The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 93

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jun 27, 2019

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.

Have you seen the movie On the Beach?  I could not find a copy of the original, 1959 version, but our library had a the version that aired as a mini-series in Australia in 2000.  I don’t know if I did myself any favors watching this but with everything going on nuclear-wise in the world, it was quite chilling.  Suicide kits?  I leave it up to you to watch the movie or read the original novel.  (And by the way, I have since found the original version of the movie on YouTube.

on the beach movie

Food storage wise, I purchased a large – okay huge – bag of M&Ms to seal in mason jars as comfort food if and when I need it.  I do have a two-legged varmint in my household that tends to get into these types of things so just thinking out loud, I may need to get a second or third bag.

In addition to the M&Ms, I purchased 10 additional pounds of oats.  Coupled with instant powdered milk and freeze-dried fruit, oatmeal makes a satisfying meal anytime of the day and is quite thrifty as well.  And then, for Thanksgiving, I made stuffing using croutons and ingredients from food storage (FD onions, celery, dried apples, and chicken broth).  There was no chopping or clean-up involved.  I love cooking from food storage!

This week my Amazon prepping haul consisted of some additional pump dispenser bottles for my homemade toiletries and some cobalt blue glass roller balls for my essential oil concoctions.  (More about  that later this week.)

Okay, enough about me except to let you know that I am back to about 95% normal following my little medical procedure.  Thank you for all of your good wishes.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


Urban decay to be replaced with farmland in Detroit:  A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City’s East End — property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood — and turning it into what is being billed as the world’s largest urban farm.  Hantz Woodlands plans to start by planting trees, but hopes to raise crops and even livestock in the future, right in the midst of the once-proud city.

Cancer Patient Who Says Obamacare Canceled His Health Insurance Now Says He’s Being Audited by the IRS:  Coincidence?  These days, you just never know.

City Orders Bar to Remove Sign That Says ‘Thank a Veteran for Your Freedom!’:  The sign has been there for over 30 years so what is the problem?

How to Reduce Your Risk of Radiation from Fukushima:  This is superb article and something we should all print out and keep – especially those of us on the west coast of the United States and Canada.  I am not someone who takes supplements but this is giving me pause to re-think my supplementation strategy.

Insider Reveals Who Really Paid the Bill When Wal-Mart Gave Away Unlimited EBT Access:  According to one employee (who has spoken on the condition of anonymity) it is the hourly employees who have paid these bills.  Within days of the spree, Wal-Mart employees, who make minimum wage or just over, were sent home early. Schedules were revised, hours were cut, and shifts were cancelled.

Ohio Man Endures Every Legal Gun Owner’s Nightmare After Calling Police to Report a Shooting: An Ohio man will finally get his legally-owned pistol back nine months after police confiscated it following his controversial arrest in February. He was never convicted of any crimes and his arrest occurred after he called police to report a potential crime in progress.

Don’t sabotage your wallet this holiday:  Here are some of the excuses people use to over-spend during the holiday season.  I especially liked this one:

But… if I don’t buy something expensive, so-and-so will think I don’t love him. “Unfortunately, some people do equate love with the price tag of the gift,” says Leahy. The best way to approach this is to discuss what gifts mean — and what they don’t mean. (You can also have that person read the dictionary definition of “materialism” out loud.)

5 most uplifting stories of the week:  Sometimes we all need a feel-good story.  These are good.


From Erin:

We had to evacuate last month because of bushfires. We had notice so I worked out 5 minute, 15 minute and 30 minute evacuation lists. I have made sure previously what the kids were to do if there was a house fire, so the 5 minute was well known. We all have emergency kits that I store out the back of the house so that if there is a fire, we can still get out and get them. Even with all that preparation, it was still a stressful time.

One thing I need to add to my kits is Rescue Remedy – a Bach Flower preparation. No matter how prepared you think you are, there will always be something else needed.

We can all learn from this.  I did.  More specifically. thinking through in advance various timed evacuation scenarios is an excellent idea.  Having a 5 minute, 15 minute, 30 minute and even a 60 minute plan is great and is something I am going to work on for Shelly, Tucker and myself.  You should too.

And by the way, I had never heard of Rescue Remedy.  According to Wikipedia:

Bach flower remedies, also known by the popular name of “Rescue remedy”, are extreme dilutions of flower material developed by Edward Bach, an English homeopath, in the 1930s. Bach believed that dew found on flower petals retain healing properties of that plant. The remedies are intended primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress.


Helen has one a copy of Home Remedies by Alex Smith.  Here is how she answered the question What is your all-time favorite home remedy?

“I use hydrogen peroxide after I brush my teeth, and it keeps my gums healthy and slowly whitens my teeth. Also use HP to clean my counter tops. Love herbal tea, honey and lemon for sore throat.”

And the winner of the Royal Berkey?  I am still going through the entries and weeding out the cheaters (and there were some).  I will announce the winner next Sunday but in the meantime, I have a new giveaway starting Thursday.  The next giveaway is for a Tactical Traveler Emergency Kit from BDS Sponsor, Ready To Go Survival.

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The Tactical Traveler


Click below to learn about the free Kindle Reading App from Amazon.  Like I say, no Kindle, no problem!


Matt at SHTF Preparedness (he shares a lot of my articles – always with my permission) sent me some of this End of the World scented soaps.  He has them made by a company in his local community and they are really pretty cool.  As the back of the package says, “tested on dudes, no animals”.

SHTF Soaps

I especially liked the Survival scent – it smells like fresh pine trees.  The main ingredient is coconut oil so this is the good stuff.  Also, just so you know, I have no financial interest in promoting these soaps, just helping a friend get the word out.


Can you believe that it is already December?  I know that I can’t.  That said, I always like the new year because it gives me an opportunity to set some new goals and to exchange what I don’t like about my life with something better.  One thing is for sure:  in 2014, my prepping activities are going to focus heavily on learning to make stuff from basic ingredients that I can stock in advance.  Of course I will share my experiences along the way.

What about you – what did you do to prep this week?  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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Free or Almost Free:  At the time of this writing, this eBook is free.  I downloaded it a few weeks ago and at the 99 cent regular cost, it will make a good edition to your prepping library.Survival Guide for Beginners

Survival Guide for Beginners


Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are of some items mentioned today as well as some personal and BDS reader favorites and items from the current Amazon Top 10 and the Backdoor Survival Holiday Gift Guide.

On the Beach (the Novel):  In most cases, books are always better than the movie.  The DVDs are too expensive to recommend but the original novel by Nevil Shute is available for a reasonable price.  I am anxious to read it although my fascination with the aftermath of a nuclear was is a bit disconcerting.

Rescue Remedy :  I plan to check this out.  According to the description, Rescue Remedy contains five of the 38 Bach Flower Essences: Rock Rose for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Clematis for inattentiveness, Star of Bethlehem for shock and Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts.

Survivor Outdoor Fixed Blade Knife with Fire Starter:  This knife measures 7 inch long overall, has a full-tang stainless steel blade, is equipped with thick green cord-wrap handle, and has a nylon sheath plus a magnesium-alloy fire starter.  How does it work?  This is not a Kershaw, Gerber or other high quality blade.  On the other hand, the fire starter works great (better than great) and is worth the price entire set.

Morakniv Craftline Q Allround Fixed Blade Utility Knife: Also known as the Mora 511, this is now my favorite knife.  It is made of Swedish steel and is super sharp.

SE BT20 9-Volt Battery Tester: I do not know anyone that is sorry they purchased or gifted an inexpensive battery tester.  Mine sits in my desk drawer and is used 3 or 4 times a week.

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Leatherman Wave Multi-tool: I did an informal poll on Facebook and asked fans to weigh in on their favorite multi-tool.  The number one pick was the Leatherman Wave followed by the Wingman and the Supertool 300.  Over 120 of you offered your opinion and ultimately, I chose the Wave for myself.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils: The “Health and Wellness Kit” comes packaged in a tin and includes a brochure with suggested uses for each of the oils. It includes all of my favorites, including Lemon, Frankincense, Oregano, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Rosemary, Lavender, Amend (Soothing Blend), Respire (Respiratory Blend), Shield (Protective Blend), and Peppermint.  Use the code  “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.

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Emergency Essentials Potty

Every family should have at least one Tote-able Toilet.  I have priced purchasing the bucket and toilet seat lid separately and found that it was more economical to pick up this kit.  I have filled my portable potty with sanitation supplies plus, of course, plenty of TP.

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I also recommend the Mobile Washer. This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub.


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32 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 93”

  1. On the Beach was anti-nuke propaganda film. I sure the mini-series was even worst.

    A full scale nuclear war will never do what they say in that movie. and no nuclear winter either.

    Read Nuclear War Survival Skills and learn the truth.

  2. Back in the 70’s as uninformed as I was I thought nuclear power was just downright wrong. I changed my mind for years and turns out my initial thought was what I should have stayed with. With the few nuclear accidents we have had, and the worst one still unfolding at Fukashima, it’s stupid we get our power from them. Our earth can be a very violent place. Anything we build can be decimated in minutes.

  3. What did I do for prepping this week? Sometimes I don’t feel I did much, but this week I inventoried my “hygiene supplies” and found we have plenty of toothpaste and soaps, not so much in the deoderant dept. Guess what’s next on my list? 🙂

    Also have picked up some new books on cooking…soups mostly, and tried one yesterday that could probably be cooked completely from preps if I had everything FD. I don’t yet, no room, but I keep a well-stocked fridge and pantry. It was delicious and I plan to make more of the recipes.

    • Sharon – Be sure to keep a large supply of bullion cubes or dried broth on hand for your soup-making. I have successfully made soup from 100% FD items plus homemade broth and a few cubes of bullion for extra richness. Nothing beats the convenience when time is short and, in my case, the cost is less than a drive to town for veggies. (Gas runs about $4.80 gallon where I live so a trip to town is about $10 in fuel alone.)

  4. i put away some supplies and scouted potential hunting locations. I spoted a flock of turkeys that made me happy even though the season is over for them. other than that we tried to relax a bit this week.i have a question.when iwas a kid i saw a movie about nuclear strike against the USA.i think it wascalledthe day after tomorrow ? it was very graphic and it ,in onescene they were eating dead humans ,it gave me nightmares for some time.does anybody else remember this movie? if so whats the correct name? i want to watch it again

  5. BTW how does one cheat at the contest?

    • Same first and last name, same IP address, and multiple emails from the same domain.

      For example: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]. The IP address is a dead giveaway but here is the deal: the text of the entry is exactly the same. It look like a cut and paste job.

      I actually read all of the entries 🙂 🙂

    • oh wondering whats going on maybe its on my endbut i wasnt seeing my comments so iasked about it but now i see them . weird

  6. is there a reason my comments arent being posted?

  7. I have a question about your comment on purchasing 10 lbs of oats: how do you keep the boll weevil-type bugs and/or worms out of grains? I store everything in my cupboards in clear glass jars with tightly screwed on lids. The other day I reached in the back of the shelf and pulled out a jar that used to be some sort of grain but it had so many worm type bugs in it I couldn’t tell what it used to be. I am afraid to store any grain/flour type foods. I live in So California so the weather is tepid but I used to live in No California with colder winters (colder than So Calf not comparing it to the rest of the country’s cold weather). Please help with any suggestions.

    • Freeze before storage. I’m not an expert on how long, but freezing is supposed to kill the larve and eggs.

    • Try using a couple of bay leaves in with your oats. Bugs don’t like the smell. I’ve never had bugs using bay leaves. Also, in small quantities you can freeze first, then store because in freezing, you kill the bugs and their larvae. Another alternative, peppercorns instead of moth balls. O wait, that’s for clothing. BUT it does work with some food items too. 😉

    • It sounds to me like your jar lids may be tight but they still let the critters in. Use a lid with a rubber seal.

  8. I have been looking down at the ground to see what is edible and learning that. So after sharing about the pine tree. I decided to look into what trees are available around me. So once a week with the weather changing, I’m going out and looking both up and down to become familiar with the availability during each season. For example, I didn’t know pine needles made into tea contain 5 times the Vita C than a lemon. Good to know in winter time especially.
    I don’t have all the material things I would want to have in case of collapse but becoming familiar with my surroundings allows me to be even more selective in what I put in my BOBs.

    So here are a few links which can enlighten if interested:

    Trees Every Survivalist Should Know and Why
    // http://www.myfamily survivalplan dot com/6-trees-every-survivalist-should-know-why

    which led me to checking with my Oregon State University edu site for general conifers to begin learning about trees. Next, i’ll be searching out other trees. I just figure whatever stores I have, I can make last longer by supplementing with what Nature provides.
    As to radiation…I’ll be checking out more about turmeric and how to grow it since if Fukushima DOES come visiting, I will have enough for sharing.

  9. Gaye,
    Thanks for your idea with the M&Ms. I just purchased a Foodsaver sealer cap for wide mouth jars and M&Ms sound like a great idea!

    • I need to get my sealer cap for my Foodsaver. I think it would be great. I did watch a video on a website (unfortunately cannot remember the site name) that said to use a piece of plastic wrap between the flat lid and the sealing lid if you are sealing lightweight/powdery stuff like flour, sugar, dried herbs, etc. Otherwise, the Foodsaver can suck some of the product up into itself and you won’t get a seal.

    • I have never had a problem using just the lid (no plastic wrap). Sometimes, though, I have had to use two lids. The second lid acts as a shim of sorts and is removed after the seal is complete. This is easier to do than describe.

  10. M&M’s and two legged varmit – maybe you can rig a tazer to the jar! But, I’ll have to get some and put back for my prepps now!
    I watched “On the Beach” several months ago on YouTube – depressing.
    Question – I use “Stevia in the Raw” instead of sugar. How well do you think that would keep if vacuum sealed in jelly jars? Also, I’m looking around for a good place to buy decaf coffee beans – Wallyworld took out their bean machine and no one else around here sells coffee beans!

    For the person looking for the movie title – maybe “The Day After” but don’t remember any canabilism in it.

    • yup that was it it was 83i found it on wikipedia //

    • thanks i found it on amazon and ordered it

    • I do not use Stevia myself but I do know that sugar and salt do well when vacuum sealed in Mason jars so I believe the same would apply.

      I get my green coffee beans from – you might want o check with them. I also found this, where else?, on Amazon.


  11. Didn’t make any major purchases this week but did rotate our food storage. Was planning on buying some ammo but the 3 stores went to were sold out 🙁

  12. You said,,,”In addition to the M&Ms, I purchased 10 additional pounds of oats. ” I bout had a stroke when I read this. I have two hundred fifty pounds of unrolled oat groats and a machine, hand operated, to roll them fresh as needed. I plan on ending up with at LEAST five hundred pounds, and I am a single unit. If you want to do your mouth a favor, use peaches with your oats. Most people out west have no clue, must be my southern heritage. ALSO, and this is a big ALSO. Pour the oats into boiling water, do not let them set on the flame for one second. Eat fresh rolled oats, raw, then eat store bought oats,raw, you might spit the store bought into a garbage bag, they are that much better, good health and good eating.

    • Okay – you got me. Unrolled oat groats you say – so where do I get a roller so I can roll my own oats? (I like my oats with bananas and raisins – never tried peaches.)

    • Being a prepper I know it’s going to be extra nice to have a few comfort foods on hand to get us over the burden of finding out that ninty percent of the population are not preppers. Starving people will give up their humanity just to get something to eat. Of course Utah people know how to organize and come together to preserve what they have and their way of life. Its a sad but exciting world we live in, sort of like a horror movie, only we are the actors.

    • Great analogy (actors in a horror movie). I am old enough to think I may not see a change in my lifetime. That is tough for an optimist like myself to face.

  13. Hello. I’ve read your column for about six months now, and whilst not everything is relevant to life in Australia (try gettin a machette through customs) your posting give rise to many productive ideas. Keep up the great work.

    One thing I would like to say, tell your readers about throwing rope. You’ve mentioned the importance of rope/paracord in several columns, and it does come in hady for setting up shelters, clotheslines and the like. However, try getting a rope over a high tree branch to protect your food from scavengers, or getting a rope across a creek or ravine, or to someone holding onto their car in raging waters. No so good.

    When I lived in the USSA (sic) I used to buy tobacco puches to use for fishing. Fill them with sand, rocks or whatever else was at hand and you had a good sinker.

    Now, if you carry one or two of those in your BOB (bug out bag) or other survival essential you can tie that onto the end of your rope and presto-chango the rope is over that high branch, or wherever else you want to send it.

    If you can’t find tobacco puches any sort of small strong bag, like what you carry your sunglasses in for example, will suffice. Please tell people to add these to their essentials.

    • Richard – That is a great tip. I have purchased small pouches on eBay for pennies. I used them to hold trinkets for guests at a bridal shower and paid about $10 US for 50 pouches. I will definitely share this with my readers. Having owned a boat and having had to deal with lines, I can relate to the end of the rope that goes nowhere – or at least no where you want it to go.

  14. when camping i would find a nice size rock and tie the rope around the rock (in the manner one would tie a package) then toss that over the branch to raise my food stores ,ropes for tarp corners etc.I like the pouch idea a little less painful if ya miss 🙂

  15. You can get the whole kernel oats and the rolling machine at Kitchen Kneads, about 7500 so, Redwood road.

  16. We use oxygen absorbers in our glass jars filled with grain, pull an initial vacuum with a Food Saver® or use a hand operated brake bleeder (not ever used on brakes, of course), good without electricity. No bugs can hatch without oxygen.


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