Notes from JWR:

Please pray for the folks who are stranded by vehicles with dead batteries or frozen fuel lines, or without water, or cleaning up after burst pipes. All of these have happened with the recent severe cold spell in much of the United States. Hopefully folks have learned from this, and they will become better prepared.

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Today we present a guest article that was too short for the judging in the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest, but that is still quite informative: