BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American

Today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival. A. American, the author of Going Home and Surviving Home, is joining us today for an interview and is also providing one reader with a free copy of both books.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

A American GayeAn Interview with A. American

Tell me about your books, Going Home & Surviving Home. What are they about?

There are two, the first is Going Home and the sequel is Surviving Home. Going Home follows Morgan Carter on an odyssey across the state of Florida after all power, all cars simply quit. Morgan is 250 miles from home when this happens. Being a prepper he has a pack and quickly figures out the only way it was going to happen was to walk. The book chronicles the walk back to his family and the people he meets along the way, good and bad.

Surviving Home picks up where Going Home leaves off. All his walk home what was happening with his family gnawed at Morgan, he finally makes it and now must deal with the reality there. In many of these sorts of novels the community pulls together and aid one another. Of course there is always one guy that is the problem. In Surviving Home we look at a community that simply cannot pull together for a number of reasons.

How do you survive when everyone around you is simply out for themselves?

What type of research did you have to do while writing these books?

For Going Home my research was conducted over years, though at the time I didn’t know it. On Morgan’s walk home I list the route in detail, place names, roads and land marks, they are all real. I’m a Florida native and this route was one I drove very often, I know it like the back of my hand. When it came to writing Going Home all I had to do was close my eyes and drive the route, I could see it all.

How long did they take to write?

The first book in the series was completed in ninety days. I wrote it on an internet forum just for fun. After nearly two million on line views it has taken on a life of it’s own.

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

For both Going Home and Surviving Home the hidden message, not so hidden really, is simply to take responsibility for your and your family’s life. Prepare, be ready and keep an eye on the horizon less the storm catch you while at sea.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

This year I celebrate my twenty-third anniversary. We have three beautiful daughters who are truly good girls in this modern world where kids often turn into nightmares. I’ve been a Prepper since the early 90’s, an active woodsman and recreational shooter. Prepping is simply part of my life, it isn’t something I do, it’s something I am.

Do you have plans for another book?

Escaping Home released in October. It is the third book of the series and there will also be a fourth.

The Book Giveaway

A copy the both books, Going Home and Surviving Home, have been reserved for one lucky reader. Here is this week’s question:

How would you survive if everyone around you was simply out for themselves?

To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Thursday and the winner will be selected at random using tools on the website. Also note that the winner will be announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz and he or she will have 72 hours to claim the winning book.

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

The message in A. American’s books is clearly one of personal responsibility. As I make my way through Surviving Home, I find myself pondering the possible choices I would have to make if I were in a similar situation. That is why I love survival fiction: it makes you think and it opens your mind to new possibilities.

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item: A American

Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.

Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)

No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared?

In Going Home, readers were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation’s power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come. Though for years Morgan has been diligently preparing for emergency situations, many of his neighbors are completely unready for life in this strange new world—and they’re starting to get restless. With the help of his closest companions, Morgan fights to keeps his home secure—only to discover shocking information about the state of the nation in the process.

Bargain Bin: Today is all about books. Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.owl reading book


Backyard Cuisine: Bringing Foraged Food to Your Table
Home Remedies
Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency
Make It Last: Prolonging + Preserving the Things We Love
Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field
Good Clean Food
The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight
Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living
The People’s Apocalypse
Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better


Going Home: A Novel of Survival (The Survivalist Series)
Surviving Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)
Expatriates: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
The Border Marches
Rivers: A Novel
After the Blackout
The End: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
The Long Road: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series)
3 Prepper Romances: Escape To My Arms, plus 2 other e-books (your choice)
Prepper Pete Prepares: An Introduction to Prepping for Kids


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
Escaping Home: A Novel (The Survivalist Series)


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69 Responses to “BDS Book Festival: Going Home, Surviving Home + Interview with A. American”

  1. I am on my way. sold the house in the big city and bought a little 5 acre farm in the boonies. I just ordered the first 3 books of the series. got my big berkey and a wet weather pond. the chickens are a clucking and we pick up our first pig today. that will surely get rid of the nasty sedgegrass that has overrun our garden. we feed the pig our garden then the pig will feed us. bye

    • Jerry, I applaud you. You are certainly on your way. May I be a little nosey and ask your “about age”? Have you retired or still amongst the working class?

  2. How would I survive if everyone around me were simply out for themselves… honestly, given my circumstances, the only thing I *could* do is be as good a witness to the love of Christ as I could. I would not last long.

  3. After a very short while, exhaustion would defeat all efforts. The picture would be a bleak world like in The Road, because nonsense like the old story Omega Man is just Hollywood. One person or one small family group alone could not last long because of the sheer weight of all the tasks needing done to maintain a rational life. Although we have a fair amount of “stuff,” without community and division of labor we wouldn’t last long enough to get to use all out neat stuff. Few of us know enough of the pioneer skills that were commonplace two centuries ago.

  4. That is a difficult question. The people that I am prepping for are not selfish, but I cannot even imagine how I will survive if everyone around us is only interested in their own well-being. My husband has held on to some incredible junk to put around the front of the place, and we have window darkening curtains to keep light from out house leaking outside. I am preparing food, water, fire, ammo, medical supplies, and we have a vehicle that can withstand emp attack, mostly for our group of 12, which I realize is too small of a group to survive on our own for long. In this group are shooters, gardeners, fishermen, cooks, RN, craftsmen, electrical/plumbing expertise, and 3 children. I try not to dwell on what we can’t do, but determine to provide for what we can do and leave the rest to our Lord.

    • Dag gone Helen. You got room for one more? I want to live with your group. Sounds like you are much more prepared than 95% of the preppers out there in zombie land.

  5. hopefully this scenario will wait until i CAN get out into the boonies…however with our current crop of morons running the show who knows…

  6. Flee the community of selfish people. No good is going to come out of being with those people. Even if you are on your own, it is better to die from your own ignorance than be a victim of others.

  7. I would seriously have to give this question some thought. As I and my Mom and brother are all disabled and in wheelchairs, I guess there would not be a lot of options open for us. I would like to hide the stash I have already acquired. I already live in the boonies. I guess just pray to Yahweh and hope that he is in charge.

  8. I would hide as many supplies as I could, move around only after dark, and try to avoid other people as much as possible.

  9. I would do my best to keep a low profile and if need be move around some . I find it hard to believe everyone would be out for themselves . I would look for people that are demonstrating a willingness to assist others then offer my meager skill set to them .
    If I’ve had to move around then I probably don’t have much provisions so for me the skills I have would become even more important .

  10. This is a really complicated question, and I asked my husband, too. He said if you think about it,everyone in this country is already every man for himself. Granted everyone probably is out for himself and his family, but everyone is still out for himself. Just think of how many divorces happen in this country every year, many because of pure selfishness on someone’s part.

    Anyway, I’d say that cooperation within whatever unit you’ve assemble together in a survival situation, perimeter guards, and laying low and away from all people outside of the unit.

  11. We’re already living it! We’re in a cheap-but-nice-enough old apartment in a block of urban sprawl occupied by people who, with a few exceptions, cannot be bothered to even nod their heads in response to our “hellos” each morning and evening. After two years, we’ve given up trying to make friends and are instead focusing on growing our savings for a home (two more years!), and maintaining OPSEC. Our cars are the oldest on the block, and the TV’s shining through all the windows at night are twice as big as ours. Because we appear to have less than everyone around, we’re betting that we’d be the last place anyone comes looking in the event of a longer-term emergency. There’s almost nothing in our apartment that most people would recognize as valuable, even if they saw it: some plants and water bricks on the balcony, coat closet full of old camping gear, and a kitchen full of whole, organic ingredients that require more than a microwave (which we don’t own) to become food! Our computer is ten years old and hard to find because it has no monitor (we use the tv), the small fireproof safe under the bed contains only paperwork, and our modest amounts of emergency cash are well-hidden in a couple of weird places. Besides, folks around here honestly do seem to be the wait-two-days-in-line-for-gas type, and while they’re doing that, we’d be long gone!

  12. I personally think someone alone cant survive in a hostel environment. I am now and always have prepped for my children and grandchildren, and I know they are all familiar with the use of weapons. I am hopping that with this group of family members we can hold our own until most of the zombies are gone, and life gets back to a little normalcy.
    As far as keeping a low profile, it aint gonna happen. With my monstrosity of a greenhouse in my back yard that can be seen for miles, and all my critters getting out and roaming the neighborhood, everyone knows ole John R has goodies. I try to go to my backyard shooting range and blast off a few rounds every week to let the locals know, I will not be a pushover.

  13. Hunker down and defend our property. Keep as low a profile as possible. Band with our family, prepare for the worst and pray for the best.

  14. First and foremost for our survival is the grace of God. Another thing is to blend and not draw attention to ourselves.

  15. First I’d like to say, I’m almost finished with Staying Home, book three. All were very good, but the 1st, Going Home was the best of the three. Can’t wait to get #4 along with the continuing saga of Holding there Own & Apocalypse Law.
    Unfortunately, my BOB in my truck isn’t as extensive as Morgan’s to get home a couple hundred miles. I might think about bringing my Get out of Dodge Bag when I venture further than a couple days walk. I have only one friend that is a prepper that I just met recently. Security is my main concern. My wife and I couldn’t perform all the tasks and security. Other family just doesn’t discuss and will prove to be little assistance. Our neighbors, I’m sure has there head somewhere else. Have a place a few hours away but going there is a big risk, depending on the roads and what the emergency is. Morgan lucked out with the people he met. Going it alone, he most likely would not have survived encountering who he did. (Don’t want to give the story away.) I have loved learning the old ways and having the ability to do them. So much more to learn. I always say, even if you can stay on your own for a couple weeks, you are better off than 99%. More prepared the better you will be for what is coming.
    Keep prepping!

  16. This is a question I have thought about a lot since Hurricane Sandy. I live in a community in NC that is outside the suburbs with good weather, lots of woods, and a lot of small ponds, plus everyone has their own wells, fireplaces, and septic systems. We are surrounded by many small farmers and many people have their own gardens and hunt in the woods. Plus, our area is full of a variety of skills – nurses, heavy equipment operators, construction, mechanics, plumber, electrician, heating and air guy, teachers, and lots of former military people. Since the people in my community are in their early 40s to late 80s, many of our skilled kids and grandkids will be coming here. With the strong skill set in this area, I see us being better off than the people in the city and the small towns, but the sad truth is that while we know each other by sight and a pleasant word, no one is too terribly close. We all work hard but most people are in bed by 10/11 and up for work before the sunrise. Would we rally around each other? Hopefully, but there are no guarantees. Would it be better to leave? That’s a hard question since so many people would be leaving their areas. I have heard a lot of people say they would head for the mountains (3-4 hours away) but people already live there. Depending on how bad it gets, I will stay in my home, keep quiet about my plans, continue to be vigilant (because I already know who is prepared and who will not be), and work within my community to help others to grow foods and to forage for what is in the surrounding woods. I am prepared to hike out, if I absolutely need to, but sometimes staying put is the only logical choice.

  17. How would I survive if everyone around me was simply out for themselves? I have thought about this MANY times in the last year. I would protect myself and my family best I could. I don’t really know what that means though. I really should have a plan but I’m still in confusion mode I guess.

  18. Gaye I think this question is harder for me to answer than any you’ve asked before. The short answer is I wouldn’t. As hard as that is to say if I’m not able to depend on a few of the people around me, with my health and age I won’t make it at all. My odds aren’t great even with a support system. That being said, I will do what I have always done…by the Grace of God, the best I can with the hand I’ve been dealt. Thank you for the opportunity to win these books. They’ve been on my library list. Good luck everyone.

  19. Our little group will put into practice what we have been planning for years…follow the plan. If that is not enough at least we go down fighting. In short we will do “What Ever It Takes” in order to see the next sunrise.

    Stay Safe

  20. We anticipated these things and moved out of the big city 6 1/2 years ago to the countryside on 7 acres. Even though there are many independent and self-sustaining people around us, we still plan on keeping a low profile, protecting our property if needed. We’ve also been learning new skills along with preps so we can lay low and survive if others around us are going crazy. At least there aren’t too many people out where we live and our house is set well back and hidden from the small country road. And we’re over 150 miles away from the city we moved from.

  21. Only way to survive in a situation, of everyone being the “problem” not the solution, is to slither away out of sight as fast as you can. Glad to be where I am. Inconvenient, but in the long run, will be a benefit.

  22. I have several family members close by as well as a few close neighbors that always pitch in when we have bad weather that causes damage. My neighbors communicate with me on a regular basis and we watch each others children, property when they are gone for an extended time and make sure the word spreads when we have burglary issues on and around our street. I don’t live in a large city, but there are still a lot of people in our city, and some of these people will try to take what everyone else has due to drug habits or just because they can. I know which neighbors own guns, there is a lot of different skill sets amongst these neighbors and we watch out for our elderly neighbors. Could I survive if these people only look out for themselves? You betcha! My husband and I will work as hard as we can to survive. We have already prepared what we can and have a list to add from. We both have many skills to pull from. I would like to think my few neighbors would pull together as we have in the past in the event of a several day or long term problem. When Hurricane Ike winds rolled thru our state and knocked power out for several days and did massive damage, we did help each other, checked on our elderly and kept a very careful watch on our street. I like to think people will help each other but I also know everyone is not prepared to the extent we may be and of course the rules will change. I will not let harm come to someone else but at the same time I will check my trust level at the door until I see the signs of team work in the neighborhood. Keep things to yourself in regards to your preps because you just never know.

  23. As I live in urban California, the concept of ‘do-it-yourself’ is ingrained in the culture. I have picked destinations, and made arrangements + plans, but cannot guarantee anyone will keep their word. Rational prep means 1) expect nothing 2) presume ill intentions, and 3) move, hoping for the best.
    All that, before we’re down to ‘loot’ mode. Small profile, reduced expectations, and experience at LONG-Term hiking.

  24. Realistically, where I am, I think I could survive and work with the people in this area….except for a couple that will, I’m pretty sure, take advantage for their own life, in any way they have to. They are well armed, being hunters and pretty ” me” minded.
    I think I have a function during an emergency but for how long and how desperate times are, I don’t know.
    I can only prepare as best as I can and try to be helpful to others without advertising that I have some stocks. Hunting, fishing and foraging is a big plus here, so it may not be as bad as someone living in the city or the suburbs. I also live on an island……complete desperation by others would do me in, at my age and health. I understand this.

  25. I have pondered this question all day. I think I may have an answer of sorts.
    I would stay inside during the day, only moving at night, so as not to draw attention to myself. The only time I would go out during the day would be if my supplies of meat grew scarce, and I was forced to hunt. In that case, I might use a pellet gun and hunt small game, as pellet guns are quieter and less likely to draw attention.
    I have blackout curtains on my windows already, so I would not maintain my yard, in the hopes that people would assume no one lived there. I might scatter old clothes, to make that a more likely assumption.
    I would grow food and beneficial herbs in inconspicuous areas, surrounded by growth that appears to merely be weeds.
    I might hide our vehicles deeper into the woods, to further give the impression of having deserted the house.
    Of course, there is always the possibility that someone would approach our home with the goal of either searching it, or taking it for themselves. If that was the case, I believe I would have to take my gun in hand and deal with that problem based on the current threat.

  26. In response to your question, I think I might try to be the “go to” guy. I have worn so many different hats in my life thus far, that I am kind of a Jack of all trades. I have worked as a Massage Therapist, a logger, a welder, built three houses from the ground up, done farm work, built farm machinery, run a metal fabricating shop, drove truck, worked in a saw mill, worked in a pottery, and much more. My wife and I are currently property caretakers for an 80 acre private rustic hunting club.
    So I would try to be the guy that people need to show them how to do things and repair things. A central point where people can learn to take care of themselves. And hopefully, it will pull people together to get things done. And protect me and mine in the process.

  27. Surviving in a world where everyone is out for themselves isn’t much different from life in the world today in any major city. Everyone goes through their daily routine doing what they need to do, not giving a thought to the person next to them on the subway. The major difference will be the literal meaning of kill or be killed. If it comes down to my life or some piece of shit, the shit is getting flushed!!

  28. I’m a country kid (68) and a bit past the ability to bug out to far so I plan on hunkering in place. I have supplies, weapons, etc and am planting some seven sister wild roses around the perimeter of my property. The thorns on these puppies will keep insurgents into fire lanes. We have a number of people in the general area that will likely be a problem at first but there are also easier pickings around so I’m considering that efforts will be directed elsewhere. I am trying to encourage some group efforts with people such as Ron above. Going it alone is not the best option but I will if it comes to it. I won’t go easy.

  29. Unfortunately except for my family, that’s how I will be as well. My husband and I are polar opposites, he is a gun toting alpha male who says if he has to he will take what we need. I on the other hand am a prepper mom, and my son has type 1 diabetes, we have been over and over it and while I can’t imagine having to take someone’s insulin from them, my husband says when I am sitting there watching my son dying, I will have a different frame of mind. He has already said he would not make me take part in accruing these things if it is not necessary. I hope that I have stored enough supplies that we wouldn’t have to take from others. But I am more then willing to defend my own, and take lives if I have too.

    • If your husband thinks thinks that way, “that he will take what he needs” then he is the type everyone on this forum is trying to defend themselves from. On one hand you talk about defending your own and in the same breathe talk about taking from others. So what makes you different from the thieving zombies preppers are trying to defend against and prep to not become?

  30. How would you survive if everyone around you was simply out for themselves? im goingto assume your talking in the same sense as the the book’s storyline. If in asimilat situation i would try to stay hidden till nightfall.duringthattime i would gather me gear and steal my resolve to survive.Once it was dark iwould move slowly and quietly avoiding any well light areas or crowds.i would try to walk alongside the highway but in the woods not the road.during the day i would agin try to remain hidden in a safe location,trying to concerve my resources and plan my routeforthe upcoming night.The whole time during my travels i would be on the look out for potential attackers and supplies to add to my pack

  31. I have thought about this for quite a while and would probably try to stay at home for as long as I could. I live in a nice subdivision in a small town and even though most of my neighbors are good people they are not preparing for a shtf situation. My wife and I are 60 years old, I am in good shape thanks to my 26 years in the military but my wife has severe back problems so bugging out is not the best choice for us. Hopefully if we have to leave our home my brother owns a farm within 10 miles of where we live and we will go there. We would travel in our explorer as far as we can and then walk the rest of the way. I would be the only one carrying a pack so I have my bob packed for two. It is heavy but not unbearable. I, like Ron, have done a little bit of everything. I grew up on a farm, have built a home from ground up, can grow a garden, do electrical, plumbing, woodworking, and like to repurpose items that most people would throw away. Since I and my wife both grew up poor, we had to learn how to do things for ourselves, so I and my wife have a lot of knowledge that would be useful to others. We are preparing and would be willing to share if they have a skill that would be useful and we could start building a group.

  32. I think if everyone was just out for themselves my wife and I would have to leave if that option was available. If it wasn’t available I would try harder to establish a cooperative attitude because, as has been said many times before beginning with Benjamin Franklin I believe and I will try to paraphrase here, if we don’t work together we will surely fail together.

  33. Why do we assume that killing each other will solve things. Wouldn’t it be better if we , as civilized beings work together to rebuild? Boy we think very wrongly……well you know what I mean.

    • Kathryn, there are two types of people in this world: those who want to be left alone, and those who won’t leave others alone. The former are generally decent people who live and let live. The latter are psychopathic monsters who fear life, and are driven by their fears and insecurities to bully and enslave others to their will; doing so gives them the false illusion that they are in control. Such people are all around us, but for the most part, they are constrained by our civilized society, and our laws. What happens when those constraints are removed is as predictable as what will happen if a hungry lion were set loose in the same cage as an oblivious ostridge.

      There is no “assumption” that killing anyone will solve anything. However, when one of those psychopathic predators kicks in your door with unmentionable intentions, things will become very black and white. In such a situation, there are no words that will convince such a person to be civilized; you will either flee or fight; you will either impose your will, or have the other’s will imposed upon you; you will either live, or you will die. Yes, I am painting with a very broad brush in very black and white terms, but that is the nature of natural law… it is very black and white and extremely unforgiving.

      “We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” — Ayn Rand.

  34. The human spirit has a way of kicking into high gear in a life or death situation. I would hope this would be true for all of us. That said, if literally everyone was only out for themselves and I was left to fend for myself alone, I would hunker down low, very low. I would utilize skills my grandma taught me like fire starting, snares, finding edible plants. I would try to hide and thrive.

  35. the only thing a person could do is do the best that he or she can do no matter what it is that they are doing!!!!!!!

  36. Just lay low and blend in . If I do not advertise now that I am prepping, Then hopefully no one will come looking to me when IT hit’s the fan.

  37. Our family has already been discussing this. We only have one trustworthy neighbor and the rest of the family lives deep within a city. We would stay at our place as long as possible, but ultimately we would all have to retreat to a rural property an hour away for as long as necessary. No one can stand against the number of desperate people around a city for long. The number one prep should be to acquire a place in the country and prepare it for your family to live at during troubled times.

  38. I would have to separate myself from them and go it alone. Staying with such a group would only get me taken advantage of and probably killed because I am not like that and wouldn’t put up with it. I’d do the best with what I had and what happens, happens. I’d be better off alone.

    • I understand the part of staying away from others….but in my case, I wonder how long I would last, on my own. Since this subject has come up, I’m going to take a chance and talk to a couple of my neighbors; explaining what I’m trying to prepare for ( anything and everything bad ). Maybe we can come to an understanding and support each other. I have to try anyway. Frankly, I’m wondering how to start such a conversation. Dang, I hope nothing happens so bad to have to worry about life and limb.
      What about you Dennis? Do you know anyone you can sit down with a meal or ?? and just talk about this sort of thing?

  39. If the people around us who were simply out for themselves were relatively honorable people, I think we would be all right. We can trade goods and services for our mutual benefit. That is basically the way capitalism works in a high trust culture.

    If all the people out for themselves were dishonorable, willing to steal, rob, and kill, we would be in serious trouble.

    I suspect that there would be a mix of both types, so we might be able to band together with self-interested people to protect our group. Mutual aid is in our self-interest.

    If we couldn’t join up with enough such people, then we might very well not survive. That’s just the way it is. The dishonorable might come out on top for a while, but they aren’t likely to last. Of course, by the time they finally go down, they may have already exterminated the rest of us. I think there are enough honorable people in our neighborhood who would understand that their own self-interest requires cooperation and trade for us to make it.

  40. If the situation deteriorates to the point that the police and fireman leave their posts then anyone who is physically able to ‘hike’ should do so. Moving away from danger will be your best chance of survival.

  41. (I am going on the assumption that my family and at least part of my small group has made it to my “Place”) If everyone around me was only out for themselves I/we would take a very low profile. the premice that everyone is out for themselves would lead me to think that they did not prepare at all or at most very little. I have 2 old trucks (that i use for parts) and have not run in years. I would take one of these to the beginning of the driveway and with a weed burner make it look as if it was set on fire. i would make the property appear as if it had already been ransacked. the animals would be taken to the basement. (smelly but nessesary for a time). i would also make a couple of my out building look as though they had been set on fire with a weed burner. I would remove the covering from the greenhouse 30’x40′. I believe in many cases if people who were out for them selves to loot or steel would probably not bother with a place that appeared like it has already been hit by others. this could/would cut down on how many people may come further. they would probably move to other homes or places that appear like they have not yet been touched. for those who would still want to see what was (if anything) left, they would have to be delt with, according to their threat level. after the first round of starvation came to an end you could start to clean up, to a point. there are of course many other chores to be done, this however is a brief answer. Bill B

  42. I would try to stay as inconspicuous as possible, not draw any attention to myself. Keep as many of my preps hidden as possible. But I still think I would want to try to find others who would be willing to work together. Interested in building a community, supporting and helping each other. I just can’t imagine a world where there wouldn’t be people trying to work together to make a better life for everyone. But that’s probably not a very realistic view.

  43. I would have to also hunker down and lookout for myself and family.. Meanwhile, l would be on the lookout for anyone that deserves to be helped and lend them a hand, anonymously to start with.

  44. hopefully, be invisible and avoid others, but if i did encounter others, i would offer my skills, i’m a registered nurse and hopefully, that would buy me some time.

  45. Unfortunately, were I live, I’m out in the open. I’d have to gather the guns/ammo, food and hunker down and see what happens. Someone would have to stay awake and rotate to protect the house/property and what little we have to survive on. And be prepared to pack up and head to a family member’s property that has 12 acres, woods and a pond about 20 miles away. When I bought this place 8 years ago, I had no thought of being prepared for this. Now I wish I would have been more educated and choose more wisely. But I still probably wouldn’t have the money need to buy the property/acres I wanted.

  46. As a 70 year old, I don’t have the option of bugging out those younger do. I have prepared to remain in my rural hone high on a defendable hill. I am working hard to redesign my basement to accommodate family members who live in neighborhoods nearer town. Together we might be able to survive until things stabilized. Hopefully, we could all get to another location that has been purchased with the idea of developing a family compound if things go south. Unfortunately it isn’t survival ready yet. I think few people have factored in the difficulties in getting to a location that is far from home. I know I can’t carry enough supplies to make the journey on foot.

  47. I would try to find someone that would be willing to team up with me, and they we would try and stay out of the way of the others that were out for themselves. We would share what we have, and also use our skills to help each other.

  48. If everyone was out for themselves, I would take my BOB, Wife and cats and head for the big woods so we could fend for ourselves. we would do just fine.

  49. YOUR QUESTION IS: How far could you walk to make it home if you were separated from your family?



  50. Hi there! Well I to am 74. But I would walk, what ever it takes to make it back home. I have the training or what I know to make camp, make fire, find water, to make it home and I know I would be able to make it. Thank you for a great site, with many roades to learn. Thxs Bill

  51. It is -21 here, lots of snow, a time to think of the challenges that exist. I want to be with family when things go bad, I believe my family feels the same, right now they are the most important reason to stay alive.. I personally will try everything to get home.

  52. Hi there , I have a set of problems . Older parent,(limited mobility) , distance to a “safe place” . Where ever I was I would have to make it home ,to take care of my folks. This may not be the best idea givinen the “cercumstances”,but you do WHAT YOU HAVE TO.

  53. I’m 68 and could not walk a lot of miles but I would try to do what ever it takes. If my wife happen to be with me it would be very much harder for both of us to get back home. But you never know what you can do until faced with that situation.

  54. If an EMP hit, I am usually no further than 30 miles from home. I have my emergency vehicle kit & a backpack ready to walk home. Think things thru, don’t panic & take one mile at a time. Nights would be difficult – but being aware of a place to bed down to conserve energy and get rested. Then start again taking one mile at a time – watch for dangers – bad people included. After reaching home & getting energized again would be a blessing. Being chased from your home to another location is another whole ball game. Don’t panic – think things thru and take the best course of action.

  55. I think that I could walk at least 300 miles to get to family. It might take me a long time and several pairs of shoes. I feel like I can do whatever is necessary.

  56. Oh my goodness,Harry &I really enjoyed your five books! It really has us thinging about howto survive and we grew up in the northeast, me in central NY Fngerlake &Great Lakes areas& I can go fishing by myself(dad killed squirrels, etc. with whatever he could use) or with hubby, hubby Harry grew up in Pennsylvania, he hunted a lot to help feed his parents & sisters!Me I fish and garden. We work well together doing things to help us survive now. Currently we live in Penrose,Colorado and while not crazy for some of our neighbors we try to see what we can do to help each other.Know if we need to we can filter water, use freeze dried food or MRE’s have camp stove, other camping stuff. Will you write more books is what we want to know adn hope you do,please? Thank you,Joan&Harry

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