The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 73

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Jun 26, 2019 (Orig - Jul 14, 2013)



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Sunday Survival Buzz - Backdoor Survival 200 pxWelcome 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.

I did not have a lot of extra time this week – none to be exact.  But the Survival Husband did so he unpacked my new food dehydrator and made up a batch of broccoli.  It was easy!

It took 12 hours to dehydrate 4 pounds of broccoli.  Not having done this before, I was amazed at how much the broccoli was reduced in size.  What you see below is the entire four pounds, before and after.  Isn’t that amazing?

The dehydrator is an Excalibur and it came with a really nice book of instructions – so you can bet that I am going to try different things on an experimental basis so that when the summer harvest comes in, we are good to go!

broccoli from dehydrator_1 (Custom) broccoli from dehydrator_2 (Custom) broccoli (Custom)

I also received my order from Emergency Essentials this week.  Lots of good stuff including some freeze dried ice cream and one of my favorite oil lights.

Emergency Candle

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


39 Ways to Live A Beautiful Life: If you only read one thing today, make it this.  Afterward, go out and enjoy your Sunday.  And really live.

Supreme Court asked to stop NSA telephone surveillance:  We will all be keeping a close watch on this one although my guess is that it will go nowhere.

The art of haggling: What have you got to lose?: I personally hate to haggle but I have learned how to do it and have saved a lot of money having done it.  Consumer Reports surveyed 2,000 shoppers and found that 89 percent of those who’d haggled for a better deal in the last few years did save money at least once.

Military dumps $34M into Afghanistan HQ that US forces won’t use:  Just think how far $34M would go to support better healthcare services for our veterans and their families.

Temporary jobs becoming a permanent fixture in US: From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants.  Clearly, that means fewer workers with benefits, vacation time, retirement plans and job security.

Backyard chickens dumped at shelters when hipsters can’t cope, critics say:  I also read that this is quite prevalent in Seattle, were a modest amount of urban farming is allowed.  Shelter workers are screening folks coming in to make sure the newly adopted chickens are not be adopted solely to be put on the Sunday dinner table.

Radiation Levels Skyrocket at Fukushima: To quote: “And then there are the spent fuel pools, which continue to be one of the main threats to Japan, the United States … and all of humanity.”


This tip from Prasad came in as a comment to the article Nine Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden.

Turmeric is an excellent anti-septic and it stores really well for a very long time. I was brought up in India and my family were averse to using antibiotics for small injuries like cuts and scrapes. A small pinch of turmeric on an open wound = coagulation and anti-septic.

Turmeric+milk is also good for a cough. 2 large pieces of turmeric wrapped in a dry cloth can stay fresh for months.


Backdoor Survival sponsor Disaster Survival Solutions is selling a pocket sized version of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States for only $2.99 with free shipping.  It also includes the Bill of Rights and all of the amendments.

In addition, the folks as Solo Stove have just announced their larger Titan stove.  This new larger sized stove is geared towards emergency prep, car campers and larger group (3-4 person) cooking. They are also now shipping a 3 pot companion set designed specifically for use with Solo Stoves – and especially the larger Titan.


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This has been a crazy busy week as I have pulled a few all-nighters while working out the bugaboos in the new site design.  There is still some work to do – especially on the mobile version – but the feedback so far has been wonderful.

Thank you so much for your patience as I continue to make for a better reader experience!  I believe the Backdoor Survival readers are the best.

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: Everyone needs a portable pocket survival kit. Here are links to the items in my own Portable Pocket Survival Kit.pocket survival kit_2

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife:  This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.

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.

Paracord Survival Bracelet:  Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person!

Windstorm Safety Whistle:  This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.

Swedish Firesteel:  Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version. (The red one has free shipping – so color does matter.)

Pepper Spray:  It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets:  These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet.  You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

Emergency Essential Order Jul 2013_03This month all Mountain House cans are 25% off with some at 29% off.  I For my own food storage, I ordered the Mountain House Chili Mac at $18.97 for a #10 tin.  In addition, I ordered some Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Slices, Buttermilk Biscuit Mix and spouting seeds.  Truth be told, I have never tried FD ice cream so this is going to be interesting.

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.

There are a lot more items on sale this month – be sure to take a look.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Survival Life is offering my readers a business card sized survival tool for free.  The only hitch is that you must pay $2.95 in shipping charges.  This is a good deal that to the best of my knowledge has only been offered in the past to Survival Life newsletter subscribers.

survivalbusinesscard-uses-large Following along with the numbers in the diagram, here is what the tool includes:

1.  Can Opener
2.  Knife Edge
3.  Slotted/Flathead Screwdriver
4.  Ruler
5.  Bottle Cap Opener
6.  4 Position Wrench
7.  Wing-nut Wrench
8.  Saw Blade
9.  Direction Ancillary Indicator
10. 2 Position Wrench
11. Keychain Hole

This tiny but powerful survival tool is no bigger than a business card and fits right in your wallet.  Now why wouldn’t you want one of these?

Here is a link were you can get it:  Free Survival Business Card & Multi-Tool.  (You can also click on the image above.)



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Updated Jun 26, 2019
Published Jul 14, 2013

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4 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 73”

  1. Very cool with the dehydrated broccoli! I can’t believe how much less room that stuff takes up. I like that windstorm safety whistle – I have one myself and like many survival items, there is no substitute when one is needed. Thanks! Billy

  2. I like the bew website layout. I knew tgere were lots of benefits with
    turmeric, but didnt know about its coagulant affects. you can also subsitute turmeric for saffron, not quite same taste but will do.

  3. Thank you very much for the roundup. If you don’t have a dehydrator but would like to make dried goods, you can always make one yourself by assembling some fans and putting them in the sun. Look it up, works well.

  4. what brand of turmeric do you use. I am confused as to what brand is the most natural


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