The Survival Buzz #179: Prepping for Redundancy

Prep for Redundancy | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  The topic this week is something I rarely see mentioned in the preparedness community; namely being prepared for a computer hard drive failure.

Let me begin by saying that most of you probably do not have a laptop glued to your hip like I do.  That being said, chances are your computer is still an important part of your life.  The computer, and more specifically the hard drive, is where you store copies of important documents, cherished family photos, a music library, and quite possibly a large collection of electronic books, operating manuals, and other items that for all intents and purposes, have been just a keystroke away.

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The Survival Buzz #178: Mixed Results with a Collapsible Water Bottle

Mixed Results with a Collapsible Water Bottle | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  I have a mixed bag of odds and ends for you this week.  So let’s get right to it.

First off, a month or so back I was asked whether those inexpensive collapsible water bottles leak.  I finally got around to testing one so I could report back to you.  So does it leak?  Yes and no.

Here is the deal.  The bottle holds 16 ounces of water and for the most part, stands up to quite a bit of abuse without leaking. 

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The Survival Buzz #177: Update Your Emergency Kits At Least Once a Year

Update Your Emergency Kits at Least Once a Year | Backdoor Survival

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

As you may have noticed, in recent weeks I have been moving beyond a simple report on my personal preps.  Since I am getting bored with it (the reporting, not the prepping) I can only assume that you might find it tiresome as well.  Okay, maybe not.

That being said, this last week I continued my efforts to re-work and update my emergency kits.  The primary focus has been on my bug out bags and first aid kits.  

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The Survival Buzz #176: A Preppers Nod to Independence and Independence Day

Preppers Nod to Independence and Independence Day - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz and a special prepper’s nod to independence and Independence Day.  Let me explain.

Since starting this website, I have always championed the individual  and families as well as our right to freedom, free speech, and independence from tyranny.  In support of that,  I have done my best to stay focused on what we as individuals can do on our own as we take steps toward self-reliance under the most diverse of circumstances.

In my heart of hearts, I hope I have accomplished my goal of fostering a sense of calm as we prepare for an uncertain future. 

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The Survival Buzz #175: Hunker Down to Relax and Bake Bread

Hunker Down to Relax and Bake Bread - Backdoor Survival

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

The end of June has arrived with an even longer LOSTD (List of Stuff To Do) and more missed deadlines.  What the heck, this is something we need to take in stride, right?  We are prepper-types after all.

I don’t know whether it is age or something else, but the time it takes to recover following a trip seems to be getting longer and longer.  Given that my recent trip was chore-related and not a vacation, seems to have added to the recovery process. 

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The Survival Buzz #174

What do you do when it is 112 degrees outside - 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 I was in the Phoenix area and it was hot.  When I say hot, I mean 112 degrees in the shade.  Two interesting things occurred.  First, the radio newscasters continued to put out messages asking everyone to check on neighbors who might not have air conditioning.  The emphasis was on the sick and the elderly.  This was good to hear and I applaud these public service oriented messages.

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The Survival Buzz #173: Don’t Forget Reading Glasses

El Cheapo Reading Glasses - Backdoor Survival

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

Life has been wildly crazy this week for me.  Was it that way for you?  Let me give you a quick rundown on my preps, offer up a few announcements, then let you get back to your busy week!

As planned, I totally refilled my Earth Tower and was able to get it refilled without a single spider bite.  I was thrilled about that.  In addition, I planted some lettuce, patio sized cucumber and a few flowers. 

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The Survival Buzz #172

Earth Tower Gardening - Backdoor Survival

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

As much as I hate to admit it, I tend to have senior moments and forget what I have done during the course of the week.  This week, however, I had a constant reminder of a last Sunday’s project that involved putting together an “Earth Tower”.  You might be wondering, what is an Earth Tower.

I will be writing about the Earth Tower more down the road but essentially, it is a 4 foot tower garden on wheels that is designed to produce an abundant bounty of vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers in only two square feet. 

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The Survival Buzz #171

Locate Your Utilities and Learn How to Shut Them Off - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to the weekly Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Since I was traveling most of this week, my preps centered around one single task: reviewing the location of the utility shut off valves in my home and making sure that they were still functional.  Don’t laugh.  A few years back our water shutoff was completely frozen and could not be turned to the off position.  Thankfully, we discovered the problem and had a plumber not only install a new shutoff, but check all of the plumbing valves in our home.

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The Survival Buzz #170

How Long Has it Been Since Your Organized Your Food Storage? [Backdoor Survival]

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

What a great prepping week this has been.  You know the story about the mouse moving the cheese?  No matter.  A mouse, or something, moved my brown rice.  I know that I purchased a large bag of organic brown rice in January because I have the receipt to prove it.  But where the heck did it go?

This set off a quest to organize my food storage and three hours later, all of my loose pouches of home-packed bulk foods were neatly stored in labeled buckets and tubs, and the #10 tins were in labeled boxes.

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The Survival Buzz #169

Finally Getting Around to Learn to Use the Sun Oven - Backdoor Survival

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

Have you ever considered that an uneventful week is a good week?  That is precisely how I feel about last week.  That said, my heart goes out to the victims of the latest earthquake in Nepal and to the families with victims in the Philadelphia Amtrak derailment.  So to clarify, by uneventful, I am referring to my own life.

I embrace being ordinary. Which reminds me to remind you that as much as prepper-types are subject to ridicule as hoarders, and as much as the media and entertainment industry pokes fun at us, at the end of the day, most preppers really are quite ordinary. 

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The Survival Buzz #168

The Survival Buzz Prepping Haul - Backdoor Survival

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

This is the week that was.  There is no other way to describe it.

Things I had planned did not go right because of stupid mistakes. Thursday’s article was mistakenly scheduled for June, Friday’s article became Thursday’s article, and my weekly giveaway did not happen.  Being human, I started comparing this website to some others and became a bit depressed.  Where was I when everyone else had a website makeover?

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The Survival Buzz #167

Springtime Means Getting Your Hands Dirty - Backdoor Survival

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

Don’t you just love to get out in the garden and get your hands dirty?  This week I had so much fun when I planted broccoli and beets.  Alas, Sluggo notwithstanding, a snail ate one of my broccoli plants but I still have 7 left so that is okay.

I did purchase starts at the local nursery.  The starts were for heirlooms and began life organically so I feel no remorse for not starting the seeds myself. 

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The Survival Buzz #166

Prepper To Do List - Backdoor Survival Survival Buzz

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

Each Friday afternoon about 4PM, I sit down at my desk to reflect back on the week gone by and review in my head everything I have accomplished and everything I still need to do.  Truthfully? I have lists to keep track of my lists.

I maintain my “prepping to do” lists on steno books, the old-fashioned type with a spiral on the top.  I have dozens with some devoted to stuff and others devoted to skills.  

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The Survival Buzz #165

DIY Facial Wipes - Backdoor Survival

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

The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know.

So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.

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The Survival Buzz #164

Fantastic Garden Trellis from Scraps - Backdoor Survival

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

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment this week.  First and foremost, I continued studying for the upcoming HAM radio tech license exam next Saturday.  Plus, to get in the spirit of things, I attended a local ARRL chapter meeting.  Straight out, I put myself on the line, and told the members I was going to pass the test next week. 

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The Survival Buzz #163

Adding Chocolate Kisses to Food Storage - Backdoor Survival

Here we are again with another Survival Buzz and an update on preps as wells and news and announcements.

I experienced a couple of prepping bloopers this week.  But first, on the positive side, I put some chocolate kisses into a “time capsule” that will not get opened for two years.  The idea is to see if chocolate can be stored for the long term.

I put the chocolate kisses in a mason jar with an O2 absorber, then sealed it with my Food Saver jar attachment

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The Survival Buzz #162

Learn to clean your essential oil diffuser - Backdoor Survival

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

How was your week?  I have been busy with a capital “B” in an attempt to complete my many half started projects.  Many of these projects were blog related as I needed to clean up some behind the scenes hosting and performance issues.

On the prepping side, one task that was long overdue was cleaning my three diffusers.  Just looking inside them was creepy in that small concentrations of dried up oils were crusted around the various orifices that allow them to operate at peak performance.

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The Survival Buzz #161

Shoo Goo Really Works - Backdoor Survival

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

What a crazy weather week here in Backdoor Survival land. One day it was sunny and warm, then next was cloudy, rainy and windy.  One thing you learn when you live in Washington State is that the weather can be quite variable from day to day.  Still, when you think about it, here in Western Washington we don’t get much snow and, further, here on San Juan Island we get an average annual rainfall that is 14 inches less than Seattle.

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The Survival Buzz #160

Maintaining Black Berkey Filters - Backdoor Survival

Another week has rolled around and it is once again time for this week’s Survival Buzz.  As always, I want to start off with my preps.

Since the beginning of the year, I have tried to focus on checking one major task off the to-do list each week.  This week’s task was something I have been procrastinating about for a couple of months, namely performing a red-dye test on my Black Berkey filters.  The rule of thumb recommendation is that this should be done every three to six months. 

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The Survival Buzz #159

How to Make a Sprinkling Can for Free - 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 I continued to focus on my meager gardening efforts.  The weather here as been sunny but cold so I am still wearing my down vest but ahhhhh the sunshine is so nice.  I continued planting lettuce seeds.  Because I am a perfectionist, I pour the seeds into the palm of my hand then pick them up one by one with a tweezers to plant.

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The Survival Buzz #158

Getting to Know the Aerogarden - 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 my efforts turned to gardening.  I am a huge fan of fresh summer flowers but with such limited space, I hate to give up what little sun I have to flowers when fresh tomatoes beckon.  One thing I do have, however, are lots of hydrangeas. We had a sun break so I took the shears and deadheaded old blooms. It just felt good.

After that, I cleaned out a bunch of tomato pots and readied them for some fresh compost and a layer of additional soil. 

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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 Survival Buzz #156

Happy Valentines Day from 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 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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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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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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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.  I did want to mention that if you stockpile seeds as I do (I belong to the Seeds of the Month Club), you should also get your hands on a few seed catalogs that feature heirloom seeds. 

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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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The Survival Buzz #151

The Survival Buzz |Backdoor Survival|

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

Most of this week was spent working at my J.O.B. (only part time these days), although I did take a little time out to work on my Preparedness Planner a bit.  It sure feels good to get organized!  Speaking of getting organized, the month of January is a great month to find deals on storage tubs.  I picked up a couple of huge, 18-gallon HOMZ storage tubs for $3.99 each at the local Ace Hardware.

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The Survival Buzz #150

Blood-Pressure-Experiment-BDS.jpg

Welcome to the first Survival Buzz of 2015.  This week I tried to keep things brief since I am up to my neck in alligators with all of the projects that are a work in process.  Alas, that did not happen.

To be honest, I feel bad teasing you with a mention of the projects without closure in terms of how-to articles.  I apologize but these things do take time. That being said, this weeks preps are more of the same.

1.  I am using Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) as a human guinea pig as I experiment using essential oils to bring down his blood pressure. 

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