BDS Book Festival 7: Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness

I am shaking things up this week by running the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7 a day early.

Scott Hunt, the author of The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness

, is a fairly well-known fellow.  You may recognize him as one of the experts who performs assessments and evaluations of preppers that appear in the Nat Geo program, Doomsday Preppers.  Beyond that though, I had the pleasure of meeting Scott a few years back and know that he is a dedicated Prepper himself who has an intense interest in sharing his knowledge and helping people.

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Scott is here to answer the usual Book Festival questions plus, will be offering a copy of his book to THREE Backdoor Survival readers.  You already know how much I enjoy these book giveaways but three books is always a special bonus!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to enter the giveaway below.

Tell me about your book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness. What is it about?

Well Gaye, first just let me say it’s great to catch up with you since we first met in Texas. The book was a great opportunity from St. Martin’s Press in NYC. My editor, Anne Brewer, gave me a long leash and let me run!!

I have more than 20 years experience in engineering/farming and that has led to learning lots of ways to move water, grow food, and make electricity. The book is a comprehensive book on preparedness that gives both the novice and experienced prepper food for thought.

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

The book is more tried and true methods and real life experiences stemming from childhood to last week! I have years of experience as an engineer. I also have a deep desire to help others, which comes more from my years as a pastor.

On topics like medical, I relied on my wife, who is a licensed pharmacist. On security, I have some great friends who have a phenomenal amount of real life experiences in war. CrossFit trainer Josh Harrison assisted on the fitness section.

How long did it take to write?

I was approached by Anne in October 2013 and finished December 31, 2013. The actual writing time took about a month.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness?

I want every reader to be prepared to live a life with less anxiety and fear of the unknown. I am focused on solutions. Solutions are universal answers to many problems.

Today people are concerned about Ebola. Next week there may be a panic about hurricanes. If one has to shelter in place because of either, it makes no difference why. Your solutions will be stored water, stored food, a way to make a little electricity, being knowledgeable about sanitation.

I want every reader, when disaster strikes, to be able to ease others’ pain and suffering.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

As a boy I lived in rural NY. I grew up on motorcycles and snowmobiles. I learned to trap. I learned to weed an acre garden. I learned to respect the people who carve out a living by sweat and blood.

Even though I would ultimately go to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for my bachelors and masters, I never forgot those lessons. Once I had the classical training, the two worlds just merged.

When I got my own piece of property to start a small farm, I started tinkering with moving water. I told my wife it was for the cattle, but I became intrigued with 19th century engineering solutions to what was then a world without electricity. I started to apply them to farming, with spectacular results. Then I merged solar technology with water pumping. I was having a blast. I never thought the Lord would move in such a way that I would have a business doing it.

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

Oh that is a great question, Gaye.

I prepare for everything (laughs)! All kidding aside, my philosophy is not to focus on a few scenarios that could possibly happen based on geography or population density.

For example, my objectives are three fold in water solutions: storage, resupply, and purification. So I have a rain catchment system complete with 650 gallon rain barrel, 55 gallon barrels in living areas, 1050 gallon barrels holding spring water pumped by a hydraulic ram pump hundreds of feet away. I have UV , chemical, and filter purification systems.

And yes, I do believe in the prepper rules of threes! (Three is two, two is one, one is none.)

Do you have plans for another book?

Gaye, I have dreams of writing a book about water. It would cover living water (spiritual aspects of water) as well as regular ole water. Currently I am busy helping other people with their preparations, so it may remain a dream for awhile.

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

Just that I really look forward to seeing more people prepared for disaster. It is so satisfying to see people confident, knowing they are ready for whatever comes their way.

The Book Giveaway

Three copies of The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness  have been reserved for lucky readers.  To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.

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

The Final Word

Before closing, I want to mention that while there are a lot of terrific books in the prepping and survival niche, this one stands with the best of them.  His chapter on “Power” is one of the best I have seen.  It  goes beyond the basics and explains the technical aspects of fuel, fuel storage, generators, and alternative power solutions such as solar and wind generation. It answers questions such as how to do it and should you do it  This is good stuff.

The last section of the book is made up of a “Preparedness Checklist” and a “Prepper Report Card”.  This is a great tool for tracking where you are presently and what steps you need to take to reach your prepping goals.

All this plus three copies up for grabs.  Wohoo! Good luck everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Spotlight:  The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness

The world we live in is an unstable one. From natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods of biblical proportions to concerns about the economic downturn and government shutdown, the hits just keep on coming.

At the same time, the power grid is incredibly fragile. Our dependency on widely distributed long distance systems for power, medicine, and food makes our society susceptible to attack, whether by foreign or domestic enemies, or the weather. No matter the concern, the solutions are the same.

With this book, anyone can learn how to:

  • Secure a water source—even in an urban area
  • Grow and preserve food
  • Set up an alternative energy supply
  • Maintain a comfortable shelter –including alternative cooking and sanitation methods during a long power outage
  • Bug out—what to include in your bug out bag and how to leave
  • Prepare for medical issues
  • Deal with security concerns

Preparing for disruption of services in an emergency is a noble venture which gives peace of mind. This book will empower readers of all skill levels and resources to survive and achieve an independent, sustainable lifestyle.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.

Book Festival 7 – Non-Fiction

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guide
5 Acres & A Dream
Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook
Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City and Suburbs

Book Festival 7 – Fiction

Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winter
Good Crazy
Point of Crisis
Avalon: The Retreat and Avalon: Beyond the Retreat
Rebellion in Northwoods
Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kids

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 is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.


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  1. My most important piece of prepping equipment? Probably my Berkey water filter system, as Scott is right: water is critical! This looks like a great book to add to the library!

  2. Sounds like an awesome book and a must have for prepping. I think it would fit nicely in my library and make a great Christmas present. Just want to wish all a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! God go with you. Peace on earth, good will toward men.

  3. Top of my list would be a Berkey water filter. (I’ve been a good girl Santa, honest!) Good luck everyone and a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

  4. The top item on my list is to preserve and store more food. The goal is to have 12 months of food or 5 people stored away with out breaking the bank. Just beginning, daunting task.

    1. We don’t use ours as much as we should…but its really handy in the hot summer to have your cooking done by the sun and not heating the house!

    2. I would like to have one of those small notebook type thingamabobs…(obviously not a technophile lol) I have lots and lots of important info bookmarked, but it would be nice to be able to download to a little IPad, Ipod or whatever you call them and have them available should power and computer systems go down! Along with that goes a solar generator! geez…should I take out a 2nd on my house? LOL

  5. Obviously water would be the most important thing; so at the top of my bucket list is a Berkey Water Filter System. I’ve been good, I really, really have!

  6. 55 gal water barrels. Solar charging for grow lights, electronics and whatever. Merry Christmas, Many Blessings and a Bright New Year

  7. There are several that I consider most important items but if I had to pick one it would be a safe and reasonably secure (or able to) retreat location. I am seriously looking. I guess second would be a supply of clean spring water. All the others will fall in line after that.
    I am very interested in this author and his book so if I don’t win it, I guess I will need to purchase it but winning is so much better.

  8. The addition of Scott’s book to our reference library. If its the SHTF or working a homestead a good supply of educational resources are a must.

    Stay Safe

  9. Of all the choices I would have to say that water tops the list. There are so many important needs but clean water is first and foremost.

  10. My next step is a concealed weapon license. I still want to be below the radar, but be somewhat legal if I am stopped for whatever reason. I would love to purchase a Berkey for my son & family. Their water is terrible. They have two small girls and one baby on the way. Praying for a safe year coming in 2015.

  11. I need to add to my supply of rain barrels, and I need whiskey barrels for a container garden because of too much shade from neighbor’s trees, we can’t plant in the ground in the back yard.

  12. My next purchases will be water filtration, purification, and storage. This book sounds awesome. I love getting different points of view on what and how to prepare.

  13. This book seems especially exciting because of the author’s dedication to water. My first prepping tool is water purification. I’m Embarrassed to say I don’t have a portable method except for boiling. I have a pot, several fire starting methods and tinder in my bag. I also pack 4 filled Rubbermaid bottles and a funnel and coffee filters in a strainer for ore filtering. At home I have 4-6 months stored purified water from my filter stored in old soda bottles. And I have a large supply of stereo for indoor boiling and heating.

  14. There is so much controversy about plastic containers leaching bad things into our bodies and causing health problems. I would like to see if this problem is approached. Also, according to the Redcross, during certain disasters the only safe drinking water is distilled water. I would like to know if that has been taken into consideration.

  15. My most desired next prep would be a safe and relatively comfortable retreat home with reliable clean spring. We live in the city and have no constant water source if the grid shuts down. Thank you for a great site!

  16. Water catchment, barrels, filters, storage tank, the works. We run off a well, and if the electricity goes out even the generator isn’t powerful enough to power it.

  17. Searchable, portable knowledge. A general coverage book backed up with an electronic device such as a Kindle with a library of resources stored.

  18. Small solar charger that can be used to recharge my Kindle is HIGH on my “must have” list. Maybe I should have put it on my Christmas wish list? ooops.

  19. Top of my bucket list would be to better organize/manage my food storage. I need to increase the amount of long term storage items we have and I need some workable recipes for making meals out of those items.

  20. My top item is water storage. I live in an apartment so it is quite frustrating figuring out where to safely store water in such a limited space.

  21. My biggest prep wish is a Berkey system with extra filters.
    Merry (belated) Christmas and have a great holiday AND a prosperous New Year

  22. Top of my list are friends; my friends have a wide variety of skills that I don’t have. They’ve offered to teach me to can foods, to make soap, to darn socks, etc. Their knowledge is vital.

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