Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping

Anytime I hear the term “Extreme Prepping” I cringe.  Extreme denotes exceeding the bounds of moderation and guess what?  That is not, in my humble opinion, what prepping is all about.  Give me the normal and give me the ordinary.  I want prepping to be a mainstream preoccupation and so that is what I write about.

Prepping in moderation using common sense and practicality is the mantra of this website.  For that reason, I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the book Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach  as the next entry in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

Written by Jim Serre, this is a book for those of you that want a single, well-written handbook that will educate you about the nature of disasters and disruptive events along with reasonable and doable strategies for creating your own person safety net.

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In the usual Book Festival fashion, today I share an interview with Jim, and in addition, have two copies of his book up for grabs in giveaway.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Jim Serre, Author of Middle Ground Prepping

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way.

You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

The majority of the research done to complete this book was centered around the historical look at emergency preparedness in the U.S. and the various organizations associated with disaster relief.

A good deal of information was also found within FEMA after action reports related to Hurricane Katrina and Sandy. Additionally, my years of experience as a first responder provided significant perspective on many of the emergency situations presented in the book.

How long did it take to write?

Some of the book’s contents were originally blog posts over the past 10 years; however, we were able to assemble those documents, research items and write the book in about 3 months.

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

The main message of the book is that everyone can and should do some form of preparedness in order to support themselves and their family in the case of and emergency or longer term disaster.

You don’t need a missile silo as a bug out shelter to be prepared. Get some supplies, make some emergency plans and practice your plan once in a while.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

Like many, after 9/11 I felt the need to do something to help those that can’t always help themselves. I also realized that I was ill prepared on that day without a communication plan.

My wife and I became involved in volunteer Search & Rescue operations with a couple local Sheriff’s Departments. This taught us a great deal about emergency management and our interest in Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) grew. I’ve been a CERT Instructor for the past 9 years and continue to learn about emergency management and how to help others in an emergency.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Here in northern California, our weather if fairly mild; however, local flooding is probably our greatest weather concern. But I tend to more concerned with socio-political events that could disrupt commerce and our ability to access food supplies and medical assistance. The most common would be local rioting that was able to truncate local commerce and force us to stay home with only the supplies and medical knowledge we have.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Certainly, planning is the key first step in preparedness. One must first identify any and all potential risks in your locale. Such risks may be natural, technological, man-made or other hazards (such as solar flares (and resulting EMPs), collapse of the monetary system, nuclear war, etc.)

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Well on the socio-political front, “Aftershock – Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown” by David Wiedemer, PhD provides a good look at what the future could hold for us given the massive job layoffs and redistribution following both the “Dot.com” and the mortgage failure crises we’ve seen.

Do you have plans for another book?

While not yet confirmed, I am contemplating a book about volunteerism in American and the idealistic views of those who start out, but soon lose interest.

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The Giveaway

Jim has reserved two copies of Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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.

The Final Word

Those of you familiar with this blog know that I feel a lot of angst against websites, books, and videos that pitch prepping in the extreme.  Portraying preparedness as entertainment is downright nauseating so when I find an author or website that aligns with my core values, in an totally in.

Middle Ground Prepping is a book not only for those of you that think like I do, but also is an excellent resource to share with those that a hesitant to jump on board.  My thanks goes to Jim for writing this book.  Please enter the giveaway so that you can win a copy of your own.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach

Learn how middle ground prepping can get you prepared without taking over your life.

Somewhere in between the fanatical preppers highlighted on the hit reality show “Doomsday Preppers” and the millions of Americans who have done nothing to assemble emergency supplies lies “middle ground prepping.” Middle ground prepping is a concept that provides a measured and reasonable approach for novices to prepare for impending emergencies or disasters in order to protect yourself and your family.

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way.

You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.  There is truly something for everyone.

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook  print version is available.

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58 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 10: Middle Ground Prepping”

  1. Common sense prepping to me is doing things that will do you some actual good in an emergency, not going whole hog and stocking up on so much stuff that your normal lifestyle suffers as a result. You do what you can with what you have…

  2. Common sense prepping is doing the best with what you have and your current situation. I’m an urban apartment dweller, it doesn’t make sense for me to store 50 lbs of wheat. I live simply and store food and water enough to get us through a hurricane related power and/or water shortage.

    I try to have productive hobbies like quilting and knitting, and enjoy channeling my inner MacGuyver to solve potential problems.

  3. Common sense prepping is learning about the potential issues that could affect the immediate environment of the places you frequent most, and then getting together a basic prep and plan for those situations. It’s continuing to learning new life skills that will benefit you and your family. It’s about being responsible when you’re a parent and making sure you have a way to keep your kids safe in an emergency. There really is no excuse for anyone NOT to do some type of basic prepping.

  4. When prepping, common sense would tell you that you should first determine those situations which you are most likely to experience. Then as you prep, within your budget, you look for items and equipment which would carry you through that experience. All the better if you have items that would also be useful in other situations or back-up items for some of the most critical needs (water, fire, etc.). Also, it’s very important to learn and practice the skills you will need in order to survive likely situations. Also, be prepared for the possibility of having to bug out as opposed to bugging in.

  5. To me common sense prepping is about learning as much as you can about survival in a lot of different situations. Knowledge and skills will do you more good then then the most expensive and elaborate gear will especially if you don’t know how to use it. It’s also about staying focused on the essentials – food, water, shelter and safety.

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