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.
They took about a month to get here but my mini-whistles arrived last week. I had my doubts because they were very cheap – I paid about $2.00 for the set. As it turns out, they were a bargain. They are small, light weight and they all work although two are a lot louder than the rest. That being said, they all produced a very loud noise with little effort.
Although currently priced at about $3.50, these definitely qualify for the Almost Free Department.
Other preps this week included stocking up on some food bargains I found in the back aisle at the drugstore. I have mentioned this before but you can find some great deals in unexpected places. I found my favorite Hunts Spaghetti Sauce for 79 cents a can as well as some pancake syrup for $1.99. I know that I need to learn to make my own pancake syrup but these days, a girl can only do so much, you know?
Anyway, I did want to remind you to pick up an extra can or two of your favorite foods when you find them on sale. This is crazy, stupid common sense but even I forget to do the things that are staring me in the face.
The last thing I did this week is clean out the plugged and iced-up vents inside our freezer. I deem this a prepping activity because I want the freezer to be running at a peak performance level so that if the power does go out, it is as cold to begin with as it can possibly be.
I had no other preps this week because officially, I have been on vacation here at my B.O.L. and for once, other than the iced-up freezer, most of my chores were caught up.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
22 Facts About The Coming Demographic Tsunami That Could Destroy Our Economy All By Itself: Although I am one of those baby boomers, these facts are chilling.
Fukushima’s Legacy: Understanding the Difference Between Nuclear Radiation & Contamination: So here is the scoop: “Contamination is the process of acquiring radioactive particles that then become lodged on, or more dangerously in, your body. Do all you can to protect yourself against it.” The article goes on to explain the differences between radiation and contamination and why this distinction is important. And in spite of what the article implies, I will not eat seafood from the Pacific. My body, my choice.
Dehydration: Not just a summer thing: It is true. Many people don’t realize that it is just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter as it is in summer. And because few people recognize the signs of dehydration in the winter, it can be even more dangerous.
Concerning Chemical Found in Something Most of Us Handle Every Day: The article says “A few years ago, it was publicized that the chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA — the same chemical that has been banished from many reusable water bottles — was in receipt paper.” Something to be aware of especially if you are a woman of child-bearing age or pregnant.
‘Treasure trove’ of personal details found: In case you missed it earlier in the week, there is more bad news from the security arena. About 360 million account credentials including email addresses and passwords were reportedly uncovered from mostly un-reported security breaches. The scary part is that these include breaches are from “major email providers”.
$3,000 hike slated for military family grocery bills: Prices will rise at military grocery stores under a Pentagon budget proposal that would slash subsidies to the stores.
Half-Prepping Equals NO Prepping: Lessons From The Icepocalypse: Here is another take on the recent (and ongoing) ice storms.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
From “Tom”, a good reminder that I can personally vouch for. The folks at the local LDS cannery are the nicest and most helpful people you will every meet.
If you are looking for long term storage, you might try the LDS (Mormon) church if one is nearby. They have all the basics, including pinto beans. Some of the warehouses sell to anyone, some restrict sales to members. As I understand it, it is the local Bishop’s decision. You should call ahead for hours as they tend to be limited.
And another reminder, this time from “Jim”:
While it is not always possible, due to expense, it is almost always better to have at least two of any vital equipment. A saying I’ve heard around the prepping community is “One is none, and two is one” meaning that if you have only one of something and it breaks, then you have none. Whereas if you have two and one breaks then you still have one to use while attempting to fix the other.
These tips are from “DH”:
I’d like to put in a word for Medeco brand locks. They are expensive, so if you are cheap minded, stop here.
They are used in prison, psychiatric locked wards, hospitals, and any other place that needs high security. It is said by the lock-picking websites state that no body has ever picked a Medeco. When thieves see what the lock is, so they say, the creeps just move on to another house. The keys are manufactured in a high security plant INSIDE the main Medeco plant. Built like an Abrams tank, combined with a reinforced door entry around the locking area, and the door, it’s pretty much an invitation to move on.
And you do want double key locks-requires a key to open from inside or outside. Otherwise they come in through a window and simply turn the unlocking mechanism and carry your stuff to their car. Not much point in having a lock if it can be opened that easily is it?
You do keep by your beside: a pair of sturdy shoes, jeans, heavy shirt, flashlight, handgun, and keys, don’t you? A fire in the middle of the night is no time to have to find your keys or go running naked out of the house. The gun keeps the creeps at bay.
Live well. Be well.
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
We have two winners this week. First of all, the winner of a copy of Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival was Linda. Here is how she answered the question What is your primary first aid or health related question when it comes to survival in a SHTF situation?
Having read the comments, I want answers to all these questions. I am primarily concerned about diabetes and heart/high blood pressure alternative meds.
I would like to thank everyone for your participation – there were 70 entries – and also want to let you know that I will be working with James in a follow-up article where he answers some of the questions you raised.
I know how much you love free food giveaways. The winner of the Mountain House Breakfast Bucket is Swede. There were two questions:
What new product or “meal” would you like to suggest to the Mountain House Research and Development team?
Or, if you can’t think of anything, what general question do you have for the Mountain House or Oregon Freeze Dry team?
And here was the answer:
I would like to see some meals made with goat meat. Stews, chili, or something in that line. Is there some way to have an whole egg, instead of it scrambled.
There were 194 entries in the Mountain House giveaway, and like James, Kenny at Mountain House has agreed to collaborate on an article addressing the questions, comments and suggestions that were left during the giveaway.
As with all Backdoor Survival giveaways, the winners have 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be selected.
The next giveaway will be on March 14th – and it will be for more free food!
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I have been busy lining up authors for the next BDS Book Festival. I have a straggler or two left from the last round and then, in late March, we will start anew with BDS Book Festival 5 – or the Spring 2014 Book Festival. I have a little over a dozen books lined up.
One of those books is Through Many Fires (Strengthen What Remains) by Kyle Pratt. For one day only, (today March 2nd), he is offering the Kindle version for only 99 cents. This is the book that I am currently reading (via audiobook) so if you are an avid reader of survival fiction, you might want to check it out.
On a personal note, I will be traveling for the next to weeks with limited access to the internet. This means that I will not be able to respond to emails and comments as frequently as I do now but I do promise to read everything. I have a lot of great articles lined up so no worries in that department.
I do have a favor to ask. Please help keep the comments going both here and on Facebook in my absence. Plus, if you use Pinterest, keep on pinning from Backdoor Survival articles! Not on Pinterest? Check it out but be forewarned, it is addictive! See Backdoor Survival on Pinterest.
THE FINAL WORD
While the rest of the country is a stormy, snowy, icy-cold mess, it is Spring-like today here in the Pacific Northwest. It is strangely odd how our perspective in terms of prepping activities can differ depending on what the weather is doing. I am musing about garden chores while almost everyone else in North America is thinking about staying warm and keeping the lights on.
What this all boils down to is that regardless of where you live or the time of year, you need remember that disasters of one type or another can happen at any moment in time, regardless of the season. Snow and ice in March? It happens.
What about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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From the Almost Free Department
This flashlight on a keychain puts out bright light using 3 LEDs. No batteries required. The solar panel converts sun or ambient light to recharge the flashlight giving it 3 hours of operation after only 30 minutes of exposure to light. As of this writing, $1.43 with free shipping from Amazon!
Bargain Bin: Here are the items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.
5 Mixed Aluminum Survival Whistles on Key Chains: You are going to love these. They are small, light weight and they all work although two of the five I received are a lot louder than the rest – but all produced a very loud noise with little effort. At the time if this writing, about $3.60 with free shipping.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. I did not realize until now that the price for the Kindle version was only $2.99. If you have not read this book, you really should.
Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack: There are 10 boxes of 40 matches each for about $7. That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.
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. Many Backdoor Survival readers have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too. I paid $12 for this knife; it was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.77.
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.
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.
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New this month is the Farmers Market Vegetable Combofor 79.99. This is a 51% (wow!) discount off of normal pricing. This assortment includes 6 #10 tins of veggies: broccoli, green peas, tomato chunks, spinach, green beans, and zucchini pieces.
It is no secret that with the cost of fresh vegetables, I have been using freeze dried in my day-to-day meal planning. It makes it easy to throw together a soup and there is no waste. Until you garden kicks in and you have your own home-canned goods, this is definitely the way to go.
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