Summer Book Festival: Staying Home by Alex Smith

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Summer Book Festival: Staying Home by Alex Smith

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Today I share another interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Summer Book Festival. Alex Smith, the author of Staying Home, is back again this week for an encore interview and shares his answers to some new questions.  He is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of his book.

Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway.

“Kevin” has won a copy of Getting Home, also by Alex Smith. Congratulations! I have contacted you by email with instructions for claiming your book.  Here is how Kevin answered the question “What is the greatest risk – natural disaster wise – that you perceive in your geographical location.  Examples include earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche or ??????”

The greatest “natural disaster” (or man-made in this case could happen as well!) in my neck of the would be forest fires. While we can and do get flooding, blizzards, and even tornado’s in the eastern mountains of Arizona, the greatest threat as demonstrated repeatedly is wild-land fires.

In 2011 the area I now live in fell victim to the LARGEST forest fire in state history. The Wallow Fire, started by lightning or backpackers depending on who you believe,  consumed hundreds of square miles of forest before the monsoon rains and lack of fuel put it out. (It stopped mainly because it ran out of forest and was into high mountain desert plains.)

Be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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

These are vague on purpose, because only choosing three is difficult.

I. The ability to provide sustenance (both food and water) for you and your family. Depending on your circumstances, this may be easier said than done – that’s why you should live in a location that gives you a fighting chance of surviving a crisis (so get out of the cities).

This ability may include: food storage, hunting, farming, foraging, sand filter construction, well digging, rain catchment, etc. ad nauseum. Practice what applies to your area.

II. Self-defense. Have reliable and capable weaponry, spare parts, magazines, ammo (hope you have it already), optics and everything else that goes along with it. Train regularly. Buy airsoft replicas of your battery and run scenarios with them (plus it saves ammo).

III. Be able to foster teamwork and coordinate large groups of people that may not be like-minded. Buy a copy of “How to win friends and influence people” or some other book. Learn how to lead without giving orders. Cultivate that charisma that will allow you to guide your family and friends.


Realize you’re not that person and determine who in your group is. Help them be a better leader by providing positive feedback. Every group needs a leader, but that leader has to understand and appreciate the benefits that everyone brings to the group. A broken clock is right occasionally, because, indeed it does take a village.

As an author in the survival and/or prepping niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I’m preparing for the eventual layoff/depression/economic collapse/whatever manifestation actually happens. I’m doing this by developing revenue streams beyond my day job (writing, eBay sales, etc), learning hands-on skills, whittling down my burn rate (monthly budget), paying down debt, putting back savings and buying tangible goods.


A copy of Staying Home has been reserved for one lucky reader.  This week’s question is extra easy:

Do you consider yourself a beginning newbie, an intermediate or an experienced prepper?

To enter, respond in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected at random using tools on the website.  In addition, the winner must respond to my email within 72 hours or an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.

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The answer to the question “should I bug-in or should I bug- out” is, for most people, an easy one.  Most of us – myself included, would bug in.  This little book from Alex will explain the basics and is intended for someone just beginning to think about the bug-in bug-out dilemma.  The book is available both in print and eBook version, with the eBook version providing lots of useful, interactive links.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:   What will you do when disaster strikes? How will you protect your family? What should you have with you to survive? How will you manage an extended, grid-down scenario without the rule of law? Staying Home addresses these, and many more questions.  This is an ideal book for someone just getting started that would like an introduction to the following topics:

Selecting a the right region to weather a disaster
Selecting a defendable property
Making your property sustainable and independent
Hardening your property
Reinforcing your home
Preparations for hard times
Skills for self reliance
Leveraging your community
Disaster scenarios

Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Summer 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.

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The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide
The Mini Farming Guide to Composting
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipe
Fight, Flight, or Hide. The Guide to Surviving a Mass Shooting
Don’t Be A Victim!: An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime
Emergency Air for Shelter-in-Place Preppers and Home-Built Bunkers
Survival Medicine Handbook
Getting Home
Staying Home
Guns Across the Border: How and Why the US Government Smuggled Guns into Mexico
Spiraling Downward: Thinking About and Planning for Economic Collapse


Holding Their Own IV: The Ascent
Apocalypse Drift
299 Days: The Visitors
The Western Front (Parts 1,2,3 – The Complete Collection)
The Wayward Journey


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84 Responses to “Summer Book Festival: Staying Home by Alex Smith”

  1. Newbie, I guess. I do have several months food stocked, but only a couple weeks of water. Prepping is always on my mind, and I try to get some preps every month, but its kinda hard when hubby is not on board with it. This book sounds like something I could use.

  2. We are re-visiting some of our old skills like gardening and canning. Guess we would be considered as beginners by most though. We are teaching our grown children as we go. At least those who are interested. 🙂

  3. I consider myself an intermediate survivalist prepper, due to the fact that growing up in Florida we were always prepping and updating our prep closet for the next “big storm” and always having bob’s ready to head to the shelter if need be, now my Husband and I are prepping for total economic collapse and monetary meltdown, and we usually do 30 – 40 hours of research and practice doing so,

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