Welcome 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.
We had a medical emergency in my household that resulted in my taking off Tuesday afternoon for the Seattle area. Given all of the recent seismic activity in my area – off Vancouver Island to be exact – I made sure my Bug Out Bag was well stocked and in the car for the trip south. Luckily, there was no earthquake but I did need some of the items from my kit for other purposes.
It just goes to show you that you never know. In my case, I needed energy bars, some first aid items and a flashlight. Next time, who knows? Feeling a bit exposed, I am putting together a complete duplicate of my primary kit for each car. As I say, you just never know.
When I returned home last night, I ordered some additional essential oils, namely peppermint oil and a new bottle of lavender oil. My interest in the peppermint oil has to do with using it in my DIY cleaners and of course lavender, being both soothing and antiseptic is useful for so many things.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News & Articles from Around the Web
San Juan County Votes to Ban GMOs: I am thrilled to report that my little island-based community has voted to ban GMO crops. With just a few exceptions, the MSM has ignored this important vote but that does not make me any less proud. Next up? Washington State I-522 proposes GMO labeling in our state by July 2015.
How to Keep your Cell Phone Working During a Power Outage: There are some good ideas in this article. The first one, leave an outgoing message and turn the phone off to conserve power, is something I used to do in the early days of cell phones when a typical cell phone battery charge lasted only 8 hours or so. I thought I would mention that I have used the hand crank on my Kaito Voyager to easily charge up my cell phone so do not discount the usefulness of a hand-crank radio.
Printable Cheat Sheet for Common Kitchen Measurements: This would have come in quite handy as I was trying to size down recipes for DIY Laundry Detergent.
Speaking of which, reader “Russ” reports the following prices at Walmart for the ingredients used for both the laundry detergent and the Fels Naphtha stain remover:
Washing Soda – $3.24
Borax – $3.38
Fels-Naphtha – .97
Devastation at the Jersey Shore – Before and After: If you are like me, you are on a bit of overload when it comes to disaster photos. But this is something different. In each picture frame there is a black line, if you drag it back and forth across the picture it will show you before and after. These shocking photos would be something to share with friends and family that are in disaster denial.
Backdoor Survival Tip
One of the very basic skills you should learn to help save lives is CPR. Continuous Chest Compression CPR is the newest technique that can be used be used to double a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. I encourage you to watch this short video and share it with your friends.
Want some written instructions as well? Here you go:
First, yell out to have someone call 911 or locate a defibrillator. (Portable defibrillators have gotten so inexpensive that you can now find them in many office buildings and public places.)
Next, roll the victim onto his or her back. Put the heel of one hand down on the chest between the nipples. Put the heel of the second hand on top of the first, and interlock your fingers. Line your shoulders up over your hands and lock your elbows.
Now you are ready to compress. Use the weight of your torso through your shoulders and locked elbows to compress the victim’s chest. Then immediately release your weight so the victim’s chest springs back up. Do this rapidly, about 100 times per minute, until professional help arrives.
The only thing you do is pump on the chest until professional help arrives. You do it even if the person is gasping.
Studies have shown CCC to be more effective than traditional CPR, possibly because it is much easier to remember and administer, and anyone can do it. Just start pumping and wait for professional help to arrive.
The Honor Roll and Other Announcements
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The newest addition to the Backdoor Survival Honor Roll (which you will find on the Recommended Sites page) is Prepography. Andrew is also a contributor to the inaugural edition of the Preparedness Review and his timely article on Veterans Day Etiquette is a worthy read.
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The Final Word
The drama of the past two weeks has worn me down. What with the storm, the election and the daily drill of getting through life, my mind, body and my psyche are tired. For my sake, as well as everyone else, I am hopeful that we, as citizens of the world, can get past recent events and move on to the present.
What has happened has happened.
Why not take this opportunity to refresh your outlook and to return to the task of increasing your own self-reliance and your ability to survive by learning some new skills, reading some new books and perhaps most of all, continuing to add to your preps with spirit, enthusiasm and a sense of optimism.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Spotlight Item: The $7.00 Get Out of Dodge report is a pretty decent manual for helping you decide when and how to bug-out. It covers the items you should pack for, how to create an evacuation plan, and how to up the ante when it comes to situational awareness. Perhaps best of all, it helps your formulate a plan for knowing when to bug in and when to bug out or evacuate.
There is also a workbook and this, in my opinion, is where the true value lies. Included are checklists for various types of disasters with room for you to define and keep track of your own goals, objectives and action items. Seven bucks is well worth it in my opinion.
Bargain Bin: How is your bug out bag coming along? In addition to some essential oils, here are some items from Amazon that should be in every kit.
NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: Many DIY cleaning recipes – especially those made with vinegar – suggest the addition of peppermint oil. As essential oils go, peppermint oil is one of the least expensive. I am looking forward to giving it a try.
Now Foods Lavender Oil: One of my favorite uses for lavender oil is for scar prevention. I happened to put my hand in the oven without my beloved Ove’ Gloves and sure enough, I have a nasty scar brewing on my wrist. A couple of weeks of covering my wound with lavender oil will help with the healing and hopefully the scar will fade nicely. I love this stuff – it should be in every first aid kit.
Rothco Medium Transport Pack: What I really like about this pack is the narrow profit. As you can see in the picture, it is only as wide as my body. Sure, it sticks out a bit in back but at least I do not bump in to things. There are lots of compartments and pouches and it by far, the most comfortable pack I have ever warn.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. About $23.
Kershaw Volt II Pocket Knife: This is an alternative to the OSO Sweet but equally nice and similarly priced.
Flash Drive: I cannot over emphasize the importance of having important documents on a flash drive. Sure, the power may be out temporarily but for the nominal price and virtually no weight, it is silly not to carry all of your documents and survival reference guides on a flash drive.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version.
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. About $8 for a pack of 10.
Other specials of note include the Freeze Dried Poultry and Vegetable Combo for $114.99. The six #10 tins include Chicken A La King, Chicken Teriyaki, Noodles & Chicken, Rice & Chicken, Broccoli and Green Beans. Now that I have a good supply of bulk foods, I appreciate the convenience of ready-made meals where all you need to do is add some hot or boiling water and you are done.
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