The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 100

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 27, 2019

Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.

This week I started going through one of my two bug out bags so that I could weed out stuff that I felt was either outdated, not up to par, or not relevant to the risks in my area.  This is a long overdue chore and one that has been high on the procrastination chart for quite some time.


Procrastination is the Prepper’s bane.

There is one aspect of my bug-out-bag rejuvenation that can serve as a reminder to all of you.  If it has been over a year since you packed away an emergency supply of prescription medications, retrieve them now and swap them for a fresh supply.  In our case, we have a 30 day supply in our B.O.B.s  If you take a number of meds and have not stowed away an emergency supply of at least 14 days, think about doing that right away – even if you have to pay for them out of pocket as we did.

Other than that, there was not a whole lot of prepping going on.  I had a bit of additional eye surgery and as I write this, I find the stitches have popped requiring me to stay in the city a few more days.  You can bet that I am topping the wound with both lavender essential oil and miracle healing salve – both to help prevent infection and to keep the area protected until I can see the surgeon on Monday.  And darn, I was meaning to get some Manuka honey for just this purpose which just goes to show you that procrastination is not a good thing.

I don’t want to belabor the point to let’s move on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


Note:  Before I start off this week, I feel compelled to mention that I was more than just a little bit annoyed to find I could not find a decent website to showcase the California draught without being besieged by pop-ups ads (no I do not want to subscribe) or rolling carousels of ads (no, I don’t want to shop right now) that reflected my recent browser activity.  I did my best but it you experience, some of the same, well, I did the best I could.

Brown declares California drought emergency:  Things do not look good for the State of California.  As with all things preparedness, it is prudent to get used to using less as a matter of course.  The only issue I have with the “use less now” policy is that if you are already using 20% less than your neighbors, you will be unfairly mandated to cut usage even more.   BTW, after reading this, I ordered this rain barrel from Amazon.

The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth:  More bad news for California.

500 Years of History Shows that Mass Spying Is Always Aimed at Crushing Dissent: Dry reading but interesting if you follow the timeline.  It is a case of the power elites versus the rest of us and it has been that way for a very long long time.  The secret is to prevail by being more resourceful and fostering a sense of perseverance in everything we do.

2013 Was The Year Of The Gun!:  Thanks to the efforts of law-abiding gun owners, the new media, Fox News, the NRA, and others, 2013 turned into the year of the gun.

One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames:  Slowly but surely, Shelly’s wart is disappearing with the use of oregano essential oil and duct tape.  (We switched from lemon and tea tree (Malaleuca) essential oil to the oregano e.o. about the time the wart was half its original; size and not getting any smaller.)

Grow Your Own Transplants: I know from my emails that there are lots of newbie gardeners out there.  This article from one of my blogging buddies will help you get those seeds and seedlings off to a healthy start.

Nothing Lasts Forever – Preparing …for Death:  How will you handle going it alone if the one you counted on most in life to be there forever is taken?  Not the most fun article to read but read it you must.


One of our own, Kathryn G., a frequent commenter and follower of Backdoor Survival, has been bitten hard by mother nature.  She was able to get this message to me and is keeping in touch.

I got a real your face…reminder to be prepared for ALL emergencies. Have a bag or box that you can grab, while running out the door or keep things in your vehicle. I didn’t, but I will in the future.

I live on Prince of Wales Island, AK.

Tuesday, early afternoon, the earth moved. We had a very very large landslide bash right into our house. It is …..surrounded by large trees and mud that came down from the mountain above us.

There was no warning….at least none that we might have recognized. There was only time to get out and run.

Enough about that right now.

Even though , in a modest way, I was slowly prepping with foods, hardware, extra water, etc. They are still in that house that is not livable at this point Not every emergency is easily prepped for. We had to Get OUT or ….

Anyway, my preparations are still in the structure and I even know where they are. I’m about to go in and retrieve them. It’s time to utilize many of the things.

We are fine….and thankful. It was not our time.

However, Nature has made a brand new avenue for disaster. I hope the DOT will be able to barricade the next onslaught…or Spring melt. The trees are no longer a threat…..because we have them at our place. it’s the mud, the slurry, the rocks. Mother Nature is an awesome thing to behold. Not all threats are by the mammals called Mankind.

Anyone need some free firewood??

I’m prepared…..thank goodness!!

More Power To Us All!!

She is fine and was not hurt.  To be expected, the insurance company is saying the damage is not covered by homeowners insurance and government relief for cleanup and rebuilding has not been forthcoming.  Let us keep Kathryn in our thoughts and prayers and hope that all will be back to normal sooner rather than later.

BTW, she is sending her emails from the public library, much as I did in November when communication services on the island where I live were out for over a week.


The winner of a copy of The Border Marches by Archer Garrett us “Harold L.”.  Congratulations!  You have been notified by email with instructions for claiming your book. Here is how Harold answered the question, What are you preparing for?

Wildfire and economic collapse. Economic collapse seems more likely all the time. Our national debt is out of control.

For the near term, I am holding a marathon of giveaways to catch up with the backlog. There are three giveaways currently in progress – check them out. Someone is going to win!

BDS Book Festival – Rivers + Interview with Michael Farris Smith
Clean, Drinkable Water – LifeStraw Family Review & Giveaway
BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living


Late last week I reached out to two of our sponsors, LPC Survival and Earth Easy to get their take on using both the Berkey and the LifeStraw on water contaminated by the West Virginia chemical spill.  In both cases, the manufacturers were contacted so that the information I shared with you would be credible.

From Earth Easy regarding the LifeStraw:  “I just asked the manufacturer and he said it you should just throw it out.”

And from LPC Survival:  “If your Berkey becomes contaminated, Berkey has also agreed with Lifestraw and said, get a new Black Berkey Element Set.”

So there you have it, from two leaders in the water filter business.  Consider this a reminder that you should have a spare LifeStraw or two as well as an extra set of Berkey elements.

I also want to mention that between now and the end of the month. sponsor Survival Based is offering Backdoor Survival readers 20% off everything on their site.  Use the coupon code backdoorsurvival20 which is good through January 31st.

As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.


I just learned that The Survival Medicine Handbook is now available in Kindle format  Not only that, if you buy a new print edition of this book (or have purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition.  You will find details on the Amazon website.


Did you notice that this was Sunday Survival Buzz #100?  As much as I hate to admit it, writing the Buzz is not one if my favorite things (sorry) but after I am done, I feel so good.  Funny how the mind works.  Anyway, that about wraps things up for this week.

Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.

Suncast RB50D 50-Gallon Rain Barrel:  This is the rain barrel I ordered while writing today’s Buzz.  We plan to elevate it on cinder blocks to increase the water flow while using it to water plants.  If all goes well, we will order a couple more and connect them together. I am excited. According to Amazon, there are just a few in stock but more are on the way.

Lavender Oil:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals for healing and wellness purposes.  This includes lavender oil, oregano oil as well as a bunch of others.  My recommendation is the Health and Wellness kit which includes all of my favorites or, if you are just getting started, the Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint.  Be sure to use the  code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to receive a 10% discount.

Black Berkey Replacement Elements, 2-Pack: I was late to the party as far as getting some backup filters but I am now all set.  Highly recommended, along with extra red food coloring and a spare Berkey spigot.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items   Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: I now own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp:  Here we go with another flashlight.    It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.


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Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet.  I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit.  I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.

I also recommend the Mobile Washer. This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.


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12 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 100”

  1. Oh man, thank you! It never even occurred to me to put some rx meds in my get home bag, although I do have a pretty well stocked first aid kit. I keep the bag in my truck at all times, but have a smaller separate bag that goes to the truck and back in the house with me, it has food and meds in it that I dont want exposed to extreme fluctuations in weather. I’ll be putting some of my RX in there, again thanks for reminding me. 🙂

  2. Congrats on your #100 post!
    Besides the drought & fires in CA there is now major theft of walnuts, almonds and pistachios. I think the numbers were $400,000 in a truckload of walnuts and about $100,000 in truckloads of the others.
    Hopefully it will not continue, because it would mean an increase in price.

    We have 4 55-gallon water barrels and on 250-gallon barrel. For us, in FL, they are a lifesaver. We do have about 6 months of rain/hurricane season and the rest of the year is mighty dry on the SW coast.
    I dip a 2-gallon watering can in the top of one barrel, connected to the other 3, to water my 20+ container/Earthbox planters. That is how we have to grow our veggies inside our pool cage. Airborne bugs and nematodes in the soil prevent regular growing. The big barrel is our backup. Amazing how much water comes off the roof in the form of condensation, or today in melted frost.

  3. I have been gardening for about 10 yrs now without my Dad to go to for advice, about 6 yrs ago I started growing my own starts, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, anything that needs a head start and can’t be direct seeded in the ground. I started with just a small table in front of a south-facing window, a couple yrs later my hubby bought me a mini greenhouse, again in the south-facing window. Two yrs ago I got a small plastic greenhouse (about 6×8) from Sam’s Club for only $99. This lasted me two full years (I don’t recommend overwintering it outdoors…big mistake) and this year it looks like something a little more permanent is going up! (Very excited about that!) Anyway, I always grow heirloom veggies from our local seed company (Baker Creek) and find I always really look forward to spring for this reason. If you haven’t ordered your seeds, get started right away! Popular varieties DO sell out! Long-growing season veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and some onions need to be started in a greenhouse SOON, so they’re ready to go in the garden after last frost. And if you don’t know what to plant or when your frost dates are, check with your local Extension services, local nurseries, or if you’re luck, like us, your local seed growers. But don’t wait for a disaster to start a garden, you will regret it…gardening has a huge learning curve and takes MANY years of experimenting to get it right. 🙂

  4. Procrastination? What’s that? Never mind – I’ll look it up later!

    Unfortunately, my 6 x 8 greenhouse is presently in use as a temporary hen house! The ice we had earlier brought a big tree limb down on my chicken coop, destroying the hen house and the pen. Then the dogs that my kindly neighbors let roam everywhere got all but two of my hens. Not sure which neighbors, so my loss. Those two hens give me two eggs every day, but they have the use of my greenhouse until I get the money to build a new coop for them. I told my sis that this time it would be put where I can easily keep an eye on it without having to go outside.
    So, that means any plant starts will have to be done in the house instead of the greenhouse.

    • Jim – I wish I could have chickens – even two would make me happy. And a greenhouse. My veggie starts take up residence in my bedroom. Which reminds me, I better get started.

  5. I would like to see what others have done for thier weekly preps on the Sunday Buz. I went to K-Mart and bought two jugs of Frying oil. The company that puts this out is ‘The Cajun Injector’. Every Thanksgiving for the past few years k-mart sells these 3 1/2 gallon jugs of frying oil. ( for deep-frying turkeys) When the oil first comes out it sells for around 30$. I wait untill it goes on sale. At my local K-mart it is now 14.99. Last year I waited too long and missed out.( I wanted the price to go even lower.)On one web sight I read that a family of 4 should have 8 gallons of cooking oil. Soooo, this will not be enough,sence i do have a family of 4. I would like to go to costco and pick up some oive oil. If the oil turns rancid before I have a chance to use it AND the lights go out I will make little oil lamps out of canning jars and burn the rancid oil for light. Using the masson jars with a handle is best,that way you can carry the light from room to room. So, I also baught 2 of that type of jar. In addition to the oil and jars w/handle I bought 11 pairs of thick mens socks @ .75 a pair. If the shtf you will need to take care of your feet.

    • I have not had much luck getting others to describe their weekly preps each Sunday so sometimes I drop the request. I am willing to give it another try. Maybe it just takes time for folks to catch on.

      You made a good haul this week!

    • On another prepper blog I read that you can keep olive oil by freezing it. Purchase in a plastic bottle. You would have to take a little out so it wouldn’t burst the bottle. If you buy in large quantities, you would have to repackage in smaller bottles. I would think you could freeze any types of oils. I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on my list of preps to do.

    • I have been meaning to try this myself. I am going to put some olive oil in a mason jar and freeze it this weekend just to see what happens. My guess is that it won’t freeze solidly.

      As far as increasing the shelf life, oil very rarely goes rancid in my temperate climate – only if it is really old (5 years) or has been subjected to extreme temperatures. I do find that peanut butter goes bad, however, in just a year or so. I need to get some powdered peanut butter to try.

    • I keep my olive oil in the fridge except for a small jar I use often. It will solidify that way but I don’t remember it ever going bad doing that. Gaye, as to peanut butter, we are such fans, I haven’t been able to buy enough for it to go bad. lol Seriously, I’d rather try to grow peanuts than store peanut butter. At least that’s the plan.

  6. I have been following Backdoor Survival for a while, but this is the first time I have commented. I want to thank you for such a helpful and formative site which has helped me become better prepared. I live in Australia with my young family and we have been through two major catergory 4 cyclones in 10 years that directly hit us. Because I am a prepper we came through both cyclones really well, even though both times we were without electricity for 4 weeks and had some minor damage. I have learnt a lot over the years but still learn so much everyday through what you post.

    This week we planted more seeds for our gardens and increased our stored water supplies. I updated our first aid kits and purchased more canned food for our supplies (2 dozen). I try to add little by little to what we have each week as well as increase my skills. My husband also increased our supply of stored diesel this week.

    Wishing you a wonderful week.

  7. From a reforming procrastinator (that means I’m still in the learning curve), I find there are times when that procrastination can be a blessing. How? Sometimes we want something or think we need it right now; when if we wait just a spell, the pieces come together so getting or doing works better for all. Case in point, I really really need to get new glasses for which the insurance won’t pay. Been needing them since just after Thanksgiving. That time since then has allowed me to get other things done and for Christmas I was given one of those plastic cards for which money can be put into. It not only paid for my glasses but I was able to buy something to celebrate my new eyesight. 🙂
    Normally, this is our winter growing season which means I have 3 seasons for growing. Harvesting time is continual for the greens i grow. Meanwhile, I’m planning for the next growing seasons which means saving my egg shells for the calcium (or bone meal) to put back into the planters and soil as I plant and transplant.
    Right now, California fires are a little scary because as they did with their electricity, when they were having to use more electricity, I fear Cali will be wanting our Oregon waters to keep them going with their growing. Doesn’t seem people are even aware of the climate changes taking place, let alone of economical issues. How does one procrastinate when one doesn’t want to know or chooses not to be aware of what’s going on around them?!


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