Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 10, 2020

April 10th, 1796 was the birthday of James Jim Bowie (died March 6th, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo.)

Long-time SurvivalBlog writing contest prize donor Naturally Cozy just announced their new washable hand-made pleated fabric face masks. They have a wire insert to provide a snug fit. And of course they are hand-made here in The American Redoubt.

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. Yup, glad I got my stash when you recommended weeks ago!! Thank you for that!

      Yikes, they might not get anymore stuff for a long time

      Have a Rockin great day!

      1. It’s encouraging to see folks take action. Apathy, or in difference is a spiritual problem that killed this country. Antibiotics are going to be precious, and they store for decades. Yesterday I found an old stash that nicely complimented more recent purchases. Medicine will be in very short supply, and even more expensive in the future. We are going into a Third World environment and worse. If I only need them once, it paid for themselves. And if I desperately needed dental or emergency medical help, I might be able to trade antibiotics for a doctor’s service. Even at current prices, they would be more important to myself than precious metals. What is the price of life saving medicine?

        1. Tunnel Rabbit,
          Yes, and I also found a stash of antibiotics to go with my recent acquisitions mentioned earlier. I also a few years ago when I took charge of my mom and dads care went through all of their medications, sorted out what the current needs are but discovered a huge stash of filled, but never used (due to dosage changes, changing of different kinds and types) prescription medications such as , blood thinners, gout medications, antidepressants, anti anxiety, prostate, blood pressure, Ect all in their original unopened bottles. I brought all of these home and now have them cataloged so that if medications do become too expensive or outright unattainable, I now have a small pharmacy. (I would NEVER dispense these out as I am NOT a doctor), but they might make a really good barter item or they just might save someone’s life if our country is going in the direction that many of us here foresee it going.

          I think you are a very interesting person and compliment the comments and details you have provided here. It’s definitely sparked an interest in me to learn and investigate things that I didn’t necessarily have an interest in but now do.

          Rock on

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