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We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared one month at a time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event occur in your geographical area.

Having said that, you do not need a PhD in family preparedness to know that there are far more reasons to prepare than a calamitous disaster.  As the article Disasters 101 pointed out, the sudden loss of a job, illness, the death of a family member and a rash of other circumstances may require you to rely on emergency supplies to get by.  . . . Read More

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

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 22, 2014, 8:00 am
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The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days.  This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world, but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.

While it is easy to recommend using essential oils for whatever ails you, the question of which essential oil to use for a specific ailment can be elusive.  Let’s face it.  Sometimes you have a little problem that you want to solve right now, without resorting to a ton of research.

I am going to make it easy for you.  . . . Read More

20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:00 am
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Four years ago I was both a newbie blogger and a newbie prepper.  To be honest, I had a lot of angst about a lot of things.  Unemployment was rampant, the housing market was in shambles, and people around me were suffering.  As a woman of a certain age, I was upset and wanted to do something, anything really, to relieve some of the stress while sharing my new found journey down the path of preparedness.

At the time, my long time friend, George Ure, suggested that I start a website that would complement his own Urban Survival website. . . Read More

Eleven Point Plan to Bust the Myth of Retirement by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 18, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

I had a big blooper I would like to share with you this week.  I was out of unbleached flour and was not in the mood for grinding some wheat so I pulled a Mylar bag of flour from deep storage.  So far so good and yes, the pizza was delicious!

Anyway, being thrifty, I was not going to let a perfectly good Mylar bag go to waste so after dumping the flour into my canister, I put the bag in the dishwasher.   . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #130 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 17, 2014, 8:00 am
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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Angela Paskett, the author of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

Before starting, let me tell you a little bit about the book.  Angela’s book is an in-depth guide that addresses all sorts of food storage dilemmas  There are foods for 72 hour kits, foods for three month kits, and foods for long-term, or what I like to call “deep storage”. . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 16, 2014, 8:00 am
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Every once in awhile something comes along that tickles my fancy because it is just so darn much fun.  When that fun item is coupled with solid functionality, I am thrilled.

Such is the case with the SunBell Solar Lamp and the Little Sun. Both are 100% solar powered, simple to use, and a delight to look at.  And of course, I have one of each to give away to lucky Backdoor Survival readers.

So what are they and how to they work?  Let us take them one at a time, starting with the SunBell. . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: SunBell and Little Sun Solar Lamps + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 15, 2014, 8:00 am
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If I were to ask how many of you store liquid bleach along with your other prepping supplies, I am certain that a good percentage of you would raise your hands.  Liquid bleach is a powerful disinfectant and sanitizer but did you know that there is something better?  Something with an almost indefinite shelf life that is inexpensive and takes almost no room to store?

That something is the chemical Calcium Hypochlorite most commonly known as Pool Shock.

I have known about Pool Shock for years but because it is not readily available in my area, I never took the time to search it out so I could stockpile some for my own emergency preps.  . . . Read More

How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 13, 2014, 8:00 am
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There is a tendency in all of us to compare the old to the new.  This is especially true in the preparedness community where in anticipation of hard times ahead, we look to our parents and grandparents for ideas for living a self-reliant and sustainable life.

I have been thinking about that a lot lately; even to the extent that I have considered sewing up some long skirts and pioneer-style aprons that will hold up to a week or two of wear without laundering.  Seriously.

Anyway, the following piece has been circulating the web for awhile.  . . . Read More

Living Life the Old Fashioned Way by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 11, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz  with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

There has been a lot going on here on my tiny homestead this week.  As I mentioned last week, I felt it was prudent to do a de-cluttering and a deep cleaning of all surfaces, including the cupboards and drawers.  This turned out to be a huge job but in the long run, will pay off if we have to lock things down during a pandemic.  The key, of course, is keeping it that way.  . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #129 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 10, 2014, 8:00 am
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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Steve Konkoly, the author of Event Horizon  is back again for another interview with all new questions plus a really great giveaway.

Steve is offering three Backdoor Survival readers with personally signed copies of the first two books in the “The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series”, The Perseid Collapse and Event Horizon.  That means there will be three winners!  Don’t you just love the generosity of our book festival authors?

Before we start, I have to tell you that The Perseid Collapse (book #1) was a real page turner.  . . . Read More

Summer 2014 Book Festival: Event Horizon + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 9, 2014, 8:00 am
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Regardless of our coping mechanisms, this business of being prepared is hard work and stressful because no matter how much time and money we throw at prepping, it is impossible to anticipate every possible thing that could potentially happen.  Sure, we can and should do a risk analysis but as recent years have proven, there is always an element of the unexpected to contend with.

The coping mechanisms we have in place to deal with stress can vary, with some of us doing a better job than others.  Regardless, we all attempt do our best as we rumble and bumble our way through the process. . . . Read More

Seven Important Elements in The Survival Kit of Living by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 8, 2014, 8:00 am
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Here we go again with another awesome giveaway!  I have once again I got together with a group of my blogging colleagues to share this giveaway that is sponsored by Food For Health.  The “prize” is an 8-Pack of WaterBricks.

What the heck are WaterBricks?  A WaterBrick is a stackable water and food storage container that holds 3.5 Gallons of liquids or up to 27 pounds of dry food.  They are made of rugged, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and come with an with an easy grip comfort handle.

WaterBricks stack like bulk storage but are individually easy to move for Grab & Go taking your water where you need it. . . . Read More

Summer Survival Blast: WaterBrick Stackable Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 7, 2014, 8:00 am
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For the past week, I have been giving a lot of consideration to what I would personally do if there was even the slightest hint of an Ebola pandemic in the United States.  You would think that the process I engage would be easy since I live on an island that is only accessible by ferry, private vessel, or small aircraft.  But, as with all things, preparedness, there are always unique circumstances that come into play in any disaster and a pandemic is no different.

The risk, as I see it, is that I live in a popular tourist destination.  . . . Read More

Preparing to Hunker Down in Place by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 am
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The landing of Ebola on North American soil and in an American hospital has generated fear, confusion, and for some, a feeling of panic over the potential of a global pandemic.  I am compelled to say this: now is not the time to fall prey to fear-mongers and others that wish to stir up thoughts of an impeding apocalypse.

Instead, consider this a wakeup call to continue your emergency preparations with a special emphasis on learning how to create a sick room in the event you might need one at some point down the road. . . . Read More

Special Report: An Update on Ebola by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 5, 2014, 8:00 am
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When it comes to prepping, risk assessment is something that tends to get shoved to the back burner as we move in a frenzy to learn new skills and purchase “stuff”.  I know that in 12 Months of Prepping, I stress the importance of evaluating specific and inherent risks, but you know the saying, out of sight is out of mind.

Until something bad happens.

When a disaster other disruptive event occurs, we scramble to catch up by looking at our own lives and our own situation and formulating a plan specific to unique, geographical and familial needs.  . . . Read More

Stepping Up to Manage the New Reality by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 4, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz  with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

What a crazy and wild week.  We lost power about 2:30AM one night and our house generator automatically kicked it. Shelly jumped up and said “WTF, something is wrong with our generator”! LOL, I told him to relax; it was doing what it was supposed to do! Anyway, he traipsed outside to shut it off since it is wasteful to run a generator in the middle of the night. . . . Read More

The Sunday Survival Buzz #128 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: August 3, 2014, 8:00 am




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