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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This week I am going to keep things brief. As the Backdoor Survival Facebook followers know, I am going through a water apocalypse. The short version of the story is that we have a leak in the line between our home and meter. We became aware of this on Monday and have been without running water ever since.
The good news is that we found the leak. The bad news is due to parts and available labor, it will not be fixed until next Thursday. That will be eleven days without water and guess what? We are 100% fine! I was prepared and have taken it all in stride. We have plenty of water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and basic sanitation. Showers are out but we are using No-Rinse Bath Wipes with great success.
When all is said and done, I will write this experience up on the blog because after all, there are always lessons to be learned.
Other than that, here are some of the prep items that showed up on my doorstep.
Included was a Uniden Handheld Scanner, 16GB metal thumb drive (the plastic type breaks), some additional N100 respiration masks, and a SmartCharge LED Light Bulb.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
The Survival Buzz #141
I am taking a break from giveaways for awhile – yeah right, let’s see how long that lasts! In the meantime, be sure to read Kelli Otting’s interview and enter to win a copy of the two books in her Liberty Dying Series.
Speaking of giveaways, going forward, giveaway winners will be notified by email and also announced on the Rafflecopter itself. If you have entered a giveaway and are curious, re-visit the giveaway article and check. As always, winners have 48 hours to respond or an alternate will be selected.
Lets us issue a warm welcome to our latest sponsor, Day One Gear! You might recall that Day One Gear sponsored a great Honey Bucket giveaway last summer and now they are onboard as a member of our sponsor team.
The owners have been huge fans of the blog for a long time and would like to offer another giveaway (I know, no giveaways for a while but I know you love them!). Why not jump on over and check out their site and if you see a great giveaway item, come back and report it in the comments below.
Of course, if you find that just-perfect item to add to your preps, they would love to help you with your purchase! Their prices are great and they promise great customer service to all of their customers.
ESSENTIAL OILS: OIL OF THE MONTH IS BASIL
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November oil is something new for me: Basil. This is “sweet basil” from Egypt. Basil is a fascinating herb with medicinal properties. And here I thought it was best used in spaghetti!
Basil essential oil is an antibacterial, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, decongestant, stimulant and mood enhancer. The OOTM is already discounted but on all other orders, remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire order.
THE FINAL WORD
Just so you know, beginning next week, the Buzz will be published on Saturdays rather than Sunday. Thus, as you see, I am dropping the “Sunday” part. Why am I doing this? So I can take the weekend off. That means there will no longer be an article on Monday either.
This is going to be a life-changer for me as I intend to do no blog work on weekends, okay? It’s not that I do not love you guys – I do – but it is time for me to follow my own advice and embrace life, too!
So 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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Bargain Bin: Here are links to some of my recent prepping purchases. One will surprise you!
Uniden Handheld Scanner: This scanner has been on my bucket list for the longest time. My intent is to monitor police, fire/emergency, aircraft, ham, marine, and weather bands. It is supposed to be easy to use so I am excited to test it out. The best part is that it operates on 2 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries.
Kingston Digital DataTraveler 16GB USB: I have learned the hard way that thumb drives with plastic key ring holders break. I store a backup of my contact list and Outlook data file on a flash drive along with encrypted documents and my password list. There are photos and survival books in PDF format. You will be amazed at how much you can store on an 8GB or 16GB flash drive. They are dirt cheap too.
Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask: Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s. N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors. Note that if you are on the small side, you will need to order the smaller version which is the Moldex 2731.
SmartCharge LED Light Bulb: This light bulb works like a normal light bulb until the power goes out. Then it continues to burn for an additional four hours (or less if you turn off your lamp) using its internal rechargeable battery. An interesting concept that I am currently testing for you.
NOW Foods Tea Tree Essential Oil: No, I am not going schizoid on you. This is not the first time I have mentioned that for cleaning purposes (as opposed to healing), I confess to using BUDGET essential oils. This week I have been using copious amounts of tea tree oil in a spray bottle mixed with DIY liquid castile soap to wash my hands and spray surfaces while water is scarce. By the way, if you have not tried making your own liquid castile soap, you should. You will save a ton of money!
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