Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide

There is a rule of thumb in survival and preparedness circles.  That rule is that when a disruptive event is eminent, people sit up and take notice.  Readership on related websites and blogs explodes, and food, water, and equipment flies off both the online and off-line the shelves.

We saw this with Fukushima and again in 2014 with the Ebola epidemic.  We are also seeing a bit of that right now, with the wild fluctuations in stock markets around the globe.

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Whereas the next book up in Prepper Book Festival 10, is titled The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, the reality is that this book is a whole lot more.

It is a handbook of the precautions and preparations you need to put in place to ensure your health and survival in the even of either a medical and non-medical disruptive event.  These are situations where for one reason or another, normal life as we know it stops, and a new reality begins.  Whether permanent or temporary, these disruptions cause us to turn to our preps (knowledge, skills, and stuff) in order to make it through, one day at a time.

Trust me.  This is not a book about sickroom supplies although that is covered as well.

With that introduction, today I share an interview with Ken McClelland, the author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide.  In addition, I have a copy of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Kenneth R. McClelland, Author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book speaks about various viruses, from the cold and the flu, to the Ebola virus, and explains what makes a virus become a pandemic.

It also guides the reader through what they can do in advance of a pandemic, and even during one, to help keep them and their loved ones safe. Near the end I offer ideas on home remedies, and offer suggestions on what items I believe will be essential for safety and survival.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The research into the medical aspect of viruses and also the study of past pandemics, was extensive and at times overwhelming. Additionally, a lot of care was given to prepping as we know it today, and also to what potential government responses we might expect should such an event occur.

How long did it take to write?

This book and the research involved in writing it, was spread out over perhaps ten years time. In other words, this was not a hastily written book meant to garner sales in response to the recent Ebola virus for example.

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

I would hope that your readers realize that they should be prepared for a loss of conditions; whether that arrives as a pandemic, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an EMP, or perhaps even a job loss. I would also hope that they would realize that prepping in advance will ease their stress and anxiety about such possibilities.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a government employee, a family man, and a Christian who enjoys writing, among other things. I’ve come to realize that knowledge is power, and the more you have of it the less you’ll need to rely upon others, and the less concerned you’ll be about where you’ll fit into the future.

Like the GI Joe cartoon used to say: “Knowing is half the battle.”

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

Living in central Florida as I do, we’ve always felt the need to be prepared for hurricanes, which works out great when you go to the store and order a case of soup.

But my greatest concerns are not hurricanes, but more related to viral pandemics; economic collapse; or a loss of the grid for any reason – which will completely change our world in a matter of seconds.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

I would start accumulating knowledge; whether that’s through books, the internet, or with the help of experienced Preppers. Decide what’s most important to you and focus your early preps towards covering those bases, and by all means band together with like minded people you already know and trust.

Consider garage sales and flea markets as resources for acquiring things like solar panels, manual kitchen tools, food-grade water barrels, oil lamps, etc.. Consider splitting into teams and make it like a scavenger hunt.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

That’s a tough call, but the movie Contagion is the first that comes to mind.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes I do. It’s actually finished, and keeping with the virus theme, the book is an historical fiction novel called “The Pandemic Report” which takes place during the 1918 influenza pandemic.

I’m amazed at how many people have never heard of this event (including myself), and yet that bird flu virus swept across the globe and took with it the lives of up to 100 million people in less than two year’s time. While the book is completed, it still needs editing.

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

I think it’s great that through The Backdoor Survival Book Festival, you’re able to help so many people find the resources to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors by gaining the knowledge and skills that will help them to be more independent, self sufficient, and more confident.

While the term Prepper may be a misunderstood term to some, a Prepper; a prepared person, is simply anyone who has a plan – while an unprepared person is someone who will realize too late that the cavalry is not going to be coming in at the last minute to save or feed them, should the worst happen to the world around us.

The Giveaway

Ken has reserved a copy of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

The historical perspective offered in Ken’s book brought home the need be prepared for the lawlessness that will ensue when the desperate and unprepared descend upon us following a pandemic.  He uses some examples; examples I had not previously known about.  This is eye opening stuff when brought within the context of a pandemic.

This is a book you will want to read if, for nothing else, to be come more educated and more knowledgeable about pandemics past and future.  I encourage you to enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own for free.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This comprehensive book will provide you with a better understanding of Flu and Ebola viruses, what a pandemic is, and what things will look like when it begins.

In the words of one reviewer:

“As a professor at medical school, and author of three prepper medical books, I found the medical information presented in this work to be remarkably accurate. That’s quite a feat for someone who hasn’t been indoctrinated into the rigid confines of medicine. But that shouldn’t have surprised me, because the author writes very, very well.

Much of his book addresses the potential consequences of global diseases, and how one might reconcile difficult choices that must be made during disasters… from a Christian point of view. Another large portion deals with a subject on many people’s minds these days. Namely, what does it mean to be a Patriot in America today, when the people of this great nation no longer trust their government, and find conspiracy in every direction they look. And that’s why I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I didn’t agree with everything, but I certainly respected his well written arguments and points of view.”

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.

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63 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide”

  1. Certainly a topic that everyone needs to learn as much information about as possible. I have been trying to build up my supply of Essential Oils, OTC Meds, Prescriptions and books and articles to be ready in case needed. Thanks Gaye for the introduction and chance to win. Keep up the good work on our behalf! Keep Looking UP

    • It wasn’t until I came upon an article by Chinese researchers in which they identify certain essential oils which killed breast cancer cells, that I began to appreciate the potential that essential oils could have towards keeping us healthy. I touch briefly on the subject of oils in the home remedies section of the book, but there’s much more to these oils than most people realize and I would encourage people to acquire more knowledge on this subject.

  2. My comfort would be to have my family safe by my side, books and plenty of medicine (herbal and OTC) to treat the illness.

  3. I’m overwhelmed just thinking about it. How could you prepare? 🙁
    I suppose wisdom, knowledge, and strength would be great personal attributes. With those you will figure out what is best to do with the circumstances at hand. But alas, how many are lost?

    • The nice thing Ruby, is that for the moment at least, time is on our side so that we can get prepared without fear or panic. It’s also good that at the current time most items are available to us without rationing. Right now you can walk into your local grocery store and buy (or order), a case of soup, beans, condensed milk, rice, etc., without questions (and in most major stores if they don’t have your case of food in stock, when they do come in the stores will honor any sales prices in effect when you ordered the items).

  4. I am an information “Junkie”. Read it, save it and print it. Then catalog in appropriate binder. If in book form read and add it to my (Hardcover Book) collection.

    • Great idea Joan. As we travel through the internet gathering information on whatever topic interests us, it’s a good idea to save and/or print out images or articles we may want or need in the future. On my Pandemic Preparedness Guide facebook site for example, I’ve tried to gather up as many as I can of what I call ‘informational images,’ which are detailed pictures (listed under photo). For example, one might have a photograph of a jar of honey with text on the image explaining some of the health benefits to be found in honey, or another may have a drawing of a snare with instructions on how to make one, maybe images showing proper sutures, etc.. Preppers should look for these and take every opportunity to save them in their files or print them out and put them in a folder.

  5. Mom’s Chicken Noodle Soup, some form of sweets (candy, chocolate, etc.) and either my computer or lots of books.

  6. If a pandemic strikes, it is highly likely my family will be right with me, so my three comfort items would be plenty of reading material (especially information), crayons and coloring books (for stress reduction of course), and my huge stuffed frog (for snuggles because he’s soft). Yes, I am an adult, promise.

  7. looks like an interesting read the market s definitely dong some crazy things worldwide these days .i say the 3 you need to have is food water and defense

  8. Only 3 things? Well besides the family human and otherwise ;). Masks and the means to filter/purify water, food (seeds, I include them in my food category) OTC medicines that can store well.
    If I can expand the list a bit, the means to heat and cook food and protection from the scumbags that will be out there.

    • Sorry hit enter before I finished my train of thought The things I’ve listed are comfort things for me. Knowing that I can keep the family safe, healthy and fed is more comforting than my chocolate (which we will have of course)

  9. In winter I would like hot chocolate, a warm blanket, and a book. In summer I would like my chair on the screened porch, binoculars, and paper/pen.

  10. I want herbal tea, my Kindle, and cartons of Arctic Freeze ice cream – it fits my low-sugar, low-carb diet. A close 4th would be my essential oils and diffuser.

  11. Thanks for including this book topic in your list of books. I believe this is a critically important topic and hope tp win the book.

    What would be comforting to me is staying alive one more day. In the event that we could not leave the house for outdoor resources such as fire, collecting rain water, and burying waste, I would like to continuously increase my indoor water storage, cooking fuel, and contractor garbage bags. Those are my three comforts!

    IMPORTANT NOTE ON EBOLA. I was not satisfied by any answers provided by mainstream news sources such as BBC. Recently I began reading books on hemorrhagic fever viruses including Marburg virus, Ebola Zaire, Ebola Reston Virginia, and Ebola West Africa.

    My main question was: why did such a high percentage of healthcare workers die? At one point in West Africa it was at least 25 percent. The answer is that EVEN THOUGH THE NEWS SAID EBOLA IS NOT TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE AIR, IT IS. The term is AEROSOLIZED. Besides coughing how did the bodily fluids become AEROSOLIZED? When a needle was inserted in a patient to give medication or take blood samples, that insertion point SPRAYED and never stopped bleeding. In addition the bleeding from every oriface that we read in the news was not accurately reported. They gushed and spurted blood and fluids. It did not slowly drip. There is no way these gushing fluids could have been contained or kept out of protective gear. The healthcare workers required the space suits and decontamination chambers used in laboratories. No matter how much protective gear was shown in news footage, IT WAS NOT ENOUGH. That is why such a high percentage of healthcare workers, doctors and nurses died. We were told that the virus spread through tribal burial practices and I assume that is part of the truth but it was not the whole truth. The whole truth is not cultural and not confined to West Africa. It will happen anyplace in which patients reach full hemorrhagic status before dying.

    • Great post Karen, and I agree with your assertion that the disease can be transmitted through the air. This was accidentally demonstrated at a laboratory where all of the animals in the lab (who in separate cages), caught the virus and had to be destroyed, and as noted by the US Army after their studies of Ebola. It’s also concerning that so many in the health field came down with the illness, with many dying from it. These were people who knew the risk more than most and presumably had all of the PPE and training they needed, and most especially they would’ve taken even greater care after seeing their co-workers falling ill from it. Because of how easily this seemed to be transmitted, I was shocked and disappointed that the US government didn’t send all infected and possibly infected people to an isolated military base or hospital with people trained to work with deadly viruses (rather than sending them to hospitals where personnel were not trained or prepared for such a contagious disease).

  12. Pandemic knowledge is important to have along with food, water, shelter, etc. You want to protect your family as best you can. I have a huge medical binder going along with books I have purchased. I also obtained, thru some Residents at the hospitals my physicians were on staff, used medical books they wanted to sell. I have books on Pulmonary & Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Dermatology as well as books on Prescription and non Prescription drugs as well as some other medical info and charts on veins, bones, arteries and so on. There is a lot of info on the internet, like what is a normal blood pressure, rashes, infections and what to look for, bug/spider bites, how long sutures should be left in depending on the body area, etc. Gather up as much as you can in the event we have no access to hospitals, physicians and pharmacies. Knowledge is a powerful tool to have to get thru short term or long term scenarios. I would love to add this book to my medical library.

    • Deborah, your medical library is really impressive. Awesome prepping. How did you find out about the hospital selling the books?

    • The Residents I worked with that rotated thru our physician offices were always a wealth of information. When end of a rotation was finished they would ask around if anyone wanted to buy their books at a good price. If no other new Med Student, Intern or Resident bought them then I would buy a few. The hospital does not furnish these doctors in training the books, they must buy their own. I don’t work for physicians at this time (working for a health insurance plan)so I do not have access, but I am thinking of checking with my family doc to see if he will ask any of the docs in training if they want to sell any books they no longer need. If you live by a teaching hospital there are a lot of docs in training floating around in physicians office as well.

    • Check Amazon for a book called the Merck Manual. They have a Family Illness book that covers a lot of topics. We need books that we can understand in layman’s terms and this one is pretty good. Most of the other Merck Manuals are used for physicians and can be too technical. This is good for home use when Mom or Dad is caring for a sick family member just before the time comes to call the doctor for an appointment. Hope this info helps you.

  13. Good quality face masks (might not be able to stay in all the time & wouldn’t be very comfortable without them); lots of emergency food; all my loved ones & pets

  14. my three comfort items are lots of tea with lemon & honey, good books to read, and a way to find out what’s going on (ham radio, internet etc)

  15. A working DVD player and DVDs; family photographs; maple sugar candy….those would be my comfort items when I hunker down.

  16. My comfort I hate being charger so I can keep my kindle charged, air foam mattress topper to be sure I will be rested for Lol the hard work I will be doing.
    Sounds like a great book.

  17. The comfort items I like are books, preferably on my Kindle, plenty of coffee or tea, or both, and a radio to listen to music and news.

  18. Assuming we’re prepared for this type of scenario, having the right gear and being with the family is a given so I would say some form of entertainment (books, cards, board games, videos), coffee/hot chocolate, and some form of major comfort food item like bacon cheddar mac and cheese.

  19. Why is it always 3 items!!! My family are not items so I would think they would be with me. We would need buckets of MRE’s, gallons of water, and lots of board games to fight boredom!

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