Prepping and Survival Basics

How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

Have you ever found yourself rummaging around for first aid items? If so, take a look at this portable “ammo can” first aid kit and create one of your own. Perfect for emergencies or even every day use. The best part? It is portable and weighs less than 10 pounds!

Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare

Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare

There are some situations during which water could be so scarce that every drop must be used for consumption. In this article, I describe what you can do to maintain proper hand and surface hygiene when there is no water to spare.

20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness and Survival

20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness and Survival

Rich, golden honey. What is not to like? Just the thought of sweet, fragrant honey and honey bees makes me think of happy times. That, coupled with its long storage…

Survival Basics: Using Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

Survival Basics: Using Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

Everyone has heard that using oxygen absorbers when storing food is important but few know the whys and wherefores. In this Survival Basics article, you will learn what O2 absorbers are all about and how to use them to increase the shelf life of stored foods.

20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry

20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry

For better or for worse, our lives are full of stress. The weather, our jobs, the economy, financial woes, and poor health can all contribute to stress. In addition, for…

Survival Basics: The Six Enemies of Food Storage

Survival Basics: The Six Enemies of Food Storage

The six enemies of food storage work together to shorten the shelf life of your stored food. Here is description of each of them that will help you better understand and mitigate their effect.

Survival Basics: Food Storage Buckets

Survival Basics: Food Storage Buckets

Learn everything you need to know to safely package bulk foods using food grade buckets, lids, and gamma seals.

Survival Basics: Be Prepared For Pet Emergencies

Survival Basics: Be Prepared For Pet Emergencies

In this article find suggestions and tips to help you prepare for pet emergencies, including accidents and illnesses that occur following disasters or other catastrophes. There is also a brief section on using essential oils on your dog.

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire

One of the basics of survival is the knowledge of how to build a fire. Here you will find everything you need to know including how to make char cloth to use as a fire-starter.

Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children

Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children

As adults, it is our duty to introduce children to preparedness activities at a young age. This needs to be done in a fun, but serious manner, so as to avoid fear. Here are 12 preparedness tips for families with children.

Survival Basics: 12 Ways to Boost Your Energy Quotient

Survival Basics: 12 Ways to Boost Your Energy Quotient

This website is all about survival. That said, survival can mean different things to different people or even to the same people within the context of different circumstances. Still, in…

Survival Basics: 10 Steps for Preparing a Family Emergency Plan

Survival Basics: 10 Steps for Preparing a Family Emergency Plan

Sometimes it is the simplest things that are overlooked. Case in point? The Family Emergency Plan. Here we are, so diligently putting away food, storing water and purchasing gear when…

Survival Basics: How to Build a Fire in a Rocket Stove

Survival Basics: How to Build a Fire in a Rocket Stove

There comes a time when every prepper will say enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear. Preparing a survival pantry, first aid kit and…

1 Year of Prepping: A Month-by-Month Breakdown

1 Year of Prepping: A Month-by-Month Breakdown

Ease into preparedness with 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time. Here is an overview with links to each month. Jump on in at any time.

Can Nice People Shoot?

Can Nice People Shoot?

A few weeks ago I asked the question: If SHTF, Could You and Would You Shoot Someone? This article resulted in an outpouring of comments not only here at Backdoor Survival but at Activist Post, SHTF Plan Blog and a couple of other sites that were given permission to reprint this article.

I also received quite a few direct emails. Today, I would like to share one of the more poignant pieces from an ex-marine and current member of the law enforcement community in main stream America.

I once used deadly force against an armed robber/rapist. People analyze the law, and think it will guide them in lethal encounters,, but it won’t. My district attorney was satisfied that my incident was within the bounds of the law, because it was an offender fleeing from a violent crime that I actually witnessed. Legally of course, he was correct. But that wasn’t the reason I shot.

I had many people tell me that they don’t know if they could have done it emotionally, because he was running away and I couldn’t have either if he was just running.

But, what “pulled the trigger in my head”, was that he was running with a gun, towards cops that could not see what I had seen. And furthermore, I knew they were in mortal danger. They were also in a bad position to defend themselves because there were also many innocent bystanders in the area.

The instant that all became clear to me, I fired the shotgun.