The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 80

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Updated Dec 22, 2013 (Orig - Sep 1, 2013)

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.

Our local UPS driver must think I have a love affair with Amazon since a number of boxes showed up this week.  In reality, even though I may sometimes (but not always) have to pay more to order online, when I factor a 20 mile round trip into town and a gallon or more of gas, I actually come out ahead.  Plus, the way I shop is that I will typically add things in my shopping cart and wait for the price to hit a sweet spot.

This happened last week with the additional Eveready 6 Volt Lanterns I wanted. Online they are normally about $9 but they popped up for $4.97 each with free shipping.  I grabbed four of them.  I also put the deal up on my Facebook page so hopefully some you caught the deal as well.

The same thing happened with the crossbow that the Survival Husband had on his bucket list.  It had been sitting in my shopping cart hovering between $150 and $160 for a couple of months when bam – there is was at $136 so I grabbed it.

Crossbow Kit 009

Speaking of the crossbow, from what I could tell by the mumbling going on downstairs while he was putting it together, you need to have some pretty decent mechanical skills to figure out the directions to put it together.  Also, it has a 175 pound pull and is definitely more than I can handle so keep that in mind if you are considering adding a crossbow to your preps.  That said, I think it could easily take down a deer or a two legged predator quite easily.

Crossbow 012a

We still need to set up a target and put the crossbow through its paces so that we (probably Shelly) can write up a review.

I have been trying to become better educated about the real life experience of people that lived through the Great Depression as well as the Dust Bowl in the 30s. Last week I finished watching The Dust Bowl which is available from free via Amazon Prime and Netflix streaming.  I had never read the John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and must have been sleeping through this part of American history when I was in school.  It is my belief that we can learn from the past and to me, this is a must see film.

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


Low Level Radiation: Deadly … Or Harmless?:  The sub-title to this article is “Cutting through the Misinformation”.  Judge for yourself and then read the following article.

Is Fukushima Radiation Contaminating Tuna, Salmon and Herring On the West Coast of North America?:  In my own household, we have had a very serious discussion about whether we should continue to consume seafood from the Pacific.  I gave up tuna after Fukushima (although I still have a dozen or so cans that were purchased before then) but am still eating salmon and local Dungeness crab.  I know the day is coming when I will stop.  Probably sooner rather than later.

Starbucks Fires Employee on Food Stamps for Eating a Sandwich from the Garbage: It seems to me that if something is in the garbage and you are hungry and willing to eat it, the coast should be clear.  I have a lot of compassion for the working poor – those with jobs that pay too little to both pay the bills and eat.

Living Well: 15 Secrets to Dutch Oven Cooking: This is an excellent article on cooking outdoors using a Dutch oven.

Underground Yellow Jacket Nest: Here is a tip for eradicating an underground yellow jacket nest. Once again, blue Dawn dish soap to the rescue.  Who would have thought it?

If You Could Make More Money By Going On Welfare Instead Of Working, Would You Do It?: The problem is not you and I, but everyone else.  Shelly told me that he met a woman last week who had found a job making abut $10 an hour.  When she reported to DHS that she was now employed, they actually told her to quit because she would make more money on welfare.  So she did.

Bulletproof Products for Urban Survival: A hat tip to reader “Jan” for this one.

A Note of Courtesy for Prep Bloggers and Preppers who Read Them: Bravo to Todd at Prepper Website for writing this.  I have been the victim of others taking a credit for my work and of others trying to make money off of my work without giving me proper attribution.  I allow other sites to freely share my articles and simply ask for a link back to my own website in return.  Most credible authors do the same.  Beware of the copy-bloggers that cut and paste and fail to give credit to the original author.

Boost Your Memory With This Sweet and Refreshing Treat: Here is a hint for you – I love an occasional pomegranate martini.  There. I said it.

Americans Would Rather Get a Root Canal or a Colonoscopy than Launch War Against Syria: There are plenty of articles in the headlines today to give you your fill regarding public opinion both for and against a war with Syria (aka WWIII) but this headline caught my eye.


I love receiving tips from readers.  This one came in from “Nat”:

Living in Texas, during this drought, I heard an excellent idea to conserve water. While taking your shower, place a 5-gallon bucket (readily available at any home improvement store) in the tub with you, right by the drain. As you shower, some of the water will end up in the bucket, instead of going down the drain.

Now use that recycled water to water your plants! Pretty much a poor man’s gray water system.

And then there was this from “BJ” – more or an experience to learn from than a tip:

Recently I checked out my husband’s BOB before he went on a trip.  It had been thrown in the back of his truck (his truck has a cover on the back) all summer.  What a mess!  When I opened it, it was smelly, and everything was covered in a dark brown slim.  Because our summer has been in the mid-90’s (Louisiana), a can of Spam had leaked or exploded.  A few items double sealed in Ziploc bags were saved, mostly matches and a bar of soap, but everything else, along with the BOB had to be tossed.  Anything metal was rusted.

I am glad he didn’t get on the road and need a bottle of water or a band aid. A lot of time and energy went into stocking our BOBs.  Now, I will have to review our supplies and divide them into two bags for each car and truck.  One to stay in the vehicles containing anything that the heat/cold won’t damage.  We will have to keep two others, with food, by our door to move in and out each time we drive.  I think this is going to be a major problem to remember to grab this second bag, especially for my husband.  But we will certainly need it the one time we forget or decide we aren’t going far and won’t need it.

Also, we keep our prepping secret and have found a perfect way to hide our BOBs in plain sight.  We are on the interstate highways often.  We just call them “interstate bags” as in, if we get behind a car wreck we will have a snack and some water.  We do not let anyone see what else we keep in them.  Matter of fact, several people have started carrying snacks and water in their cars.  Here a wreck on the interstates over our swamps can keep traffic stopped for hours.

Also, just a warning to everyone.  Usually our vehicles are locked at night.  But this weekend was busy and we forgot.  Someone went through them looking for money.  Nothing else was taken, but I had recently considered having copies of all our family documents hidden in the truck and car.  If either had been stolen, it would have given the thieves all the information needed to steal our identity.

And last (for today), there is this from Kimberly:

After the big quake in Coalinga some years back people found they could not get into their garages to get to emergency supplies. My aunt solved this problem, (after they rebuilt) by hanging an ax and a shovel on the outside wall of the house under the eaves.


On Wednesday, August 28th, Backdoor Survival surpassed 2 million page views.  I can hardly believe it and want to issue a huge shout out and THANK YOU to you, my loyal readers.

I want you to know that I plan to continue to do this for as long as I can. Lately I have been on a writing frenzy plus, in addition to more prepping articles, I have been working on a number of new DIY projects.  In addition I have been negotiating for some fabulous fall and winter giveaways.  (And by the way, my giveaways are exclusive to my readers.)

So thanks again – you are appreciated.


As I mentioned above, these days I have been on a writing frenzy.  The hidden agenda is that I am getting ahead, article-wise, so that I can go on a short vacation later in the month.  Once again I will be running away from the internet for a couple of weeks with only marginal connectivity.  I plan to kick back, read some of that great survival fiction that has been piling up on my nightstand and dance the nights away with my very own Survival Husband.

When I get back my new eBook should be ready to launch on Amazon along with more tips, tools and preps for your reading pleasure.

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: For your discernment, hear are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus a a few new items just added to the Amazon Top 10.

Eveready 3-LED 6Volt Floating Lantern (battery included): If you plan on building 1 2000 hour flashlight, this is the base lantern/flashlight that you will need.The Sunday Survival Buzz   Volume 79   Backdoor Survival The Sunday Survival Buzz   Volume 79   Backdoor Survival

Arrow Precision Inferno Fury Crossbow Kit (175-Pounds): This crossbow kit provides everything you need in a lightweight package–and is also a great starter kit for beginners who are looking for a fully equipped package at affordable price. It includes the Recurve Crossbow that provides 175 pounds of draw weight for an impressive velocity of 235 feet per second.  Also include is a 3-dot multi range red dot scope, a quick detach quiver with four arrows and a shoulder sling.

The Dust Bowl: This four hour series chronicles the decade-long drought during the 1930s. Menacing black blizzards killed farmers’ crops and livestock, threatened the lives of their children, and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else. Vivid interviews with more than two dozen survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. This is a must see.

Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove:  I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute.  But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility.  Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.

Kershaw All Black Scallion Folding Pocket Knife:  Kershaw’s Scallion is a great knife for Every Day Carry (EDC).  The blade is built of high-carbon 420HC stainless steel for good edge retention and excellent corrosion resistance. It includes a secure liner lock to keep the blade securely in place until the user closes it and a Tip Lock to keep the blade stored in the handle. Made in the USA.

FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight.  At the time of this writing, this one is only $3.80 with free shipping.  It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, it uses standard AA sized batteries.

Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Combo Cooker, 10.25-inch:  It’s a deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch oven, and the lid converts to a shallow skillet or griddle. This versatile piece of cast iron cookware allows the preparation of almost any recipe. Great for kitchen and outdoor cooking. Includes a 3 quart deep skillet / Dutch oven base, and 10.25 inch shallow skillet / griddle / lid. Preseason and ready to use.

BaoFeng Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this – $37.50 as of this writing!  The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 – 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported.

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more.

Emergency Essential Order Jul 2013_03

One of the sale items this month is the Super Supply of Freeze-Dried Vegetables. This is a selection of assorted vegetables – a total of 18 #10 cans for $229.99.  At 41%, this is one of the better values out there for freeze-dried veggies.

Another great item this month is the Military Spec Lensatic Compass for $11.99. This unit has a front window with magnification that allows for precise sighting as you are looking at your target at the same time you are looking at your compass bearing.

These are just two of the items on sale this month at Emergency Essentials.

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Updated Dec 22, 2013
Published Sep 1, 2013

3 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 80”

  1. 2 comments coming up….. i got the crossbow set and put it together. it is really great and works quite well for what i need it for and thats for protection, i got my wife the wrist rocket bow and arrow set for her to use. living here in texas as your one reader said we have been in drought conditions for a few years, we do alot of water saving things around the house but one of the better one,s we do is putting a 5 gallon bucket under our air condishioners to catch the water dripping out of them. we run 3 units and i have to empty them every other day on our garden and other plants.

  2. your note on welfare,while interesting,is very misleading.I know there is no “standard” for welfare or food stamps from state to state.My experience here in Arizona is this.Unemployment pays 250 every 2 weeks,maximum.Food stamps are 210 a month,maximum.Thats 710 a month,with no kids or disability.I currently am underemployed,as I used to make 24 an hour,now 8 an hour,and still bring home 1100 a month……still not enough to party,but it pays the bills.

  3. Re: BJ’s issue, I once read a blog from a post Katrina survivor (sorry I don’t have the link handy :^( ), and picked up a good tip for document portability – I took all our “stuff”, licenses, permits, ins cards, SS# cards, certifications, birth certificates, etc, – anything that you would need to prove your ID and work ability/history and the like, scanned them into image files and copied them to an encrypted file on a USB thumb drive. You can get them cheaply now, keep it on your key chain (if you don’t lose them) or in a BOB, so you have them whenever you need them. Hope this helps….


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