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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. F.J. Bohan, the author of EMERGENCY AIR, is back 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.
“Shauntae” has won a copy of Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Shauntae answered the question “If the SHTF, will crime be more or a problem, less of a problem, or about the same?”
I think yes it will get worse eventually. There are just too many people who are not prepared in any way and have no useful skills to care for their families in a shtf scenario. These people will turn to crime as a lifestyle.
And for those that are interested, almost every single entry agreed that crime will get worse. Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
AN ENCORE INTERVIEW WITH FJ Bohan
Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
In my opinion, the top three skills every prepper should focus on developing before the SHTF would be (in no particular order):
Sadly, there are many people who believe that raising a garden for food is as simple as dropping some seeds into the dirt and voila, food appears. As an observer, I have been fortunate to witness the truth: gardening is a learned skill that can sometimes take several cycles to understand all the variables unique to your location. My wife has a passion for gardening and has been tested over the years by our moving from region to region.
Today she is happy we’re settled, but she knows what it takes and how different it is to actually grow a tomato in the differing regions and climates in the US. For beginners, she would recommend the square-foot gardening method to start learning. As an added note, she also believes that everyone should own the Carla Emery book on country living.
Here, too, there are many misconceptions about the ease of hunting or trapping. If you were not brought up in a family of hunters, it can be challenging to learn on your own, but getting out and into the woods is a start. What makes a great place to hunt is a subject most hunters do not discuss. Speaking freely on this subject would be the equivalent of disclosing where the secret family food locker was hidden.
There are two books that I would recommend on the subject:The Trapper’s Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards by Dale Martin, and Ragnar’s Ten Best Traps; And A Few Others That Are Damn Good Too by Ragnar Benson.
3. Medical Skills
Once the SHTF, there will be no more doctors to call on for medical help. Most people today rely on the skills of others especially when there’s blood involved. Knowing what to do when you can’t call for help could make the difference between life and death. Developing simple surgical skills and the complimentary knowledge of caring for the human body is a must for all preppers and survivalists.
There’s a reason Special Forces operators are required to take medical and surgical classes. When a trauma injury occurs, you can either sit down and watch yourself bleed to death or put pressure on the wound, craw to your medical kit, and begin a treatment.
If you have children, are you prepared to watch them perish or clean the wound and stitch them up? What about your best friend or loved ones? The choice will be yours. I have studied medical books for many years as a personal interest. Having raised four boys I can say that it’s a miracle that we didn’t see any major traumas and that they’re all still alive.
There is a relatively new book out that focuses on this subject directly. It is written by a doctor and a nurse as a guide for when there is no doctor or nurse. I recommend The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook: Keep your loved ones healthy in every disaster, from wildfires to a complete societal collapse by Joe and Amy Alton.
As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?
Everywhere we turn, there’s something new threatening our survival. Weeding through what’s real and what’s just hype can be a tough job when a lot of the sources doing the reporting are seemingly reliable.
For me the most real threat facing preppers today is an economic collapse. Unfortunately, the enemies of our country and our Constitution are watching and encouraging exactly that, so they can further their causes while we’re “down and out”.
It would be likely that our enemies strike when we’re least able to mount a concerted defense. This conflict would undoubtedly see a ground war here on our soil and possibly the use of nuclear weapons.
My preparations include all aspects that would see me and my family through a worst case scenario such as this.
It is no surprise that all three of my books touch on this outlook for the future.
Living on the Edge, Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers, and my new book: Emergency Air for Shelter-In-Place Preppers and Home Built Bunkers are all written for those preppers and survivalists who see that getting back to the land and being self-reliant will only lead to your long-term survivability in the coming storm.
Thank you for allowing me to share my views here! Your readers are welcome to email me with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of Emergency Air has been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s question:
Other than food and water, what, if anything have you done to prepare for a Shelter-In-Place event?
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.
THE FINAL WORD
This is not so much a “why you should” book but a “how to do it” book. It is well documented and includes numerous photos, diagrams and illustrations that really bring the topic into perspective and makes planning for your own “emergency air” supply easy.
The chapter titled “Shelter In Place Emergency Air Management” is just one of many chapters with information that you will not find anywhere else. From my perspective, this is an important book that addresses a topic that most of us do not think about, namely safe, breathable air.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: Emergency Air for Shelter-In-Place Preppers and Home Built Bunkers offers a reasonable solution for an affordable air filtration system.
Why should you care? After the events of 9/11, we as a nation were made aware of new technical threats that could be made against the public by terrorists. Sheltering in place, or even moving to a bunker is a possibility but what about the air? Sealing in a room is problematic at best since your supply of breathable air is limited. The system detailed in this book allows anyone to breathe safely while under threat and while following FEMA guidelines for sheltering-in-place.
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.
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
Real Time Machines: The Future is an APP
Survival Medicine Handbook
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
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey
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21 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: Emergency Air by F.J. Bohan”
Locks and hinges are not going to help……how do you keep them from coming in the windows? I am collecting everything: food, water, basic necessities such as toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, batteries, hand crank/solar radio and flashlight, rope, tarps, matches, candles…..oh, just everything I can think of. Never enough time and money, but am sure the wife and I can survive. We had a HUGE garden when I was a kid so now that I am retired(at 60) I started one on the property. We can the veggies, and have a dehydrator, and a back-up generator that will run the whole house….need to go to the Red Cross and find out about medical training, but having been in the military and growing up one of the lower middle class I have a good knowledge of treating some medical issues. Gonna keep on learning……and buying barbed wire……………….
Have been looking into a more secure set of locks and hinges for doors.
Trying to connect with other likeminded individuals because I know my wife and I cannot survive alone. Trying to learn more primitive cooking skills (Dutch oven) and definitely need to learn more medical / first aid skills.
took Armageddon Medicine. learning primitive skills like weaving. collecting handtools
other than food and water, I joined my local C.E.R.T. and M.R.C. team. they have a wealth of information and resources i recommend everyone to join there local chapter and get involved. i live near chemical plants and am in a high hurricane area so being prepared for anything is a high priority. personal hygiene is very important !I have a supply of trash bags, buckets and baby wipes stored along with sanitation tablets for my make shift potty. a home made medical kit containing items i know how to use and things i use regularly (eg. feminine pads are duel purpose items they make the best bandages for large wounds) along with a marine battery and a 400 watt converter for short term power. I also included pet care items for my pets like food extra water toys litter and medications for them in my survival room. i have pre cut plastic for windows and doors and plenty of duct tape to seal the baseboards with. extra clothing and tools. I also have a 3 day bag in my car. I have been researching AIR for shelter in place and it seems that most of the set-ups are quite costly. looking for alternative ways to produce O2 and reduce CO2 at an affordable price.
In a shelter in place event, security will be an issue. For my “shelter in place” location 1 person or even a family of 4 could not maintain security. So I started to build my network several years ago. Started with family, then very close, life long friends and their immediate families. We now have a small (in the 20’s) group.
This was a difficult task for me to start as I do not tend to trust those I do not know well, I mean really know, really well. So if you are like I was and didn’t know where to start, start with trusted family, then with trusted friends. Bill B
Other than food and water we are stocking up on toys, games, and diapers. You need to have a little fun to survive mentally.
what besides food and water? Shelter should always be your #1 concern…followed by water, then food. We are building our own house with our own hands, and in the meantime we are living in a 12×32 cabin that we converted and installed insulation, plumbing and electrical. It’s cute, cozy, and contains all the bare necessities. We have learned to really make due without. We have also built a generator to power our well in case of grid-down, and have several inverters to run other temporary necessities. Our biggest feat by far is the garden. As the author stated, learning to garden is not so simple. It does require time and effort, and a lot of trial and error! 🙂
Living on the east coast, with no way to move due to family obligations, the main thing that worries me is living on the east coast, in the wind direction of other nuclear facilities throughout the U.S. If any part of the U.S. lost electricity for a prolonged period, we would be in trouble because of the wind bringing nuclear fallout over our area. I would love to know how to protect myself and my family against this.