The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 119

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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.

With luck, as you are reading this I will be in Juneau, Alaska hiking at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Before leaving, I picked up some amazingly inexpensive hiking and trekking poles from Emergency Essentials (see below for details).  In addition, Shelly will be testing some new, lightweight tactical boots from ALTAI.  If they work out, I will get some too.  In the meantime, I still wear my 20 year old Timberlands.

Every Prepper Needs a Good Pair of Boots 320

That’s it from me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


In anticipation of my vacation, I have been gathering some evergreen articles that for one reason another, I failed to share in a previous Sunday Survival Buzz.  There is some good stuff – enjoy this week’s reading list!

Char Cloth What Is It and How Do I make It

“Most people know it as char cloth but it is also called “charpaper”. Char cloth is made using vegetable fiber and the most common fiber used is cotton but it can also be made from linen and jute.”

6 Strategies to Lighten Your Bug Out Bag

“One very popular question I get is about Bug Out Bag weight.  Unfortunately, it’s never that there is TOO MUCH space left over in the pack.  I’m always ask for ideas about how to reduce pack weight and eliminate unnecessary items.  Below are 6 tips I’ve come up with for cutting weight from your BOB.  Hopefully, one will work for you or at least help you brainstorm a creative solution.”

10 Intriguing Facts About Earthquakes

“Among all natural disasters, earthquakes stand out as the least predictable and the most destructive. The extensive damages they cause that have made them feared since antiquity. Since there are no scientifically proven means of predicting earthquakes (at least, not yet), the only lesson that we’ve learned from past quakes is that mitigation is more reliable than forecasting.”

The History Of The Tin Foil Hat

“We have all heard of the tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists but where did the aluminum foil hat idea come from, why do people wear tin foil hats and what are its origins?”

Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t

“If you tell most medical doctors that essential oils bring about healing with no negative side effects, they won’t believe you. This is because in medical school, students are repeatedly told by their professors that all effective medicines have negative side effects, and if they don’t then they can’t be effective.”

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

Starting with Sanitary Napkins … “A material called Cellucotton had already been invented before war broke out, by what was then a small US firm – Kimberly-Clark. The company’s head of research, Ernst Mahler, and its vice-president, James, C Kimberly, had toured pulp and paper plants in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia in 1914 and spotted a material five times more absorbent than cotton and – when mass-produced – half as expensive.”

Nuclear Power Plants Will Become America’s Extinction Level Event

“I decided to examine the likelihood of a monumental nuclear catastrophe in this country due to a take down of the power grid. All discussions about a catastrophic failure of any nuclear facility must begin with a cursory analysis of what we have learned about the Fukushima event.”

Making a Living on the Doomstead

“As many of you probably know, I’m not a big fan of the whole “Bugging Out” thing, or remote emergency bunker locations. Most people espousing this strategy are trying to have their cake and eat it too. They live somewhere that they know isn’t going to to do well in a SHTF situation. Usually they are there because they make lots of money doing something that probably won’t survive TEOTWAWKI. The siren call of easy paychecks and evenings spent watching American Idle are too hard to resist.”

Warning: Do You Recognize these Five Common Piles of Prepper BS

“The golden horde theory has been portrayed for years by survival authors, bloggers and fiction writers, but will the golden horde of hopeless refugees swarm like hundreds of thousands of locust from the cities to the countryside after an economic collapse?”

Is The Mainstream Media Dying?

“Ratings at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News have all been plummeting in recent years, and newspaper ad revenues are about a third of what they were back in the year 2000.  So is the mainstream media dying?”

Building a DIY Rocket Stove

Okay I cheated.  This one is from the Backdoor Survival archive.


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Naturally, I packed my essential oils and one of my diffusers to take with me on vacation.  Curious about what I have with me and how I am using them?

Shield Spray:  I am spraying Shield everywhere around my room to sanitize and ward off any lingering germs and viruses left behind by the previous occupants.  My Shield spray consists of 30 drops of Shield blend in a 1 oz. spray bottle topped with Witch Hazel.  I am also using a few drops of Shield in my diffuser at night.

Lavender:  The Swiss Army Knife of essential oils.  Lacking something else, use Lavender!

Melaleuca(Tea Tree):  On hand for scrapes, wounds and general first aid.

Clove Bud:  I hope I do not have to use it but in case I get a cold sore or toothache, clove will come to the rescue.

Digest Blend: Ummm . . . for those vacation over-indulgences.

I am embarrassed to tell you how many others I have with me so I will leave you with this short list.  With each passing day I am learning to use essential oils in new ways.  About the only thing I have not had good luck with is taking them internally via a gel cap.  But a few drops in water? Yes, that works.

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I am a little tardy in welcoming Richard Broome as a Backdoor Survival Contributing Author.  You might recall that Richard wrote two think pieces for us: “The Coming Cyber War” and “Building A Culture of Preparedness”.  In addition, his novel, LEAVING THE TREES, was introduced last month in the Spring 2014 Book Festival.

Please join me in welcoming Richard.  I expect great things.


One thing I have learned is that there is no such thing as a vacation from blogging.  I get close to 200 emails a day and just sorting through them is a challenge.  Many are comments and like a little kid, I am afraid I might miss something important if I don’t read everything.  I do try to take a Facebook and Pinterest break and luckily, there are tools I use that allow me to participate without actually “being there”.

So 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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10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127   Backdoor Survival:  What a great deal on 10 mini flashlights on a key ring - button batteries included.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap (zip tie) instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in in black although from time to time they are available in colors as well.


Bargain Bin:  Today I share a mixed bag of items, including a few of my favorite books.

ALTAI Men’s Temperate Weather Tactical Boot: The new boots!  They are light weight and comfortable.  Note that for sizing, order down a half size since they do run large.

Magnesium Flint Firesteel Fire Steel Starter: As of this writing, this magnesium flint stone fire starter is $1.76 with free shipping. Here is how to use it:

1. Place the flint on ground upwardly, and put the scraper vertically to the flint, then scrape some magnesium powder on inflammable material like paper or branch

2. Place the flint on ground at about 45° and 2.5 cm from the magnesium powder scraped just now, then scrape the flint fast to produce spark so as to light up the inflammable material.

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.

Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less:  The first Peter Walsh book I read was It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff and I have to tell you, it inspired me to get rid of the clutter in my life and to start focusing on the things that really mattered.  His latest book, Lighten Up, is more of the same and truly an inspiration.  Great reads for about $10 each and especially good if you feel you have fell like you are hoarding rather than then prepping.

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.

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: An instructional guide and planning tool that addresses defensive preparation of a location. If the government can no longer protect your home, farm or property, Holding Your Ground will teach you how.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. About $8 for a pack of 10.

550 lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: I wish I had known about Paracord years ago. With a recent price reduction to less than $8.00, there is no reason not to have a few hundred feet around your home, in your car, and in your bug out bag.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.  About $23.

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.


Hiking & Trekking Poles from Emergency Essentials

Following my 2013 trip to Alaska, I really wanted to invest in some trekking poles but did not want to spend a lot of money.  That said, I need to get something light enough, weight wise, to carry in my luggage and also something collapsible.  When I saw this pair at Emergency Essentials, I jumped on the opportunity to get two for $18.95.

For our hiking needs, we each need a single pole and let me tell you, having a hiking/trekking pole really has made a difference as we scramble up and down rocks on our hikes.  And yes, they are currently with me on this year’s journey to one of my favorite vacation spots.

These poles telescope to different lengths and also feature an anti-shock technology that can be turned on or off (although I have not quite figured out when it should be on and when it should be off).  There are also three different sets of “feet” for different types of terrain, and I suppose weather.

For a starter set of hiking poles or as a replacement for a cane, these are great and the price is right!

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The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 119 — 9 Comments

  1. Have a great trip. I did not get much done in the way of preps, the only thing I did was learn how to take care of cast iron pans.

  2. RE: ‘Warning: Do You Recognize these Five Common Piles of Prepper BS’

    I’m amazed by the people who cling to so-called authority figures, such as when they recommended “It’s also a good idea to be friends with your local Sheriff and as many of his deputies as possible…”

    Yeesh, the same kind of Sheriff bunch that says, ““I stand behind what our team did,” in reference to this?:

    ‘A Country Where Police Burn Infants in Their Cribs’

    Ya, get to know them, so they know who to rob when SHTF.

    “Without the rule of law”, they say?
    Looks like that’s the case already.

    • Belt – I agree with you about the sheriff. I also agree with the author about the “shoot first” mentality. Be prepared to shoot first to protect yourself and loved ones, but by alert observation you may find that many people will back off at the sight of a gun pointed at them. Some, a few, may come back later hoping to catch you unawares, but to remain human that is a chance that has to be taken. Also, the person may have knowledge and skills that can help you survive even better.

  3. I can’t say enough about those hiking sticks. When you have a pair, you won’t believe how much weight they will take off your legs and back! Can we say, splitting the weight between four legs instead of two! My goal is to get several pair for those just in case scenarios and put 2 pair in the go vehicle. Love those keychain LED flashlights too. 🙂
    O prepping……..does convincing some people why they need at the very least 72 hour bags count?

  4. again I don’t see sign-up page or vote page good luck put u on facebook an I guess that’s all u care about???!!!

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