Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. Kylene and Jonathan Jones, the authors of The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of their book.

I am going to be extremely brief in sharing my thoughts about this book. In my not so humble opinion, this well written, well document handbook is as good or better than anything I could have written myself!


The Provident Prepper starts with going through a risk assessment then moves on to chapters covering all things preparedness. This is not fluff, no way. There are photos, charts, diagrams, how-to instructions, and footnotes to various references.

I love this book and you will too! Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Kylene and Jonathan Jones

Tell me about your book, The Provident Prepper. What is it about?

The Provident Prepper A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies is a no-nonsense guide to emergency preparedness and survival written for real people with real lives.

It begins by assisting the reader in developing a comprehensive risk evaluation and mitigation program designed for his/her precise location and unique circumstances. In other words, what risks do I face and what can I do about them? The Provident Prepper walks through each step of emergency preparedness and clearly explores possible options, allowing the reader to discover which options may work best for their specific situation.

Each chapter concludes by developing a personalized action plan. Once the book is completed, the reader will have developed a comprehensive preparedness plan, tailored to his/her unique needs and have the knowledge to implement that plan. It is like hiring a personal emergency preparedness consultant.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Our research began many years ago as we worked to prepare our own family. We attended numerous preparedness classes and grew concerned at the amount of conflicting information that was presented. That is when we decided that we had better figure this out ourselves and not trust the safety of our family to a well-meaning but misinformed person.

We conducted serious research using trusted sources. We personally experimented to learn what works and what doesn’t work. We have rubbed shoulders with knowledgeable individuals as we worked to become actively involved in teaching and learning everything we could about prepping. Thousands of hours of research went into writing this book to bring the readers the most accurate information possible.

How long did it take to write?

It took one year to write The Provident Prepper.

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

  • The take-home message from The Provident Prepper includes a few important principles:
  • There is great wisdom in investing time and resources to prepare for future challenges.
  • Develop a plan of action and make steady progress toward your goals.
  • Don’t do stupid things! Always place safety first!
  • Keep balance in life. Do not go to extremes. Prepare for the future while enjoying the present.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourselves?

Jonathan is a licensed civil engineer and an avid enthusiast of alternative energy sources; especially solar and wind power. He has served on the advisory board and on the board of directors as vice president for The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA), as secretary/treasurer for a local chapter of Civil Defense Volunteers, as an emergency preparedness and communications specialist, and as a city councilperson, has been tasked with developing the city emergency plan in his own community. He has co-authored numerous articles published in The Journal of Civil Defense on emergency preparedness topics and is the co-owner of Your Family Ark, LLC, an educational and consulting business designed to assist individuals and families in preparing for an uncertain future.

Kylene has an educational background in business management as well as in family studies. She has also served on the advisory board and on the board of directors for TACDA and is currently the editor for The Journal of Civil Defense. She has a passion for researching and experimenting, adding a sense of real life to their writing and teaching. A firm believer in hands-on learning, she involves her family in emergency training for everything from fire drills, to living off food storage and garden produce, to turning off the power in the dead of winter just to see if they can survive it.

Many powerful lessons are learned from these experiences, the best lesson being that we are tougher than any challenge. We will not only survive, but we will emerge better, stronger people as a result of the adventure.

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

What are we preparing for? We are preparing to love life regardless of the challenges that the future presents.

The event that causes us the greatest amount of concern is an electromagnetic pulse. An EMP would cripple the infrastructure and could possibly turn the clock back a few hundred years almost instantly. No power, no running water, no sewer, limited access to medical care, no manufacturing and a lot of very hungry people could create a desperate long term crisis.

If we prepare for an EMP, many of the other hazards are also covered with a little tweaking. Most importantly, we are preparing to be a force for good regardless of what challenges we are presented with.

Do you have plans for another book?

We would love to write a book where we could share our survival gardening skills, an important part of building our family ark.

On our little homestead, we have experimented with many different gardening techniques, raising chickens, preserving the bounty, and preparing delicious meals from our harvest. You do not have to devote your life to farming in order to grow enough food on a little urban lot to survive.

We are not sure if we will actually write another book or if we will just blog our adventures on and

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

We encourage your readers to do something today. Take some small step toward getting a little bit better prepared.

Learn something new, improve a skill or buy a case of canned goods on sale. When we work together, we can defeat any challenge that is thrown our direction. Be a part of the solution.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of The Provident Prepper has been reserved for one lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below. There are a number of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!

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

I would like to thank Kylene and Jonathan for writing this book for us and for sharing their wisdom with the rest of the world. Having tiptoed into the world of book-writing myself, I know that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to pull together a credible guide that can be used as a reference for years to come.

By all means, jump on board and enter the giveaway! Good luck!

I hope you will enter the giveaway to win your own copy of this fabulous new book!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item: The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Earthquakes, hurricanes, civil unrest, economic challenges – no one knows when disaster may strike. Will you be ready?

The Provident Prepper is a common-sense guide to emergency preparedness and survival written for real people with real lives. This must-have reference book walks the reader through each step of emergency preparedness covering everything from cooking in a crisis, to home security and protection, to emergency water disinfection.

You can be prepared for the challenges the future holds. The Provident Prepper will show you how.

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.

Note: If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle. And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction

Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Collective Retribution
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Forsaking Home
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness



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The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget. It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.

Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.

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83 Responses to “Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper”

  1. Non traditional. That’s a bit difficult! I guess I would have to say marbles! I use them in my wrist-rocket slingshot. They make great ammo, cost little, and are seen as a toy for children, so they are not as likely to be stolen or confiscated. In addition they are of a uniform size and weight.

    • O Jim, make your own marbles, a little flour and water, mix, roll into balls and bake. 😉 AND you can practice making different sizes according to your target. lol ‘Course I do that when I make bread so I even could do bricks ;)And hey, little cost unless you include the cost of making, grinding the flour etc. but then that’s what rancid flour is for. 😉 LOL

    • I seem to remember my younger sister making biscuits one tiime . . . maybe I can get her to make some marbles for me! 🙂

      Actually, she makes very good biscuits now. We all learn from our mistakes.

  2. I used sandbags to create a root cellar in my crawlspace. Could use wood didn’t want to attract bugs, and since it’s above ground I added a vent off our AC unit in order to cool it. Took nearly 6 months for the ground temp to come down but its very reasonable now in the summer!

  3. My prep that is not in the norm would probably be my daughter’s blankets. I think that if something really happens a little piece of home will be good for her. She has this specific type of blanket she likes.

  4. Oh my, non-traditional … I guess the closest non-traditional prep I can come up with would be my books on herb craft. I love using essential oils but if the SHTF then I would not have access to the oils after a while. So, I am growing herbs and learning how to use them fresh or dry.

  5. Non traditional prep? Wow that’s a tough one. In reading what others have listed the marbles caught my attention. We do have a couple wrist rockets but really don’t have any ammo stored for them. So that is one thing I think I will add to ours now. But as for what we have, I don’t know. It all seems to me that it would be considered traditional because I see a need are reason to have it. If I had to pick something though I guess I would choose Dr Bonners Castile soap. Because it is one of those items that has multiple uses, you clean everything from yourself (hair, teeth & skin) to your house and laundry. Multi use items are my favorite things to store.

  6. Probably my Bible. Between reading the prophesy sections and keeping up on current events I try to keep track as to where we are on the timeline .

  7. I got a couple wind-up watches that don’t need batteries and a wind up alarm clock. When batteries run out and cell phones don’t work there might be some comfort in still being able to tell time.

  8. Prepping is an on going process and there is a lot of fluff out there so a common sense approach with all the information that appears in this book is needed by all.

  9. I guess non-traditional would be maybe my bible. All though that’s probably very traditional if you think about it.

  10. My kindle. I store most of my prepping info on it and would not be able to afford and store that many paper/hardback in my limited space.

  11. Fabric in several types…flannel, cotton, wool etc… patterns, scissors, needles and thread! I also have a treadle sewing machine. Yarn to knit/crochet sweaters and mittens and hats and socks….

  12. Over the years I have purchased many bags of feed for my critters. I save all the bags (they are heavy duty) to use as “dirt bags” to fill with dirt to line the insides of the walls in my home. A bullet will go through a normal wall very easily. I fill a wall of dirt that is from 1 1/2 feet thick to 4 feet thick, according to how you place them will make an excellent protector.

  13. Oh no, another thing to worry about. 🙂
    I don’t think I have any “non-traditional” prep items, and there are so many good ideas already listed that I guess I better get a move on.

  14. My most non-traditional prep I guess would be plastic yogurt cups. They don’t have a top but I have saved them any way. They could be used to start seeds, as drinking cups, as candle holders, and many other things.

  15. Two non-traditional items for me are: my iPad with all my eBooks on it.. My husband got a solar powered watch and now I am looking for one. We also have a grandfather clock.

  16. Non-traditional preps – getting and staying in shape physically, and having any needed operations or dental work done asap.

  17. Have a treadle sewing machine and quilting supplies, so that I have something to work on and that can be used. (We plan to shelter in place) My husband has carving tools. I have a grandfather clock to wind up. Everything else seems to be more traditional.

  18. I am the family historian. So if/when you see a safe box in my home. The treasures it holds are my family history (some of which I have written) and family pictures going back many generations. I have hard copies, copies on flashdrives and cds stored in different places and of course in my BOB. Knowing the stories of my ancestors will keep others occupied during those crises times when calm is needed. We do have heroes in our own families. They may not be superheroes, but heroes nonetheless.

  19. Well, let’s see…I’d have to say my Kindle (which needs to be recharged, thank you for reminding me!) since it contains a huge library of survival books as well as several copies of the holy bible.

  20. my non-traditional item would be my essential oils kit..I know I can use these for alternatives to first-aid, hygiene, and stress relief.

  21. My non traditional prep would probably be getting Lasik eye surgery done. In really bad conditions, eye glasses and definitely contact lenses will be non existent.

    • Due to having an astigmatism the optomitrist said LASIK would do me no good, that I would still require glasses even after taking the treatment. Basically it would be a waste of money for me. You, on the other hand may work out great. And I really hope you do. I have to try to make sure I keep my old glasses around for emergencies. Ever try to put a screw back in the glasses frame when you need your glasses on to even see the screw?

  22. I don’t know if I have any non traditional preps per se but I like the idea of having a journal and other things that have been posted.

  23. I have joined the oil of the month club and will be buying the book you recommended to learn how to use them effectively.

  24. My non-traditional prep is an extensive collection of games and kite making materials. Kids will take it fairly hard if something should happen.

  25. I would say my grandmother’s cookbooks. There are a lot of “from scratch” recipes and ways of doing things, right down to how to prepare a chicken from the coop to the table.

  26. Hmmm….I get free samples of diapers, incontinence products, saw blades….anything that I can get. I figure that when SHTF….I can find non-traditional uses for these things. Plus, every penny saved can go towards the traditional preps.

  27. I pick up candles at garage sales then take them home and melt them down to make the size candles that we need. This is one of our backup lighting preps.

  28. Most non-traditional prep: Although you should not store drinking water in old milk bottles, I store water in them to refill the toilet tank for at least 3 days-till other arrangements can be set up.

  29. I guess my only non-traditional is the WonderBag I made for cooking. I got the idea off of the internet and it looked intriguing. I’ve only cooked in it a couple of times but it works great.

  30. I’ve been collecting board games & card games (thrift stores have had a LOT in like new condition with all the pieces & instructions). Also jigsaw puzzles. When the “apps” go out along with the lights, we’ll need some R&R to recover from all the “new” hard work we’ll be doing.

  31. I’ve been collecting board games & card games along with jigsaw puzzles. When the “apps” go out with the lights, they’ll bring some needed R&R for the whole family.

  32. Being the leader in my county for CERT, I am always looking for more info. on Preparedness for end times. This book sounds like it would be an invaluable resource to share with the public in my area. Like Noah in the Bible, continue to prepare for the worst.

  33. I dont know if I really have any Non-traditional Preps yet, as we only started about 6-7 months ago. But in that time I have printed almost every “from scratch” recipe I could find. If SHTF I want to be able to make bread, biscuits and as many other comfort foods as I can. Eventually I will get the time to put them all in one recipe book 😉

  34. One of my non-traditional preps has got to be the cloth diapers and accompaning accessories. We have several young adult children(still having kids)in my family and having learned when I was younger to have cloth diapers on hand will be a boon to the young mothers when they can’t get “plastic” diapers.

  35. My husband’s French press for making coffee and my herbs. I’ve got a good start on cooking herbs and have started growing medicinals, too. Also I like to grow Sorghum for sorghum syrup, a staple in the south…and sorghum actually grows better here in the Ozarks than corn…plus the chickens love to eat the seed heads, so another way to supplement their feed (we do free-range them, but in the winter there’s not much to eat). Oh, and I did hear you can mill the seeds to make a sort of flour. I haven’t tried that.

  36. We bought a World Map. It is rather large, 3X5 and has current countries and capitals labeled along with geographical features. It is handy to point out places that come up in our many dinner table discussions. The grand kids love it when they can show more knowledge of locations than some of their parents and occasionally grandma and grandpa. 🙂

  37. Non-traditional prep? I bought myself a self-winding watch (no battery needed) a year ago (told hubby that it’s what he got me for Christmas!). I also picked up a treadle sewing machine at a garage sale; now I just have to make sure it works well!

  38. Every time that I go to the fabric store I check the cut off bin and stock up on different materials. Have made fabric books out of animal prints for the kids.Will be able to create gifts and toys for the kids if anything happens, need to keep their spirits up.

  39. I don’t know about non-traditional, but one I don’t see a lot of is fire extinguishers. I jut got 4, so I will take them to the fire station to have them filled.

  40. My non-traditional prep would have to be my walker. I can use a cane as well but my walker would allow me to go further and a bit faster plus it gives me a place to sit and rest when needed and it has a small basket for some additional gear. MS sucks but what are you going to do except deal with it and keep moving forward!

  41. I would have to say that our non-traditional prepping item would our distiller for water and making alcohol (for barter, of course!).

  42. I suppose that the most non-traditional prepping item that we have is little bottles of 5 hour energy drink in our bug out bags in case we’re in a situation where we need to stay awake and alert.

  43. Sounds like a great book for a newbie like me. I would say supplies to color would be my prep. Very relaxing and hubby likes it too.

  44. Just wanted to let those who have recently acquired a treadle sewing machine and have never used one before, to have the cording around the wheels that move the needle up and down checked out. I have been using my treadle for several years now (over 30). The original cord was made of leather and it stretched out after a while. It will start to slip in it’s track and the needle will not go up and down. Believe me it was a PITB trying to figure out why the needle would stop moving as I was peddling. Also check the date of your machine. There maybe a zipper foot for some of the later models of treadles. Unfortunately mine is so old that zippers weren’t around back then.;)

  45. Travel books with lots of pictures, so you can travel in your armchair since there won’t be any more ways to travel.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book – I could really use it!

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