Preparedness Notes for Saturday — April 4, 2020

On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 88 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 88 ends on May 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. December 8, 1999 was another great day in the life of Martin Luther King. On that day a jury of 12 reached a unanimous verdict that MLK was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The civil trial was 4 weeks long with over 70 witnesses and the case was so clear cut it only took the jury one hour to deliberate. The jury also affirmed that James Earl Ray was a patsy and overwhelming evidence pointed to someone else as the shooter. Gee, this sounds so similar to another assassination that happened in the Sixties…

    Please take a moment to read the full story at the link below, and then share it with others. It’s disappointing how few Americans are aware of this trial and outcome:

  2. Face Coverings and Social Responsibility by Dr.Alton
    (YouTube Video)
    DrBones NurseAmy
    Apr 3, 2020
    Duration – 4:08

    “Dr. Joe Alton explains why using any type of face cover (homemade or, if you have them already, face masks) will help decrease transmission rates. You may not know you are contagious. Keep up the social distancing, hand washing and respiratory hygiene. All of these things will work to help protect each other. We are all in this together. Be safe and healthy. By Joe Alton, MD of

    Should I Put On A Mask In Public? Yes! By Dr. Alton
    (YouTube Video)
    DrBones NurseAmy
    Mar 31, 2020
    Duration – 3:41

    “Dr. Joe Alton discusses the burning issue of wearing masks in public. Read this full description for more tips too. The messages have been mixed by officials. The truth is YES you should be. Period. Do it to protect others, you may not know you are infecting loved ones, friends and “strangers”, who are simply people near you. This is not about protecting yourself, it is a selfless act to protect others. Use a homemade mask so we don’t drain the medical supplies for hospitals. Soak homemade cotton masks in a bleach solution then launder and dry on high heat. These are not N95 masks, they are meant to prevent your sneezes and coughing from infecting other people. Please continue social distancing, strict and frequent hand washing, staying at home as much as possible, respiratory hygiene into a disposable tissue if possible, clean solid surfaces frequently with bleach solutions or proper disinfectants (alcohol 70% and hydrogen peroxide both work well if left wet for a number of minutes) By Joe Alton, MD of

  3. June 4, 2020
    Article by Mat Bracken

    “By accident or on purpose, Pandemic World War One has already begun, even if we don’t fully realize it yet. A few examples to make the point: the American super-carrier Roosevelt is in Guam, with over 100 of its crew infected after a scheduled port visit in Vietnam, and half of its 5,000 member crew under quarantine. Parris Island, the USMC’s east coast boot camp, has many troops infected, with no new recruits inbound, and graduating Marines quarantined on base indefinitely. Our thousand-bed USNS hospital ships Mercy and Comfort are deployed to Los Angeles and New York. U.S. military medical personnel are being sent to American Coronavirus hot spots to augment their civilian medical staffs.
    [Rest at link.]”

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