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Learn to clean your essential oil diffuser - Backdoor Survival

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

How was your week?  I have been busy with a capital “B” in an attempt to complete my many half started projects.  Many of these projects were blog related as I needed to clean up some behind the scenes hosting and performance issues.

On the prepping side, one task that was long overdue was cleaning my three diffusers.  Just looking inside them was creepy in that small concentrations of dried up oils were crusted around the various orifices that allow them to operate at peak performance.

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The Survival Buzz #162 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 28, 2015, 8:00 am
Review of the Sunjack Waterproof Lightstick - Backdoor Survival

If there is one thing that we all share in common, it is our interest in having adequate light to brighten our way when the grid is down.  Perhaps that is why some of us, no names mentioned, have over two dozen flashlights of all sizes and types.  And that is in addition to chemical light sticks.

With all of these portable light sources, what if you had a powerful source of light that was not only bright enough to light up a room, but was waterproof and rechargeable using any USB source? 

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Gear Review: SunJack Waterproof Lightstick + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 27, 2015, 8:00 am
The Organic Canner - Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival

Are you a frustrated home canner wannabe like I am?  Whether that describes you to a “T” or whether you are an experienced pro, home canning is one of those skills where you can never have too much knowledge and reference material at your fingertips.  Let me rephrase that: you can never have too much credible knowledge at your fingertips.

With that introduction, let me re-introduce you to Daisy Luther, the author of The Organic Canner.  You might remember Daisy from a previous Book Festival when I introduced her book, The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months

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Prepper Book Festival 8: The Organic Canner + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 25, 2015, 8:00 am
10 Ways to Stay Calm and Prepare for a Disruptive Event - Backdoor Survival

Over a recent dinner at my place with like-minded friends, the conversation turned to the state of the world, our country, and society in general.  While this was supposed to be a fun evening and a much needed break from long work-days, the conversation became quite sobering as we started to rattle off all of the disruptive events that the four of us prepare for.  Events that may happen tomorrow or events that may never happen.

I began to squirm in my chair as I realized that each of us felt challenged both by the need to keep our preps up (meaning stuff and skills) and the need to live a joyful life. 

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10 Ways to Stay Calm and Prepare for a Disruptive Event by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 24, 2015, 8:00 am
Shoo Goo Really Works - Backdoor Survival

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

What a crazy weather week here in Backdoor Survival land. One day it was sunny and warm, then next was cloudy, rainy and windy.  One thing you learn when you live in Washington State is that the weather can be quite variable from day to day.  Still, when you think about it, here in Western Washington we don’t get much snow and, further, here on San Juan Island we get an average annual rainfall that is 14 inches less than Seattle.

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The Survival Buzz #161 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 21, 2015, 8:00 am
New 2000 Hour Flashlight - Backdoor Survival

What better way to start off the new “Prepper Book Festival” than with The New 2000 Hour Flashlight?

I say this because from the get go, I was part of the feedback team that Ron used to fine tune the technique in the first edition and get it ready for prime time.  Although I don’t know for sure, my guess is that thousands of copies of the original “Flashlights” is out there and likewise, scores of prepper’s have used Ron’s technique to build their own survival flashlight with a usable beam and battery life of 2000+ hours.

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Prepper Book Festival 8: The New 2000 Hour Flashlight + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 20, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Set Up and Master Ham Radio Part 1 - Backdoor Survival

On April 18th, I will be taking the test to get my Technician Class HAM radio license.  This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time but honestly?  I got so wrapped up with getting my equipment, two Baofeng UV5 radios, to work that I lost sight of the goal.

To prepare for my test, I have been studying Dan Romanchik’s free guide “The Non-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide” which is all good.  But still niggling me was the sense of failure at setting up my HAM radios. 

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How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, Part 1 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 19, 2015, 8:00 am
BDS Prepper Book Festival 8 - Backdoor Survival

Spring is in the air and along with it brings an all-new Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival. It appears that word has gotten out about these BDS book festivals because not a week goes by that an author or their publisher asks me to add their book to the next round.  It is a tough call sometimes, but in each case, I do my best to bring to you an eclectic combination of fiction and non-fiction to fill your book reading and knowledge appetite.

BDS Book Festival 8 is no exception and if anything, is the most varied yet. 

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BDS Prepper Book Festival 8 Is Here! by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 18, 2015, 8:00 am
Managing Blood Pressure with Essential Oils - Backdoor Survival

Something of that concerns every single one of us is how we will deal with health issues in the event modern medicine and western doctors are no longer available to keep us well.  This goes far beyond current health woes because, as you know, stuff happens and someone that is perfectly healthy one day may be stricken with a health-related malady the next.

With that introduction, a few months back I decided to explore whether the use of essential oils could help manage high blood pressure during times of trouble. 

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Managing Blood Pressure With Essential Oils by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 17, 2015, 8:00 am
Maintaining Black Berkey Filters - Backdoor Survival

Another week has rolled around and it is once again time for this week’s Survival Buzz.  As always, I want to start off with my preps.

Since the beginning of the year, I have tried to focus on checking one major task off the to-do list each week.  This week’s task was something I have been procrastinating about for a couple of months, namely performing a red-dye test on my Black Berkey filters.  The rule of thumb recommendation is that this should be done every three to six months. 

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The Survival Buzz #160 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 14, 2015, 8:00 am
Ultimate 55 Gallon Water Barrel - Backdoor Survival

Here we go again with another Friday Giveaway Blast!  This week the prize is a fantastic 55 Gallon Ultimate Water Barrel Kit from Emergency Essentials.  I know for a fact that this is something that many of you covet and now you have an opportunity to win one for free!

You can never have enough extra water on hand.  I discovered that when I personally experienced 12 days without running water due to a water leak near the main coming into my house.  Believe me, all of my stored water came in handy. 

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Friday Review and Giveaway Blast! Win a 55 Gallon Water Barrel by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 13, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Homestead When Your Rent Part Three - Backdoor Survival

Most prepper-types are also homesteaders but do not know it.  I say that because we “Homestead in Place” which is a term I defined back in January 2014.  Perhaps others are now using that term; I have not checked.  None the less, it still applies.

By my own definition, to “homestead in place” means that you take what you have – be it a downtown condo, an urban apartment, a suburban tract home or a cottage home in a seaside community – and choose an assortment of traditional homesteading activities to apply to your unique environment.

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

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 12, 2015, 8:00 am
Prepper Petes Gun of a Son - Backdoor Survival

The current Backdoor Survival Book Festival ends today with one of the most unique books yet.  Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son is a remarkable book on gun safety for kids.  That’s right, an illustrated book on gun safety designed for the young people in our lives.  Trust me, this is a good one!

As always, the author, Kermit Jones, is here to answer some interview questions and also to offer up a copy of his book to one lucky reader.  But first, let me share a little bit about the book itself.

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BDS Book Festival 7: Prepper Pete’s Gun of a Son + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 11, 2015, 8:00 am
9 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times - Backdoor Survival

Most Prepper types that I know appear to have a common trait: they are good at evaluating risks then moving to mitigate those risks in a nimble manner.  What that means, in somewhat plainer English, is they have the ability to evaluate a situations, make a plan, learn from it, and ultimately act in a responsible manner.

Along those lines, more recently I have done some personal analysis and put more focus on what I call “hard times ahead”.  With my disaster preps more or less in order, I want to ensure that my own household will get through a period of difficulty when, for instance, there is not enough food, work, or money to go around.

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9 Things To Do to Prepare for Hard Times Ahead by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 10, 2015, 8:00 am
The Future is Now: Creating a Second Chance - Backdoor Survival

On Saturday, while muddling through my morning coffee and emails, I thought back to a time eight years ago when there was more than one sleepless night spent worrying about our nation’s financial roller coaster.  At the time, both my savings and my personal retirement accounts were heavily invested in the stock market.

Then, on a single day in March 2009, life as I knew it changed.  I lost a major chunk of my investments and retirement savings.

All that is now history.  You may not know this but the following year, this website was created more as a personal catharsis than anything else.

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Special Report: The Future is Now – Creating a Second Chance by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 9, 2015, 8:00 am
How to Make a Sprinkling Can for Free - 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 I continued to focus on my meager gardening efforts.  The weather here as been sunny but cold so I am still wearing my down vest but ahhhhh the sunshine is so nice.  I continued planting lettuce seeds.  Because I am a perfectionist, I pour the seeds into the palm of my hand then pick them up one by one with a tweezers to plant.

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The Survival Buzz #159 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: March 7, 2015, 9:00 am




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