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.
I am very – no extremely – excited to report that I was able to score some free buckets for storing my survival goods. Those of you that have been following me for awhile know how I love my buckets but I have always had to buy them. Long story short, Shelly and I were having a coffee date and I saw some buckets behind the barista’s counter. Not being the bashful type, I asked whether I could buy them cheap and while I did not get the square buckets I had seen, she went in back and found these!
Depending on what is stored inside (gear or food) and whether the contents are sealed in Mylar bags or not, I will replace the lids with Gamma Seals and will be one happy Prepper. Did I say they were free?
Please, if you have a restaurant or bakery nearby, ask for some free buckets. These buckets have uses around the house, in the garden and in the survival pantry. Even if you have to pay a buck or two, used food-grade buckets are a great deal if you can find them.
Okay, enough bucket-bragging. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Top 10 Greatest Firearms in History: The article, while a bit dated, looks at ten of the greatest firearms in history. It is an interesting perspective from a non-American. His question, at the end of the article, is definitely something to ponder.
The Toxic Placebo Effect Of Vaccines: Almost daily, I see an article where some family is saying “if only we had taken the flu shot”. Sorry, I call baloney. Sometimes, people get sick. And vaccines? Not for me, that is for darn sure.
Adding this herb to pizza sauce may help fight virus: Oregano? Who would have thought it. Actually, with success we have had using Oil of Oregano (essential oil) this does not surprise me.
It Doesn’t Take Much For People To Start Behaving Like Crazed Lunatics: This was a reality in February and not speculation. Will those that do not prepared every get it?
Is An Internet Shutdown Inevitable?: I have learned first hand what it is like to be without internet or cell phone service for an extended period. As the article says:
“What strikes me about the timing of such a move, pulling the plug on the internet and otherwise, is how important communications are to crises. With so many looming potential devastating scenarios and the survival of our loved ones and each other so important, this is something to be very conscious of as well as prepared for.”
Dehydrating Intro: A nice pictorial look at dehydrating fruits and veggies. A hat tip to Bill M. for suggesting this one.
Turn An Empty Beer Can Into The Only Camp Stove You’ll Ever Need: Here is another take on a DIY rocket stove. I wonder if I can convince the Survival Husband to make one for me?
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
I read your article on DIY Miracle Healing Salve. You wrote:
“Relieve pet scratching and itching: Tucker the Dog was scratching himself in one spot on his belly so I put a little Miracle salve on the spot and a couple of days later he stopped. Was it the smell, the healing properties or just a coincidence? I don’t know but it worked.”
I would just like to add the CATS are killed by essential oils. Their livers can NOT break down the phenols the way that humans and canines can. Please tell your awesome readers NOT to use any essential oils around their felines.
And from Valerie regarding the DIY Miracle Healing Salve:
I love this stuff too. There is nothing I can say that would be enough to get everyone to try it.
I am confined to a wheelchair and spend quite a bit of time in my chair and in bed. Your Miracle Healing Salve is utterly fantastic. It has gotten rid of the start of many small decubiti (bed sores), gotten rid of itchy skin, and other various ailments.
I have given jars to my mother (age 86) who is also in a wheelchair, and my caregivers (who love it and use it on their kids too. I am on my second batch. This time I added Tea Tree Oil to see how it works and it seems to work even better than the first batch. If you need a testimonial, I am your gal.
Okay everyone, I am blushing and bragging. But honestly, you really do need to give the Healing Salve a try. It is wonderful stuff! Here is the link again: DIY Miracle Healing Salve.
THE FINAL WORD
If this Buzz seems a little short, it is because the Survival Hubby and I are taking a much needed “save our sanity” vacation. The best part, though, is we are traveling with my beloved niece and her husband who wants a crash course in prepping. To be honest, these are the first members of my own family to come onboard the preparedness wagon train.
Tucker the Dog is at doggie camp and a friend is house-sitting and taking tender loving care of my tomato seedlings. Life, for now, is good. Thank you all for being so awesome!
So 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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Almost Free: At the time of this writing, this whistle is a only under $1 with free shipping. How bad can it be? Mine finally arrived and it is LOUD: 3 in 1 Survival Whistle with Compass Thermometer.
Is this worth 93 cents? You bet!
Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are some items that are popular with BDS readers including the items in the current Amazon Top 10.
Gamma Seal Lids: If you can get your hands on some free buckets, this is the way to go.
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. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Magnesium Fire Starter: This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.
UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers: The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. The matches burn for around 15 seconds and are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the match kit, and can be replaced when worn out.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model: These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted Colors: This is the #1 seller in the bandana category. As of this writing, the price is $11.99 for the entire dozen. Heck, I think that beats Wal-Mart and flea market pricing. Be sure to read How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
This month, the Do It Yourself SuperPail Combo is on sale for $69.99. It includes 8 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 8 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers. That works out too only $8.74 per bucket and bag and is the best price I have seen in a long time.
Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job. Forget about a hose and a vacuum sealer. A $20 hair iron works great – just be sure to get one with 2” plates.
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