like-minded. Buy a copy of “How to win friends and influence people” or some other book. Learn how to lead without giving orders. Cultivate that charisma that will allow you to guide your family and friends.

Or…

Realize you’re not that person and determine who in your group is. Help them be a better leader by providing positive feedback. Every group needs a leader, but that leader has to understand and appreciate the benefits that everyone brings to the group. A broken clock is right occasionally, because, indeed it does take a village.

As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I’m preparing for the eventual layoff/depression/economic collapse/whatever manifestation actually happens. I’m doing this by developing revenue streams beyond my day job (writing, eBay sales, etc), learning hands-on skills, whittling down my burn rate (monthly budget), paying down debt, putting back savings and buying tangible goods.

THE BOOK GIVEAWAY

A copy of Staying Home has been reserved for one lucky reader.  This week’s question is extra easy:

Do you consider yourself a beginning newbie, an intermediate or an experienced prepper?

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

The answer to the question “should I bug-in or should I bug- out” is, for most people, an easy one.  Most of us – myself included, would bug in.  This little book from Alex will explain the basics and is intended for someone just beginning to think about the bug-in bug-out dilemma.  The book is available both in print and eBook version, with the eBook version providing lots of useful, interactive links.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight Item:   What will you do when disaster strikes? How will you protect your family? What should you have with you to survive? How will you manage an extended, grid-down scenario without the rule of law? Staying Home addresses these, and many more questions.  This is an ideal book for someone just getting started that would like an introduction to the following topics:

Selecting a the right region to weather a disaster
Selecting a defendable property
Making your property sustainable and independent
Hardening your property
Reinforcing your home
Preparations for hard times
Skills for self reliance
Leveraging your community
Disaster scenarios


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: Staying Home by Alex Smith — 85 Comments

  1. I’m in between a newbie and intermediate. Have some food/water/supplies storage but need to work on various skillsets and continue with storage and rotation.

  2. Probably a little bit more than a newbie and approaching intermediate. We’ve started storing water and food and exploring resources to replenish supplies when we “bug in”. We have land and heritage/legacy seeds in storage. We are networking with neighbors who have other skills and more land as well as defensive skills.

  3. I’m definitely a newbie. I just started on my prepping journey a couple of months ago and to tell the truth it all seems a bit overwhelming. I keep thinking of all the things I need to do and learn and, quite frankly, looking at the state of affairs in our country I’m also feeling an urgency to accomplish all of these things yesterday.

  4. I’ve been reading a lot about it and attempting to prepare for over a year now, so I guess I’m a newbie. I’ve gathered some books, food, water, seeds, other supplies, and am even (trying) to move out of the city. There’s just so much to do and learn.
    It’s tough as I’m a widow with children that I homeschool, so have to also put my trust in God because I just might not be as ready as I should be.
    Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway.
    Lisa

  5. I am definetly a newbie and am very overwhelmed by all i need to gather and accomplish. Reading prepper sites like urs gives me a place to start and ideas and goods i need that i never would have thought of. Having very little money, to put to preps, and needing to gatherer enough for six people is extremely difficult. Especially when i feel as time is running out to acccomplish these things. This book would be extremely helpful. Thanks for ur insightful articles. Kathy

  6. I am an intermediate prepper. Done lots of studying, but the gathering is difficult because of finanaces. I have been canning up a storm of food grown on our property. I am still trying to get our caches ready & set out. This book would be helpful & give us more info. on going other directions like community outreach & more on self defense – which we really need more training on. Another great book to help us in the very near future sounds like with another war maybe just around the corner.

  7. I consider myself on the intermediate level. Have food, water stores, and alternative cooking equipment. I can preserve food, sew, shoot, and keep chickens, fruit trees/bushes, and vegetable gardens.

  8. A newbie, I have the online resources to read and learn but not the time or patience. Really need to at least get food and water stockpiled even for electricity outages with the wild storms we been having.

  9. We live in a rural setting where we can be snowed in and loose power for days at a time. We have food, water, and various ways to cook and heat our home. So I guess you could say we’re experienced preppers for the short haul, but not for the long ones.

  10. I am a highly experienced newbie or a skilled intermediate ;-). Have been just living the life for the last 35 years…farming, homesteading, gardening, hunting, run a trapline, etc. The last 10 years has been building a little homestead on 20 acres…here is where I make my stand, that is, until I have to slip out to the other property.

    Stay Safe
    ~Dairy

  11. I have been doing this for several years, have lots of supplies and lots of skills, but I don’t think that I would never call myself an expert. Maybe halfway between newbie and intermediate at best.

  12. I would say I’m a little past a newbie. I want to learn as many skills as I can. Wish it was more places that would teach skills and have workshops here where I live in Northern West TN.I grew up in a family that done hunting and liked guns. I have not posted on here in a while. But I’ve. Still been reading the post. Great site!! Thanks for giving us a chance!

  13. My husband and I are experienced preppers. We began in 1986 by buying many many 10 gallon buckets of grains and beans and then went on from there. In the past 27 years we’ve added an emergency shelter, a huge amount of canned and store bought foods, thousands of gallons of potable water, medical supplies, tools, etc. We live comfortably off-grid with an 8.5KW generator and banks of batteries, 3000 gallons of mostly buried propane and have our own stream for our water needs. We live simply but have everything we need including internet, phone, Dish TV, etc. We are now senior citizens, in excellent health and feel that if everything shut down tomorrow we’d be able to survive.

  14. I am definitely a newbie, just started doing some research on all of this. Tried dehydrating some lemons and wow, they turned black. Still have a lot of learning to do.

  15. I think my wife and I are somewhere around intermediate preppers. We have some food and water, plenty of relatives within a 6 mile radius, and we live in a small rural community in central Ky. Even though I just turned 60, I am in excellent health and have many skills. I grew up on a farm so I know how to raise livestock, grow a garden, and hunt. I also have carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry skills. My wife knows how to preserve food by canning and dehydrating. I was also in the military for 26 years and know how, and have capability to defend my family, my wife is a pretty good shot also.

  16. I’m between newbie and intermediate. We’ve done lots of prep as far as making plans, starting a food survival pantry, water storage, solar cookers, etc. But there’s so many angles to surviving a catastrophe. Would love the book!

  17. I consider myself a beginner…..officially speaking. I’ve roughed it off and on during my life, from living on a farm with limited resources, to now, where it’s about the same, I guess. However, prepping for a major catastrophe that may or may not come, I’m new at.Actually learning skills and how to stockpile food and goods is kind of a new concept for me…..much more seriously looking into the future type stuff.

  18. I am a beginner for sure! I have a decent water & food supply, but it needs some work. Just started my garden, looking into canning/ dehydrating. Definitely have a few skills but need to work on much more!

  19. I guess I would have to say that since I had a hard shake myself a long long time ago that I would consider myself between an intermediate to experienced prepper.. I am not nuts on it but like someone that had gone through the depression.. every single one of them were in their own way preppers.. depending on what they personally experienced would depend on their level of prepping..

  20. I consider myself intermediate but concur with one of the other comments, the more you know the more you realize you don’t know.

  21. I joined the Boy Scouts in 1953 and this was the beginning of “be prepared”. Many of my family were members of the Mormon church, in which they teach “one years supply”, so I have been around prepping all my life. I lived in southern Florida in the late 70’s, and many of you cant remember the long gas lines, and buying gas on ‘odd or even days’. It scared me. I sold my cherry 1964 corvette and bought one years supply of dehydrated foods and moved to rural Kentucky to 10 acres. I planted apple trees and started square foot gardening and got pretty good at it. When Y2K came around, I had a decent job, so I went all out. I converted the electric whole house, that I built myself to propane cooking and heat. I was almost disappointed when Y2K didn’t happen. I still have the items purchased then.
    My wife passed in 04 and since then I have devoted my life to preparing for my children to have a place to come for refuge. I have built a solar powered (that means I don’t have to use supplemental heat in the winter) green house in which I practice aquaponics. I grow mostly tomatoes and fish. I am raising chickens, rabbits, goats, and pigs. I have taught home canning and have one corner of the basement stacked with new mason jars. I also have a food storage room chucked full of home canned, and store bought cans of food. TP up the wazo for the wazo. I have many weapons and plenty of ammo.
    You ask what I am. I would love to say I am an experienced prepper, but I know there is so much more that I need to know and do. I’m getting there, but not there yet. PS Tell Kim that if she dips her fruit in lemon juice before trying to dehydrate them, they wont turn black. Just saying.

  22. I am a newbie, not even sure I qualify as a beginner yet. But living in Hurricane Alley, so to speak, and knowing the layoffs can happen any time, I know it’s a good idea to be prepared. So, I’m starting to look into what I can do. I love your “12 Months of Prepping.” It’s a great place to start.

  23. Experienced prepper when it comes to food storage but due to health problems & being newly single now I would be unable to bug out so I would be a newbie in everything else.

  24. I consider myself an advancing newbie, lol. I only began preparing for whatever scenario will befall my family during this past year (shame on me). I am working on nutrition and security at the moment, with some herbal healing preps tossed in the mix. We have had a kitchen garden for the past few years; and I began canning last summer.

    There is so much that I (we) need to work on in preparation for possible future problems – be they economic, natural or man made crises.

  25. A newbie in the sense that we, my wife and I, have only been thinking about prepping for less than a year. We had gone out on a walk one evening an heard a rooster crowing. One of us said, I don’t remember which, that we should sell and move out of town so we could be more self sustaining. The house sold 3 days after listing it (God is great!!) and we found a bank owned place that was up for auction. Got it for 50k less than the price they wanted when it was on the market. (Again God is great)
    Big enough for gardening, food storage, raising chickens, etc. On the other hand, I have a pretty good handle on survival skills already, am very mechanically inclined, grew up gardening, hunt, fish, etc. So I would actually put myself in the intermediate category.

  26. I would consider us intermediate. We are prepared in many ways but age is catching up with us so we now know we must prepare for our children to return home if TSHTF. One lives with us and shares in our gathering, increasing skill levels, growing livestock but as one of the employed, she does not have the time to devote to working the old homestead like we would like. She is working on physical fitness right now so that is a biggie. She has put quite a few $ into our stored resources and has always liked to shoot, work on mechanical things and build almost as much as the boys do. Every thing we do or plan just shows us there is more to do or plan for. Fortunately the children are all on the same page we are and are planning or learning in their own ways so we might be a well rounded unit when the shoe drops, IF, IF, IF everyone can actually make it to the homestead.

  27. I am a well read newbie prepper. I buy one prepper “thing” per month to add to my store.
    When I “carefully” shared my quest for preparedness at a gathering with friends recently I was shocked by their reactions……”If that stuff happens to the world I would rather not live in it.” “I’ve lived a good long life…I’ll just go down with the ship”…..and my favorite:
    “Why would you WANT to live in a post apocalyptic world anyway?”.
    I considered their comments as food for thought. HMMMMMMM.

  28. I am between a newbie and an intermediate. I have some food and water storage, some medical supplies, and am working on protection for self and family. However, there are many pieces missing. I am afraid I have many parts of the puzzle but missing some crucial pieces. My DH really is not on board, although he doesn’t mind me buying some things, but many of the skills and purchases I feel I need him to be on board.

  29. I’m not quite an intermediate. I have a good start on food and water storage, but lack knowledge/skills in many other areas. I keep reminding myself that whatever I store is better than nothing. It is always a balance between time and money for me. I try to keep up on my reading about preparedness, and Gaye’s site sure helps out on that front!

  30. I’m approaching intermediate. I’ve read extensively, and have purchased many books on various ‘prepping’ aspects. We’ve got immediate family members who have medical skills, I’m a pretty good seamstress, and last year, purchased a pressure canner and am doing more of that. We’ve currently got a pretty good store of canned goods (mostly purchased) and water. I’ve also started arms training, and there are family members who are much more advanced at that than I am. Obviously, there’s lots more we could be doing.

  31. I fall in between a newbie and an intermediate. Growing up we were taught to have extra water, flash lights & batteries, candles, matches, canned food, etc stored in the basement because of power outages at anytime of the year as well as tornados and heavy snowfalls. Everyone in the family helped with the gardening and canning. Both of my parents were raised on farms but we grew up in the city. Use of tools, changing a tire, cutting grass and removing snow, sewing, knitting, cooking & baking, shopping, cleaning, ironing and laundry were learned and shared among everyone whether you were a girl or boy. My parents were also scout leaders thru out all four of their children’s scouting careers. The basics were taught back then and as I became an adult I had to learn to do more things on my own and/or get better at them. I do not know everything but I am working at getting better everyday with my prepping skills. Today’s world is getting more scary by the day and no one can take better care of you than You! I have more to do like practice shooting a fire arm, shoot a bow and arrow and get a better aim with a sling shot. My bug out bags are packed in the event I have to leave but I prefer to stay put. Water & food storage are improving everyday. We have at least 5 alternative ways to cook, 5 ways to make our drinking water safe and 4 alternatives for lighting. I read anything I can get my hands on to help with my prepping, expand my skills base and re-learn things I have not done in a long time. It does take time and money to gather items for future use, but I know if I don’t do it no one else will do it for me either. Just do the best you can to get prepared and never stop learning.

  32. I consider myself a beginner prepper, mainly due to environmental constraints. I live in a high desert where water is scarce and gardening is difficult. I harvest what rainwater I can, but storing water is difficult, as it is hard to come by. We have enough of most everything else to make it through a bad winter or two, but without a well, once the power goes out, water is more valuable than gold. (and the tap water here is only technically drinkable, as it is so hard. Filters that make it drinkable only last about a month before they have to be replaced. ) We purchase or distill water for drinking and cooking. More than a month, and we will have to move to where water is. Other than that, I have a decent set of survival skills. I am slowly learning “dry land farming” and have learned that what works in most other parts of the country do not work well here. Composting is a feat in itself, due to the very dry conditions. I still have not gotten that one figured out to my satisfaction.

  33. I am between novice and intermediate. I have water barrels, food storage, ways to keep me warm in winter and ways to keep me cool in summer, I garden, have shelter for means of bugging in and bugging out, ammo and defense items. I have to now practice practice practice and keep learning.

  34. I’m between a newbie and an intermediate prepper. I have food, water, protection, first aid, and am blessed with a home protected with locking accordion shutters. I have learned to garden, can, pressure can and have supplies to do so. I am constantly reading and learning more about prepping. It has become a hobby and a passion. My latest topic is sanitation. My desire is to have enough for our family and enough to help others should the need arise.

  35. Looks like I am in the same as most everyone else, between newbie and intermediate. Am lucky in that I am a horticulture professional and have some acreage so grow a lot organic produce and have chickens, am working on getting milk goats. My two old males are emergency ‘protein on the hoof!’ Am learning to can, shoot and just get as many skills as possible. Cheese making is next, then a bug out vehicle. Buying supplies a little each month, food, water, ammo, medical etc., taking classes, talking to others. So much to learn, it’s never ending. Just wish my family was more on board. DH wants supplies for 20 people for a year, yikes! It’s nice to know others are preparing too!

  36. I taught Disaster Preparedness many years ago. At the time our government and Red Cross were advising people to have a 3-day supply of everything they might need in case of a natural disaster because it took that long for relief teams to mobilize. WELL that certainly has changed!!! Now I am struggling to shift into a more long term survival mode. Hurricane Katrina should have been our wake up call, but Hurricane Sandy revealed that even with warnings and ample time to prepare, people just don’t listen. Now I am teaching people to have AT LEAST a 3 month supply including medicine and water. The response is so dismal it just plain scares me. The more I know, the more I sink back into the just-above-beginner class. I need to practice what I preach much, much more. I’d like to be in the shape Carey’s husband is shooting for — 20 people for a year.

  37. I consider myself to be an intermediate prepper. I’ve been slowly prepping since January 2001. There was this annoying voice inside me telling me to prepare. However, I realized this summer that even tho I have stocked up ALOT of stable preps covering all my bases…I did not have an inventory of it all!! So I bought me a 3-ring binder, some dividers, and started making my “list of lists” using all the info I’m getting from reading all the different blogs.

  38. Probably somewhere between newbie and intermediate… we have purchased a lot of things but haven’t really gotten organized. We are definitely behind on the food storage, but we have purchased a rural property close to water for a retreat from the city and an emergency bug-out location.

  39. I am between a newbie and an intermediate. Although I have supplies my skill level is very low. I have been thinking about preparing since 1999. In the past year my thoughts have been on surviving the challenges that are occurring now.

  40. Definitely a newbie in most areas but I have always kept at least 3 months of food in the house and often more. It came in very handy on many occasions when there were unexpected bills or expenses

  41. Newbie, I have been at it for about a year. Most of the time i have about 3 months of food. ( we have had t use it a few times. I am making it my goal to can something every month. Every time I go to the store I buy at least one thing for my preps. I could really use a book like this.

  42. Newbie! I’ve got my emergency toilet, solar battery chargers and batteries, and the extra food I’ve stockpiled over the past year was very handy in sending my kid to grad school this fall. Working now on expanding my stores and hard currency back ups. This book would be great; my father-in-law lives with us and is too frail to bug-out.

  43. I’d say somewhere slowly advancing out of newbie towards intermediate. We aren’t able to afford a place way out in the woods to bug out to like some others can so bugging in is our only option at this point. This book sounds like a great resource to help with that scenario.

  44. I have been at it for awhile but I feel like I have a long way to go. I don’t know that no matter what any of us will be completely prepared. I do feel a little safer as days go by with every little or big thing I do. Staying aware of what is going on in our world, continuing to gather more information and hoping our families can & will get to us to bug out together is my biggest plan/worry.
    GOD Bless Us All

  45. Do you consider yourself a beginning newbie, an intermediate or an experienced prepper?

    I am a newbie. I have read and surfed the internet. I have linked to numerous sites. I have started filling my pantry and stockpiling water. I am still at the stage that I think I will die in the first riot. Hopefully I will have prepared enough that they will have to come and get me and that I will not be out in that first riot.

  46. We are definitely “newbies”. We live in a suburb, and should any emergency happens, we will hunker down at home. It would be nice to have a cabin etc, but not in the cards right now. So, we plan for “here”…Thanks

  47. i would say ‘intermediate’ still working on the garden part of things but have food stored back, access to good water, filter would still be a good idea, the means to defend us both material and skills.

  48. Newbie-intermediate on my end here. I started in the middle of prepping, though, so I have had to backtrack and get the basics covered first. First i thought, “Crap, December 21st is coming soon! We need another gun for the house!” So I rushed out and bought a Glock 23 like days before. I already had a good supply of canned food, and we have a natural stream in the back, so I thought we were ok. Then, after I got done with finals in May, I came back and started expanding the garden, learning how to grow new things, and fixed my compost heap. I call it a heap because it was basically just a spot where we dumped our grass clippings. We never turned it or anything, so it wasn’t a true compost pile haha

  49. I consider myself to be an intermediate prepper. I have food and water stores for 6-12 months. I also have a creek nearby and water filtration gear, seed banks, rocket stove, and fuel stores. We have a good amount of arms. We live in the “suburbs” on six acres with elderly family members living close by. I would not want to think of bugging out and could always use more information on “Staying Home”.

  50. I would have to say that I am ‘experienced’ because I am 24 years retired US Army, Special Forces, Veteran. I have a lot of experience dealing with last minute prep’s and things changing ASAP! Of course, there will always be things that I can still learn and I look forward to that challenge if it ever occurs! I want to learn new things everyday! I live outside the city limits of a small town with several acres of land. I garden, do all my canning, grow fruit trees (apple, cherry, peach), recycle rain water (for the garden right now), have a root cellar that is 3/4 stocked, shoot my own meat (mainly deer), raise chickens (layers/eating) and so on! I have been blessed to be raised most of my life in the country, so I am pretty much prepared for most situations!

  51. I am probably more a newbie than an intermediate. I have been “trying” to get prepared. My husband was no help at first. However he has certainly found his niche with being prepared for crime or burglaries. Self-defense. From the beginning I was only thinking staying in the house. Never thought bug-out. That part gives me the willies. We are not prepared in the lease for leaving our home. However, we both have quite a supply of everything in our trunks of our car.

  52. I would say I am a newbie even though I have been working on my preps for a few years now. I am constantly learning new things. Next month I start my classes on ham radios 🙂

  53. I am a newbie, having just started last month. I grew up helping pick and “put up” fruit and vegetables, and have continued some of that tradition, but want to increase it. I appreciate the information that sites like this provide.

  54. I would say a newbie, although I regular homestyle of living is growing our own food, using wood for heat just regular stuff. I’m beginning to think I need to do more survival skills and learn alternative medicine stuff. Makes my head spin if I dwell on it too much…

  55. I would classify myself as somewhere between Newbie and Intermediate. In some respects I am definitely still a Newbie but in others I think, and hopefully not too optimistically, that I am an Intermediate.

  56. I guess I would be intermediate. I’m working toward being better prepared, trying to constantly be getting better ideas for handling a retro world and learning forgotten skills that would help my family to be self sufficient. The list of supplies and skills is endless and it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed by thinking of how unprepared we still are.

  57. I consider myself an intermediate survivalist prepper, due to the fact that growing up in Florida we were always prepping and updating our prep closet for the next “big storm” and always having bob’s ready to head to the shelter if need be, now my Husband and I are prepping for total economic collapse and monetary meltdown, and we usually do 30 – 40 hours of research and practice doing so,

  58. We are re-visiting some of our old skills like gardening and canning. Guess we would be considered as beginners by most though. We are teaching our grown children as we go. At least those who are interested. 🙂

  59. Newbie, I guess. I do have several months food stocked, but only a couple weeks of water. Prepping is always on my mind, and I try to get some preps every month, but its kinda hard when hubby is not on board with it. This book sounds like something I could use.

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