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 was able to do some enhanced testing of my Midland GMRS/FRS radios.
The outdoor setting in Alaska was perfect for going through the Midland user manual and learning all of the features which, without some study, can be overwhelming. For the longest time, the radios have been used only for one on one communicating with the Survival Husband – no privacy or group codes, no special alert tones, and no weather reports. One of the more important functions is the NOAA weather alert function – especially since I live in a designated tsunami zone It feels good to finally know how to use this feature.
So the moral of this story? Get out your gear and use it!
I also tested a LifeStraw portable water filter and plan to post a short review later this week. Crawling on my belly to access the water in a pond was kind of fun – and the water I drank seemed pure enough.
Being without the internet for a day or two while traveling gave me time to have some simple fun in an unconnected way. I played Canasta and Rumikube – two old fashioned games that required no power and that allow the players to chat and chill out at the same time. (And by the way, I won at Canasta but had my fanny whipped in Rumikube).
But enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
The U.S. Government Has Been STEALING User Data From Major Internet Companies Without Their Permission: This has been all over the news but is worth reading since Michael Snyder has a way of putting all of the issues out in succinct bullet points. After being with only marginal internet connectivity for two weeks, I know I can, if need be, simply disconnect and be quite content. To be honest, I am not so worried about myself, but about the younger generations with so many years of Government control and surveillance ahead of them.
GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?: GMO wheat is in the news this week. As this article from NPR states, many countries are adverse to GMO anything (duh!) so this latest twist is a concern to farmers who hope to export their wheat. And then there is Washington state farmers sue Monsanto over GMO wheat.
Corn Growers Turn to Pesticides After Genetically Modified Seeds Fail: On the heels of GMO wheat, is this article about GMO seeds failing to keep the pests at bay. More specifically, pests with a new immunity have begun striking back against Monsanto’s Bt seed. So, the way I understand it, the GMO seeds that were “roundup ready” now need Roundup to survive. A win-win for Monsanto and the like?
Presence of explosive chemicals often kept secret: Secrecy and shoddy record-keeping have kept the public and emergency workers in the dark about stockpiles of explosive material such as those that caused the recent explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas.
Community and State Emergency Response & Preparedness Resources: When I am doing research, I often turn to the resources on local city, country and state websites. This page allows you to click on the map to find resources specific to your geographical area and is worthy of a bookmark.
Changes to LDS Home Storage Centers: We knew this was coming but it is now official. LDS canneries (you do not have to be LDS to go there) will be reducing the number of facilities where the packaging of dry goods can be done by individuals. On the other hand, it appears that the selection of prepackaged bulk foods may be increased so perhaps this is not so bad after all.
How to Maximize the Range of your Radios: Speaking of radios, Patrick over at The Prepper Journal posted this article last week.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
From reader “Libby “:
The basic first aid course I took a couple of years ago suggested disposable diapers for serious injury (trauma bandage) because the plastic outer lining along with duct tape and pressure works very well, especially on major injury/ blood loss where you ‘re in a situation that there is heavy bleeding.
Staunch the flow with pressure; not changing dressing, until a knowledgeable person takes over.
And from “Cheryl J”:
One of the last minute (prepping) items I would recommend is fuel for a fondue pot. It is good for cooking quite a few things and a good back up, when the power is out. Fondue pots can be found around the holidays or in second hand store and they are usually cheap!
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BACKDOOR SURVIVAL GIVEAWAYS
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THE FINAL WORD
I know that I am repeating myself when I say that not having decent internet service for two weeks was both a blessing and a curse. Surely it was a good example of how the impact of an EMP or collapse of the internet would affect the way we conduct day to day communication in today’s society.
That said, hiking and biking in Alaska with only marginal internet service was special in its own way and I returned home relaxed and ready to continue on my preparedness journey.
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: Here are some links to the items mentioned in today’s article plus a link to a two buck survival whistle from Amazon.
Midland 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radios: These are the handheld radios that I own. There are lots of good uses for the these radios. Handy while hiking, traveling, or simply keeping in touch with your partner while out shopping. They have a decent range and are waterproof – qualities that I feel are important. Plus, in addition to using the included rechargeable batteries, they can use regular AAs in a pinch.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. Very cool.
Attache Rummikub: I purchased this portable “Rummy Cube” game for our trip and was not disappointed. It is the perfect size and in spite of what the description on Amazon says, it can be played by 2 to 4 players. So fun!
Canasta Caliente: I happen to have this colorful set of Canasta cards but you can purchase a more traditional version or simply use regular playing cards. The difference is that “Canasta” cards have the points clearly marked on the cards, making scoring very easy.
Preppers Road March, BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! and The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat: These are the three books that make up the Prepper Trilogy. The Preppers Trilogy covers what happens after a solar EMP knocks the electrical grid completely out. As you read through the series, you will follow along as a displaced prepper attempts to get home from Atlanta to Montgomery and survive while making do the best he can given the dire circumstances.
SE Whistle – 5-in-1, Compass, Lanyard, And Compass: 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 a penny more.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. They are currently selling their Freeze Dried Tomatoes for $25.99, a discount of over 40% off the normal price of $43.95 for a #10 tin.
Tomatoes are good to have on-hand in your food storage for your favorite recipes. They are easy to store and rehydrate anytime you need them and are great for adding versatility to your home food supply. I use them in chili, sauces and soups.Another special this month is the Freeze-Dried Uncooked Salmon which is an amazing $20.99 per can which is 58% off the normal price of $50.95.
In the gear department, the Katadyn Vario Microfilter Water Filtration System is 26% off at $69.99. My favorite emergency radio, the Kaito Voyager is only $39.99 this month. Don’t let the picture fool you – this radio is quite compact and light weight and it works great – even in hand crank mode.
There are a lot more items on sale this month – be sure to take a peek.
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