Another Free Food Friday: Win a Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket

Win a Legacy Breakfast Food Bucket - Backdoor Survival

Friday has rolled around again; where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I was writing the Survival Buzz.  Anyway, today I am thrilled to let you know that Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods, is back again with another “Free Food Friday” giveaway.

This time around, the prize will be a 120 serving Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket valued at $230.  This fantastic food bucket includes a Multi Grain Cereal Mix, Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Strawberry Creamy Wheat, and Old Fashioned Pancake Mix. 

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How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival

How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival - Backdoor Survival

Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse. This is a frequent topic in many post-apocalyptic novels and something that most of us are aware of, even if we do not completely understand the science.

As I wrote way back when in the article Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares:

To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: Preppers History and the Cultural Phenomenon + Giveaway

Preppers History and the Cultural Phenomenon - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

Lynda King, the author of Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon, is here to answer the Book Festival  questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

You will find this book to be a fascinating timeline of survivalism and modern day prepping.  If you are a history buff, and even if you are not, you will enjoy the walk through time. 

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10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life

10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off-the-wall.

The focus is and has always been prepping for ordinary folks who simply want to reduce their dependency on others, regardless, or in spite of, the woes created by Mother Nature, big business, and, sadly, the government and its political machine.

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The Survival Buzz #157

Understanding How to Treat Water in An Emergency - Coming Soon - Backdoor Survival

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

I spent the last week in Arizona taking care of some personal business.  That left me little time for preps but I still managed to take delivery of an additional 55 gallon water barrel.  After going 12 days without running water, I felt it prudent to double up on stored water.

Speaking of water, I have been working on setting up a live webinar on understanding the in’s and out’s of treating water in an emergency. 

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The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review

Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Emergency Kit - Backdoor Survival

Let’s face it.  No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice.  Alternately, when a disruptive event occurs while we are away from home, we want to be prepared with whatever we need to get back home safely.

These days, everyone on the planet is telling us that we need a well stocked bug-out-bag, or go-bag, with enough gear to get you by for at least 72 hours. 

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part 2

How to Homestead When You Rent Part 2 - Backdoor Survival

According to my research, the term “Homestead” was first used in the United States in the 1860’s.  More specifically, in 1862 a law was passed that offered for free up to 160 acres to any family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it as a farm.  A similar act was passed in Canada in 1872.

According to Wikipedia, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ended homesteading with the exception of Alaska, where homesteading on public lands was allowed until 1986.

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BDS Book Festival 7: The Perseid Collapse Series

The Perseid Collapse Series by Steve Konkoly - Backdoor Survival

It is time to shake things up with Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  This week we are going to dispense with the interview and head almost directly into the giveaway.  Steve Konkoly, the author of The Perseid Collapse series of post-apocalyptic fiction, is giving away two sets of personally signed copies of all three books.  That means two winners!

You might recall that Steve was part of the Spring 2014 Book Festival and again as part of the Summer 2014 Book Festival

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20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry

20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry - Backdoor Survival

For better or for worse, our lives are full of stress.  The weather, our jobs, the economy, financial woes and poor health can all contribute to stress.  In addition, for most of us, the biggest stress is simply that there are not enough hours in the day. Add prepping and learning new skills to the mix and life can get dicey.

Whatever the reason, many of us are under a relentless cloud of stress that never lets up.  We find ourselves enveloped by an undercurrent of tension that exists as we go about our day, even during normal times. 

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The Survival Buzz #156

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

This week my preps were so memorable that I forgot what they were.  Seriously.  The reality is that I spent a good deal of time maintaining the status quo.  No one ever said this preparedness stuff was easy so just like you, I put one foot forward each day and do what I can to prevail.

Four things of note:

I continue to make bar soap from both scraps of half used bars as well as from Kirk’s castile soap. 

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Emergency Food Kit

Mountain House 48 Hour Meal Kit - Backdoor Survival

There is something abut Friday’s and Giveaways!  As I announced at the beginning of the year, Backdoor Survival has recovered from what I like to call “giveaway burnout” and is working diligently to bring you fantastic new giveaway items that will fill your survival and prepping cupboard for free.

This week is a reader favorite, free food.  More specifically, two 48 Hour Emergency Meal Kits  from Mountain House have been reserved for one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.  These kits are brand new to the Mountain House product line with each providing enough food to provide one person with 2,100 calories per day.

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Learn to Use Body Language to Establish Trust

Learning to Use Body Language to Establish Trust - Backdoor Survival

Building a prepper community that you can rely on to come together in times of need is high on everyone’s list of goals.  Sadly, however, most of us have an issue with determining just who we should let into out inner circle of trusted friends. That includes family.  Who is to say that a trusted family member will not turn on us when the chips are down? This a special concern when there is a perception, real or imagined, that an immediate member of his or her own family is at risk.

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BDS Book Festival 7: Liberators by James Wesley Rawles + Giveaway

Liberators by James Wesley Rawles - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

James Wesley Rawles, who we all know as the founder of SurvivalBlog.com, is back again to answer a new round of questions and to give away a copy of his latest book of fiction, Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse.

I can not speak for you, but when someone mentions James Wesley Rawles, I am in awe.  He is, after, all the granddaddy of survival bloggers and in many ways can be credited with jump-starting many of us on the path to preparedness.

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DIY Healing Vapor Rub for Coughs & Congestion

Healing Vapor Rub - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to prepping, having the ability to fend for yourself for an extended period is a universal goal.  First comes water, then comes food, and next, for many, comes first aid.  And therein lies the rub, no pun intended.

A cold or cough can take you down in a flash, whether it is an annoying sniffle or a wracking, chest pounding cough.  It is no fun and you are going to want to get rid of it fast. Alas, there are all types of over-the-counter remedies available to you but there are a few problems with them.

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The Survival Buzz #155

Cayenne Salve - Does it Work? - Backdoor Survival

The Survival Buzz is back again for an update on preps as well as news, tips and announcements.  First, though, I do want to apologize for the mix-up this weekend.  I had some technical issues which delayed the article 6 More Uncommon First Aid Items from going out to subscribers. That, in turn, caused a domino effect with the Survival Buzz.

A year ago I would have been over the top stressed about this glitch  Not so much anymore.  As I noted on my Facebook page, there are plenty of other things to stress about.

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6 More Uncommon First Aid Items

Six More Uncommon First Aid Items - Backdoor Survival

As I wrote last September, I have a fairly decent first aid kit.  It includes everything from a large variety of bandages to pain killers, antibiotics, essential oils, trauma supplies, first aid books, and equipment such as braces, splints and a blood pressure monitor.

Since then, however, Ebola and now measles have become a threat and it is only a matter of time where my first aid kit will be called into play to protect my household from contamination from sickness, or worse, a pandemic.

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BDS Book Festival 7: Prepper Pete is Back with Another Giveaway

Prepper Pete is Back - Backdoor Survival

Who would ever imagine that we would be having Christmas in February?  Well not really although todays Book Festival entry will bring memories of December right back to you in a way that is not only charming, but reminiscent of the best of the holiday season.

With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Kermit Jones is back to answer a second round of questions and to offer one lucky reader a copy of Prepper Pete’s Twelve Days of Prepper Christmas.

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Agenda for Change: The American Prepper Movement

Agenda for Change American Prepper Movement - Backdoor Survival

Last month when I posted Define the Prepper Movement With A Call Action, I did not know what to expect.  One part of me thought, okay, I am going to put this out there and be run out of town for expressing such crazy ideas.  The other part of me dictated that I post the article because I believed in it.  Not posting would be paramount to selling out to what was popular as well as profitable in the prepper blogging community.

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Survival Basics: The Six Enemies of Food Storage

The Six Enemies of Food Storage - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to stockpiling survival preps, two items are always near the top my list: food and land to grow food.  Those, in my opinion, are the two most valuable commodities to have if the world and society goes to heck.  As I say that, I realize that the land portion of that equation may be unattainable for many.  On the other hand, almost everyone can acquire food and a place to store it.

By now you have read over and over again ad nauseam that during a disaster or a SHFT disruptive event, the grocery store shelves will be barren within a day or two. 

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The Survival Buzz #154

Have you made your own laundry soap yet? - Backdoor Survival

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

How is everyone doing this week?  If it has been anything like mine, you are firing on all cylinders as you begin to realize it is time to organize those springtime chores not the least of which is your garden.

This week I had some appointments in the big city (actually Bellevue, Washington), so while I was there, I dropped in on Wal-Mart to pick up some Arm & Hammer Washing Soda for my “Better than Good” DIY Laundry Soap

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Review: The Fantastic Gardening Notebook + Giveaway

The Gardening Notebook Review - Backdoor Survival

I have a love/hate relationship with gardening.  Although blessed with a green thumb, to take advantage of that blessing I need good sun and warm weather.  Unfortunately, that is not the case where I live.  Although beautiful in so many ways, my home is situated on a tiny, shaded lot and the weather?  Let me just say that this is Western Washington and the growing season is short.

In spite of the shortcomings of where I live, each year I set up a seed starting station in my office on top of the file cabinets. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook + Giveaway

The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff, and September Ferguson, the authors of Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, are here to answer the Book Festival  questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of their book.

What do I think of their book?  The simplest way to describe Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook is to say that even though I have had nothing but major fails in my dehydrator efforts, I am now ready to start anew.

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part One

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Homesteading is the buzz word of the year within the preparedness community, and rightfully so. The desire to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has never been stronger.  Folks of all ages and all walks of life are beginning to look back to pioneer days as they seek skills to learn how to grow food, cook from scratch, raise farm animals, and repair and repurpose what is old and tired into something that is new and useful.

Although I have written about homesteading, and especially how to homestead in place, there is so much more to write about. 

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How to Bake Bread: Easy English Muffin Bread

How to Bake English Muffin Bread - Backdoor Survival

I have a confession to make.  I am a bread addict.  Give me a chunk of crunchy chewy whole grain bread or a slice of fresh artisan bread and I am in heaven.

The good news is that quality breads are readily available for purchase almost everywhere these days.  The bad news is that they are super expensive.  The answer to this good news bad news situation is easy: bake your own bread!  Okay, I get it but who has the time for that?

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The Survival Buzz # 153

Save a few heirloom seed catalogs with your seed storage - Backdoor Survival

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

This week was extremely busy as I have tried to tie up lose ends and make progress on the various projects I have going.  Now that I think about it, all weeks are extremely busy and my projects still are not done!

Anyway, gardening has been on my mind because if I plan on starting my own tomatoes, I need to get going. 

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Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based

Win a free emergency food supply kit - Backdoor Survival

It has been a little over a year since I confessed that the ongoing joke among my family and friends is that I talk about food all of the time but never eat.  That is not quite true since I really do eat, just not that often and not that much.  Quite honestly, my motto when it comes to eating is “give me simple food, that is prepared well, and is tasty”.  Sounds simple enough, right?

To that end, I am always on the lookout to sample different types of emergency foods so I can determine whether it meets my standards. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome + Giveaway

Backdoor Survival Book Festiva;l: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome

Richard Earl Broome, who you know as the author of a number of thought-provoking articles here on Backdoor Survival, is today’s featured author in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

His newest book, Good Crazy, is a sequel to Leaving The Trees , which I wrote about in the article Leaving the Trees: More Lessons of Survival.  Leaving the Trees is one of those books that you want to read cover to cover without putting it down.  It is that good and Good Crazy is more of the same.

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Survival Basics: Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals

Food Storage Basics Buckets Lids Gamma & Gamma Seals |Backdoor Survival|

Buckets are a fact of life when it comes to food storage. They are strong, light and moisture free, and, when sealed, will keep most, if not all pests at bay.  They are also readily available and the cost is nominal, if not free.

In keeping with the them of survival and food storage basics, in this article I share the ins and outs of food grade buckets, lids and gamma seals to safely store you bulk food items for the long term.

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5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

One of the key strategies for every prepper is the formation of a prepper community.  Yet, as strategic as this may be, it is conceivably the most difficult of all of the prepper strategies.

There are issues, not the least of which is who do you trust, how much do you trust, and what are the limits that you place upon that trust?  Sadly, there are no easy answers.  That said, as I wrote in 10 Simple Strategies for Becoming A Prepper, this is something that needs to be addressed by each of us and the sooner the better.

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The Survival Buzz #152

Stocking up on basics from the LDS Home Storage Center |Backdoor Survival|

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

The highlight of this week was a trip off island to the LDS Home Storage Center in Mount Vernon, Washington.  At a Home Storage Center, you will find the lowest prices anywhere on bulk foods for your survival pantry. The best part is that they are open to the public and not just to LDS members.

Nothing bugs me more then when I see other bloggers recommend purchasing wheat, as an example, from Amazon at over $2 a  pound. 

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Conflicted: The Survival Card Game

Conflicted: The Survival Card Game |Backdoor Survival|

When you read dystopian or post-apocalyptic fiction do you give some consideration to how you would react in a similar situation?  I’ll tell you what. The more I read, the more I assimilate various survival strategies and begin to formulate my own survival game plan.  This is all good and forces me to continue to read serious survival fiction as opposed to the latest John Grisham thriller.

The problem, as I see it, is that reading a book and thinking about strategies is a singular pastime. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: The PrepSmart Series from Prepper Press

BDS Book Festival: The PrepSmart Series

Early on, when I was a newbie blogger, I was lucky enough to hook up with a boutique publisher who was interested in compiling a series of articles by a dozen or so bloggers.  The project did not pan out but the publisher, Prepper Press, remained in contact.

Many of books featured in Backdoor Survival book festivals have been published by the Prepper Press.  They include books by Glen Tate and the 299 Days Series, R.P. Ruggiero and the Brushfire Plague Series (my favs), and titles from the prolific Joe Nobody and his Holding Their Own

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