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

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.

AN  INTERVIEW WITH ALEX SMITH

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.

THE BOOK GIVEAWAY

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 random.org 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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THE FINAL WORD

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!

Gaye

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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 BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – NON-FICTION

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

THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL SUMMER READING LIST – FICTION

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. We live in Kansas and head to the basement quite often during the spring and summer months because of tornado threats.

  2. I live in Southeast Texas. Our area is beset by tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, floods and drought. It’s difficult to prepare for all of the possibilities, and budget constraints make it very difficult, but little by little I keep trying.

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

    Well to be honest the waterfront is only a few steps away from our home and although in the past natural disaster is not something that we would ever have worried about, times are changing. Within my time here in Maryland we have had Earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical Storms. For those of you not familiar with Maryland (yes there are people who have no clue where it is) the nation’s capital is literally 30 minutes away (and yes I worry about that too). I would say over the past 5 years I have been increasingly more worried about hurricanes since we were hit by several over the past few years and the damage is extensive. The scary part is my husband and I both work a good distance from home and we also travel out of the country to see our family in Canada.

  4. Probably fire with an EMP as second, as I am only about 80 miles from DC. I have cleared my property of any ground ‘fuel’ and hopefully a fire would go around my place, but I would evacuate before it got that close! An EMP (providing it’s not nuclear bomb on DC caused) I can handle, I use very little electricity as it is now.

  5. In southern California our biggest threats are earthquakes & wild fires. Our last wild fire consumed over 2,400 homes. I am not familiar with your term “bugging in” or “bugging out” but I am guessing we would need to “bug out” in the event of either of these situations. We don’t have basements or storm cellars here and they wouldn’t help in an earthquake. Two years ago our entire county (over 2 million people) had a power outage, supposedly due to human error by someone at the power plant. Everything closed down, grocery stores, gas stations, land-line telephones, etc. Cell phone frequencies got jammed. It lasted all day (hot day so no AC) and well into the night. Luckily for us, the weather was beautiful as evening fell and everyone in my neighborhood fired up their BBQs and had major block parties & pool parties with flashlights and lanterns. My family was prepared enough so it turned out to be a ‘fun’ adventure but if it had lasted much longer it wouldn’t have been fun any more. As for “getting home” I have walkie talkies but my daughter doesn’t take prepping seriously so I wouldn’t be able to communicate with her that way. Any suggestions? Maybe the book addresses that subject. Thanks for all you do, truly appreciate it.

  6. living in California, our greatest threat is an earthquake – but there’s also an earthen damn in the hills above my home, so if that failed after a quake we would have to evacuate quickly… something i try to always keep in mind.

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