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.
This is the week of the big ICK. Since I was solo this week (Survival Husband was down in Bellevue), I decided to test my capacity to live with myself without a shower or clean clothes. Yep, what I did is go one week without bathing or shampooing my hair. I also wore the same clothes for seven days straight.
I plan to address shoes and clothing next year when I resume prepping one month at a time, but for now, let me just say that it wasn’t all that bad. Granted, I was indoors most of the time working at my computer so I didn’t get dirty as such. My daily hikes with Tucker the dog were uneventful in that I didn’t step in any mud puddles or anything. So all in all, it was a clean experiment and was not altogether gross. You might want to give it try yourself.
There were no new supplies purchased this week although I do have my eye on two more Rothco medium transport bags. Although I have a mini-survival kit each of our vehicles, I would like to dedicate a more fully stocked kit to each so I do not have to keep moving my main kit around.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News & Articles from Around the Web
TSA claims sick girl tests positive for bomb residue: I would say that this little girls rights were abused by the TSA, wouldn’t you?
Postmortem on the Election: Kind of long but an interesting discussion of what happened in the recent election. I agree with the “need to hit rock bottom” part (item 11).
Hostess Said to Attract Bids From Wal-Mart, Kroger: For those of you that want pastries with lots of calories (for energy) and an infinite shelf-life, you may be in luck. Actually, now that I think of it, adding Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes to my long term food supply is not such a bad idea. Great for barter, too.
Home Depot Employee’s Insider Tips On Price-Matching And Discounts: Just in time for the holidays. If you purchase high ticket items at Home Depot, you have got to read this.
Biggest Social Media Sites Censor Alternative News: And this is why blogs are so popular. No censorship.
Backdoor Survival Reader Tip
From Jerry in Ozark (and a Ham Operator):
There are no GMRS / FRS radios that will work out to 36 miles – I don’t care what the box says.
If you’re lucky (and depending upon terrain), you will get 3 miles – maybe 5 miles in the desert or across water, but not 36, not 20, not 15, etc. These radios are line-of-sight and are heavily influenced by terrain. It’s all marketing hype. If they were actually tested by Midland, the tests were conducted under ideal conditions, not the conditions under which we will be using them.
BTW – I own 4 Midland GMRS / FRS radios. I use them for in-close tactical situations such as Dear Wife is in the house with a shotgun and I am outside with an AR-15 and a knife in my mouth watching for bad guys. Then they are very useful.
And the Winners Are!
I have lots of winners to report today. First of all, the winner of last Sunday’s giveaway copy of Bernie Carr’s eBook How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget is Susan B. Here is what she wrote:
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!
Next, a couple of weeks ago the subscribers to my newsletter were given an opportunity to win a copy of Ron Brown’s digital book on CD, Lanterns, Lamps and Candles. The winner is Pat from Scottsdale. Here is her “best” tip:
My suggestion is make a move to add move native foods/plants in your garden or as local food sources.
I’m in the Southwest so for me that means a more Native American, Spanish settler garden cuisine. I was amazed what I already had growing in my yard – mesquite, cactus, aloe. I took every opportunity to explore museums, libraries, seed exchanges for ideas. I added squash, beans, melons, corn to my garden. I need to add some fruit trees that do well in the desert. I now know what to look for because I’ve learned historically what does well, where I live. The trade off has been greater success in my garden, less water usage, less work maintaining plants that actually like living in the desert. I’ve located local food sources owned by people who care about their food products and community.
Everyone should looked into foods you can replenish on your own where you live. This will be unique to you and where you live.
And finally, as part of last Saturdays Book Festival and Giveaway, two readers have won a copy of the book 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life – A Guide to Surviving 2012 and Beyond (written by yours truly and George Ure).
The winners and their response to the question What do you feel is the most important item in your bug out bag? are:
Mike B. who said “Probably the bottled water!” and Thomas K who said “The most important item I believe would be my knives.”
Congratulation to all of the winners. I have contacted you by email so that you can claim your prize.
The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll
For technical reasons, I have renamed Recommended Sites to “Blogroll”. The transition of this page is still a work in progress as I am trying to make a few changes each week without getting too bogged down. And actually, at the moment it is a bit of a mess.
Still, I want to let you know that this week I added Destiny Survival to the Prepping and Survival Section. John Wesley Smith has a great site – be sure to drop in, read his stuff, and subscribe to the Destiny Survival Dispatch. You will not be disappointed.
News From our Sponsor
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What happened to the weekly/Saturday Book Festival Interview and Giveaway? Let’s just say that all along I had planned to write a piece on Bill of Rights Day, December 15th. Little did I know the significance this would have. I still have a number of interviews and book giveaways lined up but given the holidays and so much demand for people’s time and attention (think families), I am taking a short break from the book festival and will resume in a couple of weeks.
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. Also, you will find that I do quite a bit of reader interaction in real-time on Facebook.
This Week on Strategic-Living
George and I kicked things up a notch and put together an article on Fire Suppression for Preppers. I would consider this a companion to my recent article Preparing For and Surviving a Fire in Your Home. You won’t want to miss it over on Strategic-Living.
The Final Word
We all have a lot going on this time of year, not the least of which are family get-together’s, sumptuous meals, and the sharing of gifts if you are so inclined. Here in my household, we try to keep things low key and this year is no different. We plan to spend some time with relatives but other than that, just some quiet time with a good movie or a book as we lounge in front of the fire.
That is the plan, anyway.
No matter you what you have planned for the last half of December, try to keep you wits about you, don’t go in to debt as a result of gift giving and most of all, keep on prepping.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: Today I feature some of my personal picks. These are items I already own, or plan to purchase as soon as budget allows.
Rothco Medium Transport Pack You already know how much I like this pack. It is comfortable to carry, even for someone on the small side like me. Plus, it holds an incredible amount of stuff.
Howard Leight R-03318 Leightning L3 Shooter’s Premium Earmuff: Right now I just have a cheap set from Harbor Freight. Before I hit the range in January, I am getting a set of these muffs. The reviews are amazing.
Fiskars Power Grip Hand Drill: According to my Amazon reports, this hand drill is becoming a big favorite of Backdoor Survival readers. About $13 – can’t go wrong with this one.
TETON Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag: I also have my eye one of these mammoth sleeping bags. Enough room for me, Shelly (aka the Survival Husband), Tucker and our AR-15. By the way, we plan to replace our existing hollow core bedroom door with solid core door – for the same reason we keep our AR-15 and shotgun nearby.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: One of my favorites, If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I se my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. For under $20, there is no excuse not to own this survival basic. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.
Presto 16-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker/Canner: This smaller pressure canner fits nicely under an over-the-range microwave over. This is replacing the 23 quart version that was too tall for my range. Becoming a canning maven is on my 2013 to-do list.
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. (Newcomers to my website take heed: I love this knife!)
Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight: This small and super-bright light, features a high-intensity, 100,000-hour LED that will last up to eight hours on four alkaline button cell batteries which are included.
Now I know there are a lot of diehard Emergency Essentials fans out there but I also want 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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