Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – August 01, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

August 1st is celebrated as Swiss Independence Day, in recognition of the signing of the Federal Charter of 1291, which united Switzerland’s first three cantons. As of 2017, Switzerland has been free and independent for 726 years. Having a well-armed populace has assured that.

August 1st is also remembered as the election day in 1946 that sparked the Battle of Athens, Tennessee, when returning World War II veterans took up arms to oust a corrupt local government that was rigging an election.

Round 71 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!


Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 72. Here are the winners:

First Prize goes to J.E. for “Horizontal Relationships: The Key to True Independence- Part 1” and “Part 2” published on July 4th and 5th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  • A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  • A course certificate from onPoint Tactical 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 … Continue reading

  • The Novice And The Expert- Part 1, by Old Bobbert


    This article will not make you an expert prepper, but it can help you as you help a newbie prepper get started, It can also help the newbie get a good start, even if they’re without a expert to pick up the broken pieces of a poorly prepared preparedness plan.

    A Little Pretending As We Plan

    Let’s pretend today. You are one of the two primary types of preppers. You are either an experienced very competent prepper, one who genuinely cares to help others, or you are the inexperienced newbie who desperately wants someone to help you survive and make it all good again. This article is motivated by the proven maxim that if we do not help each other, no one will be helped. Assume that our SHTF incident was early this morning and you are the newbie guy who is terrified and not prepared for anything much more … Continue reading

    SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

    Net Metering

    Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. The emphasis today is on net metering.

    Idaho (Net Metering)

    First up: Idaho Power seeks changes for solar customers. JWR’s Comments: The power utilities don’t like seeing home power meters running backwards.  Doing away with net metering is a slap in the face of thousands of customers. These are folks who each invested tens of thousands of dollars. They did so in anticipation of the equipment gradually paying for itself. Without net metering, their investment would probably be a net loss. Changing the rules in the middle of the game is just disreputable.

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    Also in Idaho: Boise neighbors tackle, pin driver after hit-and-run spree

    The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

    Venezuela unrest

    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Venezuela is again making the news with their constitutional assembly.

    Your Money — Frozen

    Imagine your hard earned money, deposited in a bank and frozen— right when you need to pay your mortgage. Are you prepared for such an eventuality? The European Union states are considering measures which would allow them to temporarily stop people from withdrawing money from their bank accounts to prevent bank runs. The given reason is to keep banks from failing, but it may have the opposite effect. Would you keep your money in a bank that is on the verge of failing? I wouldn’t! If I know my bank is on shaky ground, pffft, I’m gone! Thanks to reader … Continue reading