The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 106

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.

They took about a month to get here but my mini-whistles arrived last week.  I had my doubts because they were very cheap. As it turns out, they were a bargain.  They are small, light weight and they all work although two are a lot louder than the rest. That being said, they all  produced a very loud noise with little effort.

Although currently priced very affordably, these definitely qualify for the Almost Free Department.

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Other preps this week included stocking up on some food bargains I found in the back aisle at the drugstore.  I have mentioned this before but you can find some great deals in unexpected places.  I found my favorite Hunts Spaghetti Sauce for 79 cents a can as well as some pancake syrup for $1.99.  I know that I need to learn to make my own pancake syrup but these days, a girl can only do so much, you know?

Anyway, I did want to remind you to pick up an extra can or two of your favorite foods when you find them on sale. This is crazy, stupid common sense but even I forget to do the things that are staring me in the face.

The last thing I did this week is clean out the plugged and iced-up vents inside our freezer.  I deem this a prepping activity because I want the freezer to be running at a peak performance level so that if the power does go out, it is as cold to begin with as it can possibly be.

I had no other preps this week because officially, I have been on vacation here at my B.O.L. and for once, other than the iced-up freezer, most of my chores were caught up.

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


22 Facts About The Coming Demographic Tsunami That Could Destroy Our Economy All By Itself: Although I am one of those baby boomers, these facts are chilling.

Fukushima’s Legacy: Understanding the Difference Between Nuclear Radiation & Contamination:  So here is the scoop: “Contamination is the process of acquiring radioactive particles that then become lodged on, or more dangerously in, your body. Do all you can to protect yourself against it.”  The article goes on to explain the differences between radiation and contamination and why this distinction is important.  And in spite of what the article implies, I will not eat seafood from the Pacific.  My body, my choice.

Dehydration: Not just a summer thing:  It is true. Many people don’t realize that it is just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter as it is in summer. And because few people recognize the signs of dehydration in the winter, it can be even more dangerous.

Concerning Chemical Found in Something Most of Us Handle Every Day:  The article says “A few years ago, it was publicized that the chemical bisphenol A, known as BPA — the same chemical that has been banished from many reusable water bottles — was in receipt paper.”  Something to be aware of especially if you are a woman of child-bearing age or pregnant.

‘Treasure trove’ of personal details found:  In case you missed it earlier in the week, there is more bad news from the security arena. About 360 million account credentials including email addresses and passwords were reportedly uncovered from mostly un-reported security breaches.  The scary part is that these include breaches are from “major email providers”.

$3,000 hike slated for military family grocery bills:  Prices will rise at military grocery stores under a Pentagon budget proposal that would slash subsidies to the stores.

Half-Prepping Equals NO Prepping: Lessons From The Icepocalypse: Here is another take on the recent (and ongoing) ice storms.


From “Tom”, a good reminder that I can personally vouch for.  The folks at the local LDS cannery are the nicest and most helpful people you will every meet.

If you are looking for long term storage, you might try the LDS (Mormon) church if one is nearby. They have all the basics, including pinto beans. Some of the warehouses sell to anyone, some restrict sales to members. As I understand it, it is the local Bishop’s decision. You should call ahead for hours as they tend to be limited.

And another reminder, this time from “Jim”:

While it is not always possible, due to expense, it is almost always better to have at least two of any vital equipment. A saying I’ve heard around the prepping community is “One is none, and two is one” meaning that if you have only one of something and it breaks, then you have none. Whereas if you have two and one breaks then you still have one to use while attempting to fix the other.

These tips are from “DH”:

I’d like to put in a word for Medeco brand locks. They are expensive, so if you are cheap minded, stop here.

They are used in prison, psychiatric locked wards, hospitals, and any other place that needs high security. It is said by the lock-picking websites state that no body has ever picked a Medeco. When thieves see what the lock is, so they say, the creeps just move on to another house. The keys are manufactured in a high security plant INSIDE the main Medeco plant. Built like an Abrams tank, combined with a reinforced door entry around the locking area, and the door, it’s pretty much an invitation to move on.

And you do want double key locks-requires a key to open from inside or outside. Otherwise they come in through a window and simply turn the unlocking mechanism and carry your stuff to their car. Not much point in having a lock if it can be opened that easily is it?

You do keep by your beside: a pair of sturdy shoes, jeans, heavy shirt, flashlight, handgun, and keys, don’t you? A fire in the middle of the night is no time to have to find your keys or go running naked out of the house. The gun keeps the creeps at bay.

Live well. Be well.


We have two winners this week.  First of all, the winner of a copy of  Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival was Linda.  Here is how she answered the question What is your primary first aid or health related question when it comes to survival in a SHTF situation?

Having read the comments, I want answers to all these questions. I am primarily concerned about diabetes and heart/high blood pressure alternative meds.

I would like to thank everyone for your participation – there were 70 entries – and also want to let you know that I will be working with James in a follow-up article where he answers some of the questions you raised.

I know how much you love free food giveaways.  The winner of the Mountain House Breakfast Bucket is Swede.  There were two questions:

What new product or “meal” would you like to suggest to the Mountain House Research and Development team?

Or, if you can’t think of anything, what general question do you have for the Mountain House or Oregon Freeze Dry team?

And here was the answer:

I would like to see some meals made with goat meat. Stews, chili, or something in that line. Is there some way to have an whole egg, instead of it scrambled.

There were 194 entries in the Mountain House giveaway, and like James, Kenny at Mountain House has agreed to collaborate on an article addressing the questions, comments and suggestions that were left during the giveaway.

As with all Backdoor Survival giveaways, the winners have 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be selected.

The next giveaway will be on March 14th – and it will be for more free food!


BDS Sponsor H&H Medical Supply is now offering Backdoor Survival readers a 15% discount.  To take advantage of the discount, use the code “Save15” on page 2 of the checkout. Their prices on trauma, first aid and other emergency kits were great to begin and now, with the extra discount, they are even better. 

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


I have been busy lining up authors for the next BDS Book Festival.  I have a straggler or two left from the last round and then, in late March, we will start anew with BDS Book Festival 5 – or the Spring 2014 Book Festival.  I have a little over a dozen books lined up.

One of those books is Through Many Fires (Strengthen What Remains) by Kyle Pratt.  For one day only, (today March 2nd), he is offering the Kindle version for only 99 cents.  This is the book that I am currently reading (via audiobook) so if you are an avid reader of survival fiction, you might want to check it out.

On a personal note, I will be traveling for the next to weeks with limited access to the internet.  This means that I will not be able to respond to emails and comments as frequently as I do now but I do promise to read everything.  I have a lot of great articles lined up so no worries in that department.

I do have a favor to ask.  Please help keep the comments going both here and on Facebook in my absence.  Plus, if you use Pinterest, keep on pinning from Backdoor Survival articles!  Not on Pinterest?  Check it out but be forewarned, it is addictive!  See Backdoor Survival on Pinterest.


While the rest of the country is a stormy, snowy, icy-cold mess, it is Spring-like today here in the Pacific Northwest.  It is strangely odd how our perspective in terms of prepping activities can differ depending on what the weather is doing.  I am musing about garden chores while almost everyone else in North America is thinking about staying warm and keeping the lights on.

What this all boils down to is that regardless of where you live or the time of year, you need remember that disasters of one type or another can happen at any moment in time, regardless of the season.  Snow and ice in March?  It happens.

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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From the Almost Free Department

Solar-powered LED Flashlight w/ Keychain

This flashlight on a keychain puts out bright light using 3 LEDs.  No batteries required.  The solar panel converts sun or ambient light to recharge the flashlight giving it 3 hours of operation after only 30 minutes of exposure to light.

Bargain Bin: Here are the items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10.

5 Mixed Aluminum Survival Whistles on Key Chains:  You are going to love these. They are small, light weight and they all work although two of the five I received are a lot louder than the rest – but all  produced a very loud noise with little effort.

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.

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.

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.  Many Backdoor Survival readers have emailed me indicating this is now their favorite knife too.

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.

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.

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It is no secret that with the cost of fresh vegetables, I have been using freeze dried in my day-to-day meal planning.  It makes it easy to throw together a soup and there is no waste. Until you garden kicks in and you have your own home-canned goods, this is definitely the way to go.

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21 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 106”

  1. I have all of my seeds started, the ones I dont sow directly in the garden. I also got some more good used shelving for my pantry. And today I intend to make apple pie jam and can it up. My husband got us 12#’s of free apples yay!
    The advice from DH is very sound advice, Ill be keeping everything next to my bed from now on, as I type this I dont know where my truck keys are, I only know that they are in the dinning room or kitchen, they need to be in one specific place, if I were rushed or stressed I wouldnt be able to locate them easily.

    • Yay for your free apples! Been thinking about our first responders lately too. I’ve decided my vehicles will be backed into my driveway from now on. Those moments it takes to turn around are better used, by doing what DH says and getting away. As to keys, just remember don’t keep keys hanging near the door. It may be convenient, but it’s also convenient for those with other ideas to grab them as well. We have to prepare and remember it’s not just about preparing food etc. It’s about preparing for those who want what you want, either now or in a disaster. I keep extra keys in my key lock box on the inside of the hall closet where my coat and outer wear are.

  2. For prepping this week I ordered a Mountain House Essentials bucket, cut and stacked, and loaded my Woodbox with firewood in preperation of the ice storms due in later today.
    And, as always, read BDS daily.

    Don’t forget to vote BDS for top prepped site!!

  3. Southern California finally got rain and boy did we need it. Preps included installing a new 1,320 gal rainwater catchment tank. It filled it in less than two days! Plus another 425 gals in the old catchment. Feels good to have a little buffer against this summers coming drought.

  4. I just bought a four shelf mini greenhouse, and got it for only $18 (normally priced at $50). Set it up last night and I am getting ready to start my seeds indoors (once I finish buying them).

  5. “Otherwise they come in through a window and simply turn the unlocking mechanism and carry your stuff to their car. ”

    That is exactly what our burglars did. Fortunately we were decently insured- something which we definitely consider part of prepping. It does no good to have all the stuff needed, only to have the house burn down uninsured. Or, as happened to us, have important and expensive items stolen. We were able to replace the most important things right away, knowing we would soon get a check from the insurance company.

  6. Two thoughts about keeping a gun in or on the bedside table: From time to time I have a bad dream which leaves me physically reacting, and it is entirely possible to imagine grabbing a gun and firing it. I stopped keeping my gun so close many years ago, figuring that the chances of needing it instantly were outweighed by the safety issue.

    My apartment was burgled shortly after I moved my gun to a pocket in a photographer’s vest in the closet which I always kept hanging on the extreme end of the bar so I could find it by feel in the dark. When I came home to find the apartment door smashed to bits I also found the drawer open. If I hadn’t moved the gun a couple weeks earlier, one more would have been on the street.

    So I think we each need to balance our evaluation of our own circumstances. One solution does not fit all. For some the bedside table may be fine, especially if one is willing to put the gun in a safer place every time we leave the house. For others, it should be kept in a more secure place all the time.

  7. Gaye,

    RE: “DH”s comment on Medico locks.

    Medico locks are some of the best on the market. They are tremendously expensive compared to commercial or consumer lock-sets, as are the keys [which are special order from the factory only]. As I recall, they are standard in the Knox Box systems that are required in many areas. The Knox Box is a super-strong key vault mounted on a building that holds master keys for the facility. All Knox Boxes are keyed alike in a given area, so that a fire department or EMS crew only need one key to get into any building in their jurisdiction. Needless to say, only the FD or EMS have that key, and there are safeguards to insure security of that key. That’s how good Medico locks are.

    The reason for the long opening paragraph is to set the stage for this: Unless your doors, hinges, windows and window locks are up to a similar standard, spending the money on Medico locks is a waste. It would be the equivalent of putting a $2,000 target scope on an AK-47. You can do it, but why? Better to invest the money in splinter plates, security hinges, decent doors and a quality consumer or commercial lock than go with a Medico super-lock.

    “DH” also wrote, “And you do want double key locks-requires a key to open from inside or outside.” NO! NO! HELL NO!!! You are far more likely to face a fire, gas leak, or Carbon Monoxide incident where you have to get out NOW than you are to face a forced entry. This is no time to be fumbling with a key if the resident has one [think young children] or remembering it is on the key ring in your other pants. In the burning bedroom. Remember that old saw in Murphy’s Law of Combat Operations: ‘If you make it too hard for the enemy to get in, you won’t be able to get out.’ Same goes here.

    Sorry for the rant, but safety issues are a hot button item with me. I’ve seen the results of burglaries, and I’ve seen the results of fires where someone either could not or would not get out. I’d rather be burgled. I hate to see folks with the best of intentions set themselves up for a real tragedy.


    • you can keep a key to a double keyed lock on a retractor ,fire depts and police dont have master keys they have halagons,knicknamed “the key to the city” .i know this because my brother is a member of the greatest fire dept in the world , The FDNY.

    • Many years ago I went to a presentation by a Honolulu Police Department officer who recommended a double key deadbolt. He emphasized the importance of keeping the key in the inner side of the lock while at home, just in case of fire.

      When I moved to New York City I was told that double key deadbolts were a felony.

      Statist as Hawaii is, New York City utterly rejected the possibility of personal responsibility.

  8. Thanks as always for the info provided here .I just ordered those whistles and the knife above plus a few other smaller items and a sawyer personal water filter .I wanted to also let you know i ordered that battery charger you recomended here awhile back and it works great .I have recharged several diffrent brands and sizes of alkaline batteries and I LOVE IT .thanks for all the hard work Gaye

  9. I, too, am dreaming of spring and gardening. My seedlings are in the greenhouse and I am desperately trying to keep everything out there from freezing. My husband wants to build a small wood gassifier for the greenhouse, but with the weather never warming up, he really can’t work on anything. Maybe next year.

    I did get quite a jump on everything, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and herbs. Once it warms up a tad I’ll get my onions, celery, kale, greens & peas going. Just praying for spring!

  10. I thought this might be a good time to give my first impressions of Mountain House FD foods.

    I’ve only tried a few – Lasagne with meat sauce, Chili Mac, Beef Stew, and the Ice Cream Sandwich.

    The Ice Cream makes me think of Malted Milk balls, but that’s ok since I like them too. One note, if you are a denture wearer and don’t have your dentures you’ll have to have something to break the bar into smaller pieces.

    Lasagne has been my favorite so far, altho it does not taste like a lasagne. I may try adding dehydrated tomatoes and more onions to it next time, but it is great the way it’s shipped.

    The Chili Mac was a bit soupy with 2 cups of water in it. I may try it again with a quarter cup less water, as was suggested in one of the reviews I read. Other than being soupy it did taste ok, but comes in behind the lasagne in my tastes.

    Beef Stew, well I can only compare it with some canned stew I’ve had. Not great, but can be eaten. Perhaps it’s just my taste in spices, but this would be far behind the lasagne. Be aware that the small chunks of beef (it has a lot of them) are rather tough, but I think that’s normal for freeze dried or dehydrated food. Just be aware that it takes a bit of chewing, altho the pieces are small enough to be swallowed whole.

    Those are all I’ve tried to date, as I try more I may take another Sunday Buzz to update what I’ve found out.

    To be honest, all that I have tried would be acceptable at almost any time, dinner, survival, or just camping out.

  11. While Medeco residential door locks are probably the best available on the market, it’s not true that they have never been picked: //

    As always, this blog page is fantastic work. Thank you!

  12. I have a question on dehydration. I have been told that beer, and any kind of alcohol will not hydrate you. The same with soda pop. My question is about hot tea. I have given up on alcohol, coffee, and any drink with aspartame or sugar, so that leaves tea. If I drink the 8 cups of tea a day, is that the same as drinking 8 cups of water?
    My two cents on the double dead bolt. I had a break-in and they came in through the window. I suppose they took the stuff out the same window, as I had double dead bolts on the doors. I leave the keys in the locks (all the same key) while anyone is home, but they come with me when I am out.
    Anyone can go to U-Tube and watch how to make and use a “bump key”. Put it in the lock, bump it with something, and the lock opens. This was shown on our local CBS news station.
    Oh yes, I did can another 9 pints of chicken and 18 pints of broth this week. I also seeded 36 varieties of tomatoes in my starter pots. They are up and I am getting excited.

  13. got my whistles the other day .good quality for the price ,thanks for pointing my in the right direction

    • Did they all work? I ordered 10; only 6 work, so hopefully they will take them back when I return them.

    • All of mine worked.

    • yes mine all worked

  14. Here is a 88 cent whistle/compass/thermometer not a bad deal with free shipping.

    • Slow shipping but great deal.

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