Summer Book Festival: Emergency Air by F.J. Bohan

Avatar for Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 1, 2022
Summer Book Festival: Emergency Air by F.J. Bohan

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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.

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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.


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):

1. Gardening

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.

2. Hunting/Trapping/Fishing

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


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 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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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.

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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
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


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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21 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: Emergency Air by F.J. Bohan”

  1. I have made sure I have tons of toys and activity’s for my children. Made sure my children know the plans and can help out. I have also got a lot of fabric and supplies for fixing clothes and such. Kids are hard on clothes.

  2. My wife and I have learned different skills that will come in handy. We are trying to simplify our lifestyle and practice doing things manually in the event there is no power. We have made our list and prioritized it and we are working our plan. One thing that may be overlooked is that we have survival items in our cars in containers. In the event we leave home without an edc we have essential, practical and useful items in our cars.

  3. Besides the necessities I have several board games, activities and tons of books for my four children. Having three teenagers and a newborn has been quite “interesting” in re-adjusting my survival supplies and needs but I think I’ve found some balance in order to maintain the children’s sanity should the shtf. Also additional medical supplies and medications.

  4. We’ve added stronger locks on perimeter doors. We’ve also cut back/removed overgrown shrubs around the house to give clean site of view. Much more to do.

    We would like to know more about how to prepare for nuclear fallout. So many of the websites give lots of information but too complicated to follow or too simple to give much protection from radiation. What are some reliable website for this?

    • Here is one of my articles that might help you out: 15 Ways to Limit Radiation After Nuclear Armageddon

  5. Along with an “ark” load of food, water and supplies including a comprehensive medical kit (building on the trauma part), we have individual kits for different situations. A nuclear kit, a bio/chemical kit, etc. filled with the items necessary to survive different catastrophes. We live across the street from a railroad (derailment spills) and within 50 miles of a nuclear facility (radiation accidents), in an EQ zone close to the Yellowstone Caldera and within a quarter mile of a river (flooding). We are fully prepared to bug out or shelter in place on a moment’s notice. Still, it’s amazing how many new and useful items I feel need to be continually added to our preps including enough survival/prep books to fill every nook and cranny in our home!

  6. Though not responsible for any family except myself and my beloved pets – I have been practicing my skills of Dutch Oven Cooking and have been entering cook offs where I have cooked for crowds of up to 50 with very good results – Having a good meal of comfort foods when everything else around is going to Hades will help keep moral up I believe. I am looking into underground shelter to be installed on my property and I have already spent this past winter without central heating in my home and I managed quite well. a good lesson for yourself is to forgo the cushy comforts even if it’s for a week – you have to know your limits and prepare accordingly!

    • Susan, I admire your spirit and say “way to go girl” I believe anyone that attempts to call themselves a prepper had better have their food and water needs taken care of. The next prepping to do is self defense. How do you protect your food and water? How do you cook your food. I personally have my guns and ammo. I have a campfire pit in the backyard with a heavy duty tripod to hang my ‘old black Betsy” from and cook beans and soup. I do this quite abit, but it is nice to set here, at the camp fire in the evening and think about what is going on in this world and where I stand.
      I have my food and water, the ability to cook. I have my greenhouse, square foot gardens, my live critters, my apple trees, and I could go on and on. Gaye wants to know what is next. I am looking into how to have refrigeration without electricity. I wish I had Vicki’s root cellar. That would be cool. I am thinking of building a insulated room in my basement in one of the corners. The temp in the basement is in the high 60’s, but I am wondering if I shut off a room in a corner to block off all heat infiltration, would it be cold enough to keep foods refrigerated. I spoke to my 89 year old uncle last month about what he did while living during the depression. They had a hand dug well on the farm. About 40 feet deep. Beside the water being very cold when they needed a drink, they put food that needed to be refrigerated in a burlap bag and lowered it to just about the water level. It was very cold there. I think I am a little to old to hand dig a 40 foot deep well, but I still think that root cellar would be cool.

  7. I have started adding to the necessary non-food itms for the laundry, bathroom, first aid, batteries, lanterns, as well as briquetts and matches. More security lights for the house and yard. I have lots of whistles in my purse, hanging on door knobs an one always around my neck. Never know when you might need it. I have 5 binders full of info which I try to add to at once a week.

  8. Started to look at our home’s security and made a list of what can be done to improve it. Will add extra locks, film on some windows, stronger gate at entrance,etc. Bought a safe. Also, looking into ham radios which one to get so we can communicate with family.

  9. I’ve started adding on to my basic medical supplies to include trauma supplies. In addition I’ve been adding to my library of medical and first aid books and I plan on taking courses from the Red Cross as they are offered in my area.

  10. We have a in hill root cellar made of cement blocks with a cement floor. This doubles as our tornado shelter. We would like to have it for a nuke bomb shelter also. We do have an intake & outtake air outlets, but no fans to circulate the air in & out. Those type of systems are hard to find & expensive. I think by acquiring your book, we may be able to figure out a way to do it right. We are an elderly disabled couple trying to get by.

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