The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 45

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Sunday Survival BuzzWelcome 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.

While in the Seattle area, I made a much anticipated trip to the Dollar Tree store where I was once again amazed at all of the prepper stuff you can purchase for a buck.  My haul this time around?

Some small rolls of duct tape to tuck away in backpacks, luggage and odd places where it might come in handy. I also purchased some empty spray bottles and some Honey and Oatmeal soap for – you got it – my DIY soft soap adventure.

Dollar Tree Haul DIY Soap Stuff & More

In addition, I had a little extra cash so I ordered my Teton Mammoth Sleeping Bag (about $130) as well as some 5 Gallon Mylar Bags (the 4.3 ml thickness which I feel is necessary to hold the weight of this large sized bag).  I know that I have always promoted storing food in smaller, gallon sized bags but for the deep deep storage – the real SHTF storage stuff – I decided to go with the larger bags that will be tucked away in bucket in a dark corner of my storage area.

Teton Mamoth Sleeping Bag

That was about it for this week.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

What Does It Mean to ‘Prepare for the Economic Collapse’?:  This article on Activist Post articulates what many of us feel.  Well said and worth reading.

Here’s what happens to you if we go over the fiscal cliff:  A plain English version of the impact of the fiscal cliff.  No fluff – just the overview of how the latest financial shenanigans will affect your pocket book going forward into 2013.

Are recent mass shootings false flag events to gain support for a repeal of the Second Amendment?: MD Creekmore (the Survivalist Blog dot net) has put down some thoughts regarding the recent shooting tragedies.  He is not saying that they were false flag events but does make some interesting points.

Will 2013 Mark the Beginning of American Decline?: Surprisingly, this is from from the MSM:

“So while no country will rise up to take America’s place as the world’s leading economy, its global position is indeed threatened — by its own reluctance to have an honest conversation about the federal budget and by the unwillingness of its political leadership to confront powerful interests on Wall Street.”

Warnings Not to Use ‘E15’ Gas in Your Car:  I put this up on my Facebook page yesterday.  Be sure to watch enough of the video to get the gist.

According to Facebook fan Lainie: “Our local Saturday talk radio show is “Wheels with Ed Wallace.” Wallace has spoken about, and written about, the ethanol lobby and about the damage ethanol does to the air (creates smog) and to engines small and large. Ed’s website is and his articles are linked there. Well worth the read! Short version: the corn lobby pushed for E-15.”

And from Britt: “Follow the $. Somewhere, someone(s) in the .gov, or their relatives have invested heavily in corn.”

Altoids Tin Candle:  And for those of you looking for a nifty DIY project this weekend, how about an emergency candle in a re-purposed Altoids tin?

An Herb for Thought: Calendula: And on the lighter side – the medicinal benefits of Calendula.

Backdoor Survival Reader Tips

From Jan (on stain removal):

I use regular 3% Hydrogen Peroxide from the drug store. Apply to stain, let dry. Keep doing this until the stain is gone, then put in laundry. It even works with turmeric, though takes 10 or more applications.

From Dave in response to Preparing For and Surviving a Fire in Your Home:

All the information given is good. I would like to add that visibility in a fire is very limited, to non existent. You really have no idea of how quickly smoke turns a room into a dark maze. As a former fireman I can attest to having been completely lost in a bedroom and getting stuck in a closet while searching for possible victims.

Fortunately I had on a SCBA to provide air, and was able to figure out where I was. If you think you can rely on your vision, as in Hollywood and TV movies you will be in for a big surprise. Try crawling out of your bedroom in the dark, with your eyes closed and a pillowcase over your head to get the idea. I can’t emphasize the advice of not going back in enough.

The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll

This week there is a new addition in the Homesteading section of my Blogroll: Common Sense Homesteading.  You will find an eclectic selection of interesting articles on this site – not the usual stuff.

And of course, you already know that I have renamed the former Recommended Sites to “Blogroll”. The transition of this page is still a work in progress as I am trying to make a few changes each week without getting too bogged down.  Sorry for the mess.

And the Winners Are

All five winners of the The True Meaning of Christmas book giveaway have been notified and have claimed their copy of 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life.

Congratulations to Bryan, Scott, Vicki, Al and Troy.  If you would like a copy of the e-book I co-authored with George Ure, you can purchase it Amazon or Barnes & Noble for $2.99.

And in case you missed it, I have a new giveaway running this week.  This time it is for a copy of Anna Hess’s popular (and excellent) book “The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency”.  For more information, read yesterday’s article: Book Festival and Giveaway: An Interview with Anna Hess.

The Final Word

To tell the truth, I am feeling a bit ragged around the edges today.  I have been working on a new e-book and put some final touches on a special limited edition that will be available soon.  That plus I am gearing up for my busy season J.O.B. wise.

So for today I will sign off with a note to newsletter subscribers: watch for something special in your inbox soon . . . hint hint, wink wink.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bargain Bin:  One of the best places to seek out survival gear is the outdoor and camping section of your local sporting goods or hardware store.  Here are some basics from Amazon to set you on your way to having the right gear available to do the job without spending a ton of money.  Don’t forget a Rothco Pack to carry it all.

Emergency Fire Starter:  Hugely popular with my readers, this inexpensive magnesium emergency fire starter will do the job for less than $5.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag.  It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a  minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.

Survival Kit Military Style Can Opener:  This is a no frills P-51 military surplus can opener.  Less than $3 for two.

Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord:  Pick your poison, color-wise, just be aware that some colors are more expensive than others.  What to do with Paracord?  Read: 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.

SE 7-Inch Hunting Knife with Fire Starter:  Another inexpensive option for a highly rated knife. It has a full-tang stainless-steel tanto blade and  includes a green cord-wrapped handle a belt sheath with a Velcro securing strap, and a magnesium alloy fire starter.  Less than $10.

Tinder-Quik Fire Tabs:  There are times when your DIY fire starting materials may not be available.  These fire tabs will fit the bill nicely.

Ka-Bar Black Kukri Machete:  This is on my bucket list (or shall I say the Survival Husband bucket list).  I am still doing some research but this looks like a best in class at the under $40 price point.  What is a machete used for?  Chopping brush, clearing a campsite, or cutting small branches come to mind. This Kukri measures 17 inches overall with an 11-1/2-inch blade and it comes with a black leather/Cordura combination sheath.

Chainmate Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch:  This is a survival chain saw that includes a belt loop pouch. Here is what one of the reviewers said: “This thing EATS wood and weighs nothing!! It takes a little bit of effort but you can chew through a hardwood tree half a foot thick in literally a couple minutes; half that if you use two people (one on each end).”

Cyalume SnapLight Industrial Grade Chemical Light Sticks:  You know how I love my light sticks.  Keep them in drawers next to the bed, your kitchen junk drawer, your car, your backpack – everywhere.  Read:  Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: Right now Emergency Essentials has a special sale on Freeze-Dried Chicken Breast Dices. The price is $27.99 which is 34% off the regular price of $42.95. Other specials include these favorites:

Red Feather Butter – $6.49
Shortening Powder – $3.79
Cinnamon Apple Slices – $6.49
Gamma Seal Lids – $6.49 (great to use with those free buckets, right?)


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