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.
Organization was the keyword again this week. Having a small home, clutter accumulates like crazy as boxes from Amazon, Emergency Essentials and Thrive Life arrive with new preps. This week’s haul included some lemon essential oil and beeswax that will be used to make a healing salve, as well as some food grade lubricant for my hand mixer and manual can opener. There was also box of freeze-dried veggies (for the soup I am making for dinner tonight).
The most exciting item, however, is the Mora 511 utility knife that I purchased for testing purposes. From what I have been able to determine so far, this little beauty is a find. I have been using it the kitchen for a few days and am impressed with how well balanced and sharp it is given how cheap it was. Some times I don’t know what I like best: flashlights, whistles or knives. I seem to accumulate a lot of them.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Elderly patients sick over losing doctors under ObamaCare: If you are currently on Medicare, take heed and check to see if the doctors you use are on the “list”.
Americans Racking Up Debt Faster Than We Save For Retirement: The good news is that Americans who are close to retirement are paying down their debts. The bad news is that many households are treading water on old debts or accumulating new ones, which takes even more money out of retirement accounts and means they’ll be paying accounts off well into retirement. Wait a minute. Who can afford to retire these days? See the next article.
Survey: Third of Americans expect to work until they drop: And then there is this.
Victory! Washington State Sues GMA For Money Laundering: Money is being spent big-time in offensives against GMO labeling bills introduced in various states. One humongous battle—over $7.2 million worth and counting—is currently going on my home state, Washington, regarding Initiative 522. My mailbox overflows daily with propaganda and to be honest, it is disgusting to see the who’s who of the opponents.
28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima: I still can’t believe there are so many naysayers when it comes to the long term affect of Fukushima on our health and the health of our children. I am not moving but if I were younger and of child-bearing age, I would think seriously about packing it in and moving away from the coast.
Obviously Your Urban Chickens Need $20 Reflective Safety Vests: Yep, this is for real.
Cryptolocker Ransomware: What You Need To Know: This ugly piece of malware is for real and may not be detected by your anti-malware and anti-virus programs. I happen to use the “pro” version of Malwarebytes but even the free version is better than nothing. The best thing, of course, is to make a regular backup of your important documents and photos.
Amazon Quietly Ups The Free Shipping Minimum Purchase To $35: Just in case you had not heard about this pre-holiday increase. You might want to consider Amazon Prime – there is no minimum purchase and video steaming is free. (Full disclosure: I earn a $2.00 bounty if you sign up using a link from this website.)
Rendering Tallow in a Crock Pot: We are currently considering partnering in the purchase of a cow that will be raised locally using non-GMO feed. If it comes to pass, I am going to want to render the tallow. This is an instructive article, with lots of pictures, for someone who wants use up every bit of their butchered animal.
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This came in from “Wandakate”. Does anyone have some insight as to where she can go to seek others wishing to form a community? Or where she can find a forum for discussing this topic? If so, please leave a comment and I will forward it on to her.
I do believe that a lot of folks out there need survival communities where they are prepping and preparing for the perilous times ahead. People in cities won’t survive, most will unfortunately die when the SHTF. People in big towns, middle sized towns, and even small towns will have a very difficult time surviving.
The people in hamlets, villages and such will have a much better chance but then even they may run into more problems than they will be able to handle. Only (in my opinion) will the people who are in survival communities survive. They will most likely have the greatest chance because they are smart. They have prepared for the hard times when the SHTF and they have what they need, including guns and ammunition.
They also will have men who are on watch as security. They will be hard to get to, hard to locate when all the cities and towns are under Martial Law and are being hunted down, they will be far out and have what they need to make it a while longer.
Would you find us some of those communities or at least find “serious” minded people who are looking for them and are willing to start them up as soon as possible. THAT IS WHAT WE NEED, more than anything else, a safe haven (safe as possible that is) and be there knowing that there is power in numbers.
Many like myself, another man and a family of 4 are looking and I’m sure there are many more who are ready to leave where they are and go out and organize one of these communities, whey they will have freedom of worship, freedom to live off the land, freedom to be free and not taken and forced to go to some awful F.E.M.A. camp and be killed if they aren’t as productive as they need to be and then they are laid in a cheap wooden coffin and taken to a mass grave and dumped. That is not what we worked and lived for all these years. That is no way to go.
Those of us here are hoping for something such as this. The timing couldn’t be more real, the time is now. Waiting and prolonging all the chaos will do nothing except make our situation worse. Thank you for any help that you might be able to offer. If you can write an article about this, and let people know that this is an option for them, I would guess that you will have a healthy response. I think many would like to live way out and feel safer but just don’t know how to go about it, or don’t know what to do to get going. HELP!
In response to the article 10 Facts About the Great Depression, “willwehavefortitude?” wrote this. I could not have said it better.
The Depression that we are currently in will develop much differently than the Depression my parents lived through. My parents grew up in two different, but well known cities in the northeast.
1. They were not constantly tracked electronically and could make decisions that were the best for them.
2. The dependency upon the grid was more moderate than today. For example, they had an icebox and not a refrigerator.
3. There were still vestiges of a moral compass. Most people practiced their religion and went to their place of worship. This was even true of some of the “bad boys” of the neighborhood.
4. Most people understood thrift and economy with their own finances. Not everyone had a telephone, but most had a radio, but usually only listened to their programs in the evenings. They were able to walk to most places. Limited wardrobe and “less than new” attire was the norm. Games, especially cards, were popular as well as street games such as “stoop ball.”
5. Whether they used their skill base or not (my mother’s family did not), the vast majority of men and women had one.
6. It was considered shameful to rely on government aid.
7. Most did what they could for themselves rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
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Reminder: Nat Geo’s American Blackout premiers tonight (October 27) at 9PM. According to my contacts at Nat Geo, they are not planning to stream this important docudrama. If you can, be sure to see it and to recommend it to your non-prepper friends.
Check out Doomsday Preppers – the free app for iPhones and iPads. A hat tip to Ken for this one.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOOPERS
I really do not know what happed but somehow the article on DIY Biscuit Mix lost its paragraph formatting between the time I wrote it and the time it posted. It was not until a few days later that I figured this out – mostly because it appeared as though the article was only viewed by a handful of readers.
The Perfect Homemade Biscuit Mix from Food Storage is really a great article so if you passed over it because it was difficult to read, I urge you to take another peek. This formatting goof was my blooper of the week!
THE FINAL WORD
I was pretty excited about the launch of the latest book festival yesterday because that was another tick off of the to-do list. That said, my eBook is still languishing in proof-reading heaven and I may need to stall the launch by a couple of weeks. By doing so, I taking my own advice and am spending time outdoors enjoying the beautiful Fall weather and the red and gold leaves that miraculously, are still on the trees.
What about you – what did you do to prep this week? 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, here are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus the top five items in the current Amazon Top 10.
Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife. It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp. I paid $12 for this knife last week and today it is $8.95 so I ordered another one. It was worth $12 and of course is a steal at $8.95!
Now Foods Essential Oil, Lemon: I can’t seem to get enough when it comes to essential oils. Although I am working on developing a relationship with a company that sells essential oils (high quality at a moderate price), the NOW essential oils have served me well, especially in DIY concoctions. I love the citrus oils – both lemon and orange – for both their smell and antibacterial properties.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz. making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.
Magnesium Fire Starter: This Campers’ Magnesium Emergency Fire Starter is about $4.
UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers: The UCO Stormproof Match Kit is waterproof and holds 25 matches as well as spare strikers. The matches burn for around 15 seconds and are windproof, waterproof, and even continue burning underwater. An integrated striker is attached on the side of the match kit, and can be replaced when worn out.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model: These can openers makes great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking, or camping pack. They are lightweight and robust and they just work.
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: An ideal all-around utility cord in the field, paracord is tough and long lasting. It is made from 550-pound test nylon and features a seven-strand core for maximum strength. Also, it is manufactured in the United States. Note that some colors may be more expensive than others. Need ideas? See 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival.
The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
This month, the Tote-able Toilet with 2 Enzyme Packets is on sale for $14.95. I priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit. I am planning to fill the bucket with other sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.
Also on sale this month is the 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 on sale this month for $12.95
These are just two of the items on sale this month at Emergency Essentials. Click on the link below for more great deals from Emergency Essentials.
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