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.
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!
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.
GROW YOUR OWN FOOD SUMMIT
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!
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.
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.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
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.
THE FINAL WORD
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 Flashlight: FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight. At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.80 with free shipping. 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.
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 $20 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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