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 week I continued to sort through and organize the many (hundreds, actually) of prepping, survival and homesteading e-books I have downloaded for free from the Amazon website. I do not own a Kindle but am able to download these books to my “Kindle for PC” and “Kindle for iPad” apps. This has been a great way to build a reference library.
In the gear department, I found a great deal on a 5 in 1 survival whistle for less than $2.00 with free shipping. It is very similar to the one I am holding below. As I am writing this, the price is $1.69 but just in case the price goes up, I am including a link to another similar whistle that is slightly more at $1.80.
Here are the links: SE Whistle – 5-in-1, Compass, Lanyard, And Compass and SE 5 in 1 Survival Whistle.
As part of my continuing research into healing herbs and essential oils, I got serious about using coconut oil and have been using it for a variety of non-cooking purposes. My goal is to either endorse or refute some of claims that I have read about especially relating to skin care.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
5 Reasons You Might Fail As A Survivalist (aka Prepper): This is a good read from my friend M.D. Creekmore at the Survivalist Blog.
Are We Entering The Worst Period For Natural Disasters In U.S. History?: I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that have suffered as a result of this week’s massive tornado in Oklahoma. As much as we do our best to prepare, sometimes stuff happens and we are still caught in the throes of a disaster – with nothing left after the fact. Still, we need to continue to the best we can in the hope that we will never be forced to use our preps or out Bug Out Bags.
Consumers warned about fake Oklahoma charities: And speaking of the Oklahoma storm, sadly, we must be alert so that we are not duped by fake charities.
Portland Residents Just Say No To Fluoride In Their Drinking Water: The mayor of Portland, Ore. is throwing in the towel in the fight to put fluoride in the city’s drinking water. He was a fan of the plan, but the fluoride proposal ultimately failed. The voters prevailed, saying that fluoride is a chemical that could ruin the city’s pure water supply, and that it violates people’s rights to consent to medication.
Top 5 worst “chemically altered” foods to avoid: For many of us, a 100% organic food idea is out of reach financially. On the other hand, most of us can afford to avoid at least two or three products on this list if not all of them.
Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform: The days of Big Brother may be here already, thanks to a provision in the immigration reform measure being considered in the Senate, Wired magazine reports.
ORGANIZING YOUR KINDLE E-BOOKS
Quite a few readers have asked me how I was able to categorize my e-books. Here is how I do it.
On my PC, I create collections within the app to sort my kindle books into “libraries” by categories that I define. There is no organization feature like this on the iPad so everything is somewhat of a mess making it difficult to locate books on my Apple device.
Keep in mind that all of the books you have already downloaded to your Kindle or other device can also be downloaded at not charge to another device – such as a laptop or PC.
Sorry, I don’t know how or if you can do this on the Kindle itself.
I hope this helps and inspires some of you to better organize your reference materials and e-books. And by the way, remember that 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.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
From reader “Ken”:
I loved the information you had for propane. The biggest problem is what to do after your propane is gone..because of that I am in the process of building a gassifier and a reverse gassifier to turn waste plastic back to fuel..easy to build and and easy to operate takes up two square feet of space.
Here is a YouTube video: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=693rN1HffP0
In cased you missed them, here are the two articles on propane for preppers:
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THE FINAL WORD
This week I finalized my plans to spend some time hiking and biking in Alaska. I am very excited to get some outdoor R&R away from my regular venue.
As summer approaches, I hope you too will think about planning an outdoor activity that will not only be fun, but will help you hone skills will be useful if you are forced to evacuate your home following a disaster.
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: There are many basic supplies in a survival kit that are inexpensive. Below you will find a list of some of these items. Most are less than $20 and many are less than $10. Take a look – do you have these items set aside for an emergency? (And don’t forget about that 5 in 1 Survival Whistle!)
SE Whistle 5-in-1, Compass, Lanyard, & Compass: The description says it all. A great deal at under $2.00 with free shipping. Also, check your prices. Sometimes this one is less money: SE 5 in 1 Survival Whistle.
Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claims that these work great. So I bought one and it works great! There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.
Emergency Shelter Tent: The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up and is roomy enough for two people. Less than $10.
Emergency Sleeping Bag: Another low cost item designed to keep you warm in an emergency situation.
Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord: You can get 100 feet of Paracord for about $8. This is a real bargain but be aware that price can vary substantially depending on the color. Also, I wrote a very popular article – 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival – be sure to check it out.
Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.
UCO Stormproof Matches, twin pack (50 matches): This is another one of those items most people forget about. Each match burns for about 15 seconds even if it is windy, rainy, or cold.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.
For May, all of their Mountain House Pouches are on sale as is their Freeze Dried Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese for $34.99, discounted from $40.95. (And you know how I love my cheese! Great on those homemade pizzas or even as a snack right out of the can – yummy!) Whole egg powder is also on sale at 27% off..
Another special to consider is the Kelly Kettle® Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Combo for $109.99, discounted from $132.92.
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