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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Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination

Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination Featured

Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are other, more entertaining distractions to fill up the time.

Whatever the reason, procrastination is problem with a lot of preppers: the research is done, the budget is set, the checklists are printed out and ready to go and then what?  Nothing.

Today I examine those insidious roadblocks to getting things done as well as steps that I personally take to overcome what I call “Prepper Procrastination”. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #134

Haircutting Featured

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

I love that we use the Sunday Survival Buzz to share what we have been up to this past week.  I have to tell you, I get envious of some of your preps.  This is especially when you indicate your have been inventorying and organizing.  If anyone would like to come visit and help me out, the invitation is open.

I am also envious of those backyard animal chores. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper

PROVIDENT Prepper Featured

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Kylene and Jonathan Jones, the authors of The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies are here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of their book.

I am going to be extremely brief in sharing my thoughts about this book. In my not so humble opinion, this well written, well document handbook is as good or better than anything I could have written myself!

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Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith


Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”.  What the heck is that?  By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and simply too much to do gets the the way of blogging.

Today I have three copies of the novel Rivers up for grabs.  You might remember that Rivers: A Novel by Michael Farris Smith, was featured earlier this year in a BDS Book Festival.  Now you might be asking why this book over others?

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Propane for Preppers – Part Two

Propane for Preppers Part 2 BDS

How much do you really know about storing and using propane?  If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel.  In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unravel the mysteries of propane so that you will know everything there is to know about using propane as a fuel source grid up or grid down.

The series was written exclusively for BDS by my friend Ron Brown, who has taken considerable time to put together a comprehensive tutorial for you. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Eight


You may be familiar with the saying “behind the eight ball”.  This idiom implies that you are in a tough, difficult or losing position from which it is unlikely to escape.

Now surely that is not someplace that any of us wants to be and for that reason alone, we find justification to prepare.  Prepare for what?  Who knows.  It might be a major disaster, it might be a personal health or financial crisis, it might be a terrorist attack or it might be the collapse of civilized society as we know it. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #133


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

My own preps; let me see.  Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I received this week.  I have some new Spark Naturals essential oils and by new, I mean oils I have not used before  including Cedarwood, Jeddy’s, and LXR.  The last two will be used mostly in my diffuser to calm me down during stressful work days!

Also essential oil related, I purchased the book Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas by Stephanie L.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Forsaking Home by A. American + Giveaway


The Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues.  This time, A. American is back for another interview plus, he is giving away his complete four book Survivalist Series to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.

For those of you that are not familiar with A. American, his Survivalist series is an action packed series of books that follow the trials and tribulations of Morgan Carter.  In book #1, Going Home, Morgan’s vehicle breaks down 250 miles from his home.  Coincidentally, the nation’s power grid has collapsed and there is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored.

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Gear Review: SunJack Portable Solar Charger


With our reliance on portable electronics, a huge concern is what will we do when the power is out and our batteries are dead?

This is true not only for our phones which provide a vital link to the outside world, but for our tablets, and electronic readers, too.  Think about it.  We all have hundreds if not thousands of documents that will help us muddle through if the grid goes down.  Barring printing them out and setting up a massive library system, we will be stuck unless we have some way to power up our gizmos.

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Every Prepper Needs Coconut Oil in Their Pantry

Coconut Oil for Preppers

Let me start out by saying that I discovered coconut oil about a year ago.  At the time, I was semi-knowledgeable about its qualities the most notable of which were that it was a heart healthy fat and that if stored properly, it had  long shelf life.  On the other hand, I also knew it smelled and supposedly tasted like coconut and that it was expensive, ranking up there with a high quality EVOO.

A year later I can honestly say that any hesitation I had regarding coconut oil has been set aside. 

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Labor Day and The Great Recession


When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”.  At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were scarce, and many workers over the age of 55 were simply giving up the job search.

Four years later, and almost 900 articles later, I have become a cynic of the highest order.  Like many of you, I carry the burden of truth and knowledge mostly in silence while trying to live an abundant and strategic life.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #132


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

I really had to think hard to come up with my prepping activities this week.  You see, the way it works is that once you have been doing this for awhile, preparedness become a part of your DNA.  Okay, not biologically but you know what I mean.

More specifically, every trip to the store, every bargain, every piece of usable but perhaps no longer fashionable clothing, is evaluated in terms of whether it would be good to have for SHFT. 

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Jim Cobb, the author of the Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.

I would like to start by saying a few words about the book itself.  This is not a re-hash of the FEMA handbook recommending a 3 day kit and some water.  Rather, this a true handbook for what I will call the “gentleman survivalist”.  By that I mean a mainstream man or or woman that wants to prepared for the long term, incorporating survivalist strategies in a practical manner without resorting to living in a tree-house in the woods.

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70 Common Things That Go Wrong During a Disaster


As recent as four years ago, when someone mentioned disaster preparedness, the nature and scope of the disaster was typically something caused by Mother Nature.  Sure, some consideration was given to man-made disasters and terrorism, but for the most part, it was a freak of nature that worried us the most.

These days, we worry about a whole lot more.  EMPs, solar flares, bio-terrorism, pandemics, nuclear war and more dominate the what-if landscape.  Add to that the possibility of a global famine or economic collapse and heck, we could spend all day and all night caught up in fear of the unknown.

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Propane for Preppers – Part One


Having sufficient fuel for cooking and heat following an emergency is always an concern for preppers.  If you are lucky, you live in a wooded area and have access to a wood burning stove as well as plenty of wood to feed the fire.  Most of us, though, turn to propane as our primary source of emergency heat and cooking fuel.

Alas, the only experience many folks have with propane is limited to the backyard barbecue and perhaps a Coleman lantern.  That tells me that if the stuff hit the fan, many of us would be lacking in the knowledge needed to use propane efficiently and safely.

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DIY: Never Purchase a Razor Blade Again!


One of the dilemmas I face is that buried in the archives are a ton of great articles that are lost to newcomers to the website.  One of these days, I really do need to set up a better menu and organization system.  The problem with doing so, however, is that it takes me away from researching and writing new material.

I have two solutions.  First, hire a vice president in charge of work to do it for me.  Second is to simply bring some of the most popular articles forward into present time. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #131


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 one of those weeks where life as I know it was temporarily turned upside down.  Without boring you with the unpleasant details, an urgent dental emergency cropped up a bit over a week ago.  At the time, it did not seem so bad but by last Sunday, it was dire.  As I write this, I am still in the Seattle area where a game of “stump the dentist” has been going on.

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Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Shadow Patriots + Giveaway


Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Warren Ray, the author of The Shadow Patriots, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

The first page of The Shadow Patriots begins with what I believe is the author’s dedication.  Whatever the technical term, he says:

“To my fellow patriots, may you all have the courage to come out of the shadows and stand tall.”

Those are powerful words and the perfect backdrop for Warren’s thriller that blends current events with a sobering fictional tale that seems to be unfolding into reality one day at a time. 

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Seven


We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared one month at a time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event occur in your geographical area.

Having said that, you do not need a PhD in family preparedness to know that there are far more reasons to prepare than a calamitous disaster.  As the article Disasters 101 pointed out, the sudden loss of a job, illness, the death of a family member and a rash of other circumstances may require you to rely on emergency supplies to get by. 

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20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils


The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days.  This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world, but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.

While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.

I am going to make it easy for you. 

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