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Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 30, 2019

June 30th is the anniversary of the tragic death of 19 hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire [1]. (In 2013.)

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 83  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [2]. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 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.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses [3], excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper [4]. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees [5] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [6] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [7].

Second Prize:

  1. A gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership [8], providing lifetime free training at any Front Sight Nevada course, with no limit on repeating classes. This prize is courtesy of a SurvivalBlog reader who prefers to be anonymous.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 [9] Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  5. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord [10] (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  6. An assortment of products along with a one hour consultation on health and wellness from Pruitt’s Tree Resin (a $265 value).

Third Prize:

  1. Three sets each [11] of made-in-USA regular and wide-mouth reusable canning lids. (This is a total of 300 lids and 600 gaskets.) This prize is courtesy of Harvest Guard  [12](a $270 value)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [13] Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [14], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 83 ends on July 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail [15] us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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#1 Comment By Ma G On June 30, 2019 @ 10:53 am

There has been a beautiful memorial built on the site of the Yarnell Hill fire. If you’re ever in northern Arizona, in the Prescott area, you’ll not regret a visit to the memorial.

#2 Comment By Anon On June 30, 2019 @ 4:51 pm

I know a few woodland firefighters who have warned that this was the result of females in the group who were unable to get out of the way of the fire in time and fell out. The rest of them choose to stay with the females and they all perished. They also told me they received serious pushback and threats of losing their job for even saying this so now they just say nothing.

#3 Comment By Ma G On July 1, 2019 @ 1:24 pm

Anon, I believe you are mistaken. Please check the following link for photos and biographies of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. There are no women in the listing.

Perhaps you are recalling the loss of firefighters from a different fire.

#4 Comment By Anon On July 1, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

You are correct and I was mistaken. It was the Storm King fire I had been told about. My bad. The fire fighter who told me the story was not one of those who was there and survived it. But It was common discussion amongst the firefighters from Oregon who had survived that fire until they were told to never discuss it again. Some of the firefighters didn’t stop to remain with the women but literally ran to the top of the ridge and slid, stumbled and fell down a gully until they were able to reach the highway.

#5 Comment By Anon On July 2, 2019 @ 12:40 am

Let me add something for clarification. My friend was told not to talk about it because it would be hurtful to the families. After reading my comment I felt that my opinion of the reason, i.e. for political correctness, was implied. But as I understand it the sincere intent was to prevent lose rumors and speculation bring harm to the families of those who died. And honestly, that makes good sense to me.

#6 Comment By Ma G On July 2, 2019 @ 10:01 pm

Thanks for responding, Anon.

#7 Comment By Once a Marine… On July 1, 2019 @ 2:23 pm

I clicked on the link JWR provided. As far as I can tell all the names of those killed are men’s names.

Look for yourself: [17]

Carry on