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.
Most of my preps this week centered around sorting my freebie Kindle e-books into categories. Some of the categories I set up are gardening, essential oils, cooking, food preservation and home healing. It was really quite easy to do this on my free Kindle APP for PC. I have amassed a collection of over 200 e-books – all free – so organizing them will make them a lot easier to access.
By the way, I try to put up one free e-book a day over on my Facebook page. I don’t put them here on the website because they are often only available for a day or two.
In the gear department, I ordered another paracord lanyard and one of the over the door shoe hangers I wrote about in 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper. I have not hung it up yet but from what I can tell, I should be able to get 3 cans of food in each of the 24 slots.
Last but not least, I roped the Survival Husband into building a 1000-hour flashlight for me from an off-the-shelf lantern style flashlight we purchased at Home Depot.
I have to give the credit to my friend Ron Brown who has been experimenting with the concept of a 1000 hour flashlight for a couple of months now. Between us we are testing out the process so we can put it out in a simple little e-book for you. It is a good thing I turned it over to Shelly (t.s.h.) because he found a couple of little bug-a-boos that needed to be fixed. Enough of a tease – more about this in about a month when the test flashlight dims to nothing.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
More Americans Committing Suicide than During the Great Depression: There are a lot of credible statistics that tell us that things are not going as well as the Washington rat-finks would like us to believe. Suicide rates are tied to the economy and the economy stinks.
Venezuela is running out of toilet paper: First it was food and now it is toilet paper. Which begs the question: how much TP do you have stored for SHTF? I have been saving old t-shirts as a backup but for now, my best guess is that I have at least a year’s supply hidden away.
It’s the End of the World but We’ll Be Fine: It’s the end of the world as we know it, but the futurists feel fine. A new book explores the history of mass extinctions and how the human species can survive the next one. But will we survive?
Tyranny Raises its Ugly Head Again – But Preppers ARE the Target: There are been rumors of the LDS canneries discontinuing the practice allowing folks to can their bulk goods on the premises. We should know within a month of two whether this is true.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
Dandelion season is here. Reader “Brinda” has a great tip for a DIY non-toxic weed killer. The best part is that it is safe to use in yards with pets & children.
1/2 gallon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 tbs. salt
1/2 tsp. Dawn liquid dish soap
Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray weeds thoroughly. The cost for 1/2 gallon is around $6.40. It works better than Round Up (bad bad bad) and kills weeds on 1st application. The Dawn dish soap strips the weed of its protective oils so the vinegar can work with deadly force. Safe to use in a yard used by pets.
THE BACKDOOR SURVIVAL BLOGROLL
This week there is a new addition in the Prepping New Portal section of the Backdoor Survival Blogroll. Check out a new guy on the block: Prepping Blogs.
NEWS FROM OUR SPONSOR
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Let’s talk for a moment about giveaways.
First of all, I want to let you know that the winner of the Camping Survival giveaway will be announced on Thursday. The lucky winner will receive a Rothco Medium Transport Pack filled with paracord. My thanks to Tom at Camping Survival for sponsoring this giveaway.
Between now and the end of the May, I am collecting giveaway entries for Ron Foster’s “The Prepper Trilogy”. To enter, go here: Backdoor Survival Book Festival: Ron Foster and The Prepper Trilogy Revisited. Ron is giving away two complete sets of three books – this is not to be missed.
Then coming up is a giveaway of some FREE FOOD sponsored by Theodore at Mother Earth Products and three LifeStraw water filters sponsored by the folks at EarthEasy.com. All of this is in addition to the Summer Book festival starting up on May 25th with 17 authors and books lined up for your Summer survival reading pleasure.
Whew! That is a lot of giveaways and I will be trying out some new methods of gathering up the entries so that the process is easier for all of us.
THE FINAL WORD
Another busy week has passed with another one coming up. I am trying to map out a week of hiking and biking in Alaska and with luck, that will happen in June.
I mention this because it is important to remind you that we all need to do more than just prep. We need to get out there and enjoy life a bit too. Do something for fun and for at least a few hours, shake away the stress of pending chaos and economic unrest. Take a breath, and keep going forward.
Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: For your consideration today are some of the items mentioned in todays Sunday Survival Buzz.
Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer/Storage Rack: Think about using your closet doors for storing canned goods or even empty soda/pop bottles filled with rice, beans or grains. This one is less than $14 although I ordered this one made of cloth for slightly more Natural Linen Soft Storage Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw is the award-winning personal water filter, designed to provide you with safe, clean drinking water in any situation. The ideal water filter for hiking & camping, travel, emergency preparedness & survival, the LifeStraw makes contaminated or suspect water safe to drink.
Black Paracord Lanyard: I cannot get enough of these paracord lanyards. I now have one in black, gray and yellow. I like to stash a lanyard and storm whistle in all of my packs so they are handy when I head out for a walk or a hike.
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.
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.
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