Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 3, 2019
Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course, a book giveaway.

Before starting, I just want to say that before getting my hands on this book, I assumed that it would be more of the same.  There are a ton of prepping books out there and when you have read and reviewed as many as I have, the lines of distinction start to blur.  This book is different and will surely become one of the most useful and valuable prepping books in your library.

Prepper's Blueprint

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Tess Pennington

1. Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

When we begin to prepare – I mean really prepare, we quickly realize how large this concept truly is. It isn’t just about have some batteries and canned goods stashed away. It requires planning, strategizing and mindfully accumulating supplies and skills that you believe will help you flourish in an unexpected situation.

That said, because we are all at different levels of preparedness and have varying opinions as to what we believe are the #1 essentials in planning and preparing, we each have to come up with our own most important survival items/skills. For my family, we have a plan, amassed supplies, tools, off grid devices and have enough supplies to carry us through an off grid event.

Where my current main focuses are on is: 1. Continue staying debt free, 2. Investing in hard assets and, 3. Working on building essential skills. My husband and I are very diligent in trying to save money for future unknown emergencies. I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal where they listed a statistic that one in four Americans has no emergency savings. We all know that problems arise at the blink of an eye and we want to be able to deal with them without going into debt.

We also believe that because of the unpredictable nature of the economy, it is essential to be able to survive the ebb and flows. Taking steps toward saving and accumulating your income will help you preserve your wealth. Therefore, long term investments such as precious metals, and investing in hard assets are another focus we are concentrating on.

When you invest in land with resources such as water, or tangible assets such as shelf stable foods (wheat, corn, kitchen staples, etc.), you are tying your extra money into long-term, survivable investments. A plus to this is that you won’t be cashing these investments in. Therefore, as it accumulates over time, it helps to secure your long term future. This strategy has helped my family immensely.

I look at learning essential skills like a continuing education class. We all have so much more to learn and working at becoming proficient one skill at a time can help you be more self-reliant and more knowledgeable in the process. All I can say is trust the process, accept there is a learning curve and have fun with it! I am very thankful that I have a friend who has the same self-sufficient interests as myself, so we get into a lot of “trouble”. We both support each other, encourage one another and look for new skills to learn together. So, if you have a support group or some friends who want to learn the same skills as you – include them in any ventures.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s hard to know where each of us are at in our prepping endeavors. If you are first beginning to prepare, I would concentrate my efforts on the following:

1.  Water filter + replacement filter – My family loves the Katatdyn water filter brands. They are very dependable and have a variety of sizes to choose from. You want to ensure that the water filtration system you choose can effectively remove water-borne diseases for your family.

2. Knife – Having a dependable knife is essential in an emergency. Whether you are making snares, using it to dig a hole or providing emergency medical care, a knife is going to be your best friend in a SHFT scenario. That said, there are a lot of knives out there, so I’m not going to get into which brand is best, or whether you should get a fixed blade or a serrated blade. Again, it’s all about your own preferences. I have a Leatherman Blast multi-tool which I use all the time and a SOG folding knife that I frequently use (especially when I’m outdoors).

3. Boots – I would highly recommend everyone having a good pair of waterproof work boots or hiking boots. Waterproof boots will protect your feet from the natural elements (water, heat, cold, snow, etc.). Hiking boots especially are designed to give your feet the necessary support they need to help you move, stay aligned with your body, and protect you from weather elements. If you are purchasing boots for children, get a size larger than what they normally where so they can grow into them.

4. Seeds – I added seeds because I feel they are a necessary prep/investment for preparing for a longer term scenario. Our shelf stable foods can only last so long and then we will need to rely on other ways to get our food. Having seeds stored for this type of event will help you survive longer and stay healthy in the process. Remember, you need essential nutrients, vitamins and fat in your diet to help your body function properly. Further, if you run out of food, you can sprout some of these seeds for instant nutrition. Tip: Stay away from the nightshade variety when sprouting.

5. Solar battery charger – One thing is for sure, in an off grid environment we are going to go through a lot of batteries in the beginning. Having a way to recharge your precious batteries will help you transition easier into a longer term disaster. Do research on the best types of solar chargers and make a decision that is best for your family.

3. To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Before we moved the Pacific Northwest, we lived in Houston, TX where hurricane warnings, flooding and torrential storms were a regular part of our lives. That said, my kids grew up learning about emergency plans, and why it was important to have supplies. Since then, our meager emergency supply has grown into much more, but they don’t notice it anymore (except when they sneak in to get the packs of pudding I have put away).

My husband and I have found that it is a better use of our time if we split the preparedness responsibilities. Where I focus my efforts on accumulating supplies, he focuses his energy on investing in precious metals and other methods of wealth preservation. We each have tackled different skillsets to master, as well.

We try and incorporate prepping into many aspects our lives. We regularly go camping and hiking and have the kids pack their day packs so they know what their immediate needs are. In fact, my children, who have been around prepping for many years have begun using aspects of preparedness in their own lives.

For instance, they understand the importance of being prepared and have emergency kits in their backpacks. They also know that mom and dad have a plan and that everything is under control. My daughter understands why procrastination is not the best recourse. Therefore, she does all of her homework early so that she can relax the rest of the week. My other daughter, always brings water with her wherever she goes. My son tags along with my husband on building projects and has become a great helper. They, themselves are on their own preparedness journey, so I applaud them any chance I get.

4. What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

The book that started it all for me was “Patriots” by James Rawles. Once I read that, I was hooked! Since then I have added many favorites to my survival library, but Patriots is one I have read multiple times. Each time I read it, I learn something new.

I believe that many of us have read about Rawlesian type of events and I believe that if we prepare for the worst case scenarios, then we will be ready for the other type of unplanned mishaps that could happen.

5. Do you have anything else (announcement, message, personal experience) that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

I’m very excited to announce that my second book, The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster was published, and has gotten some great reviews from the prepper community. We feel like we put together a great primer for people involved in any level of preparedness.

The book is an expanded version from a series I began on my website, The book includes more information, lists, historical events, and more references. The Prepper’s Blueprint itself has 55 chapters packed with information on how to better prepare your homes for short, extended and long term disasters.

Because the subject of preparedness is a lot to digest, the chapters are divided into three layers for easier understanding:

Layer 1: Chapters 1-14, prepares you for those everyday disasters that have shorter-term effects: power outages, storms, injuries, and evacuations

Layer 2: Chapters 15-31 help you to get ready for disasters that turn out to be much longer-lasting: economic collapse, long term power outages, and pandemics, to name a few

Layer 3: Chapters 32-56 prepares you for the long haul and a complete change of lifestyle, the end of the world as we know it: providing food and water once supplies run out, security, retreat properties, and long-term plans

I feel this book goes beyond preparing for an emergency, it helps prepare your mind and spirit for creating a more self-reliant lifestyle. With The Prepper’s Blueprint, it takes you step-by-step from the very beginning preparedness steps to learning to live in a long term event.

Unexpected events will be less traumatic because the book teaches you how to transition more fluidly in disasters based on the plans and preparations you have made ahead of time. With the current state of our economy and uncertain events the government is pushing through, applying these concepts to your prepping endeavors will help insulate you from what may come and help you become more self-reliant in the process.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of  The Prepper’s Blueprint has been reserved for one lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, you need to respond to the giveaway question in the Rafflecopter form below.  The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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The Final Word

One of the joys of holding book festivals is that I get to offer you an opportunity to win print-books that can stay in your permanent library, to be referred to and re-read over and over again.  This is most definitely one of those books.

Good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster


If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this; those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not.

The Prepper’s Blueprint has been created to help get you and your family ready for life’s unexpected emergencies. To make it easy, he Prepper’s Blueprint has been divided up the chapters into layers of preparedness.

Layer 1: Chapters 1-14, prepares you for those everyday disasters that have shorter-term effects: power outages, storms, injuries, and evacuations

Layer 2: Chapters 15-31 help you to get ready for disasters that turn out to be much longer-lasting: economic collapse, long term power outages, and pandemics, to name a few

Layer 3: Chapters 32-56 prepares you for the long haul and a complete change of lifestyle, the end of the world as we know it: providing food and water once supplies run out, security, retreat properties, and long-term plans

The goal of The Prepper’s Blueprint is to help you find freedom through self-reliance, and ultimately, to get you and your family to a point where you can not only survive, but thrive, in a world that may be permanently altered.


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.

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93 Responses to “Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint”

  1. How many hours per month? That’s rather difficult to figure! Many things I do daily could easily be counted as preparedness related. Just hand washing a sink full of dishes could be considered as preparing for no electricity!
    Just guessing – maybe around 10 hours a week. Which would make 40 hours per month. But it’s probably more – depending on what all I count it could be much more.

    • I do not know. I am just starting and hope I have enough time. I am grateful for the information so far I have received from your site. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I spend only a few hours prepping each month, but I do read every prepping book I can get and try to add a few extra items to my food supply each time I shop.

  3. I’m not really sure how much time I spend.. I have just made it a habit to do a lot of reading and watching for deals on supplies.. I need to spend more time actually practicing for an actual disaster.

  4. Hours of prepping? That is difficult. I consider prepping as a mind set. I am always prepping in my mind as I read blogs and see the adds, or as I call them, “wish list”. I guess feeding my critters each morning would be considered prepping. A dozen chickens, a few rabbits, so, 30 minutes a day times 30 days, 15 hours a month.

  5. I spend about 20 hours a month on prepping and about an additional 10 to 15 hours on my BOV which I consider part of prepping as well. So altogether 30 to 35 hours a month.

  6. Right now for my family, it’s how many dollars we spend not how many hours. I would like to be better about that and have a better plan. This book would help a lot!

  7. Just getting started with prepping, I’m finding so many new ways to care for my family and get back to basics. Thanks to everyone that shares their stories and ideas.

  8. Great interview and I love the thoughts for a $500 budget. It shows that you can have a great start on a limited budget.

  9. I don’t spend enough time on prepping each month, but I try to spend an hour a week or so. That’s conscious time spent, not counting time shopping for food supplies, etc.

  10. I read a lot about it but have yet to do much with it. I like to put food up but that is something I enjoy. Can’t say as of yet I really have concentrated on prepping and I need to start.

  11. I probably spend 2-3 hours a day reading, researching, learning skills, and adding to preps. So I guess that adds up to 60-90 hours per month.

  12. I would say I spend about 6 hours a week physically prepping. Doing things such as buying, storing, rotating supplies and updating my inventory lists and wish lists. And about 3 hours a week researching and educating myself on the internet and reading books I have at home.

  13. Prepping has taken a bit of a back seat. My wife and I are focusing on getting our debt paid off with the intent to move to a less populated area. I still try to add to our food reserve every week despite my wife’s reluctance to prep. The beauty of doing the grocery shopping.

  14. Hmmmm, good question. I guess counting working in my garden, making homemade remedies and cleaning products, studying about essential oils and herbs; it must be about 20 hours a month. Well, that’s for the spring and summer. I’m not sure about the fall and winter, yet.

  15. I try to learn as much as possible all the time. I feel like i am always planning ahead but this interview makes me question if i am doing enough!

  16. I have never added up my time spent preparing. A lot of my buying is done for the most part with our weekly shopping trips. Some items do get researched and purchased online. I love to read, so choosing how to books or survival fiction as a means of preparing our family is fun for me. I don’t count that time as being used for prepping. Our garden was also done before I knew about prepping. I guess all in all, I would say we spend about 1 hour a week on prepping activities outside our normal routine.

  17. I spend at least 5 hours a week on prepping activities. At this time of year it it usually more, I will be spending more time preserving food.

  18. prepping is hard to do with our reduced income, but i read a lot and knowledge could be considered prepping, so i spend about 3 hours a month.

  19. We have 2 people in our house going to college this year. Even with less money to spend on prepping I spend at least a half hour every day doing something for our prepping. Just making sure the pantry is good to go, or going thru my medicine pantry, taking stock of what I can/should spend my prepping budgeted amount on each payday.

  20. It’s hard for me to determine a number of hours. I probably only spend 5 or 6 hours a month buying and organizing food stores, but I maybe spend an hour or two a DAY reading blogs, saving and/or printing out articles for my binder, etc. I’d like to do a little more physical preparations though.

  21. I’m quite new to prepping…my estimate would be 6-8 hours a month. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and all the information given on your website 🙂

  22. Good grief people, this isn’t a race. Whoever puts in the most hours a month does not necessarily win. Stupid me, I slept last night when I could have been prepping! This is the kind of crap that pushes the wrong buttons for me. Let’s just leave it at never enough.

    • The times given vary greatly because of what is counted as prepping. I count reading books and blogs as part of my time, learning new things that may help in an emergency. Also, do you count things you enjoy doing? If it helps in an emergency then I would say yes. If you enjoy raising chickens or rabbits then that does not mean you are not prepping. Like working on your old car? That may be one of the few that is running after an EMP, so that is also prepping.
      Also, many preppers have disabilities that limit what they can do. But, that does not mean I wouldn’t appreciate their knowledge and help in an emergency.
      Many things you do every day can be looked at from the prepper point of view.
      Prepping does not have to be hard boring work!

  23. I tend to spend about 20 or more hours a month preparing. I’ve begun to learn about natural remedies and make my own. I also do a lot of food preparation. So time in the kitchen can add up. Need to do more with off-grid/no electricity preparing. I have “stuff” but need to practice using it.

  24. I am going to say about 30 hours a month. This is my first year at prepping so there is a lot to be done or learned. I have been doing prepping for my children’s ’12 months before Christmas’ buckets and there is a lot of research. I am learning new skills. Growing garden, new cooking skills: HERC, sour dough, dehydrating and storage. I tried out the ‘Heater in a Can’ and it works great! So it is now more a daily exercise with mindful thinking than “how many hours I have put in”.

  25. With time spent in the garden, especially daily watering in this awful heat, reading lots of blogs and taking notes or printing articles for my big blue binder, and I always have a fiction prepper-type book going on my Kindle, purchasing supplies, organizing, keeping up with my inventory, practicing at the range and learning new skills, I’d say it’s become at least a part-time job. Definitely a way of life! Probably 80 hours a month.

  26. I must admit that I have never really sat down and counted. I will say that I spend time every day either reading about prepping or learning new skills. I purchase something for my prep closet every time I go to any store. If I had to guess I would say I probably spend 50 to 60 hours a month but that is probably low.

  27. We as a family spend from 20 to 30 hours a month preparing. We only have a small garden and live on a tight budget, so we do what we can with what we have. A lot of our prepping is me reading various books.

  28. When I first started prepping, I relied heavily on both Tess’s site and the 52 weeks to preparedness & this one with the month by month preps suggestions. I also got Tess’s first book “The Prepper’s Cookbook” which I absolutely love & highly recommend! So of course, I bought this book and while it is a great resource, I have to say I was a little disappointed because much of the information can be found on the website. Even with that said I recommend this book because it makes it easy to start in small reasonable chunks which aren’t overwhelming

  29. I never thought to consider the number of hours I spend in preparedness. I guess I would have to say I spend about an hour a week on prepping at this point. Guess I am not very organized.

  30. I probably spend about 60 hours per month doing preparedness activities, whether it be exercising to keep myself in shape and good health for whatever lies ahead, buying food/water for storage, checking the prepper sites and emails for new/good ideas, reading books on preparing for the worst, storing extra supplies such as lighters and personal items, or just keeping an eye on the current economic situation.
    It all counts, and it is all worthwhile. I have to be the best me that I can be, so I must prepare in every way that I find feasible. I even have two prepper binders, in which I store prepping ideas, security plans, and natural ways to make things.

  31. I spend a couple hours per month doing stuff like organizing, counting, rearranging things, and buying things. I spend about 20 hours per month searching for deals, dreaming about cool stuff, and reading backdoor survival articles.

  32. This is a hard number to figure. I’m a SAHM currently, but actively looking for work so I have a bit more time during the day to read and teach our toddler pre-school/kindergarten material. I’ve never calculated more than the dollars spent at the store. I know when I repackage the larger purchases, those take 4-6 hours and I do that about once a month. I reorganize, rotate, and set my resupply order up once a month. We’re currently saving our extra pennies for individual water filtration and storage solutions. I buy water every trip to the store, but we have no filters for our work-in-progress BOBs. If I had to put an hourly number to all the work that goes into our physical household prepping and research (just by me mind you, the hubs does the financial legwork), I would have to say around 60 hours a month (again, SAHM, so I have the extra time right now). That number goes up depending upon sales or our 6 month meat market run; however, it goes down to about half that when I’m employed.

  33. Aside from reading and web surfing (which I do not count) I spend relatively little time, as I have relatively little to work with. My apartment is a rental and I have little money after paying to ‘live’ { :(> ) } there. I am trying, but progress is slow.

    • If something major hits suddenly, where you have to immediately run for your life, what you know may prove to be more valuable than all the things and food someone else has put back. Knowledge IS prepping! They may not be able to even grab a BOB, but that knowledge is always with you when you need it.

  34. I am still working a few hours monthly to be prepared in a well rounded manner. Lots of reading and skill developing as well as storing preps. So much to do and who knows how much time we have?

  35. I read and try to gather the information I feel will help me to be prepared but I’m sure I’ll have to compromise on some things.

  36. As a beginner I probably spend an hour or so each day reading and studying what I need to have and need to learn to prepare.

    Right now I am spending about five to eight hours a week going over the house and eliminating the unnecessary and/or unwanted. Putting those items into categories such as (1) books donated to library; (2) religious books donated to local church school; (3) Goodwill and (4) garbage.

    I’m also checking out local educational opportunities for learning: emergency preparedness, first aid classes, gardening, etc. Those classes can take up from two ten hours per month depending on the topic.

    Also, on my weekly and monthly shopping trips I am stocking up on what I need.

    Fred Meyer has a “senior citizen” sale day each 1st Tuesday of the month. If you are over 55 you can get 10% discount on their brand grocery items. So each month on the weekend before the 1st Tuesday I check the grocery pantry and make a list of what I need for the month and for stocking up. (I believe in rotating my grocery items — first in, first out — that way when the disaster hits I know my food is not out of date).

    So, I guess an average of everything would be about two hours a day — some days more, some less.

  37. How many hours a week? …! I really do not know! Most of my awake time is thinking about what need to get or learn…so about 50% of my time.

  38. Unfortunately not nearly enough. We just recently had another baby, so not a lot of free time. But I have a container garden that I water and take care of. I also go to my mom’s once or twice a week to help with the chickens, her garden, and I have a garden there. Other than that just some small projects.

  39. I’m sure I don’t spend enough time physically doing anything. I am constantly researching things I should do, and get. So if you count the research, its alot! But as far as physically, mainly right now we are trying to build our food storage, and I spend a couple hours a week doing that. So around 8-10 hours a month.

  40. Since I live on a farm, I spend about 4 hours daily, equaling 120 hours a month. It never ends, just a way of life.

  41. Approximately 14 hours per week or 55-60 hrs per month. Each day I take time to research skills needed, read blogs to gain knowledge, garden, repackage bulk items, add to the pantry, stay on top of the what’s going on in the world and read books pertaining to survival scenerios or prepping plannins.

  42. How many hours a month? I have only just started, so a lot to do! 5 hours so far in total in one night!

  43. I started learning about preparedness only a couple of months ago. So far, I’ve read through a bunch of websites; created a list of food items and other supplies that I’d like to accumulate by the end of the summer; recreated said list when my hard drive died (d’oh!); purchased canned/boxed food, water, and personal/household supplies; and rearranged my kitchen cabinets to make room for the food items. Maybe 30 hours so far…so, 15 per month? Next on the agenda–finishing my shopping for supplies, and learning to seal rice and beans in Mylar bags. That should be entertaining. 🙂

    • Laurel:

      Sounds like you in the same time frame as I am. I too am searching websites, reading library books, etc. Also I have started water and food storage.

      I can relate to computer outages. After my first one I developed the following plan.

      First, dropbox for my most important items – genealogical documents, family photos, etc.

      Second, two external high capacity hard drives. One is kept at home and one in my safe deposit box at the box. I TRY to keep to the following schedule, but you know that life gets in the way and it doesn’t always work.

      The one at home I save to each weekend and take it to the bank on Monday. I then swap for the drive in the bank. The following weekend I save to the one at home and again on Monday take to the bank and swap.

      This way, if I have a computer crash (not “if” but “when” when it comes to these persnickety things) I’ve only lost a week of work.

      Having Dropbox for my important family history documents and family photos is necessary for me. With all the photos and documents I have collected over the last ten years it would fill up more than one hard drive. Plus I can give my brother access to my Dropbox so if anything happens to me he can have the items.

  44. I spend around 10-15 hours a week. Sometimes more if you count downloading articles and printing them off. Then I read them and highlight…add to my to do list or to buy list.

  45. The first prepping book I ever read was Patriots as well. Since then, I would guess I spend 8-10 hours a month prepping.

  46. 20+ hours a month, as a family we use the weekends and alternate between skill-based training/outdoors and inventory/drills. Hard to do a lot of things with two kids 5 and under.

  47. Like all preppers, I could definitely spend a lot more time each month than I do. What I have tried to concentrate on now is learning new skills for self-sufficiency. I am having some good luck this year with my very first vegetable garden and hope to add more variety in each coming year. I am learning how to make my own cleaning supplies and add to my food storage with each trip to the store. Much more to learn, but convincing my family members is the biggest challenge so far.

  48. I’m new to prepping, so I’ve spent most of my time (at least 4/5 hours a day) to reading, reading, reading. I’m in dire need of a strategic, logical, and frugal plan for my home prep. I have the medical supplies gathered already, but beyond this I need help with the Whats & Whys. Thank you so much for providing (hopefully) a book for me to get this done.

  49. It is hard to say since I am trying to learn as much as possible all the time and there is always something to learn.

  50. Between learning, planning, and doing, disaster preparation is at least a part-time job. Although I have never sat down and calculated the time spent, I’d say it is at least 20 hours per week.

  51. Being that prepping is a way of life and a state of mind, I prep daily. At least an hour a day, I am rotating, prioritizing, or learning something. So, I prep about 30-40 hrs a month.

  52. Due to being new to prepping and homesteading I try to learn more daily. I try to read or watch a you tube video daily. Wish I had more money to buy preps but at this time funds are low but I am saving money by learning how to grow my own food and my skill list is growing daily 🙂

  53. It is hard to say how many hours a month I spend preparing. It is a daily lifestyle. Pretty much any time I cook dinner, I am rotating some of our prepared food. When I shop, I replace some of what we have used. I read about ideas daily. I update our hurricane evacuation kits. So I probably spend at least an hour or two each day.

  54. Research and Reading: 30+ hours per month
    Training, testing gear: 20+ hours per month
    Inventory management, stocking supplies: 9+ hours a month
    It is a way of life and never far from my thoughts and actions. There is so much overlap for day to day life that I found it easy to make the mental shift to do this as near 24/7/365 as I can.

  55. Just getting started (hopefully not too late). This is a great website, am learning a lots based on those with experience so will shorten my learning curve. Thank you!

  56. I probably spend half an hr a day or so, and then add in my weekly shopping trip, which I always buy a few items to stash away and I’m probably up to about 4.5 hrs a week, maybe 18 hrs a month.

  57. I don’t think of much of it as prepping, as it’s just the way we live. But I have started spending more time gardening (probably about 4 hours a week) recently. We’re also getting better at rotating our stores and setting aside time to do it properly. If you count reading, then I have spent *way* too many hours this week reading downloads from the book festival…thanks for some awesome recommendations.

  58. I’m not sure how I would even count the time I spend. So much of what a person does everyday can go towards that number. Reading, browsing the internet, working in the garden, rearranging a closet or basement to make it more efficient and to increase storage room for prepps, replacing worn out tools or finding new ones that don’t take batteries or electricity all would count towards it. As well as many other things we do day in and day out. I read a few posts above that felt they only spent a couple hours a week working on it, but I bet, if they really stopped to think about the things they do each day and how those thing could help them down the line. I think they would be surprised at how much higher that number actually is. But still not matter what seem to do towards that goal, it never does seem to be enough.

  59. I prep on a daily basis, can’t always say 30hrs out of the month but at least 15-20hrs per month. Have to, any day it can happen, shtf all over right now, just a matter of time when it’s in my neighborhood!! Ty for the chance to win this awesome book!! GL Everyone!!

  60. I am now, beginning this Journey..
    Been So ‘Ick’ for so long.
    But, after going off GMO Infested Foods/ and all medications.. I am Feeling Like I am ~Rising Up~` <3
    At This Point..I do have Water, dry foods, and a few cans, stored. Batteries/hand crank flashlight/ waterproof lighters… and few other things..
    With little money, i am Grateful to be able to begin preparing, Now! This book would be an Incredible Addition, full of Information.. Sincerely..with <3 Love+Gratitude, Always.. CandyMom+ (Merry 🙂

  61. I spend about 10 hours a month now that I have comfortable reserves stashed in remote locations.

  62. I probably spend from 50-60 hours per month on my prepping activities. This includes reading, evaluating and deciding upon new items to purchase, gardening, food preservation/storage, etc. Of course, some days may involve basically no time, while other days are very time consuming.

  63. I spend ~ 15 hours each month either listening to preparedness webinars, or writing articles to share what I’ve learned. Thanks for all you’ve done to help with that.

  64. Since this is not a race nor a game of who can get the most, correct stuff first. There is no correct answer to how much time I spend prepping. Let’s just say that the amount spent monthly varies depending on tons of factors such as money, changing attractions of my attention, health, availability of whatever I happen to desperately want at that moment, whatever is currently going on in the environment or the news or my imagination. It is a very important work in progress. And I will work on it as long as I can!

  65. Steady wins the race . . . as finances, time, health and energy allow, I work to be better prepared for the future . .

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