The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 123

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 28, 2019

Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz  with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Prepping wise, this week I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up the data on an old laptop computer.  My goal is to strip out all of the unneeded applications and load it up with scanned copies of my documents, important photos of my family and worldly goods, and as many survival and prepping eBooks that I can get my hands on.

The latter is not a problem since, as all of you Facebook fans know, I have shared over 500 “free at the moment” eBooks on my FB page over the years,  Granted, some are terrible but many are very good and these eBooks will be a useful resource if the stuff hits the fan.  And by the way, don’t forget, you don’t need a Kindle to read these free eBooks.  See Amazon: No Kindle No Problem for details or click here to download the free Amazon reader app.

The laptop is being readied for my soon-to-be built Faraday cage.  I already have a solar charger for my laptop so if we are struck by an EMP, I will still have (fingers crossed) a way to power up the laptop.  More on that in a few weeks.

Not Exactly a Survival Garden

My garden is doing surprisingly well in spite of my lame efforts to keep it going.  Lettuce and tomatoes are growing like crazy in pots.  Who would have thought it?  On the other hand, the squash, beans, and snap peas are gone.  They did not make it through the spring.

My green Mini-Cree flashlight arrived from Amazon and of course, I am thrilled with it.  I loaded it up with one of my recharged AA alkaline batteries and am good to do.  I now have four of these little flashlights but this is my first one that is a color rather than basic black!

Coconut Oil and Green Mini Cree

This week’s haul – not a lot but I am anxious to try the coconut oil in my salve.

Something else that arrived is my first order of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  I have heard wonderful things about the Tropical Traditions product line and am looking forward to trying it in my next batch of Healing Salve.

That about covers it for me this week.  Now for some announcements.


Next month, from July 7 to July 14, top experts will be teaching food-growing people how to put healthy, trusted food on your table both now and in the future.  This is an online webinar series and it is 100% free!Grow Your Own Food Summit - BDS

Enthusiastic food growers and community builders, Valerie Kausen and Gary Heine, have created 34 presentations to show you how growing your own food can change your life.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this event:

· Learn how to grow and eat healthy, local food.
· Change your health and life, and that of your family, friends and neighbors.
· Feel satisfied that you can depend on yourself.
· Trust your own ingredients.
· Learn how growing your own food helps make your local community stronger.

Here is a link where you can sign up and attend for free:  Summer 2014 Grow Your Own Food Summit


There are currently two active giveaways this week.  You are going to want to enter both.

Summer Survival Blast: Win a Honey Bucket 2-Person Survival Kit
Spring 2014 Book Festival: Phoenix Island + Giveaway

And speaking of the Summer Survival Blast, I am going to have one new giveaway every Friday between now and the end of summer.  You know how I like to tease so how would you like to win an EcoZoom Stove, a Volcano Collapsible Cooking Combo, or Sun Oven?

About all I can say is that there are going to be these items and a whole lot more.  Whew, I have a lot of writing and reviewing to do.


The winners of the Survival Based giveaway have been finalized.  They are Brandi Bryant, Chad Sutton, and Liz Cain.

For those of you that entered but did not win, Backdoor Survival sponsor Survival Based has put together a coupon code for everyone who entered the giveaway: 40% off any food items on including the 72 Hour Survival Kit from the giveaway.  The coupon code is: giveaway40.


The winner of a copy of Fugitives from Northwoods is John.  If you name is John, be sure to check for an email so that you can respond and claim your book.


You know all of those polls I have been holding as part of the giveaways?  I have been remiss in not sharing the results but to be truthful, I have had to recruit some help from Shelly in order to get the results tallied. Hopefully next week, okay?

Now it is your turn.  What did you do to prep this week?  Be sure to share in the comments area below.

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: Here are some items to consider as part of bug-in preps. Off course the rule of thumb is always this: first purchase what you need to get by and later, as budget allows, add the extra items that will enhance and add dimension and depth to your existing survival gear.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  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.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led FlashlightFAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.

Midland 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: These are the handheld radios that I own. 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. Just be aware that getting a 36 mile range out of any handheld FRS radio is a myth.

Solo Stove_21Solo Stove: Emergency Survival Stove: The Solo Stove is perfect for cooking beans and rice using just a pot, some water and biomass as fuel. A step up is the EcoZoom Versa.

Chemical Light Sticks: Pick your size (length) and pick your color. Just be aware that if color does not matter, some colors are cheaper than others. Be sure to read Lighting Your Way With Chemical Lighting.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness panty.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.  Using D-cell batteries, the Dorcy floodlight will light up a dark room or a dark stairway in an instant.  I can not recommend these enough.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.


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23 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 123”

  1. I’ve been listening to the Summer Of Survival webinar series that Gaye told us about. Learning lots of new stuff! Looks like I’ve got another one to check out!
    Also bought a hair straightening iron and ordered some mylar bags (with oxygen absorbers). During the next week I plan on sealing up some beans and maybe some rice. Basically to learn how to but also to get some more food stored up!

  2. to long we are not organized enough

  3. I received 4 more cans from Emergency Essentials this week. I sure do love that company and the daily specials they have. My first crop of green beans have matured. I grow the type that set a large crop once, and then that’s it. It gets so hot at green bean pickin time, that I just pull the whole plant, take it inside and glean the beans. I pulled 3 plants and got enough to freeze 3 quarts and beans for 2 meals.
    I’m off on vacation today. My granddaughter is going with me. I am so excited. I have never taken a trip with my granddaughter.

    • Have fun John! I envy you, my granddaughter lives too far away and sees her grandmother much more than she does me. Enjoy every second you have with her!

    • OH I will enjoy. When she was 2, we went to Mickey Mouse World with the whole family. She is now 18 and has never been back to Florida. Me and her. One on one.
      I know about grandparents. When grandmother died, no one seems to come around anymore. I will cherish this week. Her mom and dad will be feeding my critters while we are gone. I may never come back.

  4. Our garden is similar. I have lettuce, spinach, a tomato plant and herbs in pots. All of those are doing well. We have cucumbers growing like wild, I I think I’ll have cucumbers out my ears when the summer is over, I have pickling plans in place. Hopefully we’ll have the first fruits by the end of the week.

    On the stove question for me a sun oven is no good since I don’t get enough sunlight to make one worthwhile. I’m always looking for alternatives for cooking. We have a grill, camp stove and a biolite camp stove. The other one that really intrigues me is the Wonder Oven.

  5. My laptop’s hard drive crashed recently, so I spent some time this week re-creating a list of food items and other supplies I’d gleaned from Backdoor Survival and other sites. (I want to get the bulk of my prepping done this summer, as I work in education and life is crazy September through May.) I also bought household supplies (TP, utensils, paper towels, plates/bowls/cups, heavy-duty trash bags, etc.), personal-care items, and several jugs of water for my preps. The cashier commented that she’d never seen anyone spend this much (just over $100) in one order and not buy any food.

    I also tried to start talking about prepping with my mom (a widow and cancer survivor in her late 60s, who lives almost two hours away). I broached it in the context of a chat I’d had with my sister, who lives in the DC area and has several days’ worth of preps for her family of four. All I got was a scolding about having “too much water” (I have 15 gallons in jugs and another 8 or 9 in half-liter bottles; I can’t store much more in my one-bedroom apartment). I decided not to tell her that my next set of purchases will include an AquaPod and a LifeStraw.

    I’d be fine having my mom stay with me and share my preps if necessary, but in a SHTF situation, the 100 miles between our homes could become a dangerous/impossible distance to travel. I’ll keep trying to convince her that she needs to prep too, or at least store a few gallons of water for herself and her cats in case of a weather emergency.

    • Check out her local Senior center, mine is having a presentation from a CERT on seniors being prepare for a natural disaster. It might help her see other seniors preparing.

    • Thanks, Marilee! That’s a great idea…

  6. This week has been all about the soil. Actually, much of this year has been about the soil. I started wood mulch gardening last year, but the newer areas have needed a lot of soil amendments due to first year wood chips depleting nitrogen. Our yard has very poor soil to start, so this week, I’ve been mixing Elemite rock dust with composted manure and amending the soil. (I learned the hard way that it’s much easier to apply rock dust when mixed well with something heavier. Previously, it and some volcanic ash burned my plants leaves as those amendments blew around.)

    I can already tell the difference! Some plants were just sitting there, but they’re actually beginning to surpass the growth of the plants in my raised beds and Garden Tower!

    Gaye, I can’t thank you enough for sharing about those InstBed (cubic foot gardening) three tiered raised beds last year. I ordered three, and they grew loads of food last year. This year, I have cantaloupe, geraniums, marigolds, calendula, cucumbers, bush beans, basil and onions in them, already following earlier crops of chard and Alaskan peas. They were tricky to level out — all cockeyed last year — but this year, I think I figured out the issue. In the flat Midwest, it’s so lovely to see round, raised beds.

    I selected this year’s crops for medicinal and nutritional value but also for beauty, which feeds my soul. I also thought mixing in food plants with flowers, herbs and ornamental fruit trees might make the garden look less like a farm and more like just a pretty place. I don’t know that it will stop looters, but it stops the neighbors. Front yard and edible ornamental gardening is a great way to connect with neighbors! They’re at least as excited about the garden as we are, and they even asked me how to compost so they can contribute something. Their new compost bin I ordered should arrive July 1.

    Anyway, thanks for all you do, and thanks especially for those InstaBed units. People are always so intrigued by the round design, and the black color heats up melons and tomatoes way faster than anything else I’ve seen.


  7. Purchased the new Seychelles extreme water bottle, some heirloom seeds and a nice medical kit, since I had just finished 6 days of emergency medical training with Doc Cindy of Armageddon medicine. Worked in my garden, tomatoes and beans almost ready, continued harvesting squash, brocolli, spinach, apples, strawberries and peaches.

  8. This week I have started getting rid of the unnecessary “stuff” that takes up too much space in my home. I have begun by working on one room at a time, sorting out the unneeded, unused, and no longer wanted items to make room for more important items that will make life better and easier when things go south. I am selling some things online, giving away some to people who have an interest or need in those things, donating to resale stores, and throwing out the trash! It is amazing – and somewhat sad – how much “stuff” we accumulate!

    • I have been resizing for several years now, and am down to a 1 bedroom, 1 bath 830 sq ft home that I absolutely love. My daughters have most of the furniture I had to let go of, and an enormous number of decor items. They couldn’t believe I wanted to “get rid”of STUFF….but I said , Hey you can have it, clean it, and let me enjoy it when I come to your house for a visit. Along with those items, I have enjoyed the garage sales, meeting new neighbors and giving all the left overs to Goodwill…..and I don’t miss a thing!!! I enjoyed your post! Thanks…Ms. Jimmie

    • It is liberating, isn’t it?!!

  9. This week I gardened daily (big family garden) getting some ripe tomatoes & eggplant now, besides all the herbs I could wish for! 🙂

    I also placed our local group order for Emergency Essentials and in my order I am getting some gamma seal lids…I can’t wait!

    I am also exploring the world of becoming an herbalist and received my first medicinal herb seed order (these are items I am not already currently growing for looks or eating…like lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, etc., etc…). Very exciting!

  10. Haven’t done much this week but I got the idea to try to start a community garden in my town. So I’ve been doing some research about that and trying to figure out the details. If anyone has any experience with this please let me know. I know it is too late for this year, but maybe we can get things set up for next year. Other than that, just maintaining my container garden.

  11. My sister flew out yesterday and my month vacation came to an end. Garden is thriving. Planted my squash and trimmed the tomatoes.Checking out food dehydrators and working the budget for this coming month on what to buy for preparedness, EOs and The 12 Months before Christmas (my children look forward to their monthly preparedness packages)AND cooked Peanut butter Cake in my HERC! I just love that oven.
    Mom pointed out a class at the senior center on prepping. She is coming on board.

  12. Hi Gaye…it’s garden harvesting season right now in Texas. Neither my husband Bill, nor I am able to garden due to health reasons, but we do support the local farmers….so this week I have done a bunch of canning of tomatoes and peaches. 32 quarts of fresh peaches in the freezer, and 36 pints of tomatoes…I love canning, and Bill is always very helpful in the kitchen with me. Sincerely,,Ms. Jimmie Carolyn Daughters

  13. This week I ordered canned dry goods from a LDS cannery. Started with dry milk, red wheat, rice, sugar, dried onions and flour all in #10 cans. Will place a second order in late fall. My brother lives in the midwest and brings items I need when he comes to visit. My oven caught on fire yesterday as I was preheating it to make dinner. Thank goodness I have other ways to cook until I can make a new purchase, this is going to cut into my prepping funds big time! Going thru my house as well and getting rid of unused items, will use the money I make to purchase some other prepping items on my list, which is starting to get shorter. Also stopped at the pool company to pick up bags of dry powder shock to put in my prepping stores to aid in water treatment. Lastly, signed up for the Summer of Survival webinars and getting some useful info to add to my book I have created with articles, tidbits and tips I have picked up from others. Keep the info flowing!

    • Deborah – I know there are at least two types of pool shock, but I have trouble remembering which one to get for drinking water treatment. If I remember correctly one has potassium and the other has chlorine. Can you tell me which I need to get? I don’t want to poison myself by getting the wrong one!

  14. Well this week was quite different for me. I live in the pacific northwest and for the next 1-1/2 years I will be working in Montana. my family is in Washington state, so I’m here and they are at home. As I normally live where I will “bug in” if/when something happens, now there is a new twist. I’ll have to get home to bug in. so my preps this week have been buying and studying maps. I kept a record of my trip over on fuel, mileage ect so now I will need to purchase enough jerry cans to get me home incase I were unable to purchase fuel. currently I have 4 routes home with only 2 ways to avoid the Seattle area. on the way I would be picking up my daughter and her bo (both excellent with firearms). I would be towing my vintage (remodeled) Avion trailer (looks like an airstream)so food, water even for trade or passage would not be a problem. Towing of course has its own risks. Anyway it would be an interesting 900 miles. my best bet will be to leave before things fell apart to the point of clogged roads. over the next few weeks I plan on purchasing fuel, food, medical ect, just in case. Bill B

  15. This week I listened to both of the Summer of Survival webinars and took good notes. I practiced making pizza dough, bread dough, and cake batter from scratch. I also practiced cooking the pizza, bread, and cakes in a homemade solar oven. I found out that it does cook all three it just takes longer than my in house oven. So at least I know that when the SHTF I can cook some of the things I never cooked from scratch before. I have also made a list of local places where I am going to try to get food grade buckets and large totes for water. Keeping my fingers crossed that these items can be got within my $20 per month budget. If not I may have to not buy any preps for a couple of months and save up to get them. The last thing I did this week was start building my aquaponic garden. I am praying that when I am done it will work. God bless to all.

  16. I finally was able to buy a whole pallet of good soil for my garden, bought another 40 sugar snap pea plants, and should be harvesting a second batch. the first was about a gallon. everything is growing nicely and hired tree guys to trim tree tops to give longer direct sun on the garden. will be headed back home in the morning. did costco, and also bought some veggy savers for storing veggies in containers under the house this winter. ordered another dozen cans of freeze dried things. 2 more big boxes of band aides. next order will be supplies for making salves.


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