Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepping for a Pandemic

Prepping for a Pandemic | Backdoor Survival

Every few months or so, a new threat to our safety seems to emerge.  One month it might be a terrorist attack, three months later it might be a cyber attack on the grid, and then, out of nowhere, there will be the threat of a pandemic.

Trying to decide what to prepare for and how to prepare for it is a dilemma we all face.  We do the best we can, building up our knowledge and practicing day to day skills that will protect us if the worse should happen.

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What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel

What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel | Backdoor Survival

In a show of hands, how many of you have at least two dozen lighters set aside for survival use?  My guess is at least 50% of you have a a couple of dozen and most likely 10% have 100 or more.

Along with water and food, adding tools for making fire is one of the first preps most newbies acquire.  Whether the tool of choice is matches, lighters, a fire steel, Fresnel lens, or all of the above, it makes sense to have multiple ways to start a fire.  That makes sense, since after all, fire can be used to boil and purify water, heat food, and generate heat. 

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Survival Buzz: The Myth of Serving Sizes in Packaged Emergency Food

Myth of Serving Sizes in Packaged Emergency Food | Backdoor Survival

Something that absolutely drives me bonkers is to open a four-serving package of food, whether it is “regular food” or “emergency food”, only to find that it barely serves two people.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not a big eater.  Still, I expect to eat a plateful of food as I get in my 1600 calories a day.

Then there is the issue of cost.  If I am paying for four servings, I want four servings.  To me, 1/4th cup of rice with a speck of meat and two specks of vegetables does not constitute a serving.

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Custom Healing Salves the Easy Way With Spark Naturals

Custom Healing Salves the Easy Way With Spark Naturals | Backdoor Survival

Two and a half years ago, I took a tried and true combination of essential oils and and combined them into a salve.  A few months after that, I shared the directions for making the salve and that, as they say in the movies, is history.  Salves became my thing as I mixed various combinations of essential oils with a simple salve to concoct my own skin care health remedies.

This has been a wild ride filled with knowledge as I have learned to use my custom salves to resolve many day to day first aid and health-related woes. 

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Prepare Your Family For Survival

Prepare Your Family for Survival | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to being prepared, no one does it better than Linda Loosli.  I know.  I have been to her house, sampled her made-from-scratch cooking, and examined her gear.  Not only does she have two of everything, from what I call tell, she has three or four of everything, plus the skills to perform preparedness and survival tasks in multiple ways.

Her book, Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation, was previously showcased before in the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival

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20 Steps: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Prepper

20 Steps to Becoming a Prepper | Backdoor Survival

No one really knows how many preppers exist in the world, but it is safe to say that there are more than three million in the United States alone.  Even though this sounds like a huge segment of the population, this is still only slightly more than 1% of the total US populace.

So, the bigger question is this: who is going to take care of the remaining 99% percent of the population when a major disruptive event occurs?

My guess is that most folks believe that the government will step in. 

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Survival Buzz: How to Cook Using Food Storage Ingredients

Cook Using Food Storage Ingredients | Backdoor Survival

Something you may not know is that I keep a folder in my email client where I stash reader comments and emails for future sharing.  For one reason or another, the folder was buried and when I checked this morning, there were over 70 items saved.  Sounds like its time for some digital housekeeping, right?

This week the Survival Buzz is going to focus on reader questions, mail and tips relative to food storage.

But first, I want to share a downloadable eBook with you.  The title is “Cooking with Food Storage Ingredients“. 

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How to Disinfect and Sterilize Medical Instruments in a Survival Situation

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Remaining whole and healthy in a survival situation is something we all strive for.  But what happens if an accident, or worse, an attack, results in wounds that need tending?  This is a question that every prepper asks themselves.

It is fairly easy to accumulate supplies for first aid and wound control but what about the tools you will use to tend to the  hurt or wounded member of your group?  Given an austere setting where traditional medical facilities are not available, how do you ensure that your instruments are clean, sterile, and fit for use?

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Prepper Book Festival 11: Dark Ages 2020

Dark Ages 2020 | Backdoor Survival

One of the pleasures of being an author and blogger is that you become acquainted with a wide range of people and personalities.  During that process, sometimes you happen upon someone who is wonderfully helpful and seems like an all-around nice person.

A couple of years ago I met such a person, JD Dutra, the developer of the hugely popular Conflicted Card Game series.  Although we only touched base occasionally, I found JD to be responsive and always willing to help with whatever I was doing to spread the word about Conflicted.

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Learning From the Past: Survival Under Atomic Attack

Learning From the Past Survival Under Atomic Attack | Backdoor Survival

A lot of retrospective pieces are being written about the Great Depression.  Between blog articles, eBooks, and the first-hand memoirs of those that grew up during the period, it seems that preppers can not learn enough about how people survived during this period of economic woe.

On the other hand, within the blogging world, I don’t see much being written about the Cold War period.  Perhaps I am not looking hard enough.  Or perhaps it is there but being overshadowed by concerns of the next Great Depression.

In any case, back during the Cold War days of 1947 to 1991, the US Government as well as its citizens were apprehensive of a potential nuclear bomb attack from Russia. 

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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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Review: LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter

Review: LifeStraw Steel Personal Water Filter | Backdoor Survival

When it comes to filtering water while on the go, the LifeStraw personal water filter rocks.  It is lightweight and easy to use, and, in sort of a perverse way, a lot of fun.  That said, I do not mean to poke fun at the very important task of ensuring that drinking water is safe, but it sure does help when the experience is pleasurable.

Do I love my LifeStraws?  You bet.  I own three of them, one for each of us and a spare.  So, when I learned that there was an all-new LifeStraw Steel, I became excited because the all-new LifeStraw Steel includes a 2-stage filtration process instead of just one. 

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Prepper Book Festival 11: The Best New Books to Help You Survive

Prepper Book Festival 11 | Backdoor Survival

It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to the books that have been selected to participate in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #11.  This time around I have both fiction and non-fiction, from new authors as well as old favorites.  It is a fantastic line-up with something for everyone and I hope that you find something that is both interesting and educational.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing author interviews as well as book giveaways – lots and lots of giveaways.  The authors and their publishers have been very generous and so I do hope you will support them by taking a moment or two to enter the giveaways and take a chance on winning some free books!

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100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper | Backdoor Survival

When times are tight, we tend to want to stop spending money altogether. When you are a frugal prepper, this can pose some obvious difficulty. Being frugal can be challenging when you are trying to prep.

Sometimes it can feel counterintuitive to buy things that you do not immediately need, but preparedness items are like a savings account made up of material goods. If you run into tough times financially or encounter a crisis that keeps you housebound, you will be glad that you have a pantry full of food and a closet full of supplies.

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Survival Buzz: Are You Pandemic Ready?

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.  With the latest woes caused by the Zika virus, I would say that his timing is good.

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35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers

35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers | Backdoor Survival

Every prepper knows that multipurpose items save space and money.  Because of this, we stash things like salt, duct tape, vinegar, and paracord like they are going out of style. Here is another inexpensive item that you should add to your list of versatile preps: coffee filters.

Coffee filters are ubiquitous They are inexpensive, light-weight, and readily available. Heck, you can purchase coffee filters at the dollar store, Amazon, Costco, the corner grocery, and even on EBay.

Now I will be first to admit that there are a lot of lists floating around with suggested uses for coffee filters.

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How to Prep for Feminine Hygiene Needs

How to Prep for Feminine Hygiene Needs | Backdoor Survival

We have grown so reliant on throwaway products for perfectly natural events that sometimes people wonder how on earth they would deal with it if suddenly those products were unavailable.  Of course, for many centuries we handled things like menstruation without access to the local Wal-Mart, and with just a little bit of preparation we could do so again.

This issue of feminine hygiene is an important one not only from the perspective of personal, feminine comfort, but for overall health and prevention of bacterial infections and other nasties.

Guys, if you are not comfortable with the topic of feminine hygiene, feel free to skip over this one or send it off to one of your lady friends who most assuredly will thank you.  

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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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What You Need to Know About Matches for Survival

What You Need to Know About Matches for Survival | Backdoor Survival

How much do your really know about matches?  Chances are you know more about a magnesium fire starter or BIC lighter than you do about matches.  It is just that they are so ubiquitous.  Everyone knows about wooden kitchen matches, right?  And heck, back in the day folks used to collect books of matches from fancy dining establishments and keep them displayed in decorative jars.

I know I am dating myself with that last statement but seriously, how much to you really know about matches?  One thing for sure is that I can not purchase strike anywhere matches locally. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Emergency Evacuations

Prepper Book Festival Emergency Evacuations | Backdoor Survival

It seems appropriate that the final book in Prepper Book Festival 10 is one that is written by one of the most loved bloggers in the preparedness niche, Lisa Bedford.

Her newest book, Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast! is the first book in her “Survival Mom’s No Worries Guide” series.  It is a compilation of information, tips, and checklists that will set you planning in advance for a potential evacuation and let’s face it, you do need to be ready for that possibility.

What I like about this book is that it is concise and to the point. 

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Clean Your Toilets Naturally with DIY Toilet Bombs

Clean Your Toilets Naturally with DIY Toilet Bombs | Backdoor Survival

Do you know anyone that likes to clean toilets?  Not me, that is for sure.  On the other hand, proper sanitation is very high up on my list of priorities so having a spotless bathroom is more than just a nicety, it is a must!

One of my goals these past six months has been to create a chemical free home, utilizing only natural ingredients to perform basic home and personal cleaning tasks.  Many I have already shared with you and some are a work in progress.  My latest success, though, is DIY toilet bombs.

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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.

I consider myself moderately well-prepared for a lengthy “bug-in” session, but my neglect of one critical infrastructure has really opened my eyes.

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All-New AquaPod Emergency Water Kit and Filter

AquaPod Emergency Water Kit | Backdoor Survival

A couple of years ago, when I first learned about the AquaPod Emergency Water Kit, I jumped on the bandwagon and tested one for myself.  At the time, I was thrilled by the reasonable cost and my own ability to assemble the kit myself, without the need for any male-type brawn.

As I explained then, an AquaPod Emergency Water Kit is a heavy duty bathtub liner that is filled with water in advance of an upcoming hurricane, storm, or weather system.  The kit includes a bathtub liner that is filled with water, some fittings, and a pump for siphoning the water out of the tub.

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Complete Survival Shelters Handbook

Complete Survival Shelters Handbook | Backdoor Survival

Water, food, fire, and shelter are considered the four basic human necessities.  Bloggers tend to focus on the first three because they are easy to research, test, and write about.  But what about shelter?  As much as we all hope we can hunker down in place following a disaster or disruptive event, the truth of the matter is that there may be a time when you have to flee and find shelter elsewhere.

In a worse case scenario (including but not limited to Camp FEMA), would you know how to build a shelter that will keep you warm and safe until danger passes? 

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Why Bargain Stockpiling is Not Emergency Food Storage

Why Bargain Stockpiling is Not Emergency Food Storage | Backdoor Survival

Do you ever watch those programs on television about extreme couponers? I am not much of a TV-watcher, but I’ve seen a couple of these. It is astonishing to watch people load up a heaping grocery cart, then give the cashier a thick wad of coupons and walk out of the store paying $3.11 for everything.

I imagine you could build an enormous stockpile of goods this way, but is it really the best way to build a preparedness supply?

Bargain Stockpiling vs. Emergency Food Storage

I get the greatest ideas from my readers. 

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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.  We needed room to cart groceries and, in Shelly’s case, to transport 4 set of golf clubs along with 3 of his buddies. 

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10 Useful Medicinal Plants To Cultivate From Seeds

10 Medicinal Plants to Cultivate From Seed | Backdoor Survival

Over the years, I have shared many articles relative to herbs and plants for the survival garden.  Some are easily found while foraging while others need to be cultivated.  Some provide benefits for a specific ailment while others are all encompassing.  It should come as no surprise the essential oils made from plants and flowers are so popular since they represent the most concentrated form of plant material out there.

Today I take a different approach to medicinal plants.  More specifically, I am introducing ten medicinal plants that can be cultivated from seeds. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Pandemic Preparedness Guide

Pandemic Preparedness Guide | Backdoor Survival

There is a rule of thumb in survival and preparedness circles.  That rule is that when a disruptive event is eminent, people sit up and take notice.  Readership on related websites and blogs explodes, and food, water, and equipment flies off both the online and off-line the shelves.

We saw this with Fukushima and again in 2014 with the Ebola epidemic.  We are also seeing a bit of that right now, with the wild fluctuations in stock markets around the globe.

Whereas the next book up in Prepper Book Festival 10, is titled The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, the reality is that this book is a whole lot more.

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Treating the Runs in a Survival Situation

Treating the Runs in a Survival Situation | Backdoor Survival

Twice during the past month, I have suffered from a common malady that polite company calls “the runs”.  More commonly known as diarrhea, this ailment is often accompanied by cramping, gas, and pain.  Most of the time, it passes within an hour or two.  There are times, however, when diarrhea will last for hours or even days.  That is not good.

What happens when you get a severe case of diarrhea?

One of the most dangerous outcomes is dehydration.  Dehydration can cause headache, fatigue, sallow and dry skin, constipation and other woes

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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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Store Water With LifeStack Storage Containers

Store Water and Food With LifeStack Storage Containers | Backdoor Survival

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.

The giveaway is for a set of 5 LifeStack Storage Containers and there will be 3 winners. 

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Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset

Playful Preparedness Survival Mindset | Backdoor Survial

A couple of months ago when Tim Young approached me about his book Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children-For Life, I withheld judgment because historically, Backdoor Survival readers did not seem to be interested in children’s books.  I did want to keep and open mind however and when my review copy of the book arrived, I knew we had a major score on our hands.

So what is this book about?  It is a well written handbook of 26 fun and engaging games to be played with your children.  The reality, however, is that in my opinion these games can also be played with other adults. 

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