The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 42

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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.

Sometimes I take my own advice and take a break from prepping.  This was one of those weeks.  I had a lot of writing to do – both for my weekly piece on the San Juan Islander as well as my monthly article for the Absolute Rights Newsletter, so I let most everything else go.  And every once in awhile, you should too!

The one thing I did do – you just knew I could not be a 100% slacker – is mix up some additional test concoctions for DIY cleaning products.  After reading some of those really bad DIY cleaning e-books on Amazon (sorry, but I am glad they were free or I would have demanded a refund), I just know that I need to compile all of my recipes and post them here for you.  Again, for free.

DIY Cleaning Supplies

Okay, enough about me.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

Before I start, I should mention that I do get a bit frustrated in that by the time Sunday rolls around, many of the articles that I have found are either old news or already plastered all over the internet on other prepping and survival sites.  For that reason, I seek out articles that may have a different twist, may have to do with consumer issues, or that simply represent darn good information.

Okay, enough about that.  There are a lot of worthwhile articles this week so here we do.

Diabetic Survival in a SHTF Scenario:  This is something I do not see addressed too often online.    The article starts with “Type 1 diabetics don’t have to count themselves dead when the SHTF if they follow a few prepping tips” and goes on from there.  So if this applies to you are someone in your family, take note.

DIY Fire Starter Wafers:  This is something I want to try – looks interesting, looks easy, and the end result is useful.  You can purchase these cotton makeup-remover pads at your local Walmart, warehouse club, drugstore or Amazon.

A Smartphone Bill under $50? Red Tape readers reveal their cell secrets:  If you covet a smart phone but can not stomach the costs (or you want to reduce your costs), you just might pick up a tip or two from this article.  In the recent radio show I did on Destiny Survival Radio, I came down hard on smart phone users and probably offended a lot of people.  (And to set the record straight, I do want to apologize for that.)

On the other hand, I know of some people that are on the verge of losing their homes yet spend over $300 a month on their phones.  Craziness.

LEGO Finds Spare Discontinued Set So Boy Who Saved Up For 2 Years Wouldn’t Be Disappointed:  This one is from the “it just warms your heart” department.  If you read nothing else today, read this one.

Procedures for Sudden Cardiac Arrest:  This is very valuable information to know ~ especially if you encounter someone who has had sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a short video and may help you save a life including instructions for using one of those new, automatic heart restart machines (AED) that are now available in many locations.  (There is one available in my neighborhood.)

Knowing the procedures for sudden cardiac arrest doesn’t help you, but let’s hope that someone near you knows what to do if it happens.

Backdoor Survival Reader Tips

Need a Faraday cage? This tip came in via email (sender anonymous by choice):Cage_de_Faraday

My husband is the world’s best scrounger.  He was going by a 1920 textile mill that was being torn down.  He noticed a steel freight elevator.

He asked if they wanted to get rid of it.  They said “It’s yours if you can move it today”.  So our walk out basement (aka the bunker) now has a 12’x20′ faraday cage.  Hubby welded steel strips around the seams just to be sure it was tight and of course everything was already in metal bins and trunks.

Isn’t it amazing what a little scrounging and creativity can do?

And here is one from “George” in Washington State:

Here’s a cheap alternative method for a shade for oil lamps, use disposable aluminum  pie forms (tins), cut a hole out of the center of one so that it can go over the chimney yet it still can rest on the glass of the chimney. For a wall reflector use a disposable turkey roasting pan.

And yet another from “Nelson”.  This one has to do with the sooty pots that are a result of cooking outdoors over an open flame such as with a rocket stove:

Coating the bottom and sides of your pots with liquid dish soap will decrease the clean-up. The soot will come off easier.

The last one for today is from “John”:

As a professional blacksmith, I get burned a lot … ok daily. I’ve tried everything, aloe this and that and a host of other products.

What I have found that truly works is, Bag Balm. This product was originally formulated and marketed to dairy farmers to put on cows teats that get rubbed raw from the milking machines. You can get it at most pharmacies, however, you can usually get it at your local feed store cheaper. It comes in a little green tin. It works great for burns, abrasions and superficial cuts. Give it a shot. I swear that you’ll swear by it as well.

Welcome Back to Our Newest Sponsor

After a short break, JM Bullion has re-joined the Backdoor Survival family of sponsors.  The wonderful companies that advertise on this website allow me to continue to purchase supplies and gear for testing and allow me to cover my costs for hosting a secure, malware free website.

JM Bullion would  like to welcome my readers with the following message:

We are staunch believers that precious metals are far superior stores of value than paper fiat currency and look forward to earning your business and helping you protect your wealth from currency debasement and inflation.

Feel free to call us at 800-276-6508 to learn more about our company and products – you will never deal with telephone prompts or hold times, as we personally answer all phone calls immediately.

I do not say this enough: each and every sponsor is wonderful in their own way and I greatly appreciate their support.  Please visits their websites and if you are in need of something they offer, consider a small (or large) purchase.

Other Announcements

Free on Amazon:  For those of you that choose not be be on Facebook and did not see this notice, I want to alert you that between now and Wednesday, John Wesley Smith from Destiny Survival Radio is offering one of his e-books for free: Prepping With Your Family. Coming from John, I just know this is good plus, the price is right.

Speaking of Facebook: I am on a tear to reach 2,000 likes.  If you are Facebook savvy, please consider going to my Backdoor Survival page and issuing a “Like”.  Your reward will be lots of timely links to new articles as well as links to free e-books or special deals from around the net.

Special Book Giveaway:  Did you read my review a few days ago of Bernie Carr’s eBook How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget?  Here is the review:  Preparing for An Emergency with Limited Space and a Limited Budget but, if you made it this far you also have an opportunity to win a copy for free.

All you need to do is leave a comment below.  A tip, a suggestion, a recipe, you name it.  I will select a random winner next Saturday.

The Final Word

Grinch_sand_sculptureI don’t know about you, but this holiday season I am being bombarded with emails from companies trying to sell me stuff.  Not only am I getting email from trusted sources but also the amount of spam has doubled.  I hate to be a Grinch, but I for one, will be glad when this gifting season is over.

But in the meantime, if you do plan to shop for gifts, I hope you will consider starting your shopping experience with one of the links here on Backdoor Survival.  Remember, you don’t need to purchase the item I have suggested, anything you purchase will result in a small commission to me or a sale to one of my sponsors.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bargain Bin: Let’s start with a couple of items from today’s article.

Swisspers Cotton Squares:  These are square, not round, but will still work great for your DIY fire starter wafers. 

Bag Balm® Skin Ointment, 10oz Tin:   This stuff is really inexpensive and may be found at local feed stores for even less.  Here is the official description:

Bag Balm® has been the farmer’s choice for treating tough chapped skin and minor abrasions since 1899. No one sees more cracked dry skin than a farmer. Safe for both people and pets, Bag Balm® works to soften tough cracked skin while protecting it from further damage. Simply massage into the skin allowing ointment to remain on the surface for full softening effect. The petrolatum lanolin base is similar in texture to petroleum jelly and contains 8-hydroxyquinoline – a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. Easy to apply, Bag Balm® stays put to provide relief and a temporary waterproof barrier.  For treating dry skin and minor abrasions, there is nothing like the original Bag Balm®.

Holiday Gift Ideas: With the holidays coming up, budgets are stressed to the limit. Something to consider as a sneaky prepper gift for the non-prepper in your life is the Backdoor Survival Portable Pocket Kit. Heck, for as little a $5, you can purchase a single item in the kit or for about $50, you can put the whole thing together yourself. Something to think about, anyway.

Other ideas?  Check out the items in the article Survival Gear Checklist – 15 Items to Get You Started dwhich is an outstanding value for $119.99 with free shipping.

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.

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.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person.

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.

2 Person BivvyOne of my readers pointed out that Emergency Essentials currently has a two person “Bivvy” on sale of $18.99. Now being an ex-city girl, I had to go to Wikipedia to figure out what a “Bivvy” or Bivouac was. In the briefest of terms:

A bivvy sack is a thin waterproof fabric shell that is designed to slip over a sleeping bag, providing an additional 5 to 10 °C of insulation and forming an effective barrier against wind chill and rain.

Anyway, I though that was cool and for $19, not a bad thing to have on hand. To find this,you will need to enter the keyword “Bivvy” into the Emergency Essentials search box but it is there, on sale this month along with a number of other items.

Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also Legacy Foodswant to ask you to consider Legacy food products.

Not only are they 100% GMO free, but they are lower in sodium, have fewer artificial ingredients and just taste good. More on that later – just wanted to give you a heads up and a link if you want to give them a try.

Oh, and by the way, shipping is always 100% free. One of my favorites is the Legacy Foods “Beans & Rice Enchilada” meal. Soooo good.

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4 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 42”

  1. I’ve mentioned this tip before, but will do so again: if you are a perfectionist (like me), don’t keep reading and reading and reading without doing! You may not have developed the perfect prep plans yet, but take a step anyway!

  2. Thanks for your website. I just found it through “Before It’s News.” I’ve already shared with friends and family from your site. I’ll be seeing you…I see some links below I need to read.

    Merry Christmas to all!

    • Welcome, Vicky! I hope I live up to your expectations 🙂

  3. Using the cotton squares and the bag balm together makes an excellent accelerant for making fires with your magnesium stick. The bag balm helps to keep the cotton burning so you can move it to a larger fire source – backyard grill. I start the fire in an area where the wind is the lightest and carry it in an empty coconut shell to the grill


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