Prepare Yourself Now.

   Are you ready?  Now?  Are you prepared to survive in this moment?  Are you ready even when the move unexpeced even unlikely event occurs and disrupts our daily experience?  What about your access to communication with your established network?  You do have a network to assist you now, right?

Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepper’s Communication Handbook + Giveaway
2016-03-24 4:00:00

One of the challenges of emergency communication is understanding the technology.  Is a one-way radio sufficient to receive updates following a disaster or other emergency, or do I need a scanning device?  What is a shortwave radio and why do I need one?  Is getting a Ham radio and radio license worth the effort?  And then there are those “family” walkie-talkie devices.  Those seem like a good idea but are they really?

Shoot, even I get confused by all of the options even though I own all of them.  Deciding which one to use, and when, only adds to the dilemma.  One thing is for sure: I can’t carry all of my radios at once or I would not have room for anything else in my pack.

Lucky for us, help as arrived in the form of a handbook written by one of the most down to earth, and easy to understand writers in our niche, Jim Cobb.  His book, Prepper’s Communication Handbook, succinctly sorts out the various options that are available when it comes to emergency communications and guides you to making the right choices.

In his usual style, Jim writes in a manner that is a breeze to read and also enjoyable.  He even mentions the importance of having fun with it, because, after all, there is life after prepping.

Jim and his publisher, Ulysses Press, have set aside five copies of his book in this latest Book Festival giveaway.  Enjoy an all-new interview with Jim, and be sure to check in below so that you can enter to win!

An Interview with Jim Cobb, Author of Prepper’s Communication Handbook

This is your seventh Prepper Book Festival so our readers are well accustomed with your work. That said, what topic or topics do you feel are underrepresented in the preparedness and survival genre?

I think far too many books and blogs today take a fairly simplistic approach to preparedness, catering to the folks who are brand new to the idea of prepping.

That’s all well and good but what about the people who have been at it a while now? I think that’s an area worth exploring further.

Has your opinion of “the end of the world as we know it” changed over the years and if so, how?

Oh, definitely!

I grew up in the 70s and 80s, during the Cold War when the big threat was nuclear war with the Soviets. Once that threat sort of faded out, then it was the dreaded Y2K. After that, it was terrorism (domestic and abroad) and pandemics. Today, it seems as though EMP is the reigning threat.

From my perspective, it really doesn’t matter a whole lot what the “disaster of the moment” might be. When you get right down to it, 90% of prepping is focused on how to survive AFTER the initial disaster hits. For example, we’re not too concerned about why the power went out. We’re more concerned with how to survive until it comes back on, whether that’s a matter of hours, days, or years.

Ted Koppel’s book, Lights Out” has introduced the possibility of a cyber-attack as well as preparedness to mainstream Americans. Do you think his book will alter the prepper landscape and if so, how?

I’m hopeful that it will open a few more eyes and bring some more people to the prepper fold. We saw a similar influx of new people after One Second After became so popular. How many people actually stick with it though, rather than fading away as the initial excitement wanes, I can’t even begin to predict.

I’m always happy to see new people embrace the idea of self-reliance and such. Sadly, though, a lot of them drift off once they learn how much work is involved.

What advice do you have from the experienced or advanced prepper that wants to take things to the next level?

Go beyond just stocking up on food and supplies. Focus on learning skills and practicing them, everything from first aid to navigation, firearms to fire starting. Cook over an open fire a couple of times a month. Do drills regularly to find the holes in your plans while you have the time to fix them.

Supplies will only get you so far. Skills trump stuff.

Do you have a personal message you would like to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers?

Prepping is hard work, don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. It is a lifestyle, not a hobby. That said, you also need to live your life. Go see a movie. Take a vacation, even if it is only a day trip to the other side of the county.

Live, laugh, love.

Don’t get so caught up in the potential for gloom and doom that you forget to appreciate the sunshine from time to time.

The Giveaway

Jim has reserved 5 copies of Prepper’s Communication Handbook for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

The Final Word

I could not agree more with Jim’s assessment of topics that are under-represented in the prepper and survival niche.  There are the financial, moral, psychological, and life-planning aspects of prepping that go far beyond the need for food, water, shelter, and supplies.  This applies to blog articles as well as to books.  Speaking for myself, I often struggle with maintaining the right balance of newbie and advanced topics.

“Live, love, and laugh” is also a theme that needs to be played out more often.  It is my hope that over time, we will see survival gurus focusing on this most important aspect of being prepared for uncertain times and an uncertain future.

In closing, I want to mention that Prepper’s Communication Handbook  represents the seventh time one of Jim’s books has appeared in a Prepper Book Festival.  As far as I am concerned, as long as Jim keeps writing, Backdoor Survival will be here to promote his work.  His books belong in everyone’s library.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  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.

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


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Remember, live, love, laugh, and survive.  And airguns are key if you need to prepare for that unexpected moment to protect your family.


Airguns for Preppers – a Primer & Practicalities
2016-02-27 18:54:42

Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

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  And after you prepare with air guns, make sure you have adequate ammution to rely upon your properly developed skills.

Ammunition: How much is enough?
2006-07-11 9:53:14

The argument over how much ammo to buy and store is one of the most widely contested subjects on the Survival/Militia internet forums today. Many feel that only 500 rounds total is necessary while others suggest amounts that would require heavy trucking to move about.All things considered, the amount of ammo you need to store is directly tied to what your perception of TSHTF will consist of and how you go about preparing for it. The amount of ammo required by a homeowner protecting the contents of his home after a natural disaster is considerably less than the Survivalist preparing for a multi-generational economic collapse/NWO takeover/Government suspension of civil rights scenario.

In one you may have to protect yourself and property for several months while in the other your succeeding generations (if there are any) will have to rely on what you stored up for them. So where does this put you? Since this relies on your personal beliefs, no one can tell you what will suit your needs. You must evaluate what may possibly happen during your SHTF period and purchase accordingly.

Do you feel that you will have to fight off the ravening hordes of un-prepared sheeple?
Do you plan on supplementing your stored food with small game?
How good of shot are you? Can you do one shot kills on an attacking feral dog pack?

If you like to shoot as a hobby you may already have reloading equipment and lots of supplies. It is a worthwhile hobby to take up as it can cut the cost of ammo for your favorite non-common caliber, whether it is a wildcat load or an obsolete military caliber, and it is also fun. But how much is enough?

Perhaps the best way to approach this is to set up a purchasing plan. Work out on paper (or computer) the most likely scenario to happen in your area sooner than later. If you do not have supplies to get you thru 72 hours of your favorite SHTF, that is your primary concern. If you don’t have one, buy your primary weapon for your arsenal and several hundred rounds to go with it. Next purchase a weeks worth of storage food. Then purchase water purifying supplies that will clean 50 or more gallons. Alternate your purchases each month building on what you had before until you have reached a level at which you are comfortable.

Once you have done this, plan for the next most likely scenario. Using this technique you can slowly build up a supply of food, water, gear and ammo without sacrificing one group of items for the sake of another. You will also be able to add gear for the least likely scenario without sacrificing for the most likely to happen.

Now that you have met your most dire needs and prepared for those what ifs, you can begin to stock-up on ammo.

But what do I buy?

First thing to understand is that in a natural disaster, life will go on outside of the affected zone. This means that ammo will continue to be produced by the respective manufacturers and what you have accumulated through your purchasing plan should be sufficient for your needs.


If we were to experience an economic breakdown, with riots and such, martial law would most likely be imposed, some people disarmed (most likely the wrong ones), and no ammo available for the foreseeable future, if ever again. Let the experiences of those who suffered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes be a lesson to you.

Lesson 1
You can be forcibly removed from your home for “your own good”! In a future disaster, your food and supplies may be seized and redistributed to the sheeple.

Lesson 2
You will be disarmed for the general good. You may be shot if you do not co-operate willingly. You may never see your firearms again.

Lesson 3
The government is inept at responding to disasters of this scope.

Lesson 4
Those with the guns make the rules.

Those with extensive reloading supplies (hidden away) will be in a fairly good position, but you can not reload .22lr!

The barrel life of most average modern (WWI and up) military firearms is up to 100,000 rounds fired with proper cleaning techniques.
This is also true of most .22lr’s.

So now we reach the answer for a multi-generational firearm. Buy for the life of the barrel. Unless you own a Ruger 10/22 and a select few other makes, the ability to replace the barrel will exceed the skill of most users, especially after TSHTF. The 10/22 has an easily removable barrel and a spare can be stockpiled along with other spare parts needed to keep your rifle humming.

100,000 rounds of .22lr = $2000.00+ in today’s money. This is a large, forbidding outlay of cash for a lot of us, so the answer is to continue to purchase over time, and storing in metal ammo boxes.

But what do I need with all that ammo?

YOU don’t need all that ammo. But your children and grandchildren may. If a MG-SHTF (multi-generational) happens it is likely .22lr will never in the foreseeable future be manufactured again!
Therefore, what you have put aside will be more valuable than gold. Literally. Where someone may sneer at your Krugerand they may jump at the chance to barter for a handful of .22lr.

Don’t forget, a certain amount will be spent in training new hunters and will not contribute anything to the stew pot! Also, prices will continue to climb and eventually, the Government may ban ammo sales altogether.

Ok, now what about the other calibers?

The same goes for the other calibers of your arsenal. You may want to buy some of each caliber at the same time or rotate it like you did with your gear. I would not buy 100,000 rounds of anything unless I had a secure area to store it in, away from confiscation and looting, in an area you feel secure in caching it, or at your secure retreat. Also, do not neglect other aspects of survival just to buy ammo.

Stockpiling large amounts of ammo is not for everyone. I do not advocate it if you have little or no disposable income to prepare with. But for those thinking of buying gold or silver for TEOTWAWKI, I would recommend that you first consider ammo. For barter purposes, stocking up on some of the less common calibers might give you the leverage you need to get that one item you want and need which nothing else will budge. Reloading dies in these calibers will insure a steady customer for your trade goods.

A lot of people say that bartering ammo is a bad idea as it may be used against you (me included), but I think that once the situation has stabilized to the point that community bartering is occurring on a regular organized basis, this danger may be past. Bartering at an established trading post will help alleviate some of this danger once they have been created (and they will).

So, do you have any more recommendations?

Yes. Buy a black powder flintlock rifle and learn how to make your own black powder. Store extra flints as well as barrels, lock mechanisms and lead. You may well then truly have the ultimate rifle for civilizations end.


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   And now with properly prepared skills and adequate ammunition, you might even need to update your accessories to assist you more!

Double-Pocket Holster, carry two guns, one gun & two mags, or one revolver & speedloader.
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  Now you might even also want to consider additional weapons for yourself and your family.

Improvised Weapons: Self-defense in the Real World
2016-02-29 19:46:58

If you’re one of those people who believe you’re ready for anything, simply because you carry a gun, you need to seriously rethink your self-defense strategy…

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