The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 105

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 – or perhaps not.

As life would have it, sometimes there is nothing left at the end of the day but lemonade.  This week has been one of those weeks.  Website woes that were entirely my fault, a denial of service attack on my server and then, the last straw, a completed article for Free Food Friday that went poof along with the backup copy.

Life Hands You Lemons

Like I said, we sometimes have to deal with nothing better than lemonade.  Not that lemonade is bad, mind you, but as the saying goes, “when life hands you lemons, make some lemonade”.

So, long story short, no preps this week other than keeping Backdoor Survival alive and well.  And that, I believe, is a good thing.


She survived a standoff with a gunman — could you?:  Here is a teaser.  You must read this incredible story.

Antoinette Tuff’s knees tremble as she stares at the black barrel of an AK-47. Her hands shake so much she can’t hold a pencil.

Facing her, a stocky young man dressed in black points the assault rifle at her.

“This is not a joke,” the man shouts at Tuff. “I need you to understand this is not a joke. I am here. This is real. We are all going to die today.”

Tuff, a school bookkeeper, isn’t supposed to be at work today. She’s filling in for the front office receptionist as a favor. Now she is the only one standing between the gunman and 800 children at an elementary school just outside Atlanta.

The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear:  Toxic emissions forced a family out of their home — and Big Oil tried to buy their silence.

New radioactive water leak at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant:  It looks like more bad news from Japan. Shelly just sent this to me with then note “if Tepco is admitting this, what are they not telling us?”.  So what does this mean to someone that lives on the West Coast of the US?  We are stockpiling a lot of food and considering the purchase of some land away from the water.  There. I said it.

Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits:  What in the world were they thinking? Oh yeah, I forgot – this was FEMA – the FEMA who always has our bests interests in mind.

How to Make (and Use) an Herbal Infusion: From the Good To Know Department.  I made an infusion using oregano and EVOO.  It has been sitting in a warm spot for about 90 days and is ready to use in my next batch of salve.

For many, credit card debt outweighs savings:  A new survey form finds that 28 percent of Americans say they owe more in credit card debt than they have in their emergency funds or savings accounts.  What was that about an improving economy?


From Roy, in response to the article How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term:

Another tip i have been using for several years also will extend razor blades up to from 6 – 10 1/2 months on a single razor with no strapping at all.

All you have to do after use is to rinse it well under water, immerse in a small container of vegetable oil, shake for a second and leave the razor in the oil until the next use. The blades must be under the oil level. I use a small pimento jar with olive oil.

I got this tip from a friend who works with the man who invented and holds the original patent on the technology for ‘coating’ razor blades in a special process which allow a very hard coating on an extremely thin metal surfaces. He says the blades don’t get dull they get dirty with skin and hair particles too small to see. I use one of those razors with 3 or more blades.

After about a week you will begin to see the accumulated junk in the bottom of the jar. When you take out the razor, let the oil drain for a second so don’t lose too much oil for each shave. When the oil level gets down low enough to expose the blades i throw out the oil, rinse out the junk and replenish the oil for another 3-4 months. I usually use about 1/3 of a cup of oil for each razor usage over time.

My longest razor has gone 10 1/2 months, shaving once per day. You time of use will depend on how much dis-comfort you tolerate before you got for a new razor. I will start using this strapping process and see how long a single blade can last!

This is a fantastic tip and I can’t wait to try it.


The winner of last weeks Book Festival giveaway is “Barb”.  Here is how she answered the question, What is your favorite non-fiction survival or preparedness book?

I haven’t read many survival books, but so far my favorite it “Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst Case Scenarios.”

Barb wins a copy of GO GREEN, SPEND LESS, LIVE BETTER: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money and Protecting Your HealthBDS Book Festival   Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better + Interview with Crissy Trask   Backdoor Survival. I do agree that the Survival Mom book is a good one; here is my review The Little Bit of Survival Mom Instinct in All of Us.


I am thrilled to welcome the newest BDS sponsor, Heirloom Seed Banks.  They have some well-priced seed kits plus, if you pal up with 2 friends, you get one kit free, thus reducing the overall cost. My sponsors are the best –   let’s give Joseph and his team a warm welcome!

I would also like to do a shout-out to BDS Sponsor Seal Team Kits.  Check out their new ad and take a look at the compact, Navy Seal grade survival and rescue kits.  Don’t forget, you also get free shipping when you use the coupon BACKDOOR at checkout.

As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival.


I learned yesterday that the team at Mountain House is reading each and every comment in Friday’s article Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain House + Giveaway.  Not only that, instead of responding individually, we will be collaborating on another article that addresses some of your questions and concerns.

Likewise, James Hubbard and I will be working together on an article that addresses your questions and comments in Saturday’s article, BDS Book Festival – Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid + Interview with James Hubbard.

Both articles have giveaways so don’t miss an opportunity to enter.  After all, someone has to win!


That about wraps things up for today. I have a bit of traveling coming up, including a visit to check on thr preps at my bug out location.  Not that I suspect I will need to bug out, mind you.  It is just good to stay on top of things, making sure everything is in place if and when the time comes. Hope not.

What about you – what did you do to prep 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:  You know the drill.  Here are some personal favorites.

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case ScenariosThe Little Bit of Survival Mom Instinct in All of Us   Backdoor Survival: What can I say? The only book that would be better is one that I wrote. Don’t let the title put you off. This book is a comprehensive reference for the “mom’s” in all of us.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small FarmThe Little Bit of Survival Mom Instinct in All of Us   Backdoor Survival:  And if you are thinking of growing your own food, you should check out this DVD.  Plenty of good information for both the newbie and experienced backyard farmer.

The Road:  Even if you think it will never happen, you need to watch to this film, based upon Cormac McCarthy’s book, ‘The Road’.

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. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  The Spark Naturals Oil of the Month Club is the best value out there –  all oils are 15ml bottles – shipped out to you once a month (on the same date you ordered the product). The price is $15.99 a month and includes shipping and tax. This is a great way to collect oils at a discounted price.  Be sure to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.


EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS Mountain House SUPER SALE! 25% – 45% off all cans!

This month the big news is that all Mountain House tins are 25% to 45% off.  Of course my favorite is the Mountain House Chili Mac iconbut I know the Beef Stroganoff iconis really popular as well.

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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.


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11 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 105”

  1. What did I do to prep this week? Not a lot, ordered 100 packets of 50 cc oxygen absorbers was about all. Other than reading and voting for BDS!

    • Got my O2 absorbers today! – – Uh – wait a minute! I ordered 100 ea 50cc packets and I got 50 ea 100 cc packets!!!
      Just contacted the seller and waiting to see if they do anything about it.

      Not as many packets, but I guess they will still work in pint jars of dehydrated foods. Just about twice as much absorber as needed.

  2. With all of your problems web wise, I hope this isnt happening across the board, this morning The Sunday Survival Buzz was in my spam folder. I know it has never been there before, I read it every Sunday morning.
    Prepping consisted of 8 pkgs of TP, and 2 gallons of lamp oil. I have started all of the vegetables and herbs that I do inside as well.

  3. The message, this week, from Selco (who lived through the Sarajevo war and is writing about it)is trying to recognize when the crap has hit the fan. It sneaks up on you and some are killed before you realize how serious the conditions are. Gaye, please tell us you have a Geiger counter and have already decided when Gaye and Shelly are going to bug out. We all love you and are deeply concerned about the Fukushimia disaster and it’s effect on the west coast.
    What did I do this week. I potted 15 different varieties of heirloom tomato seeds and many pepper seeds getting ready for spring. I can’t wait.

  4. John – I appreciate your concern but be assured, we do have a get out of dodge plan. I don’t have a Geiger counter – just a Nuk Alert – and yes, I know it is not the same thing.

    So here is the deal: I refuse to live in fear of what may or may not happen. Instead I have a plan A, and plan B, and a plan C.

    In a worst case scenario, I will prevail. I have to believe that. My current location is fairly isolated and difficult to get to. Fukushima is our greatest concern.

    — Gaye

  5. Hello Gaye,

    Several days ago I mentioned I was having trouble receiving my credit card knives. I just wanted to let you know they have all arrived, and I am really enjoying having them. I made several calls to the company and they would just put more in the mail when I told them I was receiving empty envelopes. Kudos to Survival Life for great customer service!

  6. My prepping this week started off so well. My husband and boys got my newly ordered 12x7x7 greenhouse set up and I filled it with my started seedlings. By Wednesday we’d had a fierce wind storm and my greenhouse had collapsed, the structural supports were not strong enough. We are trying to figure out how to use the cover with our own structure. I lost 17-20 tomato, pepper and eggplant starts, and a few herbs. I have temporarily housed them in our house we’re building, on the workbench. I’m using a plastic sheet and heatlamps to keep them happy…but they can’t stay there forever, as we have more bad weather coming and the house is a construction zone. 🙁 I also did a little reorganizing in my pantry so I know what’s in there, and purchased egg noodles on sale. Pasta keeps a long time, and we eat a lot of it, so when it’s on sale, that’s when I really buy it up.

  7. My My with all of the stuff you have packed away will you have a Tug and Barge available to haul it? You have mostly a sales manual for a Survival blog. I would have a problem living on a Island as it will be a mess to try and get out if we have a major Earth quake and receive a tidal wave in the process, As the Puget Sound has had several during the last hundred years or so. Being born in 1933 and raised on a wheat farm In Colorado and having relitives that lost their homes and farms in the Dust bowl I have a complete different aspect to hard times one of them is stay the Hell away from large towns look at what is happening around the globe will verify what will come down the pike if and when our economy fails and it will it is just a matter of time and yep I am a Farmer and was taught from day one All Bankers are thieves and owe no body anything so I have never been in debt Those are the lessons in life that have never been taught Simple want something save up and use cash works every time and most of the time the price will be lower when you offer cash.

  8. I had a great week prepping! First off, I dehydrated a lot of celery. Well, I thought it was a lot. Turns out that celery didn’t even fill a pint canning jar! So I will continue to dry more. Put up 8 half pints of raspberry jam. I freeze a lot of the berries in the fall when there is so much going on. I will do another 8 this week. I ordered a few seeds from Pine Tree seeds. A good gardening friend suggested them, so this year I will give ’em a try. I ordered and received 2 – 1# bags of dried elderberries. I make my own juice with them to ward off flu and colds. This will be the start of my stock pile. I also picked up 3 rolls of bags for my food saver and plan to seal up more rice and grains.
    I really feel like I did a lot this week. At least compared to weeks in the past. I had hoped to start tomatoes and peppers this weekend but that will happen sometime this coming week. And it’s nice to read that others are doing the same! There is hope that spring will arrive sometime!!!
    Just a thought that is totally off subject:
    We enjoy watching the live webcam of the Decorah Eagles. They have just started nesting and layed their first egg today! If you have never seen or watched the eagles up close, it’s fantastic! Something positive in our world right now!

  9. This weeks preps are:4 hair brushes, a pkg of combs,8 toothbrushes and rubber bands.( if the need came, it would be a good idea to keep long hair pulled back so that it is not as easy to grab )I have some ideas for the questions we get to answer on the different post. 1) What questions would you like to see on this sight? 2) What do you think the signs of an impending economic collapse would be? 3)Do you live and prep in a large city, country, somewhere in between.4)Where is the best location for a bug out retreat and why? 4) Where do you like to shop for your preps? 5) What is one item to prep that could be overlooked? Mine would be lice shampoo.

  10. Lice Maionaise or any light cooking oil and a louse comb Oil suffocates and loosend the knit sac so it can be combed out treatment for a week will clear it up> Been there done that. Except Coal oil was used but it is no longer on the market.


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