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.
Wait a sec – no preps for me. I am on vacation and getting my fill of survival fiction (starting with Apocalypse Drift) while enjoying some fun in the sun during the day and the dance floor at night.
To make up for no preps this week, I hope you will share yours in the comments area below. Surely you did something, right?
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 85
SURVIVAL NEWS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WEB
Airsoft. It’s Not Just for Kids: Using Airsoft in Your Firearms Training: Take heed. This is an important article and has set me on a path to find some airsoft equivalents for my own stash of firearms. (Five years ago I would not have believed that I would say such a thing.)
Fewer people will take care of baby boomers: There is a lot of talk about the Social Security system running out of money but this is the first time I have seen the issue of caregivers addressed. As the article says “Baby boomers caring for friends and family have been “the cement” of long-term care in recent years.” Now the question is this: who will take care of the baby boomers? Interesting piece.
How should a senior citizen prepare for SHTF: And since we are talking about baby boomers, here is some advice that I feel is not at all age-specific.
Golden Rice: Lifesaver?: More from the GMO propaganda department?
5 Ways To Use Spent Coffee Grounds: I have written about the many uses of coffee filters but here are so good uses for those used coffee grounds. Of course we already knew about composting those spent grounds by tossing them in the garden, right?
7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You: And speaking of coffee, here are 7 reasons why coffee may be good for you.
Fifty Free Farmstead eBooks: I found this site with fifty free farmstead eBooks. Most are quite old – from the 20s, 30s and 40s – but they are tried-and-true methods of building and maintaining your small farm or homestead and include a lot of good ideas. The original documents come from historic US Department of Agriculture books and bulletins or the era.
Can anti-aging supplements help you look younger?: Some of you may have noticed that I never mention supplements on this website. There is good reason and that is because some, not all, are bogus. And anti-aging supplements? You be the judge.
30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car: This is actually a very good list.
Students Could Be Forced to Go Hungry Because of New NJ School Policy: According to a new policy in the Willingboro, NJ school district, students who don’t have enough money to pay for lunch must go hungry, and their meals are tossed in the trash! In the trash!!! Talk about stupid bureaucrats.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL READER TIPS
“Terry” shares another tip for finding and saving water not only in an emergency, but during normal times too:
We do a lot 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 conditioners 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.
You might be able to use this tip in your Fall garden but if not, be sure to save it for next Spring and Summer. “Ramona” shares another use for Dr. Bronner’s or even your own DIY liquid castile soap:
! I have been using 1T of Dr. Bronner’s liquid in a quart spray bottle to spray tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and peppers. It kills the aphids on tomatoes better than anything else I’ve tried and that includes Sevin. It will kill the worms that love to eat up my broccoli and cabbage too! It doesn’t have a residual effect so you have to spray directly on them when you see them. I carry my spray bottle with me everyday when I make my rounds through the garden!
Here is good one from “UmbrellaMan”:
Something you can add to your list of Prepping Tips.
Let your readers consider having an “empty” small fanny/waist bag in the car. If you happen to be out when something bad happens and you have to leave the car, everyone’s glove compartment always has a bunch of worthwhile items they could stuff in the bag at the last minute and take with them. Because if other cars are like mine there’s a small flashlight in there and maybe a bottle of sanitizer, pair of gloves or a map or sunglasses.
Problem might be, where do you stuff those little goodies that might come in handy? Oh, that little waist bag. Goodie!
“Alex” in Bangkok shared an idea I had not considered:
I have followed you via an assortment of sites and always enjoyed your articles. So here is something you may have covered, maybe not – but having used phosphorescent tape as well as children’s astronomical stars and moons to tag ‘edges’ & electrical switches in our apartment – and in my house in the USA long before – I recommend this as a handy, cheap,inexhaustible light source.
There is also phosphorescent paint available. Not as handy as the tape – but better for odd shapes.
And there are also phosphorescent wall plates for light switches – maybe there are plates for electrical plugs, too. It depends which brand & configuration one uses, and usually doesn’t last more than a few hours, but can be recharged with a shot from a flashlight.
Other: When I was living in France I was able to order (from the UK) little plastic tabs called trasers filed with (yes – radioactive) tritium which give off a low but steady light since I bought them 10+ years ago. They have served consistently as tags on the lanyards of things I would go for first in a total blackout. I don’t think they can be imported to the USA.
From Shelly, the Survival Husband:
Don’t discount the liquids from your canned goods. They are a valuable water source that you can use to supplement water storage or be used even if no additional water is available.
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I believe I may have mentioned this once or twice but fingers-crossed, coming in November is my new eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. I am going through the final edits and thanks to generous proofreading provided by twenty Backdoor Survival readers, I am almost done.
The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage will be available as a Kindle eBook and if I can work things out, as a PDF as well. I hope you will like it!
THE FINAL WORD
Summer was complete blur as I spent most days behind a desk at my computer. That is the bad news. The good news is that I spent a lot of time working on DIY and homesteading skills so that if I had to survive without stores where I could purchase food and supplies, I would be okay.
This week, as I am relaxing as I am surrounded by a bit a luxury, I have had time to ponder life without modern conveniences and you know what? I miss my homemade soap and my homemade food. I miss going outside to fire up the rocket stove and I miss visiting my “food storage’” in order to come up with something new for dinner. Most of all I miss my big beautiful cast iron skillet and the delicious food that comes out of it. I suppose that prepping does funny things to a person!
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, here are the some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz plus some items from the Amazon Top 10 and some whistles – just for the fun of it!
BIC Disposable Classic Lighter With Child Guard: This six pack of Bic lighters is reasonably priced but check around since these often go on sale locally. BICs just work – every time.
Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.
BaoFeng Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio: I had to look twice when I saw the price of this! 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.
2 Pack Survival Kit Can Opener, Military, P-51 Model: This device makes a great addition to any survival, fishing, hiking or camping pack. It is lightweight and robust and it just works.
FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp: Here we go with another flashlight. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses standard AA sized batteries.
Rothco Safety Orange Flat Whistle – 2 Pack These flat-style whistles are made by Rothco, a respected brand in outdoor gear.
SE 5 in 1 Survival Whistle: I have a few of these. They are a cheap but they do the job surprisingly well.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This one is my personal favorite although it is a bit more expansive.
The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. I have a monthly budget and each month I add a bit more FD products to my long term storage – always making my selection from sale items.
There are a lot new items that are put on sale each month – be sure to take a look.
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