Notes from JWR:

This news story from U.S.A. Today sounds like something out of a novel I once read wrote: More families, friends move in together. They even refer to it as “doubling up.” A hat tip to Jeff S. for sending us the link.

We’ve completed the judging for Round 30 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. And the winners are…

First Prize goes to Nomad Medic for the article: Dealing With Diarrhoeal Diseases, which was posted on Sept. 26, 2010. He will receive: A.) 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.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost between $500 and $600, and B.) Two cases of Mountain House freeze dried assorted entrees, in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources. (A $392 value.) C.) A 9-Tray Excalibur Food Dehydrator from (a $275 value), D.) A 500 round case of Fiocchi 9mm Parabellum (Luger ) with 124gr. Hornady XTP/HP projectiles, courtesy of Sunflower Ammo (a $249 value), and E.) An M17 medical kit from JRH Enterprises (a $179.95 value).

Second Prize goes to J.V. in Tacoma for his two-part article Dirty Medicine (Part 1 was posted on September 7, 2010, and Part 2 was posted on September 28, 2010. He will receive: A.) A “grab bag” of preparedness gear and books from Jim’s Amazing Secret Bunker of Redundant Redundancy (JASBORR) with a retail value of at least $400, and B.) two cases of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of (a $180 value).

Third Prize goes to B.Z. for his article Effects of an EMP Attack or Severe Solar Storm on Nuclear Power Plants, which was posted on September 6, 2010. He will receive: A.) A copy of my “Rawles Gets You Ready” preparedness course, from Arbogast Publishing, and B.) a Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21. (This filter system is a $275 value.)

And nine Honorable Mention prizes go to:

These authors will each receive a $30 gift certificate from

Note to prize winners: Send us an e-mail to let us know both your snail mail and UPS address (for the top three prizes), and just your e-mail address (for the Honorable Mention prize winners.) Thanks!

Round 31 begins today, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. (We didn’t have room to post all of the entries that were received for Round 30, so those will be posted in the next three weeks, for consideration in the judging for Round 31.) Remember that articles that relate practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.  

Special Note: We are adding a new Prize, starting with this round: a $250 Emergency Essentials gift card. This card can be used to purchase any merchandise from the broad line of survival and preparedness gear offered by Emergency Essentials. Be sure to visit their site and check out their available gear! Our thanks to Emergency Essentials and the other contest prize donors for their generosity.