Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 20, 2020

On April 20th, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months, creating the worst known offshore oil spill.

April 20th is also the day that we remember the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy, where two students stormed into a suburban high school in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, at lunch time with guns and explosives, killing 13 and wounding dozens more in what was, at the time, the nation’s deadliest school shooting.

Many SurvivalBlog  readers are now scheduled to return their regular commute-to-work life on May 1st–or soon after.  Keep in mind that the extra time required for commuting will gobble up precious time. So take full advantage of your extra time now, and write a feature article for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. You’ll then be in the running to be chosen as one of the top three prize winners, who together will be awarded almost $10,000 worth of prizes.  Don’t let that time slip away! Carpe diem.


  1. It is a natural wonder that Mother Nature can heal such catastrophic oil spills as the Deepwater Horizon referenced above. During the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 it was said that the cleanup caused more damage to beaches than the actual spill.

    When we think of such things we should ask ourselves what became of all the crude and gasoline spilled during World War Two?

    I love our environment dearly and I am thankful That Mother Nature is a tough old girl.

    1. At one time, I read that the geology of the Gulf of Mexico is such that about 1/4 of the amount of oil spilled by the Deepwater Horizon naturally seeps into the Gulf each year and is digested by certain microbes.

      Granted, we don’t want to spill oil in the ocean, but if we do, the ocean will clean it up.

    2. Two of the Best beaches(annual lists) are Gulf beaches in Bradenton/Sarasota area, when wind and tides are right the tar balls still wash up. No one was ever properly prosecuted for the deaths and destruction.

  2. Lily or others,

    I just got an email from Space Weather about some spectacular auroras being seen over southern Canada and the Northern US.
    Was anyone able to see it?

    I’ve never seen one but hope to one day. The picture they posted from Kalispell, Montana looks absolutely amazing!! I’m sure it’s much better in person.

    Just wondering

    Have a Rockin great day!

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