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

This has been a busy week both prep and blog wise as I have been doing some planning for those things I want to blog about in early 2015.  To help me along, after using an electronic calendar for years and years, I finally broke down and purchased a wall planning calendar.  It was long overdue.

One of my projects this week was to re-batch some Kirk’s Castile Bar Soap and make my own artisan-style bar soap. 

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The Survival Buzz #148 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 20, 2014, 9:00 am
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There are moments in the blogging world where you just have to stop the presses, step back, and shift your focus.  Today is one of those days.  The article I had planned to today has been put on hold so that I can bring you a list of websites where you can find the best free prepping advice on the internet.

Let me explain.

Popular writer and blogger Michael Snyder has just published his list of the 122 Best Prepper websites

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How to Find Free Prepping Advice on the Internet by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 19, 2014, 9:00 am
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It is time to present another entry in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7 and oh my gosh, I have been wanting to share this book with you since I first came across a pre-release excerpt last summer!

Let me say this: do no be put off by the title as Lauren Wilson, the author of The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse, answers the Book Festival  questions and awards one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

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BDS Book Festival 7: The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 18, 2014, 9:00 am
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Having a survival mindset means you are always ready to take on new challenges, right?  Although I fully believe that new challenges are a good thing, it is sometimes downright frustrating to recognize that prep as we do, we are never really ready.

Part of the disconnect from being totally prepared is having the knowledge that we will never be able to prepare for everything.  As recently as four years ago, we were preparing for the end of the world as we know it and a global economic collapse. 

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16 Important Rules of Survival and Preparedness by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 17, 2014, 9:00 am
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Traditionally, when you think of the items in a bug out bag, you think of a flashlight, knife, water filter, fire starter, paracord, first aid kit, and a whole list of other items that before long, fill your pack with gear that will help you survive should you have to flee the safety and comfort of your home.

When it comes to food items, the items carried in a bug out bag (also called a BOB or GO bag), are often limited by weight. 

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Fast Track Prep Tip #12: Three Uncommon Food Items for the BOB by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 16, 2014, 9:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I whine about my lack of organization which is a bit of a conundrum since in my non-prepping life, I am extremely organized.  Having jumped on the paperless wagon almost ten years ago, most documents and receipts have been scanned and are all neatly filed electronically and totally searchable on multiple devices including those that can be powered by solar if need be.

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The Survival Buzz #147 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 13, 2014, 9:00 am
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It seems to me that whenever I travel by air, I come home with a sniffle or two.  It is not that I am not careful because I am.  It is just that being squeezed into a miniscule airline seat surrounded by strangers who are breathing, chewing, coughing, and sneezing makes contact unavoidable.  Travelers can carry some DIY Anti-Viral Spray with them but other than donning a mask and gloves, they run the risk of exposure to all kinds of nasties during their flight.

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9 Simple Tips to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 12, 2014, 9:00 am
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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Jim Cobb, the author of Urban Emergency Survival Plan is back again to answer some new Book Festival questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of the book.

This is Jim’s fourth entry in the BDS Book Festival Series and with good reason.  His books are solid references with credible information that can easily be put into action with a minimum amount of stress and cost. 

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Book Festival 7: Urban Emergency Survival Plan + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 11, 2014, 9:00 am
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Pick up any preparedness book or visit any preparedness website and you are bound to be inundated with ideas for getting yourself ready for an unexpected disruptive event.  After awhile, the eyes begin to glaze over as you realize that you are reading the same thing over and over again.

The good news is that if so many people are talking about something, it must be true, right?  For obvious reasons, I am going to leave that one alone for now. 

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33 Brilliant Non-Traditional Preps by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 10, 2014, 9:00 am
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The term “at the twelfth hour” is often used to describe something or someone that is late. But in Month Twelve of 12 Months of Prepping, nothing could be further from the truth.  More to the point, if you have been following along the Backdoor Survival series on 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time, you have already taken major steps toward becoming self-sufficient if a natural disaster or other disruptive event should strike in your neighborhood or within your family group.

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12 Months of Prepping: Month Twelve by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 9, 2014, 9:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Although sick room supplies are a serious matter, I had a bit of fun this week while trying on my Tyvek disposable coveralls.  There was, however, a method to my madness if not to my antics.  The purpose of my try-on was twofold.  One, to assess maneuverability and two, to assess proper sizing since I did not find any size charts or guidelines in the product description.

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The Survival Buzz #146 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 6, 2014, 9:00 am
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Whenever my travels take me to the Seattle area, I am amazed at the extent of conspicuous consumption. The fancy cars, the filled-to-the-brim shopping bags, and the crammed-to-the-gills restaurants are always a surprise.  Perhaps I have lived in a rural community too long but when whenever I see this, my first thought turns to wondering whether these city folks have a clue about living simply and being prepared.

Do they have a rainy day fund?  Do they have stored food?  Do they have skills to survive without a job or a government hand-out if the worse were to happen?

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It is Never Too Late to Embrace Personal Austerity by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 5, 2014, 9:00 am
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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Ray Gorham, the author of Daunting Days of Winter, is here to answer the Book Festival questions and to award three lucky readers with copies of the two e-books in the Kyle Tait series: 77 Days in September and Daunting Days of Winter.

That’s right, there will be three winners!

Before I turn things over to Ray and his interview, I feel compelled to mention that as recently as last week, scientists were warning that an attack on the US power grid is not something to disavow. 

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Book Festival 7: 77 Days in September by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 4, 2014, 9:00 am
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There is a popular school of thought that dictates that your survival kit should follow you everywhere.  Within this context I am not referring to a bug out bag or a vehicle emergency kit but rather a small, portable survival kit that you carry with you during the normal course of living your life.  This kit is commonly referred to as your EDC, or Every Day Carry.

I feel that the term “EDC” is misleading because it implies a set of items that is always with you, no matter what. 

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8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 3, 2014, 9:00 am
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Anyone who has been researching and studying food storage has undoubtedly heard the term “Mylar bag” mentioned relative to storing bulk foods.  So what exactly is a “Mylar bag”?  And what do I need to know to begin using Mylar bags for food storage?

As with the ubiquitous oxygen absorber, the mention of Mylar bags brings up as many questions as there are answers.  We have all heard that the best way to store dry goods for long term storage is in a Mylar bag but what exactly is a Mylar bag and, more specifically, how are they used?

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Survival Basics: Using Mylar Bags for Food Storage by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: December 2, 2014, 9:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

The first order of business is my preps. This may not seem like a big deal but I learned to use a bucket tool opener to pry open the lid of a sealed, five gallon bucket.  In this case, it was a bucket of coconut oil which in the past, required Shelly’s brawn to open.  Ladies, it is time for us to do more of the heavy lifting ourselves! 

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The Survival Buzz #145 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 29, 2014, 9:00 am




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