Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Getting Home by Alex Smith

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Getting Home by Alex Smith

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Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival.  Alex Smith, the author of Getting Home shares his answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Alex Smith Getting HomeBefore we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Uncle Phil ” has won a copy of Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Uncle Phil answered the question “What is the title of your favorite NON-FICTION survival or prepping book?”.

I like reading books about people who have survived different situations because these books give me a view of the mental and physical aspects of surviving these situations. Some of my favorites are: “Escape From Camp 14”, “Lost in Shanghai-la”, “Unbroken”, and “Alone On The Ice”. As far as books on prepping, “When Technology Fails is an excellent book that covers a wide variety of topics.

Speaking of which, I will be using the entries to compile a new listing of Backdoor Survival reader favorites.  Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.


Tell me about your book, Getting Home, What is it about?

Getting Home attempts to address the scenario of a disaster, or other catastrophic, happening while you are away from home – most likely at work. How do you get home? What skills and tools will you need? I’ve geared the book towards people with beginning to intermediate level knowledge of disaster preparedness, though even those with more experience may pick up a trick or two.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Getting Home?

Not much in the way of research, but years of going on backpacking, hiking and multi-day canoe trips helped prepare me for the notion of surviving with only what I have on hand.

How long did it take to write?

Three weeks.

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

Disaster preparedness is a personal responsibility, as we’ve seen in Katrina and more recently, during Sandy. During a major, regional disaster, help is not coming – not for a long time. You are the first responder.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m just a normal guy that enjoys the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping. I’m worried about my country and I would like to see more people prepared, if (when?) disaster strikes. Saved by Christ and loved by a great woman.

Do you have plans for another book?

I’m considering a three book, “Home” series: Getting Home, Staying Home (Home hardening and preparedness) and Leaving Home (Bugging out).

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

A book is a great starting point, but being prepared is a lifestyle change. It is asking questions, getting trained, growing and learning. It is a regression, of sorts – getting more in tune with how our fathers and grandfathers lived. No book will make you a survivor, but it can introduce you to a path of self-reliance that will be rewarding and satisfying.


A print copy of Getting Home has been reserved for one lucky reader.  Here is this week’s question:

What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location.  Examples include earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche or ??????

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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Getting Home is not a long book. Instead, it is concise and gets right the to point in a clear, easy to read and logical manner.  It has an especially good section on day packs (purse, backpack, laptop bag) and it even inspired me to keep one with me for those times that I need more than an EDC (every day carry) but less than a bug out bag.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight Item:  Getting Home is a book that addresses what you need and what you need to do to get home to your family after disaster strikes. Getting Home addresses the question of what should you have with you to survive plus much more.  It is written in a clear and concise manner and explores the following topics:

1. Creating a robust Every Day Carry (EDC) kit
2. Supplementing your EDC with a Daypack (DP)
3. What to store in your office (or other facility while you are away from home)
4. Selecting and outfitting your vehicle
5. Selecting and outfitting a Get Home Bag (GHB)
6. Creating Caches
7. Getting Home: Tips and Tactics for Survival

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
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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57 Responses to “Summer Book Festival and Giveaway: Getting Home by Alex Smith”

  1. I live in Texas and our greatest risks are from tornadoes and wild fire. We have also been suffering from drought resulting in water rationing in our city.

  2. I live in Arizona so the biggest natural disaster threat I can think of, besides no rain which would be REALLY bad, is fire. We have had some horrendous forest/grass fires that has caused loss of life, the latest being the 19 firefighters on the Yarnell fire, but loss of home is more likely and can be devastating in its own way even if we do, suppossedly, have some help.

  3. Flooding is our biggest threat here in Northeast La. Even a regular thunderstorm sometimes comes down faster than can drain off. Hurricane season in south La. is rainy season in north La.

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