Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
This week I started going through one of my two bug out bags so that I could weed out stuff that I felt was either outdated, not up to par, or not relevant to the risks in my area. This is a long overdue chore and one that has been high on the procrastination chart for quite some time.
Procrastination is the Prepper’s bane.
There is one aspect of my bug-out-bag rejuvenation that can serve as a reminder to all of you. If it has been over a year since you packed away an emergency supply of prescription medications, retrieve them now and swap them for a fresh supply. In our case, we have a 30 day supply in our B.O.B.s If you take a number of meds and have not stowed away an emergency supply of at least 14 days, think about doing that right away – even if you have to pay for them out of pocket as we did.
Other than that, there was not a whole lot of prepping going on. I had a bit of additional eye surgery and as I write this, I find the stitches have popped requiring me to stay in the city a few more days. You can bet that I am topping the wound with both lavender essential oil and miracle healing salve – both to help prevent infection and to keep the area protected until I can see the surgeon on Monday. And darn, I was meaning to get some Manuka honey for just this purpose which just goes to show you that procrastination is not a good thing.
I don’t want to belabor the point to let’s move on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Note: Before I start off this week, I feel compelled to mention that I was more than just a little bit annoyed to find I could not find a decent website to showcase the California draught without being besieged by pop-ups ads (no I do not want to subscribe) or rolling carousels of ads (no, I don’t want to shop right now) that reflected my recent browser activity. I did my best but it you experience, some of the same, well, I did the best I could.
Brown declares California drought emergency: Things do not look good for the State of California. As with all things preparedness, it is prudent to get used to using less as a matter of course. The only issue I have with the “use less now” policy is that if you are already using 20% less than your neighbors, you will be unfairly mandated to cut usage even more. BTW, after reading this, I ordered this rain barrel from Amazon.
The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth: More bad news for California.
500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent: Dry reading but interesting if you follow the timeline. It is a case of the power elites versus the rest of us and it has been that way for a very long long time. The secret is to prevail by being more resourceful and fostering a sense of perseverance in everything we do.
2013 Was The Year Of The Gun!: Thanks to the efforts of law-abiding gun owners, the new media, Fox News, the NRA, and others, 2013 turned into the year of the gun.
One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames: Slowly but surely, Shelly’s wart is disappearing with the use of oregano essential oil and duct tape. (We switched from lemon and tea tree (Malaleuca) essential oil to the oregano e.o. about the time the wart was half its original; size and not getting any smaller.)
Grow Your Own Transplants: I know from my emails that there are lots of newbie gardeners out there. This article from one of my blogging buddies will help you get those seeds and seedlings off to a healthy start.
Nothing Lasts Forever – Preparing …for Death: How will you handle going it alone if the one you counted on most in life to be there forever is taken? Not the most fun article to read but read it you must.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
One of our own, Kathryn G., a frequent commenter and follower of Backdoor Survival, has been bitten hard by mother nature. She was able to get this message to me and is keeping in touch.
I got a real ..in your face…reminder to be prepared for ALL emergencies. Have a bag or box that you can grab, while running out the door or keep things in your vehicle. I didn’t, but I will in the future.
I live on Prince of Wales Island, AK.
Tuesday, early afternoon, the earth moved. We had a very very large landslide bash right into our house. It is …..surrounded by large trees and mud that came down from the mountain above us.
There was no warning….at least none that we might have recognized. There was only time to get out and run.
Enough about that right now.
Even though , in a modest way, I was slowly prepping with foods, hardware, extra water, etc. They are still in that house that is not livable at this point Not every emergency is easily prepped for. We had to Get OUT or ….
Anyway, my preparations are still in the structure and I even know where they are. I’m about to go in and retrieve them. It’s time to utilize many of the things.
We are fine….and thankful. It was not our time.
However, Nature has made a brand new avenue for disaster. I hope the DOT will be able to barricade the next onslaught…or Spring melt. The trees are no longer a threat…..because we have them at our place. it’s the mud, the slurry, the rocks. Mother Nature is an awesome thing to behold. Not all threats are by the mammals called Mankind.
Anyone need some free firewood??
I’m prepared…..thank goodness!!
More Power To Us All!!
She is fine and was not hurt. To be expected, the insurance company is saying the damage is not covered by homeowners insurance and government relief for cleanup and rebuilding has not been forthcoming. Let us keep Kathryn in our thoughts and prayers and hope that all will be back to normal sooner rather than later.
BTW, she is sending her emails from the public library, much as I did in November when communication services on the island where I live were out for over a week.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
The winner of a copy of The Border Marches by Archer Garrett us “Harold L.”. Congratulations! You have been notified by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Harold answered the question, What are you preparing for?
Wildfire and economic collapse. Economic collapse seems more likely all the time. Our national debt is out of control.
For the near term, I am holding a marathon of giveaways to catch up with the backlog. There are three giveaways currently in progress – check them out. Someone is going to win!
NEWS FROM OUR SPONSOR
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THE FINAL WORD
Did you notice that this was Sunday Survival Buzz #100? As much as I hate to admit it, writing the Buzz is not one if my favorite things (sorry) but after I am done, I feel so good. Funny how the mind works. Anyway, that about wraps things up for this week.
Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
Suncast RB50D 50-Gallon Rain Barrel: This is the rain barrel I ordered while writing today’s Buzz. We plan to elevate it on cinder blocks to increase the water flow while using it to water plants. If all goes well, we will order a couple more and connect them together. I am excited. According to Amazon, there are just a few in stock but more are on the way.
Lavender Oil: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals for healing and wellness purposes. This includes lavender oil, oregano oil as well as a bunch of others. My recommendation is the Health and Wellness kit which includes all of my favorites or, if you are just getting started, the Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint. Be sure to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to receive a 10% discount.
Black Berkey Replacement Elements, 2-Pack: I was late to the party as far as getting some backup filters but I am now all set. Highly recommended, along with extra red food coloring and a spare Berkey spigot.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.55 with free shipping. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one. It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet. I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit. I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.
I also recommend the Mobile Washer. This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is the price – only $14.95.
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