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Those of you who may be new to the world of prepping may not immediately think of EMPs when it comes to immediate threats. Instead, the top threats in your own mind might be a nuclear war, economic collapse, and the uncontrollable events that Mother Nature regularly throws our way.

Seasoned preppers, however, rank EMPs pretty high on the list of potentially disruptive events. For many, it is the number one threat. In this article, we will look at why that is, what they are, and what you can do to prepare for an EMP.

12 Months of Prepping for Disruptive Events: EMP http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/prepping-for-an-emp/
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Over the past few years, I have acquired a sizeable library of books and eBooks on natural remedies. Some are good but somewhat dry, boring, and overly technical. Others are fluff or simply a glorified blog post article. A select few are outstanding and today's book is one of them.

Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare is one of those rare books that takes an overwhelming subject and breaks it down into manageable bites. The book begins with an extensive discussion of developing a local medicine community and the value of using healing herbs and plants that grow in our backyards. It then moves on to the ways you can put these herbs to use, whether as a tincture, oil infusion, steam pot, salve, bone broth, vinegar or any of a number of other methods that can be used administer herbs in emergency and first aid situations. Read the author interview then enter to win a copy of "Heal Local" for free.. Three copies are up for grabs!

Prepper Book Festival: Heal Local 20 Essential Herbs for DIY Home Healthcare + Giveaway http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/heal-local-20-essential-herbs/
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Like the game of party line we played as kids, myths about colds and other short-term illnesses prevail. The reality is that the common cold is caused by a virus that is passed from person to person. They can occur anytime during the year and not just during what is commonly referred to as the "cold season". So what are those myths? Contributing author Dr. Joe Alton is here to debunk them and to reinforce what I have always said: thoroughly washing your hands is one of the best ways to avoid sickness, including the common cold.

Warning: Some of these myths may surprise you. Who knew?

10 Top Myths About Preventing a Cold http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/10-top-myths-about-preventing-a-cold/
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An important rule of prepping is to identify disruptive events that could happen to you. These events are likely to be highly individualized and based on location, domestic situation, age, income, health, and a number of other factors. There are, however, twelve disruptive events that are universal. These are the dire situations we should all prepare for in one way or another. Here is a list of those events along with a plan to learn about them.

12 Disruptive Events to Prepare For This Year http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/12-disruptive-events-to-prepare-for-this-year/
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A sinus infection is miserable. Technically called sinusitis, this is a common ailment that first appears to be symptomatic of a common cold but in reality, is the result of swollen and inflamed nasal cavities. It is often caused by a virus which means treating with antibiotics is useless. That is just one reason why it makes sense to know how to treat the symptoms of a sinus infection without running to the drugstore for an armload of drugs that either will not work or will make you drowsy and incidentally raise your blood pressure.

Over the past couple of months, a number of people around me have suffered from sinus congestion. Like a mad scientist on a mission, I started experimenting with essential oils and with the help of Valerie Worwood's fantastic book on essential oils, came up with a formula that works. If you have sinus problems, here is a DIY remedy using budget-friendly essential oils along with three different ways to use the blend: topically, in a diffuser, and by simple inhalation.

How to Use Essential Oils to Relieve Sinus Congestion + Giveaway http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/use-essential-oils-to-relieve-sinus-congestion/
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Lately, you may have noticed a recurring theme here on Backdoor Survival. Gardening and food preservation are on my mind and for good reason. I now own an acre of land with a decent growing season and plenty of sun. I may even have room for a modest aquaponic gardening setup.

Today's Prepper Book Festival title will help me do just that. Let me introduce you to Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together. This book is going to show you how to raise vegetables and fish together when failure is not an option. Plus there is a giveaway with 3 books up for grabs!

Prepper Book Festival 13: Aquaponic Gardening + Giveaway http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/aquaponic-gardening/
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If you are anything like me, you have a tough time facing the day without first imbibing on a robust cup of hot coffee. Can you imagine being in a survival situation, faced with the stress of a disruptive event, and not having your morning fix of java?
Although I say this somewhat tongue in cheek, the reality is that drinking coffee is a simple comfort that can bring pleasure when things are not going well.

With that in mind, over the past few months, I have been on a mission to create an excellent cup of coffee while using minimal effort and as little fuel from a heat source as possible. What I settled on was a French Press. Today I will show you how they work plus, in my usual style, offer one up for grabs in the first product giveaway of the year.

How to Make Coffee Using a French Press + Giveaway http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/how-to-make-coffee-off-grid-using-a-french-press/
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When it comes to long term survival under dire circumstances, many of us will need to step outside our personal comfort zone and use snares to trap animals for food. The thought of doing so is unpleasant to me personally, but if I had to do it I could and I would. This has led me to research animal snares and how best to use them in modern times.

To pull this together, I have collaborated with Cody Assmann, an experienced outdoorsman who has a lot of hands-on experience with this sort of thing. In this article you will learn that animal snares are an ancient tool that everyone interested in survival should become familiar with for SHTF purposes.


What You Need To Know About Animal Snares for Survival http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/animal-snares-for-survival/
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One of the common laments of preppers is they feel they are a lone wolf. In their hearts and minds they know if there is a major emergency, stored preps will be handy, but in reality, it will take teamwork to survive. We are not talking about OPSEC here. Instead, we are talking about community preparedness where neighbors help neighbors to ensure that everyone gets out of harm's way safely. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook by Scott Finazzo is a book about community preparedness. It is a detailed guide to finding like-minded folks in your community that can band together to organize a disaster preparedness network.

Read an all-new interview with Scott plus enter to win a copy of his book for free.

Prepper Book Festival 13: Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook + Giveaway http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/neighborhood-emergency-response-handbook/
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It seems fitting that while things are a bit more relaxed, prepping wise, we take a few moments to reflect upon preparedness strategies that are universal. I have given this a lot of thought and found that the rules of prepping boil down to just a few simple words, twenty-two to be exact. Here, in simplistic terms, are four steps every prepper needs to adhere to in order to succeed.

How to Be a Prepper In 22 Words http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/how-to-be-a-prepper-in-22-words/
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During this year of personal changes, this holiday season is especially meaningful. Always a time of reflection, this year, in particular, finds me particularly thankful as I look back at the amazing adventure that began a little over a year ago. Personal changes aside, one thing is for certain. The Backdoor Survival community is filled with awesomeness not only in spirit but also in resourcefulness and kindness. Because of that, this year, I knew I wanted to come up with something I could offer as a gift - something free with no strings attached. What I came up with is a free copy of my eBook, The Prepper's Guide to Food Storage.

My Gift to You This Holiday Season http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/my-gift-this-holiday-season/
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Anyone who loves to garden, especially those who wish to be able to provide wholesome foods for themselves and their families and live independently enough to survive economic or natural disasters will need to know what to do with all of the surplus from the summer. It’s great to be able to eat vegetables right out of the ground, but it is just as important to have good food all winter long. There are many methods of preservation.

The way you store each vegetable will depend on its needs and its hardiness. Here are ways to keep all of your produce, and especially the root vegetables, in great shape for the long winter months.

How to Store Vegetables Without a Root Cellar http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/store-vegetables-without-root-cellar/
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Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks.  She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way.

On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.  To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival.  You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.