The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 71



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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.

As you can see in the picture below, I transplanted my window-sill romaine to a pot on my deck.  Although there were a few little roots at the bottom of the stub, I gave my little plant a boost with some rooting hormone.  Fingers crossed that I will get a free head of lettuce out of this.

I would not call this heavy duty gardening but still, my hands and especially my nails got pretty dirty.  As luck would have it, earlier this week I made up a test batch of DIY Peppermint Hand Cleaner.

Oh, I am such a tease – sorry, no recipe today.  This version is with sugar and I want to make another version with salt before sharing the perfect hand cleaner with you.  I will say this, the Survival Husband said that after using this my hands were as soft as a baby’s bum.  Now I think that is a compliment.

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I just had to show you the box that my order of two bottles of essential oils came in.  Now is this a ridiculous waste of resources or what?  I have not tried my new orange essential oil yet and and the lavender?  Well, let’s just say that I already had two bottles and forgot so now I have another extra.  The least I can do is write up another “Miracles of . . . “ post, right?

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If I seem a bit giddy this week it is because I have been hard at work on the new web site design which should go live on Wednesday barring any last minute glitches.  The way I handle photos is changing a bit and I am not quite sure how all of that will work out.  But for today, let me simply introduce you to the new “Sunday Survival Buzz” graphic.  I hope you like it!

I do have one bit of seriousness.  We are beefing up our home security this week in response to a perceived threat from a reader (former reader?) of Backdoor Survival.  I already have a number of wireless flood lights (you know those Dorcy’s I love so much) and my outdoor lighting is hooked up to my solar panels with a timer.  My neighbors are being advised to help keep an eye on things and I am adding even more lighting.  And for now, that is all that I am going to say about that.

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


DoD Blocks Millions of Computers From Viewing Alternative News:  I can not say that this comes as a surprise.  Heck, even my friend George Ure has had his Urban Survival site blacklisted from many corporate and government locations.

19 Surveys Which Prove That A Large Chunk Of The Population Is Made Up Of Totally Clueless Sheeple:  Here is #1:

One survey found that 56 percent of Americans believe that it is okay for the government to track “the telephone records of millions of Americans” in order to keep us safe.  Apparently those people have never heard of the Fourth Amendment.

How to Build Your Own Cheap, Simple Solar Oven: This article is in response to a reader request.  If you have experience building your own solar oven and would like to share, please let me know.

Solar Flare Posed Huge Threat:  A solar flare could wipe out the communications and electrical grids while frying a wide variety of electronics, quickly sending us back to the 19th Century.  This is not a scare tactic; it could happen.

You have 36 Hours to Keep Your Family Safe: What do you do?:  Have you answered this for yourself?  Even if you have thought through your strategy and even if you have performed a drill or two, this is something that should bubble to the top of your consciousness every few months so that your plan stays fresh.

What My Chihuahua Can Teach Us About Prepping: This post from fellow blogger M.D. Creekmore is a good one.  Now why didn’t I think of that?


A little over a month ago, I reviewed The Amazing SunVolt Power Station.  Afterward, a number of readers sent me emails asking if the SunVolt would power a laptop computer.  (The answer is no.)

Well this week, Don Cayelli, the CEO of the Gomadic Corp. (the company that makes the SunVolt) informed me that they have  continued to work on this product over the past year and have listened to user feedback.  The most frequent request they had, no surprisingly, was support for charging laptops.

Long story short, they released a Kickstarter campaign for the SunStash and as of this moment, it has been fully funded.  According to Don:

The SunStash merges the charging power of the SunVolt’s solar system with a high capacity lithium polymer power pack which is capable of dispensing power to everything from gadgets to laptops.  The product has tested really well and we wanted to put it out to the Kickstarter community to measure the level of interest before taking it to the next step.

Knowing that this type of solar product is clearly of great interest to our prepping community, he would really appreciate Backdoor Survival reader comments and feedback on the SunStash concept.  If you have a few minutes, would you please take a look at the SunStash and send your comments to Gaye at Backdoor Survival dot com (or in the comments area below).


From “Bill” in response to Learn to Love Worms with Vermicomposting.

I have a worm farm and love to see the benefits of vermicomposting shared.

One thing I would suggest is provide some air holes along the top edge and/or lid and in the bottom for airflow. A tight fitting lid and plastic cover would probably cut off all the air for the worms. Another option, if the worm bed is protected from rain/critters, leave the lid off at least some of the time. The more oxygen the better. You can keep a light on over the bed and the worms will stay put.

And from “Carol”:

I’ve emailed you a few times and I always appreciate your timely response.

I’m reading a really good book – so much better than the other “apocalyptic fiction” that’s out there. I haven’t seen it on your list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. My non-prepping sister turned me onto it because it scared the heck out of her!

The book is “CyberStorm” by Matthew Mather.  Only a dollar eBook!

Thanks for the tip, Carol.  I always appreciate a first hand recommendation from my readers.


I am thrilled to welcome Disaster Survival Solutions as one of our newest sponsors.

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Don had this message to pass on to Backdoor Survival readers:

At Disaster Survival we understand our customer’s needs. Our main goal has been to offer a vast selection of products to help bring all those in need to a high level of readiness that will help them cope with most any crisis that may befall them. Growing concerns with homeland security along with the heightened awareness of emergency preparedness for natural and man-made disasters has both public and private sectors searching for our service and the many essential items we offer.

We offer many unique items thus, fulfilling the needs of International, Federal, State Agencies, School Districts, Nation-Wide, Fortune 500 Companies and Non-Profit Organizations, which have come to rely on us to supply them with the right products and services to compliment their needs. We have helped many to prepare and we can help you also!

Service to Customers: We will provide quality products in a timely manner at fair prices, all fulfilled through a professional staff dedicated to customer satisfaction.

Readiness: We maintain a high level of inventory, remain at a high level of order fulfillment readiness, ship promptly, and constantly expand our product offering to further enhance customer expectation.

Note from Gaye:  All shipping is FREE at Disaster Survival Solutions.  And you know how I like free!

In addition, this week I am welcoming as a new sponsor.

Jacob at SurvivalBased wants to let you know that SurvivalBased was created to be the premier location for all your emergency preparation needs. In a message to Backdoor Survival Readers he said:

Our mission is to offer quality products, as well as to share practical and useful survival tips, tactics, tools and technologies.

Our goal is to help people be more than ready for any emergency situation—from the hardcore prepper to the family on a budget. In addition to great products every day, we offer daily deals, tips and advice from emergency preparedness and survival experts, and a social network to connect with other preparedness-minded people just like you. Visitors to SurvivalBased will not only find all their supplies, but also a wealth of knowledge—like wilderness survival tips, product reviews and even emergency financial advice.

Visitors to Survival Based are invited to order a free, double serving of our flavorful southwest white bean chili. Please visit us here to receive your free sample today.

Note from Gaye:  More free stuff – I like that too!

I have one more bit of Sponsor news this week.  Tom at Camping Survival has informed me that they are having their biggest Mountain House sale ever starting on July 1 and running until July 7th.  They just received a huge order so that they are ready for the sale and the products could not be any fresher!

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As with all of my sponsors, please pay them 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.


Todd over at Prepper Website is now offering email updates that include direct links to the articles he puts up each day on his website.  This is a HUGE timesaver. He is using the same mail list service that I do so I know that subscriber information will be secure.

Anyway, I thought I would pass this on.  Click here to sign up for the Prepper Website Newsletter.


Friday night we had the most amazing sunset here on San Juan Island.  I am so blessed to live here even though the cost of living is high and the winters are dark and dreary.

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A view from my front porch at sunset

I think we all need to reflect, from time to time, on the good in our lives and the world around us.  Sometimes, with prepping, we go into 24/7 worry mode and for sure, nothing good can come of that.

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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In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

Bargain Bin: Every once in awhile, I like to share a list of the most popular items purchased by Backdoor Survival on Amazon during the previous month.  I am very late in getting the May list out to you, but here goes – better late than never – and in no particular order.  Is there something here that interests you?

Maximal Power FC999 Universal Rapid Charger for Alkaline, RAM, Ni-MH & Ni-CD Batteries

Coleman PefectFlow 1-Burner Stove

Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite

Mr. Heater Propane One Pound Tank Refill Adapter

Propane Tank Refill Adapter (EZ Coupler)

Hot Max 24172 Single Flint Striker with 5 Replacement Flints

Mag-Torch Propane Pencil Flame Burner Torch

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets

SABRE RED Police Strength Pepper Spray

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)

Simple Sourdough: Make Your Own Starter Without Store-Bought Yeast

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

We all know that we should store what we eat and eat what we store.  In my own household, that means that we try to cook from our food storage pantry – not only the dried foods and canned goods that I have purchased from the grocery or Costco, but more esoteric items such as freeze-dried fruits and vegetables.

If you are long on intent but short on imagination, go to the Food Storage Recipes page of Emergency Essentials for lots of creative (and free) ideas for using the good you have on hand.

Fruit Combo

I eat a lot of fruit (usually three whole fruits a night as a bedtime snack) and in a SHTF situation, fruits will be something I will really miss. The Freeze-Dried Fruit Favorites Combo from Emergency Essentials is something I use all year round. With the grocery store a 20 mile round trip journey, I like the thought of being able to rehydrate my own fruit, in the quantity I want, at a moments notice.

The selection includes Apple Dices, Bananas, Peaches, Pineapple Dices, Blueberries and Strawberries.

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9 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 71”

  1. i got one of those whistles–not bad. the whistle is pretty loud, the compass is accurate and the seal is tight. and, of course, the price is right!
    i’ll be praying for your safety.

    • Thank you! My guard is very up and I have lot of eyeballs in the community watching out for me.

  2. It’s perverse, but you’ve made the big time when you have to protect yourself from threats. Do stay safe.

    • Thanks, John. I am investing in a Taser plus all of my neighbors have been alerted.

  3. I purchased the whistles through your site. I knew these would be cheap but they were better than expected, made of a thick enough plastic not to crack easily, I even stepped on one to be sure. The chamber is large enough for me to store some homemade sealed straw tubes of cotton balls covered with petroleum jelly, a some straw tubes of bleach, some straw tubes holding two matches each, a cut in half emory board as a match striker and some tubes of high energy drink liquid. I found the fire strike stick small but adequate to get a spark to start the PJ cotton for a fire (I did not melt my tube when tested as another poster on Amazon did), But it will not last long, and if that did not work I have the matches. The bleach would help to disinfect water even if a fire could not be made to boil water and energy mix to help hydrate and replenish lost nutrients/electrolytes. I use clear straws so it is easy to know what is in which straw. The chamber stayed dry when I tested it closed tight with a piece of tissue inside and placed in a tub of water. I agree that the string is not high quality but the string opening is large enough to replace it with a section of paracord, which I suggest that you do. These will be going to 4 of our grown children along with a few other items for them to start their own 72 home kits come Christmas.

    • Thanks for sharing some good feedback on the whistles. I have a few of these myself in addition to my better quality, made in the USA, Storm Whistles.

      Now I have a question for you. What are homemade sealed straw tubes? Guess I need to Google . .


    • Home made straw tubes are when you use plastic straws filled with something and then heat sealed with a lighter or other heat source to make them air and water tight.

      I first used these years ago for girl scouts and hiking and started up again with prepping. Most store bought straws are fairly narrow so I like restaurant style or larger straws for prepping. Wendy’s straws are great because they are wide enough for many things and are clear. Colored straws can be helpful for organization. Here is a link to the large kind I mean. //

      I use to seal spices, salt, pepper, garlic powder, sugar, etc to use hiking. Also I sealed pills in them inside a pill bottle just for the number of days I needed or for extra types I might need like Imodium.

      Now I seal fire starters (petroleum jelly/cotton ball), 2-3 matches with strike strip, ointment medications (you must fill before you seal each end), even my own power drink mixes. I seal mini kits like fishing kits, with hooks, 1 weight, ear plug bobber, cut card stock wrapped with 9 foot of invisible thread or fishing line.

      When the kids use to buy those huge pixie sticks, those can be reused as well. Just use a thin point permanent marker to write what is in side on solid color straws.

    • That is a very cool idea, Linda. I would imagine that 1/2 a straw could be filled and used to store condiments for DIY MREs. Thanks for the explanation.

  4. As for long term food storage, i can just about everything i can get, pears, cherries, beef, sausage, just about anything will can. If my grandparents could survive the depression, there is no reason i cant! tips on canning in hot weather start from cool water it is much easier than trying to start hot. Plus a camp chef outdoor grill is about the easiest way with 2 burners you can load 1 canner start the fire then load the next 1 and start that, then just watch for the boiling to start, start your timer and away we go! If i can do this anybody can! after 80 jars of tomatoes, 150 lbs of canned beef, 12 jars of pears, this getting fun! plus a vacuum packer isnt a bad option either as i take whatever i need out , batteries, maps, matches, and vacuum pack em cause they will last a very long time without oxygen. plus you might want to look into a woodfired cook stove i did, its been the best investment. You got heat, a place to cook bake, and make coffee all for about 1400. If you need to bake outdoors look into campchef,s oven it cannot be beat! keep on top of what you need cause we are sure gonna need it see ya on the other side and god bless


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