Today I am thrilled to offer an encore giveaway of Ron Foster’s Prepper Trilogy. I interviewed Ron back in February and he was generous enough to offer my readers another giveaway.
Before we begin, however, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. “Wanda V” has won a copy of Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival written by Joe Nobody. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your prize.
Here is Wanda’s response to the question “What are you personally preparing for?”
We are preparing for several things from a personal financial crisis to a total economic collapse and a grid down situation. With the national debt climbing at the rate it is and the cut backs needed on the money Washington is spending, I am concerned we may be closer than we think to a total financial collapse.
Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.
MORE FROM RON FOSTER
For this encore giveaway, I posed a couple of new questions to Ron.
1. Given your background and knowledge, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
I would say first is your mindset. People react to disasters in different ways but true survivors are mentally prepared for pretty much any encounter or confrontation. There are few things as hard to define as survival mindset. Basically you need to remember and apply a mental toughness to a stressful situation. This thought process is essential for peak human survival performance in high stress situations.
A “Crisis” to our psyches occurs when our theories about ourselves in relation to the outside world go fundamentally wrong. It is the dissonance between our expectations and our outcomes that causes the pain or our sense of loss. This is based on not the outcome alone. Foremost among our expectations is our belief that pain or loss is something to be avoided at all costs; that can be bad always for you. In a survival situation expect to suffer. But plan on suffering well.
Suffering does not fit most folks mindsets or theories about what it takes to succeed or survive in life and so we fail to concede that pain and our losses are somewhat inevitable in each of our lives. Realizing this fact reduces the stress of a survival situation.
Be able to focus on “alternatives” rather than “plans.” Many people become dangerous in survival situations by having too rigid of an attitude. To survive means to be able to adapt, and to adapt is the capacity to change, but adapting to the actual environment, and not your pre-conceived notions of what “should be happening.”
One famous well heard quote is , ‘I’d much rather be on the ground wishing I were in the air than in the air wishing I were on the ground.’”
In other words realize a situation could be worse and keep a positive attitude.
2. As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?
A solar storm. Solar maximum is in 2013. A CME can take our electrical grid down and thrust us back to living like the 1800s.
AND FROM THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READERS
I also thought you might enjoy reading a sampling some of the reader responses to basically the same question: Why do you prepare and/or what you are preparing for?
“I was a Boy Scout. Thirty Eight years of service to Scouting later it’s still my motto. Some things never go out of style!”
“My husband has been prepping for years, but I have just begun REALLY prepping in the past year. I have begun paying attention to the way this country (and world) have degraded. It is very frightening how everything has changed. We are trying to prepare for anything, although we can never be prepared for every scenario.”
“I am prepping for an economic collapse. I am a single mom with two kids and raising chickens and rabbits. We have a small garden that keeps us in fresh vegies all year round.”
“I’m preparing for uncertainty at best and collapse of services taken for granted. Doing so by stocking food/ med supplies, planting my first garden, taking a CWP class, and perhaps … chickens!”
“I am preparing for economic collapse and the accompanying social chaos.”
“I’m prepping to become more self-reliant on the source of my food. I don’t like grocery shopping and I hate the prices of fresh organically grown produce. I figure it’s not only cheaper to grow my own, but at least I know where it came from and if it actually is organic.”
“I prep to take care of my family in the event of any situation. Geographically I don’t have to worry about earthquakes, hurricanes or tsunamis, however the economic and entitlement problems in this country cause me the most concern.”
“I was adopted from a 3rd world country where there was a lot of chaos due lack of resources, war, and incredible poverty. Things change in a moment’s notice. I can’t prep for everything but I am working to prep my family for fires, nature; disasters relevant to my region, and overall learning to be self‐sustainable.”
“I am a retired Master Sergeant from the Army Reserve and in my 26th year as a law enforcement officer. I have seen the best and the worst of mankind and the worst scares me. The Army taught me its better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. My own experiences as a first responder during hurricane season in Florida has shown me just how fragile our infrastructure is, how limited local governments are, and just how little people prepare to help themselves. The FEMA recommendations for having enough supplies for 72 hours is a placebo. Ask the recent victims of Hurricane Sandy about the 72 hour rule. I prepare because I know my government can’t and sometimes won’t help me. I don’t want to depend on them; the numbers are not in my favor. Regardless of what they tell you, there is not enough to go around. I need to be able help myself and take care of my family. That’s why I prepare.”
“I prepare for an economic problem, whether it’s the gov’t causing seriously high inflation or my hubby losing a job due to the economy or just a serious illness or injury, I believe in being prepared to take care of ourselves, and to an extent to be self‐sufficient.”
“I prep because it is good common sense. A few year ago I was without a job for a year and my preps helped a lot with expenses.”
“I prep for the survival of my family. “
“I started prepping back in 2010 and then lost my job shortly after. It was a great help having food stored up although we went through it pretty fast. When I think of prepping I prep for anything. We live in tornado alley, we have had ice storms that have left us without power for a week. There is all kinds of situations that can happen. “
“I am preparing for anything from an extended power outage (snow or thunderstorms) to societal collapse.”
“I prep in order to be prepared for an economic meltdown or an EMP event. It’s easier and safer to put aside what I’d like to have now, and know it’s there waiting than to become agitated that things aren’t available later on”.
“I am 75 years old and of course have been witness to the decline of my country. I feel there are a lot of disasters out there waiting to happen. I prepare for myself and whole family. Most of all I fear a collapse of the grid. We are in a real time of peril and everyone needs to be preparing as fast as they can!”
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
Here is the deal. Ron is giving away two additional sets of his Prepper Trilogy. You read that right. Two sets of Ron Foster’s Prepper Trilogy have been reserved for Backdoor Survival readers.
To enter this week’s book giveaway, you need to do two things.
1. Enter a comment below having something to do with water storage. It can be anything – a water storage tip, a suggestion, or simply sharing how you store water.
2. Share Backdoor Survival with a friend, either by email or by sharing a post from my Facebook page. You are on the honor system but I do hope you will do this to help spread the message of preparedness.
Because there are two sets of The Prepper Trilogy (two complete sets of three books), I am extending this giveaway until May 31st. The winners were be selected at random at random using tools on the random.org website and announced in June.
THE FINAL WORD
The question of why we prepare is one that I have asked often and more and more, I am hearing economic collapse and chaos being the number one reason with natural disasters being second. I know that this is a real concern for both me and the Survival Husband. And so we continue to add to our supplies and our skills, hoping we will never need to use them but prepared none the less.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Items: Preppers Road March, BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! and The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat are the three books that make up the Prepper Trilogy. The Preppers Trilogy covers what happens after a solar EMP knocks the electrical grid completely out. As you read through the series, you will follow along as a displaced prepper attempts to get home from Atlanta to Montgomery and survive while making do the best he can given the dire circumstances.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)
Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)
Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)
An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)
Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)
Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)
Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)
How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)
The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)
The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction
Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)
BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)
The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)
Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)
Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)
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