The Sunday Survival Buzz #139


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

Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my laptop failed.  Talk about a frantic mess and talk about a need to roll with the punches. In the old days, before I was a crazy prepper lady, I would have sat down to have a temper tantrum then cried.

Alas, I still had my old laptop and a backup of my data plus a backup of the backup. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Joe Nobody & Bishop’s Song

Joe Nobody and Bishop's Song

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of the hugely popular “Holding Their Own” series, is back with book #6, Bishop’s Song plus another interview with all new questions.  As always, there is another book giveaway, too.

I know that many Backdoor Survival readers are fan’s of Joe’s, both for his instructional survival guidebooks and his entire “Holding Their Own” series.  He is a prolific writer with eight books now available in the fictional series with fans coming back again and again to read each new book in the series.

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13 Ways To Roll With the Punches


The great recession of the 21st century has been marching forward for seven plus years.  These have not been easy times.

For the the enlightened, these seven years have been troubling and extremely stressful. The stagnant economy, the threat of a global financial collapse, pandemics, terrorist activity, and an overall belief of being “stuck in place” have put most people on edge.

Sadly, the stresses created by being stuck and going nowhere have not lessened since the recession began in 2008.  If anything, they are greater.  As additional and questionable government controls are mandated and as insidious corporate shenanigans and corruption is uncovered, that stressful edge is likely to get steeper over time with no end in sight.

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8 Reasons to Drink Water for Survival


In the summertime when you get hot, sweaty and sticky, it is quite natural to reach for a nice, cool glass of water to quench your thirst.  In the Fall and Winter, however, it is easy to forget to drink an adequate amount of water to stay hydrated.

Think about it.  You are indoors, covered with layers of warm clothing and subject to the dry heat produced by your furnace wood stove, or fireplace.  Talk about a recipe for dehydration.

Today I discuss some reasons why you need to drink water for survival. 

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Disaster Preps: When the Storm Hits the Fan

When the Storm Hits the Fan

I am a firm believer that our very best learning opportunities come from the learning experiences of others.  There is no better example of this than listening or reading about the experience of someone who has lived through a major disaster.

This happened last fall, when reader a shared her experience during the winter ice storms in the eastern part of the US.  The article, 5 Days with No Power – When the Ice Hits the Fan, was an eye-opener that taught us that even the seasoned prepper will never be truly prepared.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #138


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

It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation.  On the one hand, I want to be thorough and gab about what I have been seeing, who I have been talking to, and how much or how little those around me are prepping.  I will say this:  most folks think I am pretty darn strange.

Prepping?  What is that????  Working on a blog?  What is that???

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Collective Retribution


Next up on the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a another piece of prophetic fiction, this time from author D.S. Edwards.  The book is Collective Retribution and it is quite the thriller, relating a tale of what we hope will never happen.

D.S. is here to answer the book festival questions and to award three lucky readers with a copy of his book.

Before starting, without, be a spoiler, let me say this.  Collective Retribution is going to open your mind to the ramifications of a collapse of the Unites State of America and the rise of a rogue government. 

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall Giveaway

Mountain House Giveaway | Backdoor Survival

Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches in a Mountain House Fall Giveaway!

What’s included?  Three good ones:  Chili Mac, Lasagna and Biscuits and Gravy!

So how good are Mountain House meal entrees?  You have heard me mention Mountain House Chili Mac on many occasions as my favorite with Lasagna right behind it. 

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Propane for Preppers – Part Three


One of the more frequent questions I get relative to propane has to do refilling propane tanks.  I am not talking about those 20 pound tanks commonly used with backyard BBQs.  Instead, the questions have to do with refilling those ubiquitous one pound cylinders that are used with portable stoves, lanterns, and heaters.

In this next installment of Propane for Preppers, you are going to learn how to refill your one pound propane tanks.  As you will learn, there are pros and cons mostly relating to safety considerations.  The last thing I want, after all, is for you to blow yourself up along with the rest of the neighborhood.

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How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic


In recent weeks, we have all been bombarded with mainstream news reports about the Ebola virus.  Most of those reports indicate that we have nothing to worry about.  Alas, as preppers and survival-types, we worry about pandemics and runaway viruses along with the myriad of other disasters and disruptive events that may occur at some point down the road.

Many of your may remember book festival author, FJ Bohan.  He and I have stayed in touch and as it turns out, he has become a friend of Backdoor Survival on many fronts. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #137: How to Dry Fresh Cut Herbs


Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz!

This week, because I am traveling, I am going to bring you a very special Sunday Survival Buzz.  A long-time Backdoor Survival reader, Sharon Smith, has started a personal blog that chronicles her family’s life living in a cabin while building their own home on raw land.  She also blogs about her garden, animals, kids and life in general.

It is a great little blog that you can find here: Wayward Pine Farm.

Sharon has give me permission to share what she has written and so today I bring you her step by step DIY for drying herbs for future use. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  And what a treat I have for you today!

Davi Barker, the author of Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die, is joining us for his first Backdoor Survival interview and will award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

As one reviewer put it:  “How does a fifth-grader survive on his own?  It’s Home Alone with zombies!”  Now honestly, although this is a children’s book, I needed to lighten up one evening so I read it myself. 

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Shields Up with Spark Naturals + Fantastic Diffuser Giveaway


A few weeks ago a reader and fan over on Facebook asked “has any one used the Shield Blend from Sparks?”  Naturally, I piped in and said “ME!”.  You might be thinking, Shield Blend, that sure sounds familiar and you would be correct.

Back in April I mentioned using Shield Protective Blend combined with Oregano Oil to combat colds, flu, and the exposure to infectious diseases.  (Here is a link to my Pandemic Buster.)

Then, last month, I wrote about a DIY “Shield Protective Spray” that I keep with me at all times and use as hand sanitizer, room freshener, and all around disinfectant and protectant. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Nine


Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible until it is done”.

And so it is with preparedness.  At the beginning, the task of prepping seems impossible.  But once you start, and once you really get going, the process does not seem so difficult and most definitely seems possible.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Talk to any prepper and he or she will tell you that the job is never done.   Oh sure, you eventually acquire enough gear, water, and food to get you by for three days.  Next, you work on being prepared for a week, then a month and ultimately, for as much as six months or a year.

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Survival Basics: Starting a Fire


It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life.  For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something that I encourage everyone to embrace, prepper or not.  As a matter of fact, it is so important to me personally that I co-authored a book about it, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times.

In a nutshell, living a strategic life means that you are able to take care of yourself and your family no matter what Mother Nature and the Universe decides to drop in your lap. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #136


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

This has been a whirlwind week of moving boxes, hand and knees cleaning, and all of the other last minute details relating to selling a home.  I am happy to report that the chaos is over and Shelly and I have made it safely back to our cottage on San Juan Island.  Our next challenge is to decide what to do with all of the stuff we did not give away or toss out.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Sanctuary + Giveaway


The next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is G. Michael Hopf and his latest book, Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel.

He is here not only to answer some new interview questions, but also to award one lucky reader with a set of all three books in his New World Series. Is that cool or what?

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Encore Interview with G. Michael Hopf

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

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Using Natures Remedies for Health and Wellness


Although I have always had an interest in using natural products for health and wellness, the elimination of toxic chemicals and drugs from my medicine cabinet was a slow process.  It was not until I began to embrace preparedness and self-reliance that I took the time to learn about using natures remedies for health and wellness purposes.  And then, like a proverbial light going of in a dark room, I got it.

I mean I really got it.  Drawers full of OTC remedies and ointments were dumped into a box along with bottles of pharmaceutical drugs that I had hung on to “just in case”.

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13 Steps to Prepare for Civil Unrest

13 Steps to Prepared for Civil Unrest

It has been over two years since I wrote about the “Perfect Storm of Civil Unrest”.  Looking back, it would be easy to think that perhaps the article was a bit reactionary given current events at the time.  On the other hand, not a whole lot has changed since then.

These are still uneasy times.  The names and faces of the powers that be may be different but the actions are the same.  Normal, ordinary middle class families are still struggling and corporate corruption, hidden agendas, and cover-ups are still commonplace.

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Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway

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As I have mentioned before, I am part of a small group of bloggers that have formed an alliance as “The Prepared Bloggers“.  I am proud to be a part of this group because they represent the best of the best.  No slackers or cut-and-paste bloggers here!

In honor of Preparedness Month, The Prepared Bloggers are proud to present a Preparedness Month Mega giveaway. And by mega, I mean huge.  In partnership with six great companies, we have rounded up seven great prizes for seven different winners.

The Preparedness Month Giveaway Prizes

1 Royal Berkey System–From LPC Survival–This system is perfect for 2-6 people, filtering 3.25 gallons in about 2 hours.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #135


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

Since I am surrounded by packing boxes and bubble wrap, I don’t have much to report this week.  That, coupled with a writing marathon, have taken up all of my time and then some.

A quick word about bubble wrap.  At the last minute we ran out to the nearby Home Deport to replenish our supply.  (Remember, we are packing up a condo in the Seattle area that was recently sold.)  Long story short, $40 later we were all set. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: 299 Days The War + Giveaway

299 Days The War Featured

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Glen Tate, the author of the 299 Days Series, is back again for another interview with all-new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.  This time, the featured book is 299 Days: The War.

You might remember that Glen was one of the very first participants in a Backdoor Survival Book festival.  I am thrilled that he is back and excited to be reading book number eight in the 299 Days Series.

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Free Food Friday: Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway

Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway

It has been a while since I have had a “Free Food Friday” so what better way to kickoff the Fall food storage season with another fabulous giveaway from sponsor Buy Emergency Foods!

In the event you are not familiar with Buy Emergency Foods, they sell the Legacy brand of freeze dried emergency food including individual items as well as meal pouches and a premium dog food.  That being said, up for grabs this week is the Legacy Foods 32 Serving Family 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit.

In this kit are eight food pouches of four servings each and they all are good.

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Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items

8 Uncommon First Aid Items featured

Generally speaking, I have a fairly decent first aid kit.  It includes everything from a large variety of bandages to pain killers, antibiotics, essential oils, trauma supplies, first aid books, and equipment such as braces, splints and a blood pressure monitor.

That being said, I put the kit together a few years ago and as they say, I wish I knew then what I know now.  As with all things preparedness, my knowledge has increased over time and I now recognize that I need to go back and revisit my first aid kit, adding items that are missing and removing certain items I no longer consider appropriate or necessary.

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