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Preparedness Notes for Friday — March 13, 2020

On March 13, 1933, banks in the U.S. started to re-open, following a week-long “bank holiday” declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt [1].

Today is the birthday of the astronomer Percival Lowell [2], in 1855. His flawed “Canals of Mars” theories [3] persisted from 1895 to 1909.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 87 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [4]. The prizes for this round include:

First 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 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 [5], 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 [6]. 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 [7] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [8] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [9].

Second Prize:

  1. 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.
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 [10] Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products from EMPShield.com
  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 [11] (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 [12] 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)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of [13] Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. Naturally Cozy is donating a “Prepper Pack” Menstrual Kit.  This kit contains 18 pads and it comes vacuum sealed for long term storage or slips easily into a bugout bag.  The value of this kit is $220.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections [14], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $100 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company [15], toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun. There is no paperwork required for delivery of pre-1899 guns into most states, making them the last bastion of firearms purchasing privacy!

Round 87 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail [16] 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 Tunnel Rabbit On March 13, 2020 @ 9:02 am

A more appropriate photo for the section of the blog would be hard to find. We are not only contending with falling stock markets that mirror the crash of 1929, there is underneath a systemic problem, a liquidity problem that only become worse. It began around September 2019 and since then, the numbers being pumped into the Repo market are really big, and getting bigger. Money parked in banks are no longer consider deposits, but as unsecured loans to the bank. FDIC will not cover a mass default by the banks that is currently be held at bay by the FED. If you can’t hold it, you do not own it. If the backyard is too small to bury it, splitting it up and moving around several banks, or better yet, credit unions, might provide some protection in the event of a bank holiday. Of course cash is king, but it can be problematic to withdraw a meaningful amount these days. I’d get started, or buy a bigger back yard.

#2 Comment By RKRGRL68 On March 13, 2020 @ 11:52 am

Really hope that doesn’t happen again. Two weeks ago I went to bank and made sure I took enough out for this uncertain time.

Also bought some Silver Eagles this morning

#3 Comment By NJ Tax Pro On March 13, 2020 @ 5:31 pm

FWIW, over the last week or so, I’ve noticed the condition of $20 bills that I have been getting from various ATM machines (one bank and one S&L) has been getting worse. The bills are more “rough” and from earlier years, haven’t received crisp bills from ATM machines lately. Are the banks running out of bills? Just my observation…

#4 Comment By Ma G On March 13, 2020 @ 12:49 pm

And what if we withdraw a pile of cash, and then we can’t use it to purchase things because it’s considered “too germy?” China has already stopped the use of paper money. What’s our alternative? Rolls of quarters? Our small local banks and credit union don’t even stock rolls of half-dollars.

#5 Comment By Wheatley Fisher On March 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

I’ll still accept cash for stuff. Need any TP or ammo? Got both. Need a good used .22 survival rifle? Got them for you.

Need prayer? Plenty to spare for you and your family, at no cost.

Friends, now is the time to be very proactive at letting people know God loves us and wants us to love him. This is the second big opportunity in our lifetimes, the first being the 911 attacks.

This harvest is heavy and the workers are few. Now is the time to tell people about the security of accepting God’s perfect preparation for us.

Know that Jesus went through far more severe treatment for us than just a virus.

I pay close attention to what the political parties are saying about our response to COVID-19, and it is largely the spewing hatred from the demonic spawn.

Get up and fight using the full armor of God.

Everyone dies, so do your part to make sure that living or dying, we, through the divine cavalry rescue originating on Calvary, are safe in the arms of our redeemer and can fight for the salvation of others in the army of the Lord of Hosts.

Read the book of Daniel and understand the conflict taking place at the angelic and join the side headed for victory.

Be ready now to offer charity of our stockage linked closely with the message of love and redemption to those with ears and a heart open to hear The Message. Praised be His Name.

#6 Comment By Tunnel Rabbit On March 13, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

I’ve disinfected paper money using 70 to 91% alcohol in a spray bottle. Put it in a plastic bag and take it home. Wet it with the alcohol, and let set for at least 30 seconds, a minute would be better if it is cold out, and done outside.

#7 Comment By Wheatley Fisher On March 13, 2020 @ 4:20 pm

.. Read the Book of Daniel and understand the warfare going on at the angelic level. It applies to the warfare against us on earth exactly as it is going on in the spiritual world. I call on you each to join the side headed to eternal victory.

Thank you Lily.
My android balks at spiritual goodness, being subject to atheists in the software writing legions of megacorporations, and before I was done, message was posted.

#8 Comment By N S On March 13, 2020 @ 6:02 pm

I don’t believe the push to do away with cash has anything to do with paper money or coin being to “germy” or whatever you want to call it. It has EVERYTHING to do with exerting control and ability to track everything you do, what you buy, who you associate with, where you go. It’s the ever increasing police state creeping more and more into your lives and degrading your liberties and freedoms.
If we succumb to all electronic transactions we have in effect submitted to the state that we are at their disposal to do with as they choose. We have become slaves to the state and all it’s illegal alphabet agencies.
Many of you have 401K’s Roth’s IRA’s etc. which is entirely understandable. At it’s best it has always been a gamble on whether it will gain or even be there when it’s time for you to need it. I still think they are worthy investments. After all, you can’t always keep your retirement funds in a coffee can, even though at times like these it seems the safer alternative.
After to many years and mishaps to think about, I have learned that unless you have physical control of your assets, whatever form they may be in, you have no control nor access to them when you may actually need them. Keep in your bank, Credit Unions are better, but not inherently safer, only as much as you need to pay your distant bills, and can afford to lose, should banks take a “holiday or close for whatever reason. Other than that I keep mine in my pocket, er, uh, I mean, bank.
On the quality of $20 bills coming out of the ATM’s, it is more then likely because for the last 2-3 weeks as people are panicing about the “Whuhan Flu For You” they have been increasingly obtaining money from ATM’s forcing banks & Credit Unions to use older money to keep the supply necessary. Just my view!

#9 Comment By RKRGRL68 On March 13, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

NJ Tax Pro,
Yes I have noticed that the bills withdrawn are older and more used looking.

I hit the ATM today to get some more cash. When I went in a couple weeks ago to withdraw cash they were giving me dirty looks like I was committing under or something so now I’m just gonna hit the ATM every few days.
None of their business why I want some of my money! It not like I drained the vault or something

#10 Comment By RG On March 13, 2020 @ 10:07 pm

3:06pm PST silver to gold ratio 103.8 to 1.

#11 Comment By VT On March 15, 2020 @ 5:35 am

Do not forget that FDR’s “Bank Holiday” was also for the confiscation of gold. Gov. bought for cheap and revalued higher a few days later.