Two of the largest names in Emergency Preparedness Food are Wise Company and Mountain House. How do you shop for emergency food when you have two or more quality brands from which to choose products? In my house, we always start with the label whether we are buying MRE's for the next disaster or groceries for dinner tonight. In this blog, we take a closer look at the labels of similar standard emergency food . . . Read More
Although we home schooled for 23 years, I’ll be the first to say that homeschooling is not for everyone. Parents who choose this option do so for a plethora of reasons. But consider a scenario where the schools are closed indefinitely or at least for several months. You might find yourself becoming an “accidental homeschooler”. It might be due to a grid-down, a pandemic with or without quarantine, social unrest and violence, terrorists attacks or economic collapse to name a few reasons. You may not think this is an important topic but it is something I think you’ll be glad you have prepared for as the challenges and dangers in our society become greater and more profound. As Backdoor Survival’s mantra says, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” That just might be the best . . . Read More
It seems like every time we turn around there is some deadly disease in the news. In recent years, there has been Ebola and the Avian influence A (H7N9) virus. There has also been MERS-CoV and many more. While these are epidemics of serious proportion, they are not yet pandemics, but they could be. The best time to prepare for a pandemic is when a serious disruptive event of the pandemic-type is not on the immediate horizon. That said, a pandemic can occur at any time. It is this unknown aspect of pandemics that make them a potential reality we must prepare for. The Spanish Influenza Pandemic
My father is buried in a beautiful old southern cemetery studded with azaleas and old growth trees. It’s a good place to sit on a bench and meditate life and death. As I . . . Read More
There are a lot of concerns about the air we breath and part of a solid prepping plan is reducing the contaminants that we are exposed to either every single day or in an emergency.
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A knife that you can comfortably carry every day is an important tool for any prepper. Knives have always been a big part of my life. As a child, my dad always had a massive knife collection and would have friends over that he would trade with or fix their knives up and sharpen them. As early as 8 years old, I had a little knife collection of my own.
Boker and Case Knives bring back a lot of memories for me because when I was a little girl, I had a knife collection. I had a few that were okay and then I had some that were novelty knives with Coca Cola ads and even one that had Betty Boop on it.
I was so proud when I traded someone out of a Boker knife. I definitely got the better end of the bargain and rushed home to tell . . . Read More
I recently had the pleasure of trying Wertz's Canned Beef' and Wertz's Canned Pork. I will tell you from the get-go that I was very impressed with the quality of the meat – both the pork and the beef, and that I not only recommend these products but that I am adding them to my home food stores. Read on to learn more about why I enjoyed these products and what you should expect from each. 2018 Update: Wertz has recently updated their inventory and packages, so we have updated the article accordingly. Be sure to check this page for a full listing of the various Beef, Pork, and Variety packages. 1. Wertz's Home Grown Beef The . . . Read More
Editor's Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2018. The longer you have been prepping, the more you realize how easy it is to get sidetracked and to prep for things, that in the big picture, are of a relatively low priority. It is no wonder that articles on prepper mistakes and lessons learned are so popular. It is has been a couple of years since I wrote about some of the mistakes and goofs we all make while prepping. Since then, a lot of things have changed. For one, the mainstream media has caught on to "three-day kit" mania which means more and more families are now ready for short term disasters. On the other hand, threats from wacko foreign leaders have escalated to the point where terrorist-driven EMPs, pandemics, and outright wars have become more . . . Read More
Reflection is an important thing to do sometimes because without knowing where you've been, it's hard to know where you're going. This article is a little different because I wanted to look back and bring together the best articles from throughout the life of Backdoor Survival. It begins with a thought on social shares and then moves into the best of BDS early years. Thinking about Social Love it or hate it, the social media is something every blogger must pay attention to. With that in mind, the other day I was curious about the most popular Backdoor Survival social media and Facebook shares. Much to my surprise, I found that there were five articles that collectively have been shared over 30,000 times! Holy smokes. There is a lot of sharing going on! Today I bring these . . . Read More
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 healthy living as a key component to living a strategic life. During these times of stress in a crazy, flip flop world, I am sure you worry a lot about the health and fitness of yourself and your family. You want to eat good, wholesome food and you want to have plenty of energy. Plus, you are suspicious of all the unnatural chemicals in the products you use around the house and the medications that are so copiously handed out by physicians and health care providers. So the question is, where do you go for more information? Where should you start? Who should you trust? . . . Read More
Sure, it’s not a pretty topic-- but as soon as the garbage man stops coming, or the sewer main shuts down, you’ll thank yourself for thinking about this issue ahead of time. Not only will waste pile up quite quickly, but the sanitation issues it causes will become a serious problem, particularly if this is a long-term SHTF scenario, or if there is a pandemic afoot. We’ll deal with the less gross kind of waste-- garbage bag waste-- first. Then we’ll talk about plumbing problems and how to be safe and sanitary even during long-term SHTF scenarios. Lastly, we’ll also talk about the most uncomfortable topic of all: how to dispose of corpses when there’s no government. Corpses aren’t “waste” of course, but burying them properly is an absolute must if the government has collapsed. The . . . Read More
Most everyone uses laundry detergent and if we’ve kept a record of the cost, at the end of the year we would be surprised at the expense for that one product alone. If we are counting our pennies, and who isn’t, it might be economical to learn more about homemade household cleaning products, specifically laundry detergent. It can be made for pennies on the dollar compared to the popular commercial brands. The great thing is that homemade cleaning products work as well or better than the more costly products purchased from the store. Another benefit is that our homemade versions do not have added fillers which often cause breakdown in the fiber of our clothing or cause fading and chemical residue. Here is some information to consider. Laundry Detergent Fillers Fillers are usually . . . Read More
Editor's Note: This resource has been updated and revised for 2018. Do you know how to barter? In preparedness circles, the term barter is used a lot when describing a post SHTF situation when goods and services may no longer be available through normal channels. According to Wikipedia, ”barter is a method of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money”. A lot of people think of bartering as something to do when they are down an out, perhaps unemployed, or low on cash. But nothing could be further from the truth. Bartering has been around for eons and is simply a smart way to acquire goods and services under the radar screen. Today . . . Read More
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to designing and outdoor kitchen area. Since a lot of people have different needs, budgets, climates, space, etc, I am going to approach this article by offering up some suggestions for outdoor kitchen components that can be bought one at a time to fit into tight budgets and some that can be set up for a season and taken down if needed. At the same time, any of these components could be used in an outdoor kitchen that has some permanent structures like counter tops or rock work.
Sure - there are outdoor kitchen set ups that are all stainless steel, have countertops, fridges, ect all built in and you can sure order one but they will set you back $3,000-$5,000 or more and you have to be . . . Read More
Spending time in the great outdoors is one of life’s greatest, purest, and most accessible pleasures. Part of the fun is that anything can happen when you’re roughing it in Mother Nature, from dancing birds to magnificent shooting stars. Of course, the other side of that coin is that nature doesn’t always cooperate when it comes to providing the sunny weather that outdoor enthusiasts typically hope for. But a little rain – or even a torrential downpour –shouldn’t be enough to ruin your good time camping. With a little preparation and a few tricks, you can stay dry and enjoy your time in the woods, be it in rain or in shine. Take stock of these tips and preps, and you’ll be ready for (almost) whatever wild weather nature can throw at you. Proper Rain Gear: A Camper’s First . . . Read More
Periodically, I visit a number of Amazon lists to get a bead on both best selling and most wished for items. In the past I would look at lists related to outdoor recreation (which can be found in the second half of this article) but this time around I had some new choices. With mainstream interest in prepping and preparedness, Amazon has created a list of the Best Sellers in Emergency & Survival Kits as well as a related list for Most Wished For Emergency Items. Top Emergency and Survival Kit Items I was able to couple and cobble the "Best Sellers" and "Most Wished For" into a single list that would make any prepper proud. Using these lists, I have found a number of items that have made it into my personal . . . Read More
When I first got an EcoZoom Versa rocket stove back in 2011, I barely knew how to start a fire, let alone keep one going. These days, I am pretty darn good at starting fires using my own DIY fire starter plus gathered biomass and kindling. I have even been known to chop a log or two. But most of all, I have become proficient at using the EcoZoom Versa, not so much because I had to, but because it is fun to use. Yes, I know. Preppers can be strange sometimes. A couple of weeks ago, longtime sponsor EarthEasy.com asked if I would like to review the EcoZoom Versa and to share my experience with Backdoor Survival . . . Read More
The is a remarkable generator for those that want a plug and play solar generator. One of the first things I noticed about the Yeti when pulling it out of the package was that it was a very compact unit. It weighs about 29 lbs which isn’t too bad, and there is a sturdy carry handle that is very comfortable to use and does a good job of distributing the weight when moving from place to place. The Yeti 400 comes with a charger that allows you to plug in to a standard 110 power outlet. If you purchase the panels that are manufactured by them you can just plug them into the generator and start recharging your unit. If you already have solar panels or don’t mind having panels that are more rigid and less transportable than you can purchase an adapter that connects to . . . Read More
Getting started with gear is another one of those overwhelming and potentially expensive challenges for the beginning prepper. Today I would like to suggest a starter list of items that can be purchased at a reasonable cost. Purchase one item a week or one item a month. Along the way, you will find other items and soon you will have a nice kit, ready to go when the big one strikes or the flood waters hit. The Best Survival Gear to Get Started With Crank-Up Radio: This model from Kaito Electronics will set you back about $50. It comes with all the features that you need in an emergency situation such as a . . . Read More
Editor's Note: This is a revised and updated resource for 2018. When it comes to treating minor ailments, nothing seems to beat the effectiveness of essential oils. I say this not as a healthcare professional for surely I am not, but as someone who recently dumped two drawers filled with over-the-counter remedies in favor of essential oils. To say I am pleased would be in understatement and while a bit of experimentation has been involved, each day my confidence in these miracle-worker oils grows. In the past, I have written about the amazing uses for Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Lavender, . . . Read More
If you are lucky enough to have some running water on your property then you have some options for renewable energy that are not available to just everyone. Here are a few things to remember before getting started on a hydro project. Check your laws regarding renewable energy As ridiculous as it may seem to not have the right to produce hydroelectric power on your own property, there are some places that have laws about this. Sometimes you don’t actually have no holds barred water rights. If the power company in your region has hydro turbines for example then you may not be allowed to set up one yourself. The theory is that if others do this then it reduces the flow and power producing capability of their turbines and that effects a lot of people. The reality is that a . . . Read More