It seems as though every day I get a new question or two about emergency water. The most interesting thing is that the questions get more detailed and more technical over time. This tells me that preppers generally, and Backdoor Survival readers specifically, are an educated bunch that are willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure that they have safe, drinkable water following a disruptive event. In the early days of my preparedness journey, I became some what of a water freak. You may, in fact, have heard me use that term. I was lucky enough to have the funds to purchase a 55-gallon water barrel from the get go but stupid enough to place it directly on concrete. (You will learn the . . . Read More
Prepping and Survival Basics
Need learn the basics of Prepping and Survival? These articles are a great way to familiarize yourself the basics. When you are new or an experienced prepper, these are the articles you will want to keep in your survival library.
They are listed with the newest on top. There are lots here with many more to come.
While sourcing water, and especially an adequate supply of water, is a challenge, making such water safe to drink is a whole other matter. There is much confusion relative to the best method to use to purify water.
Is it boiling, filtering, adding bleach, distillation, or something else? Truth be told, the answer is “it depends”. Over time, I am starting to believe that the answer you get is dependent upon who you ask and what interests they happen to represent.. . . Read More
When it comes to planning for a disruptive event, nothing tops the quest for a source of good clean drinking water. Water followed by food, are the top priorities for 99.9% of all new preppers and even the seasoned pros still seek knowledge relative to keeping themselves both hydrated and fed. What is most surprising is that as much my colleagues and I write abut water, there are still questions to be answered and water-related skills to be learned. For that reason I have chosen to declare "Water Month" at Backdoor Survival.. . . Read More
When it comes to having a well-stocked first aid kit, I want to be prepared. I truly do. Having spent weeks at a time on a boat in the remote waters of British Columbia, I have always understood that a drugstore and medical doctor may not be accessible. If sick or wounded, I would be on my own.
So why then, were my first aid supplies in such a disorderly mess?. . . Read More
With the recent proliferation of water shortages caused by wonky weather patterns, finding ways to maximize the water we do have has become a focus of preppers near and far. That said, in addition to knowing how to find, harvest, purify, and store water, it is important to develop a lifelong habit of conserving water.
The bottom line is that careful water conservation methods will allow you to make the most of limited supplies not only following a disruptive event but also day to day as you learn to make do with what you have during a drought.. . . Read More
Much has been written about the need for drinking water in a survival situation. And luckily, most people have gotten the message and either store extra water in barrels, have cases or jugs of bottled water, or have a source of fresh water that can be made ready for drinking with filters, chemicals, or bleach.
Not as frequently mentioned, although of equal importance, is the need to have water to use for washing your hands. The use of good old-fashioned soap and water is the tried and true way to get rid of the germs lurking in our environment. In fact, the National Institute of Health reports that it is the MOST effective way to get rid of disease-causing bacteria, and . . . Read More
Rich, golden honey. What is not to like? Just the thought of sweet, fragrant honey and honey bees makes me think of happy times. That, coupled with it’s long storage life makes honey a perfect food for the survival pantry. But did you know that honey has a myriad of other uses, including as a therapeutic ointment that promotes healing? In this article you will learn all about honey, the various types, its use to promote health and wellness, and other ways to use honey that you may not have thought of. But first, a little background about honey and its various forms and types.. . . Read More
When I first started getting serious about food storage, I found myself facing an entirely new vocabulary of food storage terms. It should come as no surprise that one of those terms was “Oxygen Absorber”. At the time, I had no clue as what they were and how to use them.
Oxygen absorbers, also known as O2 absorbers, are a mystery to many. Not a week goes by when I am not asked for guidance as to how to use them. Rather than answer those questions individually, today I am sharing an updated printer on oxygen absorbers with just enough information to get you started on the road to successfully storing bulk foods for the long term.. . . Read More
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.. . . Read More
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. I can only imagine what stress will be like following a disruptive event such as a disaster or collapse of some sort.. . . Read More
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. In addition, there is a strong likelihood that amenities such as electricity and refrigeration will no longer be available. That's why having food, and an extensive knowledge of food storage techniques, is so important to long . . . Read More
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.. . . Read More