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Today I am thrilled to welcome back Jim Cobb for another interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week we are featuring Jim’s popular book, Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness.

So what is it that I like so much about this book?  In classic, Backdoor Survival style, Jim guides you through the steps to becoming a full-fledged prepper in just 52 weeks. Each chapter represents a single week with a summary page of assignments at the end of each week. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Countdown to Preparedness + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 25, 2014, 8:00 am
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Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affected.  As of this writing, five children have died.

This is not something to take lightly and is reason enough to start doubling up on the frequency of hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. This includes adults, of course, but also children who seem especially  at risk.

According to Wikipedia:

EV68 almost exclusively causes respiratory illness, and varies from mild to severe.

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DIY Antiviral Sanitizing Spray: When Hand Sanitizer is Not Enough by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 24, 2014, 8:00 am
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Severe weather occurs far more frequently than most folks realize.  As a matter of fact, it is a severe weather event that prompts many folks to begin their preparedness journey.

In the United States, the five most dangerous weather events are tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms.  Each of these weather events can leave you without power, and without access to food, clean water and supplies to make it through the days and sometimes weeks until things return to normal.

Although nothing can be done to stop the force of nature, you can stay informed and in touch with current weather conditions. 

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Fast Track Tip #11: Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:00 am
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How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.

Now that I have piqued your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Lewis Dartnell, the author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

Before starting, let me say that without question, this is the most fascinating and unique book ever presented in a BDS book festival. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 20, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my laptop failed.  Talk about a frantic mess and talk about a need to roll with the punches. In the old days, before I was a crazy prepper lady, I would have sat down to have a temper tantrum then cried.

Alas, I still had my old laptop and a backup of my data plus a backup of the backup. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #139 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 19, 2014, 8:00 am
Joe Nobody and Bishop's Song

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of the hugely popular “Holding Their Own” series, is back with book #6, Bishop’s Song plus another interview with all new questions.  As always, there is another book giveaway, too.

I know that many Backdoor Survival readers are fan’s of Joe’s, both for his instructional survival guidebooks and his entire “Holding Their Own” series.  He is a prolific writer with eight books now available in the fictional series with fans coming back again and again to read each new book in the series.

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Joe Nobody & Bishop\'s Song + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 18, 2014, 8:00 am
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The great recession of the 21st century has been marching forward for seven plus years.  These have not been easy times.

For the the enlightened, these seven years have been troubling and extremely stressful. The stagnant economy, the threat of a global financial collapse, pandemics, terrorist activity, and an overall belief of being “stuck in place” have put most people on edge.

Sadly, the stresses created by being stuck and going nowhere have not lessened since the recession began in 2008.  If anything, they are greater.  As additional and questionable government controls are mandated and as insidious corporate shenanigans and corruption is uncovered, that stressful edge is likely to get steeper over time with no end in sight.

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13 Ways To Roll With the Punches by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 17, 2014, 8:00 am
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In the summertime when you get hot, sweaty and sticky, it is quite natural to reach for a nice, cool glass of water to quench your thirst.  In the Fall and Winter, however, it is easy to forget to drink an adequate amount of water to stay hydrated.

Think about it.  You are indoors, covered with layers of warm clothing and subject to the dry heat produced by your furnace wood stove, or fireplace.  Talk about a recipe for dehydration.

Today I discuss some reasons why you need to drink water for survival. 

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8 Reasons to Drink Water for Survival by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 15, 2014, 8:00 am
When the Storm Hits the Fan

I am a firm believer that our very best learning opportunities come from the learning experiences of others.  There is no better example of this than listening or reading about the experience of someone who has lived through a major disaster.

This happened last fall, when reader a shared her experience during the winter ice storms in the eastern part of the US.  The article, 5 Days with No Power – When the Ice Hits the Fan, was an eye-opener that taught us that even the seasoned prepper will never be truly prepared.

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Disaster Preps: When the Storm Hits the Fan by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 13, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.

It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation.  On the one hand, I want to be thorough and gab about what I have been seeing, who I have been talking to, and how much or how little those around me are prepping.  I will say this:  most folks think I am pretty darn strange.

Prepping?  What is that????  Working on a blog?  What is that???

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #138 by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 12, 2014, 8:00 am
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Next up on the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a another piece of prophetic fiction, this time from author D.S. Edwards.  The book is Collective Retribution and it is quite the thriller, relating a tale of what we hope will never happen.

D.S. is here to answer the book festival questions and to award three lucky readers with a copy of his book.

Before starting, without, be a spoiler, let me say this.  Collective Retribution is going to open your mind to the ramifications of a collapse of the Unites State of America and the rise of a rogue government. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Collective Retribution + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 11, 2014, 8:00 am
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Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches in a Mountain House Fall Giveaway!

What’s included?  Three good ones:  Chili Mac, Lasagna and Biscuits and Gravy!

So how good are Mountain House meal entrees?  You have heard me mention Mountain House Chili Mac on many occasions as my favorite with Lasagna right behind it. 

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Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 10, 2014, 8:00 am
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One of the more frequent questions I get relative to propane has to do refilling propane tanks.  I am not talking about those 20 pound tanks commonly used with backyard BBQs.  Instead, the questions have to do with refilling those ubiquitous one pound cylinders that are used with portable stoves, lanterns, and heaters.

In this next installment of Propane for Preppers, you are going to learn how to refill your one pound propane tanks.  As you will learn, there are pros and cons mostly relating to safety considerations.  The last thing I want, after all, is for you to blow yourself up along with the rest of the neighborhood.

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

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 8, 2014, 8:00 am
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In recent weeks, we have all been bombarded with mainstream news reports about the Ebola virus.  Most of those reports indicate that we have nothing to worry about.  Alas, as preppers and survival-types, we worry about pandemics and runaway viruses along with the myriad of other disasters and disruptive events that may occur at some point down the road.

Many of your may remember book festival author, FJ Bohan.  He and I have stayed in touch and as it turns out, he has become a friend of Backdoor Survival on many fronts. 

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How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 6, 2014, 8:00 am
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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz!

This week, because I am traveling, I am going to bring you a very special Sunday Survival Buzz.  A long-time Backdoor Survival reader, Sharon Smith, has started a personal blog that chronicles her family’s life living in a cabin while building their own home on raw land.  She also blogs about her garden, animals, kids and life in general.

It is a great little blog that you can find here: Wayward Pine Farm.

Sharon has give me permission to share what she has written and so today I bring you her step by step DIY for drying herbs for future use. 

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The Sunday Survival Buzz #137: How to Dry Fresh Cut Herbs by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 5, 2014, 8:00 am
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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the latest Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  And what a treat I have for you today!

Davi Barker, the author of Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die, is joining us for his first Backdoor Survival interview and will award one lucky reader with a copy of his book.

As one reviewer put it:  “How does a fifth-grader survive on his own?  It’s Home Alone with zombies!”  Now honestly, although this is a children’s book, I needed to lighten up one evening so I read it myself. 

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Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Survivor Max + Giveaway by Gaye Levy first appeared on Backdoor Survival.

Author: Gaye Levy
Posted: October 4, 2014, 8:00 am




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