Preparedness Notes for Thursday — March 19, 2020

On March 19, 1982, 50 Argentines landed on South Georgia in the Falkland Islands to plant the Argentine  flag. They renamed the islands The Malvinas. This precipitated the Argentine army invasion on April 2nd. Despite some significant naval losses and dreadful weather, British Marines re-took the island on April 25th in a well-coordinated ground campaign. Coincidentally, in this brief war, the British Army and the Argentine Army were both equipped with FN-FAL variant rifles. (The Brits carried L1A1 “SLR” inch pattern FAL rifles.)

I’d be remiss if I did not mention that the number of reported COVID-19 cases is now doubling every three  to four days in Germany and France. Meanwhile, Italy and Switzerlnd both have similarly galloping infection numbers. In about a week, once more tests are completed in the United States, I expect to see a similar “HockeyStick”-looking graph. Pray hard, folks.

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. Mr. Rawles, I for one wanted to tell you thanks for all your writings and Patriots in particular. Because of you I have a deep larder and have fewer worries. We may be drinking up our Granny’s little house but over that we have little control. It sounds strange to say you have changed my life, but you have and it has rubbed off on our children. Because of you we are ants and not grasshoppers. Thank You again.

  2. Just picked up an Everflo Oxygen Concentrator, brand new, at Cascade Healthcare Solutions in Renton WA. They have a few more on hand to either ship or be picked up. Don’t order on the website. Pick up the phone and call Roger 877-480-3028. I get nothing from this. I want to support a small business and let SB readers with a budget to buy one know how to get one. Choose safe. Be ready.

  3. My husband’s surgery is back on. The surgeon called this morning. He got approval to do my husband colon cancer surgery tomorrow. I was all set to exhaust myself in the garden today as there is no rain today but my plans have changed 😉 Thank you all for your prayers it appears as though God’s will is for my husband’s surgery to happen sooner rather than later.

    1. I gasped and my hand went over my heart at the same time when I just read your post. I am smiling and so pleased. This past week the Lord has brought you and your husband to my thoughts first thing upon awakening. Literally, prayers for you (and the czar) were prayed before my eyes were even opened for the day. God did that, so I was so surprised when the czar said it was cancelled. I did not understand the Lord’s ways, but knew He knows best, and I should trust Him. I knew He took my prayers and the Holy Spirit made them right. I’m so excited for what the Lord is going to do for you both. This is good. God has got you.

    2. I send blessings and light, CD. Oh, and gratitude for this powerful means to learn of your situation and send you prayer.

      Carry on in blessing

  4. “California Governor Newsom put the California National Guard on alert for duties that include humanitarian missions like ensuring proper food distribution and public safety as some grocery stores resorted to rationing to control panic buying.”

    In other words, the CA National Guard is standing by to suppress riots.

  5. CD… your news brought me to tears as i read your unexpected post. God is good and is in control! It is strange to say i needed to be reminded and this did, in no uncertain terms.

    Bless you as you are resting tonight in preparation of this appointment with the surgeon overseen by the Almighty.

    All night, all day…angels watching over you my Lord…

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