Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  July 5, 2019
Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide

It is always a joy to start anew with a new slate of books in an all-new Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week is no exception as we roll out the first book in Book Festival 7, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World

image by Robert Richardson.

As an experienced prepper in my own right, it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to the plethora of survival guides currently on the market.  It seems as though a new book appears daily and although many are excellent, an equal number represents a rehash of material that has been presented in hundreds of other books, websites, and government publications.

Ultimate Situational Survival Guide

When I first picked up the Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, I expected more of the same but was pleasantly and thoroughly surprised to find that Rob’s book struck a different chord.  Going beyond beans, bullets, and band-aids, this book gets into real life situational survival scenarios including urban crime and crimes against persons. With strategies to both avoid and defend yourself against bad guys, it includes detailed instructions and steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe, no matter what.

This is not to say that it doesn’t cover natural and manmade disasters. It does that as well as offering tips for surviving cyber attacks, terrorist events, economic collapse and more. You will like this book and of course, I give you an opportunity to win a copy of your own in this week’s giveaway.

But first, an interview with Rob Richardson.

An Interview with Robert Richardson, Author of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide

Tell me about your book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. What is it about?

This is not your typical survival manual, or the same old tired material that’s been regurgitated time and time again. This is a self-reliance guide to surviving real-world 21st century threats; including step-by-step instructions for surviving everything from urban disasters, crime, violence and terrorist attacks, to natural disasters, pandemics and social unrest.

My goal was to create a book that hasn’t been done a million times; I didn’t want this to be another “wilderness” survival guide. While my personal library is filled with all sorts of army field manuals and wilderness survival books, the average person is never going to need or use most of that information. I wanted to focus on real-world threats, disasters and problems that will affect the average person.

I focus on real-world problems, and things that are the most likely threats a person will face; then I help the reader come up with a plan of action to face each of those threats.

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

Much of what I talk about in the book comes directly from my personal experience. One of the things that’s always bothered me about most of the survival books is they never seem to come from personal experience. A lot of the material in those books is just a bunch of regurgitated nonsense from old Army field manuals; while a lot of that information may be helpful for a soldier on the battlefield, or someone in a wilderness survival situation; it does nothing to prepare the average person to face most 21st century threats.

I use my personal experience dealing with criminals, surviving some pretty dangerous situations, and growing up around some pretty crazy people, to give the reader a firsthand look at what it’s really going to take to survive in an urban setting. I know the information in the book works, because I’ve used a lot of these techniques to save myself from some pretty bad situations.

How long did it take to write?

The whole process took about a year or so from outline to completion. The actual writing time was the quickest part of the process. The editing, going back and forth with the publisher on content, and all the other stuff that goes along with writing a book is what really took up a bulk of my time.

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

I hope it helps people realize the importance of preparedness, and I hope it drives them to develop their own personal plan of action. The first part of the book really focuses on planning, and understanding what threats are out there.

The second thing I focus on is developing your situational awareness. I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of situational awareness; I believe it’s one of the most important skills you can possess, and is one of the best ways of ensuring your safety in just about any situation.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

When I’m not talking or writing about preparedness topics, I spend most of my time fishing, hunting, enjoying the outdoors, and trying to devote as much time as I can to my family.

I have another site, where I talk about a lot of my outdoor adventures. The site’s still pretty new, but I’m probably going to start focusing on it a little more in 2015.

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

I prepare for the most likely disasters – something that I stress throughout the book. For me, that means preparing for natural disasters that can affect my immediate area, crime and violence, economic problems, and then situations that might come up while I’m hunting or fishing.

There are other things that I prepare for and things that I keep on my radar, but first and foremost I prepare for things that I know have a good chance of happening.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have a number of things that I would like to write about, but right now I’m focused on sharing the information that’s in this book and developing content for my main site,

I’ll probably start focusing on book number two sometime next year.

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

Well first I’d like to thanks you for what you’re doing over at It seems like everyone has jumped on survival/preparedness bandwagon in recent years, so it’s always good to talk to someone who has a genuine interest in helping others. I’ve talked to you in the past, and your site is one of my favorites because I know you really care about the reader and you’re passionate about preparedness.

Second, I would just like to thank everyone who has bought the book. I would encourage anyone who is just getting started in preparedness to really do your homework; take the time to research what disasters and threats are most likely to affect you and your loved ones, and then make sure you have a well-thought-out personal plan of action.

If you’re interested in The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. Barnes & Noble, Walmart and other major booksellers.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide 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 Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in this article.  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 met the author, Rob Richardson, a couple of years ago at a food summit I attended in Dallas. He was one of the more experienced bloggers at the meeting, and he brought a lot of well-reasoned insight to our group. He has a great website, Off Grid Survival, that includes has a huge archive of articles covering every survival and preparedness topic you can think of.  When visiting his site, I encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and browse for a while.

Because of this personal connection, I am thrilled to present Rob’s new book and giveaway to Backdoor Survival readers.  Good luck, everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous Worldimage

Situational survival means being ready for whatever life throws at you.  That said, the most important “tool” in your emergency preparedness kit is a solid mindset cultivated around survival.


This book covers creating home safety plans, dealing with natural disasters, planning for transportation issues, identifying urban threats and dealing with them, financial preparedness, being prepared for terrorist attacks and other man-made disasters, and coping with disease in many of these scenarios.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival.

Book Festival 7 – Non-Fiction

The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide
The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparednessimage
The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse
Developing a Personal Preparedness Plan
Survival Guns: A Beginner’s Guideimage
5 Acres & A Dreamimage
Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbookimage
Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenonimage

Book Festival 7 – Fiction

Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse
77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winterimage
Good Crazy
Point of Crisis
Avalon: The Retreatimage and Avalon: Beyond the Retreatimage
Rebellion in Northwoods
Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas
Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son: A Gun Safety Book for Kidsimage

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.


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63 Responses to “Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide”

  1. What dangerous survival situation concerns you the most?
    Droves of desperate people leaving a large city. They will be desperate and by then, willing to do anything for food, water, etc.

  2. Increased lawlessness, the removal of God from society. This will lead to an ever accelerating decline of society / America. Chaos will be the order of the day. This concerns me the most.

  3. It seems to me that the most likely dangerous situations (in northern parts of US) are long-term power outages due to bad weather/ice & snow, or getting stuck in your car on the road in winter. Many people seem to forget to have emergency supplies (blanket/matches & firestarter, water) in their cars … getting stranded on the roads can be a serious threat in storms.

  4. The dangerous survival situation that concerns me the most is angry people who don’t really want to survive they are just after blood because they aren’t good people.

  5. Defending against starving people. Mostly standing against parents trying to get food for their child. I would tend to have too much compassion for the child and not be as alert as I should.

  6. I am concerned about being able to get enough clean water as no matter how much you have stored it won’t last through a long term event. People will become desperate and dangerous as the situation goes on!

  7. Looks like a common theme in the comments, but – when the grocery store shelves are empty. There’s nothing more dangerous than desperate people.

  8. When our government comes with troops in armor personal carriers to take (as Barb says) my stuff. That will be the time to get out of Dodge.

  9. I fear being my family being on its own against inumerable challenges and threats. My hope this next year is to build a network of like minded neighbors who can band together. Even though I’m prepping for many disasters, I’m afraid I’ll lose what I have easily should someone want to take what I have.

  10. I am most concerned about power outages in blizzard conditions. That is the most likely scenario to happen in my neck of the woods.

  11. What dangerous survival situation concerns you the most? It certainly is difficult to choose just one! Facing back surgery next month, my ability to function/deal with any dangerous survival situation concerns me the most.

  12. My biggest fear as many above stated is civil unrest, gangs, hungry people attacking my home, funny how its what I am least prepared for!

  13. I am handicapped and not able to walk far without a cane so I face a lot of additional challenges. I prep mostly for natural disasters, living in a rural area gives me some peace of mind, but I am also concerned about people coming into the area looking for the things they need but did not prepare for.

  14. Absolutely positively I am the most concerned about civil unrest. In fact I find that term too abstract. We are talking about people taking food, supplies, and shelter from people through armed threats, bodily harm, or actual murder. A situation in which I will be outnumbered and even if I fight off an attack they will attack again in greater numbers. I Need my neighborhood working together and I need this book!

  15. I agree with everything that has been said. Each situation comes with certain risks. I cannot prepare for everything but I try to prepare for what realistically might come my way in my lifetime. That being a major earthquake that partially drains Lake Tahoe down the Truckee river gorge.
    Perhaps some tips in this book might assist with that end.
    Thanks for all you do.

  16. I’m With you. I fear the people who haven’t taken measures and the scum that think I OWE them that would be trying to take what I have stored, I worry about my DIL’s and Grandaughters’ safety and my sons and Grandsons etc.. Trying make sure I have taught my Sons what they’ll need how to not only survive but thrive. The DH (bless his pointy lil head) doesn’t really get it but has never stopped me from doing what I’ve been doing.I talked to my cousin (who is buried under all that snow in NY) I had loaned her her my copy of One Second After this summer. She now knows why in part, I have stepped up my emergency stores. She and her DH have several large gardens and has been putting up the garden’s bounty (canning, dehydrating) for the last 10-15 years as our moms and grandmothers did when we were growing up. We discussed what she has read so far and she told me she understands and then she said “Gee I must be one of those Nutty Doomsday Preppers since we’ve been canning and storing food, goods, etc for years.” She lives where they regularly get 10- 20 feet of snow in the winter so they are used to being “snowbound” for a few weeks. Nothing this early though but they are prepared.
    Thank you

  17. I worry about desperate people fleeing the city looking for food after a societal meltdown; leaving a path of lawlessness. I fear living in the path.

  18. The most dangersous survival situation that concerns me is a tornado. I live in a mobile home park in a tornado prone area. I have done some prepping for it, copying all my important papers and placing them in another location for instance. My biggest goal is to get out of the living situation and move to another area. That will take some time to prepare financially in order to do that.

  19. The one thing that concerns me the most is if something happens, be it civil unrest, EMP, WROL, whatever may come, my family will be spread out and forget to follow the plan. (Fear can be a friend or a foe, depends on how you handle things.)

  20. I agree with what has already been mentioned; desperate and/or criminal people coming out from the cities to my rural area looking for food and supplies.

  21. The situation that concerns me most is that if there is a breakdown, that people from the city will come out to the country looking for supplies and that they will overrun us.

  22. I’m most concerned that I won’t be equipped with a medical emergency for my husband or myself. We’re not getting any younger, and I worry that a heart attack or a blown back will knock us down just when we need to be alert and agile.

  23. Desperate people and a government that think they know what is best for me and mine are my biggest concerns. To me, dealing with the people factors is leagues harder than dealing with mundane needs of shelter, water and food. Thank you for the review, this looks like a book I need to read.

  24. Outside forces taking down our grids. Think ‘Firesale’ [ala ‘Die Hard: With a Vengeance’]. A systematic take down of the power, gas and financial grids.

  25. With the state our country is in right now I would say civil unrest. I’m also concerned about the grid going down. Another great author interview!! Thanks for all you do to keep us informed.

  26. What concerns me the most would be gangs that will quickly form to take advantage of the breaking down of society. Traveling in packs like dogs, taking what they want, destroying everything and everyone in there path. I’m not sure how we would be able to survive against that by ourselves.

  27. The dangerous situation that concerns me the most is if my bug in location security is breeched beyond my capability to defend. Bugging out is not something i’m totally prepared for yet and frankly it frightens me a lot.

  28. I think I am concerned the most of a monetary collapse, as I see the handwriting on the wall, however I think we’d get by for a time. What worries me a lot are the millions of people who have no idea how to take care of themselves and what they’ll do when the grocery store shelves are totally empty. On another note the mountains of snow in upstate NY would completely shut down our area (and it could happen, just not a high probability) and is just another example of WHY people should have at minimum a back-up heat source, and food and water for at LEAST a week stored away for their family…and extra for those who may move in to mooch…because we all know that happens when YOU are the one prepared.

  29. If we have a true, long-term ‘hard-times event’, my greatest worry is others who have not prepared, and would like us to ‘share’ more than what we have set aside for sharing. Including the government.

  30. What worries me most is the fact that my family is spread from coast-to-coast and getting word about them will be very hard!

  31. I worry about EMP’s, long-term power outages, and hungry, desperate people who will do anything & everything to get food or whatever else they want

  32. My biggest concern is the fact there is some much to know and so little time to learn. Wish we had asked more questions and never moved so very far from the old skills that were common knowledge for the grandparents.

  33. The increased desperation of man is concerning. Many believe that none of this will happen in their lifetime. Their laziness will be their undoing as well as the undoing of those around them.

  34. What concerns me most right now is an economic collapse. I am on disability, live in public housing and have no savings, so when the collapse comes, I’m in a heap of trouble. I keep reading and trying to stock some, but it’s hard on government funds. Thanks for your website, I’m really enjoying it and learning a lot.

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