The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 44

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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.

Last week I mentioned that I have been working on my cleaning concoctions.  There was more of the same this week.This was DIY soft soap week.

I made a second batch of my “Dirt Cheap Soft Soap” just to prove that my success the first time around was not a fluke (it wasn’t).  This time I took lots of picture so that I could do a decent show and tell for you.  I also made up another batch of my DIY Laundry Soap which is proving to be a real winner.

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One thing I am learning as I hone my DIY skills is that it is not only thrifty but it is a lot of fun, too.  Yes, there have been failures but over all I have extremely satisfied with the results.

I know I am behind in writing up my little recipes but as with everything, I am working on it!  In the meantime, in case you missed it, here is last month’s article with the recipe for laundry soap: The No Mess No Fuss Method of Making DIY Laundry Detergent.

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

Survival News & Articles from Around the Web

2012’s Wild Weather Passes 2011 Billion-Dollar Disaster Record:  A look back at the weather of  2012 including a photo essay.  And people wonder why we prepare.

Free Download – Canning Foods:  From the University of Tennessee, a useful brochure on canning fruits, vegetables, pickles, and jellies.

Corporations Masquerading as Government:  This concept has been around for awhile and I still have a bit of fog understanding what it means.  It is worth taking a look at the imbedded video (very short) that talks about the United Sates as a corporation.  Say what?

Most Unhealthy Ingredients: 10 Of The Worst Ingredients Found In Food:A gentle reminder that we need to be aware of the hidden nasties in our food.  This applies to food that is purchased for long-term storage as well. If you are planning a purchase from any of the major companies, their websites will give a complete list of ingredients in each item.  And if not?  Move on.

Genetically modified ‘frankenfish’ to appear in US stores:  For some reason I want to focus on food this week.  Here is the cliff notes version of the article:

The fish, a hybrid of the Pacific Chinook salmon and a ray-finned creature called the eelpout, is engineered to grow twice as normal as traditional salmon. Once the frankenfish is approved for good, AquaBounty will be able to offer meatier fish able to feed more people.

Bill Freese, a science policy analyst with the Center for Food Safety, told Women’s Health Magazine recently that while the FDA obviously has regulations the fish will have to pass, that process is “totally unlike” how the FDA goes about approving drugs.  According to Freese, “a very lax regulatory system” could lead to dire results.

“This is a radical new technology. We need very good, careful, close regulation, and we just don’t have that. We can’t be assured of the safety of any of these genetically engineered organisms,” he said.

The article goes on to talk about how the company will go broke if the frankenfish does not get FDA approval.  Makes you wonder whose pockets are being lined this time around.

Happy Holiday!

Even the most diehard Bah Humbug-er will enjoy this.

Backdoor Survival Reader Tip

From Matt in response to 27 Items Every Prepper Should Carry While Traveling:

I’ve added a couple of N95 masks to my travel kit. Seems like chaos always brings airborne debris/smoke/dust. Goggles not a bad idea either.

News From our Sponsor

The second phase of prepping and self-reliance is learning to how to do as much as you can yourself.  As I mentioned at the start today, I have jumped upon the DIY (do-it-yourself) bandwagon in a big way.  You might even say that DIY has become “Gaye’s new little hobby.”

DIYHangingGutterGardenThumb-100x100The Berkey Guy Blog has been featuring a series of DIY articles on a variety of topics.  One that I took note of on my Facebook page this week was on a DIY Hanging Gutter Garden.  Who would of thought that the experts on water would be sharing this sort of thing.

As with all of my sponsors, please pay LPC Survival and the Berkey Guy Blog a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.

Other Announcements

Amazon has posted my “Editorial Review” for the book Urban Preppers with Kids, Pets & Parents: Disaster Survival for the Family.  I am honored to be chosen for this prime spot and hope it will bring more readers into the Backdoor Survival fold.

I review a lot of books about prepping and Urban Preppers ranks up with the best. It presents problems and solutions in a low-key, upbeat manner. The material is highly readable with a bit of wit and humor to keep it interesting. Geared toward the beginner and intermediate prepper, as you read you are going to say to yourself, “I had not thought about that”. We have all faced a crisis of some sort in our lives. Instead of freaking out, it is best to prepare along the way. Gaye Levy,

And speaking of the reader fold, I hate to say it but internet traffic ratings mean a lot to every blogger.  I am not immune.  There is a mystery around the ratings process but one thing that helps are click-throughs from the Alexa toolbar.  What this means is that a site that may be marginal may become highly rated because users have this toolbar widget installed.  Not altogether fair, but true.

So, if you want to give it a try, I have a created a nifty little toolbar gadget customized for Backdoor Survival.  Once installed, click on the little Backdoor Survival logo and you are taken to this site.

You can download it here and hey, if it is not your thing, just delete it.

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The Final Word

Because you are reading this, it is safe to acknowledge that the end of the world did not occur on on Friday, December 21st.  What does that say about doomsday?  Don’t know and don’t care.

I have never had the doomsday mentality and instead have quietly (okay, not so quietly) prepared for the unexpected as best as I can.  I do this because if something bad happens, I do not want and cannot afford disruption in my life.  To further that thought, I refuse to live in fear of what may or may not happen.

As I say here over and over again, there is a certain sense of calm in knowing I have everything I need to be self-sufficient.  And so I continue to soldier on, adding to my preps and learning new skills so that I can continue to take of myself.  Take heed and follow along.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bug Out BagBargain Bin:  For the benefit of the Backdoor Survival newbies, here are some foundation items for your bug-out-bag.  Sure, you still need to add food, water, first aid,  personal care items and a whole lot more.  But these basics will get you started.

Rothco Medium Transport Pack: What I really like about this pack is the narrow profile.  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 worn.

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.

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.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!  Or, if you prefer, a paracord lanyard or keychain.

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.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials:  For December, Emergency Essentials has a special sale on Freeze-Dried Chicken Breast Dices. The price is $27.99 which is 34% off the regular price of $42.95. Other specials include these favorites:

Red Feather Butter – $6.49
Shortening Powder – $3.79
Cinnamon Apple Slices – $6.49
Gamma Seal Lids – $6.49 (great to use with those free buckets, right?)

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 from Preparewise. 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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