When it comes to being prepared, no one does it better than Linda Loosli. I know. I have been to her house, sampled her made-from-scratch cooking, and examined her gear. Not only does she have two of everything, from what I call tell, she has three or four of everything, plus the skills to perform preparedness and survival tasks in multiple ways.
Her book, Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation, was previously showcased before in the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival. In that article, I listed the ways, which, while written in my own words, coincided with the chapters in the book:
1. Know how to purify, filter, and store water
2. Keep your food storage simple, by storing simple foods, packaged for the long term
3. Know how to cook food using alternative cooking devices and fuel
4. Get a bead on emergency lighting and have lots of backups
5. Be familiar with basic first aid procedures and stock a robust first aid kit with supplies that you know how to use
6. Practice good hygiene both for yourself and your home
7. Develop methods for doing laundry when water is scarce and the grid is down
8. Be part of a larger, like-minded community
9. Hope you will not need it but have a fully stocked Bug Out Bag
10. Gather essential documents (and precious photos) then make copies for safekeeping
11. Assess your risks then prepared an evacuation plan; know when it will be time to leave and be ready to go both physically and mentally
In addition, you may have noticed that in the weekly Survival Buzz, I post some of Linda’s tips, directly from the book.
With that introduction, today I share an interview with Linda. In addition, I have five copies of her 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 Linda Loosli, Author of Prepare Your Family For Survival
Tell me about your book. What is it about?
I have always felt it is important for each family to learn how to be self-sufficient. It seems so many people think the government will take care of them in every disaster situation. We’ve learned that the government’s resources are limited and it may take days or weeks for them to respond to a particular location’s needs.
The book outlines various situations we may find ourselves in that require us to survive based on how we’ve stored food and water and have the personal resources at hand to deal with cooking, heating, first aid, sanitation and other key aspects of daily life we take for granted that are turned upside down when disaster strikes.
What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?
Besides my own life experiences, I have tried to observe the experiences of others and how people and groups dealt with survival issues. I’ve decided to put my thoughts and observations to use through my blog, Food Storage Moms, so people everywhere can learn ways to be better prepared.
As part of the blog exercise I’ve had many vendors of storage and emergency preparedness products approach me to test and write about my experience with the products. I always try out things before I ever write how they work or whether I would recommend them.
Much of what I have in the book could be termed as “back to basics” approaches to survival, like cooking from scratch, learning to cook homemade bread, having multiple sources for heat, light, cooking, etc. Finally, I’ve stressed the need to have water for so many reasons and outlined how best to meet your needs within a budget.
How long did it take to write?
I was approached by Page Street Publishing in October 2014 about possibly writing a book about food storage and emergency preparedness. We discussed the opportunity for a couple of months and I signed my contract in mid-December 2014. I was asked to complete the table of contents and the first chapter by February 1, 2015 and to have the full manuscript completed by the end of March 2015.
It was an exciting and challenging time as I tried to put my thoughts, experiences and heart into the project. I was helped and encouraged along the way by my husband Mark and a number of others affiliated with Page Street. They are great people who had a lot of confidence in me and my message.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?
As with everything new, we often are intimidated by the thought of starting a food storage and emergency preparedness effort. My philosophy has always been to start small and learn as you go. Some people want to go out and purchase a pallet of prepared food stuffs and call it good.
If you take the time to really evaluate what your family typically eats each week and then plan your storage item purchases around that analysis you will be way ahead of most people. Think, then act and you’ll save a lot of time and money. Get the whole family involved so they fully understand the “why” and not just the “how”.
Since we all have different financial resources the ability to purchase and store could amount to one can a week, or multiple cases. Your emergency needs for a Florida location will certainly be different when it comes to heating, but should be the same for cooking and lighting. We all have similar needs for food and water, we all just need the spark to get us started on the journey.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I was born in California but lived most of my early life in Las Vegas. I moved to Salt Lake City after high school and that is where I met and married my dear husband, Mark. We started our family right away and before we knew it there were four beautiful daughters sharing the house.
Both Mark and I have a banking background. He branched out into equipment leasing and I started my own mortgage company, employing all the girls at one time or another. I think it was at this time that I saw families struggling to make ends meet with the ultimate dream of owning a home. Many had health, job, finances and other challenges that made them, and me, better understand the need to be prepared for the unexpected.
We now have 17 grandchildren and love seeing them grow and accept responsibility for their own decisions and actions. We enjoy traveling to visit and help out whenever we can.
As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?
I have really tried to walk the talk. Our home is full of food storage, we have barrels of water in the garage and on the side of the house. I store water in solid containers under beds. Our garage has shelving full of first aid items, cooking utensils, fuel (propane is stored outside), blankets and so much more so we can honestly say we are prepared.
As we age the need to be better prepared for health challenges and the financial strain of healthcare has really come into focus. We are trying to continue our efforts to be financially ready for the future and what is dealt to us. We also make a concerted effort to rotate our food and use what we have so it stays fresh and isn’t wasted. We have set goals to help our family, friends and neighbors also be better prepared.
My goal, though somewhat pie in the sky, is to educate the world so everyone is prepared for the unexpected. This book is my most ambitious effort to meet that goal.
What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?
I’d set a goal to evaluate our family’s eating habits and then try to purchase one can at a time of what I know the family will eat. I would add another can and then another can until I had at least a week’s worth of food then I would strive for a month or longer.
I’d then set out to buy our first water storage container(s) so we have enough water for the bare necessities, particularly to cook with. I’d then set a goal to get some alternative lighting sources and cooking equipment with the appropriate fuel. I’d also start gathering extra blankets, hats and gloves so we can stay warm. If we had the space, I’d also plan to try my hand at a small garden. I’d also start learning ways to properly clean our clothes with limited resources.
Remember, start small, learn as you go and then expand your horizons as you learn and have the finances to support your goals. You can do it, I promise.
What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?
It’s interesting to see what is portrayed in the disaster movies. They show individuals and families going to shelters for food and a place to sleep.
Think about it. During Katrina in New Orleans hundreds of families ended up in the huge sports facility and there wasn’t room for all who wanted shelter. FEMA ended up delivering hundreds of trailers for families to use, but most still needed food provided by outside sources. It became a worse disaster than it needed to be due to the small percentage of people who had thought ahead and prepared.
Most disaster movies depict earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, etc., In our country each year more people are affected by snow and ice storms like we’ve seen recently in the northeast, wind storms that bring down trees and disrupt power availability, and floods that wipeout whole communities as the water make its course to the ocean, covering hundreds of miles and leaving helpless people in its wake.
Also, people don’t always understand or appreciate the devastation from job loss due to cut backs, accident, health issues or suicide. In every case, families need to have some back up plans to carry them through the tough times.
If you want a more accurate depiction of what to expect in an emergency check out various History, The Weather Channel or National Geographic documentaries available on your TV.
Do you have plans for another book?
There are two things I’ve been thinking about.
The first would be a recipe book. I know, there are hundreds of those available. I would try to make mine unique by stressing the need to get back to basics and learn to cook and generally prepare meals by using not only the things in your storage pantry, but natural foods from your garden or the local farmer’s market. I would hope to be able to teach people, particularly young mothers how to use more fresh fruits and vegetables, grind wheat and make homemade bread and other flour based food products. Teach them how to make their own yeast and use it instead of the artificial brands we buy at the store.
I also want to pull from my archive that 52 week outline I put together showing how over a year’s time you can put together the food storage and emergency preparedness items needed to be the most self-sufficient you can be.
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
It’s all discussed above to some degree, but the readers need to understand that unexpected things come into everyone’s life. Those that are planning and thinking ahead are the ones that truly survive with the least amount of emotional, physical, and spiritual scars from those events. We can all do it, and it helps to work together to make sure we each are the best prepared we can be. May God bless everyone to be prepared now…..not next month.
Linda has reserved 5 copies of Prepare Your Family for Survival for this Book Festival Giveaway.
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.
Note: This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.
The Final Word
The giveaway question this week is a good one: What would you like to learn to cook from food storage? Seems like a good question to ask Linda, the Food Storage Mom!
And just for kicks, here is a photo of the two of us taken last September.
For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Parents care about keeping their families safe, hydrated, fed, and healthy on a daily basis; yet, every year families face unforeseen situations that threaten those necessities. It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard, or a man-made emergency situation like a power outage or food shortage.
Is your family prepared? Learn the basics of water and food storage―where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation―as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. Readers also get helpful guides to follow once their family is in an emergency, like how to stay clean with a limited water supply, how to cook with emergency cooking devices, and how to survive in the dark.
Linda Loosli is the founder of the prepping blog, Food Storage Moms. She is an expert on emergency preparedness. With this book in you possession, you will sleep soundly at night knowing that you family won’t be caught unprepared for the next emergency.
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.