First Responder Journal Series
My Story First Responder Journal Series

My three book writing journal series for first responders is now available at www.amazon.com. Firefighters, paramedics, and police officers are on the front lines of public safety and with that responsibility comes the burden of post traumatic stress. These journals, specifically designed for first responders, allows the documentation of a career, one shift at a time, and a proactive approach to curbing the effects of Post Traumatic Incident Stress.

OffGrid Magazine: All Tied Up - Learn 10 Easy Knots and Their Potentially Life Saving Uses


Fire Engineering Magazine: Assessing the Impact of Technology on Fire Departments


Fire Engineering Magazine: Anatomy of a Kansas Department's Hostile Event Response Plan


Scott Finazzo Disaster Preparation and Response Safety Series

I am proud to announce my disaster preparation and response safety series.  These four books teach disaster readiness, disaster response, medical emergencies, and a how-to book detailing knots that can be used in a variety of outdoor, survival, and frequently encountered common scenarios.  They are directed at everyone from the most thorough prepper to the every-day person who simply wants to ensure safety for their family.  You can purchase them individually HERE, or contact me directly via the contact page for special pricing for the entire series.  

Destiny Survival Radio Interview

I recently had a conversation with John Wesley Smith at Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook.  

Listen in HERE.

Prepper's Guide to Knots

My 5th book, Prepper's Guide to Knots is complete and will be available in October on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and anywhere else you find books for sale.  I've taken 100 essential knots that have applications both in survival situations as well as every day uses.  Each knot is broken down into step by step instructions with accompanying pictures.  It is available for pre-order now and should ship the first or second week of October.  You can find it HERE.


Discussing Disaster Readiness on KSHB TV41

I had the opportunity to discuss disaster readiness for the folks in Kansas City on KSHB TV41.   Prepare supplies, a safe place, and ensure you and your family are ready for any type of severe weather event.

Author Scott Finazzo on KSHB TV41

Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook

Ulysses Press and I are in the final editing stages of Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook and I'm happy to say that we are on track for its projected September release.  I utilized my two decades of experience in emergency response combined with decommissioned military manuals to create a unique, experience based medical handbook.   You can find it HERE.

KMBC 9 in Kansas City Airs Family Disaster Planning Interview

Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC 9 news recently aired an interview with me featuring the Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook.  We discuss basic family disaster preparation and the importance of establishing networks with those around you before a catastrophic event or severe weather strikes.

Firefighter Writes Book on How to be Ready for Emergencies

The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

The manuscript for The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook is complete and is set for publication August 11, 2015.  The folks at Ulysses Press have worked hard to make sure my new book is the best it can be and I'm very proud of the finished product.  When a situation occurs that overwhelms emergency responders, calling 911 doesn't mean that help is on the way as quickly as you may need it.  Having spent almost 20 years in the fire service, I called on my emergency response experience to break down some of the principles that professional responders use.  In the book I cover ways to prepare yourself, your family, and your home for a disaster.  You will learn how to size up a situation, perform victim triage, basic first aid, fire control, search and rescue, and even how to organize neighborhood networks.  I hope you enjoy it and utilize it to make sure you and your family are ready for whatever disaster may be thrown your way.   To order, you can click on the picture below or on my "Books" page.  

                                                                                 The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook

I'm in the process of re-working my website to a far more simple and easy to navigate format.  For the next few weeks, this site will be a work in progress.  Thank you for stopping by and if you have any questions or suggestions, drop me a line at scott@scottfinazzo.com.  Thanks!


I am finally caving to the recommendations of many and will be doing an audiobook for Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy?. Never having done something like that before, I'm cautiously excited about narrating my own book. I'm tentatively looking towards a fall 2015 release. I will keep you updated. I really appreciate all of the positive feedback and reviews on various websites.

As I mentioned before, Ulysses Press has asked me to utilize my experience as a firefighter to write my next release for them titled The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook. The manuscript is coming along nicely and we're still looking towards an August 2015 release.  This is fun for me because for years I have been an instructor for the fire department where I work.  I've always enjoyed teaching - especially teaching emergency response.  It is what I do and it's what I know.  I like seeing the confidence that blossoms when a student learns a new emergency response skill that they could never before envision themselves doing such as CPR or putting out a fire.  Can't wait to see the finished product! 


I spoke with Jake Curtiss from Unmapped Travels recently about Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy?  Check it out here at http://unmappedtravels.com/author-interview-scott-finazzo/.  I met Jake when I was doing my presentations at REI.  He is a fellow travel enthusiast with some great adventures under his belt.  Check out Unmapped Travels.


I recently did an interview with Marc from kickasstrips.com about my Virgin Islands kayak adventure and subsequent book Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy?.  Check it out here:  DIY Kayak Trip at Kickasstrips.com.


Every once in a while something happens that can only be described as fate or dumb luck. Since typically, luck is something that only finds me in the form of bad, I was pleasantly surprised when I sat down with the latest issue of Outside Magazine and opened to a random page. It was a page full of pictures featuring their latest recommendations for safety and survival. I looked at several of the items, only half paying attention, when something caught my eye. Right there in the middle of the page was the book that I co-authored with Scott B. Williams. The Prepper's Workbook was featured as an item that will "help you ride out any emergency in style". In the only magazine that I have a subscription, I opened to a single random page, and found a recommendation for a book that I wrote. Pretty cool moment for me!


In October I will be conducting a two part lecture series about my book, Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy?. This is the first time I've ever done something like this because the first part will be exclusively discussing the construction of the folding kayaks that we built for the trip. The second will be the adventure that followed. Thank you to REI for inviting me to share with all of you. Hope to see you there!


The marketing department at Ulysses Press has decided to update the title of my upcoming disaster response book.  The new title is: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook: Your Life-Saving Plan for Personal and Community Preparedness.  It will fully encompass and simplify what you should do in the wake of anything from a dangerous weather event to a natural disaster.  I'm working on the manuscript now and it is due for release June 22, 2015. 


Thanks to you all, Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy? has popped up in the Top 10 of various categories on Amazon such as "Caribbean Travel" and "Caribbean Kayak".  Thank you for keeping me inspired!  Thank you all for your continued support and I'll see you at the next one!  It's so much fun seeing what began as a casual conversation evolve into such an adventure and then a book that so many people have enjoyed reading.  There are certainly more adventures in my future.  Who knows if any of them will make it into book form, but even if they don't, I couldn't be more proud of this one!

Book Signing

I just conducted my second book signing for Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy?  I really enjoyed meeting people who have read or want to read my books almost as much as I enjoy writing them.  Thank you to Shawnee Books who not only allowed me to come in and meet the people who have read or are wanting to read my book, but also offered to carry and display it.  Because I self-published this one, it is difficult to get it carried in "brick and mortar" bookstores.  By hosting book signings and carrying some self-published titles they are showing that they care about local authors and support the craft.  Please stop in and support them!


My latest book Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy? is out! ...or should I say, "has dropped"? Is that still cool? Anyway, it is available in paperback and Kindle formats. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did living it! It can be found at Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy? or below:


I am nearing the completion of Why Do All the Locals Think We're Crazy? It is in the final editing stages and I will be spending May wrapping up the last of the revisions and finalizing the cover design. The tedious details of completing a book are never fun, but I have to admit, this one is different - a true labor of love. It should be available for purchase and download by mid-June.


The Prepper's Workbook is now officially a National Best Seller. We couldn't be more proud or happy!


The Prepper's Workbook is finally out and available for sale. Scott B. Williams and I, along with all at Ulysses Press, have worked hard to create a book that can be both informative as well as a useful resource. It is completely customizable to ensure you and your family are prepared, in advance, for any kind of disaster.