Backdoor Survival Book Festival: Ron Foster and The Prepper Trilogy Revisited

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Backdoor Survival Book Festival: Ron Foster and The Prepper Trilogy Revisited

books library (Custom)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.

Prepper Trilogy


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.


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!”


owl reading bookHere 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 website and announced in June.


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)

Barbed Wire, Barricades, and Bunkers: The Free Citizen’s Guide to Fortifying the Home Retreat (Author F.J. Bohan)

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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37 Responses to “Backdoor Survival Book Festival: Ron Foster and The Prepper Trilogy Revisited”

  1. When thinking water and/or survival…and your one of the 10,000,000 home owners..
    Still on a well. Have you given any thought about a back up well pump?
    OR a solar pump. or a hand pump? Water is more important that food. for survival
    and would be the best item possible……. for barter..

  2. I live in a travel trailer, so I have a water tank that I can draw from. I also have several containers that I also store water in.

  3. I store water in half gallon juice jugs throughout the year. Plus, I have a water bob for the bath tub. After the crash, one source of water to use is a nearby car wash. Many have underground storage of recycled water from the business.

  4. We have 3 Berkeys available. Now we’re using one Berkey plus an electric ionic water machine, which uses tap water. We also use rain water (so far it’s OK in our state) for gardening and drinking. We have close access to the Missouri River combined with a reservior. When push comes to shove (no elect or water), we have extra barrels and lg water containers to fill, using a 4-wheeler or horses to pull a trailer to and from, for drinking, gardening, and sanitation. Living by water is why we moved here.

  5. WATER! Absolutely can’t live without it! My approach to having it is:

    I have made up a sheets of printed adhesive labels:

    1) “NON POTABLE WATER: DO NOT DRINK” (for the plastic kitty litter containers, the empty bleach bottles, and any other larger plastic (a gallon or more) container that are NOT food-grade plastic)

    b) “POTABLE WATER” for the milk jugs, vinegar containers, soda bottles and juice bottles — any containers that once held CONSUMABLE liquids.

    I label the drinking (potable) water container cap with the fill date, keeping the more recently filled containers in the back. When I switch out these containers with fresher water,
    I use the ‘older’ water for my clothes washer, to water my garden, flush my toilet — for any other use that doesn’t waste it.

    I store the NON-POTABLE water in my garage and the POTABLE water in my basement. Of course, the non potable water doesn’t need a ‘filled’ date.

    On the front of each container is a HUGE printed adhesive label with either “POTABLE DRINKING WATER” or NON POTABLE WATER — DO NOT DRINK.

  6. I save empty gallon milk containers and fill them with water from the rain barrel. I use the water to water garden plants. I keep them filled and in the warmer weather have a couple dozen sitting on the back porch. If I need to filter them for drinking water they are easily available. The containers hold up well for the season and are easily replaced.

    • i have read alot about not using milk jugs because if they are not cleaned properly the left over milk can cause bacteria to grow. They can be used just make sure they are cleaned propery. I dont want anyone to get sick.

    • Milk-jug type plastic containers should not be used for water storage; they are highly prone to leaking, and there goes your stored water! (Not to mention a mess to clean up.) Been there – done that. 🙂

  7. we also save water in juice jugs, live in the country on a well so we have a generzator and fuel to run it. i am planning to set up a watering systen for the garden with a copper pyramid over it to transform the water. it will be from copper pipe and have a organite topper with energy generator under it. some of it is out of Dancing With Water book. also saw plans for water distillers for the garden on facebook/you tube. heres to prepping and the new world

  8. I bought quite a few new but dusty 7 gallong camping water storage jugs at a local reStore for $2 ea. Washed them out and I store water from our dehumidifier in them to use for any future washing up or toilet situations. They can easily be rotated since the basement dehumidifier never stops, and ‘old’ water is used to keep veg and fruit trees watered.

  9. I would like to encourage everyone to look into a storage system using rain gutters on your house or a garage to collect rainwater. This can be done on a small scale using 55 gallon containers or large scale a 3000 gallon tank. This is a fairly easy project and the big box stores and places like Tractor Supply are beginning to sell rain water storage containers. Check with your county extension agent and or master gardener group for possible free seminars on how to set up a rainwater storage system.

  10. We have been storing water in clean 2-liter soda bottles. I’m hoping that since these are food grade, the water stored in them will be drinkable. We also have several of the larger water jugs that are sold in the camping department. I plan to purchase a Water-Bob and would like to get some 55 gallon barrels, but I don’t have anywhere to store those right now.

  11. We don’t do one thing for water, we do several, including: (1) blue 55-gallon water drums attached to our downspouts, from which we just open a spigot and use it when we want it – great for watering gardens!; (2) buy bottled spring water in stackable one-gallon bottles; we drink the water, fill them again with city water and bit of bleach for storage, stack ’em high, and store them for future use – we used these as “walls” for a greenhouse that worked perfectly to protect our plants even in winter, and we line the inside of our 6′ cedar fence with them; when IHTF, we’ll have ample gallons of stored water; (3) we have a bathtub BOB, but these can weigh over 800 lbs. filled, so make sure your tub is designed to hold the weight. A fiberglass tub with insufficient support will crack; filters: we have various sizes and types of water filters at our disposal, including inexpensive DIY. We also put in a well on our BOL rather than hook up to city water, though we could have. ONE IS NONE, TWO IS ONE, AND THREE MAKES ME HAPPY!

  12. I live in Ohio, where it seems substantial rainwater storage is practically a capital offense,so I thought the ultimate in storage would be simply installing a hand pump on my well. Then I discovered that handpump maintenance and repair is almost a lost art in this region. We need to remember that there are no easy solutions, so we must always listen to each other.

    • Yes, well, if we Americans are “hoarding” rainwater, then there’s less to sell to the Chinese, Pakistanis, and Indians. You DO know China is buying up real estate near freshwater sources, particularly in Ohio and the Great Lakes regions, and they have been “importing” the majority of their potable water from the U.S.A. for years, right? Pakistan and India import potable water from us, too, but not nearly as much as China.

  13. I live in an apartment- so I can only store water in plastic bottles and gallons. I know that water is essential….so I store as much as I can with my limited space and income.

  14. We live in a Park Model trailer. We have limited space. We store gallons of water in juice containers with dates on them in the back of our closet. It can get 115 degrees here for weeks on end, so our drinking water must be stored in the trailer. Other water is stored in our shed and on our covered patio. We also have a 5th wheel that we can store more water in the water tank. I am doing the best I can for 2 old people who are retired with limited resources.

  15. Everyone should look for different ways to obtain water. Have some stored, but no matter how much you store it will run out eventually. Have a couple of rain barrels available for rain water. Don’t forget tarps and buckets for fast catching rainwater. Have portable filters that can travel along with you if need be. Drill a well if that is feasible. Map nearby wells, and other water sources that you know about and that could be accessed. Have maps and lists of ways to obtain water in with your ‘prep’ supplies. Good luck.

  16. Love… Live… and Learn.
    Think about it?
    While it’s true that WATER is as important as the AIR we breathe…
    Survival is only important as the Love we Live.
    Let Universe Love Shine Through… 🙂

  17. What I don’t read alot about is water storage for livestock. We have ~40 chickens and on a warm day they can go through about five gallons water. The rabbits will go through another gallon. So our livestock have dedicated water barrels coming off a metal roof into four 55 gallon barrels set at different levels. Since we live in earthquake country these barrels are lashed together to provide for stability during a big shake…we’ll lose some water but not all of it. In addition to the animals’ needs, there’s also the issue of fluoride and chlorine. We ourselves only drink filtered rainwater, so why would I give the livestock we eat water that’s full of poison?

  18. We don’t drink a lot of soda pop, but I save and clean the 2 liter bottles from what we do drink, and from work. We have probably a couple hundred of them filled with bleach-treated water in our basement.

  19. Dear Gaye, I would love to win the trilogy of Ron’s books. Here is how I’m storing water. I wash and reuse soda bottles, most are from my husband. I stash them behind books, in the back of cabinets, etc. And I also have a supply of Pelegrino water in glass because I figure glass bottles don’t have to be re-filled once a year. Then I have a supply of water for washing and other non-drinking uses. For this I wash, bleach,and re-use Tidy Cat Litter Jugs. Please note they are not tilt-proof or leak-proof. I line these up around the walls in my hallways. And finally, for a renewable source, my plan is to have a lot of rain barrels and kiddie swimming pools, and trash cans with screens attached. This water will have to be boiled, but we get enough rain here to make it work.

  20. You can never have too many ways of getting water, both for drinking, cleaning and all of the other needs we have. (personally i want more than i need not less) One of the methods i use for getting water is collection. Living in the Pacific North West (you can google this to confirm) we have an annual rain fall of 36 inchs of rain per year. (depending on your exact location in the PNW you may have a little more or a little less). I have a house, barn, detached garage, small shed, Chicken coop, Duck coop, a mid sized shop(20×40) and a 30 x 40 greenhouse. using your basic gutter system (with a small modification) and storage tanks you can store a lot of water for a small expense. (Find a dairy farmer and ask if they sell there used bleach and iodine barrels, i get mine for 8.00 each and they hold 30 gal and are food grade. DON’T for get to clean the barrels before use). if i needed to, i can turn on my system and store a good amount of rain water.

    here is a calculation for figuring out how much rain water you could supliment you water needs by using your roof top.

    1. Measure the square footage of the collection area
    2. Multiply the area by the amount of rain in inches
    3. Multiply that number by 0.623 (that is the amount of water in gallons one inch deep in one square foot of space)

    this equals the amount of gallons that can be collected. here is an example if i only had 1,000 square feet of roof space.

    Example: 1000 square feet of roof area x 36 inches of rain x 0.623 = 22,428 gallons, per year. this equals 61.45 gallons per day that could be stored for people, pets, animals and garden.

    Lets say you only get 15 inches of rain fall per year and you have a 1,500 square foot of roof surface, you could still collect over 14,000 gallons per year.

    for most places rainfall is spread throught the year (here is WA most every day it seems) so i don’t have to have huge storage areas. more is better though. Sorry if i have been long winded, but a lot of us think about using our roof systems for water collection but are not sure how much we can accually collect. Hope this helps Bill B

    • I forgot to mention that this place is my parents. I did not want to have anyone think i’m some, (you know). anyway, my parents place is where our entire family will meet if need be.

  21. hi,
    we have a hot tub that we don’t use any longer and it is a great way to store water through the year and once the desired level is reached, just pop the hot tub cover on!
    thanks so much for the giveaway!

  22. We not only store bottled water and jugs, but reuse water around the house. I use the water from our dehumidafier to water the garden. We have also just bought a rainbarrel to collect more water.

  23. The books sound very interesting, I am hoping I win, and I will check them out! Water…I save every juice container, run it through the dishwasher and store water in them. I also have several 5 gallon containers I purchased to store water. I have a “wish list” of supplies and a water filtration system is on that list. We also have a barrel with water stored. Truthfully, unless you have a well or something, it is impossible to store the water you would need for a long term survival scenario. I also have disinfecting tablets and I always have bleach and try to remember to rotate it. We live close to a river and in some situations, we would be able to get water from the river and disinfect it. Water is a concern…

  24. guess i need to make a bigger effort on water storage but have 16 cases of bottled water,a filter system tath will do 2000 gal witht the filters i have on hand. may be get me thro 3 momths if can geet to a sorse of water. working on that.

  25. Besides the obvious (hot water tank, toilet, bathtub, bottled water, 5 gallon containers) we live near a fair sized river. Have a small system for cleaning the water, probably need to come up with something a little bigger.

  26. I have a Big Berkey with extra filters and parts, a travel Berkey filter and several straw filters. I also have enough pool shock to make bleach to purify water if I need to, and to share with all my neighbors (including instructions). There is a small lake and creek nearby. I have two bathtubs so I have bathtub BOBs for them. I also have rain gutters on my house and two 55 gallon barrels. In addition to this I clean and fill 1 gallon juice jugs with clean water and I have two 7 gallon water jugs from Walmart camping dept. i recently changed out all of this stored water. I also hope to use water from my hot water heater.

  27. We live in the boonies and have a very deep well. Would like to get a solar generator so getting water up out of the well will be no problem. So far have not stored a lot of water, but plan to get busy soon.

  28. I have a lot of water in 2 litre bottles and gallon juice jugs that my daughter was going to recycle. I recycled them! The whole bottom of my freezer is full of water since the food supply is getting used.Plus, keeps the freezer running better. Also keeping gallon juice jugs out of the freezer. I live in an apartment and can’t do alot of things, but the basement is big and has lots of space for water jugs!

  29. I’ve just started my prep, but I’ve had my rainbarrel for 3 years, and will be adding 2 more for garden watering. we’re quite close to a large river, so filtration and chlorine are next up on my list!

  30. While I do not yet “store” water (believe me, a 12×32 cabin has NO storage space) I do save my empty gallon vinegar bottles, juice bottles and 2 ltr soda bottles for when we know a bad storm or winter weather is coming. My bottles come in from the shed, get filled and then we set them all in the tub, as it is the only out-of-the-way place. We then fill bleach and wash out our 5 gallon thermos and fill it with cold water and set it on the counter for drinking water. We also have our hot water heater and if we knew it was going to be really bad we’d fill up our “sink” which is a laundry tub…it holds maybe 15 gallons. Of course we could always fill up our tub, too, we’d just have to find another spot for the water bottles. 🙂 someday our house will be finished and we can have a true place to store our food and water supplies. We have started it and it has a 4′ crawl space, so plenty of room there eventually.

  31. I have a Berkey and a swimming pool. Planning to get some kind of plastic to put over the pool so that I can keep out debris, if it needs to become drinking water.

  32. Water is the most important and the first thing you need to think about for any survival situation.
    I live in Taiwan and the way people save water here is really incredible. In my office we always reuse the water from the dehumidifier to water the plants in the office. Same with the organic food. Everything is separated and nothing is wasted 🙂

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