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 did not have much time this week to do much prepping other than to organize the accumulation of FD food and new gear that had been stacking up on my dining table. I can finally see the top of the table, thankfully, and plan to continue to keep it that way.
Speaking of microfiber cloths (which I call Magic Rags), I have been working on an article demonstrating the many uses of these cloths for prepping and survival purposes. Coincidentally, a long-term follower of BDS sent me some of her own tips. Be sure to check them out below in the tips section below.
That about covers it for me this week. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Here is this week’s reading list:
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Speaking of microfiber cloths, this came in from Vicki:
TWO new extraordinary solutions I recently discovered:
1. Add soap & water to a cloth, scrub hands with it. It will totally remove any bad odor (gasoline, poop, etc.) that won’t come off with just soap & water. No more filling the house with gasoline smelly hands from the mower, etc.
2. Using a dry, clean cloth, wipe really well inside glass dill pickle jars to totally get rid of the pickle smell. Let it air out for a few min. Dry seems to be the key. The metal lid is more of a challenge.
This came is from Theresa:
Gaye, what about people who do not have Kindles? The olive oil and candle books are for Kindles and not computers … is there some for computers that you know of?
It looks like it is time for me to remind everyone that there is a free Kindle app for almost every electronic gizmo out there, including computers, laptops, tablets, and phones. Here is a page with the download link: Amazon: No Kindle No Problem.
In case you missed them, there is still time to enter the following giveaways on Backdoor Survival.
The last giveaway (Free Food …) is actually not exclusive to BDS. It was put together by sponsor Survival Based and is a Rafflecopter giveaway. I mention this because I have resisted using this type of promotion in the past. That said, they are easy, sneezy to put together and I am willing to do more if the feedback is good. Just saying.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the Legacy Foods 72 Hour Food Bucket is Carli. Here is the winning entry, chosen at random:
Question: If you could store only one freeze-dried product, what would you choose?
Answer: Since I am vegetarian (at least until the SHTF!) I would love to try the refried beans.
Here are the two responses to the giveaway poll:
What do your family members think of your Prepping activities?
A. They are onboard and willing partners.
B. They have a case of bottled water and a few canned goods and think they are prepared.
C. They think you are a nut-job.
D. None of the above. Please explain.
D. All my family are happy that I am prepping so they will have a place to go when the crap hits, but I doubt they even have a case of bottled water on hand. Thinking about this, it is sad, because they are why I am prepping. I guess if I am the patriarch of the family, it is my job to care for them.
My husband, 2 daughters, and their husbands are all on board. We haven’t really broached the topic too much with extended family. For example, my sister-in-law was horrified when I showed my brother my concealed carry permit – she could not understand why I would ever think about having a gun!
The winner of the Harbor Freight Cen-Tech 5-in-1 Portable Power Pack never claimed his prize so an alternate was selected. I want to remind you that the winner receives an email plus there is an announcement of the winner and the giveaway answer in the following Sunday Survival Buzz. The winner has until the following Tuesday at 1AM to respond.
I don’t mean to be harsh but the extra time it takes chasing down winners is not something I am going to continue to do. You snooze you loose.
Anyway, congratulations go to Jan, who was the alternate winner.
FREE WEBINAR SERIES – THE SUMMER OF SURVIVAL 2014
A few months ago I was asked to become a presenter in a free webinar series, Summer of Survival 2014 – Online Survival Skills Education.
Alas, the timing was not right for me and so, for this year I had to decline BUT I am happy to announce that the folks putting the series together are HUGE fans of Backdoor Survival and will be back again with a request for next year.
In the meantime, the way the webinar series will work is that every Tuesday and Thursday evening starting June 3rd you’ll hear from a survival expert on important topics including the following:
• How to form a prepper team
• 10 ways to secure your bug out location
• Building an emergency herbal medicine store
• Communications planning for your family, group and community
• Urban survival preparedness
• Bartering realities after a large scale disaster
• How to grow a secret forest of food right outside your door
• Home food preservation made easy
• Leadership for preppers: how to restore order during chaos
Advanced registration for this 100% free series will open up on Monday so be sure to watch for an announcement and an exclusive sign-up link.
THE FINAL WORD
This last week was another one filled with challenges. You know how I frequently address the need to practice coping mechanisms for those times when life throws a curve ball? This week’s curve ball had to do with a family matter that requires my time and attention over the next month.
Preps notwithstanding, the first word in “Family Preparedness” is Family. So with that explanation, I apologize upfront if things seem a little thin this week. Fingers crossed I will still be able to head to Alaska for my vacation.
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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Almost Free: At the time of this writing, this whistle is under $1 with free shipping. How bad can it be? 3 in 1 Survival Whistle with Compass Thermometer
Is this worth 85 cents? You bet!
Bargain Bin: The current Amazon Top 10 Most Wished for Items was updated this week. There are a few new items as well as some old favorites so be sure to check it out. In the meantime, here are some BDS classics for your consideration.
SE – Battery Tester (Tests Batteries From AAA AA C D 9V): I now own 3 of these and stash them around the house. As of this writing, only $2.85 with free shipping.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these. As of this writing, less than $17 for a package of 36.
ProForce Commando Wire Saw Bulk, Ideal For Survival Kits: This qualifies for the Almost Free page since it is less than $2 with free shipping. Here is what one reviewer had to say:
“When I got the saw, I thought it was a dinky little wire. My expectations were blown away!! I can cut a three inch tree in three min. I would much so recommend that you get this saw.”
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System: Fans of the Sawyer water filtration systems are evangelistic in their praise. This is definitely on my bucket list and $20 give or take, the price is right.
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 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.
SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray: This fits in the palm of your hand and is equipped with a convenient hand strap for immediate deployment. SABRE delivers a strong ballistic stream to reduce wind blow back and permits safe distance from your threat with its ten (10) foot range.
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 $3.65. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
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