The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 18

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The buzzWelcome 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.

The big news this week is that I learned to cook garbanzo beans also known as chickpeas.  These delightful beans are used in hummus, bean salads, and as a topping for an otherwise ordinary green salad.  I chose to take a hint from Clara and throw a handful until my spaghetti.  Delicious and so much better than the canned variety.

I know, I know.  I need to do an article and I will.  So much to write – so little time.

The other thing I did was order some small, 6″ x 6″ Mylar Bags.  I plan to use these for storing small quantities of spices, coffee and the contents of #10 tins that I have opened to taste-testing purposes.

Why do people like bad news

While talking to George, I lamented my impression that people went online a read the news – and the blogs – more frequently when the news was dismal.  Take, for example, the tsunami a last March in Japan.  Everyone who writes a survival and prepping blog saw a huge uptick in readers.  Likewise, George tells me when there is a downturn in the markets, readership on his economics-oriented site at Urban Survival goes through the roof.

Why is that?  It would seem to me that people would want to be more proactive and go to the survival and preparedness sites when things were normal, or at the very least stable.

Do you have some thoughts on this matter?  Click on the comments bubble at the top of the page or drop down to the end of this article and share your two cents.

Speaking of Disasters

FEMA has a newsletter service that sends out an update when a disaster has been declared either locally in your region or elsewhere in the United States.  You can sign up here: Subscribe to receive disaster alerts.

I like to subscribe because it reminds me that I am not just preparing a possible shift in  TEOTWAWKI, but for disasters of all types.  Here are some recent examples that prove that a disaster can happen to anyone, anywhere.

  • Most destructive ever Colorado wildfire burns 181 homes
  • Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding
  • New Hampshire Severe Storm And Flooding
  • Vermont Severe Storm, Tornado, And Flooding

My thoughts on politics and such

I try to keep religion and politics out of Backdoor Survival but when I saw this on Urban Survival last Monday, I just had to share it since I have said this very same thing in private e-mails (and to Survival Husband) for quite some time.

If a person takes a couple of moments to think about things, the performance of Obama sure seems to fit with the idea that there’s some group behind recent presidents which is really calling all the shots. Don’t see much functional difference between Obama and Bush so far, myself.

And no, I do not subscribe to  conspiracies, but . . .

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

I simply had to share this comment from GoneWithTheWind on the article Is Prepping Worth it? What if Nothing Happens? Is it all a Waste?

What if nothing happens?

Oh god I hope nothing bad happens. I am prepared to bring my 4 kids and 7 grandchildren into my home and share my preps with them. They like most in the world are not prepared for the worst or even something far less then the worst. But I don’t want to see their lives turned upside down and see them suffer if TSHTF. I don’t want to see another great depression first hand. I don’t want to hear a hungry crying child or send out my sons to scrounge up food and maybe medicine. I don’t want to see my neighbors and fellow countrymen suffer. I don’t want to see 300 million mostly innocent people pay for what 600 or so politicians have done to our economy. I pray nothing happens. I will give my preps to the food bank if nothing happens.

Please, please. let nothing happen.

Well said, don’t you think?

This Week on Wake Up World

I personally love mason jars and always pick them up when they are on sales at our local hardware store.  There is something comforting about looking at a nicely lined up, colorful shelf full of filled jars.  I use a food saver with the mason jar lid attachment to seal up dry goods including beans, salt, sugar. Wake Up World recently posted this article with lots of other ideas:  31 Ways to Use Mason Jars in Your Kitchen.

Buy Emergency Foods – Our Newest Sponsor

bef-gold-taste-200x200This week I would like to welcome Buy Emergency Foods as a sponsor on Backdoor Survival.  The focus of Buy Emergency Foods is to provide families and individuals with the highest quality food storage products available with guaranteed low prices.

In addition to food, Buy Emergency Foods sells gear and some well-priced gear kits.  I hope that you will pay them a visit and when you do, be sure to mention you saw their ad on Backdoor Survival.

The Zombie Preparedness Quiz

Just for the fun of it (and we all need a bit or fun, right?) take the Zombie Preparedness Quiz.

Recommended Site

I have added another site to my recommended list:   reThinkSurvival.com.  Although this is a subscriber based site, it is 100% free.  You will find a wide assortment of subscriber content including several eBooks, an Excel-based set of family emergency planning tools, an Excel-based food storage recipes, and online tools to design bug out, home, and vehicle emergency kits quickly.

Not only that, there is a blog too!  You may have see the blog owner, Millenniumfly comment on some of my blog articles.  Let’s show him our support and visit his site soon.

Down to the Wire with Our June Contest

There is just about a week left to go in the Summer Blast Giveaway.  Be sure to get your entry in before the end of the month.  Here are the prizes.

  • Volcano II Collapsible Stove – provided by our sponsor, The Berkey Guy at Directive21
  • $75 Survival Kit – provided by our sponsor, Camping Survival
  • Mini Seed Garden Kit – provided by our sponsor Everlasting Seeds
  • Prep & Pantry for iPhone or iPad – provided by out sponsor Galaloo/Prep & Pantry
  • Rothco Medium Transport Pack – provided by Survival Gear Bags
  • Aqua Pail 400 – provided by Shelf Reliance dealer, Misty Marsh at Your Home Store
  • His and Hers Paracord Survival Bracelets – provided by Cobrabraid
  • Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook – provided by the Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy’s Doom and Bloom Nation
  • One year subscription to The Beacon – provided by Survival Week
  • One year subscription to Peoplenomics – provided by George Ure at Urban Survival

Search Box is Working Again

The search box on Backdoor Survival is once again alive and well.  If you haven’t tried it, the way it works is that you enter a topic or a word or two and a new page comes up with a list of relevant posts.  Hope you give it a try since I went through a lot of grief to get it to work LOL.

Something to Make You Smile

Source:  KOMO News, Seattle

Sometimes you need a hug and other times you simple need to smile.  I can’t help with the hug part but surely, this photo gallery of cute zoo babies will make your day a little bit better:  Cute zoo babies from around the world.

Today on Strategic Living

This week I take over the writing duties with an article The Big Boomer Squeeze.  If you are of that certain age, chances are you will related to this is a big way.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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Reminder: The Backdoor Survival Summer Blast Giveaway is ongoing for the month of June. There are lots of neat prizes and all you need to do is sign up for my new newsletter and send me a couple of emails. Now how easy is that? Click on this link for more details.

Bargain Bin: Lately I have been beefing up my medical supplies, insuring that I have enough pain killers, antibiotics, bandages. ointments and other items to keep me healthy if for some reason we get cut off from society for a time. It could happen – especially if there was big earthquake in our area. I have a few go-to book on my bookshelf and want to remind you that you should have some references as well.

The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook: Since it’s release earlier this year, has been my go-to guide for medical advice. It covers both traditional medicine and alternative medicine in a way that provides a synthesis leading to the right solution given the situation. You do not need to be in “survival mode” to benefit from Doctor Bone’s and Nurse Amy’s guide.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: The Merck Manual is classic that is frequently updated with current health information covering men, women, children, newborns, and oldsters that have special geriatric needs.

Of course, no list would be complete without the following two books which are free downloads from the Hesperian Health Group. Both have been recently updated and are a must have for every survival library.

Free Download: Where There Is No Doctor (PDF)
Free Download: Where There Is No Dentist (PDF)

The Pill Book: If anyone in your household takes prescription drugs, you need this handy book. Each pill listing will tell you much about the drug than a doctor or pharmacist. It gives common dosages, what the drug is for and how it works. In addition, it shows common and not so common side effects, what to do if you’ve missed a dose, and what to do if you have a negative reactions. This is $9 well spent.

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

Mountain House Sale: For the month of June, Emergency Essentials will be offering all Mountain House products at a discount of 20% to 25%. Shipping cost is $6, $9, or $12 depending on the size of your order and never more. (And you know how heavy food items can be.) Be sure to check out the Freeze-Dried Mountain House Pouches which offer a great way to sample the various food items before investing in the larger #10 tins.

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