Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 3, 2019
Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

One of the common laments of preppers is they feel they are a lone wolf.  In their hearts and minds they know if there is a major emergency, stored preps will be handy, but in reality, it will take teamwork to survive.  We are not talking about OPSEC here. Instead, we are talking about community preparedness where neighbors help neighbors to ensure that everyone gets out of harm’s way safely.

The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook by Scott Finazzo is a book about community preparedness.  It is a detailed guide to finding like-minded folks in your community that can band together to organize a disaster preparedness network.

Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook | Backdoor Survival

While learning to put together a band of like-minded neighbors is important, this books goes far beyond that basic premise. It includes detailed disaster-specific protocols for a wide variety of disruptive events as well as sections on emergency medical response and first aid.  There are checklists, illustrations, and charts to help up size up the emergency and the required action.

This is good stuff.

Today I share another exclusive interview with Scott, plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway.  Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Scott Finazzo, Author of The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

One question on everyone’s mind is what they would do if a disaster or even a collapse occurred in their own backyard. If that happened to you, would you bug-in or bug-out and why.

That question is, of course, situational. I think it could be dangerous for anyone to make a specific plan to either bug out or stay in. But given the choice to choose one or the other, in general terms, I would have to say staying in lends itself to a home field advantage. You know exactly what you have available to you, including everything from all of your book resources, food, water, shelter, personal security, etc.

If you did decide to hunker down and bug-in, what items would you include for comfort? Or would you?

I think mental and spiritual health can be as important as physical health when it comes to survival. Comfort food is important. I have a stash of sweets that are for just such an occasion. I also have a few non-fiction books, games, a guitar, and, of course, a notebook.

Home defense and protection from the bad guys is a big deal. That said, not everyone is prepared or even qualified to use firearms. What do you recommend in that case?

I personally think firearms offer the best defense as well as granting you food-gathering options in an extreme survival scenario. Having said that, unless you are comfortable and proficient with them, you should consider other options. Pepper spray, taser, or other non-lethal forms of defense should be accessible.

These days, it seems as though a new book about survival or preparedness is released daily. How is your book different from the others and why should we read it?

The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook is unique in that it combines the vast knowledge base provided by the US military with my two decades experience as a firefighter. I made a point to extract specific information and simplify it so that the book can be interesting and used as a reference without the fluff. Because of the years I’ve spent responding to calls along with conversations and research I’ve done with military sources, my book has a unique authenticity not found in other preparedness books.

What is your favorite survival, disaster, or post-apocalyptic film or TV show?

Even though, it’s not typically my style of movie, I really liked the Book of Eli. It had a great storyline, adventure, and an ending that made me want to watch it again.

It is said that everyone has a book inside them. What advice do you have for the budding author?

My advice for budding authors is to hone your craft by continually writing, but also put yourself out there. Meet people. Make connections. For some, the doors magically open, but for most people it’s a struggle to get your foot in and keep it there. Keep after it.

The Giveaway

Scott has reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  This week’s question is:

You are given (or have won)  a $100 gift card to purchase preps.  What would you buy?

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The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Due to customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

A lot of books on preparedness cross my desk and over time, there is a sameness to all of them.  What I like about this book is that it transcends the theoretical “what to do” that many books of this nature adopt.  Written by someone who lives and breathes this stuff, there are practical, actionable steps to take to establish a community response team.  First responders, after all, may take some time to arrive and even then, can only do so much.

This book is important because, at the end of the day, we all need to work together to save lives when disaster strikes.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #13: Books to Help You Prepare.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook


Nothing brings out the best in neighbors more than facing a catastrophe together. But don’t wait till the disaster is upon you. This book shows how you can work together today to protect the lives and homes of all the families in your neighborhood tomorrow. With guidance on how you can take a leadership role, this helpful handbook details everything your community needs to be fully prepared for any natural disaster.

• Creating event-specific disaster kits for yourself and your family
• Learning about basic fire safety and fire fighting
• Establishing triage centers in the event that first responders can’t reach you
• Stabilizing disaster victims through need-to-know first aid
• Creating your own neighborhood emergency response team to keep your neighborhood safe and save lives should the worst occur

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73 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook”

  1. You are given (or have won) a $100 gift card to purchase preps. What would you buy?

    I would buy a life straw and ammo for my Ruger 45 long Colt pistol…

  2. If I was given $100 to spend on preps, I believe I would have to concentrate on medical supplies. I have been focused on food, water and heat, for comfort and cooking, for the past couple of years. Medical supplies is one area that I have not spent as much time and/or money on, although it’s always in the back of my mind. Medical supplies would be my choice to spend the money on. Thanks!

  3. My $100 would go towards building a food storage pantry in the basement that also acts as a reinforcement for the corner of the house in case of an earthquake.

  4. I would purchase the things that I don’t have (not many), and as two is one and one is none, I would purchase backups such as more ammo, food, water purifier tablets and other necessities as money would allow.

  5. I’d buy major trauma medical gear: tourniquet, compression bandage, etc. I’m spending more and more time with sharp implements nowadays!

  6. The top two things on my wish list right now are the family life straw and also the sun oven so I would use the $100. to go towards one of those.

  7. I have my heart set on a Saratoga Jacks 5.5L Thermal Cooker Deluxe. I saw this in use by someone else this last summer while on a camping trip and I really, really want one!

    • I am currently testing a thermal cooker. Actually, this test has been ongoing for 10 days. So far, my feeling is that a thermal cooker is a waste of money if purchased for prepping purposes. Other uses, such as camping or potlucks, maybe. But for prepping? Nope. At least not so far. I am so disappointed because like you, I really wanted one.

    • That is interesting and disappointing all at the same time! I’m curious as to why. Looking forward to an article about it when you are finished testing it. 🙂

  8. I’d put it towards a solar powered system so that I could go completely off grid for my refrigerators. I can get by without electricity for everything else.

    • I post a free download almost daily over on my Facebook page. I always check them out first so they are not simply fluff or link bait. They do not require a susbscription. As long as the price is $0.00, you “buy it” but the price is free. Some get confused with “read it for free” which does require a subscription.

      Hope this helps.

  9. My wish list is quite long. But I think some night vision equipment is a high priority. Either that or a gas mask that can accomodate eyeglasses.

  10. I would put the $100 toward a Big Berkey water filter. Husband read an article that if our city water was contaminated the region would have a day’s supply of water if we’re lucky.

  11. I would try to get some solar/wind to keep the sump working. It sounds strange but our sump runs continuously 12 months a year. Neighbors don’t have that problem (we checked with several neighbors). We need the basement to stay dry. That is my priority, to keep the water out of the basement living/storage space I have. I swear we have an underground spring somewhere on the lot (1/4 acre) but we haven’t found it yet. DaHubs tells me no but I can’t figure out why we have SO MUCH water running thru the sump. Called City water and they have been out a few times and nothing is leaking as far as they can tell.

  12. Thank you for the information.

    I would use the additional money for ammo and some range time for my wife and daughter so they can become more comfortable with our firearms.

  13. Since I’ve only bought a little bit here & there, I would first stock up more on my food storage & water storage, then buy a good water filter & purification methods, a self-defense weapon, stock up on medical supplies and learn how to use & buy herbs & natural remedies

  14. I would put it toward a high volume water filter, which I don’t have yet but which I plan to get in the relatively near future.

  15. For quite some time now I’ve wanted to get some sort of emergency radio. I keep finding better ones or some discouraging comments about the ones I’m looking at, so I’ve not purchased one at all. I’m thinking of spending more now rather than the $50 or so I initially thought I’d spend. I need to stop putting it off though, lol.

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