Welcome to the weekly Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Since I was traveling most of this week, my preps centered around one single task: reviewing the location of the utility shut off valves in my home and making sure that they were still functional. Don’t laugh. A few years back our water shutoff was completely frozen and could not be turned to the off position. Thankfully, we discovered the problem and had a plumber not only install a new shutoff, but check all of the plumbing valves in our home.
Understanding where your utility shutoffs are located is important but so is having the right tools to do the deed. Not to worry, though. Most of you will most like already have the tools but if not, you can get something like this 4 in 1 tool emergency tool I purchased awhile back.
I hung the 4 in 1 tool in my furnace room so I can get to it quickly.
This year, we actually attached a crescent wrench to our propane shutoff and mounted it on the side of the house so it will be right where we need it in the event of an emergency. Notice the zip ties? Very handy, indeed.
The crescent wrench is hanging right above our propane meter.
I also tested a new, cheapie flashlight this week. My newest flashlight is this hand-press type. No batteries required.
Works pretty darn good. Here is a link: Hand Press Flashlight
All you need to do is press the lever on the side to charge it up. The 3 LEDs are good enough to help you find your way around in the dark. I have been using mine constantly all week with no issues. Mine is blue because at the time I bought it, it was cheaper. Right now, the price on the yellow one is better – with free shipping.
Survival Buzz: Locate Your Utilities and Learn to Shut Them Off
Here is this week’s giveaway.
Remember, with all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected. Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article. This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway.
Coming Soon: A FREE Online Class on Solar Cooking
Confused about solar cooking? Learn everything you need to know about solar cooking, using a solar oven, and the Sun Oven in particular, in this free webinar. This special class is free and it will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd at 7PM CDT.
In it you will learn:
- How to harness the power of the sun to cook and dehydrate food, purify water, and be better prepared for emergencies
- How a Sun Oven can help you never worry about burning dinner again
- How to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables
- How to reduce your utility bills while learning how to cook during hard times when normal fuel sources will be in short supply
This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for all of us, myself included. Here are the details:
A FREE Online Class on Solar Cooking
Tuesday June 2
7 p.m. CDT
Whether you have a DIY solar cooker that you built yourself, a Sun Oven still sitting in its box, or are just curious and want to learn more you will find this class beneficial. Me? I am the person that has had a Sun Oven sitting in its box unused for a couple of years.
The Final Word
I have been taking your advice and spending less time sitting at the computer and more time enjoying life. In case you did not notice, I also cut back blogging to 4 days a week instead of 5. Now to be honest, I do have some 5 day weeks coming up but for the most part, my goal is to get down to 3 by the end of the year.
What am I doing in my spare time? Last week I went to a concert in Seattle (fantastic!) and most days I take a three mile hike around what we like to call “the loop”. It is a shoreline walk and with our glorious Pacific Northwest weather, I am making time to get outside each day for longer than my typical one mile trek.
The other big news is that I believe I have found the perfect Associate Editor to help with some of the backend website cleanup work. I have a huge inventory of material that is not well categorized and hidden in the recesses on my archives. With some help, I hope to bring these articles current so you can easily find them!
All in all, I want to thank each of you that made a comment or sent an email encouraging me to take my own advice and life life beyond just prepping. I want to thank you for that. After all, this is not a dress rehearsal. A person’s lifetime, to the best of my knowledge,only comes around once.
So what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Here are this week’s picks, including a few from the newly updated:
On Duty Emergency Gas & Water Shutoff 4-n-1 Tool for Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fires, Floods, Disasters and Emergencies: The gas shutoff part does not work as well as a crescent wrench on my propane valve but the rest of the tool is very handy. I especially like the part that will turn water off at the meter that is located at the street. This is the same tool that is issued to members of CERT.
LED Hand Press No Battery Wind up Crank Flashlight: You can’t beat the price with free shipping. In a pinch, this will work fine. No batteries required.
Solar Powered LED Inflatable Air Lantern by Survival Frog: These are fantastic! I own two and want to get more. They just work! For more information, read: Review: Inflatable Solar Air Lantern for Emergencies.
Ultra Bright LED Lantern – Collapsible: This is a new addition to the most wished for list. Oh my gosh. I want one. It uses 30 different LEDS and is powered by 3 AA batteries, including rechargeables. Instead of a switch, you turn it on by extending the lantern from its collapsed condition. With a lifetime warranty and over 1,350 close to perfect ratings, I can see why this is popular. Did I mention I want one?