The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 16

The buzzWelcome 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.

I tackled a huge organization problem this week; namely I went down to my crawl space (which is quite large, quite cool and very dry) and organized my food preps.  I still need to update my written inventory but at least everything is now stacked neatly and I can find things when I need them.

I tried to take some photos but they were out of focus – except for one.  You can chuckle along with me as I share this picture that was not out of focus – my cheap (Trader Joe’s) wine wine

The other thing is that I attended the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.  This was quite a jaunt from where I live with the ferries and all but oh so worth it.  I met a lot of really neat people and learned about some products that were interesting to me as a prepper.  I had hoped to share them with you today but alas, I have not had time to sort through everything yet.

So again, for now just a few photos of some of the interesting things I saw.

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But enough about me.  Let us get going with the Sunday Buzz.

All in good health?  Do we need the government to protect us from ourselves?

I am all for healthy eating habits and yes, I resent that my health insurance premiums are so high because of the cost of insuring the obese.  But do we need the government to control what we eat?  Read Big sodas today; bagels with a schmeer tomorrow?

Thinking about a bug-out location?

cabinThis is one of the better articles I have seen explaining the ins and outs of choosing a bug-out location.

“Choosing a retreat can be easy, or so difficult it explodes your brain depending on how you approach it. The problem I see most often with those seeking a back-up location for a collapse scenario is that they engage the process as if they are still living in 2006, hunting for their McMansion with a view on the sunny hillsides of Colorado or California, instead of thinking in practical terms. So, to help clarify a more fundamental approach to choosing a survival retreat, here is a list of priorities that cannot be overlooked.”

For the full article go to The Realities Of Choosing Your Survival Retreat Location.

Just Released:  The LDS Preparedness Manual – 2012 Edition

2012-lds-manualThe new 2012 15th Anniversary Edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual is now available for free download from

This is the new, 2012 15th Anniversary edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual.
This version represents the single largest update ever made over the last 15 years, more than doubling the total size and content of the manual.  You do not have to be a member of LDS to take advantage of this wonderful resource.  There is also a link on the site to purchase a hard copy – something I am considering since it is over 500 pages long.

General disclaimer from the website:

The contents of this booklet are intended to assist individuals and families in coping with emergency preparations. However, final decisions on preparation for actions taken during an emergency are the sole responsibility of individuals. No one knows your needs or can take care of you better than you can-nor does anyone else have that responsibility. Information and examples contained within this booklet are provided for illustration and advice only. Therefore, no liability is assumed by the Editor or any of the Authors for the use or misuse of any information or products contained in this publication.

This publication has not been endorsed or produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and its contents and the opinions it expresses are those of the Editor and the separate authors. While it should not be construed as an official church publication, effort has been made to ensure that all materials are in accordance with general church guidelines on food storage and family preparedness.

Have an iPad?  Set up Backdoor Survival on your Flipboard?

I absolutely love the free Flipboard app on my iPad.  Using Flipboard, I can set up a personalized magazine with all of my favorite prepping, survival and news content.  If you would like to set up Backdoor Survival (which is stunning on the Flipboard).

The way you do it is to go to “Your Flipboard”, enter “Backdoor Survival” in the the search box then click on the “+” sign to the right of the RSS feed and you are done.  This is a lot easier to do that to describe.  Have fun with Flipboard – very cool.

PS: I am going to do my first promo of the 7day book on my Sunday Buzz on the 10th. The part about “taking a day off once a week” will be the lead in.

From the Backdoor Survival Mailbox

Regarding my article this week on How to Prepare Your Home and Your Family for a Wildfire:

Hi Gaye

One other thing that people should learn to do is do what we call a back burn, When the fire nears your house or plot, you start a fire along your cleared area(fire break) this fire is generally smaller and therefore easier to control than a  wild fire. This fire then burns back to the wild fire  and they burn each other out. We use this method a lot here in Southern Africa /Swaziland where we are left to deal with fires ourselves, the fire departments do not come out and help put out bush fires.

This is not something for an amateur to try, this should be practiced in a safe environment and fully understood before trying in an emergency situation. It can however save your property and your life so if you live in a high fire risk area this method should be used…


What Have We Learned … in 2,064 Years?

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”    – Cicero, 55 BC

… evidently nothing.

Hat tip (again) to Renee for this one. To add to this, Creve wrote:

“The actual quote is: “The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall.””

Here we go again department

Another casting call, this time from Spike TV and their “Last Family on Earth” competition.  Here is the pitch:

On this exciting new show, you and a handful of lucky people will compete in a series of thrilling challenges for a chance to win a prized spot in a state-of-the-art, community underground shelter for you AND your immediate family in case a worldwide emergency ever strikes.

Vivos Shelters  will give the winner ownership shares in one of their top-of-the-line Luxury Shelters for up to 6 immediate family members.

Producers are looking for outgoing and competitive PAIRS of immediate family members (husband and wife, father and son, siblings….) to represent their family household on this show.

I am merely passing this along.  You already know my opinion – these types of shows- in my opinion – discredits our hard work in sending out a preparedness message to the mainstream.   Still – if this happens to be your cup of tea I respect that.

But SurvivalWoman, what about an eBook?

Glad you asked.  I have a few ides for an eBook or two but with my job, my two blogs, my volunteer work and well, just living life, my ideas are just that – ideas.  To kick start my gumption, I recently purchased Jim Edward’s How to Write and Publish your own eBook… in as little as 7 Days“.

Now it is kind of a long story, but I sent Jim and email and he called me up a few hours later.  What a guy.  We talked for about an hour and he kindly offered to help both George and I put together a free webinar for my readers and the readers over at Urban Survival.  In the meantime, I have devoured is book and feel I now have the motivation to pull it (the eBook thing) all together.  It was well worth the $29 and if you have interest or a passion is anything and want to make a few bucks by selling an eBook  or your website, I can highly recommend this book and all of the little goodies that come with it.

And as far as my own eBook?  I have something I want to work on to provide for free to my newsletter subscribers.  Beyond that?  Stay tuned.

Today on Strategic Living

Back in December 2010, I offered some tips on selling your old gold for scrap.  Need a refresher?  I have updated the article and posted a revision today on the Strategic Living I share with George Ure.  Check out  How to Sell Gold and Old Jewelry without Getting Ripped Off.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Reminder: The Backdoor Survival Summer Blast Giveaway is ongoing for the month of June. There are lots of neat prizes and all you need to do is sign up for my new newsletter and send me a couple of emails. Now how easy is that?

From the Bargain Bin:   I just placed some gift orders for paracord items, including bracelets, keychains and lanyards.  You can get  paracord bracelets, key chains, belts and more from the Cobrabraid company.  Plus, if you purchase 4 items you get 25% off your order.  Add the coupon code “survival” for an additional 5% off making the total discount 30%.  All orders ship for free so this to me is a really good deal.
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A huge sale on Kershaw knives – up to 40% off. You can also find my mini-review here: Oh So Sweet Kershaw Knife.

And last, if you are getting down to the wire for Father’s Day, here are some ideas for gifts and of course.

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2 Responses to “The Sunday Survival Buzz – Volume 16”

  1. As for keeping track of you preps in your crawl space, if you have an iPhone, “there’s an app for that”. It’s called “Prep & Pantry” and it uses the phone camera for a bar code scanner. It will, in most cases, retrieve the discription of the item on its own. You mark the location, quantity, exparation date, and set minimums for all items. When you scan the items in, they go into your inventory, and when you s an them out, it will make you a shopping list of what to replace.

    Try the free version then buy the full one.

    • Agreed. I do not have an iPhone but I do have an iPad and I do own Pre & Pantry. I now need to figure out how to take photos with iPad and scan those barcodes. SurvivalWoman can be sure a dunce sometimes. LOL.

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