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Getting to Know the Aerogarden - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week my efforts turned to gardening.  I am a huge fan of fresh summer flowers but with such limited space, I hate to give up what little sun I have to flowers when fresh tomatoes beckon.  One thing I do have, however, are lots of hydrangeas. We had a sun break so I took the shears and deadheaded old blooms.

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The Survival Buzz #158 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 28, 2015, 9:00 am
Win a Legacy Breakfast Food Bucket - Backdoor Survival

Friday has rolled around again; where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I was writing the Survival Buzz.  Anyway, today I am thrilled to let you know that Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods, is back again with another “Free Food Friday” giveaway.

This time around, the prize will be a 120 serving Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket valued at $230.  This fantastic food bucket includes a Multi Grain Cereal Mix, Maple Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Strawberry Creamy Wheat, and Old Fashioned Pancake Mix. 

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Another Free Food Friday: Win a Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 27, 2015, 9:00 am
How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival - Backdoor Survival

Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse. This is a frequent topic in many post-apocalyptic novels and something that most of us are aware of, even if we do not completely understand the science.

As I wrote way back when in the article Prepping for an EMP and Solar Flares:

To be blunt about it, an EMP, if large enough, would affect the entire planet. 

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How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 26, 2015, 9:00 am
Preppers History and the Cultural Phenomenon - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

Lynda King, the author of Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon, is here to answer the Book Festival  questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

You will find this book to be a fascinating timeline of survivalism and modern day prepping.  If you are a history buff, and even if you are not, you will enjoy the walk through time. 

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BDS Book Festival 7: Preppers History and the Cultural Phenomenon + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 25, 2015, 9:00 am
10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off-the-wall.

The focus is and has always been prepping for ordinary folks who simply want to reduce their dependency on others, regardless, or in spite of, the woes created by Mother Nature, big business, and, sadly, the government and its political machine.

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10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 24, 2015, 9:00 am
Understanding How to Treat Water in An Emergency - Coming Soon - Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I spent the last week in Arizona taking care of some personal business.  That left me little time for preps but I still managed to take delivery of an additional 55 gallon water barrel.  After going 12 days without running water, I felt it prudent to double up on stored water.

Speaking of water, I have been working on setting up a live webinar on understanding the in’s and out’s of treating water in an emergency. 

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The Survival Buzz #157 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 21, 2015, 9:00 am
Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Emergency Kit - Backdoor Survival

Let’s face it.  No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice.  Alternately, when a disruptive event occurs while we are away from home, we want to be prepared with whatever we need to get back home safely.

These days, everyone on the planet is telling us that we need a well stocked bug-out-bag, or go-bag, with enough gear to get you by for at least 72 hours. 

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The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 20, 2015, 9:00 am
How to Homestead When You Rent Part 2 - Backdoor Survival

According to my research, the term “Homestead” was first used in the United States in the 1860’s.  More specifically, in 1862 a law was passed that offered for free up to 160 acres to any family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it as a farm.  A similar act was passed in Canada in 1872.

According to Wikipedia, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ended homesteading with the exception of Alaska, where homesteading on public lands was allowed until 1986.

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part 2 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 19, 2015, 9:00 am
The Perseid Collapse Series by Steve Konkoly - Backdoor Survival

It is time to shake things up with Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  This week we are going to dispense with the interview and head almost directly into the giveaway.  Steve Konkoly, the author of The Perseid Collapse series of post-apocalyptic fiction, is giving away two sets of personally signed copies of all three books.  That means two winners!

You might recall that Steve was part of the Spring 2014 Book Festival and again as part of the Summer 2014 Book Festival

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BDS Book Festival 7: The Perseid Collapse Series by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 18, 2015, 9:00 am
20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry - Backdoor Survival

For better or for worse, our lives are full of stress.  The weather, our jobs, the economy, financial woes and poor health can all contribute to stress.  In addition, for most of us, the biggest stress is simply that there are not enough hours in the day. Add prepping and learning new skills to the mix and life can get dicey.

Whatever the reason, many of us are under a relentless cloud of stress that never lets up.  We find ourselves enveloped by an undercurrent of tension that exists as we go about our day, even during normal times. 

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20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 17, 2015, 9:00 am
Happy Valentines Day from Backdoor Survival

Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

This week my preps were so memorable that I forgot what they were.  Seriously.  The reality is that I spent a good deal of time maintaining the status quo.  No one ever said this preparedness stuff was easy so just like you, I put one foot forward each day and do what I can to prevail.

Four things of note:

I continue to make bar soap from both scraps of half used bars as well as from Kirk’s castile soap. 

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The Survival Buzz #156 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 14, 2015, 9:00 am
Mountain House 48 Hour Meal Kit - Backdoor Survival

There is something abut Friday’s and Giveaways!  As I announced at the beginning of the year, Backdoor Survival has recovered from what I like to call “giveaway burnout” and is working diligently to bring you fantastic new giveaway items that will fill your survival and prepping cupboard for free.

This week is a reader favorite, free food.  More specifically, two 48 Hour Emergency Meal Kits  from Mountain House have been reserved for one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.  These kits are brand new to the Mountain House product line with each providing enough food to provide one person with 2,100 calories per day.

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Emergency Food Kit by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 13, 2015, 9:00 am
Learning to Use Body Language to Establish Trust - Backdoor Survival

Building a prepper community that you can rely on to come together in times of need is high on everyone’s list of goals.  Sadly, however, most of us have an issue with determining just who we should let into out inner circle of trusted friends. That includes family.  Who is to say that a trusted family member will not turn on us when the chips are down? This a special concern when there is a perception, real or imagined, that an immediate member of his or her own family is at risk.

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Learn to Use Body Language to Establish Trust by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 12, 2015, 9:00 am
Liberators by James Wesley Rawles - Backdoor Survival

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

James Wesley Rawles, who we all know as the founder of SurvivalBlog.com, is back again to answer a new round of questions and to give away a copy of his latest book of fiction, Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse.

I can not speak for you, but when someone mentions James Wesley Rawles, I am in awe.  He is, after, all the granddaddy of survival bloggers and in many ways can be credited with jump-starting many of us on the path to preparedness.

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BDS Book Festival 7: Liberators by James Wesley Rawles + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 11, 2015, 9:00 am
Healing Vapor Rub - Backdoor Survival

When it comes to prepping, having the ability to fend for yourself for an extended period is a universal goal.  First comes water, then comes food, and next, for many, comes first aid.  And therein lies the rub, no pun intended.

A cold or cough can take you down in a flash, whether it is an annoying sniffle or a wracking, chest pounding cough.  It is no fun and you are going to want to get rid of it fast. Alas, there are all types of over-the-counter remedies available to you but there are a few problems with them.

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DIY Healing Vapor Rub for Coughs & Congestion by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 10, 2015, 9:00 am
Cayenne Salve - Does it Work? - Backdoor Survival

The Survival Buzz is back again for an update on preps as well as news, tips and announcements.  First, though, I do want to apologize for the mix-up this weekend.  I had some technical issues which delayed the article 6 More Uncommon First Aid Items from going out to subscribers. That, in turn, caused a domino effect with the Survival Buzz.

A year ago I would have been over the top stressed about this glitch  Not so much anymore.  As I noted on my Facebook page, there are plenty of other things to stress about.

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The Survival Buzz #155 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: February 8, 2015, 9:00 am




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