Labor Day and The Great Recession


When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”.  At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were scarce, and many workers over the age of 55 were simply giving up the job search.

Four years later, and almost 900 articles later, I have become a cynic of the highest order.  Like many of you, I carry the burden of truth and knowledge mostly in silence while trying to live an abundant and strategic life. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #132


Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I really had to think hard to come up with my prepping activities this week.  You see, the way it works is that once you have been doing this for awhile, preparedness become a part of your DNA.  Okay, not biologically but you know what I mean.

More specifically, every trip to the store, every bargain, every piece of usable but perhaps no longer fashionable clothing, is evaluated in terms of whether it would be good to have for SHFT.  . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Jim Cobb, the author of the Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.

I would like to start by saying a few words about the book itself.  This is not a re-hash of the FEMA handbook recommending a 3 day kit and some water.  Rather, this a true handbook for what I will call the “gentleman survivalist”.  By that I mean a mainstream man or or woman that wants to prepared for the long term, incorporating survivalist strategies in a practical manner without resorting to living in a tree-house in the woods. . . . Read More

70 Common Things That Go Wrong During a Disaster


As recent as four years ago, when someone mentioned disaster preparedness, the nature and scope of the disaster was typically something caused by Mother Nature.  Sure, some consideration was given to man-made disasters and terrorism, but for the most part, it was a freak of nature that worried us the most.

These days, we worry about a whole lot more.  EMPs, solar flares, bio-terrorism, pandemics, nuclear war and more dominate the what-if landscape.  Add to that the possibility of a global famine or economic collapse and heck, we could spend all day and all night caught up in fear of the unknown. . . . Read More

Propane for Preppers – Part One


Having sufficient fuel for cooking and heat following an emergency is always an concern for preppers.  If you are lucky, you live in a wooded area and have access to a wood burning stove as well as plenty of wood to feed the fire.  Most of us, though, turn to propane as our primary source of emergency heat and cooking fuel.

Alas, the only experience many folks have with propane is limited to the backyard barbecue and perhaps a Coleman lantern.  That tells me that if the stuff hit the fan, many of us would be lacking in the knowledge needed to use propane efficiently and safely. . . . Read More

DIY: Never Purchase a Razor Blade Again!


One of the dilemmas I face is that buried in the archives are a ton of great articles that are lost to newcomers to the website.  One of these days, I really do need to set up a better menu and organization system.  The problem with doing so, however, is that it takes me away from researching and writing new material.

I have two solutions.  First, hire a vice president in charge of work to do it for me.  Second is to simply bring some of the most popular articles forward into present time.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #131


Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This has been one of those weeks where life as I know it was temporarily turned upside down.  Without boring you with the unpleasant details, an urgent dental emergency cropped up a bit over a week ago.  At the time, it did not seem so bad but by last Sunday, it was dire.  As I write this, I am still in the Seattle area where a game of “stump the dentist” has been going on. . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Shadow Patriots + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Warren Ray, the author of The Shadow Patriots, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

The first page of The Shadow Patriots begins with what I believe is the author’s dedication.  Whatever the technical term, he says:

“To my fellow patriots, may you all have the courage to come out of the shadows and stand tall.”

Those are powerful words and the perfect backdrop for Warren’s thriller that blends current events with a sobering fictional tale that seems to be unfolding into reality one day at a time.  . . . Read More

12 Months of Prepping: Month Seven


We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared one month at a time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event occur in your geographical area.

Having said that, you do not need a PhD in family preparedness to know that there are far more reasons to prepare than a calamitous disaster.  As the article Disasters 101 pointed out, the sudden loss of a job, illness, the death of a family member and a rash of other circumstances may require you to rely on emergency supplies to get by.  . . . Read More

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils


The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days.  This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world, but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.

While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.

I am going to make it easy for you.  . . . Read More

Eleven Point Plan to Bust the Myth of Retirement


Four years ago I was both a newbie blogger and a newbie prepper.  To be honest, I had a lot of angst about a lot of things.  Unemployment was rampant, the housing market was in shambles, and people around me were suffering.  As a woman of a certain age, I was upset and wanted to do something, anything really, to relieve some of the stress while sharing my new found journey down the path of preparedness.

At the time, my long time friend, George Ure, suggested that I start a website that would complement his own Urban Survival website. . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #130


Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I had a big blooper I would like to share with you this week.  I was out of unbleached flour and was not in the mood for grinding some wheat so I pulled a Mylar bag of flour from deep storage.  So far so good and yes, the pizza was delicious!

Anyway, being thrifty, I was not going to let a perfectly good Mylar bag go to waste so after dumping the flour into my canister, I put the bag in the dishwasher.   . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Angela Paskett, the author of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

Before starting, let me tell you a little bit about the book.  Angela’s book is an in-depth guide that addresses all sorts of food storage dilemmas  There are foods for 72 hour kits, foods for three month kits, and foods for long-term, or what I like to call “deep storage”. . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: SunBell and Little Sun Solar Lamps + Giveaway


Every once in awhile something comes along that tickles my fancy because it is just so darn much fun.  When that fun item is coupled with solid functionality, I am thrilled.

Such is the case with the SunBell Solar Lamp and the Little Sun. Both are 100% solar powered, simple to use, and a delight to look at.  And of course, I have one of each to give away to lucky Backdoor Survival readers.

So what are they and how to they work?  Let us take them one at a time, starting with the SunBell. . . . Read More

How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water


If I were to ask how many of you store liquid bleach along with your other prepping supplies, I am certain that a good percentage of you would raise your hands.  Liquid bleach is a powerful disinfectant and sanitizer but did you know that there is something better?  Something with an almost indefinite shelf life that is inexpensive and takes almost no room to store?

That something is the chemical Calcium Hypochlorite most commonly known as Pool Shock.

I have known about Pool Shock for years but because it is not readily available in my area, I never took the time to search it out so I could stockpile some for my own emergency preps.  . . . Read More

Living Life the Old Fashioned Way


There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old to the new.  This is especially true in the preparedness community where in anticipation of hard times ahead, we look to our parents and grandparents for ideas for living a self-reliant and sustainable life.

I have been thinking about that a lot lately; even to the extent that I have considered sewing up some long skirts and pioneer-style aprons that will hold up to a week or two of wear without laundering.  Seriously.

Anyway, the following piece has been circulating the web for awhile.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #129


Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz  with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

There has been a lot going on here on my tiny homestead this week.  As I mentioned last week, I felt it was prudent to do a de-cluttering and a deep cleaning of all surfaces, including the cupboards and drawers.  This turned out to be a huge job but in the long run, will pay off if we have to lock things down during a pandemic.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way.  . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Konkoly, the author of Event Horizon  is back again for another interview with all new questions plus a really great giveaway.

Steve is offering three Backdoor Survival readers with personally signed copies of the first two books in the “The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series”, The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.  That means there will be three winners!  Don’t you just love the generosity of our book festival authors?

Before we start, I have to tell you that The Perseid Collapse (book #1) was a real page turner.  . . . Read More

Seven Important Elements in The Survival Kit of Living


Regardless of our coping mechanisms, this business of being prepared is hard work and stressful because no matter how much time and money we throw at prepping, it is impossible to anticipate every possible thing that could potentially happen.  Sure, we can and should do a risk analysis but as recent years have proven, there is always an element of the unexpected to contend with.

The coping mechanisms we have in place to deal with stress can vary, with some of us doing a better job than others.  Regardless, we all attempt do our best as we rumble and bumble our way through the process. . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: WaterBrick Stackable Giveaway


Here we go again with another awesome giveaway!  I have once again I got together with a group of my blogging colleagues to share this giveaway that is sponsored by Food For Health.  The “prize” is an 8-Pack of WaterBricks.

What the heck are WaterBricks?  A WaterBrick is a stackable water and food storage container that holds 3.5 Gallons of liquids or up to 27 pounds of dry food.  They are made of rugged, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and come with an with an easy grip comfort handle.

WaterBricks stack like bulk storage but are individually easy to move for Grab & Go taking your water where you need it. . . . Read More

Preparing to Hunker Down in Place


For the past week, I have been giving a lot of consideration to what I would personally do if there was even the slightest hint of an Ebola pandemic in the United States.  You would think that the process I engage would be easy since I live on an island that is only accessible by ferry, private vessel, or small aircraft.  But, as with all things, preparedness, there are always unique circumstances that come into play in any disaster and a pandemic is no different.

The risk, as I see it, is that I live in a popular tourist destination.  . . . Read More

Special Report: An Update on Ebola


The landing of Ebola on North American soil and in an American hospital has generated fear, confusion, and for some, a feeling of panic over the potential of a global pandemic.  I am compelled to say this: now is not the time to fall prey to fear-mongers and others that wish to stir up thoughts of an impeding apocalypse.

Instead, consider this a wakeup call to continue your emergency preparations with a special emphasis on learning how to create a sick room in the event you might need one at some point down the road. . . . Read More

Stepping Up to Manage the New Reality


When it comes to prepping, risk assessment is something that tends to get shoved to the back burner as we move in a frenzy to learn new skills and purchase “stuff”.  I know that in 12 Months of Prepping, I stress the importance of evaluating specific and inherent risks, but you know the saying, out of sight is out of mind.

Until something bad happens.

When a disaster other disruptive event occurs, we scramble to catch up by looking at our own lives and our own situation and formulating a plan specific to unique, geographical and familial needs.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #128


Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz  with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

What a crazy and wild week.  We lost power about 2:30AM one night and our house generator automatically kicked it. Shelly jumped up and said “WTF, something is wrong with our generator”! LOL, I told him to relax; it was doing what it was supposed to do! Anyway, he traipsed outside to shut it off since it is wasteful to run a generator in the middle of the night. . . . Read More