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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 wild goose chase for misplaced preps continues.  First, I could not locate a small tin that holds my pocket survival kit.  Why is my pocket survival kit in a tin and not my pocket?  Too much stuff with some of it not really practical given my geographical location.  Let me give you an example.

These are just some of the many items in my current pocket survival kit.

The island where I live is 11.5 miles long and 6.5 miles wide at its widest point. 

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The Survival Buzz #144 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 22, 2014, 9:00 am
22 Uses of Frankincense

When it comes to essential oils, I believe practical and anecdotal uses are those that can be relied upon to deliver the best results.  And so it is with one of the most powerful and versatile oils available, Frankincense.

I do not say this lightly because truth be told, I initially shunned Frankincense, or “Frank” as it is called, because I thought it both exotic and expensive.  Slowly, though, I began to recognize it’s value especially when it comes to skin and wound care and its remarkable ability to relive inflammation and pain.

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22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 21, 2014, 9:00 am
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It is always a joy to start anew with a new slate of books in an all-new Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week is no exception as we roll out the first book in Book Festival 7, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World by Robert Richardson.

As an experienced prepper in my own right, it takes a lot to impress me when it comes to the plethora of survival guides currently on the market.  It seems as though a new book appears daily and although many are excellent, an equal number represent a rehash of material that has been presented in hundreds of other books, websites, and government publications.

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Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 20, 2014, 9:00 am
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Love it or hate it, the social media is something every blogger must pay attention to.  With that in mind, the other day I was curious about the most popular Backdoor Survival social media and Facebook shares.  Much to my surprise, I found that there were five articles that collectively have been shared over 30,000 times!

Holy smokes.  There is a lot of sharing going on!

Today I bring these top five most shared articles out of the archives so that you can enjoy them too.


The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

First Published 05-21-2013

DIY Miracle Healing Salve

First Published 12-03-2013

60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

First Published 04-07-2014

How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic

First Published 10-06-2014

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips

First published:  07-18-2013

The Final Word

One of the toughest parts of a blogger’s life is to keep their most vital articles alive so that new readers and followers can learn from them. 

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The Five Most Shared Articles on Facebook by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 19, 2014, 9:00 am
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Webster defines an expert as a person “who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area”  That being said, when it comes to preparedness, is anyone ever really an expert?

Let’s be realistic. Every prepper, myself included, was a novice at one time or another.  Along our journey, we have consulted books, websites, blogs, and various government publications in our quest to learn abut preparedness in general and the prepper lifestyle in particular.  Were any of the indivdual authors of these sources experts?  Perhaps they were but if that were the case, why does our search continue?

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Are You Guilty of These Prepper Mistakes? by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 18, 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.

This week has been a busy one as I got caught up on some reading in preparation for the newest Book Festival.  Although it shouldn’t be, reading preparedness books and survival fiction has become a guilty pleasure; guilty only because it takes time away from actually doing something.

This week I made my first batch of healing lotion bars.  While they look beautiful and do a better-than-wonderful job of moisturizing, they are not yet ready for prime-time. 

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The Survival Buzz #143 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 15, 2014, 9:00 am
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Today I am thrilled to announce the newest book festival in the Backdoor Survival lineup: Book Festival 7.  Once again, I am bringing you an amazing assortment of books and authors plus giveaways across the board.  As the seventh book festival in the series, I have tried to bring together an eclectic selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, instructional guides, and books for children.

Before I start, let me give you a brief run down on Backdoor Survival book festivals and how they work.

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Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 14, 2014, 9:00 am
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Every prepper worth their salt stores water and lots of it.  Not only that, they store one, two, three or more ways to purify water.  That is all well and good because you never know when a disaster or other disruptive event may occur and those water resources will be called upon for drinking, cleaning, hygiene, and sanitation purposes.

Recently, my number came up and I was the one without water during a short term, personal water apocalypse.  Now really, that may be a bit dramatic because I was simply without running water. 

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16 Tips for Coping Without Running Water by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 12, 2014, 9:00 am
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In the series Propane for Preppers, you have learned about filling one-pound propane cylinders. But what about refilling 20 pound tanks from, for example, the large tank you lease from the propane company?

In this article, you will learn about refilling those 20-pounders and also, how to safely store any size propane cylinder for the long term.  We also cover carbon monoxide and oxygen starvation.

Propane for Preppers Part Four is the next installment in the series written exclusively for Backdoor Survival by my friend Ron Brown, who has taken considerable time to put together a comprehensive tutorial for you. 

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Propane for Preppers – Part Four by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 11, 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 big news on the home front is that after 11 days without running water, things are almost back to normal.  I say “almost” because we had a toilet failure when the water came back on. Expect the unexpected right?  As I mentioned last week, during these 11 days we had plenty of stored water plus an unlimited supply of raw water available via pump right outside our front door.  That said, there were still some important lessons learned that I will share in an upcoming article.

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The Survival Buzz #142 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 8, 2014, 9:00 am
16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper

Let’s face it.  There is never enough room to store your emergency food.  Big house, small house, apartment, condo, or RV; regardless of the size of your home, it is human nature to fill it up.

To add to our woes, with food storage there are special considerations. When we couple the lack of storage space with the need to be mindful of the six enemies of food storage (temperature, moisture, oxygen, light, pests and time), storage issues compound exponentially.

Today I bring back an article I wrote awhile back. In 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper, you will learn some creative ways to squeeze a bit more food into an already crowded home or pantry.

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16 Creative Food Storage Tips by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 7, 2014, 10:00 am
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For the past couple of weeks, I have been writing and re-writing an article on finding calm in a sea of Ebola.  The first draft was written over two weeks ago and to be honest, as much as I tried, I simply could not get it to gel.

So much has been written already.  Some is good and some is not.  That said, I feel that prepper’s, as a group, are probably feeling a bit of Ebola-fatigue.  Now I hear noises that the main stream media is shuttering news of Ebola as it is spreading to individual communities. 

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Pandemic Readiness: Understanding and Preparing For Ebola by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 6, 2014, 9:00 am
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In the pursuit of self-sufficiency, Prepper’s are always looking for innovative ways to cook food.  Part of that comes from our desire to eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels and part, to be quite honest, has to do with the process of cooking itself.

Does it come as any surprise that some of the most popular preparedness and homesteading websites feature cooking and recipes?  We all love to eat and eating for the most part, requires cooking.  In my own household, in addition to a gas stove-top, I use a charcoal and wood-burning Volcano stove, an EcoZoom rocket stove that burns biomass, and two Solo Stoves

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Slow Cooking with the Amazing Wonder Oven by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 5, 2014, 9:00 am
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If you have ever had an injury that limited your mobility, you will understand why knowing how to deal with mobility challenges following a disaster is important.  A sprained ankle, a broken leg, a fractured arm; all of these can severely restrict your ability to dig your way out of or evacuate in the aftermath of a disaster.

These temporary disabilities are annoying and inconvenient at best.  Now put yourself in the shoes of an individual with a permanent disability; someone who requires a walker, a wheelchair, crutches, or a scooter to move around.

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Six Preparedness Tips for the Mobility Challenged by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 4, 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.

This week I am going to keep things brief.  As the Backdoor Survival Facebook followers know, I am going through a water apocalypse.  The short version of the story is that we have a leak in the line between our home and meter.  We became aware of this on Monday and have been without running water ever since.

The good news is that we found the leak.  The bad news is due to parts and available labor, it will not be fixed until next Thursday. 

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The Survival Buzz #141 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 2, 2014, 8:00 am
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Today I share the final author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. I am sure you will agree that there have been some terrific books in this round and that we have all learned from the insights of the many authors that have been featured.

This week, Kelli Otting, the author of two books in the Liberty Dying Series, is here to answer our interview questions and to offer both of her books as a giveaway.

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Liberty Dying Series + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: November 1, 2014, 8:00 am




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