Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The highlight of this week was a trip off island to the LDS Home Storage Center in Mount Vernon, Washington. At a Home Storage Center, you will find the lowest prices anywhere on bulk foods for your survival pantry. The best part is that they are open to the public and not just to LDS members.
Nothing bugs me more then when I see other bloggers recommend purchasing wheat, as an example, from Amazon at over $2 a pound. At the Home Storage Center, wheat is 28 cents a pound in bulk and 55 cents a pound in a #10 can. Their other products are similarly priced.
Click here for locations. Please note that hours vary from location to location and may be limited. Call ahead! And no, I am not LDS, but I do appreciate the service they provide to the public at their Home Storage Centers.
The other highlight this week was that I was able to score a deal on a Mr. Heater Portable Propane Heater. I have recommended this indoor heater many times solely based upon recommendations from readers. I already have propane heat in my home so this is really a nice bonus for me along the lines of “one is none and two is none”. The good news is that I can now personally get to know how it works and write a review for you. Actually, Shelly promises to do the heavy lifting on this one.
A few other things: I have been using one of those almost-free credit card tools from Survival Life and am pretty impressed. It is a lot sturdier than the one I purchased from Amazon. I was surprised.
There are lots of gardening thoughts and gardening dreams going on in my head. You might recall from last year (see Is It Realistic to Grow Your Own Groceries?) that any type of large scale food garden is doomed given my tiny yard that only gets a few hours of sun a day. Still, I am accumulating heirloom seeds like crazy because if the SHTF, I might not have land, but I will have seeds, tools, and some hardworking hands to barter with someone who does.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
This tip came in a from a reader (who prefers to remain anonymous) on Thursday.
There has been a big oil spill close to where I live and there is an advisory on the drinking water. As best as we can see for now, there was no big conspiracy, or particularly outrageous neglect, just an stupid accident combined with technical and bureaucratic delays in answering to the threat.
This could have happened anywhere.
I live close by, but thankfully for me, I am not being affected. But at least 250 000 people are being affected. Feel free to pass this news to your readership. This may serve them as motivation to get reserve of water NOW.
You might recall that I went for 12 days without running water and did just fine. If you do nothing else this weekend, fill a few jugs with water, add a few drops of bleach, and set them aside for an emergency.
Sue asked about giveaway winners:
How do you find out the winner? It is not posted on the original article. Can you put the winners back in your newsletter? It was nice to see who won!
I want to share my response with you since this is a recurring question. The bottom line? A girl can only do so much!
I don’t select the winners until Friday evening when I write the Survival Buzz. It is a time-consuming process because the entries must be validated and there have been cheaters. I then must send an email to the winner and wait for confirmation. If they do not check in within 48 hours, I select an alternate.
I appreciate that it was helpful in the past to put them in the newsletter/Buzz but honestly? It is a lot of work and something had to give. Posting in the Rafflecopter is a reasonable compromise.
The following article includes a giveaway for a copy of two books in the Prepper Press PrepSmart series.
In addition, I have 5 decks from the CONFLICTED: The Survival Card Game up for grabs. You are going to want to enter this one!
As a reminder, the deadline for all giveaway entries is 6:00 PM Pacific on Tuesdays. In addition, all winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
ESSENTIAL OILS: TIP OF THE WEEK/ITEM OF THE WEEK
This month I am promoting a DIY & Craft bundle, appropriately titled The Ultimate DIY Bundle. I am going to be honest, this is not for everyone and it is very craft oriented. Still, there are some fabulous DIY books and offers included.
Although I am not allowed to disclose the exact contents, I can tell you that the Home and Garden items are fabulous. Hint hint, wink wink, there is an eBook from Sharon Peterson (www.simplycanning.com) that should be on everyone’s bookshelf. With a $12.95 retail value, this book alone makes the bundle worthwhile. But there is more, including books on DIY herbs, cleaning products, beauty products, saving money and more.
All told, there are 85 eBooks and eCourses, plus over $118 worth of bonus products.
Just as side note. As I get older, I am becoming more interested in crafting. To me, it is relaxing and fun plus, I am gathering supplies so that of the SHTF, I have some fun activities ready to go on the back burner.
I am pretty excited about the bundle and feel that it is a terrific value when you consider the price is less than $35 for everything. You can find a complete list here (click on “About the Bundle” at the top of the page, then select an option from the drop-down menu).
Anyway, feel free to sign up and be notified with the bundle goes live. There is no obligation plus a 30 day money-back guarantee. You can’t lose.
THE FINAL WORD
As each week goes by, I become more concerned that the scenarios described in Conflicted will become a reality sooner rather than later. Is that because I live and breath preparedness? At what point does being prepared for a disaster transcend into being prepared for the SHFT?
These are important questions we must ask ourselves. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts along with what you what did you do to prep this week.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: I did not expect much from the credit card tool. It is surprisingly sturdy as well as useful.
Bargain Bin: The article I wrote 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.
Mr. Heater Portable “Big Buddy” Heater: Using propane and safe for indoor use, the Big Buddy Heater features an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system that automatically turns the unit off before carbon monoxide fumes reach dangerous levels in home. Note: As of this writing, the price is $109.99 which is a significant price drop.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY 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 blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
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”.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of the Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite. I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.
Peppermint Essential Oil: I favor peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil in my cleaning supplies. 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. The nice thing about essential oils from Spark Naturals is that they are also excellent for therapeutic and healing use and well as for use in DIY cleaning supplies. Just remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout to get 10% off your order.
For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices. Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.
A good value is the Do It Yourself SuperPail Combo which includes 8 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 8 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers. The combo is currently on sale for $84.95.
Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job. Forget about a hose and a vacuum sealer. A $20 hair iron works great.
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