Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — September 18, 2019

The 18th of September is Chilean Independence Day. On this day, in 1810, Chile declared independence from Spain.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 84  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. 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, 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. 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 in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

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, 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 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 (in-stock colors only) from (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. is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. Three sets each 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 (a $270 value)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 84 ends on September 30th, so get busy writing and e-mail 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.


  1. A response to the Forward Observer’s excellent video:

    TUNNEL RABBIT said to Forward Observer:

    Outstanding. Simply the cold and keen logic and analysis, the method and mode of thought, is worth this exercise and listen. I’ve heard that ‘intelligence supports decision making’. The point that is made, the most important IHMO, is that, in my words that put your words in a nutshell, is that ‘intelligence Drives decision making. Actionable intelligence gathering is essential to a defense. Did I get that right?

  2. Re: Monty’s Mayhem, A Bridge Too Far:

    Failure is the best teacher. Here is the only one day old, and fresh analysis that probes the highlights, and historical inaccuracies of the classic film, A Bridge Too Far.

    The biggest take away is the failure to plan adequately. A lesson for small and large scale planning efforts, this failure understood, makes the point that can sharpen one’s pencil. The glaring disregard for intelligence and lack of it, the lack of communications and so, contribute. The military uses ‘after action reports’ to determine what went right and what went wrong during an exercise, or action. As preppers, this would also be good SOP (standard operating procedure) that can be useful even in an informal way. The movie is essentially a great big After Action Report, Hollywood style.

  3. Sept. 16, 2019, Video, Bracken, Matt; Full Spectrum Warfare using D R O N E S ! (The evolving threat to anything and all, including you.)

    This is a must see. Drones are now everywhere, and have become child’s play that can easily weaponized. Big drones, little drones, cheap quad choppers to 1/3 scale RC jet aircraft, you name it, as the market grows, the cost is reduced, and technology becomes ubiquitous. This is already a serious security threat, even as only surveillance tool, that can fly beyond the range of the heaviest 10 ga shotgun load.
    It can be guided locally, or guided with GPS, both radio guidance systems. If guided by GPS, it would be hard to see it coming with a spectrum analyzer, so the opportunity to jam it is nearly nil unless visually spotted. It would however be possible to jam a local signal from a on ground operator that is the most likely threat, but not GPS, unless a low power and dirty RF is constantly being emitted by a local transmitter. And that would be an RF beacon to those using GPS as guidance. This is new information for myself as well. It pays to pay attention to new developments.

    Bracken’s fine analysis of anything, is always instructive. His’ bee in the knight’s helmet, stinging his eyes’, is a excellent analogue.

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