Preparedness Notes for Thursday — November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, America!  Despite our nation’s problems and the ongoing degradation of our liberty, we still have a lot to be thankful for!

On November 28th, 1520, Magellan finally reached the Pacific Ocean after navigating the dangerous straits on the southern tip of South America that now bear his name. He became the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. Next year will be the 500th anniversary of this event.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 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 $300 purchase credit for any of the products from
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  7. 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 85 ends on November 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. Because people treat turkeys around here like pets, there are over one thousand of them within a few miles of here. They are becoming a road hazard along with the deer. Instead of running across the road, turkeys can fly and smash the windshield. It is possible to see bevies of 50 to 100 turkeys.

    Had to chase another badger away last night. We are truly blessed to have wild life so thick and healthy. Wasting disease has unfortunately been reported to be in Libby. This may spread quickly given how many deer we have. The fields are either filled with cattle, or deer. And the grizzly are thicker than first reported. A friend had 4 grizzly within a square mile. He compared it to the Night of the Grizzly. Several had been hit by the train in the area as well. The official reports about the population is greatly understated, and the bears will continue to have special protection even as there is a population explosion in progress. The DNC doesn’t want to do anything about either….

  2. As with most “Christian-themed” holidays, Thanksgiving is falling out of favor with the general population. Most decorations in the stores declare “Happy Harvest” or “Gather” rather than acknowledge God as the source of our blessings.

    I’m afraid that it won’t be long before Christians will have to meet in “house churches” to practice our faith as was done long ago. Well, at least that will help cull the hypocrites and return the practice of our faith to its essentials. And anyway, we should be declaring our thankfulness every day, shouldn’t we?

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    1. When President Washington named the first Thanksgiving, it was “a national day of thanksgiving and prayer.” The mass media gradually dropped any mention of the “and prayer” part.

    2. Not so sure about “general population”. Perhaps many elites and rabble rousers but I think we under estimate the number of “unwashed masses” who still believe.

      My church is largely run by and packed with Millennials. The pastor being the oldest is a little older but the guys serving communion are Millennials. The preaching is straight from the Bible with Calvin, Luther and other reformers regularly quoted. I attend Mass occasionally with Catholics I know. Packed services with plenty of young people and people of all ages. This in a supposedly unchurched region.

      I think many of us think we are alone but like God told Elijah there are a lot of people who have not bowed to baal.

    3. Ma G, declaring our thankfulness each day. You are singing my song.

      When someone says “How are you?”, as people glibly do, instead of saying “Fine” I take a moment and note what I am taking for granted in that moment and embrace that (running water, a secure roof, good clothing, etc) in gratitude.

      My reply is then, “I’m grateful.” Rather than being annoyed at that question that is so often insincere, I now love pausing and giving thanks. Then, I ask the person what he/she is grateful for. Many tender conversations have grown out of this.

      Carry on

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