Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog. Let me warn you, I am in a rambling mood.
This week I continued to organize my stuff and surprised myself by finding two large sacks of rice hidden away in a dark corner. Don’t ask. At least they were dated and are only a couple of years old. Plus, they were in a cool part of my house.
I set the the rice out to be packaged in a six gallon bucket. This time I am going to forgo the Mylar bag and just dump the rice in the bucket along with a 1000 cc oxygen absorber. I am not too worried because I plan to pull this bucket of rice to use sooner rather than later for day-to-day consumption.
Mr. UPS delivered a couple of additional LifeStraws for my road trip, plus some flushable wipes called “Bob’s Butt Wipes”, and a new card game, Skip-Bo, that I plan to play while on the road next month. (Thanks, Dennis, for telling me about it.)
The news a week ago and at the beginning of this week was all about the financial markets. I am not an investor, been there, done that, and lost a ton of money in 2009, so I tended to shy away from putting out traffic-getting headlines this week. That said, we all need to be mindful that a collapse could be coming. I have an article I wrote earlier this year ago that you might want to re-read along with a new one from my pal Daisy.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
I was recently contacted by a reader asking if I would “sell” him an ad so he could advertise his property for sale in New Mexico. Instead, I offered to list it here at no charge. If you have and interest, please contact John directly.
PREPPERS’ PARADISE. 160 acres + a home.
SE New Mexico near Portales.
11-space RV campground, much more.
Multiple back-up systems. Very private and rural.
$129,000 cash only.
Buyer would pay all costs pertaining to purchase. $500 finder’s commission.
Call for details and pictures. 575-226-6440
This question came in via Facebook:
Is there a water test kit suitable for testing water stored in 55 gal barrels ? I change my barrels twice a year (yikes) but would like to know if they’re potable after 6 months. Got any ideas ?
Here was my response:
If you properly treat the water at the time of storage, you should be good for five years if not longer. There are commercial products you can use (easiest) or you could ise fresh chlorine bleach.
Regardless, if you have any doubts, boil the water before using it. Changing water every six months? Oy Vey. What a hassle!
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
This week’s Book Festival giveaway is for a set of both books in Warren Ray’s Shadow Patriots series. Not only that, he is giving away three sets!
With all giveaways, 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.
Speaking of giveaways, lately all winners have been checking in promptly and there have been no cheaters. Hey everyone, thanks for following the rules!
Essential Oils: Deal of the Week
Did you know that each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week? You can find it here: Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.
And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order. When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.
Want a chance to win some great prizes? Jim Cobb at Survival Weekly is holding a writing contest with some nifty prizes, Here is how Jim describes it:
Write up your tip or suggestion in 300 words or less and send it over to me. I’ll compile all entries and post them on SurvivalWeekly.com. We’ll then invite the whole world to read through the entries and vote for their favorites. The top three vote getters win goodies!
I would love to see a Backdoor Survival reader win, even if we have to stuff the ballot box (just kidding). Here is where you can go for more details2015 Survival Weekly Writing Contest.
Tropical Traditions is having another FREE SHIPPING weekend using code 31158 at checkout. This applies to orders of $19.00 or more. Plus, orders to Hawaii and Alaska are included. I know this may sound unconventional, but the Tropical Traditions coconut oil toothpaste is outstanding!
The Healthy Living Free Mini-Course
You may have seen the ad in the side-bar for this free mini-course. So here is the scoop. When I first started Backdoor Survival, my goal was not only to share my own experience and insights relative to family preparedness, but to also foster and promote healthy living. You may have heard me mention that healthy living as a key component to living a strategic life.
If this is something that interests you, I invite you to hope on over to the page I put together describing the mini-course so you can check it out yourself: Healthy Living: A Free Mini-Course. Or, if you prefer, you can sign up directly by clicking here or on the banner above.
The Final Word
A couple of days ago, I learned that my friend George (Mr. Urban Survival) found bullet holes on the bottom side of his vintage airplane. Like me, he gets personal on his website. Seriously, that gave me pause to ponder. These are scary times and crazies are everywhere. I am not saying that George was shot at intentionally; it was probably some bored high school kids. Still, the incident has been reported to both the police and the FBI.
That said, I go against conventional OPSEC wisdom and share a lot of my personal life on this website as does he. Did you know that is how blogging originally started? Most blogs in the early days were an electronic form of personal journal, designed to be shared with family and friends.
Anyway, my point is this: we all need to be prudent and keep an eye peeled for trouble. I know that I do and if anything, I need to take it up a notch.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
You can also vote for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!
Bargain Bin: Below for your discernment are items mentioned in today’s Survival Buzz as well as a few other personal favorites.
SKIP BO Card Game: I can’t wait to give this card game a whirl. I love these simple amusements and thank reader “Dennis” for mentioning it. About $7.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2 oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up $20 or less.
60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is about $10 with free shipping.
Ticket to Ride: When it comes to board games, this is my favorite. (It helps that I usually win.) This is fun for the entire family. Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question: Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?
The Prepper’s Financial Guide: Written by Jim Cobb, this is the book you want to learn about a disaster-proof investment strategy to ensure stability and security before, during and beyond a marketplace meltdown. Read more in the Book Festival article Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide.
Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep (thank you John R!). It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood. I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil. My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself). You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.
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