The Survival Mom Book: An Interview With the Author

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Learn to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst case scenarios in this easy to read, friendly emergency preparedness book by The Survival Mom.

To be honest, I’m a little leery of preparedness books.  I don’t believe in being motivated to prepare by fear and some preparedness books give off the FEAR NOW vibe just with their cover.  Somehow, I can’t bring myself to read them.  But I also realize the need I have to continue growing my knowledge and skills etc.  A few years ago, I found Lisa, The Survival Mom’s book and from the moment I saw the friendly cover, I knew it wouldn’t be fear based.  I read it, learned much from it and walked away empowered instead of scared.  Lisa is my kind of “prepper.”  Her book is a wonderful guide and help to anyone trying to create a preparedness plan for their family.I thought you might like to hear from Lisa before purchasing her book, so I have a quick interview for you below!  Lisa

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Lisa, can you tell us a bit about your experience in the preparedness industry?

I began as a total, complete newbie. Preparedness in any form had never been a part of my life. I grew up in a comfortable, safe suburb in the Phoenix area, had always had a well-paying job/career, and was like every other mom out there who feels secure in her circumstances.All that changed in late 2008, when I began to learn just how precarious our nation’s economy, really, the foundation of our country, was. I saw hard-working people, friends of ours, lose stable jobs and then, their homes. I read of alarming rates of foreclosures, rising unemployment rates, and for some reason, it hit me very hard. I realized that MY family could be the next one having to move from a foreclosed upon house.I’ve always been very political and in one of the forums I frequent, I read about Survival Blog. Innocent as a lamb, I ventured over and began reading. What I read scared me to death, but I knew it was true. At times a little over the top, but nevertheless, I could see the trajectory our country was on and wanted to be proactive and protect my family.I began putting plans together for things like bug out bags, 72 hour kids, my vehicle emergency kit, food storage, saving cash and storing water. I didn’t know much about preparedness, but I got started anyway.At some point along the way, I decided I wanted to teach people how to do what I was doing. I wanted to spread the word of preparedness, even though family and friends were completely uninterested and thought I was nuts! I had long been a teacher and corporate trainer, so it was very natural for me to start putting together classes and writing articles.

One night, shortly after I began the whole preparedness thing, I was sitting on our couch thinking about Survival Blog, the survival forums I had found, and other survival and prepper websites. It dawned on me that there was nothing focused specifically on moms and their interests, fears, and questions. That’s when “Survival Mom” popped into my head and I bought the domain name the very next morning!!

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Why did you write your book?  What is it’s main purpose?

Although the blog has a lot of great information, it’s very choppy. You almost have to know what you want to learn about and then search it out. I love the wide variety of topics I’ve written about over the years, but a book has everything in one place, all neatly organized, and with an index!The purpose of my book and of everything else I do as Survival Mom is to reach moms who are afraid.  They have a hard time falling asleep at night with worries about the future, their finances, their job, or lack thereof. They notice food prices rising, utility costs increasing, they read scary headlines in the news, but they just don’t know what to do. They don’t realize they have more power than they realize to protect their homes and loved ones.The book provides a pretty complete plan and instructions for preparing your home, your family and yourself to face “everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios”!
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You encourage a “family preparedness plan” heavily in your book.  Why do you believe having a family preparedness plan is so important?

Ideally, preparedness involves everyone in the household, even extended friends and family, if possible. It’s a lonely feeling to see rocky times ahead, even if it’s just one of those everyday emergencies, and be completely on your own with your concern. If you can get the family involved with fun activities, such as packing emergency kits, trying out new food-storage-friendly recipes, learning how to grind wheat and make homemade bread together, everyone benefits and gradually, the family becomes better prepared.It’s also important to develop self-confidence in kids, and nothing does that more quickly than learning new skills, skills have have real-life applications.
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What is your favorite part of the book?

This is a tough one! I love the real life stories that several women shared with me. Those are incorporated in different chapters of the book. I also love the index! I know it’s crazy, but when I want to find a specific piece of information, I want to find it now! The index is very well done. If I do say so myself!
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Do you have any tips for someone who is new to prepping who is using your book as a resource?

Enjoy reading the book. It’s a fun book, it really is. You’ll find a lot of humor that helps ease fears and worries. Spend some time thinking about the emergency scenarios that concern you the most and are most realistic, and begin preparing for those first.
Also, every mom needs a well-equipped emergency kit in her car. That would be an excellent place to start.
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Anything else you’d like us to know about your book?

I loved every minute that it took to write the book. I wanted it to be something that any busy mom could carry around and when she had just a couple of minutes, open it to any page, and learn something new! That’s why I included so many pop-outs and small bits of information in the sidebars.

 

Thank you Lisa for your time today and your book!

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Learn to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst case scenarios in this easy to read, friendly emergency preparedness book by The Survival Mom.