8 Ways to Handle Prepping Objections

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8 Ways to Handle Prepping ObjectionsWe take for granted what we know about preparedness that others don’t, like the living off the land fallacy, or the government not coming to help in a large scale crisis, or even something as simple as how much water we need to survive.

The more we learn about prepping, the more it just makes sense, but to most people prepping is seen as unnecessary, and a waste of their precious time. Because the only information they have is from the mainstream media, they dismiss prepping as extreme, and think only paranoid crazy people live like that.

Unfortunately, this leaves us with 2 choices. Try to explain to them why shows like doomsday preppers is almost a fictional as a Disney movie. The other is to end the conversation all together, because there is no reason to beat a dead horse.

Each person, for one reason or another has their reasons for not wanting to prep. It could be a simple as not wanting to get labeled a prepper, to not wanting to face their fears. Here are a few objections to prepping you might hear, and then after that how different people might react in a crisis.

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In this week’s podcast Lisa and I went into much more detail about handling prepping objections than I could put in one article. Make sure and listen when you are done reading, or listen on your mobile device.

It’s Ridicules and a Waste of Time!

Objection: It’s interesting that as Americans we have both the highest amount of preppers in the world, and at the same time, the highest quality of life. Those who don’t see what’s going on (or don’t want to) have become complacent, and complacency leads people to say…

“nothing is ever going to happen, and if it does I’ll get through it like I always do.” Or even “If something happens, I don’t want you want to live like that?”

Solution: This might be the easiest objection to overcome of them all, because the answer is pretty simple. Not every disaster involves the collapse of society, most disasters are small scale and can affect anyone, at any time.

Talk to them about natural disasters before you even think about talking about a nuclear attack. Most people have the preconceived notion that preppers will be hiding in their homes and shooting anyone who comes to the door in a crisis.

While this might be true in some scenarios, in most scenarios, such as natural disasters, most preppers will probably be the first to help.

That’s Why We Pay Taxes.

that's why I pay taxesObjection: Wouldn’t it be nice if this were true. As preppers we know this is just not true, but most people who are spoon fed from the mainstream media blindly follow this mentality. The truth is that even though the government says it has my best interests in mind, their idea of “my best interests” and mine are two different things.

Solution: The government (state or federal) just doesn’t have the resources available to handle any large scale disaster scenario events like hurricane Katrina, and even the Colorado floods a few years ago illustrate this perfectly.

By depending on the government you are almost reserving a spot in a FEMA camp near you, and you will be at the whim of what they decide your best interests are. Even if he government comes in to help. How long will it take? And what will you have to go through in the process?

It’s Too Overwhelming

Prepping is Too OverwhelmingObjection: When someone first gets interested, or introduced to the idea of preparedness it can be scary, and overwhelming at the same time. This is a natural reaction that most of us have probably been through, and still going through to some point.

Solution: Be empathetic and let them know that you have been there and done that, but it does get easier. There is a lot that goes into prepping, and it can seem pretty overwhelming, but so is learning a new language or building a house, yet it happens every day.

I Can’t Afford Prepping

Objection: If we made a list of all the prepping supplies we needed or wanted to have, we would probably have to take out a loan. Sometimes it’s hard enough to pay the monthly bills we already have, so how in the world am I going to afford all those supplies.

Solution: This answer goes hand in hand with being overwhelmed, and the following statement comes to mind. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” We can only do what we can do, and we need to become ok with that.

If we focus on our budget and pay attention to where our money is going, almost everyone can find extra cash to use for prepping. There are also some ways to make a few extra bucks to increase our prepping budget.

God Will Take Care of Me

Objection: I have nothing to worry about because God is going to take care of me is something I hear quite often. With peoples preconceived notions of prepping, it can seem to go against Christian values, but this could be further from the truth.

Solution: God gave us freewill for a reason. As parents if we gave our children everything they wanted, and they never had to live through hard times, they would be spoiled and unprepared for daily life. We learn from our mistakes and the challenges we face through life.

There are many examples of God telling people to prepare for something in the Bible, and when God gives you a warning, you better listen. Imagine what would have happened if Noah just said “God will take care of us.”

I Just Don’t Have Time for Prepping

I Just Don’t Have Time for PreppingObjection: Today’s society is not as simple as it used to be. With all we have to do it’s hard sometimes to fit more in our already busy schedule.

Solution: When my children tell me they didn’t clean their room because they were too busy I tell them “If I gave you $100 could you figure out how to get it done?” We can find an excuse for anything, and it’s amazing what we can do when we are properly motivated. By the way, I don’t actually give them $100, I just use this to illustrate a point.

If we enjoy doing something we can always find time for it in our schedule. There is so much involved in prepping that someone is bound to find something they enjoy, which might be what gets the ball rolling.

I’m Coming to Your House

Objection: I hear this all the time, and sometimes it upsets me because I hear “You are doing all the work, why do I need to?”

Solution: Even though I would like to tell them how ridicules they sound I just tell them that I’m willing to help them get prepared now, but when the S hits the fan, there will be no vacancy at my hotel. I also ask them how they plan on getting here? It won’t be as easy as your daily ride to work.

My Family Will Think I’m Crazy

My Family Will Think I’m CrazyProblem: Because of people preconceived notions, their first reaction is almost always labeling you a doomsday prepper, and when you approach your spouse about prepping they will think you are off your rocker.

Solution: Don’t start a conversation talking about EMP’s or nuclear disasters you want to prepare for, that conversation will go nowhere fast. Start by explaining how preparing for natural disasters or terrorist attacks, and it’s not all about doomsday, or the end of the world.

I Don’t Have Anywhere to Put All That Stuff

Objection: Quite a few of us live in smaller homes or even apartments, and because of this our storage space is limited. This becomes especially challenging when your spouse is not on board, and they don’t want your “prepping stuff” all over the place.

Solution: If your spouse is not on board with prepping I would start with having a conversation to find some middle ground about what you can, and cannot do, believe me, this will save you problems down the line.

If your space is limited you have a couple of options, the first is to build, or utilize some usable space in your home. This could mean finding space in closets, under beds or building storage space. If all else fails, you could even rent a storage locker to put your prepping supplies in.

Speak To Their Listening

Remember that when you are talking to someone who has no idea about preparedness they are not going to understand things the way you do. Sometimes what we think that something is common sense, but to others who have not learned about prepping is new information.

Make sure you approach the conversation in the right way and speak to their listening. The last thing you want to do is shut them down, because then you will seem like you have lost your mind.

Do you have any prepping objection that I didn’t cover here? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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SHTF Reality: All You Preparations For This Event Will Be Pushed To The Limits And Beyound

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In the following article, Selco of SHTF School delves even further, detailing real life scenarios, training tactics and other key information that will undoubtedly help save your life should the streets of America turn into a war zone. Pay attention because this no idealized collapse scenario – it’s reality.

When SHTF nobody told me how hard is gonna be and what things I will have to do to survive, there was no training or simulations, through most of the stuff I was going for the first time in my life, and I was hoping it is only temporary situation, it is not going to last for whole year.

Few events opened my eyes, and somehow make me survivor right at the beginning, and I can say I have luck to understand in very early stage how hard it is, and what it takes.

During one of the first bigger events of killing in the streets, I was out together with my friend who also was medical professional.

Fire from machine guns was on people who were standing in front of the main city bread factory, and people started to scream and run over each other.

My first impulse was to run to nearest cover but my friend got down to help some lady, so I stayed one meter next to him.

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I was confused about my decision and not sure to stay with him or run. Bullets from machine gun hit him over his legs, and I saw how his knee cap exploded, it looked like some bad movie special effect.

He just looked at his legs, then at me, in silence. Even that was just seconds moments like this feel very long.

I took him by the hands and drag him some 20 or 30 meters to safety. Only there I saw that he was missing his leg under the knee. It stayed with the dead lady on the street.

And only then he started to scream.

I used a belt to stop bleeding, ambulance still worked in that period. He went to hospital and then evacuated from the city. He survived but never came back.

Lessons learned?

In moments of chaos always listen to your instincts and do not hesitate. Especially if you are involved in situation when someone is shooting at you with high caliber machine gun. Just accept that people will die, and you have to survive. To help others is great thing, to survive is even better, also I realized that human being is so fragile and easy to destroy.

Later I learned some things about weapons and how to use them, so I realize that more firepower does not necessary mean more dangerous and better chance to kill.


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Owning a weapon is just absolutely necessary in preparing for a survival scenario, even more in urban survival. You just need to go and get as close as you can to the real stuff while you are doing the preparing and training for the SHTF, so it makes sense to go out and check your preps, to check your gear and yourself.

For example pair of boots that you bought and store for bad days will not be used for walking only, it will be use for running, squatting, jumping, in mud, junk, blood, guts maybe or just running trough a shallow river.

Everything that you have prepared and stored for SHTF will be pushed to the limits.

One thing is to go out into woods nearby and do recording of your weapon testing on some beer bottles with your friends, and after that concluding that particular gun or rifle is best for SHTF, and that you are dangerous dude because your accuracy rules. Some people gonna put that clip on you tube and go home convinced that they are ready and prepared.

In reality you do not know if you are prepared.

A lot of survival stores that sell things sell idea of buy this and you are safe. No you are not. Also you learn more about real urban survival scenario in my survival course and this helps you to mentally be better prepared but real deal when SHTF always comes as surprise.

When time comes again it gonna hit everyone like a hammer. Good news is that when you know you will get hit like that you can recover fast and use your skills, knowledge and preps to make best out of situation.

Using weapon in real life, in real survival situation is something absolutely different from shooting bear bottles, and if you could do some real training that is realistic that would be maybe going to camping with trash bag as a tent, being on camping for 10 days with 10 small cans of food, and 10 liters of water, walking every day for 10 km.

And then on 11th day run few kilometers and then shoot and see how accurate you are when your body is wasting away.

And still the most important thing is missing. While you are shooting at the beer bottles they do not shoot back at you in order to kill you.

During some of the first battles in city I was moving trough the building behind a guy, we both had rifles. He was sweeping the rooms and shooting, it was the closest urban combat as it can be. In the moment when he run out of ammo he used his rifle as something between spear and bat.

Now someone could say why he did not just switch to pistol? He did not have one, also he did not have time to look for ammo. But there I learned how it is useful to have folded stock of rifle when shooting and moving in very confined spaces.

Also I learned that rifle with pretty sharp parts at the barrel can be very handy. He stabbed guy to the cheek, ripping his face down and finishing him on ground.

One of the biggest misconception at the people who do not have fighting experience is what they need to practice.

It is all about pressure. You need to learn:

1. What your weapon can take

In terms of kicking, throwing, how often and when will it malfunction, and what the most common malfunctions are, and how to fix it, of course how to fix it in middle of fight. If you find yourself in the middle of fighting, and your weapon “jams” do not be as we called “zblesavljen” or in English is probably looking like idiot.

I have seen that: guy is shooting and in the middle of fighting his weapon jammed, and he surprisingly look at the weapon in a “what the f#ck?” state. And of course in two seconds he ends up dead.

You absolutely need to know how to manage small weapon jams without looking at the weapon, you need to look at the target while you are “repairing” weapon (clearing the bullet, switching to other magazine etc.)

Other option would be to MOVE immediately when your weapon jams, move to cover in same second, or to dropping it on ground, or on your back, and switching to your other weapon. But you need to learn to do all of above without thinking. You need to train that this becomes automatic.

Small things like how quickly you can put your rifle on your back and a switch to pistol can be difference between life and death, if you somehow “trip” yourself while you are trying to put rifle on your back in order to take pistol you can end up dead.

2. What you can take

Remember this: while you are shooting at the bad guys, those bad guys will be SHOOTING AT YOU TOO.

So shooting at the beer bottles in the woods with your buddies will not really do all the training you need. I am doing it often, but it just not covering everything.

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Fighting and surviving combat means constant moving and outsmarting the guys on the other side, you gonna need to run, squat, throw yourself in the ditch, lay down in all kinds of sh!t and shoot at the same time, and probably fix your rifle from jams, or switch to another weapon.

Do some basic weapon training and learn about line of sight and how to get out off it.

Very great percentage of shooting is done without aiming, just spraying bullets.

It makes sense to do some airsoft or paintball in the woods to check how constant moving change whole game, and what kind of moving makes sense in order to survive gunfight.

For example how often you shoot from your weapon with both hands, dominant and not dominant? In urban fighting you will need switch weapon around very often (moving through the apartments, rooms, around the corners etc.). When you are shooting behind corner, and you are having rifle in your right hand and corner is on your left side it make sense to transfer weapon to left hand. otherwise it is dangerous to stick your left part of body out in order to shoot form right hand.

For all you who have some military experience this all is basic stuff, but I have seen many guys who were killed in stupid ways.

Real gunfight is dynamic thing. Adrenaline is weird thing too, so people can do tremendous things while adrenaline is pumping, but also with lack of training and common sense guy can do tremendously stupid things. I have seen man who was pointing to something and he stood up from the cover, and got shot.

3. How to train yourself

Training is the key. You can not do anything else today except to train very hard.

You can not experience real stuff today of course, but you can take it as close to real stuff as you can. Go out with your friends and think about all possible scenarios. But think about worst case scenarios. SHTF is not gonna wait for nice and sunny weather, you gonna be maybe hungry, dirty. Maybe have to give up your shelter and food storage on second day of SHTF.

Or you gonna be forced to use other weapon that you are not used to. Maybe you gonna be forced to hide for hours hidden under a pile of rubble and then you are gonna be forced to jump out and “kill” ten beer bottles. Sounds like fun? This is why resilience and mental strength is so important.

Maybe you are gonna be cold and thirsty and in the middle of the battle. One thing is sure – very rarely it goes the way that you planned. So just be ready for many options and do not panic when things go other way. Want to get some funny sounding advice?

Get good at suffering while still being able to work towards a goal.

4. What weapon, caliber, stopping power etc?

It is very hard question (that I get asked a lot). But think about fact that everything today is about mainstream and commercial. And somehow it is more about what other people say is good and not necessarily about what you need and what is good for YOU.

You and your hand kill, weapon is only tool. I have seen fight when man with knife is killing the guy with rifle. He had mastered fighting with knife and had will to kill. Other guy had a rifle only, and he ends up dead. I also seen more than once people shot with rifle bullets still fighting, running for good amount of time. Some of them were not even aware that they are wounded before someone else pointed that out to them.

What I am trying to say, do not expect miracles if you own weapon that is at the moment most popular, having great stopping power, cool reviews. It is about practicing , weapon mastering and correct bullets placement.

I said bullets for a reason, I have seen many things, but I did not see someone survive multiple shots in correct place at the body. Have weapon that is best for your case, and achieve perfection in using it. Do not expect that people will fly back if you shoot them with one bullet from some widely popular weapon and caliber (not talking about shotguns).

So I am not gonna tell you what is the best weapon because what works for me maybe does not work for you or others.

Having a weapon that is too rare, too good or too bad does not make too much sense for me. Do not find yourself in situation when you lose your weapon and pick someone else and then find out that you do not have clue about it, because your weapon was special and rare.

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Just have what everyone else around you has, because of gun parts, ammo and you look like everyone else.

Your weapon is only tool to survive, be ready to lose it if you need to lose it, and pick some other from ground in the middle of fight.

I knew a guy who did some scary stuff with rusty shortened M48. He was old and poor looking dude, he played that part good, until he would take out this old gun from under his coat and rob and kill people. Simple strategy but it worked for him. So look around and think what works for you.

If you have experienced combat or heard what matters from veterans please share in comments.

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Here’s what coco bonds are and why investors are freaking out about them

Coco Pops Cereal Kellogg'sAfter a rally on Wednesday, banking stocks are falling hard again on Thursday.

Deutsche Bank is down over 3% in Frankfurt, Credit Suisse is down over 6% in Switzerland, and in London HSBC is down over 4%, Lloyds is down over 4%, Barclays is down over 5%, and Royal Bank of Scotland is down over 4%.

It means bank stocks have reverted to the trend of the year so far: falling.

This week's latest sell-off has been driven by a scare over so-called coco bonds that were issued in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis by banks and haven't been thought of too much since.

Here's a handy explainer as to what's actually going on.

What are Coco bonds?

Coco bonds are a type of debt with strings attached. The coco in the name is short for "contingent convertible," which means in some circumstances the debt converts into equity — rather than the bank owing you money, you suddenly own a little bit of the bank.

The "contingent" part of the bonds depends on how much cash the banks have. If a bank's capital falls below a certain level the switch is flipped and the bonds turn into shares. Because of this risk, coco bonds carry a higher yield than normal bank bonds.

Coco bonds were cooked up in the wake of the financial crisis as a way to prevent banks needing any more state bailouts. If banks were getting into trouble and running low on cash, the bonds would convert, solving two problems — the bank's debt burden lessens and boosts capital buffers.

Lloyds is the biggest coco bond issuer in the UK, with $14.5 billion (£10.7 billion) of the paper issued between 2009 and 2015, according to Moody's.

Why are people worried?

Put simply, investors are worried they're not going to get their money back.

There are growing fears that banks like Deutsche Bank and Santander aren't going to be able to meet coupon payments — interest on the debt.

The Independent writes:

A recent move by the European Central Bank to publish an obscure test of bank risk, known as the Srep ratio, has driven the recent upset in the market. The results have stoked fears in the minds of credit analysts about whether recent market shocks – ranging from low oil prices to the slowdown in China – could inadvertently cause banks to breach rules which would prompt regulators to stop them paying Coco coupons.

These same capital breaches could also turn the coco bonds into equity, which is falling in price and not something fixed income investors want.

As a result of these growing fears the price of coco bonds have plummeted in recent weeks. Meanwhile the price of credit default swaps — a sort of insurance that pays out if banks don't pay up on the bonds — has jumped.

Banks, meanwhile, have been defending their balance sheets and insisting everything is OK. Deutsche Bank's CEO John Cryan says the lender is "absolutely rock solid" while Credit Suisse's boss Tidjane Thiam has also been talking up his bank's balance sheet.

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European banking stocks are getting crushed again on Thursday morning, as yesterday's brief rally in the markets evaporates.

An hour after the open, at 9:00 a.m. GMT (4:00 a.m. ET) all of Europe's biggest share indices are in the red, with most seeing losses of more than 2.5%. And as with most days in the past couple of weeks, the losses are being led by the biggest banks on the continent.

In pretty much every single European state at least one or two of the biggest banks are severely down, and you'd be hard pushed to find any that are trading in positive territory this morning. Here's the banking scoreboard:

  • Germany — Commerzbank; down 5.78%. Deutsche Bank; down 6.25%.
  • France — Societe Generale; down 12.84%. Credit Agricole; down 6.08%.
  • Switzerland — Credit Suisse; down 6.70%. UBS; down 5.94%.
  • Italy — Mediobanca; down 7.98%. UBI Banca; down 15.48%. 
  • Britain — RBS; down 4.23%. Barclays; down 4.47%.
  • Spain — Santander; down 5.37%. Banco Popular; down 5.60%.

Overall, the STOXX banking index, which tracks the largest lenders in Europe, is down 5.5% on Thursday morning, and is still sliding. That fall extends the index's losses since the start of the year to 27%, and to more than 30% since the week before Christmas 2015. Here's how that looks:

stoxx feb 11 2On Wednesday, European markets surged, with banking stocks leading the way, but that rally now looks to be little more than a dead cat bounce, with investor fears about the global economy, and worries of a new banking crash returning, thanks in some part to so-called coco bonds, which Business Insider's Oscar Williams-Grut explained earlier on Thursday morning.

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Here’s how to pre-order a Tesla Model 3

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By now, you may have heard that Tesla's entry-level vehicle, the $35,000 Model 3, will have its worldwide debut next month.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk just passed off a bit more information about the upcoming launch; pre-orders will begin on March 31, the same day as the reveal, and you can reserve one for $1,000.

There won't be a "signature series" for this entry-level EV. That option was offered on the Model S and Model X when they went on pre-order years ago.

Signature models were among the first to roll off the assembly line, and they were loaded — in features and in price.

A signature series Model X costs over $130,000 new.

But, according to Musk's tweets, there won't be any of that for the Model 3. He also notes that reservations for the Model 3 can be made at Tesla dealers on March 31, and online beginning April 1.

Here's what Musk tweeted late Wednesday:

Model 3 is an important platform for the electric-car company that's best known for its Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The S and X are both immensely capable luxury automobiles to be sure, but their respective sticker prices put them out of reach for the average car buyer.

Tesla Model 3 clay modelThe Model 3 line, which will yield a sedan and a small crossover SUV, is Tesla's most-anticipated offering for reasons that Business Insider's transportation team has laid out in great detail.

In short, the Model 3's $35,000 price tag opens Tesla up to more people, which could mean greater sales volume, and ultimately help Tesla become a mass-market carmaker.

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Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive

Prepper Book Festival 11 | Backdoor Survival

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the books that have been selected to participate in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #11.  This time around I have both fiction and non-fiction, from new authors as well as old favorites.  It is a fantastic line-up with something for everyone and I hope that you find something that is both interesting and educational.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing author interviews as well as book giveaways – lots and lots of giveaways.  The authors and their publishers have been very generous and so I do hope you will support them by taking a moment or two to enter the giveaways and take a chance on winning some free books!

Prepper Book Festival 11 | Backdoor Survival

But first, for those of you that are unfamiliar with book festival format, what is a “Prepper Book Festival”?

What Is A Prepper Book Festival?

Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festivals are a showcase of some of the best books and authors in the survival, preparedness, and self-reliance niche. The way Book Festivals work is that once a week I feature book giveaways coupled with exclusive, one on one author interviews.

To enter each book giveaway, I ask what I hope to be a thought-provoking  question and request that you provide an answer in the comments section of the article.  I have been told that many readers are more interested in the answers to the questions themselves than the book.  I very much applaud that because to be honest, learning from each other is how we will move forward and prevail during these uncertain times.

Just so you know,  I typically provide a way to make multiple giveaway entries so you will want to watch for those bonus opportunities.  Many of these bonus opportunities involve social media so if you already like Backdoor Survival on Facebook, or follow on Pinterest or Twitter, you basically have some free entries coming.  Subscribers (don’t worry, that is also free) also get an extra entry that is worth multiple points.

Winners of the book giveaways are selected at random and the winning book is sent out directly by the author or the publisher.  The winners have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate is selected.  You snooze, you lose.

Now that you know how it works, let’s get started.  Here is the list of BDS Prepper Book Festival 11books and their descriptions.

2016 Prepper Book Festival #11

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them

America’s inability to foresee the September 11, 2001 attacks was deemed a collective “failure of imagination.”  Our political leaders and intelligence professionals failed to anticipate the wide-ranging and unorthodox threats to the nation’s security.

Nearly a decade and a half later, imaginations in Washington D.C. are still failing.  Despite assurances from our leaders that America is safer today than it was before 9/11, the truth is, we are still vulnerable.

Congressman Michael McCaul has spent years in Washington watching the Obama administration ignore or dangerously underestimate the most pressing threats to the country.  In Failures of Imagination, the sitting chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who receives daily intelligence about threats materializing against America, depicts in real time the hazards that are closer than we realize.

From cyber-warriors who can cripple the Eastern seaboard to radicalized Americans in league with Islamic jihadists to invisible biological warfare, many of the most pressing dangers are the ones we’ve heard about the least—and are doing the least about.

Failures of Imagination offers a call to action for Americans to address these very real and present dangers, and the need for the White House—whoever its occupant will be—to combat them with the seriousness and urgency they require.

This is an important book.

Author: Michael McCaul

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Parents care about keeping their families safe, hydrated, fed, and healthy on a daily basis; yet, every year families face unforeseen situations that threaten those necessities. It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard, or a man-made emergency situation like a power outage or food shortage.

Is your family prepared?  Learn the basics of water and food storage―where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation―as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. Readers also get helpful guides to follow once their family is in an emergency, like how to stay clean with a limited water supply, how to cook with emergency cooking devices, and how to survive in the dark.

Linda Loosli is the founder of the blog, Food Storage Moms. She is an expert on emergency preparedness and regularly teaches preparedness classes in her local community.

Author: Linda Loosli (who is also my good friend!)

Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak

Every year pandemics strike! And they can easily spread all over the world—overwhelming doctors and hospitals. Will you be ready when a deadly epidemic hits your town?

Prepping for a Pandemic provides the vital information and life-saving steps needed before and after an outbreak, including:

•Outbreak Warning Signs
•Initial Symptoms
•Ease of Transmission
•Quarantine Protocol
•First Aid Skills
•Medical Treatment
•Future Threats
•Home Remedies

With detailed information on deadly diseases, tips on stockpiling supplies and plans for bugging out, this book offers everything required to keep you and your family safe.

Author: Cat Ellis

The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear

There are a variety of circumstances where creating a cache is a wise preparation. Natural and man-made disasters abound in our headlines, many of which can completely destroy valuable preps in a matter of seconds.

With proper techniques, equipment, and methods, practically any type of critical supplies can be safely stored in a manner that is nearly impervious to the elements. The largest single threat to any cache, however, is being discovered by other people. This guide will provide you with several methods, including disguise, diversion, and technology to defeat even the most sophisticated metal detectors, theft, or illegal seizure.

Author Joe Nobody is joined by T. Pike, USMC. During his two deployments in Afghanistan, Pike’s job with the Marines included searching for enemy caches. He found a lot of them, denying his foe important weapons, ammunition, and supplies. He also developed a unique level of expertise and experience that can now be leveraged by anyone who wishes to keep their personal assets out of harm’s way.

Author: Joe Nobody and T. Pike

Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, calls, texts and emails don’t work. After 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Sandy, cell phones were rendered useless when transmission towers were destroyed and networks became overloaded.  Having an alternative way of reaching family and loved ones at these critical moments is essential. With this in-depth guide, you learn the best tips, tricks and expert secrets for surviving when phones and the internet fail.

This comprehensive guide covers everything needed to be fully prepared for when the grid goes down, including the best types of radio for every disaster scenario from HAM radios (used by most search and rescue groups) to walkie talkies (small and easy to use, ideal for children).

And, since survival communication goes beyond the short term, there are also instructions for longer term solutions like hand cranked or solar powered batteries.  This is the ultimate guide to acquiring, assembling and utilizing life-saving emergency communication systems.

Author:  Jim Cobb (who is a friend of Backdoor Survival and is back for his 7th Book Festival)

Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller

The Dark Ages ended when the Black Death pandemic decimated over 60% of the European population. Millions of sudden deaths, created an immediate surplus of goods and lands, which catapulted that part of the world into a new age of rebirth: The Renaissance.

The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror, weaved by this powerful global elite.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

Author: JD Dutra (who is also the creator of the Conflicted card game series)


Until recent times, Calumet County had never been known as a place of killing and violence.  That said, a peaceful valley in the mountains of Colorado becomes a battleground pitting the federal government against a rural sheriff’s department.

Beleaguered Sheriff Bear Ellison finds himself outnumbered, over-matched, and increasingly isolated as he is forced to decide between risking his life protecting a local hero, or reneging on his oath and handing him over to federal prosecutors.

Author: Troy Grice

Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)

Braving the Storms, is the third book of the Strengthen What Remains series.

In the first book, Through Many Fires, nuclear terrorism strikes the nation’s capital and six other American cities. In the second book, A Time to Endure, society continues to unravel, and civil war threatens the divided and economically-crippled land.

Now a new and even more lethal problem emerges. A swift and deadly flu epidemic sweeps out of overcrowded FEMA camps and strikes the nation with horrific results. Caden Westmore struggles to keep his family and community safe, while others use the plague to advance their own military and political agendas. Caden must succeed, but how can he, when both the epidemic and chaos attack his hometown and family?”

Author: Kyle Pratt (one of my favorite post-apocalyptic authors!)

Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)

James Wesley, Rawles latest book is a bold piece of speculative fiction that posits the establishment of a Christian nation of refuge, in response to the establishment of a global Islamic Caliphate in the near future.

Launched by a pair of free-thinking venture capitalists and an Israeli art dealer, the fictional Ilemi Republic is carved out of a disputed border region between Kenya and South Sudan, with the consent of the governments of these two neighboring nations.

The fledgling republic is a nation of firsts:

  • The first nation as a dedicated place of refuge for Christians and Messianic Jews
  • The first nation with absolutely no taxes or levies of any kind
  • The first nation with no licenses or permits
  • The first nation with minimalist government
  • The first nation to reject fiat currency and establish a tri-metallic currency (gold, silver, and platinum)
  • The first nation to have a self-policing citizenry with a citizen’s militia–and hence no standing army and no police force
  • The first nation with a near absolute right to keep and bear arms, where only weapons of mass destruction are restricted from private ownership
  • The first nation without a parliament or congress, where all decisions are made by public referendum.


Author: James Wesley Rawles

The Final Word

From where I am sitting, this has to be one of the most eclectic Prepper Book Festivals yet.  I love that the topics include material for both newbie and advanced preppers with something of interest for almost everyone.  Plus, as with all Backdoor Survival Book Festivals, Prepper Book Festival 11 represents the best of the best in terms of new releases from both new and established authors.

That being said, I would like to extend a big thank you to the individual authors and their publishers for submitting their books for consideration, and also for providing copies to award in the upcoming book giveaways.

It is my hope that you will learn lessons in self-reliance and survival from each of these books, including the books of fiction.  In the coming weeks you have a chance to meet the authors, learn about their books, and get a peek into their own preparedness efforts.  As I mentioned at the start, if a book sounds interesting, please support the authors by entering the giveaway, purchasing their book, posting a review on Amazon, or suggesting the title to your local library so others can learn from them as well.

Now, as always, the real work begins.  Which book am I going to read and review first?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 11.


Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland-and How to Thwart Them
Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak
The Prepper’s Guide to Caches: How to Bury, Hide, and Stash Guns and Gear
Prepper’s Communication Handbook: Life-Saving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster


Dark Ages: 2020: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Thriller
Braving the Storms (Strengthen What Remains)
Land Of Promise (Counter-Caliphate Chronicles)



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