The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 19

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The buzzWelcome 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 purchased my own handgun, a Ruger LCP-LM with laser sight.  Am I excited?  You bet.  In addition, I applied for my concealed weapons permit and enrolled in an eight hour course next weekend on Basic Handgun Safety & Responsibility.

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Now the big deal with this is that I picked out the perfect firearm for me – not for someone else – and I did it all by my own self.  You can expect to hear more about my experience – and my class – as I learn how to defend myself in a safe and responsible manner.

120 Powerful Pieces Of Advice For Preppers

Prepper pantryLast week, The End of the American Dream website featured an article describing 120 powerful pieces of advice for preppers.  Notwithstanding that they featured Backdoor Survival when stating

“Many people do not realize this, but you can grow herbs that have tremendous healing properties in your own garden.”

listing all of these pieces in one central area was brilliant! There are lots of useful tips here – definitely worth checking out.

Be careful – and knowledgeable – if your are trying to sell old gold for cash

As many of you know, Survival Husband spent his career in the jewelry industry and for years was an estate buyer, purchasing old gold and jewelry from consumers. Recently I posted an article on Strategic Living, How to Sell Gold and Old Jewelry without Getting Ripped Off.

Well a little over a week ago, The Consumerist reported that Former Gold Buyers Say They Were Pushed To Lie To Customers.

Sick of burning desperate customers by paying bottom-dollar for gold — and tired of being burned by an employer who allegedly let them write checks the company knew would bounce — a pair of former buyers for one of the country’s largest gold-buying operations are pulling back the curtain on the tactics they were told to use when dealing with customers.

It is good to see that the shady company has been caught. If you have some old gold to sell, be sure to go back and read my article and as always, be aware that there are crooks everywhere.

The Importance of Keeping Some Spare Cash

I have always recommended that you keep some spare cash around in the event there is a disaster, a power failure or some sort of economic collapse that precludes you from getting funds from your bank.

Europeans are getting a taste of this now:  Millions of Bank Customers Unable to Access Funds In Europe.

Getting on the Survival-Woman Soapbox

wwwAnyone who writes a blog or owns a website that could be considered even a wee bit “alternative” or “activist”, is always cognizant that anyone at anytime could shut them down.  ISPs, hosting companies, Google, and even mail list providers can, for all intents and purposes, shut down a site.

I have consciously chosen to host Backdoor Survival with one of the smaller hosting companies.  Although they are located in the Seattle area, they have customers all over the world and would never ever would shut down a site unless it were committing blatant fraud or spam attacks.  They have real people that care working for them – and that makes all of the difference in the world.

If you don’t think internet censorship is happening, then read Obama “Truth Teams” in action?.  The title is a bit misleading since the article is really about internet censorship and is something that we all should care about.  I know that I have my concerns, and you may be surprised to learn that one of them is Google controlling my subscriber feed and list of readers that are updated via email when a new article is posted.

Anyway, not to be on too much of rant here, I just want to make you aware of what is happening right here in front of us an

And by the way, if you are in the market for a new host or even a domain of your own, check our  I have been with them for years and they have never let me down.

From the “It will never happen to me” Department

Same old same old.  So many people think it will not happen to them and yet, sure enough, disaster strikes them in a big way.  This week FEMA declared the following disasters:  Colorado High Park And Waldo Canyon Wildfires and West Virginia Severe Storms.

Not quite coincidentally, I wrote How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire earlier this month.

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

A good friend sent me an email letting me know about this site.  For me, it was very timely so I hope you find it useful, too.  Thanks, Paul!

My First Gun

My First Gun is an online resource specifically designed to aid and assist the recent gun buyer or someone who is about to make that decision. Easy to digest articles, photographs, and educational videos will provide the first time gun buyer or potential gun buyer with a solid foundation free of bias or hype. “

This Week on Wake Up World

Wake up World has an interesting article on re-purposing your kitchen scraps, or more specifically, food scraps.  In the article Four Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps, learn how to grow new scallions, lemongrass, ginger and celery from the odds and ends in your fridge.

The June Contest is Over – for now

The Summer Blast Giveaway content is over.  Now I face the task of moving all of the entries to a database so that I can use a random number generator to pick the winners,  My thanks to everyone that entered and especially to the sponsors that provided the prizes.

I will be announcing the winners soon.

civilizationToday on Strategic Living

Have you ever considered what you would do if someone came after you in a SHTF situation?  How do you prepare for that?  Today on Strategic Living, George shares some useful ideas for caching (hiding) your stuff and also for making a reasoned retreat. The Art of Caching and Retreat will give you a lot of practical ideas using common tools for storing you stuff where no one can find it.


My friends at Survival Week have teamed up with some other Carolina area preppers to bring you CharlottePrepCon on Saturday, July 14.

The keynote speaker will be James Wesley, Rawles of who will be chimed in via live AV link. Other speakers will be Scott Hunt (aka Engineer775 on YouTube) and David Kobler (aka SouthernPrepper1 on YouTube) from Practical Preppers, Steve Nolan co-founder of, Rich Davis of DCG Real Assets, and local radio host Vince Coakley.

If you are in the Charlotte area, you should check out this event – details can be found at PREPCON.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Bargain Bin: Couple being a good neighbor and with strong primary defenses and you have a winning combination. Here are some items to consider as you build up your fortress.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: This light is awesome. I use mine downstairs and when I get up in the middle of the night, it comes on automatically. It is quite unobtrusive (I have the black one) and gives off a ton of light. Runs for a year on 3 D size batteries.

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

Two-Way Radios and Scanners For Dummies: I will say it again.  Yes, I love these books for “dummies” even though I actually think I am quite smart.

Sabre Family Home & Property Protection Pepper Spray:  This small fire extinguisher-style pepper spray delivers a strong blast covering an entire doorway. Offering extremely practical protection, SABRE provides distance from your threat with its 30 foot range.  I like that it includes a wall mount.

Security Decals – 4 Pack: Security surveillance camera system warning decals/stickers. Increase security whether you have a system or not -no one will know but you.

Defender Security System with 4 Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Cameras: This will give you a good start on an exterior video system. Eight cameras are even better but this will certainly be a good start.

Motorola FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: There are lots of good uses for the these radios. Handy while hiking, traveling, or simply keeping in touch with your partner while out shopping.

Keypad Deadbolt: Need a good strong lock? With this, you will never have to worry about locking yourself out plus, you can secure the deadbolt from inside the house.

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2 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 19”

  1. By getting a permit to carry a weapon, we are put on a list. Then , not if but when they come around, they will take your weapon. THINK ABOUT IT.

    • The flip side of this is that only those with permits (and having undergone “government approved” background checks) will get to keep their weapon. It is a dilemma, however, and everyone needs to be aware of the risks with either option.

      Of course by having this blog, I am sure I am already tagged on a list somewhere (survivalist, prepper, activist and ???).


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