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 – or perhaps not.
As life would have it, sometimes there is nothing left at the end of the day but lemonade. This week has been one of those weeks. Website woes that were entirely my fault, a denial of service attack on my server and then, the last straw, a completed article for Free Food Friday that went poof along with the backup copy.
Like I said, we sometimes have to deal with nothing better than lemonade. Not that lemonade is bad, mind you, but as the saying goes, “when life hands you lemons, make some lemonade”.
So, long story short, no preps this week other than keeping Backdoor Survival alive and well. And that, I believe, is a good thing.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
She survived a standoff with a gunman — could you?: Here is a teaser. You must read this incredible story.
Antoinette Tuff’s knees tremble as she stares at the black barrel of an AK-47. Her hands shake so much she can’t hold a pencil.
Facing her, a stocky young man dressed in black points the assault rifle at her.
“This is not a joke,” the man shouts at Tuff. “I need you to understand this is not a joke. I am here. This is real. We are all going to die today.”
Tuff, a school bookkeeper, isn’t supposed to be at work today. She’s filling in for the front office receptionist as a favor. Now she is the only one standing between the gunman and 800 children at an elementary school just outside Atlanta.
The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear: Toxic emissions forced a family out of their home — and Big Oil tried to buy their silence.
New radioactive water leak at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant: It looks like more bad news from Japan. Shelly just sent this to me with then note “if Tepco is admitting this, what are they not telling us?”. So what does this mean to someone that lives on the West Coast of the US? We are stockpiling a lot of food and considering the purchase of some land away from the water. There. I said it.
Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits: What in the world were they thinking? Oh yeah, I forgot – this was FEMA – the FEMA who always has our bests interests in mind.
How to Make (and Use) an Herbal Infusion: From the Good To Know Department. I made an infusion using oregano and EVOO. It has been sitting in a warm spot for about 90 days and is ready to use in my next batch of salve.
For many, credit card debt outweighs savings: A new survey form Bankrate.com finds that 28 percent of Americans say they owe more in credit card debt than they have in their emergency funds or savings accounts. What was that about an improving economy?
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
From Roy, in response to the article How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term:
Another tip i have been using for several years also will extend razor blades up to from 6 – 10 1/2 months on a single razor with no strapping at all.
All you have to do after use is to rinse it well under water, immerse in a small container of vegetable oil, shake for a second and leave the razor in the oil until the next use. The blades must be under the oil level. I use a small pimento jar with olive oil.
I got this tip from a friend who works with the man who invented and holds the original patent on the technology for ‘coating’ razor blades in a special process which allow a very hard coating on an extremely thin metal surfaces. He says the blades don’t get dull they get dirty with skin and hair particles too small to see. I use one of those razors with 3 or more blades.
After about a week you will begin to see the accumulated junk in the bottom of the jar. When you take out the razor, let the oil drain for a second so don’t lose too much oil for each shave. When the oil level gets down low enough to expose the blades i throw out the oil, rinse out the junk and replenish the oil for another 3-4 months. I usually use about 1/3 of a cup of oil for each razor usage over time.
My longest razor has gone 10 1/2 months, shaving once per day. You time of use will depend on how much dis-comfort you tolerate before you got for a new razor. I will start using this strapping process and see how long a single blade can last!
This is a fantastic tip and I can’t wait to try it.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
The winner of last weeks Book Festival giveaway is “Barb”. Here is how she answered the question, What is your favorite non-fiction survival or preparedness book?
I haven’t read many survival books, but so far my favorite it “Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios.”
Barb wins a copy of GO GREEN, SPEND LESS, LIVE BETTER: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money and Protecting Your Health. I do agree that the Survival Mom book is a good one; here is my review The Little Bit of Survival Mom Instinct in All of Us.
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I learned yesterday that the team at Mountain House is reading each and every comment in Friday’s article Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain House + Giveaway. Not only that, instead of responding individually, we will be collaborating on another article that addresses some of your questions and concerns.
Likewise, James Hubbard and I will be working together on an article that addresses your questions and comments in Saturday’s article, BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard.
Both articles have giveaways so don’t miss an opportunity to enter. After all, someone has to win!
THE FINAL WORD
That about wraps things up for today. I have a bit of traveling coming up, including a visit to check on thr preps at my bug out location. Not that I suspect I will need to bug out, mind you. It is just good to stay on top of things, making sure everything is in place if and when the time comes. Hope not.
What about you – what did you do to prep 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: You know the drill. Here are some personal favorites.
Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios: What can I say? The only book that would be better is one that I wrote. Don’t let the title put you off. This book is a comprehensive reference for the “mom’s” in all of us.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm: And if you are thinking of growing your own food, you should check out this DVD. Plenty of good information for both the newbie and experienced backyard farmer.
The Road: Even if you think it will never happen, you need to watch to this film, based upon Cormac McCarthy’s book, ‘The Road’.
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!
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. There is also a larger sized LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there – all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price. Be sure to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
A recent Mountain House Order
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