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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Honesty counts, right? This has not been the best of weeks for me personally. Perhaps the hard drive failure before my trip was an omen because three days into my vacation, I experienced an additional hard drive failure in my backup computer. Only a prepper would take two computers and an iPad on vacation, right?
Long story short, I was able to keep in touch but the process and the experience were stressful. Coupled with news of Ebola stateside, the lack of credible information, and an unfulfilled compulsion to write and, well, I have been a mess and grumpy to boot.
So what about my preps?
I learned how to crochet! It is not that the art of crochet is difficult, but up until now, my fingers did not get it. I plan to make some hats and slippers with this new-found skill and plan to crochet as a past-time if we are ever grid down for an extended period of time.
Another prep this week is that on the way home from the airport, we stopped at Costco and stocked up on additional supplies including heavy duty trash bags, nitrile gloves, dog food, canned fruits, veggies, chili, and a giant tub of popcorn. It is rare that I am able to purchase prep items directly (as opposed to online) so I took advantage of the opportunity to shop in person.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some tips and announcements.
The Sunday Survival Buzz #140
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
This came in a few weeks ago from Margie. Her point is well taken.
My husband and i have had an important “prepping” experience this month. He has been an avid runner for years and has kept in excellent condition. But along with that he has had a longtime heart murmur and has had mitral valve prolapse. Before you say he was crazy to run under those circumstance, please know that his doctors were fully aware of this information and because he is in such excellent shape, he has avoided serious consequences to these medical issues.
How does this relate to prepping?
Well, he had valve repair surgery nearly a month ago and we both learned the importance of each of us knowing the other’s “job” when it comes to getting and being prepared. No amount of flashlights or canned goods can replace being prepared to step in and take over if and when the need arises. Hubby is doing fine, recovering nicely, but is by no means out of the woods with his recovery. We are looking at 6 months to a year before he is back to “his old self” again.
I have a lot to learn in these coming months to fill his proverbial shoes. And we have both learned that being prepared is not just about gathering supplies, it is about knowing the day-to-day simple operations that keep you going and what to do when life throws you a curve ball.
Please remember this as you prepare. It will definitely payoff some day?
Thank you, Margie, for sharing your experience and your thoughts with us. Whether it is prepping skills or merely knowing how to balance the family checkbook, couples need to learn to backstop each other so one can do the job of another if and when it becomes necessary.
Everyone at Backdoor Survival sends good thoughts to you and your husband for a speedy recovery.
Ranger Rick offered this tip in response to How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic
I use to design underground shelters for friends and one thing that helped considerable bringing in less contaminated air was once the air intake was thru the window, I installed a 90* elbow turned down and glue to it an adapter to increase the size of the air intake from 2″ to 4″ or bigger.
You get the same air flow ,but at the mouth of the inlet being so much bigger, it did not have as much suction due to less vacuum at the inlet being 4 or 6 inches instead of 2 inches.
You can also add a cheesecloth or a K&N Air filter foam cover over the air inlet to aid in stopping unwanted particles in the air coming inside.
HEPA filter inside the vacuum will be Plan B. :-}
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING?
There is a robust search function in the right-hand column of the BDS website under “Searching For Something”. One of these days I will work on organizing my posts into better categories so that it is easy to find one of the 900 articles the Backdoor Survival archives. But for now, use “Search” or the archive page (accessible from the menu bar).
There is currently one active giveaway and it is a good one: Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Countdown to Preparedness + Giveaway. You are going to love this book by Jim Cobb. It is very task oriented and includes an easy-to-follow one year plan to preparedness.
PLUS THE WINNERS
This week I am announcing the winners of a number of different giveaways. Hang on to your hats; there are a lot of them.
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel plus two books in G. Michel Hopf’s New World Series -Donna C.
Shields Up with Spark Naturals + Fantastic Diffuser Giveaway – Haj and Tami L.
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die – Brian M.
Mountain House Fall Giveaway – Buffy M., TeeCee and Gene S.
Collective Retribution – Valerie P., Johnny B., and Patricia.
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch – Katherine C
Bishop’s Song – Merry B.
As always, winners have been notified by email have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.
In addition, the following winners of the Preparedness Month Mega Giveaway have all been contacted and have claimed their prizes. Thanks to everyone who participated!
1. Berkey–Lola B.
2. Sun Oven–Mikki O.
3.Kelly Kettle–Kathy B.
4. WonderMill–Leslie D.
5. Propur–Alice F.
6.1 Seventy Two Hour Kit–Ron D.
7. 1 Seventy Two Hour Kit–Jeff C.
8. Honey–Christy M.
ESSENTIAL OILS: ITEM OF THE WEEK
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This is the sale you have been waiting for!
Long term Backdoor Survival sponsor Solo Stove is wrapping up a Kickstarter Campaign for their new larger Solo Stove called the “Campfire”. I normally make it a matter of policy not to promote Kickstarter campaigns but am making an exception this time based upon the strength of the Solo Stove itself and the company’s generous sponsorship of this website.
I just became a backer of this project myself and promise to review the Campfire when it arrives. You can check it out here (and don’t those roasted marshmallows look good??):
THE FINAL WORD
Has anyone noticed how cold it has become in the Pacific Northwest? Although leaves are still on the trees, it feels like winter and a few nights ago, we had a wind storm that blew everything in our backyard to heck and beyond. For me, this was a reminder that I need to double check my supplies to ensure I have what I will need if the power goes out, including batteries that are fully charged and the dead space in my freezer filled with frozen jugs of water.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?