The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 48

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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.

Do you know about DAK hams?  This canned meat (a step up from Spam) is a backpacker’s staple which means they are also a prepper’s staple as well.  This week, while visiting the Seattle area, I found DAK hams on sale for $2.99 each.  So knowing a bargain when I see one, I purchased half a dozen.

Dak Ham

So what is the point of me telling you this?  Simple.  Know your prices and when you see a deal, purchase in quantity.  Plus, be sure to look for bargains in the most unlikely locations.  I found the DAK hams at a drugstore, of all places.  You just never know so keep an eye peeled – and don’t forget to bargain hunt at the dollar store as well.

The other thing I did this was week was finish “reading” (listening, actually) to the mainstream novel, Zoo, by James Patterson.  The reason I mention this is that this book relates the story of a world gone topsy turvy when mammals start attacking humans.  I don’t want to be a spoiler, but at the end of the day, humankind, or what is left of humankind, is living in a post apocalyptic state.

While this was purely escapist fiction, it demonstrates once again how the mainstream is tip-toeing into “it could happen” land.

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

How to Hide and Recover Your Survival Cache:  Do I have a survival cache?  You won’t get me to admit a thing.  A great article full of lots of useful information.

24 Hard Facts About 9/11 That Cannot Be Debunked:  Yes, I am one of the many that feels that there are many untold truths surrounding 9/11.  It is up to you to decide how you feel about it and if you are undecided, read this.

Food prices may be catalyst for 2013 revolutions:  As the article says, “The link between the cost of feeding your family and political turmoil is too well-established to be ignored.”

Flu Epidemic Hysteria:  Makes me wonder what else, beside the vaccine, is going into the “flu” shot.  Think about it.  Maybe not this year, but next year or the year after, flu vaccines could include mind control drugs – or worse.  Just saying.

Backdoor Survival Reader Tips

Shauna at Learning to Cook All Over Again sent this over:

I heard of a quick and dirty way to eliminate oxygen from sturdy, larger containers, like plastic or metal drums (or gallon containers). Got it from an old homesteader. You get a small glass saucer and place a tea candle on it. Then place the saucer on top of the grain/beans in the drum, light it, and seal the drum. The candle will only burn until the oxygen is all used up and then it will stop burning and leave you with an oxygen free environment.

I have not had a chance to research this.  Thoughts, anyone?

Karen says:

The survival detail I got (from Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD) is holding a can of food over the fire with pliers or a multi-tool to heat it up.  And like Gaye wrote, warm clothes, coat, boots and blanket/tarp come before tent/sleeping bag.

And from Patti:

The #1 thing you have missed (in 9 Mistakes Typically Made by Preppers) is to not store everything in the same place even if you are ‘bugging in’.  I lost my home & all of it’s contents to a fire on Christmas Day.  All my dehydrated (by me plus bought stuff) jars & cans are gone, along with stuff I’d been saving…dog food, bleach, baking soda etc.  Luckily I’d stored a little bit in the {untouched} detached garage. I mean a wind storm or flood could cause the same devastation. Just wanted to add that because it’s not something you think about.

I know I didn’t until it happened.

What about those YouTube videos

Beats me.  I write the articles, upload them to my web host, and do a test preview to make sure everything looks right.  Then, at midnight Pacific, the articles go live.  When I get up the next morning, the YouTube videos are gone.

Frustrated?  Yes – especially since the YouTube videos I share are so benign are are nothing that the censor police would care about.  This just started happening so either I am doing something different, or, in a more likely scenario, something has changed over at YouTube. 

So, I just want to apologize for the missing videos.  I will keep working on it.

The Backdoor Survival Blogroll

I have added a great new site to the Blogroll this week.  Many of you may know of Dennis Evers.  He has a new website that looks like it is going to be a fabulous resource for  “Hands-On” Preppers.  In his words:

Preppers are typically “hands-on” kind of people, and with that in mind, a new website; “Preparedness is Fundamental”, has just been launched that features articles and short how-to videos on prepping for anyone that doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty. One video shows you how you can secure as many perfectly good batteries as you want for free while another walks you through the easy construction of a super bright, rugged 12 Volt LED prepper light for around $6.00.

Other information includes how to build a solar generator, gardening, free prepper materials and discount codes, while upcoming videos and how-to articles deal with a serious homemade smoker for under ten bucks, LED security lighting, long term food storage, seed preservation and more.

Now here is the deal (and a test to see if you are paying attention).  I have 12 copies of Dennis Evers book, How to Handle a Crisis, to give away to my readers.  The giveaway is for the e-book version and all you need to do to win is leave a comment below.  I will select 12 winners at random and announce the winner next week.

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Quote of the Week

SurvivalWoman Dance In the Rain Quote

Remember this one?

The Final Word

How-To-Hide-Your-Gun-200Gun control – pros and con – have dominated the news this week.  I did not feel a need to share any links since news articles from both the Alternative Press and the MSM are everywhere.  As a precaution, both the Survival Husband and myself have read the $7 e-book, How to Hide Your Guns, and I will try to remember to put up a short review next week.

I am afraid our leaders in Washington DC are going to be wasting al lot of time arguing about gun control instead of taking care of the business of running our country.  Of course as far as I can tell, they don’t have the skill set to do that so in a way, it is business as usual.

All the more reason to ramp up preps and learn some more survival and DIY skills.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Here are some of the emergency medical reference books and supplies that belong in every household first aid kit.

The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook:  This book will teach you how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and shows you strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. You’ll learn skills like performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound.  This medical reference belongs in every survival library!

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

Where There Is No Doctor: Hesperian’s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is perhaps the most widely-used health care manual in the world. About $20.  Also available as a free download at the Hesperian website

Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pack or other Adventure Medical Kits: Adventure Medical Kit products are well priced and with an excellent reputation among outdoor types such as fishermen and hunters. This is a good place to start if you are looking for a pre-packaged kit.

The Pill Book (15th Edition): New and Revised: For nine bucks, there is no reason not to have this book in your emergency medical kit.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): These come in a pack of ten and are packaged tightly in a small packet that will fit in any sized pocket.

Omron Series Blood Pressure Wrist Unit: We personally would not be without one of these units.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

first aid kit (Custom)

This month they have a 397 piece first aid kit on sale for $28.99 which no a bad price if you need a kit to get you started.  This first-aid kit comes organized in a soft-sided travel bag and it also includes a bonus mini backpack which is great for having first-aid items on-hand anywhere.  Once you have these basics, you can start adding additional emergency supplies such as some Quick Clot and Israeli Battle Dressings.

And don’t forget, Emergency Essentials has a robust list of Food Storage Recipes – yours for the taking.

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The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 48 — 49 Comments

  1. I am 70+, Have been canning all of my life. Have over 650 jars in my Home Canned Shelves. 600 of them are meats, stews, and etc. I dehydrate most all of my vegetables. I still get good ideas from you. We just adopted our 4 year old granddaughter.I am teaching her in a slight way about emergencies. Make sure you have a water bottle, snacks, extra clothes. medical supplies, We have a B.bag in the car and one in our truck. She checks it for the right sizes for her. She loves to help me with dehydrating and canning. I keep her away from the pressure caner/cooker. The candle will suck out all of the oxy. Make sure that you have plenty room from the flame of the candle and the lid of the container.It does get hot. You can place the t.light candle in a glass holder and push it down into the grains keeping the grain safe from fire and away from the lid.Tomorrow I am canning beef tips in wine sauce. Very tasty. Then Monday, 2 of my granddaughters are coming over to learn how to can cheese spread. Thanks for you great ideas.

  2. New to your website and loving it! It is packed with good information. This Sunday Buzz is a great weekly resource too. Looking forward to digging into the rest of your site. Thanks for sharing!

  3. My son turned me on to Matthew Bracken’s books and that got me started. Now I’m devouring the 299 Days series. I found your site as a result of a web search and really enjoy your Sunday Survival Buzz. It has helped me find several other resources as well. I’m 67 years young and hate what is happening to our country but I’m overjoyed to see so many citizens taking action to protect themselves and their families from what it so clearly coming.

  4. Hi Gaye
    Thank you for linking to the 9/11 site. The events of September 11th are the most important political events of my lifetime and have completely reshaped the US.

    Even a cursory review of the official “facts” surrounding these events is enough to reveal that we were not told the truth.

  5. The Preparedness is Fundamental site looks awesome thank for the heads up. Only problem is I couldn’t find a sign up spot to get regular updates. I am looking forward to exploring and gaining knowledge on how to get my family prepped. Thanks again.

  6. LOVE the idea of watching out for DAK Hams! My stomach churns at the thought of Spam (not that I don’t already have a supply set aside! LOL!) Never occurred to me to step it up a notch! Thanks Gaye!

    • I would love to hear about readers’ experience with DAK, SPAM, or any other shelf-stable ham. How do you prepare it so it tastes okay? Thanks.

      • I was totally against eating Spam until I met my husband 8 years ago. He loved Spam (my parents love it and have always eaten it) and I would force myself to eat a few bites. Then I discovered the Hickory Smoked Spam. I absolutely love it! My children think I am crazy to eat it, but my grandchildren love it. I think it comes down to developing a taste for it.

        • BTW – I have a lunch meat slicer (, which slices the Spam in to 11 perfect slices. Then I quick fry it on both sides, making them a bit crunchy with a semi-soft, warm inside. We eat it as a meat or on sandwiches. Haven’t tried any casseroles with it yet.

    • The secret to Spam is to not eat it until you are starving. Don’t eat much the first few times. That makes it much more palatable. At least that worked for me. Ketchup or mustard help a lot too.

  7. Excellent Sunday post as always. Before I buy I usually check if you have a review up-I trust your opinion on these matters. Thanks for your untiring efforts that help keep everyone aware!

  8. Gaye, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading you “go to” sites. Also I wanted to say how happy a propper can be over just a little thing. I am always reading the classifieds to find things at a great price. Two days ago I found 7 chickens with a tub of food for $25. The man was getting old and said he just didn’t feel like taking care of them anymore. They are less than 1 year old and have given me 5 eggs a day now. I have never had chickens to lay eggs in the winter, but go ahead and ask me how happy I am. This $25 has made my day, no, made my month…

  9. Keep up the good work. You are rapidly becoming my go-to site for info. I have narrowed it down to three, maybe four sites now. Is it possible to automate giving you credit when I purchase at Amazon so I don’t have to go through your website each time?

  10. To Patti: I am so sorry about the loss of your house due to fire, and the loss of your prepped food. What a terrible tragedy. I pray your family is able to recover quickly.

  11. I learn something new every time I visit your site. New to prepping I am starting to invest in canning and buying more canned goods when shopping. Still need to check out the dollar store and get bug out bags for the family but its a start. Thanks for all the great articles and links!

  12. I was so sorry to read about the loss of your home and supplies.I hope no one was injured! I love your website and always learn so much from you. Keep up the good work.

  13. WOW. Did I have an epiphany today. I read about how to make your house look like, to a bad guy, he wouldn’t want to stop there. My good friend Clyde, whom I have never met, but e-mail each other daily, gave me this advice. Place a sign in the front yard that says “crazy man lives here. He is the go to guy on chickens, goats, rabbits, and pot bellies, that I have. I wanted the silhouette of a man with bullet holes in his head with the words, “nothing here worth dieing over, but yesterday my daughter bought a new gun and we were in the back yard shooting. I went out this morning to clean up the mess, and the wind had blown all my empty shell boxes all over the yard. Epiphany. Scatter empty shell boxes everywhere. Bad guys beware..

  14. I enjoy reading your Sunday Buzz each week, you are the best. My wife and I retired 6 years ago and we are not preppers as yet, but I do consider us to be survivalists. We have 6 months of freeze-dried food and expect that we will move to the next level as the administration continues it quest destroy Capitalism and end Freedom in our once great Country. I am starting to read some of your affiliates websites as well and you have a great team of experts. Thank you for the education.

  15. Saw your post on Facebook and thought I’d leave a comment 😉

    Seriously, since I subscribed to your facebook posts I have learned a lot and reinforced what I was already doing. Thanks for everything you do.

  16. When I first saw your website I wasn’t sure what to think about a woman survivalist. Being open minded and curious I decided to check it out thoroughly. I am so glad I did. You bring so much to the table in a manner that I think a lot of men miss or under prioritize on there survival sites. Thanks for doing a superb job at doing what you do (and thanks for all the free Amazon books.) Super Impressed and yours truly, Damen

  17. Gaye, I very much enjoy your site, your tips and ideas, and your perspective. Thank you for all that you do. I wish you nothing but success and joy in all your endeavors.

  18. Thank you for such a wealth of information. I began reading your work a few months ago and following the posts on Facebook. Thanks for all you do.

  19. Gaye….I looked through “Preparedness is Fundamental”…wow…Dennis Evers is gong to have a popular website…thanks for the info…Rusty

  20. Loved your quote and tip about the dollar store(80% of my first aid and vitamins are from there. )Have a quote for you- the beauty of the second amendment is that it isn’t needed until they try to take it away-Thomas Jefferson

  21. Love your blog, and am always happy to see a new post pop up in my RSS reader! Excited to peruse a few books on decluttering, as I ran across your post about going “Simple”

    Not one to make resolutions, the issue of STUFF has taken a front seat here. I’m going room by room, then I will start over again months in the future.

    Thanks for all you write.

  22. Thanks for all the great advice, this place is a wonderful resource! I also appreciate that you show how to do things in a practical way, even if you’re on a tight budget.

  23. Bought the Hide Your Guns ebook. Interesting concepts. Spent the weekend cruising looking for furniture. Keep finding articles to share. Waiting for some how-to smoke/preserve wild game and fish.

  24. Wow! First time reader and I feel as if I stumbled upon an unlimited source of interactive preppers! I’m going to read other article, submissions and check out sponsors. Thanks for the enjoyable experience. I believe I can learn much by participating. Stay happy, healthy & safe!

  25. Thanks for the tip on the sale of DAK hams in the Seattle area. We always buy our food storage on sale. Since we restock before we run out it is pretty easy to keep an eye out for bargains instead of paying full price. One of the big chain stores had buy one get one free on meat the other day and we stocked up. Thanks for the great site

  26. Thank you for all of the great information. I look forward to your postings each week. Your recommendations and blogroll are very welcome for additional exploration.

  27. Great website!!! I am a subscriber and look forward to getting your information through my e-mail. I would love to have a copy of How To Handle A Crisis. Thanks

  28. Just wanted to chime in on the candle as an oxygen absorber. Back in the early days of microbiology, scientists used the candle method when trying to grow bacteria in anaerobic conditions(in the absence of oxygen). So, the method is legit. That said, it seems like a fire hazard and a waste of a plate and a candle since you can’t open the container to get them out without reintroducing oxygen into the chamber.

  29. I don’t think they want you to put a lid on it. Just put the candle in far enough that the flame is a short distance below the rim. 1-2 inches down should be enough. Set it on a metal or ceramic saucer. As long as there isn’t a breeze, when the candle goes out there should be very little oxygen left. Take the candle out. Gently pour in enough grain to fill the bucket to the desired level and seal.

  30. RE tea candle oxygen absorption:

    Tea candles are only pennies cheaper than commercial 2000CC oxygen absorbers on Amazon. Pennies, compared to how many tens of dollars in stored foods? This is your long term food stock, to be depended on when times are lean. Do not cut corners here, stick with commercial absorbers. If this little bit is enough to make the difference, turn the heat down one degree, buy cheaper coffee, cancel the cable TV, etc.

    Just my $0.02.

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