Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – February 14, 2018

February 14 is the birthday of Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lucas (born 1928, died June 5, 2008). During the Iwo Jima campaign, this 17-year-old won the Medal of Honor for unhesitatingly hurling himself over his comrades upon one grenade and for pulling another one under himself. One of the grenades exploded, and Lucas absorbed the entire blasting force of it with his own body. PFC Lucas was the youngest Marine ever to receive the Medal of Honor. (He was just 13 when he forged his mother’s signature to enlist.)

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SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today features another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. … Continue reading

  • Selecting a Portable Handheld Two-Way Radio, by R.

    Recently I purchased a good two-way HT (slang for a hand-held Ham radio), and I thought I would share my thinking process behind picking it.

    General Points

    Here are a few general points. (Later I will get into the specific details.)

    Conditions and Reasons May Differ

    First off, I want to say that these are the conditions and reasons I used to make my choice. Yours may be different. I have a Ham radio license. This means I can operate within a wider frequency range than those frequencies covered by an off-the-shelf radio (FRS/GMRS). If you just don’t want to get licensed, I’m sure you can use the criteria I will go over to help you choose a FRS/GMRS/CB hand-held radio.

    Not My Only Hand-held, Two-way Radio

    Second, this is not my only hand-held, two-way radio. I have others that are inexpensive ($30 each). They do not match my criteria … Continue reading

    Economics & Investing For Preppers

    Rolex Submariner

    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on becoming rare wristwatch pickers.

    Precious Metals:

    Hedge Funds Sell Gold, Silver As Turmoil Hits Equity Markets

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    Gary Tanashian: Silver In Position To Lead Gold


    Record $23 Billion Flees World’s Largest ETF



    Bitcoin Daily Chart Alert – Price Recovery Continues (Feb. 12th)



    The IRS Takes Its Tax Evasion Hunt to the Blockchain

    JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on garden hose repairs. (See the Gear section.)


    Principles of Protection: U. S. Handbook of NBC Weapon Fundamentals and Shelter Engineering Design Standards

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    How to Build the Perfect Off-Grid Home. Sadly, this very useful book went out of print when Paladin Press recently closed its doors. I recommend grabbing a copy while they are still available at reasonable prices.


    I’m sure that most SurvivalBlog readers have heard the phrase “Jews In The Attic.”  Well, here is the true story of a Polish teenage girl who successfully hid 13 Jews in her attic for two and a half years, under the Nazi occupation. Yad Vashem! Although this was produced for television on a modest budget, it is well … Continue reading