Oh my gosh. What a crazy week this has been. As most of your know, this was the week of the BIG MOVE of my blog to a new cloud hosting plan offering better through put and advanced security to insure that no hackers or other bad guys get in. It has not been a fun process and for many (including my own household), Backdoor Survival was invisible for over 36 hours.
The good news is that we are now fully functional and I can go back to actually sleeping at night. Once casualty, though, was our old subscriber system. In order to keep hackers and spammers away, I can no longer send out article updates myself and will be using the Feedburner service instead. This means that everyone on the old system will need to re-subscribe. If you have not done so already, click here and you will be good to go: Subscribe to Backdoor Survival by Email.
In the interim and during the conversion, you may receive duplicate email notifications so please bear with me during this process as I try to make it as seamless as possible.
Thank you to Millenniumfly who pointed out an error in last week’s article on the Six Enemies of Food Storage. I mixed up Fahrenheit and Celsius when I was talking about changes in food shelf life with the change of temperature. Here is the correction:
Temperature: The optimal temperature for food storage is between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. And within that range, the lower the better. To give you an idea of why a cool-ish temperature is best, think about this: the storage life of most food products is cut in half for every increase of 18 degrees Fahrenheit (or 10 degrees Celsius).
The Doom and Bloom Radio Hour
On February 25th, I will be a guest on the Doom and Bloom Radio hour hosted by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for an update on the topic as the date gets closer.
The Fukushima Blackout
Ever wonder why the MSM does not provide us with updates on the Fukushima meltdown in Japan? I picked this up from The Threat Journal:
If you are wondering why major mainstream media outlets give only limited coverage to the increasing number of nuclear emergencies / incidents or the studies showing the health impacts, start by looking at who owns the networks.
Here is one example: General Electric (designer of the Fukushima reactors)
= NBC, including 13 stations
= NBC Network News, Today Show, Nightly News &, Meet the Press
= CNBC, MSNBC, Court TV, Bravo, A&E, History Channel
I suppose I should not be surprised by this and yes, I feel that there is still a lot left unsaid about the long range implications from last year’s nuclear disaster. You can sign up for your own free subscription to The Threat Journal below.
Today on Strategic Living
Today on Strategic Living George and I interview my friend and business colleague, Denise Hanson. I don’t want to give everything away so all I will say is that after hearing her insights on the what is coming down the road in the next few months, you are going to want to stock up on food and gear and all of those other all-so-important preps. It would not hurt to hide away some cash as well.
Here is a link: An Open Window Into the Near Future.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
I put some thought into the things I would want to have if/when there is another Great Depression. These are all items I currently have on hand.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.
All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make.
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Ditto.
How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.
Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener .
Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: I have not had time to write up my review (excellent!) of this book but I will tell you this. You NEED this book if you care about defending your homestead.
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Emergency Essentials is your source for all things preparedness, from prepackaged foods to water barrels to first aid kits. Here are some of the February specials.