The Sunday Buzz – Volume 9



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The buzzWelcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.  But first, an update on my own preps.

Okay, truth be told I was on vacation so while I did not prep per se, I discovered a few major holes in my travel preparedness kit.  That just goes to show you that prepping is an ongoing process and that as situations and needs change, so do the items in our survival kits.

On the beach in Hawaii

As I tend to do, I made many new acquaintances during my trip and many observations of what I like to call, “the human condition”.  If I were to summarize the people I met this time around, it would be to say that I hung out with a bunch of formerly upper middle class folks who were now complacent about being part of the “serf” class (their word, not mine).  Cynicism was abundant . . . including my own . . . but there was optimism too.  After all, the alternative is not very pleasant to comprehend.

While I had a wonderful two week break, it is good to be home and back to my normal routine.  So, with that said and dispensed with, let’s get on to the Sunday Buzz.

Another Doomsday Show ?  Jeesh . . .

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the casting company from Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers TV series.  It took three emails and finally a real-time phone conversation to convince them that an appearance by SurvivalWoman was not going to happen.  Apparently they are looking for some female preppers that are less extreme and more mainstream than in the past.  Somehow I do not think that that would make good entertainment . . . just my opinion, of course.

And then, last week, the following appeared in my email:

Please pass along the following casting call to any survivalist contacts you have, and please consider sharing it with your website followers as a blog post. Thank you!

Sean De Simone




A Major television production company is casting single men and women who share the belief that the world is soon ending for a new major television series. We are in search of people who passionately believe in the world’s inevitable end, but are also single and looking for someone to enjoy the rest of their time on earth with!  Please tell us your story.

Please email us with your story with a current photo of yourself along with a current contact telephone number and email address to Sean De Simone (// at [email protected]

So . . . if this is something that you might be interested in, I say go for it.  Luckily, I am already married to a wonderful prepping partner!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The soil is starting to warm which tells me it is time to think about my summer garden.  Here in Western Washington, we have a short growing season which creates a dilemma when using heirloom type seeds which have not been altered to shorten the time to maturity.

One type of heirloom that does grow well in my area, however, is greens; you know, lettuces, spinach and such.  Lucky you if you can grow those classic old tomatoes.  Me?  I can only dream about them.

If you are considering planting heirlooms either now or if/when the SHTF, consider shopping at one of our Backdoor Survival sponsors, Everlasting Seeds.  Rhone and his team are committed to providing the finest heirlooms available coupled with outstanding customer service.  And don’t forget that after browsing the site, you can go back and click through the Backdoor Survival “Specials” page to place your order and get 10% off.

Another thing:  check out the Everlasting Seeds growing guide which can be downloaded here:  Everlasting Seeds Growing Guide.

Something to Ponder

Last month I wrote about The Rising Tsunami of the Police State.  I would like to thank one of my readers, Ken, for sending me the following:

Some years ago while Harriet Tubman was receiving an award for freeing over 700 slaves through her underground railroad, she said in a tearful speech, “You know, I could have freed so many more if I could just have convinced them that they were slaves”.

How much does this apply today?

To me, this is a sobering thought.  And so each day I hope that I can convince just one more person to rise above the tyranny we now face by becoming more self-sufficient and self-reliant.  To that end this little blog of mine has become my mission and my vehicle to educate . . . as a voice out there in the wilderness hoping that I will see change and a better world for the next generation.

Today on Strategic Living


In this week’s article, George and I write about retreating to a foreign country as a retirement or a bug out strategy.  For some, this is the ultimate bucket list item.  After all, living on the beach in Costa Rica can be both cheap and fun.

But what are some of the issues?  Read more at Strategic Living: Time to Bug Out of America?.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


. . . Your comments are welcome

From the Bargain Bin:  Today I present a small selection of items mentioned in this month’s prepping by month article, Getting Prepared Month 7: Gear, Tools and Skills to Save Lives,  plus a few other items that I consider survival essentials.

Kaito Electronics, Inc. Portable Dynamo & Solar-Powered Radio and Cell Phone Charger:  This one has it all and a very reasonable price given its features.  It will operate from any one of four different power sources including hand crank and solar and includes a radio, lantern, cell phone charger and more.  It can be used with 3 AA batteries or an optional AC adapter.  It is perfect for receiving NOA alerts and the LED flashlight on its side turns into a flashing red SOS for emergencies.  There is even a USB port for charging a cell phone.  A good alternative is the Etón American Red Cross Self-Powered Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger.

Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of  Survival Gear Checklist   15 Items to Get You StartedParacord for very affordably This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color.

Stanley 3 Piece Plier Set:  A basic plier set with a rust-resistant finish will protects them from the elements.  The jaws are machined to provide a slip-resistant grip and , and the tool’s double-dipped handle gives extra comfort and a lifetime warranty is included.

Uniden Bearcat 200-Channel Portable Scanner: A hand scanner with ham band thats portable.

Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet Disaster Denial: 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 Disaster Denial .

Cyalume SnapLight Chemical Light Sticks: Read all about light sticks at Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people.

Sani-Hands Instant Sanitizing Wipes: These are the wipes I use. I personally called the manufacturer and confirmed that they have a two-year shelf life. This is an important consideration when purchasing hand sanitizers. I also can recommend the version that comes in individual packets such as the Purell box of 100.

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One Response to “The Sunday Buzz – Volume 9”

  1. While the your invitation from the Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers TV series is flattering and well-deserved by your website… your decision to decline the invitation seems best. While Survivalwoman does so well at what you do… so should Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers TV series be doing what they can do best. It seems that with all of the resources and clout that National Geographic has within their realms, Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers TV series should be monitoring and reporting the latest “intelligence” on what preppers most likely should be preparing for. It seems that Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers TV series would be serving the TV viewers best by interviewing for factual truth from NASA-type scientists, astro-physicists, geologists, HAARP operators, USGS earthquake mappers, amateur astronomers, etc.
    Thanks you, Survivalwoman, for sharing your expertise in what you do so well.


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