Survival Buzz: Oops! A Drawer Full of Batteries and None of Them Charged

Drawer Full of Batteries and None of Them Charged | Backdoor Survival

Do you use rechargeable batteries?  Although I have a large inventory of traditional Alkaline batteries, my go-to batteries are rechargeable Panasonic eneloops or those from Amazon Basics (which I have heard are Eneloops in disguise).  I must have three dozen of these batteries, separated into two sections of my drawer, charged and not charged.

A few nights ago, my favorite flashlight was getting dim so I went to my trusty drawer and oh my goodness, not a charged battery in sight.

Since I own lots of flashlights as well as Alkaline batteries, this was not a big deal. 

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Survival Buzz: Are You Pandemic Ready? + Bonus Giveaway

Are You Pandemic Ready Survival Buzz | Backdoor Survival

Do you ever have times when you need to call in some help from your friends?  Here at Backdoor Survival Land this is one of those weeks.  Shelly and I have been rehearsing like crazy for a local musical production and this is show week.  After weeks of rehearsals, we have five performances and time is precious.

So, to help me out, Ken McClelland, author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, has stepped in and offered up two more copies of his book in a special Survival Buzz bonus giveaway. 

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Survival Buzz: The Very Best Tool For Prepping

Best Tool For Prepping | Backdoor Survival

Have you ever stopped to consider the very best tool in your preparedness arsenal?  I am asked this question all of the time.  Requests come from readers, other bloggers looking for a quote, and even from independent authors doing research for their next book.

Now you might be thinking that I am setting you up to pitch a list of the top 10 items in my survival storage locker. Although that list may be interesting, nothing could be further from the truth.

What, in my opinion, is the very best tool for prepping?

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Survival Buzz: Septic System Maintenance as the Forgotten Prep

Septic System Maintenance is the Forgotten Prep | Backdoor Survival

Right now, as I am writing this, two close friends are having major issues with their septic systems.  A combination of heavy, unseasonable rains, and deferred maintenance have resulted in nightmare situations.

What happens when the septic tank is full and the leach field is fully saturated?  No showers and no flushing!

Last month, Cindy sent me the following note, again having to do with the failure of an aged septic system. Please, if you are on a septic system, consider routine maintenance to be a must-do prep.

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Survival Buzz: 46 Must Have Items for Your Emergency Vehicle Kit

46 Must Have Items for Your Emergency Vehicle Kit |Backdoor Survival

As much as I like to think I have a handle on things, sometimes projects slip through the cracks. Case in point.  Since the big road trip to Arizona in late September, not once have I gone out to the Subaru and reviewed the contents of my car kit.  At the time of my journey I was certain that I had everything I needed in the event of a calamity along the way.  The journey, after all, was close to 1,500 miles.

Since then, life has happened. 

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Survival Buzz: Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod

Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod | Backdoor Survival

In analyzing the most popular articles of 2015, I was more than a little bit surprised to learn that the most viewed articles last year were mostly related to self-sufficiency (DIY) and essential oils.  Not all but most.

At first, I found this discouraging because after all is said and done, this is a preparedness website site.  Upon reflection, however, it all made sense.  There really is no hard and fast line that differentiates between prepping and self-sufficiency.  As a matter of fact, prepping and self-sufficiency are peas in a pod!

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Survival Buzz: Can a Prepper Afford to Be Lazy?

Can a Prepper Afford to be Lazy | Backdoor Survival

Can a prepper afford to be lazy?  I want to respond not only with a resounding yes, but with a “you have to in order to keep your sanity”!

For anyone other than a prepper, being lazy would be referred to as “scheduling some downtime”.  For us, taking time to do nothing gets more complicated. Let me explain.

Being a type A person, the never ending list of things to do always beckons.  As the list gets longer, so does the guilt.  Remember the goals I set out last month? 

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Survival Buzz: Remembering The Ant and the Grasshopper

The Ant and the Grasshopper | Backdoor Survival

A few days ago I casually mentioned the ant and the grasshopper.  It never occurred to me that this childhood story of the ant and grasshopper may not be familiar to everyone.

For those of you that are curious or that simply need a refresher course, today I bring back the tale of the ant and grasshopper, which, along with the story of Noah, is one of the all time classic stories of preparedness.

Remembering The Ant and the Grasshopper

This Aesop’s Fable describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused.

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Survival Buzz #200: Relax and De-Stress With an Adult Coloring Book

Relax and De-Stress With An Adult Coloring Book | Backdoor Survival

It has been awhile since I have reported on my latest prepping haul so I thought today would be a good time to clear the decks, put things away, and give you an inkling of what I have been doing prep-gear wise these last few weeks.

But first, let me tell you that if you have not jumped on the adult coloring book bandwagon, please do give it a try.  After a day of prepping, you can relax and de-stress with an adult coloring book.

I am finding that there is nothing more soothing than pulling out your colored pencils and letting your mind focus on creating a beautiful, artistically colored design. 

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Survival Buzz #199: Have An Eyes Wide Open Approach to Prepping

Have An Eyes Wide Open Approach to Prepping | Backdoor Survival

The Backdoor Survival mailbag runneth over.  Some days there are hundreds of emails and although I don’t have the time to personally respond to each, I do take up to an hour a day to read every single one.  And that includes those giveaway questions.

This week I share some items from the mail bag.  But first, let me share my thoughts of the moment.

When I was chatting with Daisy Luther yesterday, she mentioned “I never expected the SHTF event to be a Muslim Jihad”. 

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Survival Buzz #198: Do You Think Setting Short-Term Goals is a Good Idea?

Do You Think Setting Short-Term Goals is a Good Idea? | Backdoor Survival

This week in the Buzz I want to focus on looking forward and setting short-term preparedness goals.  Do you think setting short-term goals is a good idea?  After all, who hasn’t set long-term preparedness goals?  My guess is no one.  I know that I have, and my endless list-of-things-to-do proves it.

The problem as I see it is that a close examination of that list of preparedness goals reveals lofty, broad brush things such as “take another firearms course, learn to use my All-American Canner, and build a rocket stove out of cement bricks”. 

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The Survival Buzz #197: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz as life returns to normal after all of the Black Friday brouhaha yesterday.

I woke up to over 100 so-called deals on my inbox Friday morning and as tempted as I was to let my fingers to the shopping, I did show some restraint and stuck to my monthly prepping budget.  It did help that I had a few unused gift cards in my desk drawer so I was able to take advantage of some of the free shipping offers being featured this weekend.

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The Survival Buzz #196: Organizing Prep Purchases – Again!

Organizing Prep Purchases Again | Backdoor Survival

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

For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing this and that and stashing the items in a closed off room.  Who has not done that from time to time?  This week I decided it was time to start putting things in their proper place so that is what I did.  It probably took more time to organize after the fact than if I had done it from the get go but heck, at least it is done.

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The Survival Buzz #195: What It Means to Be Prepared

Be Prepared for What? | Backdoor Survival

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

A couple of week’s ago this comment from “Chele” was posted to my Facebook page:

The boy scout’s motto is ‘be prepared.’ But be prepared for what–was the first thing I thought.

Be prepared…. for life, living, things as they come, things as they happen. Be prepared to make your way, as you become better enabled, as you can. Be prepared to respond, not just react, to situations as you face them.

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The Survival Buzz #194: Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest!

Give Your Preps and Chores A Rest | Backdoor Survival

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

When I was a young woman, my parents told me that everything I did became a grand adventure.  To this day, I don’t know whether that was a compliment or not, but hey, I will take it.  How that plays out now is that with each day and with each task, the mundane becomes a big deal.  Does that make sense?

And thus it is with prepping. 

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The Survival Buzz #193: With Mother Nature There Is No Room for Procrastination

With Mother Nature There Is No Room to Procrastinate | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  So what’s new this week?

You might recall that during my road trip, I had my friend and online blogging colleague, Daisy Luther, fill in for me with reports from her homestead in Northern California.  In keeping with that tradition, I have invited Daisy to come back and join us monthly with prepping news and tips that bring a different perspective to the Buzz.  The fact that it gives me a bit of time off does not hurt either!

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The Survival Buzz #192: The Gear That Made the Journey

Survival Gear That Made the Journey | Backdoor Survival

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

Last week I told you about phase one in starting to acquire preps from the ground up here at my temporary home in Central Arizona.  As promised, this week I am showing you the gear that made the journey along with as many personal items we could stuff into a Subaru.

Here is the list.  The items were chosen based upon one of three factors. 

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The Survival Buzz #191: When It Comes to Prepping, Where Do I Start?

When It Comes to Prepping, Where Do I Start?

This week in the Survival Buzz I am going to address the most pressing question that has crossed my mind in a long time.  When it comes to prepping, where do I start?  Sure, I have written about this before, sometimes in general terms and other times very specifically.  But this is me starting over and not someone else.  These are preps that are particular to my location and my life.  Where do I start?

Now for those of you just signing on, you might not know that last week I shared the news that I had relocated to Central Arizona for five or six months. 

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The Survival Buzz #190: Bloom and Thrive Where You Are Planted

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There is a saying that is often heard these days: “Bloom where you are planted”.  If you are not familiar with this saying, the gist of it is that regardless of where you are and what is happening in your life, you can still be happy.  You can thrive and you can survive.

This may be an odd way to start the Survival Buzz but it rings true in my life and so, setting side any vagaries I have alluded to in recent months, today I share some personal news that will give you insight what is happening in my own life.

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The Survival Buzz #189: Preparing Like Crazy But What if Nothing Happens?

What If Nothing Happens | Backdoor Survival

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

Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to various “what ifs”.  What if there is an earthquake or tsunami?  In spite of all of my preps, I may have to evacuate and the best laid plans to hunker down in place will be for naught.

What if there is a global economic collapse?  What will happen to my savings that have been so carefully set aside?

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The Survival Buzz #188: The Ultimate Comfort Food!

Ultimate Comfort Food | Backdoor Survival

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

You might be asking yourself, “What the heck is Gaye up to?.  Let me give you a brief rundown.

As I reported last week, I have been on a road trip that has taken me south through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.  There is some mighty beautiful country out there and it is a huge change from what I am used to in northwest Washington State.

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The Survival Buzz #187: Tenderfoot Adventures of a First-Time Farmer

Tenderfoot Adventures of a First-Time Farmer | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz.  As you know, I have embarked upon a grand adventure (aka “The Road Trip”) so to keep my sanity and attempt to relax a bit, I have invited my friend Daisy Luther to share her preps this week. She lives on a small farm and does lots of things that I only dream of, such as raise chickens and goats.

So with that introduction, I turn you over to Daisy, who, by the way, is also known as The Organic Prepper.

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The Survival Buzz #186: Hitting the Road with a Survival Mindset

How Not to Get Ready for a Road Trip | Backdoor Survival

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

Having done quite a bit of travel by commercial air, I have been rather overwhelmed while putting together everything I need to be on a road trip.  Unlike the airlines with their 50 pound bag limits, at first you think that the space in a vehicle is limitless.  The reality is much different.

So, even though I had visions of looking like the Beverly Hillbillies on their journey west, I have cut way back so I can include a generous emergency kit, my portable first aid kit, and a case of bottled water. 

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The Survival Buzz #185: Some Weeks Are a Mixed Bag of Preps

When it comes to Preparedness & Prepping, some weeks are a mixed bag | Backdoor Survival

Every Friday afternoon, I sit down and write the Survival Buzz,  In doing so, I gather up all of scraps of paper where I have jotted down my accomplishments for the week and try to make some sense of them.  Some weeks I do a better job than others both in terms of accomplishments and how I put them together.  This week is one of those “not so good” weeks which, I am afraid, are becoming more frequent.

So what did I do to prep this week? 

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The Survival Buzz #184: Where Did Those Bags of Rice Come From?

Where the heck did this rice come from? | Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.  Let me warn you, I am in a rambling mood.

This week I continued to organize my stuff and surprised myself by finding two large sacks of rice hidden away in a dark corner.  Don’t ask.  At least they were dated and are only a couple of years old.  Plus, they were in a cool part of my house.

I set the the rice out to be packaged in a six gallon bucket.

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The Survival Buzz #183: Traveling with Long Guns

Getting Ready for Traveling with Hand Guns | Backdoor Survival

Greetings from the weekly Survival Buzz!  I can hardly believe another week has gone by. That said, what a week it has been in terms of the catastrophic wildfires here in Washington State.  I happen to live in a Firewise community and so far, the only fire I have seen is a minor one in the nearby marina.

I know that many of you live close to some of the burning fires. My advice is get out of harm’s way before you have to.  Bug out to a friend or relative’s house or check into a hotel outside of the danger zone. 

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The Survival Buzz #182: Prepping For a Road Trip

Prepping for a Road Trip | Backdoor Survival

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

This week started out great, prepping wise.  I finally completed the job I started weeks ago organizing my food storage.  Everything is labeled, dated, and properly ensconced in Mylar bags, buckets or mason jars.  I have griped about my overall lack of organization is this regard but as of last Sunday, I am golden.  What a relief.

We have a week long road trip coming up next month so I have also had a lot of anxiety about putting together a road-worthy first aid kit. 

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The Survival Buzz #181: How Not to Harvest Lettuce

Harvesting Lettuce from the Tower Garden - Backdoor Survival

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

This week I get the idiot of the week award.  I had some romaine growing on my front porch and thinking that it better get harvested before it goes bad, I picked it early in the day and put the leaves in the refrigerator.  Come dinner time, I had a basket of limp lettuce.  Nothing would save it.

Later I learned from a knowing friend that I should immerse freshly picked romaine in cold water to keep it crisp. 

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The Survival Buzz #180: Being a Prepper Means Being a Pack Rat

Being a Prepper Means Being a Pack Rat | Backdoor Survival

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

The most significant prep around here this week was to dig out my old Sony eBook reader and load it up with all of my preparedness related eBooks as well as 200 novels that will help me while away the time if there is a disruptive event.  I then stowed it away in my Faraday cage and set up a reminder to dig it out and add new material every six months.

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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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