Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bug Out Vehicles Ready for Press

The new book is now ready for the printer.  I've been working with my publisher for the last couple of weeks on things like the photographs inside, the bibliography and all the other final details that wrapping up a book entails.  If things go as planned, it will be available in September as originally planned.  To give you more of an idea of what's inside, here's the back cover blurb:

"A Cataclysmic Natural or Manmade Disaster Has Struck Your Town or City.

How will you evacuate your family to safety?  Do you have a vehicle or alternate means of transportation you can rely on?  Can the vehicle double as a mobile retreat, or do you have a retreat shelter prepared in advance and a plan to reach it?

Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters presents a wide variety of transportation options ranging from fast escape vehicles to self-contained mobile retreats.  Back-up vehicles that can keep going if your main option fails and alternative vehicles for a variety of challenging situations are also examined.  Temporary and long-term retreat shelters that you can set up in advance and stock with supplies are also included as part of a bug out plan that can make you a prepared survivor instead of a refugee. 

Vehicle types included here range from the kinds of cars, pickups and SUVs most people use for everyday transportation to alternative options like motorcycles, powerboats, sailboats, ATVs, and snowmobiles, as well as human powered vehicles such as bicycles, canoes, sea kayaks and rowing craft.  Mobile retreat options include manufactured RV trailers and motorhomes, Do-It-Yourself house trucks, camper trailers and utility vehicle conversions, and of course, liveaboard boats from motor cruisers to houseboats and bluewater sailboats.    Each vehicle and shelter type is examined with regard to the advantages and disadvantages it offers, followed by a number of key considerations and lists of essential equipment to help you chose and optimize it for your bug out needs."

And here is a snapshot of the Table of Contents page:


  1. I know if anything disastrous happens in the city it would not be safe to stick around and we'd have to evacuate. Vehicle options for bugging out is a subject that has not had much coverage in books or blogs. I look forward to the book!

  2. My wife is not going to like this book cause just reading the table of contents I start visualizing owning some of that equipment and that means spending money. Maybe I'll have to hide it from her.

  3. You're right about that, Dan. Writing about this stuff costs me money because I just can't help wanting to try out the gear.

  4. Cool, I look forward to reading this book as well. A subject long overdue.

  5. Looking forward to it! Not enough thought is invested into this aspect of survivability, and reflection may cause people to reconsider their plan, routes, or purchasing decisions.

    If you are the type that "puts the key in the car and it goes" that's fine, but you may need to be prepared to walk away from it during a crisis.

  6. Have Bug Out and looking forward to your new book

  7. I can't wait to check it out. All of your books so far have been phenomenal. I'm sure that this one won't disappoint.

  8. Looking forward to this Scott!!


  9. Scott, loved your Bug Out book. Also enjoyed your interview on SHTFM radio, looking forward to picking up a copy of Bug Vehicles and Shelters. Really appreciate your thoughts on all this stuff and your attention to detail.


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