It seems appropriate that the final book in Prepper Book Festival 10 is one that is written by one of the most loved bloggers in the preparedness niche, Lisa Bedford.
Her newest book, Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! is the first book in her “Survival Mom’s No Worries Guide” series. It is a compilation of information, tips, and checklists that will set you planning in advance for a potential evacuation and let’s face it, you do need to be ready for that possibility.
What I like about this book is that it is concise and to the point. It is written in a conversational manner as though Lisa and you are having a nice little chat over a cup of coffee. I also found some unexpected humor that made me smile (“Your getaway vehicle: not just for bank robbers!”)
Although written for Moms, the book goes far beyond evacuating with kiddos. There are all-important sections that cover all aspects of evacuating, including a chapter describing what you may or may not find when you return home. There are case study examples and lots of lists that you can use to prepare yourself for an evacuation at a moment’s notice.
Today I share an interview with Lisa plus, I have one copy of the print book and five eBooks up for grabs in a book festival giveaway.
Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.
An Interview with Lisa Bedford, Author of Emergency Evacuations.
Tell me about your book. What is it about?
In my first book I covered so many different topics related to survival and preparedness, but while I was writing it, I knew I could have delved much deeper into numerous sub-topics if I had the time.
Well, now I have the time and chose to focus specifically on emergency evacuations – when, where, how, etc. – because it’s a very scary experience and the actual process deserves more attention, especially for everyday households and not necessarily the hardcore prepper or survivalist.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
I’ve written numerous articles related to evacuations on my blog and have personally experienced one myself. However, I wanted to include a few first-person stories and sought out women with those stories to tell. I also didn’t want my book to be just a rehash of everything else that has been written on the subject and that led to some brainstorming sessions with my assistant and a couple of women who write for my blog as well as searching the internet for creative twists.
As I wrote, I wanted to be as inclusive as possible and decided to write a section about evacuating with a special needs loved ones. One of my good friends, Lorraine, has a sister with Down syndrome, so we talked about her family’s plan for bugging out. I was so impressed by the fact that they had come up with a plan on their own that was respectful of this handicapped woman but also very effective.
How long did it take to write?
The outline was finished in the spring of 2015 but I wasn’t able to really dig into the main research and writing until mid-summer. It was completed in September, but since it’s self-published and I’d never gone through this process before, there was a bit of a learning curve involved before it was actually published this month.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?
Don’t procrastinate when it comes to being prepared. All the steps that I outline in my book are simple measures one can do at any time. It doesn’t take a lot of time to pack a child’s emergency kit or train family members where to meet up or ask a school teacher about their emergency policies.
However, wait just one moment too long to do those things and your future, as well as that of your loved ones, will be far more uncertain and, perhaps, even dangerous.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I come to the survival and prepper world not as a master of bushcraft or a former Special Ops member but as a mom who wants her family to be safe. My kids are now both teenagers and are quite survival-minded themselves, but when I first launched into the world of survival, they were only 7 and 9. I homeschool both of them – always have.
My professional background is in teaching, training, and sales, and each of these former professions has helped me a great deal to develop The Survival Mom as a resource of reliable and motivating information. We live in Texas, about 90 minutes out of Houston and have 2 dogs and 4 cats.
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
This is a great question but with an answer that keeps changing! It’s kind of like Lucy moving the goal post every time Charlie Brown kicks!
Initially, I was highly concerned about the state of our economy and fully expected a collapse or something close to it. It made sense to stock up on food, become more financially stable, and take all the other precautions that good preppers know to take!
While our economy is by no means hale and hearty, I’m now just as concerned about the overall state of our nation. I fully expect to see an increase in terrorist attacks, and, as the world stage heats up, possibly a war that will hit very close to home. I see a population that has grown increasingly fragmented, which means that fellow Americans will likely not step up to support each other as they did back in the days of the Great Depression and World War II, and leaders who are too blinded by political correctness and their own greed to make decisions that could turn around this sad condition of our country.
Normally I’m a pretty positive person, always looking ahead to the next sunrise. Now, I truly fear for my children’s and grandchildren’s futures. We continue with food storage, learning practical skills and gaining knowledge in the areas of survival and self-reliance, we make smart financial decisions – none of that will be wasted, no matter what happens.
What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?
Awareness. Open your eyes to the reality around you and become educated about current events that affect you, whether you realize it or not.
Preparedness isn’t just about having a lot of food and gear. It’s also knowing what priorities to set and how to put to use what you have – both materials goods as well as skills and knowledge. It all starts with awareness first.
What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?
I think most books in this genre offer a realistic glimpse of the future but I don’t think that any one of them has it nailed down. There are just too many variables and, of course, it would be impossible to include all of them in a single book or movie!
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes, and I’m very excited about this! I have an entire series of books called Survival Mom’s No Worries Guides, and hope to publish 2 or 3 each year for the next couple of years. Currently in the hopper, I have The 52 Weeks Savings Plan Handbook and 101 Best Survival Mom Tips. They will be shorter books, in the 110-130 page range, and available on Kindle.
I have a longer book that is about 60% finished, One Second After the Lights Go Out, and it is a very practical manual for survival if/when the power grid fails, for whatever reason.
There are a lot of books, both fiction and non-fiction, which detail the causes of a power grid failure and give an idea of what life would be like, but in my research I discovered quite a few issues that I’ve never read about anywhere else. For example, once a city’s sewage system no longer has an incoming source of power, whatever is in your home’s pipes will stay there.
Yep – clean water as well as raw sewage, which will begin backing up! I’ve interviewed people who work at power plants and municipal water systems to get practical answers for problems we can’t even begin to imagine, because a long-term power failure has never happened before.
I’m hoping to publish this book with a traditional publisher, and turn over to them the processes of editing, proofreading, page design, etc., but we’ll see.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Stay focused on doing the best where you are, with what you have. Don’t become discouraged by anyone who tells you it’s too late to prepare or that you must spend money you don’t have. Take it one day at a time, and remember that being a survivor has more to do with your mental state than it does with accumulating a lot of stuff.
Lisa has reserved one copy of the print version and five copies of the eBook version of Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! for this Book Festival 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
Being prepared for an evacuation is something we all need to do. I know you are thinking that you will be hunkering down to shelter in place but what if your house is on fire? Or what if there is a major wildfire headed your way? Stuff happens and you need to be ready.
Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! is a book that will help you prepare for such an event. It will take you through the steps of packing up, establishing a safe route (in advance), and preparing yourself mentally for leaving your home.
This is a book for everyone’s library.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast!
Fact: Under great stress, the human brain triggers an alarm that causes many to freeze in their tracks, not exactly the smartest move when flood waters are rising or when flames fill your home!
Getting away from a dangerous situation fast is key to survival but without a plan in place, one that triggers an effective and automatic response, your survival is debatable.
You need a system you can rely on during those initial, panic-filled moments when your safety depends on getting out fast.
This book is just the guide you need for helping to insure that each loved one (pets included) and your most important belongings make it to safety.
In this book you’ll learn:
- What to put in your family emergency kit
- How to pack an emergency kit for babies, pets, and even elderly loved ones
- What documents are most important to have on hand
- How to plan the best routes to safety
- Unusual, safe destinations when you don’t know where else to go
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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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