Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 8, 2020

April 8th is the birthday of the late Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia. (Born, 1919, died November 20, 2007.)

April 8th is also the anniversary of the death of English experimental gunsmith and author Phillip Luty, in 2011. He was hounded by British authorities for many years. He died of cancer before a scheduled criminal trial.

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 Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  5. 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. With all the coronavirus madness, differences of opinion, and contention among us, perhaps a little coronavirus humor we can all agree on is in order. 🙂

    NOW would probably be a really good time to pave the roads.

    COVID -19 has grocery shelves looking like Cincinnati Bengals trophy cases.

    I just read that tonight’s Powerball is up to 275 rolls of Angel Soft toilet paper.

    Many parents are about to discover the teacher was not the problem!

    3 hours into homeschooling and 1 is suspended for skipping class and the other one has already been expelled.

    Homeschool day 1: wondering how I can get this kid transferred out of my class.

    Don’t know why my fishing buddy is worried about the coronavirus, he never catches anything.

    This is the day dogs have been waiting for. They realize their owners can’t leave the house and they get them 24/7. Dogs are rejoicing everywhere. Cats are contemplating suicide.

    The truth is, it’s not so boring at home. But it’s interesting that one bag of rice has 7,456 grains and another has 7,489.

    We are about 3 weeks away from knowing everyone’s true hair color.

    I wonder if God got so mad about all of our fighting down here that He sent us to our rooms.

    1. I had a little bird

      And its name was Enza

      I opened the window

      And in-flu-enza.”

      — 1918 limerick

      From the article on this blog a few days ago.

      Carry on in grace

    2. To the new homeschool students:
      Your new teacher cusses, drinks alcohol and sleeps with the principal. Get over it!

      Homeschooling, Day 8:
      One of my students called in a bomb threat!

      Allergy season is about to turn into the Salem Witch Trials!

      On a brighter note, Antifa is at home with their parents.

      Before you start to gripe about stay-at-home orders, remember… someone is stuck at home with your ex.

      Remember…No matter how bad things get, at least you’re not quarantined with Hillary. (Accompanied with a photo of Bill Clinton crying)

    1. Not surprised to see something like that from Allen. Bear in mind, however, that he’s stating his opinion, not making policy, as he’s retired. Using Guard forces would avoid PCA restrictions, as long as they were in a State Active Duty (State funded, State controlled) or Title 32 (Federally funded, State controlled) status, as they are not then considered “Federal troops”. However, using Guard or Reserve forces must be weighed, not only for “optical” considerations, but practical ones as well. If those Guardsmen are LEOs, Firefighters, EMTs, etc., mobilizing them pulls them out of that part of the fight. One of the reasons the 1918 pandemic was so deadly was that the military had conscripted or commissioned thousands of providers for WW I, taking them out of their communities where they could have been better employed.

    1. Don’t be silly. It obviously isn’t a hoax. 100% of predictions are made up and most predictions fail simply because we humans change our actions in the face of facts. The predictions were wrong because we took strong actions to lower the curve. This is a reason to celebrate not to be cynical. With any luck our leaders will continue to flatten the curve and if that makes predictions wrong I say good!

    1. To IdahoBob…
      lol……Well, I know one thing that hasn’t changed. It’s peoples blind faith in the government. As long as that continues we will see even more of our freedoms disappear. Are you celebrating that also?

      1. Not blind. In fact I think Trump is doing an outstanding job and thankful to have him. Not looking forward to Biden getting in.

        I simply cannot agree that this is a hoax. I think it is a mistake to even say that. In a couple of months the death toll will be staggering and your hoax comment will not age well.

        1. Biden will only be a place holder for someone else. The PTB will never let him rule. At least I don’t think so???

          SPECULATION: Biden will only be a place holder to give his power and authority to a New World/One World Order President…????

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