Survival Buzz: Are You Pandemic Ready?

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Do you ever have times when you need to call in some help from your friends?  Here at Backdoor Survival Land this is one of those weeks.  Shelly and I have been rehearsing like crazy for a local musical production and this is show week.  After weeks of rehearsals, we have five performances and time is precious.

So, to help me out, Ken McClelland, author of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, has stepped in and offered up two more copies of his book in a special Survival Buzz bonus giveaway.  With the latest woes caused by the Zika virus, I would say that his timing is good.

Are You Pandemic Ready | Backdoor Survival

Some of you might recall “The Pandemic Preparedness Guide” from the recently concluded Prepper Book Festival 10.  What I said at the time was:

Whereas the next book up is titled The Pandemic Preparedness Guide, the reality is that this book is a whole lot more.

It is a handbook of the precautions and preparations you need to put in place to ensure your health and survival to both medical and non-medical to what I call disruptive events.  These are situations where for one reason or another, normal life as we know it stops and a new reality begins.  Whether permanent or temporary, these disruptions cause us to turn to our preps (skills and stuff) in order to make it through, one day at a time.

The Giveaway – The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

I have two copies of The Pandemic Preparedness Guide by Ken McClelland up for grabs.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open residents of the United States.

2016 Home Grown Food Summit – Coming Soon

Some of you may remember that last Spring, Marjory Wildcraft organized a free, online Home Grown Food Summit.  This year she is back with an all new, 2016 Home Grown Food Summit.   The summit will be an online gathering of over 30 experts in backyard food production, homesteading, and off-grid living.  Highlights this year include amazing presenters on composting, beekeeping, and herbal medicine.

The dates for this event are March 7 to March 13 and registration is now open.  I will be providing you with more details in the next week or two but in the meantime, here is a link for additional information or to register.

Coming Soon – 100% Free!

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

I started out by saying that I called in some help from my friends this week.  So here is the deal.  For the last month or so, I have been sharing news from around the web – usually 3 or 4 tidbits of news items I found either interesting, useful,or both.

It occurred to me that my friend, Daisy Luther, was already posting a weekly roundup of news over on her website.  She does such a good job of it that I asked her if I could piggy back to her work and she agreed.  You can click on the banner below then jump to “This Week in Preparedness”.  Note that “Survival Saturday” typically posts at around 10AM Pacific.

Be sure to let me know what you think.

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #4

Here is this week’s prep tip from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.  This week’s tip is from “Chapter 4 – Lights Out: Surviving in the Dark”

Tip: If you take medications that need to be refrigerated, consider buying a small refrigerator like those used on boats that you can plug into your car, run on a stand-alone battery, or that uses solar power.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.

Update on Emergency Essentials

I have been having a number of conversations with the folks at Emergency Essentials, including a key member of their executive team.  I am happy to report that they have stepped up and taken steps to overhaul the customer service experience for online customers.  This is good news for all of us!

Within the next week or two, I will be sharing an interview with the EE Director of Operations, plus, will be giving you news of special promotion unique to Backdoor Survival readers.  Also, they asked that I remind you to always start your shopping session with a link from this website.  This is especially important if you are a repeat customer and receive their emails.  That is the only way they can track orders from Backdoor Survival readers.

Note:  I do receive a small commission on your orders which makes this a great way to support my efforts in maintain the blog.

So, for now, Emergency Essentials is back on the recommended list.  This should be good news for those of you that have depended upon their online store for your preparedness purchases.

The Final Word

Although I did not mention it at the onset, giving yourself permission to ask for a helping hand is something we all need to do from time to time.  No one is a superman or superwoman and in spite of our best efforts, sometimes we can not be everywhere doing everything at every moment.  I am trying to put some balance back in my life, and if it means that I need to call in my pals to help with the website, so be it.

When you think about it, reaching out and asking for help now is good practice for when and if the stuff hits the fan.  It is my opinion that if we try to do it all and cope totally on our own, we will crash and burn.  There is no doubt in my mind about that.

As far as I am concerned, it is okay to be needy once in awhile; just not all of the time.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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The Survival Buzz Almost “Free” Department

10 Pack Mini LED FlashlightsThe Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127   Backdoor Survival:  What a great deal on 10 mini flashlights on a key ring - button batteries included.  I happen to like a more sturdy ring so I remove the one that comes with and use a small bit of tie-wrap (zip tie) instead.   The included battery seemingly lasts forever and at this price, you can stash them in the car, purse, pocket, tool box and by the circuit breaker box, and still have some left over for other uses.

As of this writing, all 10 are under $4.00 in in black although from time to time they are available in colors as well.


Spotlight:  The Pandemic Preparedness Guide

This comprehensive book will provide you with a better understanding of Flu and Ebola viruses, what a pandemic is, and what things will look like when it begins.

Bargain Bin:  When it comes to emergency lighting, there are many choices at all sorts of price points.  Here are some of my favorites.

TaoTronics Collapsible Lantern:  This TaoTronics Lantern is collapsible, super bright, and water resistant.  It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that will provide brightness for 40 hours. To use this lantern, just pull it open; there are no power switches to mess with.  Currently $9.99.

UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight:  At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.05 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

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Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. I use mine downstairs as well as on my stairway and when I get up in the middle of the night, they come on automatically. They are quite unobtrusive and give off a ton of light.  Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries. As of this writing, only $14.75 with free Prime Shipping.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. 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. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

blocklite flashlight

4 Inch Premium Glow Sticks – Assorted: These 4” glow sticks are fantastic!  Each stick glows for 8-12 hours, and comes with a pre-attached hook and lanyard.  They are well priced and hold up well when packed around in a pocket or handbag.  For more information about glow sticks and chemical lighting, read 10 Reasons to Add Glow Sticks to Your Survival Kit.

Coast HP1 Focusing LED Flashlight: Yes, at $10 this flashlight is more expensive than some of the MiniCrees out there.  On the other hand, it is a bit slimmer and lighter.  Where it really excels though is in brightness and range.  I actually prefer it and carry it with me when venturing out at night.


Shop Emergency Essentials Sales for Fantastic Deals!

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.  This month note the great sale prices two of my favorites, the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) now only $14.95 and the Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid, now only $11.79.



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Essential Oils: Deal of the Week

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 then sometimes, it is as simple as a huge discount.

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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.


Survival Buzz: Are You Pandemic Ready? — 53 Comments

  1. I really hope to win this book because anything from an outbreak to an epidemic to a pandemic is likely. With proper preparation perhaps it can be stopped at the outbreak level. I have done a lot of reading on Ebola. Truly protective gear for this crisis would be very expensive. So I hope to learn pandemic preps that are affordable. Thank you for another great book contest.

  2. Thanks for the updates and a really nice blog. I recently found your blog and it really is an informative source! I have enjoyed going back and reading previous posts and the updates throughout the week are nice. Keep up theg reat work!!!

  3. I am trained EMT, but have never been involved in or had any specific training in handling a pandemic. Even if I never run across a pandemic, having this information would be invaluable in a long term disaster scenario. People will get sick and without hospitals, clinics, and meds, we will be facing outbreaks that could go through a small group like wildfire. The techniques in this book could save a group.

  4. Glad you and hubby are doing some fun stuff. Balance is key to mental health and we all need that strength for days ahead. Break a leg!

  5. I hope I learn enough to keep my grandchildren safer. It is I fear going to be rough going for their futures. I can give them knowledge and hopefully a path to faith which is the ultimate prep after all!

  6. Love your website! It has been very informative. I’m really quite sure this book will help me to be better prepared to care for myself & family.

  7. Knowing when a so-called pandemic is actually just a pack of lies is worth knowing, too. Does this book cover that aspect?

    I hope you all read Jon Rapopport’s series of articles about Zika at NoMoreFakeNews so you’ll be better at knowing when you’re being taken for a ride.

    He’s written about Ebola as well. Yeesh, Ebola, the boogie monster that wasn’t.

    The most affordable protection for these scares is right between your ears.

  8. Pandemics are one thing I haven’t checked out as I read about surviving. Now would be a good time to get started. The book would be a good start in that direction.

  9. My nursing journals cover every potential pandemic coming down the pike. I remember the hospital I was working at, had a meeting with employees about bird flu and that never came of anything. The book would help me prepare others, as they look to most medical professionals to have all the answers, but of course we don’t! I do my research and don’t believe every thing I read–common sense.

  10. Try to get the things that are necessary but realize I can always learn, store and prepare more. This resource looks very helpful.

  11. A scary thought but vigilance is necessary. Prep for the worst, pray for the best.
    I have several different types of flashlights, but I have been looking at those 9v ones lately.

  12. Pandemic is one thing I don’t feel well prepared for> This book can really help me prepare as we will have care of our grandchildren too.

  13. I hope to learn what supplies to store, what signs to look for that will foretell the start of a pandemic and what steps to take long before the government makes the announcement.

  14. I’d like to learn if it’s really possible to prepare for a pandemic. With two parents working and kids in school then coming together at home, the potential for exposure must be off the charts. I need to research methods of protecting my family from a pandemic. Examples, when to pull the kids from school, when not to go to work, and then limit our need for public gatherings, (grocery store ect.).

  15. I’m hoping to learn how to keep my family safe should a pandemic arise, and to learn what the best preps are to have on hand in such a circumstance. Thanks for sharing the knowledge!

  16. I did research today because I read somewhere this week that meds don’t go in the freezer.
    Guess where I have been keeping mine??
    So, this is what I learned…..dry meds are fine in the freezer, not recommended for liquid; keep those cool-refrigerated if you want.
    BUT…..I read the liquid Elderberry Syrup is fine frozen(thank goodness,I have 4 bottles in freezer and partial one in the fridge).

    Any info negating this is appreciated.

  17. Off Topic—I am never sick. Was public school teacher and NEVER got sick. Had preschool/daycare for years at home and NEVER got sick…even as the sweeties deposited in the trash bag lined waste baskets(you know)YUK!!

    Well, I may have contracted something Wednesday–fever/chills off and on for 12 hours; headache out of this world that even a prescription pain pill didn’t alleviate; backache; arms from shoulders to fingertips ached, esp. joints.
    It started with a heat sensation from my head to my feet–a feeling I have never felt before.

    Any guesses??? Lasted exactly 12 hours with chill/fever outlasting the other symptoms.

  18. I hope to learn some skills and preps that are specific to a pandemic or outbreak. Having a well-rounded knowledge base is important to me.

  19. I would like to know when is it time to when a case of the sniffles is just the sniffles and when it’s time to go to prepper mode.

    Also like to learn more about home remedies since I grew up having hot toddies as a cure for most illnesses and husband grew up believing blackberry brandy can do anything short of replacing organs.

  20. With all the germs at school, super bugs, worldly travel, this would be a great resource to help us all prepare for anything life throws our way. Thanks

  21. I hope to learn how to diagnose and treat problems that could be pandemic in nature. How to keep family, friends, and myself healthy in less than ideal conditions!

  22. I hope this book deals with quarantine and long-term isolation care. Somewhere I have an old nursing book (pre-antibiotic) which dealt with such things.

  23. I hope to learn more about being as prepared as I can for any situation, be it pandemic, epidemic etc. I sort of new to prepping, but I want to keep learning & growing as prepper & survivalist. This book would help me on my journey to become more self sustained.

  24. I’m hoping to ensure that my preps cover all necessities, without winding up with a bunch of unnecessary items. I’m walking that fine line between preparedness and preventing clutter!

    • Jeanne thank you sp much for saying this. I crossed that line a couple years ago. Trying hard to declutter now. But my home has a lot of floor space but no real storage. All my storage places are filled with water bottles. The buckets and bugout bags are on the floor. I have big plastic boxes of first aid. Plus I have a lot more tools and outdoor stuff than I used to. Anyway, thanks for mentioning that fine line.

  25. This would be invaluable to me With a compromised immune system I will need all the help I can get to keep not only myself healthy but the family as well

  26. I would like to learn what are the most necessary and most affordable items to have in case of a pandemic. I would also like to get some idea of how long one might expect to have to be isolated during the various types of pandemic situations.

  27. I hope to learn the basics to keep my family safe. I hate all of the scare tactics and sensationalizing that goes on, especially in the news media. But, if something really does happen you need to know what is best to do, right from the start.

  28. Would love to win this book so I can see if I’ve missed anything in my preps. When the Ebola crisis was ramping up I did a lot of research and got some more items to add to my preps, but it’s always nice to see what experts have to say as well.
    Two biggest items I got specifically for Ebola prepping: pool shock and a full face shield. The face shield goes over my goggle and half face respirator to avoid any droplets on exposed facial skin. And the pool shock is so I can make hundreds of gallons of bleach (one gallon at a time) to then make disinfectant solutions.

  29. I would like to learn what skills & supplies are needed for a pandemic. Also, how to know when it is really a pandemic. I need all the help I can get to be prepared!

    Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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