The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 22

Sunday Survival BuzzWelcome 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.

Last week we had a major power outage during a lightning storm.  The entire island was out due to transformer going out on the mainland.  As a result, the giant extension cord under the sea could not deliver the juice.  Joking aside, the surge blew out two GFI outlets that had to be replaced.  But the real issue was that even though we have a whole house generator (installed late last year at great expense), our refrigerator was out – no  power.

Long story short, the electricians came out on Friday and found a big oops – the line to the refrigerator had been drawn to the master switch but not connected.  There is a lesson here – which is the whole point of this story:  just because you have prepared for a disaster by buying gear and acquiring skills, the gear and the skills are meaningless and useless if you don’t periodically drill, practice and test.

The time to drill, practice and test is when you are not reliant on your preps.  Shame on me – I left it up to the electricians to set things up correctly but I failed to check their work.  Humans make mistakes – even those that are paid as professionals.  At the end of the day, you can only count on yourself.  So take heed and don’t let things slide like I did.

This week I also purchased more prepping stuff including some zip seal Mylar bags, another Dorcy wireless LED spotlight, the 15 inch Lodge cast iron skillet that I have been coveting for quite some time, and some Dr. Bronner castile liquid soap for testing purposes.  All in all, a nice little haul.

So enough about me.  Let’s get going with this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz.

News Byte – Middle Class Families Not Immune to Economic Woes

I suppose it is some what perverse, if not redundant, to remind Backdoor Survival readers that the current recession (or depression, depending on what you think) is something that can affect anyone.  Just because you have a nice, secure job with a city or other government entity does not means you won’t be suddenly thrust in with the ranks of the under-employed wage wise.

According to the article Squeezed in Scranton:

The economic crisis that prompted the mayor of this financially-strapped city to slash everyone on the public payroll to minimum wage has sparked hundreds of smaller-scale budget disasters, ones dealt with over kitchen tables by grim-faced spouses and parents with little control of their fates.

To the mayor’s credit, he slashed his own salary to minimum wage as well.  Still, this is another difficult pill to swallow for hard-working Americans.  So why post this here when I am preaching the choir?  This is something else to pass on to disbelieving family members who do not see the point in being prepared.

Dr. Bones Talks About Sterile Vs. Clean In Survival Situationshand washing

In a recent article, Dr. Bones of the Doom and Bloom Nation fame wrote about keeping things sterile in a survival situation.  Do you know the difference between a disinfectant, an antiseptic and an antibiotic?  From the article:

A disinfectant is different from an antiseptic, which removes micro-organisms from the surfaces of LIVING tissue. An antiseptic differs from an antibiotic in that an antibiotic can kill harmful bugs INSIDE a living organism.

The article compares various supposedly sterile and non-sterile types of wound dressings.  The results are surprising.  In a similar vein, you might also go back an read up on my article Killing the Cooties-Good Hygiene is a Survival Skill We All Should Practice.

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

I received this note from Pat in Scottsdale following my newsletter article Having Heart.homeless5

Gaye, I do my laundry at a Laundromat.

I consider Ronnie a homeless man who is always at this strip mall my guardian angel.  He is the first person to help me in and out of my car.  And I have no problem tipping Ronnie.  He would help me even if I had no money.

But then what has happened, when people see Ronnie helping me he becomes more approachable.  I was talking with Ronnie when an other man came up and gave Ronnie a dollar.  This guy gives someone a dollar every day.  He was glad to meet Ronnie and speak with him.   A dollar a day is $365 a year but easy to do if you do this every day.

Now that is what I call having heart!  (My article on Having Heart was recently sent out to newsletter subscribers.  Interested?  Sign up for my newsletter here. )

This week on Wakeup World

Okay ladies, this one is for you.  Wakeup World recently posted an excellent piece on Prepping for Feminine Hygiene.

Recommendations & Announcements

Hey, get out the popcorn and cotton candy and come to the carnival.  The Survival Blog Carnival, that is.  The Blog Carnival is hosted by Dave at  the Shepherd School.

Also, I thought I would let you know that I have added Off Grid Survival to my growing list of  recommended sites.

Doomsday Jesters is a hoot!

I know from personal experience that prepping to survive can often be an overwhelming experience from the standpoint that once you acquire the mindset, you are living and breathing disaster and crisis preparedness 24/7.  It can be exhausting.

For that reason I was both delighted and amused when I learned of a new website that adds a little levity of the entire doomsday experience.  This is not to say that doomsday preps are not important – they are – but sometimes it just feels darn good to lighten up.

Seth, the chief jester at Doomsday Jesters says:

“I recently launched Doomsday Jesters with a full compliment of hilarious products to provide a little levity in the face of all of the 2012 end of the world predictions. We have nine t-shirts and five other humorous novelty products from countdown clocks to apocalypse insurance that you will surely get a kick out of.

Prepping is serious business, but it’s always ok to make time for a laugh. Doomsday Jesters takes a playful approach to the 2012 doomsday prediction and we hope that you will check out the site.

I have set up a coupon code for all of the Backdoor Survival readers. Enter “backdoorsurvival” into the coupon code box at checkout to receive a 10% discount on anything you purchase.”

I thought I might mention that I am not an affiliate and do not receive a commission from Doomsday Jesters but I am getting a t-shirt which I hope to model for you next week.  Have fun with this one!one of

What’s Up With Strategic Living?

gayeanelaineGeorge and his lovely wife Elaine are visiting this week and next.  We have been having a writing marathon (more about that soon) and have put Strategic Living on hold for a few weeks.  There is still a bunch of great content on the site so feel free to browse.  You can expect some new articles soon – along with some other goodies and surprises.

The Final Word

The weekly newsletter from Absolute Rights recently featured an article on common prepper mistakes.  That got me thinking about my own mistakes (like the one with generator that I described above).  How about you?  Do you have any mistakes you would like to share in the comments or by email to the Survival Woman?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


From the Bargain Bin:  Today I am sharing items from my recent Amazon haul plus a few extras I think you should know about.

Mylar Zip lock Food Storage Bags: I have grown very fond of Mylar bags and although you can not see the contents inside, I love the fact that I can use a flat iron to re-seal the bags after removing product.  This to me is a lot easier that using the Food Saver although I do like using the FoodSaver Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer attachment to store items in mason jars.  By the way, these bags are a thick 5 mil.

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy.  I just ordered my second one to use in the crawl space – no more fumbling around in the dark.  These lights are worth double the price IMO.

Lodge Logic 15″ Cast-Iron Skillet: Oh my gosh – I am so excited about this one.  My 12” skillet is not honed to a nice black, non-stick finish.  I use my cast iron skillet more than any other pan in my house.  But I wanted something bigger but have been too cheap to spend the money.  Well not that I am making pizza in the cast iron skillet, I just couldn’t resist.  Bigger skillet = bigger pizza, right?  (Also check out Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day – oh so good and on my “to be reviewed” list.)

Dr. Bronner Pure Castile Liquid Soap:  I have been wanting to try this “organic magic soap” for a long time.  I ordered the soap in a rose scent and can not wait to test it for my readers.

Cobrabraid Paracord Products: Cobrabraid is now sold on Amazon in addition to directly from the Cobrabraid site.  Be sure to check out their new “zipbraid” items that make unraveling your paracord accessory a snap while you are in the field.  If you are making a purchase directly from the Cobrabraid website, use the the coupon code “survival” for an additional 5% off.

The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook: Keep your loved ones healthy in every disaster, from wildfires to a complete societal collapse:  There is no question in my mind, this is the book you should have as a reference to handling medical and health emergencies in a survival situation.

This month Emergency Essentials is featuring a fabulous deal on freeze dried chicken.

The chicken combo includes Asian Seasoned Chicken, Chicken Breast Strips, Diced Chicken, and Seasoned Chicken. These are great for stir fries (with your home garden grown veggies) and cooked with rice for an all-in-one dish in your cast iron skillet or Dutch oven.

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11 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 22”

  1. Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your weekly update. It’s a great idea and very well done.

    • Thanks – I work very hard on coming up with topics that you will not find elsewhere and yet topics that are timely.

      — Gaye

  2. i just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU again. i received my gear yesterday, and got ALOT of items i needed. there was not one thing that i had . very excited:) also, i have a question. i had an “idea” for free water…. insted of emptying out my dehumidifier in basement, into the drain or having to carry it upstairs to water plants, ive decided to put it in gallon jugs to use when needed. i know i can use it all purpose, but do you think it would be acceptable for drinking water. i realize can purify, but just wondered if ou think that is necessary. thanks, susy b

    • Very definitely you would want to purify the water or perhaps run it through a Berkey. But think about it: you also need water for bathing, cleaning and flushing. Why not save it for that?

      The other thing is that if you have a freezer, use the jugs of water to fill the slack space so that in the event of a power outage, the frozen food will stay cold (and hopefully frozen) longer. Visualize a large ice chest and how big blocks of ice keep things nice an cold for an extended period.

      — Gaye

    • saving for bathing ,cleaning etc was my first intentions. i was just wondering that if need be would it need to be purified for drinking purposes. thank you for responding. s

  3. Hi; I’m in N.E.Pa., and we are rural, so power outages from many causes are often encountered. At present we use a portable generator, but our load excedes the generatore output. So when the need arises we run the inside fridge and the outside freezer and two other fridges off of extension cords. We then are able to take turns running fridge/reez and then well water (as needed). Can omly run well pump by itself. I think my point is more of a question, I get the impression that power was available to some of your home, could you have used an extension cord to supply power ?

    • Good question and indeed, that is something we considered. Our refrigerator is in a location where it would be very difficult to move away from its surrounding cupboard enclosure. We tried but it was very heavy and we were afraid we would scratch our wood floors in the process. (I still feel stupid for not personally testing the generator thoroughly following its installation – glad it is now working, though.)

    • Hi; We also have a stainless steal fridge. It has a woman’s voice that tells you the door has been open to long. (like we really need that), anyway it has wheels (most newer ones do). Mine also is is in a very tight location, and because we are talking about being self reliant, let me pass this on. We used a 1//4 in. length of nylon rope (para cord will work), we worked a loop of the rope around the fridge, set it at about3 feet from the floor, and then standing in front of the fridge was able to slowly pull it away from the walland reach the plug. WARNING if you do this it will be necessary to remove all items that have fallen behind the unit and also to clean back there. It went back in super easy.

    • That woman’s voice must drive you nuts LOL. Thanks for the tip. We checked the manual on ours and in order to use the wheels, we would have to somehow release the leveling feet. The Survival Husband is checking it out now so we know how to do this in advance – before we really have to move it.

    • Hi; Question ? When i make a comment it appears on my puter. Do others who may be looking at your site see my temp post ? The reason I ask is that, I am a mechanical dude and some of my methods and actions should not be viewed by the general public, but are germaine to the subject at hand. In a previous comment (about using a generator) I feelt that editing myself was prudent, as many of the comments indicated to me that many of your readers are at a novice stage in there self reliance journey. Just wondering.

    • The first time someone makes a comment anywhere on Backdoor Survival it is held for moderation (by me). Also, if there is an outbound link in the comment. This practice is in place to insure that spam and profanity does not get posted. (Also folks that want free advertising.)

      Other than that, all comments are posted (even those critical of me!). I really do feel this is a community and thus I allow people to speak their minds.

      Does this answer your question?


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