The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 102

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 27, 2019



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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.

Remember that bucket with the gamma seal that I left outside a few weeks back?  The intent was to leave it out in the rain to see if it was truly airtight and waterproof.  I had checked it once before and it was dry but I wanted to leave it out a bit longer just to satisfy myself that the seal was good.

Gamma Lid Bone Dry in Rain

I am happy to report that after sitting outside in the rain for some weeks now, the inside of the bucket was perfectly dry.  I can only assume that the readers that claimed their buckets leaked had one of three things going on:

  • The top was not tightened correctly and perhaps was mis-threaded
  • The gamma lid was of inferior quality.
  • The lid and outside rim of the gamma seal lid was not thoroughly wiped down and dried off before removing it from the bucket.

It seems to me that #3 may be the most likely culprit.  I still stand behind my preference for gamma lids for my five and six gallon buckets.  In addition, I recommend new lids – always.  Used, food grade buckets are great if you can find them; just make sure that the rim has no defects or imperfections.

I did have a huge Amazon order this week.  My haul consisted of the following items:

Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack – I want to test these before making a universal recommendation.

Gorilla Clear Repair Tape and Gorilla Tape 35-Yard Roll – Enough of you have told me I need to try Gorilla Tape so okay, I will.

Hydrofarm 2-Foot Grow Light System – This is part of my going back to the beginning food garden effort.  I may be frugal in other areas but I know from experience that I can not start seeds indoors with the limited light available in my home.  I am not sure where I will set this up.  The bedroom?

CompoMix Composter:  I have a small, actually teeny tiny, yard.  The only way I can compost is with a bin or some sort.  This will make it easy and again, is part of my Food Garden for Beginners effort.  Supposedly, this unit will speed up the composting process and I will have real compost in 4 to 6 weeks.  Is that believable?  I guess I will find out.

That’s it for me this week.  Be sure to let me know about your prepping activities in the comments section below.


Strategic Relocation: ur doin it rong:  I just hate those one-size-fits all-rules of relocation.  Ultimately, every family has to consider their own needs and lifestyle plans.

Utah: Lunch snatched away from students:  Dozens of children at a Utah elementary school had their lunch trays snatched away from them before they could take a bite this week.  Whose stupid idea was that?  Food goes to waste, kids go hungry and the worst thing of all, they suffer embarrassment and humiliation.

U.S. Cattle Herd Is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America:  The crazy weather and droughts are definitely going to affect our food supply this summer and beyond.  Couple that with the avoidance of Pacific seafood and well, it is time to grow food yourself and to support local food growers.  In addition, I am personally continuing to stock up on freeze-dried fruits, vegetables and meats.

Would You Ever Be Able To Forgo Using Toilet Paper?:   I believe this was written somewhat tongue in cheek but I do take this seriously and I know a lot of you do too.

Options for the Online Prepper:  So what can the online prepper do to make sure they stay “connected” with their fellow techno-preppers?   As always, when Todd (Prepper Website and Ed That Matters) writes something, I read it.

How To Make Wool Dryer Balls:  Here is something I want to try so I thought you might want to make some wool dryer balls as well.

Bean and Ham Soup-Frugal Suppers:  If this does not make your mouth water, nothing will.  Melissa lives in my area – not on the island, but close by on the mainland.

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage: A Book Review & Giveaway: A nice review from Mom With A Prep.


From “Dee” regarding battery storage:

Just a word of caution. I recently saw a video about a fire which had started because a home owner put “dead” batteries in a bag for recycling, put them in the garage until a trip to the recycling center. BUT the house caught fire. The fire was traced back to the batteries.

According to fire department, we are to store old batteries with electrical tape across terminals (if that’s the right word) so contact can’t be made. Specifically, he was talking about 9 volt. Just something to keep in mind.

After reading this, I went through and “stacked” my own used batteries with the terminal ends facing in the same direction.  Great advice.


I am sure you have noticed that I have been holding a lot of giveaways.  Truthfully, I overcommitted and am playing catch up.  Here are the latest Backdoor Survival giveaway winners.  Here are the latest winners.

The winner of a copy of Good Clean Food is “David”.   Here is how he answered the question: What is your greatest concern when it comes to healthy eating?

My greatest concern is the quality of the food available on the open market, GMO or hybrid. Nutrition is way last in the specifications. The veggies I grow are in isolated raised beds with vermiculite, peat moss and home made compost. My cherry tomatoes are better than M & M’s!BDS Book Festival: Good Clean Food + Chat with Beth Leibson   Backdoor Survival

And finally, the winner of RIVERS did not claim his prize so I have selected an alternate (at random, of course).  The winner is Michelle.  Here is how she answered the question “If your home became a no-man’s land, would you stay or leave?”

I believe we would try to stay. Out of all of our family, we live in the most rural area and we have neighbors who are liked minded in preparedness.

There are currently three giveaways still open so if you have not done so, feel free to enter now.

BDS Book Festival – The End and The Long Road + Interview with G. Michael Hopf
BDS Book Festival – The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms + Giveaway
The Ultimate Compact Survival Kit-Winter Blast Giveaway

Coming up this week?  More free food from Mountain House and a special “Share the Love” giveaway for free essential oils from Spark Naturals.  With all of this free stuff, I hope to have time to throw in an article or two as well.  That is, after all, why I am here.


This week I welcome Seal Team Kits as our newest sponsor.  Seal Team Kits sells high quality kits like the ones that a SEAL Operator would use if he found himself in an unforeseen survival situation.  These are true-to-spec kits with high quality components.  Use coupon code BACKDOOR to get free shipping.

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And from Sun Oven:

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And finally a message from Beau at H&H Medical with an incredible story about his family-owned company. You must read this – it is not what  you would expect/

Greetings to all!

I had written a nice little blurb about how my company (H&H Medical) started as a technical services company in the 70’s, continued that work through the 90‘s until budget cuts killed our contracts, and subsequently morphed into a first aid product manufacturer/integrator. It looked and read nice but I (and probably you) hate cookie cutter corporate marketing-speak. So I think I’ll keep it simpler and down to Earth.

We are a small, family-owned company. If you call our number you’ll have the same chances of speaking with our reps as you do the companies’ President (my brother Paul), the Chairman of the Board (my father Bob), or myself. We all answer the phones. We take a very hands-on approached to all aspects of our work and have always been keenly mindful of our customers’ needs.

I’d like to pass along an event which, in many, many ways helped to define us as a company. Early in our life as manufacturers/integrators, we were working is a very small facility in a very rural part of Virginia. Lots of trees and a road that may have been 12 feet wide (made it hard for trucks to deliver to us). Lots of wildlife that would frequent our gravel parking lot.

I was working on the production floor doing some vacuum sealing when I heard a loud knock on the door. I stopped my work to answer it and found myself facing a stranger. He gave me his name and asked if this was H&H. I said yes. He paused for a moment, smiled, and told me he was a Marine just home from Iraq.

I invited him in, called over the boys, and for the next hour or so was privileged to hear stories about his deployment (he was there during the pre-surge period). All the while I’m thinking to myself, why would he go so far out of his way, travelling to our rinky-dink little facility in the middle of nowhere, to meet us?

That was answered towards the end of our conversation when he spoke of the injured he’d seen. Bullet wounds, burns, sucking chest wounds, trauma from Iranian-made IED’s that wrought havoc on the bodies of our troops. He talked about how he’d used and seen our products in use, how he’d seen them save lives. It was an incredible compliment. He concluded by thanking us and left.

We were dumbfounded to say the least, never had that happened in the decades of contract work. It made a very real impact on us, made the hard work feel worthwhile.

I hope this story isn’t seen as a cynical marketing attempt to pull heartstrings. It isn’t. In fact, it’s happened several more times after that. I guess it’s just a great feeling of honor for us to be the makers of products that have such a profound effect on our customers. It’s very humbling.

Well, I guess I’ll conclude things by saying this: we would love for you to consider our products when looking to fulfill your emergency first aid needs. We carry a plethora of battle-tested devices that address virtually any need you may have in an emergency situation.

And we want you to know that, whether you choose our products or not, be sure make a point to have a comprehensive collection of emergency care products in your toolbox. You really never know when you’ll need them.

If you do choose us, however, we’ll be honored, and promise to give you our very best. Take care and God Bless.

Beau Harder
Marketing Coordinator/Owner
H&H Medical

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Here is my response to reader “Marilee” who asked:  Do essential oils have a shelf life?

Depending on who you ask, the shelf life is anywhere from 1 year to 5 or more.

The key is in the storage. Kept in a dark bottle and relatively cool, they will last far longer than a year. Some of my own essential oils  are over 3 years old however I tend to use the older E.O.s more for fragrance (in laundry or in cleaning products) than for healing purposes.


Friday night I completed my conversion to a new site design.  Although it may look the same to you, in truth it was completely redone from the ground up.  I know what you are thinking; that was a lot of work and you are right but it had to be done since the developers I used last year left me pretty much high and dry with a p.o.s. backend.

I am hopeful the bugs are worked out but if something seems goofy, let me know and I will fix it.

The next big project is to categorize the articles in the archives so that they can be searched and accessed more easily.


Because it is Super Bowl Sunday I thought I would keep this short and post a Sunday Buzz Lite.  Nice thought but something went wrong along the way and I forgot about the “lite” part.  Still, it is go Seahawks all the way.  Seattle, after all, is my home town.

Seriously though, it has been a busy week with an even busier month ahead.  I will be ratcheting up the indoor seed starting and  reporting my long overdue progress learning how to program and use my Baofeng Ham radios. There are also going to be lots and lots of giveaways this month so I hope you will stay with me as we move forward in 2014 as the most prepared prepper’s on the planet.

What about you – what did you do to prep this week?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS Mountain House SUPER SALE! 25% – 50% off all cans!

This month the big news is that all Mountain House tins are 25% off.  Of course my favorite is the Mountain House Chili Mac iconbut I know the Beef Stroganoff iconis really popular as well.

Mountain House

A recent Mountain House Order

Other specials to consider are the Baking Mixes Combo and Butter Powder, both of which I use regularly.  The butter powder, especially, is good in bread machine breads.

These are just a few of the items that are on sale.  Click on this link for more:  Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials.


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.

One Second After:  For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared.  If you have not read this book, you really should.

Coghlans Waterproof Matches 10-pack:  That is a good deal for 400 waterproof matches.

Gorilla Clear Repair Tape and Gorilla Tape 35-Yard Roll:  Enough of you have told me I need to try Gorilla Tape so okay, I have just purchased some and will put it through its tests.

BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.  Here is the antenna I ordered along with the programming cable: NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R and USB Programming Cable for Baofeng UV-5R UV-3R+.

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.

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.  There is also a larger sized, LifeStraw Family currently available with free shipping.


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40 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 102”

  1. Maybe not exactly prepping, but spent a few days trying to find fire wood. That stuff has almost vanished in my area since propane has sky rocketed! When I did find it the price had gone up to, in some cases, double what it was last year. The best place I finally found some was by listening to the local radio station’s “Swap shop”! So, in your prepping don,’t forget about your local resources.

  2. Bought a Kaito KA500 emergency radio. Also ordered supplies to make lip balm. Am excited about that! BTW, Emergency Essentials has the totable toilet seat for 8.99!! I plan on buying two!

    • The bucket and seat combo is also a good deal at $14.95. Be sure to learn how to use the radio. There are a ton of features and you will want to have the most important ones down pat in a real emergency.

    • Thank you! Will do. Love your site!

  3. Have you seen the spin-lid buckets? The lids are easy to open and reseal. It would be interesting to see how they’d take the rain, as you did in your test. Miller’s Grain House carries them at //

  4. Gaye – I had noticed the website change. For one thing, not important, the number of comments are no longer shown on each post. Only on the home page. I would usually click that to read comments. But, like I said, no big deal.
    Another, that you may have overlooked, is that the logo (in the upper left) no longer links to home. In fact it does nothing. Still trying to decide if I like the new comments format. But, basically not a lot of change in appearance. Good work – to you and anyone helping you!

    • Jim – Thanks for letting me know. I did get the comments/replies to appear at the top under the title. I would like to bring back the big “text” link but can’t figure it out. That was a piece of custom programming which I am tying to avoid this time around.

      The old logo was also a custom piece (okay, sorry P.O.S. if you know that acronym). I am now using a more standard header but might be able to get that to link back to the home page. Great idea!

      If you have any other thoughts, please let me know. And BTW,I had no outside help this time so thanks for the compliment 🙂

    • P.O.S. 🙂
      Steep learning curve to customize your own website! I’m impressed. But, then again, I’m about your age and enjoy learning also. I have no complaints about your pages, just pointed out a couple of changes I had noticed. I have done a few websites for my home intranet, but wouldn’t publish them. 🙂
      (Other than a WordPress genealogy site I did for my sis and myself, and haven’t published it as yet).

    • If the text is too small for some. Click ctrl and + together until you get it large enough for you. Gaye, I like the larger font too but until you can get it back, this is what I’m doing. 🙂

    • Dee – What text are you referring to? The comments? Be as specific as possible.

    • Yes I meant the text in the comment section. Sorry for not being more specific.

    • The header image now links to the home page. Thanks again!

  5. This week I practiced using candles as my only source of light. (Spurred on by getting my January heat and power bill – wow. Or is that, ow?) This was my second practice run. I still get candle wax all over the place.

    RE: Gorilla Tape. I ran a test of it last Summer. I have a window air-conditioner in one room which faces the Sun most of the time. I usually seal around the edges of it with regular duct tape (not the cheap cheap kind) and had no problems. Last Summer I used Gorilla Tape instead. It didn’t do as well in the heat and against the Sun as regular duct tape does. The Gorilla Tape wouldn’t stick about halfway through the Summer. However; unlike regular duct tape which would have been nothing but dry with no adhesiveness, the Gorilla Tape maintained it’s adhesiveness and I just pressed it back on and it stayed for the remainder of the Summer. YMMV.

    Anyway, I really liked that article you linked to, ‘Strategic Relocation: ur doin it rong’ and her older article linked within it about the same subject.

    And, that Hydrofarm thingie looks pretty snazzy. I like how the light is adjustable. I built something similar, it’s important to keep those lights as close to the surface of the soil or the tops of the plants as you can. I found out the hard way: don’t plant too far outside the edges of the lamp, otherwise you get spindly weak plants. That was my experience anyway. I look forward to reading about your experience.

    • My bug out location has a large window that is drafty. Next time I am there I will try sealing around the edges with the Gorilla Tape. Great idea.

  6. I have a question: I filled my mylar bags, which were in buckets, sealed all but a small spot, and added the oxygen absorber. I then quickly sealed all of the bags (I didn’t bother using a vacuum to remove the air, as a video I watched said it was not necessary), and then I waited. I have waited for over a week. They appear slightly smaller, but are still filled with air.
    What did I do wrong? The absorbers were still good, I used them quickly, but obviously didn’t get the desired results.

    • Maxine – Not to worry. From a recent article:

      “In the process of sucking up moisture, the iron in the absorber starts to rust. This creates oxidation and before you know it, in a well sealed container, 99.99% of the oxygen is used up. Any space or air left in the container is nitrogen – not oxygen – which is not a bad thing because insects can not thrive in pure nitrogen.

      So, in simple terms, the little packet sucks up all of the oxygen from the air within the container in which it is placed. Factoid: Air is about 21 percent oxygen, 78 percent nitrogen and 1% other gasses.”

      Here is a link: //

    • The absorbers will remove the oxygen, but there will still be “air” in the bag since it is usually only 20-21% oxygen. Without that oxygen though, the food should be just fine. I seal my buckets up the same way and have never had a problem so far. So I think you did it right! 🙂

  7. I don’t write a lot on products that I purchase and use but this time I need to bring up that an article that was posted as a free item with the payment of shipping on a fold up knife that when flat was only the size of a credit card and would fit in ones wallet. I ordered that item weeks ago and have never heard from that company. What they wanted was to have me purchase other products that he was selling, of which I did not purchase any. Maybe a look into this company’s sales may be in order. Thank you for your time. Robert

    • Robert – I have no way of checking myself but you can call customer service – they are very good in responding to inquiries. BTW, I was told that it can take up to 4 weeks although I have reports than some readers are getting theirs within a week.

      Here is the number: 1-877-403-7076.

      BTW, mine arrived in about 3 weeks.

  8. Thanks for featuring my bean and ham soup. Have you tried the Life Straw Personal Water Filter? I’m seriously considering getting some for my family to have on hand and when camping/hiking.

    • Yes I have. I actually did a review last summer; for the price and convenience, you can not beat a LifeStraw. They are very lightweight and portable, too.


    • Thanks, Gaye! I definitely want to get some. If you come hiking this way this summer, let me know.

  9. Gaye, you mentioned being a first time gardener, this will be my 3rd season. 3 books I suggest are ‘growing vegetables west of the Cascades’, Steve Solomon, ‘Bountiful Container’, Rose Marie and Nicholis and ‘Week by Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook’, Ron & Jennifer Kujawski. I grow a lot in containers My first year was bountiful, but second I fought with spider mites, aphids, a fungus and SLUGS!They won. So I am beginning again with the heat mat, grow lights in the spare bedroom. Maybe I will be able to share this year.
    My prepping consisted of buying from Emergency Essentials, Emergency Gas Shut-Off Wrench, ReadyBath™ Basics Antibacterial Formula Total Body Cleansing System and (10) 11 Function Survival Tool to add to The 12 Months Before Christmas buckets for the kids.

    • Marilee, I live in the Pacific Northwest, too. Do you use heirloom seeds? I love them and am planning a huge giveaway on my blog in March. I have two strains of beans that my family has saved for over a hundred years and very well acclimated to the Northwest. I get a little passionate about gardening and heirloom seeds, so forgive me for jumping in. 🙂 Way to go on your success and sticking with it.

    • Yes some are heirlooms, but not all. I have gone to the seed swap the last 2 years. It is held in Bellingham. Lots of people willing to give info and advise. I will check out your blog

    • Do you know when the seed swap is? Can you buy seeds or only swap? I live in cali, but my family lives in Bonny Lake, WA. And Portland. I try to visit as much as I can. Some day I will be able to move near my family again. I like to plan my trips around events that are in thier area.

    • Barbara – My brother and his family live at Lake Tapps. They do not prep at all.

    • The seed swap was last Sunday

    • I’m in the PNW too and am interested in some of your seeds. I am just getting started so have none to swap. Still interested so let me know how and when it’s possible.

    • Marilee – Actually, I am fairly experienced with gardening (I started in the 1970’s!) and am blessed with a green thumb. I am going to go back to the beginning, however, for the benefit of my readers who are just getting started. There are many limitations (small space, poor sunlight, dark home interior) with my current situation that will make this a challenge. My grow light will be set up, most likely, in my bedroom.

    • Do you put your lights on a timer? My Mom’s windows are tinted so I must use grow lights and have found a timer to be valuable. I am glad you have a green thumb, we will learn more pointers.

  10. WOW!! It is actually raining today, (That’s a big deal in CA.) I collected a about 400 gallons to water my garden. Being an indoor day, I’ve been organizing all my print outs, instructions, etc. Still trying to get a few other people better prepared, too.

  11. I like the Sunday Buz because I am trying to make a point of doing something every week to be more prepared. I will make it a goal to check in with Sunday Buz to keep me on track. I may not always be able to spend $$, however, if I at least do something I will not become complacent or lax. I was not planning on spending any $$$, but a drugstore went out of business in my little town. Everything was 50-60% off. Just could not pass that up! So to my medical bag I will now add:12 strech bandages, a box of 25 4″x4″ gauze sponges, 26 super sponges, 2 large bandage rolls, 1 box of rolled gauge and bandage clips. I want to be ready if here in CA we ever have the big one. need to get eye wash, if we ever do have the big one there will be a lot of dust in the air, and eyes will become irritated.( that happened with the recue dogs after 9/11)

    • Way to gooooo Barbara! Sometimes it’s saving for moments like you had that can make the diff. Believe it or not, the knowing when to buy and when to hold on is a prepping skill too. 🙂 So, eyes and irritation, are you considering getting some goggles? They have them for animals too now.

    • I will now have to put goggles on my list. I wonder if my old dog would wear goggles. My husband is in construction so the only goggles we have are for work.He doesn’t know it….but I consider all of his tools as part of my preps.

    • Same here Barbara, on the tools. What he doesnt know, will help, lol.

  12. I spent the week going through my stuff to find duplicates and store those in an alternate place. I am making blackout curtains for all the windows. Just in case of collapse, I don’t want people to know how much light I have and what type. The idea came as I was doing some research about WWII.
    Gaye, I’m using those gamma seals, as I do so, I have a way of measuring the humidity and am keeping track just to check on the seals that way too. It’s great they are lasting in our humid PNW. 🙂
    O and in making small pocket emergency kits. I’ve cleaned some of my old chocolate chip bags, folded them and put them inside (they will work for drinking and transporting water if need be). I’m also using those extra chocolate chip bags, sealing them together and making emergency blankets with them. While i have electricity, I can do this and store around within my stores–I can give these out, barter or use them as needed.

  13. I wonder what kind of music you like.

    Anyway, listen to the lyrics of this song from a video on YotaTech and decide if this isn’t a prepping song:


    Also, having starter plants in the bedroom is hard core. I know my better half would Never let me do that. I always had trouble with gnats, I wonder how you overcome that problem? Then again, those things are daytime fliers.

  14. I have been learning how to make sleeping pads from plastic shopping bags. You can make all kinds of things from them, carry/gather bags. I am working on some sort of shoe, for an emergency slip on.

    • Care to share the instructions? I can see where those would be great to have in a carry around bag.

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