The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 95

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.

By now you all should know that my new eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage, launched this week on Amazon. I was frantic trying to get everything done and had to pull a few all-nighters.  Alas, my preps took a backseat to eBook-ing.  I did recruit the Survival Husband to take our new BaoFeng Ham Radios out of their boxes and get them charged up.  Our plan is to get through the self-study course for our tech license before the end of the year.  Will we make it?BaoFeng Ham Radio Taking Out of the Box 300px

BaoFeng Ham Radio Initial Charge

So that’s it for my preps this week.  Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.


The Pressure Cooker That is America:  Interesting thoughts from one of my blogging colleagues.  This is what many of us are preparing for – for better or for worse.  Just wondering – do you think the top is getting ready to blow soon?

Widow Faces Eviction in Fla. City For ‘Living Off the Grid’:  This is nuts – that is if she is the owner of the property.  I can see where a landlord would take issue and file a complaint but a private property owner?  No way.

Home Test Kit Helps You Find Antibiotics In Leaves:  After reading this, I had to think about whether this was a good thing or not.  Wouldn’t it be better to find a way to take advantage of the natural healing properties of plants and leaves without involving big pharma and the greedsters?

TSA Confiscates ‘Realistic’ Two Inch Toy Pistol From Sock Monkey: And here is some more craziness.

Robert Kiyosaki talks prepping, anarchy in America, and issues his biggest warning ever:  Robert Kiyosaki is best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 personal finance book of all time. His view of the future of America is bleak. He believes that within the next five years, the entire system will collapse, ushering in a period of American chaos and poverty the likes of which have never been seen.

Are You STILL Using Pads & Tampons? Use the Menstrual Cup Instead!:  Don’t tell me this is TMI.  Guys, you need to know about this stuff too.

My Go To Spice Mix Recipes:  Here is a good one for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there.  (And that includes me!)

Amazon sets sights on Costco with new ‘Pantry’ service:  Two Seattle area companies; now this should be interesting.  For those of us living in the boonies, this could be a great thing.

Kickstarter Isn’t A Store, But These People Still Want Their iPods:  At least once a week, I get a pitch from someone asking me to share their Kickstarter project on BDS.  I ignore the requests for three reasons:  I do not have the time to check each one out in advance, I was burned once by promoting such a campaign here on BDS, and three, promised products (as described in this article) are sometimes phantom (bogus?) and never delivered.  No thank you.

Clara In Memoriam – Aug 18, 1915 – Nov 29, 2013:  The last news item for today is very sad.  We have all fallen in love with Clara but 98 years old, her time to move on has come.  I still learn from Clara and her book is one of my favorites.  May she R.I.P.  See Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.


Tom made this comment to a recent article on OPSEC.  He has his own blog at Blogospherical Ruminations.

It might be worthwhile separating OPSEC into two categories: What the government and big business knows, and what the neighbors, friends, and acquaintances know.

It is probable that no person in the government knows anything about any of us. If they want to though, the data is in the computer banks. They can correlate where our cell phones have been the last five years with where anyone else’s has been. They can access metadata from all of our phone calls and emails (and I suspect they do have the contents as well. Just because they deny it doesn’t make it so) They can read all of our comments to news stories and blogs. They can access all our Amazon order data.

However, unless we are suspected of actively working to overthrow the government, they have little reason to look at that info.

Neighbors, friends, acquaintances: We cannot expect them to help themselves if we do not discuss the possibility with them. I have discussed hurricane preparedness with a small number of people, and seem to have influenced one to store some water. Another upgraded his water filtration gear. I don’t know about the rest.

Since there are several swimming pools in our area, we do plan on providing water filtration services for neighbors if the municipal water supply gets knocked out, most likely because the power grid it relies on gets knocked out. We can’t supply food, so we don’t worry about what we cannot do.

We are natural disaster preppers, not TEOTWAWKI preppers, because we just don’t think TEOTWAWKI is survivable on Oahu, at least not by us, and because the probability seems too low to worry us much. That automatically makes us less threatening/’weird’ to others, because we can talk about the utterly unarguable reality of hurricanes and other disasters.

So, we keep it low key, we prep so we can help the neighbors, at least with water, and don’t make a big deal of it. If people respond positively to a comment, we can follow up. If not, we let it drop.


I have two winners this week.

“Brian” has one a copy of all three books in the A. American Survivalist Series.  Here is how he answered the question How far could you walk to make it home if you were separated from your family?

With 3 designated gathering places (use the closest one, unless circumstances don’t allow and leave message showing where you are going next) already identified, none of us would go home, but we WILL meet up!

The winner of the Innova Microlight and Aqua Vessel Water Filtration Bottle is “Harold”  Here is how he answered the question If you only had room for 3 items in your every day carry kit, what would they be?

I would have a knife or multi-tool, flashlight, and water bottle.

Both winners have been notified and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  Coming up this week in the Winter Blast Giveaway is the Lifestraw Family.  Be sure to watch for it on Thursday.


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This message came in Saturday afternoon from one of my FB Fans:

I follow a few different survival groups on Facebook and have noticed that a few postings from various sites are not going thru. Have also seen a report from SHTF site that Facebook has been closing down or extreme filtering of some site. Have you heard or witnessed such?

My response was this:

YES!  FB is also throttling my posts even though they are relatively benign.  They are going through but only showing them to about 300 of my page fans.  Up until a few days ago, they would be “seen” by 2,000 to 4,000 fans of the 9,900 Backdoor Survival fans.  This is Facebook’s way of telling us we must pay.  In my opinion, they are treating bloggers like commercial businesses.  The difference, of course, is we are sharing free information and not just selling stuff.

That said, some the of SHTF blogging sites are fronts for nefarious info-products.  They steal content from sources such as this website then pitch their products to visitors.  It is a huge problem for authors such as myself.

I do realize that I am whining a bit but to tell the truth, I spend a couple of hours a day keeping my Facebook page current but if this continues, I may have to cut back.  The sad part is that I share a lot of free stuff on FB.  Because the time-frames are so fleeting, it would not be appropriate to share them on the website.


My email runneth over with requests for more information about essential oils.  Believe me when I say I am not an expert but as I experiment and learn, I will share my experiences with you.  In the meantime, if you have a special request, be sure to let me know.  And in case you missed it, Spark Naturals is offering FREE SHIPPING on any order (US and Canada) through Tuesday.  I just ordered some “Dream Blend” to rub on my feet at night.  Be sure to use the coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for 10% off your order.

Coming up next?  How about a simple recipe for DIY Peppermint Scrub?  This is something that us ladies adore and guys, even you can make it now for gifting on Christmas.  I will try to get this posted in the next day or two.


Another week and almost another year gone by.  Where has the time gone?  I don’t know about you, but I am going to need a “save by sanity” break sometime soon.  At least that sounds good.  I think, however, I may need to settle for some chocolate truffles instead.

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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Just released!  My new eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage will provide you with everything you need to create an affordable food storage plan, including what to buy and how to store it. Nothing scary and nothing overwhelming – you really can do this!  Now available at Amazon.


Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are some of the items mentioned in today’s Buzz.

BaoFeng UV-5R  Dual-Band Ham Radio: 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.  Here is the antenna I ordered:  NAGOYA Antenna for BAOFENG UV-5R (thanks to a recommendation from my pal, George Ure).

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: Of all of my books, this is one of the few I go back to over and over again for inspiration and motivation.

The Survivalist Series by A. American:  Going Home, Surviving Home, and Escaping Home are the first three books in the Survivalist Series by popular author, A. American.  You will love these books – survival fiction at its best.

Nite Ize/Inova Microlight STSEveryday Light and Water Winter Blast Giveaway Backdoor Survival: This is the key-shaped flashlight with the “Swipe To Shine” feature.  Shelly prefers this model.  I prefer the original Inova Microlight.

Aqua Vessel Tritan Filter Water Bottle with Flip Straw & 100 Gallon Filter:  This is great water bottle.  Stylish and sturdy; great for traveling where the hotel water is going to be full of bad tasting, smelly chemicals and who knows what else.  The water you drink from this bottle will taste good!

ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser:  This essential oil diffuser uses water and essential oils to make make a mist of micro-particles and disperse them into the air. No heating or burning means the properties of the oil are not broken down.Low energy use. The really cool thing is that the light (which can be turned off) changes colors all by its own self.  Very soothing and I love it!

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper.  Also, check out the Lifestraw Family.

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13 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 95”

  1. Tech licence? Sure you’ll get it – and if George Sure has anything to do with your learning, you will probably be able to pass the general exam too!
    As for Facebook, I personally never got on that bandwagon, despite being urged to do so by family and friends. So, I’ve never been able to ‘like’ BDS there – sorry.

    • Yeah – George has definitely been on m case about this LOL.

  2. I prepped 2 first aid kits for the car. One for us two legged and one for our 4-legged. Some winter gear, tool kit for car, and some emergency food items, hand Warners and sleeping bags. For the road trip. Pray we don’t need to use them. Been really busy and my head is still spinning from it all. Love your article Gaye, thank you for all you do.

    • Have a safe trip, Eve.

  3. Gaye,

    I’ve been licensed since the 70’s and my husband since before that. You will have no problem passing the tech. exam. There is no code requirement anymore, either, so that’s not a part of the exam now.
    I am looking forward to getting a copy of your new book.
    I recently got the Burn Free First Aid Kit from Emergency Essentials (on sale). What a great value! I am impressed by the contents! Hope I never need them!
    My Christmas wish list should fill a few holes in my preps.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  4. they throw the widow into the street because the home isnt up to code? tell me what code is the street up too? i would think a house no matter what shape is still betterthan being HOMELESS .Thats goverenment “logic” for ya

  5. I think you would have preferred the performance of the NAGOYA NA-771 DUAL BAND Antenna instead of the NAGOYA NA-701 DUAL BAND Antenna. It is a little longer, but still very manageable and great Tx/Rx. Make sure it is a true NAGOYA and not a knockoff. Congratulations on your decision to get your Technician’s License. It will open a whole new world for you.

    • How to I know these NAGOYAs are the real thing? The two came separately (from Amazon) but are packaged slightly differently.

  6. no worries about the ham-exam. i took the master’s course and passed the tests when i was 12 (and in those days you had to learn to send and receive morse code at 13 words per minute; that may not sound like much, but it’s not easy). anyway, if i could do it then, i’ve no doubt you and hubby can now. have fun.

  7. Like others have said the Technician class test is not very hard to pass. Just be aware that the test question pool is changing on July 1, 2013, so your current book is only good till then.

    Good luck with the test.

    Bill T.

  8. Sometimes we need to take advantage of what comes our way. In my case, I went to a 2nd hand store I had been told was going out of business. The owner asked if there was anything I was looking for. Told her I was just browsing but was interested in any herbal books she might have or anything about foraging. After looking, she didn’t find anything like that BUT…she pulled out a 2004 PDR of Herbal Medicine. That’s the textbook for the Naturapathic School just outside of Portland OR. I’m too old to go to school but I sure have been envious about having this particular book in case of collapse. As it stands now, there aren’t enough healers to go around with so many coming in on the ACA. Just imagine how much healers will be needed even if they (I) can’t get out and around, people will be able to come to me because of my knowledge and skills. I also now own a copy of the Survival Medicine Handbook. Though not trained as a nurse nor doc…I have spent my share of time working with animals…not much of a shift to work with people in an emergency since I been doing the natural thing for myself and family for over 10 years. Yes, Christmas came early for me. Now to find a deal on a ham radio. 😉

    • Dee – I don’t think you can beat the price of the Beofeng UV-5s for $29.95 on Amazon. You will see them on last week’s Sunday Survival Buzz at //

      If you do decide on that one, note that I am going to posting my progress setting them up and getting my license including helpful tips and links. Lots of reader that are HAMs are helping me out so I will share the love (knowledge).

      And yes, Christmas did come early for you!

    • Thanks Gaye, considering those or taking the CERT training locally. I will await your progress report. lol

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