During this year of personal changes, this holiday season is especially meaningful. Always a time of reflection, this year, in particular, finds me particularly thankful as I look back at the amazing adventure that began a little over a year ago. Personal changes aside, one thing is for certain. The Backdoor Survival community is filled with awesomeness not only in spirit but also in resourcefulness and kindness. Because of that, this year, I knew I wanted to come up with something I could offer as a gift - something free with no strings attached. What I came up with is a free copy of my eBook, The Prepper's Guide to Food Storage. . . . Read More
Finding the space to store water and food for emergency purposes can be dilemma. The reality is that not everyone has a large pantry, basement or cellar where buckets, cases and cans of food and water can be stored away, out of sight and yet accessible if and when they are needed.
That is why when my blogging colleague, Bernie Carr, the Apartment Prepper, asked if I wanted to introduce you to the LifeStack Storage Container and participate in a group giveaway, I jumped at the chance.. . . Read More
As I sit down to write this holiday message, I can’t help but look back at all of the changes that have occurred since starting this website in 2010.
Back then, the term "Prepper" was just coming into common use. Rather than being called preppers, those who practiced self-reliance and preparedness were often called "survivalists”. These survivalists were often considered loners, extremists, or fringe elements of society. A lot has changed since then, all for the good.
Which brings us to today.. . . Read More
As I sit down today and compose a message of Thanksgiving, my heart is torn. An optimist by nature, I find it difficult not to be dragged down by the events of the world. Like many of you, I am experiencing a personal feeling of helplessness as I watch global enemies face off in an unconscionable manner. I worry for my friends and I worry for my family. I worry for the world.
As I wrote last year, over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing. This year I prefer to stay somewhere in the middle, for as bad as things are, we still have a lot to be thankful for.. . . Read More
Over the years I have shared all types of Thanksgiving messages, from the upbeat and optimistic to downright depressing. Perhaps I have mellowed a bit since becoming a prepper because these days, I prefer to look as the rosy side of life and life's events. I have learned, as I am sure you have, that less is more, material goods are just stuff, and that nothing beats a belly full of good food and a hug from someone who loves you.. . . Read More
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. I like the second solution a lot better.
A little over a year ago, I shared my experience recharging alkaline batteries. What a game changer that became!
In the ensuing year I have learned a lot about the practical side of recharging alkalines; mostly that after a few recharge cycles, they tend to leak. This is especially true of those cheap Kirkland brand batteries from Costco. Actually, lately those Costco batteries tend to leak even when they are brand new so I avoid purchasing them entirely.
I have also learned that when the battery recharger says BAD, the battery really is bad. Being stubborn, I will often set the bad battery aside and try it again later. Sometimes it will charge up but for the most part, I send them off to the recycle box.
Today is Saturday which means it is time for the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival. Richard Broome, the author of LEAVING THE TREES, is someone I have come to know over these past months. As with many of our book festival authors, we have become virtual friends, each having a respect for the other’s talents. You have enjoyed Richard’s two think pieces, . . . Read More
One of the most syndicated articles I have ever written was an article on the many uses of Tea Tree Oil (technically, Melaleuca Oil) for survival purposes. I know of two sites in particular that repeatedly post an excerpt of my article on their websites and on Facebook ostensibly to increase their fan base.
Flattery aside, I decided it was time to get this popular article back out there myself so that you can read it directly from Backdoor Survival and not from Brand X.
Here is the original article, newly updated, for your education and for your . . . Read More
It seems as though anytime I post a list of how to do or how to use something, viewers flock. I suspect that is because in our busy lives, it is easier to browse a list than it is to read a bunch of words nicely laid out in paragraph format.
For whatever reason, an article I wrote awhile back on the use of duct tape pretty much went viral. It has been re-published, copied, and even stolen word for word and posted as though it was written by someone else. What can I say? Everyone loves duct tape!
Here is the original article, for your education and your enjoyment!
Wildfires are typically associated with the summer months but in truth, they can occur anywhere and anytime. Whereas typical causes are lightening, droughts and freaks of nature, human carelessness as well as human intent and maliciousness can cause a wildfire as well.
In todays blast from the near past, I share an article I wrote a while back with suggestions for preparing your home and your family for a wildfire. While this information may not seem relevant to you now, the suggestions for prepping your home well in advance of any threat are timeless. When a wildfire is headed your way, it will be too late to take these preventative measures and when that happens, evacuation may be your only option.