Prepper Book Festival 10: Emergency Evacuations

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 2, 2019
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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.

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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.

The Giveaway

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.

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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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51 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 10: Emergency Evacuations”

  1. Sounds like a much needed book.

  2. This looks like a great book to learn from and I thank you for introducing us to great ideas, products and learning materials! Being ready at all times is necessary and how to evacuate fast is something we all should be prepared for. Thanks again Gaye! Keep Looking UP

  3. Book looks great. flooding with no hope of land drying out.

  4. This looks like an amazing book to add to my small (but hopefully growing) prepper book collection.

  5. I’m overwhelmed with where to start. Perhaps this book would help me focus. 🙂

  6. It would have to be a tornado. We’ve been lucky, so far, that they have gone around us.

  7. I need two copies, one for my sister who is blissfully unaware…….

  8. The primary plan is to bug in, but, if forced to leave, we will. Each BOB has a laminated 5×7 card. Each card lists each persons grab list. If one of the family members is absent, the bag and list will become the responsibility of one of the rest of us.
    My advice, don’t laminate the first few cards. You will rewrite them several times.
    What’s on the lists? Well, the obvious stuff, that you might overlook in a rush to leave.
    Weps/ammo, first aid, comm/light box, family papers, water, Rand/McNally road atlas, cash, food buckets, hygenecamp gear, tablets and external hard drive.

  9. These pesky earthquakes and tornadoes. I would get out of Dodge if they came visiting.

  10. A hurricane or flood could require an evacuation here.

  11. Looks like an interesting read. I live in the mountains of central New Mexico and FIRE from forests and grass fires are the biggest threat (mainly due to an extended drought that is killing the forests. We also get our share of blizzards and unexpected power outages (good old rural electric co-op). Sounds like a good reference. We have young children and disabled elderly here to take care of in crisis situations,, and have done O.K. so far. One fire evacuation taught me just how unready we were for such an event, but everyone and everything came out all right,as our property was spared any major damage and no one was injured. We are now better prepared to face an emergency evacuation, if necessary (with alternate places to go, depending upon the severity of the occasion) and can “shelter in place” without electricity for an extended time. Public Shelters suck. You have to keep a guard on your possessions, and Public Shelters are not always prepared for the volume of people to care for in the emergency.

  12. We’re long overdue for a major earthquake here in SoCal. Not much of a notice for that one but you prepare as best you can. Hopefully you get a chance to evacuate in an earthquake situation. I do like Lisa’s encouraging tone in the interview.

  13. A hazardous waste spill on the highway closest to us might cause an evacuation. Otherwise, we don’t have huge weather events or earthquakes to worry about.

  14. We are pretty safe from most natural disasters. I guess there is always random tornado or fire, but neither is really an issue where we live.

  15. We had to evacuate 10 years ago for a tornado (none for a long time before, and none since). Since then, my daughter has had to have a plan in place for her own peace of mind, especially when a thunderstorm threatened. Although my daughter has moved out, we (my mother, my son, and I) still will use the plan.
    I also have had to evacuate for gas line repairs. Our winters can get pretty severe, especially temperature-wise, and I’ve been known to voluntarily evacuate my home to stay with my mother prior to blizzards hitting (she cooks and bakes a LOT during these times, so I’m fat and happy, LOL).

  16. In my area, the evacuation threats are wildfires, floods, local dam failure or a train derailment with hazard materials spill. We have three train tracks, one goes right through the center of town. 🙁

  17. Another must have book. My library is screaming for more space. But that is a good thing, right? My husband made a comment the other day about our “Prepping” that resonated with me. We are no longer as it were “Spring Chickens”. He said and I quote, “Mom, what a treasure trove of information you have gathered to leave to our children”.

  18. Unfortunately, I live within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant. If something were to go wrong, we have to be familiar with routes and evacuation plans. The other possibility would have to be forest fires.

  19. In this area, it would most likely be weather-related, either a tornado or flash-flooding, with earthquake a distant runner-up.

  20. I fear a major earthquake would be the cause of me evacuating. Living in the sierra mountains and having swarms of little quakes keeps us rattled and definitely ready to go.

  21. Flooding and/or hurricane.

  22. I live next the a Indian Reservation, this way should I need one I’ve got a down hill run to a sovereign county…commonly known as a “emergency evacuation ” !

  23. Tornadoes, 4 reactors within 100 miles so it could come to bug out. This book could come in handy.

  24. Hurricanes – I can’t wait to get back to the Pacific NW where all I have to worry about are Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Fire Storms and Blizzards!

  25. At my age, I am pretty slow – so any tips on speed would be very helpful . . . I hope I win!

  26. Flooding, hurricane, tornadoes – all good information. Thanks

  27. Sounds like a well thought out book and a must read.

  28. This is the sort of book that covers information that might not be available from most traditional survivalgprepper sites

  29. when I see the neighbors packing

  30. Fire would be catastrophic.

  31. Wild fire.

  32. tornado, Flooding , the house burning down or we default on the mortgage due to a Huge depression an I lose my job and DH loses his pension and we’ve run through the “emergency” slush fund we have going

  33. As far as natural disasters, we’re not in an area subject to flooding or prone to fire so I would have to say tornado.

  34. A local disaster that would require us to evacuate: mostly only things that would affect our house – tornado or fire.

  35. I don’t really plan to leave. I suppose there could be something that would cause us to leave but I can’t think of it. Anyway, we couldn’t leave as we don’t have the money to go anywhere. We’ll just have to tough it out regardless of what happens.

  36. We’re in California, so the only reason I could think we’d have to leave is for wildfires.

  37. I plan on staying put. Any information that will help is great.

  38. A Fire

  39. This book would be extremely helpful, as most people have never had to evacuate before. I and my friends and family fit into that category. We have discussed it but not in detail.

  40. Any type of situation that will change the lifestyle of people. Prolonged power outages, no running water, grocery shelves emptied and no plans to refill, etc. as people are shoved out of their comfort zone, they will become irrational and violent in an attempt to regain what they have lost. The “It’s All About Me” personality will think nothing of harming you to satisfy their needs.

  41. In my area tornadoes, blizzards & long term power outages are the most likely reasons to evacuate, although civil unrest is beginning to seem more & more likely

  42. earthquake or fire

  43. A

  44. We recently had a 7.1 earthquake so it would be that and/or an accompanying coastal tsunami.

  45. I guess tornado and flooding plus ice storms in the Winter which knockout the power would be the most likely problems here… Thanks for what you do Gaye, I look forward to your emails… RMS

  46. Financial meltdown of the world economy

    • there would be rioting eventually and we would want a safer place

    • my locale is also subject to tornadoes and possibly earthquake. Anyone can have a fire. Yes, this book would be a big help

  47. A tornado but could be several other things…

  48. A Hurricane would be the most likely.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway & the chances to win!

  49. Re: Coffee Filter as Toilet Paper Criticism
    real world testing has been done.
    engineering background, so i can possibly
    think logically.
    why si coffee filters bad?
    1.) coffee stains go through and so do
    bacteria. this can be a ‘death sentence’
    2.) too expensive, even at the dollar store.

    why si TELEPHIONE BOOK PAPER is good?
    1.) white paper has low ink and time will
    fade ink.
    2.) no leak through to your hands
    3.) soften and soak it with water
    4.)FREE. telephone book paper.
    5.) much better tested. in Great Depression,
    book paper was used in outhouses.

    Thank you. I humbly submit my criticism
    based upon my ‘flawed personal experience.’


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