Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 3, 2019
Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook

When it comes to survival medicine, I wish I had a photographic memory. With the range of things that can happen following a disaster or disruptive event being so diverse, it is difficult to remember it all. Everything from broken bones, hypothermia, deadly spider bites, and gunshot or knife wounds must be prepped for, and those woes are just the tip of the iceberg.

For that reason I like to surround myself with a variety of different medical and first aid books. That said, after awhile, a lot of them seem the same, only differing in the presentation and voice.  Today’s book, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals, is a bit different.  This book represents a collection of US Army emergency procedures, written and illustrated in a manner we can all understand.

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Who better to teach us about field medicine then the US Army?  Written by real-life emergency responder Scott Finazzo, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook goes way beyond first aid and addresses nitty-gritty methods for treating life-threating medical conditions under survival conditions.  Everything is laid out in a step by step fashion with bullet-points (no pun intended) and my favorite thing, lots of illustrations.

Today I share the first of many interviews 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 Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook is a book that combines military first aid techniques along with my two decades of experience as a firefighter.

The military has a wealth of information in their decommissioned manuals that I was able to draw from, simplify, and integrate into my own years of hands on experience. I organized it into a user-friendly format and put as much need to know medical information as I thought was necessary.

Given the vast amount of information in the military manuals, I also felt compelled to include a chapter on climate specific survival.

How long did it take to write?

Like most of my books, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook took me about nine months to complete. I tend to write in bursts and then I like to go back and smooth out the rough edges and fill in the gaps that I missed on the first pass.

In this case, I had a lot of material to review, thanks to the military manuals, which was a little bit time consuming, but there was so much good material that it was mostly a matter of organizing and incorporating my personal experience.

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

More than anything, I hope readers take away that you don’t need to be a trained and certified medical or rescue technician to be able to make a difference.

It certainly comes in handy if you are, but in the minutes, hours, and sometimes days following a catastrophe, people are forced to fend for themselves. It is in those moments that seemingly ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference. No one is immune from man-made and natural disasters. Do not live in fear of them, but don’t be caught completely unprepared when they occur.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was raised and live in the Midwest and have three sons that keep me going.

I have been in the fire service for 20 years. In those two decades, I have responded to a wide array of emergency situations. I am an Emergency Medical Technician, Haz-Mat Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, and have several other certifications that provide me with a well-rounded knowledge and experience base from which to educate.

I also love the outdoors and adventure—most notably the time a few coworker friends and I built our own sea kayaks and shipped them down to the Virgin Islands to explore. Nothing went according to plan and I documented the entire trip in my book Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy?

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

That’s an interesting question, to which I have a not so interesting answer. I know that “preppers” often have a specialty that they are readying themselves for. Sometimes it’s for geographical reasons; sometimes it’s due to personal beliefs.

I tend to lean towards natural weather related events rather than extreme possibilities like a nuclear holocaust or the zombie apocalypse. Since I live in the Midwest, storms, flooding, and tornadoes tend to be our biggest threats.

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

I always recommend starting with what is important to you.

If you have a specific threat—for example, if you live along the gulf coast, hurricanes might be a significant concern or tornados in the Midwest. Or you may have someone in your home with specific medical needs.

Identify what is most important to you and, keep in mind that you don’t have to go all in right away. Begin buying supplies that you find on sale and slowly build your cache. Also, begin educating yourself. Buy books, watch videos, take classes, etc.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I’ve always been drawn to movies of what DID happen. Sure, there’s always an element of Hollywood, but films like Alive or 127 Hours fascinate me and inspire me to ensure I am prepared.

Even movies like Redford’s All is Lost motivate me to learn more and ensure I am ready in to be self sufficient in any scenario.

Gaye’s Note:  If you have not seen 127 Hours, you should.  I wrote a review here.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, I’m always looking ahead to the next project. Currently I’m taking a bit of a change of direction and writing my first novel as well as finishing up a few short stories that I’ve begun over the years. I also have a few ideas for disaster preparation books that I’m going to plot out and possibly write after the novel.

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

My mantra is “how you prepare is how you will respond.”

I’m not saying you have to be extreme in your readiness, but be thorough. As I said before, identify what is important to you and what your biggest concerns are and begin there. I write my books to cover both readiness and response and feel strongly that both can be critically important in any scenario—from a natural disaster to a simple hiking trip gone wrong.

I hope you are able to utilize my books and to find or create safety in the worst of circumstances.

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:

Ask me a question. Any question. One of these days, I will gather them up and answer as many as I can.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

I agree with Scott on many fronts, especially when he says there is no need to be extreme with your preps although you must be thorough.  The other thing I agree with is prepare for what worries you.  What others prep for may not matter.  You are the one that must sleep at night so identify your concerns, and prepare for them, first and foremost.

I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to hearing more from Scott in the next month or two.

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: Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals

When disaster strikes and no doctors are available, you’ll have to rely on your own medical knowledge to survive. Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook goes beyond basic first aid to teach you military-tested methods for treating life-threatening medical conditions, including:

• Gunshot wounds
• Radiation exposure
• Broken bones
• Ruptured arteries
• Severed limbs
• Poisonous snakebites
• Anaphylactic shock

The author, an emergency responder, details step-by-step treatment for everything from hypothermia and heat stroke to seizures and cardiac emergencies. Using information from actual military field manuals, this book provides everything you need to keep you and your loved ones safe when there’s nowhere else to turn.


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73 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 13: Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook”

  1. I liked the interview with Scott, he sounded more down to earth practical than some authors. I think his book would be a good fill in between typical first aid and the over the top, not realistic field surgery that some people think they will be able to perform from reading a book.

  2. What question HAVEN’T I asked LOL.? Seriously, I am storing OTC things like Pepto, Phillips, etc. in tablet form, vac packed in cool , dry ,dark area and am wondering if that is the best form of those to store? I have read the liquids are not good to store for long term. I also want to know if there is such a thing as vitamins made for long term storage, I remember I read at one time a company that was touting vitamins packaged for long term storage , supposedly guaranteed for 25 years but haven’t come across them or ads in last couple of years.
    I really would like to win this book it would go a long way to bolstering my medium first aid skills
    Thank you Gaye as always stay safe

  3. What are some examples of everyday household items that can be repurposed for medical uses in a preparedness manner?

  4. You have talked about how some staples such as flour have a short shelf life. What about the flour that is marketed by the long term food storage companies such as Emergency Essentials and The Ready Store. Are their long term storage claims bogus?

  5. I don’t know, Gaye. There are still too many questions I’d like answers for. Right this second, caching and using inexpensive materials to do it, and its’ practicality is on my mind. While reading One Second After, the thought of our supplies and even our vehicle (a 1977 Chevy C10) being confiscated ‘for the greater good’ has me concerned to the point of what’s the use in preparing for anything. I’m not pessimistic normally, but being the only one in the whole of my family has dampened my efforts. Mr. Finazzo’s Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook would be an excellent addition in my home.

  6. Having read both of them, which medical book do you prefer? This one-Prepper’s Survival Medicine or The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Joe ?

  7. Sounds like a more realistic approach to what we need. People who think they can preform surgery will be disappointed when it doesn’t work out well because they followed a medical book.

  8. More great information we all need to know to take care of our loved ones…
    I hope I win it for my survival library. Cheers! Robert Sutphen

  9. Sounds like a manual everyone can use. I always like to have back-up medical information due to my daughter’s type 1 diabetes. I can always learn something new…and of course try and commit to memory. LOL.
    Thanks for a resource-full blog.

  10. How to information especially in the form of physical books are very important references; especially when it comes to needing help medically. Sounds like this book would be a good asset.

  11. I would like to see some suggestions for kitchen and laundry chores. What do we need to store and what tools do we need?

  12. Medical is the thing I have been wondering about. What types of things to stock up on for taking care of sick and injured.

  13. How do you keep OPSEC when dealing with nosy and/or entitled neighbors? Especially if the neighbor is the self appointed ‘neighborhood watch’.

  14. What do you think is the most versatile multipurpose item to have in a crisis. examples; duct tape, visqueen, aluminum foil

  15. Looks like a great book. I like the idea of having information and instructions in writing. I think we depend too much on electronic media…….if that fails, then the information is lost and then where will we be? Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. What prep item do you find yourself restocking the most (you know the mantra, store what you use, use what you store)?

  17. Hi Gaye,
    When your gut and mind first told you that you had to “get ready”- that you had to prep—-what was the very first thing you bought or stocked up on???
    I would love this book.

  18. Can you prioritize prepping…like what are the most important things a prepper should do….what should we do first, then second, etc.?

  19. I would love to have this book as a resource. Which scenario or scenarios do you think are most likely at this point in time? Thanks for all you do for all of us.

  20. How will the Military respond if the President AND the Vice President are killed in an attack by a foreign Nation?

  21. I have been wanting to ask you this ever since i learned that you are moving. Why did you choose AZ? whether reasons, prepper reasons or something else? Is there good planting soil in the area in AZ you are moving to? Will you continue to backdoor survival website? I will be moving to Bonney Lake WA this summer ( if all goes well ) I have family there and I will be going through a gray divorce ( a divorce after 28yr) that in itself is a type of survival.
    Any way I always want to know where preppers live and why they choose that particular place to live. Many of us do not get to choose where to live in the greater sence of the word, our lives pull us this way or that. However even if you didn’t get to choose where you ended up what about that area do you like or dislike in prepping terms?

  22. Are there vaccines you would recommend having that are not on the standard list, such as cholera?

    Would love to have a copy of your book.

  23. Two questions. Do you think your readers appreciate all that you do for them? I do.
    Second question. How do you politely tell the lending institution that you are trying to get a refi from, if the appraiser has to go into my basement, then forget it?

  24. What would you recommend for someone who wants to start prepping but has very limited space and an extremely limited budget?

  25. Thank you for all the useful, easy to use guidance! I have shared many articles with my mother to encourage her to also be prepared. Any additional suggestions for singles, especially for women, are always useful.

  26. Besides you and the husband, how many immediate family members are you prepping for? If you choose not to answer for opsec purposes, I’ll understand. Thanks.

  27. How do you balance (and budget) the need to prep vs. the desire to enjoy life? For example, I really want to take a bucket list vacation with my family, but I think about the year’s worth of food I could buy instead…

  28. What are the top 5 books you would recommend to a beginning g prepper? What are the most important skills a beginner should learn first?

  29. Had a fall recently and hurt my hand – fortunately medical care was available – but if it had not been, this book would have been very very helpful – I would love to win a copy!

  30. I am just getting into the summit presentations and interviews they have online, it seems for everything. I enjoyed some of the Homesteading Summit (Mother Earth News Online Summit) that it going on now and the encore days this weekend of the Prepper World Summit, which I almost missed, so thank goodness for the encore days. I will definitely attend both of these next year but are there any more summits like this you recommend or have enjoyed in the past?

  31. Is it advisable to use desiccants in addition to oxy absorbers when repackaging dry goods: ie pasta/rice beans etc

  32. Is there a really good way to store more perishable items such as flour? Ways that will keep the bugs at bay the best?

  33. Other than antibiotics approved for humans and animals, what suggestions do you have for treating bacterial infections? Also, what non-commercial suggestions do you have for viral and fungal infections? Thanks.

  34. How do you keep your books organized? Do you print out any/many of the ebooks? I’m concerned about collecting ebooks, but then can’t access them if/when the SHTF.

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