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 had lots of prepping on my to-do list this week but most of it did not get done. Work, life and just being crazy busy means that packaging more beans, rice and other dry goods into the 5 gallon Mylar bags I purchased will just have to wait.
Likewise, I have a huge collection of No Rinse Products to test but did not have the personal bandwidth this week to even start.
There is one very important task that I did accomplish, though. I connected with a few select members of my community – all of whom are preppers that read this blog – and we are going to have a meet and greet next week in town. Now I know that some of you have reservations about this sort of thing and I do respect that. On the other hand, I am hopeful that I will find some like-minded people that will help watch my back if the SHTF since after all, I would be pretty easy to find and single out.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News & Articles from Around the Web
I Was a Paid Internet Shill: How Shadowy Groups Manipulate Internet Opinion and Debate: Now I don’t know if this article is for real or not, but I do believe there is some truth to the fact that this sort of thing happens.
FDA Says Ambien Is Making Us Too Groggy In The Morning, Requires Lower Recommended Dosages: My take? The FDA is getting ready to approve some expensive new sleeping aid that will be pushed to the doctors by big pharma and of course, pushed to the unsuspecting consumer who may be hoodwinked by some free samples.
Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores: My husband pointed this one out to me. With so many people truly in need, this is a travesty. Take their welfare away and give it to the seniors and disabled that are barely getting by. My thoughts, at least.
Fukushima “Decontamination” Measures Are Making Things WORSE: In a series of essays called “Crooked Cleanup”, leading Japanese news source Asahi shows the level of corruption and incompetence involved in the cleanup.
Experts urge PC users to disable Java, cite security flaw: In case you missed this one.
How to Cook on Your Car Engine, and Other Vehicle Survival Tips: This is something I had not thought of.
Backdoor Survival Tips
From “Jay”, an inexpensive spot remover that goes hand in hand in my DIY Laundry Soap:
Since I work in construction a lot I use waterless hand cleaner [GOOP] – a lot.
It gets the messiest parts of a job off the hands until I can wash in water later. One of the little known secrets of the hand cleaner is its ability to remove stains from clothing. Especially inks, oil and other petroleum based products. Just rub some into the stain and launder as usual.
It even works on stains that have gone through a complete wash/dry cycle. Believe me, I have washed a dozen pens and saved my marriage by using the GOOP to get the stains out of my wife’s favorite blouse. Oh, and by the way it comes in a tube or a can. Available at any auto parts store for $3 – $5. I carry a tube in my vehicles for the occasional on the road repair.
You know how I am always talking about finding free 5 gallon buckets – even if they smell like pickles? These useful tips come from “The Concrete Fairy”:
Pickle smell can often be removed by filling the bucket to the top with water, add a cup or so of baking soda, put the lid on it, leave it out in the sun for a week or so (or until you remember it again) rinse well. Not sure how much the sun helps, that’s where I had to put them, makes sense that it would open the plastic pores up a bit. Works for me
I also use plastic 1 gallon jars from sandwich shop trash (had mayonnaise or peppers in them)same place I get the pickle buckets… Occasionally they throw out glass jars, but the plastic ones are consistent, the small shop near me throws out 3 or 4 mayo jars a week, 2 or 3 pepper jars, occasional other jars.
If you dig in their trash, clean up after yourself! Making messes gets dumpsters locked, and that annoys the rest of us.
Pro tip: wear gloves, and have paper towels and hand sanitizer with you.
Sounds like excellent advice to me!
The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll
A new addition this week is Survival News Online which is not a news portal but a real, honest to goodness blog with lots of useful, original content. If you missed it on my Facebook page, be sure to ready 12 Useful Prepper, Survivalist, and Self-Reliance Websites. The sites are listed in random order and guess who is #11?
I also added Prepper Daily News, a recently launched portal for prepper news from around the net.
Note: For technical reasons, I have renamed 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. Pardon the mess.
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Remember the free book from FEMA that was on backorder? I am getting reports that the book is now shipping and yes, even though it is from FEMA, the book is good. Did you get your copy? If not, read about it in Free for You: The “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”.
Shelly – aka the Survival Husband – just started reading the new Max Velocity book, Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises. This is his entry into the Survival Fiction genre. I learn so much from these books – love them as much as my John Grisham thrillers – the difference is they are also educational.
I asked Max about his new book and here is what he said:
Following the success of my manual ‘Contact! A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival’ I was reminded that fiction can also be a very useful means to pass information and paint a picture.
With my new novel ‘Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises’ that is exactly what I set out to do. The novel is set in a not too unlikely collapse and civil war situation in the United States, and the storyline is intended to incorporate into the action some of the tactical techniques covered in ‘Contact!’ Patriot Dawn is a powerful story of survival and civil war set in the near future.
Quote of the Week
People send me the nicest quotes and when they do, I make a little graphic to share with you!
Just for Fun
Early last summer, Shelly (the Survival Husband) and I were featured waltzer’s in our local production of The Sound of Music. A few readers have asked about it so, just for the fun, I share our dance with you.
The Final Word
When I first started The Sunday Survival Buzz, I thought I would be composing a quick little post to bring you up to date with various goings on both with myself and the prepping world. And so it is today – only as time goes on I find more and more to add to the weekly muse. I find that the word “quick” has disappeared from my vocabulary but so be it. Life goes on, as does prepping and staying informed about the world around us.
January and February are my busiest times, work wise, so if I am slow to respond to emails over the next couple of months, just know that I read all comments and everything else you send my way but that you may not always get a personal response.
Love you guys!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: I thought I would have the list of the most popular items of 2012 finished by now but nope – not yet. Instead, I want to remind you that 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: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. Even if you are not ready to buy, take a look at their robust list of Food Storage Recipes – yours for the taking.
The goal with these recipes is to help you rotate and take advantage of your food storage on a daily basis – not a bad idea if I do say so myself. One other thing. The recipes can be printed or saved in a PDF so they can be saved on your hard drive.
Specials this month includes Freeze Dried Ground Beef, Mountain House Cinnamon Apple Dices, Neapolitan Ice Cream Slices and a six piece Entree Variety Combo. This combo pack includes MH Lasagna with Meat Sauce, MH Beef Stew, MH Chicken A La King, MH Turkey Tetrazzini, Sweet and Sour Noodles with Beef and Spiral Pasta Primavera. The price for all six is $144.99 about a 30% discount.
Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also want to ask you to consider Legacy food products from Preparewise. Not only are they 100% GMO free, but they are lower in sodium, have fewer artificial ingredients and just taste good. More on that later – just wanted to give you a heads up and a link if you want to give them a try.
Oh, and by the way, shipping is always 100% free. One of my favorites is the Legacy Foods “Beans & Rice Enchilada” meal.
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