Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps plus news and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
The most significant prep around here this week was to dig out my old Sony eBook reader and load it up with all of my preparedness related eBooks as well as 200 novels that will help me while away the time if there is a disruptive event. I then stowed it away in my Faraday cage and set up a reminder to dig it out and add new material every six months.
As much as I hate being a pack rat, being a prepper means that I feel compelled to store a bunch of “just in case” stuff. Old but serviceable clothes and linens, toiletries I don’t care for, and even food items have been stowed away in boxes to be used for barter purposes. Because I have a small house, these boxes are in the garage. We actually had to build a loft area for this purpose.
Even so, I feel blessed that I even have this extra space since I know that a number of you are even more crammed than I am. Space concerns are a real dilemma and often, deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is dictated by where we live.
Other preps this week included a trip to the mainland and Costco where I stocked up on dog food and paper products. I now have 200 rolls of TP set aside for an emergency. Do you think that is enough.
And finally, Mr. UPS arrived with a bunch of stuff from Amazon: two more Lifestraws, some Amazon Basics branded rechargeable batteries, and this really cool multi-function jump starter for testing.
I need to say a word about the batteries. I have researched these batteries and from what I can ascertain, they are a rebranded version of the Panasonic Pro (formerly Sanyo eneloop) High Capacity AAs only cheaper. Supposedly they are good in flashlights and I since I wanted to use rechargeables in my flashlight faceoff, I chose these. Hope this makes sense; I will have more information when I am done comparing the Mini-Cree with the Coastal HP1.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some news and announcements.
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In the News
The New Yorker came up with a follow-up piece on their story about a potential mega-quake of the coast of the Western US. The author starts by saying:
“… for journalists, or at least this one, fear is not an end in itself. At best, it is a means to an end, a way to channel emotion into action.”
I say “Amen to that!”. As Preppers, that is what we are doing and will continue to do. Anyway, there are some good, action-oriented, suggestions in the article including a couple I had not thought of.
Here is link: How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes.
Speaking of the Cascadia Fault, I want to remind you that J.A. Charnov’s book, Cascadia’s Curse, will remain everywhere through August 3rd.
In another piece of news, Richard Broome alerted me to this MSM news story:
Secret NSA Map Shows China Cyber Attacks on U.S. Targets. In the story there is a map of all the places in the US that China has conducted a successful cyber attack. It looks like they only missed North Dakota. None of us are safe from prying eyes, whether it is the NSA or someone else.
Backdoor Survival Mail Bag & Reader Tips
Last week I received the following email from “Mary”:
This is very interesting as was the solar oven webinar. However, many of us do not have available to invest in these devices.
Would love to see more DIY articles on things like this that would be less costly. I searched and found several different articles on DIY distillers but am curious which ones readers think would be best or easiest to use and construct. Thanks for the great articles and information.
I took this email quite seriously because, in fact, it is true. Here was my response:
I have taken your email quite seriously and next month (August) I will be featuring a number of articles on water and places to find information to help with your water preps.
In addition, I have reached out to other website owners that have posted instructions for building their own water distiller but none of them have done it themselves. As you know, I refuse to share something that “might” work. If I have not done it myself or if I don’t know someone who has, I don’t post it.
You speak, I listen. August is going to be emergency water month here on Backdoor Survival. I have enlisted the help of Daisy Luther, author of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource to assist me in compiling some free resources to help you learn more about safely treating and storing water to use during a disruptive event.
In the meantime, if any of you have personally built a solar water still, please do let me know.
Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways
Here is this weeks’ Book Festival giveaway. The PrepSmart books are outstanding. If you have any interest at all in learning more about Shotguns, you will want to read the interview and enter.
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.
Essential Oils: Shield Protective Blend
For August, the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month is Shield Blend. This is such a fantastic deal that I want to mention the savings. The 15ML bottle is normally $28.80 but as part of the OOTM Club, it is $15.99 with free shipping.
Shield Protective Blend is based upon an ancient legend that has its roots in 15th century England during the time of the great plague. Supposedly, grave-robber thieves developed their own blend of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary to protect them while robbing the plague victims.
I seriously doubt that this is much more than a legend although with a bit of research, you will find that indeed, oils of various types were used to ward off sickness in ancient times as were tonics made from herbs and vinegar.
I use Shield in a protective spray instead of hand sanitizer and also in my cold and flu bomb. In addition, this is one of the go-to oils blends that I recommend for the first aid kit as well as the travel kit.
If you would like to make up a bottle of Shield Protective Spray. try this recipe:
Top with Witch Hazel and remember to shake before using.
With the Oil of the Month Club, discounts are included but for all other orders, remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire order.
The Final Word
Why is it that every week is a wild and crazy week? In the old days we would call in “Nutsy Coo Coo”. Does anyone say that anymore?
I find it difficult to believe that it is already August. Although I have enjoyed the sunshine, I know that the lack of rain is wreaking havoc with water supplies and that wildfires are showing up at apartment buildings, shopping centers, and even along freeways here in Washington State. I know it is worse elsewhere.
As we count down the remaining months of the year, let us be water smart. If you have some questions regarding anything water-related, be it storage, conservation, or something else, be sure to let me know by email or in comments. I want water month on Backdoor Survival to be all about you, and the information you want to know.
So now, 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 items mentioned in today’s article.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The LifeStraw contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and weighs only 2oz. It works quickly, taking roughly 3-5 seconds of sucking to start the flow of water through the filter. It’s ultra-light and inexpensive but effective. There is also the LifeStraw Family that will purify up to 12 liters per hour.
AmazonBasics AA High-Capacity Rechargeable Batteries (8-Pack): For the past year I have been making an attempt to reduce my dependence on Alkaline batteries. Not all rechargeable batteries do well in flashlights but because these are high capacity, I am cautiously optimistic. The reviews are excellent and to day, everything I have used that is branded “AmazonBasics” has been outstanding in quality.
Coast HP1 Focusing LED Flashlight: I am having a “flashlight faceoff” with the UltraFire Mini Cree Led Flashlight I love so much. Is it worth the extra cost? There are BDS readers that swear by the Coast HP1 and so far, it is performing well.
Smart Portable Multi-Function Power Charger: I am currently testing one of these charges. I love that it is not big and bulky. Not only will it start my car (yes, I do get a dead battery from time to time) but it integrates a high-output LED flashlight and USB battery pack for charging gizmos.
The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource: Water Month on Backdoor Survival is going to focus on free resources, this is the book that I recommend. It will also be featured in this week’s Prepper Book Festival
UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight: FAVORITE! Here we go with another flashlight. It is super mini sized, bright and waterproof. Plus, it uses a single, standard AA sized battery.
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