The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 121

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 28, 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.

One of the more important things I did this week in inventory the Potassium Iodide I had purchased shortly after Fukushima.  At that time there was a big panic; everyone wanted some so the merchants sold everything they had at an inflated price.  I was stuck with a couple of packets with a short, remaining shelf life.

Long story short, I set aside the two packages that were past their shelf life (they still may be better than nothing) and replaced them with fresh.  This is one of the few instances where, if I need to use the product, I want it to be fresh.  And if you don’t have a clue as to what I am talking about, see the article Using Potassium Iodide Following a Nuclear Incident.

Get a Great Fire Going with Live Fire

I had a bit of fun testing some Live Fire instant fire starter.  I took the small tin of fire starter down to Shipwreck Beach, tried to drown it in salt water to see if it was truly waterproof, then started a little fire in the fire pit.

The way the starter works is that you open the tin, scrape up some fibers, then light them with a match (I used waterproof matches which I also tried to drown), lighter or flint and steel.  As you can see, I got a nice little fire going in just a few minutes.

The fire was going so well I pulled the tin out and closed it up after only 10 minutes.  From what I can tell, I can start dozens of fires with this little bit of tinder in a tin. At .9 ounces, the standard size tin weighs almost nothing and can easily be tucked into a small bag, pack or even a pocket.  But if that is too much, there is also a teeny tiny tin called the “Live Fire Sport” that is even smaller.

One thing I can say for sure – this was a lot less messier and far more compact than my usual bag of cotton balls drenched in petroleum jelly!

I would like to thank Jeff at LPC Survival for sending these to me for testing; they are available for sale at the LPC Survival Amazon store.

I have a ton of stuff to pass on this week so let me get right to it and save more of my own preps for next week.


Here is this week’s reading list.

California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why

“The entire state of California is in a severe drought. Farmers and farmworkers are hurting.

You might expect this to cause food shortages and higher prices across the country. After all, California grows 95 percent of America’s broccoli, 81 percent of its carrots and 99 percent of the country’s artichokes, almonds and walnuts, among other foods.

Yet there’s been no sign of a big price shock. What gives?”

The Austerity Diaries: A Rainy Day Fund is Your Top Priority

“When your finances are tight, sometimes your first impulse is to spend every dime.  Many people focus on things like paying off debts, stocking up on food and supplies, or paying more than the minimum payments on bills.

However, that may not be your best bet.  I know this may sound counterintuitive, but most experts recommend establishing an emergency fund as the first step back to financial security.”

The Long Term Food Storage Guide – The Daily Prep

So you’ve decided to begin building up your long term food storage? Bravo! You probably have some questions like, how much food do I need? How much should I spend? What types of food should I get? All these questions and more are answered here in The Daily Prep’s Long Term Food Storage Guide!

Gaye’s Note:  Do not miss this one.  You will find a couple of my articles here along with a bunch of others that are presented in an easy to follow graphic format.

How to Grow Lots of Pole Beans for Easy Picking and Preserving

“Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with bush beans.  I still grow some shell beans that I harvest once, at the end of the season, for dried beans.  For my main crop, I switched to pole beans years ago and haven’t looked back.  Here are 3 reasons I like pole beans better than bush beans.”

A New Method of Poisoning Us With Radiation: ‘High Efficiency’ Light Bulbs

“The new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so dangerous in so many ways that they had to be designed for the sake of an evil agenda to mass-poison the population. You will understand that it is no exaggeration by the time you finish this chapter.”

The Basics of Cleaning Your Revolver

“Any gun owner knows that properly cleaning and maintaining your equipment is not only key in increasing a weapon’s lifespan, but is necessary to ensure safe operation. Just like shining your shoes there are as many ways to clean a gun as there are stars in the sky. The following is a guide to cleaning a standard revolver.”

The Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits

“Fruit is not only enjoyable to eat — as it should be, considering the very word fruit stems from the Latin word frui, meaning “to enjoy, use” — but it also nourishes and protects the body with powerful, built-in medicinal activity. Fruits are by design a “perfect food,” intended to entice animals to consume them in order to help disseminate their seeds, for instance.”


From Green-eyes:

Just wanted to share with you a national organization called CERT, Community Emergency Response Team. I just completed my training and it was amazing. CERT serves as a volunteer support team to fire departments all over the country.

The training stresses the necessity of first preparing for the safety of the volunteer, their family and then their neighborhood. Prepared = less for first responders to worry about! We learned small fire suppression, basic triage and medical treatments, emergency psychology and basic search and rescue to name a few. Best of all, it’s free!! You can then go on to get more advanced trainings in different areas.

Even if you don’t want to be a volunteer, this training is a great start for emergency preparedness. Everyone who has the opportunity to take it should!

What Best Describes You?

In one of the recent BDS polls I asked:

Which of the following best describes you:

A – I am a Prepper (55)
B – I am a Homesteader (16)
C – I refuse to be labeled (16)

There results are show above in parenthesis.  Why am I not surprised?


Have you entered the following giveaways yet?

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I am thrilled to announce that the winner of the “Fury of the Fifth Angel” is Joy M.  Here is the winning entry, chosen at random:

Question: How many days do you feel you could live comfortable without power?
Answer:  3-5 days, comfortably. After that we would be very uncomfortable.

In addition, the winners of the AquaPod Basic the AquaPod Deluxe kits are Lori G. and Mickie.

Here are their answers to the giveaway question:

I am most concerned about the following type of natural disaster:

A – Hurricane
B – Earthquake
C – Tornado
D – Wildfire
E – Something else (tell me!)

Lori:  I am most concerned about wildfires and recently we’ve been having several tornado warnings.

Mickie:  HURRICANE! I live in SE TX and went through Rita and Ike. Some of the scariest times of my life. After Rita, no power for 13 days and during Ike I was watching trees fall on my neighbors home (they were not at home thank goodness) as a huge oak tree fell on my home.

Still More Giveaways!

If you were not one of the winners, despair not.  I have so many giveaways scheduled over the summer months that I could run 3 a week!  Coming up this week are two Free Food giveaways.  They both go live at 5AM Monday morning and pending an official blog announcement, check for a banner in the menu bar at the top of the website.  These are going to be huge!


I had a website glitch this week. The email to subscribers with the post “12 Months of Prepping: Month Five” had broken links and was inaccessible from the email.  My apologies for sending you on a goose chase.  In case you missed it, here it is again.

12 Months of Prepping: Month Five Backdoor Survival


I am writing today’s Sunday Survival Buzz from the new laptop which I finally got set up and running after having major computer woes last week.  It is fast and, oh my gosh, it boots up in a minute or so instead of the 10 minutes it took for my old computer to start.

Anyway, as I have been writing I have been musing on the questions asked in today’s book giveaway.  If you have a moment, jump on over at take a look.  I may need to call on some of you experts with real time experience to help me with some articles.  Are you game?

One other thing.  Be sure to continue to vote for me at Top Prepper Websites.  Did you know you can vote once a day?  It really means a lot to be in the number one position and I do thank you for that.

That wraps things up or now. 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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In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Spotlight Items:  Live Fire Emergency Fire Starter is compact and a cinch to use. Completely waterproof!  Live Fire Sport is the same product, but in an even smaller, 1 inch by 2 inch tin.

Live Fire

The AquaPod Deluxe Kit is a bladder that you can use in your bathtub to store water if you know that a storm, flood, or hurricane is brewing. (I call these “disruptive events”.)  The kit includes 3 liners.

The Hurricane Ready Checklist + AquaPod Giveaway Backdoor Survival

Bargain Bin:  When it comes to protection from radiation, a few things should be on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started.  For more information, see Using Potassium Iodide Following a Nuclear Incident.

Home Health Physics:  (FREE) Health Physics is the applied science of radiation exposure control, radioactive contamination control and environmental monitoring.  This little eBook offers methods of keeping your home safe during those times when radioactive fallout or contamination might be threatening your neighborhood. It written by Joy and and Randall Thompson and David Bear and is a free download.

iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, 130 mg (14 Tablets): These were backordered for weeks at a  highly inflated price-wise after Fukushima.  Be sure to get a package now for each family member.  The way these tabs work is that they fill the thyroid gland with potassium iodide, thus reducing the chance that harmful radioactive iodine will enter and cause sickness or cancer.

N100 Respirator Masks: You want the N100 respirator masks and not the less effective N95 masks.  These two were in great demand after Fukushima so if you did not pick up a pack or two then, get them now.  This Moldex 2730 is NIOSH certified to have a filter efficiency of 99.97% or greater against particulate aerosols free of oil.

RADSticker nuclear radiation exposure determining dosimeter:  The purpose of these stickers is to provide timely personal radiation exposure information in an event of an accident at a nuclear power plant or a nuclear or dirty bomb explosion. Low in cost, the RADSticker will help you determine whether you will need for medical treatment.

3M Duct Tape: Duct tape is an absolute necessity when sealing off a space to shelter in place.  For this purpose you want something better than the cheap stuff you get at the dollar store.


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7 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 121”

  1. Prepping this week? My sister and I have been building a new hen house to replace the one that was destroyed in the ice storms. Cleared and leveled a new area, that is easier to watch from the back porch. Building from the ground up, with wire in the flooring to keep wildlife from burrowing in. Just to help matters along (not), the rib I injured two weeks ago slows me down.
    Also received the battery tester that Gaye showed in her articles, haven’t tested all of the batteries I have, but will when I find the spare time.

  2. Reading about the drought in California. That reporter didn’t tell it all. Twenty years ago, there was concern from the SW states about how much water California was drawing from them and that’s when there wasn’t a drought. If you think oil fights are an issue. Consider, California draws from the Colorado River so Colorado, Utah and all the states the Colorado runs through has some drought conditions and want that water. On top of that, California is now wanting water from Oregon which has their own concerns with the southern part of the state. I suspect Washington State to be asked by California for water, since it ‘has so much.
    I don’t know about the east, but those in the plains and west, might want to consider how and where they store their water. Food is important but consider how your state and local water districts are handling water and how they restrict now because what happens now is a clue to how it will be handled in the future.
    I don’t like to be gloom and doom, history shows what water wars can do.

    • Dee – I think water wars are a given for the future. Most Americans have never really had water rationing. Maybe an enforced slowdown in usage, but never had to make the choice of either drinking what little water you have or saving it for their child. I’m worried that the water wars will be much worse than the food wars. And I know that I am not as prepared for a long term water shortage (lasting for years) as I should be.

    • Ditto Jim

    • Imho, no one can properly prepare for water wars.

      It’s like horse races.

  3. How about a DIY water filter? I’m in the process of trying this. I’m just waiting for the test result from my personal tests. I have done so after checking this link: //

    I can see making the filters and having them prepared for those ‘situations’ we know are coming.

  4. About Fukushima, I found this while checking on radiation leaks throughout the country. Especially for those living on the west coast, this may be good to know. And for those living near where nuclear site are or where the nuclear waste deposited. This site changes from time to time with alerts as well. Gaye, sorry but it feels like I’m posting too much on this buzz. Thought it was important though.


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