Notes from JWR:

We had an amazing 17,945 unique visits yesterday, gobbling up almost 17 gigabytes of traffic. Those are both new records for SurvivalBlog. Thanks for continuing to spread the word about SurvivalBlog and making it such a success. It is not too late for your “head in the sand” relatives, friends, and co-workers to get themselves prepared. Spread the word! Even just a one line mention in your-e-mail footer would be a huge help. Here is what reader Paul G. uses in his footer: — Bookmark it. It may save your life!

We’ve completed the judging for Round 18 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. First prize goes to Terry B., for his article “How To Make Den-Type Game Traps” that was posted on August 27th. He’ll receive two valuable four day “gray” transferable Front Sight course certificates. (Together, they are worth up to $4,000!) Special thanks to Naish Piazza–Front Sight’s founder and director–for his generosity. Be sure to check out their web site and class calendar. The Memsahib and I can both vouch for the quality of their training, from personal experience. It is amazing!

Second prize goes to Woodsman, for his article “What Will You Do When Your Stored Food Runs Out?” He will receive a course certificate from OnPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams)

Third prize goes to E.I.D. for “On Rural Retreat Safety and Secrecy“. He will receive a copy of my “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course, generously donated by Jake Stafford of Arbogast Publishing.

Honorable mention prize goes to Josh in Montana for “Survival Medicine and Ditch Medicine“. He will receive autographed copy of my novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse”.

Note to the prize winners: Please e-mail us to let us know your snail mail addresses, so we can mail you the prizes.

Round 19 of the writing contest begins today, and will run for two months. It feature the same great prizes. So get busy writing and e-mail us your entries, folks! Remember that articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival will have an advantage in the judging.