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Prepper To Do List - Backdoor Survival Survival Buzz

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

Each Friday afternoon about 4PM, I sit down at my desk to reflect back on the week gone by and review in my head everything I have accomplished and everything I still need to do.  Truthfully? I have lists to keep track of my lists.

I maintain my “prepping to do” lists on steno books, the old-fashioned type with a spiral on the top.  I have dozens with some devoted to stuff and others devoted to skills.  

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The Survival Buzz #166 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 25, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Make 100% Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix - Backdoor Survival

For years I have coveted a real dough mixer.  You know the kind; a mixer with a huge dough hook so I could bake 4, 5, or even 6 loaves a bread at once.  On a day last month, my dream came true.  The folks at WonderMill offered to send me their new WonderMix for testing.

Other than learning how to make bread using the WonderMix, the rules were simple.  I had to use it and I had to give one away to a lucky Backdoor Survival reader! 

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How to Make Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 24, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Deal With Open Wounds - Backdoor Survival

If there is one area that I feel singularly unprepared for it is with dealing with physical trauma following a disruptive event.  Basic first aid?  Sure, I can handle that and have a decent first aid kit to back me up.  But serious wounds, broken bones, and other physical traumas? Not so much.

The thing about physical traumas, and especially open wounds, is that they can occur anytime including right in your own home.  An accident in the kitchen or the yard can begin with a bloody mess and end with an unwelcome infection. 

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How to Deal With Open Wounds When Help is Not on the Way by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 23, 2015, 8:00 am
Aftermath A Story of Survival Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

This week’s author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8 is singularly special not only because of the book itself, but because the author is a BDS frequent contributor, LeAnn Edmondson.

Her book, and the featured title this week. is Aftermath A Story of Survival. Imagine a computer virus that takes electronic systems around the world.  This type of cyber attack could happen on a small scale or a large scale but either way, it will change our way of life for a long, long time. 

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Aftermath A Story of Survival + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 22, 2015, 8:00 am
12 Simple Tips for Saving Money - Backdoor Survival

As much as I would like to say that money does not matter, it does. The reality is that most of us need money to buy food, put clothes on our backs, and pay for housing, utilities, healthcare, medicine and taxes.  Even families that live 100% off grid and hunt and grow their own food rely on money for one thing or another.

In truth, the way we live our lives and the amount of money we need gets down to a matter of choices.  And that, after all, is what Backdoor Survival is all about: having the knowledge and the wisdom to make the right choice for ourselves and our families without being judged as being right or wrong.

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12 Outrageously Simple Tips for Saving Money by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 21, 2015, 8:00 am
DIY Facial Wipes - Backdoor Survival

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

The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I have taken a lot of practice exams – oh, say 40 or 50 times – and am passing with scores of 30 and 31 out of 35 but still, you just never know.

So, as I write this I am stressed and need to study more so I will keep today’s Buzz brief.

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The Survival Buzz #165 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 18, 2015, 8:00 am
Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit Review & Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

I do not know a single Prepper or Survivalist type that is not in love with paracord. Suffice it to say that paracord is to an emergency kit what lavender is to essential oils – a multi-purpose tool for getting you through all types of emergency rough spots.

The only issue with paracord, and really, it is a teensy issue, is that it is bulky and unwieldy to carry around.  Up until now, I simply dealt with it but now I don’t have to.  The nice folks at Life-Pod wanted some feedback on their product so they sent me their Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit to test.  

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Review: Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 17, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Set Up & Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy Part 2 - Backdoor Survival

For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge.  This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability.  Documentation?  Unless you can read broken English written by a Chinese national who has never studied the  language, you are out of luck.

Like many prepper’s, I understand the importance of communication following a disruptive event.  To that end, I took the easy road and purchased a couple of portable Baofeng radios so that I could communicate with the rest of the world when the grid is down.

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How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, Part 2 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 16, 2015, 8:00 am
After the Crumble Interview & Giveaway - Backdoor Survival

After taking a break of several months, I am once again reading books in the post-apocalyptic genre.  To be honest, during this break, living and breathing what might happen following a disruptive event was simply too much to deal with.

Shifting gears, I now find myself ready to jump right in and am looking forward to simultaneously be entertained, educated, and shocked by the realities of what could indeed happen if the world and society when to heck.

One of the first books I picked up was this latest entry in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: After the Crumble + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 15, 2015, 8:00 am
8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important - Backdoor Survival

A couple of months ago I was going through some old boxes tucked into the hidden recesses of my garage and I stumbled upon a box of old cookbooks.  Since I learned to cook long before the age of computers, most of my self-taught efforts came by way of these cookbooks.  I started to collect cookbooks in high school and little did I know then what I know now: old cookbooks are important.

As I flipped through some of the pages, it became evident that these old cookbooks are real treasures. 

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8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 14, 2015, 8:00 am
Fantastic Garden Trellis from Scraps - Backdoor Survival

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

I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment this week.  First and foremost, I continued studying for the upcoming HAM radio tech license exam next Saturday.  Plus, to get in the spirit of things, I attended a local ARRL chapter meeting.  Straight out, I put myself on the line, and told the members I was going to pass the test next week. 

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The Survival Buzz #164 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 11, 2015, 8:00 am
10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse - Backdoor Survival

It was not that long ago that the country of Greece suffered a devastating collapse of their economy.  At the time, there was a lot of blame game going on but, at the end of the day, it was years of irresponsible and unrestrained spending that took them down.  That, coupled with questionable accounting practices and misstated economic indicators left the Greek citizens befuddled and angry when the reality of a depression hit.

Could the same thing happen here?  Not to be depressing but in going through my own thoughts as I answer the question “What am I least prepared for?”, I realized that it was time for a wake-up call and time to re-evaluate my own preps within the context of an economic collapse.

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10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 9, 2015, 8:00 am
Preppers Financial Guide by Jim Cobb - Backdoor Survival

A few days ago I read an article about the US stock market and how similar today’s market is to 2008.  The discussion went into a number of indicators that, having been there, done that, made me sit up and feel a sense of relief that I have done everything I can think of to put my financial house in order.

That said, there is always something more to do and I am always interested in learning new ideas for fostering financial preparedness.  With that introduction, today I share the next author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 8, 2015, 8:00 am
20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness & Survival - Backdoor Survival

Rich, golden honey. What is not to like? Just the thought of sweet, fragrant honey and honey bees makes me think of happy times.  That, coupled with it’s long storage life  makes honey a perfect food for the survival pantry.  But did you know that honey has a myriad of other uses, including as a therapeutic ointment that promotes healing?

In this article you will learn all about honey, the various types, its use to promote health and wellness, and other ways to use honey that you may not have thought of. 

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20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness and Survival by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 7, 2015, 8:00 am
Adding Chocolate Kisses to Food Storage - Backdoor Survival

Here we are again with another Survival Buzz and an update on preps as wells and news and announcements.

I experienced a couple of prepping bloopers this week.  But first, on the positive side, I put some chocolate kisses into a “time capsule” that will not get opened for two years.  The idea is to see if chocolate can be stored for the long term.

I put the chocolate kisses in a mason jar with an O2 absorber, then sealed it with my Food Saver jar attachment

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The Survival Buzz #163 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 4, 2015, 8:00 am
Solar Air Lantern Review - Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing we all should be mindful of when it comes to our emergency kits it is weight.  Let me tell you this: strap more than 20 pounds on your back and unless you are an experienced backpacker or in the Army, you are not going to get very far.

For that very reason, I am always on the lookout for prepping items that are both light weight and useful.  If the usefulness extends beyond emergencies, and the item is value priced, all the better.

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Review: Inflatable Solar Air Lantern for Emergencies + Giveaway (10 Winners!!) by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: April 3, 2015, 8:00 am




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