The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 83

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 27, 2019
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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.

Do you ever feel like one of those old records that has a skip in it?  If you are over 40, surely you remember those old LPs and 45s that tended to get scratched and when they did, the same passage of music would play over and over and over again.

And so it is with most folks who take family preparedness seriously.  They are always saying “so much to do, not enough time”.  Or “once again, I have had a hectic week working on my preps and getting organized”.  So it is with me this week.  No surprises there.

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I thought you might like to take a peek at some of the preps I will be taking with me during my travels.  One new addition is the package of Thyrosafe Potassium Iodide Tabs which, given the situation in Syria, is something every traveler should carry with them.  Not that I expect anything to happen but like other types of insurance, you just never know.  (By the way, there was a lot of price gouging on potassium iodide after Fukushima but prices right now are pretty cheap.)

Missing from the photo is my roll of duct tape which is safely tucked away in my carry-on luggage.

Remember the article on bandanas that I posted a couple of weeks ago?  My order of a dozen bandanas arrived and I was quite pleased by the vibrancy of the colors and the fact that they shrunk very little after being laundered.  Pretty impressive for the price even though they are made in China.

bandanas after washing   Bandanas on Bench 403

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


‘Survivors,  Scrapers:’ Why the middle class feels like it just can’t get ahead:  After years of struggling just to make ends meet, many Americans who describe themselves as middle class say they feel like they are barely hanging on, rather than getting ahead.

An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company: The issue of firearms and the right to open carry is quite controversial.  Some states allow it and others do not.  Many businesses prohibit open carry even where it is legal.  Whether your are for or against, this article by Howard Schultz puts the onus on individuals in a very polite way and removes Starbucks employees from the role of gun cop.  I think it is very well written and worth a read.

The Modern Day Homesteader Vacation:  How does the modern day homesteader prepare for a vacation?  Let’s just say that it is not as simple as just packing up and leaving.  Now that I think about it, the same applies to a certain blogger I know.  Another good read this week.

What Happens If TSHTF While You’re Flying On A Business Trip?: Continuing the the travel theme this week is this article that urges you to have a plan in place before you leave home – just in case the worst happens.  And by the way, the suggestions apply to any trip, not just a business trip.

Natural Wound Care:  There are some good suggestions in this article for alternative remedies that can be used to replace antibiotic creams.  Most of the suggestions use common, everyday household items.

Pink Slime Back in Schools It Never Actually Left:  After the PR nightmare of “pink slime”, consumer wrath caused many fast food companies, restaurants, and grocers to drop it.  Apparently however, schools were not required required to remove this unwanted ingredient from meats using in their cafeterias.

A DIY Survival Sling Shot with Big Game Capabilities: Could you survive in the wilderness with only a sling shot as your weapon?  Todd at Survival Sherpa shares his experience along with some great photos.


In Friday’s article I asked readers to share some uncommon uses for common things.  This came in from “Serene”:

Recently took apart a clothespin and used the two pieces to make a splint for an injured finger.

Joel offered the following tip:

Speaking of a thirst for knowledge, did you know that you can take college courses for free online? MIT has allowed the use of all course materials on the web.  Here is the link explaining how it works: MIT Open CourseWare.

Curtis from Power Research Inc. answered a reader’s question regarding the use of PRI-G or PRI-D with fuel that had been previously treated. (See Secrets of Successful Fuel Storage.)

There is no issue with adding PRI to fuel that has been previously treated.  No need to continue with another product though. Just add one dose of PRI annually and your fuel will remain fresh.


The winner of the PRI-D giveaway is “Dee”.  Here is how she answered the question What provisions, if any, have you made to store fuel for the long term?”

This is something I haven’t any information. Not owning a car nor other vehicle, it hasn’t entered into my plans. Guess it would be me hoofing it along with my dog pulling his cart. At least I’d be gathering/foraging food as I went so I wouldn’t have to carry so much.

I still like knowing this info. Might give me a plus for bartering if/when it’s needed by someone. Thanks so much for this.


I just learned that Backdoor Survival sponsor LPC Survival now has an Amazon page.  This means that in addition to making purchases directly from the LPC Survival website, you can now purchase your Berkey water filters rand other items directly from  the LPC Survival Amazon Page.

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Have I announced this yet?  I think so but just in case, here is what I have been working on.  If all goes well, it will be available in early November.

As I reported on Facebook a few days ago, thanks to a reader, I learned that Backdoor Survival was #8 on this list of the Best Prepper Websites.  I am thrilled – thank you so much for coming back to visit time and again and making this happen.  Those that know me personally know that BDS is a labor of love which makes this sort of recognition all the more special.

Today, by the way, is the third anniversary of the Backdoor Survival domain name.  I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone by.


As Tom Bell said in the Homesteader Vacation article:

It does not matter how you vacation just do it. There may come a time where society falls apart and we never get to leave the homestead. Time away is a good time to reboot your own system and get your thoughts and priorities in order. If you keep your vacation simple it will improve your skills and clear your mind. Most of all ENJOY yourself!

And so I will.  My house-sitters are in place and my bags are almost packed.  I have a lot of great new articles ready to go and some great new books to read while I put my feet up and try to relax.

Have a great week, everyone.  And remember, until, next time, 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, here are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus a some of the items shown in my travel survival kit.

Getting Home: Getting Home by Alex Smith is only 99 cents through Tuesday.  His book Staying Home is also only 99 cents. These books have been very popular with Backdoor Survival readers.  My favorite of the two is definitely “Getting Home”.

12 Color Pack Bandana – Assorted ColorsSurvival Friday: How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day Backdoor Survival:  This is the #1 seller in the banana category.  Heck, I think that beats Wal-Mart and flea market pricing.  I just ordered some!

PRI-G and PRI-D Combo Pack: This PRI-G and PRI-D combo pack is currently being offered with free shipping. PRI-D Fuel Stabilizer for dieselSecrets of Successful Fuel Storage Backdoor Survival Secrets of Successful Fuel Storage Backdoor Survivaland PRI Fuel Stabilizer for gasolineSecrets of Successful Fuel Storage Backdoor Survival are also available for purchase separately.

iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets:  These were backordered for weeks and highly inflated price-wise after Fukushima.  Be sure to get a package for each family member.  The way these tabs work is that they fill the thyroid gland with potassium iodide, thus reducing the chance that harmful radioactive iodine will enter and cause sickness or cancer.  For my travel survival kit, I purchased Thyrosafe Potassium Iodide Tabs.

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.  I also have some wrapped around my whistle.

SE 5 in 1 Survival Whistle:  I have a few of these.  They are a cheap but they do the job surprisingly well.  Just be sure to remove the cheap cord and replace it with some real paracord.

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

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.

Will Forage For Soup: Gourmet Soup From Wild Greens:  If you are interested in foraging, this handy 34-page book gets right to the point and provides you with tools you need to understand how to cook soup, particularly soup with wild greens.

EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS Mountain House SUPER SALE! 40-50% off all cans!

This month Emergency Essentials is having a huge sale on Mountain House Products. The selection is huge.  Not only that, for a limited time shipping is free on all orders of $150 or more.

Note: Do not be discouraged if some of your MH favorites are on backorder (mine were).  Emergency Essentials will still honor the price and ship your products to you as soon as they are back in stock.  As an example, the items I order on the 3rd arrived shipped this week.

One of my personal favorites is the Mountain House Chili Mac (shown below) which is 40% off at $15.89 for a #10 tin.  And for a snack or dessert, the Mountain House Ice Cream Sandwiches are one of the Survival Husband’s favorites.  I am more of a fruit person myself.

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This is by far one of the best sales I have seen on Mountain House.  The only problem I am having is deciding how to spend my $100 Emergency Essentials budget this month!

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One Response to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 83”

  1. Gaye; I got my bandanas too…..guess I should wash them, then put them away. I didn’t think of that. They are just in a storage container still wrapped in celaphane.
    Also I was looking at some your past articles. I came across ” Let’s Cook Some Beans” I printed out the chart….Thank you. Right now, I use my crock pot to make beans but if bad comes to worse, I’m armed with info., to cook without power. I do like beans, by the way; any kind.


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