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.
For awhile now I have been meaning to visit an LDS cannery. This week I called the cannery in Kent, Washington to get some information and to pave the way for the Survival Husband to visit and pick up some bulk wheat. He has not returned home yet with the wheat and the pictures but he did provide me with a report.
According the very nice people at the cannery, after September, DIY canning at their facility will no longer be allowed. As widely reported on the internet, the feds are simply making it too difficult for them to comply with health regulations. Bulk items previously available for canning will be sourced from a supplier in Utah who will pre-can the items and ship them to the Kent facility where they will be made available for purchase.
Now here is the interesting thing: they expect the price for these pre-canned items to be the same as the DIY canned price or if not the same, very similar. Shelly reports that the Kent cannery was “packed” with people canning as well as folks simply stopping by to make a purchase.
As you can see in the photo above, my Rayovac 6-Volt battery adapter arrived. I am going to set it up with my 2000-hour flashlight (actually, my prototype is a 1000-hour flashlight) to see how long it runs. Considering the fact that the adapter costs about the same as a 6-volt battery (about $5) and that I can use rechargeable batteries in it, this seems like a good deal. Check back in three or four months.
One of the problems being solo these past website. I did order a tripod but it is still in the box and besides, I need to figure out how to run my camera remotely.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Those That Are Not Preparing For The Coming Economic Depression Are Going To Bitterly Regret It: Some of the statistics cited in this article are alarming such as “44 percent of all Americans do not have first-aid kits in their homes”. Yikes – that is a scary thought and makes me even more concerned that those that are not prepared will come after us in search of some of the basic needs in life if and when another depression occurs.
Squeeze The Bacteria Out Of Water With A New Gel: The way it works is that a bacteria-killing, spongy polymer gel absorbs water, then releases it in a purified form when squeezed.
Things All Scouts Should Know: 16 Camping and Life Hacks from 1911: In 1911, the first edition of Boys’ Life magazine was published. The first several issues included a short-lived section called “Things All Scouts Should Know,” which featured short, practical tips for boys at home and out camping. Here is collection of those tips.
San Francisco Under Emergency As Fire Threatens Power, Water: Just because you are not in the direct path of a wildfire does not meant you should not be concerned. And for those of us in areas there wildfires are common, be sure to go back and read How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire.
The No-Weld Double-Barrel Smoker (and how to use it: There has been some interest on my Facebook page in smokers. Here is a DIY Double Barrel Smoker that you can make yourself.
Coping: The Great Vaccine Debate: I simply could not believe it when my friend George came out in favor of vaccines. One day later, he reconsidered. You might want to read it since it is not often that George retracts something so quickly.
13 Ways to Stay Cool Without Electricity: This is not something I need to worry about in NW Washington State but I do know this is a huge concern for many of you.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
Two separate readers let me know that those cheap, Chinese made lighters may not be such a good deal after all.
Chinese lighters are built to different manufacturing standards than US. The Chinese lighters sometimes do not shut off when the lever is released, occasionally setting fire to pockets or whatever. I’ll stick to BICs.
And from James:
I would counsel against the cheap lighters mentioned in your blog today. I’ve done a lot of research on lighters and these Chinese units are junk at best and dangerous at worst. Read the reviews on Amazon. Better to spend the money and buy BICs.
Lighters are mission critical items in a survival situation and you don’t want something that will not work or explode and light your shelter on fire.
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TIPS FOR USING FACEBOOK
I often get an email indicating that my FB status updates (and links to free eBooks) are not appearing in their time line. Perhaps this explanation will help.
FB does not automatically post updates to all of the fan pages. They have some sort of algorithm that is a big mystery to everyone. That said, the way I believe it works is that the more you like, comment or share on someone’s page, the greater the chance that my “feed” will show up automatically on your timeline. That is why I always say “like, comment and share”. In addition to that, the more I personally interact , the greater the likelihood my posts will show up on fans personal timelines. Go figure.
Behind the scenes, there are FB guru sites that I follow and that is how I learned this. All of these likes, comments and shares are called “reach”. It is almost like learning a new language.
Anyway, you can always put “Backdoor Survival” in the search box on FB. I usually do the free e-books over morning coffee at about 8AM or 9AM but sometimes later. I try to do one a day but sometimes I do more than one and other days for one reason or another (busy) I skip. Finding those books can be a time sink and I have to start work so it is a dilemma when I get all wrapped up in it.
I hope this all makes sense. Try to “like” as much as you can and hopefully you will see more things show up on your timeline on a timely basis.
And while we are on the subject of Facebook, as of this writing, I have 7,178 FB fans. Wow! Not only that, unlike some Brand-X sites, all have come organically without paid ads, paid followers (think Fiverr) and scraping activities. Thank you everyone!! The more people we can reach with the message of family preparedness, the better.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOOPERS
The big blooper this week is that I dislike (that is putting it mildly) my new Excalibur food dehydrator. Sorry, but the results are not what I expected. The word the comes to mind is “vile tasting”. There was quite a discussion of my woes on Facebook and true enough, I need to call the manufacturer and explain the situation in detail since I might possibly have a defective unit.
That said, I wish I had purchased a $22 Harbor Freight cheapie first since what I have learned is that some people simply do not like the taste of food that is dehydrated at home. I think I have been spoiled by all of those commercial freeze-dried fruits and veggies. Also, I have a very small garden area which means I must purchase everything I dehydrate. This makes the cost, when you include the unit itself, rather high.
I am not saying that dehydrating food is a bad thing – most people love their dehydrators. I do recommend, however, that you start conservatively or better yet, try some home dehydrated food offered to you by a friendly relative of neighbor before you do what I did and spend a lot of money.
THE FINAL WORD
I am often asked to provide an opinion or quote on the best “can’t be without” prepping item. The answer I give is usually the same: a proper survival mindset. Speaking to that, I want everyone to recognize that being prepared is not something you put on your task list and complete at the end of a week, a month or even a year. Instead, being prepared is a lifestyle that you embrace and a lifestyle that will change as the needs of your family change.
While the steps to becoming prepared are not difficult, they may not always be easy. Grab onto a positive attitude and mindset to get you through the rough spots and you will do just fine.
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: For your discernment, hear are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus a a few selections from the Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items.
Rayovac 6VADPT-B Battery Adapter with Batteries, 6-volt: This adapter allows you to use standard D sized batteries in a lantern style flashlight. I am going to use it in my Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight (see below for more details).
Eveready 3-LED 6Volt Floating Lantern (battery included): Speaking of which, if you plan on building one of these super-charged flashlights, here is the base lantern/flashlight that you will need.
BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard: This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally. BICs just work – every time.
SAS Survival Handbook: SAS Survival Handbook is the definitive resource for all campers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers. It includes everything from basic camp craft and navigation to fear management and strategies for coping with any type of disaster. Also the companion books, SAS Urban Survival Handbook, The SAS Guide to Tracking, and Finding Your Way Without Map or Compass. (Recommended by reader Joel on FB and also a part of my personal book collection.)
Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition: This ultra light backpacking camp stove weighs only 3.9oz including the case. The stove works with any screw top butane or propane canisters and the flame is fully adjustable.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model: This device makes a great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking or camping pack. It is lightweight and robust and it just works.
Elite Forces Survival Bowie Knife: This 12″ Elite Forces Bowie has a 7 1/2″ black anodized stainless steel blade will cut through anything. Strap it to your leg with the included ABS sheath and you’re ready for action. Includes lanyard cord and is 12” in overall length.
One of the sale items this month is the Meat Variety Combowhich is 35% off. Included are cans of Salmon, Diced Roast Beef, White Turkey, Ham, Ground Beef and Smokey Flavored Chicken Chunks. This month I purchased this combo for my own food storage.
Not to be left out, the Freeze-Dried Fruit Variety Combo is also on sale. Lately I have been using FD fruit in my own “Survival” Sangria and fruit smoothies that also use the Creamy Vanilla Drink Mix.
In the gear department, this month the Katadyn Combi Water Filter is 34% off at $144.00. There are a lot of other items on sale this month so take a peek!
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Ron Brown and I put together this little 99 cent e-book on how to build a 2000 hour flashlight. Okay, Ron did most of the work but I actually built one to test and to fine tune the process. An early version that I built is still bright enough for bedtime reading.
This is something every Prepper should do. Dirt cheap and fun! Only 99 cents!