Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
What a crazy and wild week. We lost power about 2:30AM one night and our house generator automatically kicked it. Shelly jumped up and said “WTF, something is wrong with our generator”! LOL, I told him to relax; it was doing what it was supposed to do! Anyway, he traipsed outside to shut it off since it is wasteful to run a generator in the middle of the night. Even generators need practice and this little episode was a perfect drill.
The highlight of the week was dinner with Anne Watson and Aaron Shephard. You are familiar with Aaron who, under the pen name of Mark Shephard, is the editor of the book Phoenix Island. This is a bit self-serving but one of the best parts of the evening (and there were many) was that Anne has offered to teach me to make soap using the techniques in her book, Smart Soapmaking. Not only that, we are considering doing a video as well! Both books are currently available in eBook format for only 99 cents.
My Amazon order this week included some Pool Shock. I know you are thinking “it is about time”. I plan on mixing up a proper dilution so that I can give up my reliance on bleach which for one, has a six to twelve month shelf life and for two, is becoming difficult to find in some areas where only the “ultra-concentrated” or scented versions are available.
I also ordered some additional N100 masks. I put a note up on Facebook right away because I thought these might become a hot item and sure enough, the price went up $20 the next day. Still, with the Ebola mess, it can’t hurt to be prudent and have some extra N95’s or N100’s on hand.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Tana asked via email:
What is the best, reasonably priced backpack? Since school supplies are out now there are more options available right now. I just found your website today and it sounds more in line with what I can do and why I would need it. Any help is appreciated.
I thought the rest of you might be interested in my response:
There are so many purposes for backpacks (bug out, vehicle, evacuation to a shelter or friend’s home) that I am hard pressed to make a specific recommendation. I am pretty small so I prefer the Rothco Medium Transport pack because it holds a ton and yet, with its narrow profile, is easy for me to manage.
My recommendation is to find something relative light weight with lots of compartments for sorting your stuff. Go for comfort and don’t let anyone talk you into spending more than you can afford. You can always upgrade later.
Tony asked a question about the Lifestraw water filter:
Hello, I can not find any info of longevity or shelf life once water has been pulled thru it and then put back in storage.
The LifeStraw will filter 1000 liters of water, which is 264 gallons. After that, it will simply quit working. Lifestraw has recently updated their technical specs to indicate that there is no “shelf life” to the Lifestraw when stored at room temperature.
From Nora in response to the article Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola:
The information you wrote is essentially correct.
However, I want to clarify one thing regarding transmission. Even small droplets of exhaled, sneezed or coughed fluid can carry the disease. For example, one of the women who had the disease refused treatment, left the clinic, and got in a jitney cab with multiple passengers. Four additional women contracted Ebola and have since died.
I suspect that Ebola is not as difficult to contract as we have been led to believe. With an incubation period of up to 21 days and relatively minor initial symptoms, people could travel across the world and potentially infect others. Just my thoughts.
Sobering thoughts, indeed. I will have a special report on Ebola coming up on Tuesday along with an article reflecting my own “hunker down in isolation” preps on Wednesday. Stay tuned for those and as always, I will try to post important updates over on my Facebook page.
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AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
Remember the Titan Ready giveaway? The winners have finally been announced. They are Judy S., Michael E., Jill S., and Jane B. All of the winners have claimed their prize but if one of you is a Backdoor Survival reader, be sure to check in and let the rest of us know.
In addition, the winner of Sara Hathaway’s book, “Day After Disaster” is Monty. The winning entry was the “Free entry for everyone!” You have been notified by email and have 48 hours to claim your prize.
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The print version of “The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage” is now linked up properly to the eBook version. In addition, I have added the option where you can get the eBook for just 99 cents if you have already purchased the print version.
The other thing, and I am not quite sure how this works, but Amazon floats the price of the print book. I have seen it as low as $5.39 although the normal price is $5.99. I guess I still have a lot to learn about self-publishing.
THE FINAL WORD
I have a confession to make. I have over-committed and am suffering from review and giveaway burnout. Alas, I have already committed to a lot of great stuff and do intend to play things out for awhile. In the meantime, I am more than a little bit anxious to do some real writing so please bear with me for awhile longer, okay? I plan to take a “giveaway” break in the fall.
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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The Sunday ALMOST FREE Department
These arrived very quickly; I was surprised. They are bright and with the included batteries, are a real bargain. As of this writing, $3.99 with free shipping.
Bargain Bin: Here are some of the items mentioned in today’s article.
Smart Soapmaking: The Simple Guide to Making Traditional Handmade Soap: The title says it all. Anne Watson, the author, is going to teach me to make soap using the techniques in this book. The eBook is only 99 cents but if you can afford it, get the print book.
Ultima Pool Shock: I could not find a local source for unadulterated pool shock so this is what I ordered from Amazon. It contains 73% Calcium Hypochlorite. I had to dig around at the manufacturers web site to ensure that there were no additives other than inert ingredients.
3M N95 Particulate & Respirator Mask: This is an inexpensive mask that can be used in a variety of emergency situations. They come in a box of 20 and are NIOSH-certified. The molded cone design is fluid and splash resistant and will greatly reduces your exposure to airborne particles.
Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask: Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s. N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors.
LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier: The Lifestraw Family contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and is the perfect solution to your portable water purification needs – whether bugging in or bugging out. As of this writing, shipping is free.
Rothco Medium Transport Pack: What I really like about these Rothco packs is the narrow profile. As you can see in the picture, it is only as wide as my body. Sure, it sticks out a bit in back but at least I do not bump in to things. There are lots of compartments and pouches and it by far, the most comfortable pack I have ever worn. I actually own 3 Rothco packs, 2 in the medium size and one large. I keep one pack permanently in my vehicle.
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Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet. I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit. I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.
I also recommend the Mobile Washer. This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is the price – only $14.95.
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