BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard

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Today’s entry in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival is the Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival by James Hubbard, MD.  James, who is also known as “The Survival Doctor” is here to answer my interview questions and of course, to provide a copy of his book to one lucky reader.

First, a little bit about the book itself.

First Aid Fundamentals for Survival

As the title says, this is a pocket manual.  What that means is that in addition to being packed with practical first aid information, the book is small enough and light enough to throw in a bug-out-bag so that you have it with you at all times. But don’t let it’s 5 x7 size fool you.

First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival covers a wide variety of medical ailments including those most likely to occur in a survival situation.  These include dehydration, hypothermia, skin wounds, insect bites, and bone and joint injuries.  Truthfully, much of this information is also available at James’s website but really, if an accident or medical incident occurs who is going to have the time to go look something up online – assuming of course, there is power and an internet connection available.

A question that I am frequently asked is “what do I need to include in my survival first aid kit”.  There is an excellent section at the beginning of the book listing what to include and in what quantities.  They are separated by first aid supplies suitable for long-term storage in your home or bug-out location, and those suitable for portable storage, such as a bug-out-bag or vehicle.

I could go on, but instead, will turn things over to James.  Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s book giveaway below.

An Interview with James Hubbard

Tell me about your book, Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival. What is it about?

Well, first, Living Ready is the name of the publisher, and that’s why it’s part of the title. Pocket Manual tells you it’s small enough to fit in any shelf, backpack or bug-out bag.

And it does contain First Aid instruction, but I think it goes beyond that. It’s more like the contents of many of my blog posts. I explain what you or I could do in emergency situations, with little or no fancy medical equipment, to try to save a life and stabilize a person until expert help arrives. But I also explain what to do if that expert help doesn’t come right away, or doesn’t come at all.

What type of research did you have to do while writing Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid?

I’ve taken wilderness-medicine courses, and for over 30 years I’ve been a family doctor. I’ve practiced in both small Mississippi towns—where I worked in my clinic and the hospital emergency room and had a busy inpatient hospital practice to boot—and in large cities, where I mainly practiced urgent-care medicine and dealt with emergencies.

In that time, I’ve seen a little of everything, and I’ve learned a lot from my patients. I learned how people coped with medical problems when they lived so far out and with so little transportation that they couldn’t get to a doctor unless the situation was dire. I’ve listen to old folks tell of how they treated problems when no doctor was even available even if they had the transportation. Here in Colorado Springs, where I live now, I’ve learned more about how to treat medical problems that occur during hiking and camping.

On the other hand, over the years, I’ve also learned how so many people really don’t know some of the basics of medical care—basics that I think most doctors assume their patients know, so they don’t explain them. So people get their information from other people or the Internet. Sometimes that’s very good, and sometimes it’s totally wrong. And I try to guide them on telling the difference.

How long did it take to write?

About six months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid?

That with the right information, they can take care of many more medical problems than they would imagine, no matter how long it takes for expert help to arrive.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’ve been married for 39 years and have two grown daughters. One is a writer/editor and helps me put my writing into understandable language. The other is a flight paramedic in Alaska and has taught for the military as well as volunteered for many a wilderness rescue. I go to her for advice also.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes. I plan on writing at least a couple more, and I plan on having a DVD out in the next couple of months. All are related to my mission of providing people with information on how to manage medical problems during disasters, in the wilderness, or any time expert help is unavailable.

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

I welcome comments on my blog. It gives me feedback on what I’m doing wrong or what I need to do more of.

The Book Giveaway

A copy Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid has been reserved for one lucky reader. Are you ready for this week’s question?

What is your primary first aid or health related question when it comes to survival in a SHTF situation?

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 PM Pacific next Wednesday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  He or she will have 48 hours to claim the winning books.

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

I have placed my copy of James’s book in my bug out bag where it will be easy to find if there is a medical emergency in my home or while on the run.  Because the book is well-indexed, I should be able to quickly locate what I need plus, I will be able to understand it.  No medical techno-talk here!

If there is anything I would hope for in a future edition, it would be a section that covers natural remedies over and beyond the honey that James recommends as an effective anti-bacterial.  As he so aptly states, honey is more effective as an after-the-fact anti-bacterial for infections than over-the- counter ointments.

This is a useful, practical and necessary book to include in your survival kit.  I hope you will enter the giveaway to win a copy of your own!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

Skills to Save A Life:  Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation.

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction in this book will help you prevent or respond to:

  • Dehydration
  • Hypothermia, frostbite and heatstroke
  • Skin wounds including burns, cuts, bites and gunshots
  • Anaphylaxis, allergic reactions and rashes
  • Broken bones and injured joints

Plus you’ll find detailed packing lists for survival first aid kits of all sizes. This pocket-sized manual is perfect for packing in first aid kits, bug out bags, day-hiking packs and vehicle kits. Medical emergencies are unplanned and unpredictable, but you can be prepared. Arm yourself with knowledge that can save a life.

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)
Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival

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70 Responses to “BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard”

  1. My biggest concern is the medication that we are used to taking on a regular to semi-regular basis. People take medication every day for blood pressure, diabetes, infections to the severe allergies. With out this medication around it can be easy for people to fall victim to all sorts problems. Infections that were rare can become rampid like polio, disentary, colera, hepatitis and even terberculosis. Something as simple as the common cold can quickly turn to pneumonia without taking the proper percautions. For some the increased physical lifestyle of staying alive can help with many medical problems, such as type 2 diabetes for being over weight. The type 1 diabetes are the ones to be concerned about.

  2. In a residential family hurricane evacuation scenario, what do you think is the most probable injuries and what should I make sure I have in my kit to make sure I’m prepared.

  3. First, Thank you for the opportunity!

    Salt and Vodka will be added to my emergency BOB.I have just about everything I need….or so I think!

  4. What would be the best way to first aid prep for someone who is pregnant, or those who may be pregnant that you encounter? What are some of the basics to add to a kit along those regards?

  5. I think a good first aid and trauma kit are essential to everyone’s preparedness inventory, along with the knowledge it takes to use them. If we get to a point where professional medical help just isn’t available anymore, we are going to have to be ready to take care of our own.

    I would love to see BDS put out more info on field trauma and first aid. Using splints, tourniquet, pressure dressings and hemostatic agents, as well as basic suture techniques. If there are no hospitals to take our injured to, we are going to have to know what to do.

    Thanks for all you do to keeps us informed!

  6. Would appreciate information on holistically handling asthma. I imagine type 2 diabetics will be fine once their food and exercise are changed by SHTF requirements (assuming they’re able to be active enough.) Fish antibiotics for everyone! And some superglue for good measure. Put those homestead vet techniques to work. I do worry about how to counteract the effects of 13 & 14 year old boys, though…

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