Preparedness Notes for Sunday — March 15, 2020

President Donald J. Trump declared today, Sunday, March 15, a National Day of Prayer. Please pray for Divine Intervention in the spread and severity of the current pandemic.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 87 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. 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, 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 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 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
  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. 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)
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of 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, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $100 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, 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 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. Thanks to all of you that are praying for my husband.

    He received a phone call from the surgeon yesterday (Saturday). He said all the area hospitals would be making an announcement soon regarding their preparations for treating corona-virus patients. He said all hospital beds, ICU and respirators were going to be reserved for these patients. All non-emergency surgeries were going to be cancelled. He said my husband’s surgery was borderline essential but not an emergency. He said he was calling all his surgery patients to explain the situation and also to see if they wanted to continue with their surgery or cancel. He also said my husband was in a higher risk group for complications with the corona-virus should he contract it as he is 65 yrs old but has no other comorbidities.

    My husband said he would like to proceed with the surgery as he felt the virus hasn’t expanded here yet and there isn’t many cases at this time whereas waiting could put his treatment in greater jeopardy and later the virus could be a higher risk.

    The doctor said he would keep him on the schedule for Tuesday but the “Czar” may cancel it and if so he wouldn’t be able to do the surgery.

    So we are still on for Tuesday. We feel waiting for this to peak and wane would move the surgery to this Summer or later. Right now the cancer hasn’t spread to other places (as far as they can tell) but waiting could change that. We are trusting that God has everything in His control so if the surgery is cancelled that will be OK but we are going ahead with treatment and recovery so we can stay at home away from this pandemic.

    1. God has people you don’t even know, and likely will never meet, lifting you both up in prayer during this trial of a lifetime you must traverse. At 3:30-ish this morning, I was woken up and could not sleep. Then the thought hit me, “Oh, maybe I’m supposed to pray?” Prayed for you both specifically and surgery on Tuesday/healing; others on blog with mentioned needs, my loved ones, Israel and all the Lord’s children. Then, I fell back to sleep… So, you see, you literally have around the clock prayers. You are precious to your Father. I feel blessed and humbled to be part of your support group.
      Please keep updates coming. Blessings.

      1. Krissy,
        Your comments and prayers, as well as the comments and prayers of others on this site, has me and my husband humbled and grateful. One day we will all meet and share in fellowship before the throne of God as brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to thank you and everyone else for praying for us. Romans 8

    2. CD, may you remain open to the loving Holy Spirit.

      Your husband’s surgeon seems to be an instrument of divine love. Reaching out, offering options. What a fine doctor.

      Carry on

  2. I’m praying that the President gets on the TV and calls all Americans to ask themselves how they can help their neighbor. The government will handle the big stuff like getting more test kits. But the small stuff like sharing daycare and running errands for our senior citizens falls on us. Let’s show this virus we have not forgotten how to pull together as Americans.

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