Summer Survival Blast: SunBell and Little Sun Solar Lamps + Giveaway

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Every once in awhile something comes along that tickles my fancy because it is just so darn much fun.  When that fun item is coupled with solid functionality, I am thrilled.

Such is the case with the SunBell Solar Lamp and the Little Sun. Both are 100% solar powered, simple to use, and a delight to look at.  And of course, I have one of each to give away to lucky Backdoor Survival readers.

So what are they and how to they work?  Let us take them one at a time, starting with the SunBell.

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How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water

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If I were to ask how many of you store liquid bleach along with your other prepping supplies, I am certain that a good percentage of you would raise your hands.  Liquid bleach is a powerful disinfectant and sanitizer but did you know that there is something better?  Something with an almost indefinite shelf life that is inexpensive and takes almost no room to store?

That something is the chemical Calcium Hypochlorite most commonly known as Pool Shock.

I have known about Pool Shock for years but because it is not readily available in my area, I never took the time to search it out so I could stockpile some for my own emergency preps. 

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Living Life the Old Fashioned Way

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There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old to the new.  This is especially true in the preparedness community where in anticipation of hard times ahead, we look to our parents and grandparents for ideas for living a self-reliant and sustainable life.

I have been thinking about that a lot lately; even to the extent that I have considered sewing up some long skirts and pioneer-style aprons that will hold up to a week or two of wear without laundering.  Seriously.

Anyway, the following piece has been circulating the web for awhile. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #129

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

There has been a lot going on here on my tiny homestead this week.  As I mentioned last week, I felt it was prudent to do a de-cluttering and a deep cleaning of all surfaces, including the cupboards and drawers.  This turned out to be a huge job but in the long run, will pay off if we have to lock things down during a pandemic.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Konkoly, the author of Event Horizon  is back again for another interview with all new questions plus a really great giveaway.

Steve is offering three Backdoor Survival readers with personally signed copies of the first two books in the “The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series”, The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.  That means there will be three winners!  Don’t you just love the generosity of our book festival authors?

Before we start, I have to tell you that The Perseid Collapse (book #1) was a real page turner. 

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Seven Important Elements in The Survival Kit of Living

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Regardless of our coping mechanisms, this business of being prepared is hard work and stressful because no matter how much time and money we throw at prepping, it is impossible to anticipate every possible thing that could potentially happen.  Sure, we can and should do a risk analysis but as recent years have proven, there is always an element of the unexpected to contend with.

The coping mechanisms we have in place to deal with stress can vary, with some of us doing a better job than others.  Regardless, we all attempt do our best as we rumble and bumble our way through the process.

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Summer Survival Blast: WaterBrick Stackable Giveaway

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Here we go again with another awesome giveaway!  I have once again I got together with a group of my blogging colleagues to share this giveaway that is sponsored by Food For Health.  The “prize” is an 8-Pack of WaterBricks.

What the heck are WaterBricks?  A WaterBrick is a stackable water and food storage container that holds 3.5 Gallons of liquids or up to 27 pounds of dry food.  They are made of rugged, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and come with an with an easy grip comfort handle.

WaterBricks stack like bulk storage but are individually easy to move for Grab & Go taking your water where you need it.

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Preparing to Hunker Down in Place

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For the past week, I have been giving a lot of consideration to what I would personally do if there was even the slightest hint of an Ebola pandemic in the United States.  You would think that the process I engage would be easy since I live on an island that is only accessible by ferry, private vessel, or small aircraft.  But, as with all things, preparedness, there are always unique circumstances that come into play in any disaster and a pandemic is no different.

The risk, as I see it, is that I live in a popular tourist destination. 

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Special Report: An Update on Ebola

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The landing of Ebola on North American soil and in an American hospital has generated fear, confusion, and for some, a feeling of panic over the potential of a global pandemic.  I am compelled to say this: now is not the time to fall prey to fear-mongers and others that wish to stir up thoughts of an impeding apocalypse.

Instead, consider this a wakeup call to continue your emergency preparations with a special emphasis on learning how to create a sick room in the event you might need one at some point down the road.

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Stepping Up to Manage the New Reality

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When it comes to prepping, risk assessment is something that tends to get shoved to the back burner as we move in a frenzy to learn new skills and purchase “stuff”.  I know that in 12 Months of Prepping, I stress the importance of evaluating specific and inherent risks, but you know the saying, out of sight is out of mind.

Until something bad happens.

When a disaster other disruptive event occurs, we scramble to catch up by looking at our own lives and our own situation and formulating a plan specific to unique, geographical and familial needs. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #128

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

What a crazy and wild week.  We lost power about 2:30AM one night and our house generator automatically kicked it. Shelly jumped up and said “WTF, something is wrong with our generator”! LOL, I told him to relax; it was doing what it was supposed to do! Anyway, he traipsed outside to shut it off since it is wasteful to run a generator in the middle of the night.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Duct Tape 911-The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  James Hubbard aka The Survival Doctor, is the author of Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

You might remember James from the Fall/Winter 2013 Book Festival where we featured his book Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival.  This time around, he takes duct tape, that ubiquitous prepper basic, and shows us how to use this inexpensive prep to work minor medical miracles. 

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Summer Survival Blast: Infidel Body Armor Review + Giveaway

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When I was first approached about reviewing a body armor product on Backdoor Survival, I turned the company down flat.  I had taken a look at their product and after noting the complicated fitting instructions, measurements, and a whole bunch of other things I could not figure out, I felt best to take a pass.

Two years passed and when another company, Infidel Body Armor, contacted me, I decided to take another look to see if they offered a product more suitable to my readers.  I was pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of their product line so I decided to go forward and not only show you the product but also offer one for free to a lucky Backdoor Survival reader.

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Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola

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If you have been following recent headlines, you know that it has been asserted that the first case of the Ebola virus travelling aboard a commercial passenger airline has been confirmed.

According to the article, “Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world’s deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa’s largest city with 21 million people.”

Since I am neither a health care professional nor a scientist, I cannot confirm one way or another whether the Ebola virus can be spread in this manner. 

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Summer Survival Blast: Win a 72 Hour Survival Bucket

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WOHOO! This week Backdoor Survival sponsor SurvivalBased is back with another chance for you to win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket.  This time around, the giveaway was put together specifically for the Summer Survival Blast plus, at my request, I was able to invite a handful of my best blogging friends to join in.

Naturally, you want to learn about the prize, right?  The winner will receive the following kit full of all kinds of useful items as well as some great food!

The Food Fire Filter Bucket by Food Supply Depot 72 Hour Survival Kit

1 – Artisan Oatmeal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Harvest 6 Grain Cereal 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Texan Sunrise Skillet 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Low Fat Milk 4 Serving Pouch
1 – Instant Orange juice 8 Serving Pouch
1 – Rotini A La Marinara 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Nantucket Potato 5 Serving Pouches
1 – Rio Grande Beans 3 Serving Pouches
6 – InstaFire Paper Pouches
1 – Folding BBQ Grill
1 – Cooking Pot w/ Detachable Handle
1 – 8 oz.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127

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

This has been a satisfying week here in Backdoor Survival-land.  Taking up most of my time was finalizing the print version of my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The print version is now up on the main Amazon website as well as at Createspace although it has not been linked to the eBook yet.  There are still some formatting issues with the description on Amazon but I am sure they will get resolved shortly.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Sara Hathaway, the author of Day After Disaster, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

When Sara first reached out to me, she said:

‘As an individual extremely concerned about the future of our world and our survival in it, I found your blog very insightful and I was thrilled that you have a section on fictional novels about this subject.

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The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife

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I have a habit of suggesting this piece of gear or that, especially when it is value priced.  This is not to say that a bargain priced piece of equipment is going to perform the same as something more expensive but that sometimes, for the task at hand, inexpensive or even cheap will do just fine.

Over the years I have suggested bargain-priced deals on whistles, knives, fire-starters, and flashlights. Many times I refer to these items as “almost free” because at under $5 or $10, they are practically giveaways.  That being said, my primary bug-out-bag and survival kit includes higher quality items that I know will stand up to the rigors of a SHTF world – if it ever gets to that, of course.

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Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!

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There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.

What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, biking, hiking, crafting (for example with paracord), reading (survival fiction!) and of course, camping.  I know that I tend to be repetitive when it comes to extolling the virtues of combining hobbies with prepping but the fact remains, doing so is the very best way to coast a reluctant spouse, partner or family member into the preparedness lifestyle.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Six

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One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right?

When faced with too much to do in too little time, it is easy to turn our thoughts away from preparedness and instead to take whatever smidgen of time is left to enjoy our hobbies or even to catch a bit of extra sleep.  The need for sleep notwithstanding, I want to remind you that many hobbies can be part of your preparedness journey.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 126

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

Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds.  Yep.  I had brand new, 2014 heirloom tomato seeds that I used to start some seedlings.  Long story short, but when it looked like the seedlings were not going to make it, I was all set to start over.

This is the truth.  I spent over two hours looking for my tomato seeds. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course, a book giveaway.

Before starting, I just want to say that before getting my hands on this book, I assumed that it would be more of the same.  There are a ton of prepping books out there and when you have read and reviewed as many as I have, the lines of distinction start to blur. 

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Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism

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There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live a normal, middle class, mainstream life.

I have given a lot of thought to this and even though I tell strangers that I am a “crazy old prepper lady”, in my heart of hearts I know that I am doing both myself and every other prepper-type a disservice by minimalizing the importance of embracing preparedness and self-reliance.

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Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children

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As someone who is well past child-bearing age, I often tend to overlook the importance of addressing survival and preparedness strategies for families with young children. That being said, when it comes to children, three words come to mind:  safety, security, and comfort.

As adults, I believe it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness activities at a young age. This needs to be done in a fun, but serious manner, so as to avoid fear.   The last thing we want to do is introduce a boogie man when there is none!

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