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 spent some time in the kitchen using freeze dried foods as part of my daily meal plan, such as it was. Two winners emerged: potato salad using FD potato cubes and Sangria using FD strawberries and pineapple. While these were both a big hit on the 4th of July, less successful were meals made with FD chopped chicken. Just not my thing, I guess. My all time favorite FD meat, by the way, is still ground beef.
I have two new goodies that arrived, an All American Sun Oven and an Excalibur food dehydrator. I am very excited about these two new additions to my backyard kitchen. Now I need to find the time to open the boxes and start using them!
Okay, enough about my preps. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
6 Reasons Why YOU Won’t Survive The Coming Collapse: Okay, maybe not you specifically but we all have been guilty of one or more of these reasons.
Chinese Student Flunks Crucial Exam for Daring to Write This Essay on Injustice: Here is a snip of this article. It was written by a Chinese student (in China) but it could have been written, well, here is the USA. A hat tip to the Survival Husband for finding this one.
Justice? I’ve always wanted to live a just life; in a society where everyone’s equal, where the law reigns supreme, where the city management don’t beat the rabble, where school principals don’t check into hotel rooms with their students, where doctors focus on treating their patients. But I was born into this society, breathing highly polluted air, eating food that could kill you at any time, watching the director of some state tobacco bureau accumulating millions. I want to ask, do you see justice?
Emergency Preparedness Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: If you or someone you know is deaf or has a hearing disability, you will appreciate this great list of resources shared by Momwithaprep.
A Tour of 400 Square Feet: Have you every wondered what it would be like to live is a small – really small – home. Check this out for inspiration. Living small can be living large!
Archery vs. firearms for SHTF weapons: Are you considering using archery as a backup SHTF weapons system? Read this and the bow and arrow may become your primary line of defense.
Survival Gear: 5 Ways To Use A Space Blanket (Besides Keeping Warm): You know how I love my Mylar blankets. They are easy to stow in a pocket and down right cheap (less than $7 for 10). Here are some cool uses
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
If you have poison ivy in your area, you will appreciate this reader tip from “Lisa”.
I just finished reading your DIY laundry soap. I saw that you use Fels Naptha to pre treat.
Another wonderful use for Fels Naptha soap is to neutralize poison ivy oils. I am highly allergic to poison ivy. So much so that if it is a very hot dry summer (for some reason it makes the oils more concentrated) I don’t have to even touch it to break out in a rash.
If you suspect you have been exposed make a rich lather with the Fels Naptha soap, wet skin and apply lather. Let it stand on skin for 5-7 minutes and rinse well. I have not had steroid shots or packs since my discovery. Clothes exposed to oil will need to be washed with it as well. The oils can stay active for a year. I have 50 bars in my stockpile and plan to get more.
I hope this helps. I am a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure!
If you are going to be away for awhile and want to know if the power went out while you were gone, try this tip from “Mark”.
Another tip along with freezing jugs with water to place in the freezer, I fill a 2 liter bottle about 1/3 full. Freeze it upright, then lay it on its side. If you come home from vacation, and the water is frozen at the bottom (Sideways) in the bottle then the power was off long enough that the food may have spoiled.
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My friend and fellow blogger, David Nash, has a Kickstarter campaign that just started up. He is planning to write a book about using “ferrocement” to build a dome home. He thinks a a 16 foot diameter dome home’s shell can be made of ferrocement for under $500 – putting it well within the reach of almost anyone in America. If you are interested in reading about his project – and it is interesting – see Ferrocement for Sustainable Living – A Guide for Building.
Come Party with Me!
Archer Garrett, author of The Western Front Trilogy, has just started up the Sentinel, a daily publication of news and entertainment for the freedom-minded. Think Drudge Report, but for a slightly different demographic. It’s a daily aggregation of the latest stories from over 2 dozen sites.
Yes, the three winners have been selected but I am still waiting for one to check in before making a formal announcement. Going forward, winners of the Backdoor Survival giveaways will have 72 hours to check in. After that, a backup winner will be selected. Hopefully I will be able to announce all three winners later in the week.
THE FINAL WORD
In closing today, I want to address my habit of saying “later in the week”. I need to stop doing that because for reasons that are often beyond my control, sometimes things drag out. I do apologize.
The roll-out of the new site design was delayed by a week for technical reasons but if all goes right, it will happen late Monday night. I am hesitant to make any predictions as to how it will all turn out but I have been working with a great team that wants everything to be as perfect as I want them to be. So if things are flaky for a day or two, please be patient. The results will be worth it. I promise.
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 a few of the items mentioned in today’s article plus some items to help you out if the grid is down.
All American Sun Oven: Mine is brand new, still in the box. What can I say? For the past 28 years, SUN OVENS have been widely used around the world in more than 126 countries and have become the world’s most well-respected solar cooking appliance. I can not wait to try it!
Excalibur Food Dehydrator: More than one reader suggested that I go with the Excalibur so that is what I did. First up will be some dehydrated broccoli. And yes, this was a splurge but it will last for years. Plus, it should run off of my HF solar panels. I hope so, anyway.
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. About $7 for 10.
Ambient Weather Emergency Solar Hand Crank Radio: This is becoming a popular choice with Backdoor Survival readers. This unit is a Digital AM/FM NOAA Weather Alert Radio and a powerful 3 LED flashlight, with smart charger, all in one portable package.
AA and AAA Solar Battery Charger: Another popular item. This unit will charge up to 2 pairs of AA or 1 pair of AAA batteries via USB or solar power.
EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove: Burning twigs and pinecones, this stove will cook a big pot of rice in under 20 minutes. The stove is solidly built and will burn charcoal as well. There is also a version that only burns biomass for slightly less money.
Coleman Rugged Battery Powered Lantern: This sturdy Coleman has a runtime of up to 28 hours on the low setting and 18 hours on the high setting but does require D cell batteries. Personally, I have both a battery operated and propane lantern. Of course by now you know that I like redundancy with my preps.
Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite: Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these (so far) and feel that these lights are worth double the price.
Chemical Lighting aka Light Sticks: These are inexpensive, portable and easy to use. These come in a number of colors so take your pick.
Although I like to make my own oil candles, I keep of these Clear Mist 100 Hour Plus Emergency Candles on hand as well. This month they are sale for $3.99 each.
In the gear department, the Venture 6 Tool is on sale for $12.99. This versatile all-in-one tool is compact and converts to a shovel, a saw, a hammer, or a hatchet. It is 35% off this month.
There are a lot more items on sale this month – be sure to take a look.
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