Six Preparedness Tips for the Mobility Challenged


If you have ever had an injury that limited your mobility, you will understand why knowing how to deal with mobility challenges following a disaster is important.  A sprained ankle, a broken leg, a fractured arm; all of these can severely restrict your ability to dig your way out of or evacuate in the aftermath of a disaster.

These temporary disabilities are annoying and inconvenient at best.  Now put yourself in the shoes of an individual with a permanent disability; someone who requires a walker, a wheelchair, crutches, or a scooter to move around.

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The Survival Buzz #141


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

This week I am going to keep things brief.  As the Backdoor Survival Facebook followers know, I am going through a water apocalypse.  The short version of the story is that we have a leak in the line between our home and meter.  We became aware of this on Monday and have been without running water ever since.

The good news is that we found the leak. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Liberty Dying Series


Today I share the final author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. I am sure you will agree that there have been some terrific books in this round and that we have all learned from the insights of the many authors that have been featured.

This week, Kelli Otting, the author of two books in the Liberty Dying Series, is here to answer our interview questions and to offer both of her books as a giveaway.

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101 Low Cost Items to Barter When the SHTF


I would be preaching the choir if I told you that it is wise to gather extra supplies that you can use for bartering in a post-collapse world.  The issue for many, however, is that their budget allows no room for extras.  Finding funds for long term personal preps, let alone daily needs can be an ongoing challenge.

Let’s face it. We all know that the middle class is disappearing.  Food and health care costs are up and even those with comfortable nest eggs are finding that their funds are rotting, earning virtually no interest and suffering the ravages of inflation.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Ten

12 Months of Prepping Month Ten

As I do each month, I would like to begin month ten with a little pep-talk on preparedness.  We all know that power outages, wildfires, storms, floods, and other disasters can happen anywhere at anytime.  Although first responders do their best when it comes to mobilizes their resources to assist victims, if the disaster is major, there will be a lot of families in need of assistance.

Wouldn’t it be better to rely on your own resources instead?

Being an optimist, I can only assume that if you made it this far in the 12 Months of Prepping Series, you are well on your way to being self-sufficient in an emergency. 

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Ebola As Biological Warfare

ebola as biological warfare

Before I begin, let me put this out there.  Ebola is most assuredly a deadly virus but I am not afraid nor am I in fear of the virus itself.  I have prepared the best that I know how and will do what needs to be done to isolate myself if Ebola moves into the neighborhood.

Now that we have put that aside, I will tell you what I do fear:  Biological Warfare.  That scares the heck out of me.

At the risk of being overly dramatic, today I share another aspect of Ebola and other potential pandemic agents. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #140


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

Honesty counts, right?  This has not been the best of weeks for me personally.  Perhaps the hard drive failure before my trip was an omen because three days into my vacation, I experienced an additional hard drive failure in my backup computer.  Only a prepper would take two computers and an iPad on vacation, right?

Long story short, I was able to keep in touch but the process and the experience was stressful. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Countdown to Preparedness


Today I am thrilled to welcome back Jim Cobb for another interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week we are featuring Jim’s popular book, Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness.

So what is it that I like so much about this book?  In classic, Backdoor Survival style, Jim guides you through the steps to becoming a full-fledged prepper in just 52 weeks. Each chapter represents a single week with a summary page of assignments at the end of each week. 

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DIY Antiviral Sanitizing Spray: When Hand Sanitizer is Not Enough


Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affected.  As of this writing, five children have died.

This is not something to take lightly and is reason enough to start doubling up on the frequency of hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. This includes adults, of course, but also children who seem especially  at risk.

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Fast Track Tip #11: Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio


Severe weather occurs far more frequently than most folks realize.  As a matter of fact, it is a severe weather event that prompts many folks to begin their preparedness journey.

In the United States, the five most dangerous weather events are tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms.  Each of these weather events can leave you without power, and without access to food, clean water and supplies to make it through the days and sometimes weeks until things return to normal.

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch


How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.

Now that I have piqued your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Lewis Dartnell, the author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

Before starting, let me say that without question, this is the most fascinating and unique book ever presented in a BDS book festival. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max


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. 

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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


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.

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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.

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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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