Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.
This has been a tough week not only for those of us in the North America but also for citizens of the world. The bombing in Boston, the explosion in Texas and the earthquake in China are just a few of the recent events that have changed life as they know it for many.
As I made my way home from vacation, I could not help but to think about the the liberal use of the term “shelter in place” that was used over the airwaves by the MSM this week. That made me wonder just how many people knew how to really shelter in place following a disaster as opposed to staying locked down inside their homes pending apprehension of the bad guys.
Alas, for today I will simply ponder and wonder about the impact of the the Boston bombing on right to move about without 24/7 surveillance.
My only prep this week was to gather as many free bars of soap as I could so that I would have source material for my DIY Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. And although not technically a prep, I showed any and everyone that would listen my little 9 Volt Blocklite which served as a handy dandy night light during my trip.
I am now back home and even though this was a working vacation, I am recharged and ready to take my preps to the next level. But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Before We Plunge Ahead In Creating a Fishbowl Society of Surveillance, We Might Want to Ask Whether Such New Measures or Devices Will Actually Make Us Safer: This article addresses some of my own thoughts and concerns. Yes, we want to be safe but at what cost?
How to Prepare Your Child to Handle an Emergency: Although I have written about this topic myself, this article is a good reminder that children need our assistance to help them cope with a scary, emergency situation. Also see 12 Preparedness Tips for Families with Children.
Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’: This has been making the rounds but in case you missed it, take note. This is something else you need to ponder.
Arggggh! American workers are at a breaking point: In my own conversations with employed friends, part of the problem is that the productive workers have to cover for the on-the-job slackers. The good employees do not get promoted because they are doing a great job while their co-workers spend the day browsing the internet and surfing Facebook. I am sure this is a gross generalization but it is something I hear about time and again.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
Why Soak Your Grains?
Glad you asked! Soaking releases the phytic acid, the ‘peel’ of the grain. This is the preserver that locks in the nutrients and flavor. It also adversely affects some folks’ digestion.
Many folks who experience bloating after consuming whole grains, thoroughly love soaked grain bread. Their body handles it well! Some people think they need to eat gluten free, they feel better. Try soaked grain bread. It is much more delicious, economical, and nutritious than typical GF food! Unless you are truly celiac, soaked grain may just be the answer to your digestion.
And from Mike the Gardener at Seeds of the Month Club, a Backdoor Survival sponsor:
Another reason to turn off the power (following a disaster) … if you hook up a generator directly to your main house panel, you have to turn off the main before you start the generator … should the power come back on while your generator is pumping electric through your system, you could have some very bad affects … as we witnessed here in NJ during Hurricane Sandy where houses were burning down, because of this.
NEWS FROM OUR SPONSOR
This week I am pleased to announce a new sponsor, Mother Earth Products.
When Theodore Pope, the owner, is asked “what sets Mother Earth Products apart from everyone else” he says:
The pictures you see on the website and Facebook are of me and my family. We want to make sure there is a face to this company. We are a real family. These are our experiences and we would love to share them with you.
Mother Earth Products is our company and creation. We are the manufacturer and hand package each of these products for quality and assurance. We hope that our personal experience, great products, and excellent customer service will entice you to try us out. We hope that we can be a valuable asset in your preparedness journey; sharing our knowledge, not just selling you product.
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Theodore has a bit more advice for my readers and will also be sponsoring a giveaway soon so stay tuned for that.
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If you subscribe to email updates and have them delivered to the Outlook email client, you may have noticed that with the latest Microsoft security update, images are not appearing properly. I know – because starting a couple of weeks ago, this happened to me. Here is a fix from Microsoft: Outlook 2010 won’t display images after installing IE10.
THE FINAL WORD
I started out by saying how good it was to be back home.
In my bones I am feeling change in the air but whether good or bad I do not know. My antennae are on high alert but for what I do not know. What I do know is that I need to keep on prepping and to keep on learning new skills. That plus I need to get my summer vegetable seeds planted.
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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Bargain Bin: Here are links to the products mentioned in today’s article. In addition, as it turns out, the recent article on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In cased you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners.
Harbor Freight Tools: A quick reminder that Harbor Freight has all kinds of goodies including tools, work gloves, and of course, low cost shelving. Shipping is a flat $6.99 regardless of the size of the order.
AA/AAA 4 Cell Battery Storage Case Bundle of Six Cases: This little plastic cases have individual slots for either AA or AAA size rechargeable batteries. Very handy.
Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. Note: When I purchased the charger, it was on backorder. Oddly, it actually shipped the next day. Go figure.
Blocklite Mini Compact Size Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claims that these work great. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”.
NOW Solutions Glycerin Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever.
NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: I favor peppermint essential oil (okay, I like lavender too) so this is what I get. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way.
Microfiber “Magic” Rags: No list of cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using green for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
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 that it is only $14.95.
One item can recommend available is their Do It Yourself Super Pail Combo. It includes 8 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 8 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers.
Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job.
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