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