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Preparedness Notes for Thursday — April 30, 2020

Today is the 82nd birthday of sci-fi novelist Larry Niven (Laurence van Cott Niven, born April 30, 1938). Along with Jerry Pournelle, he co-authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer [1]. April 30th is also the birthday of Ed Yourdon [2], who was born in 1944.

I just heard that EMP Shield [3] (one of our affiliate advertisers) has started a 15% off sale, that will last just 36 hours. If you’ve been considering placing an order, then this is your chance. Get your order in soon!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 88 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest [4]. 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 [5], 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 [6]. 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 [7] in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  6. A $250 gift certificate good for any product [8] from Sunflower Ammo,
  7. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses [9].

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 [10] 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 [11] (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (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 [12] 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 [13] 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 [14], a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $100 purchase credit from Elk Creek Company [15], 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 [16] 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.

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#1 Comment By SAM On April 30, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

Sorry to say we all missed Roof Korea Day.

#2 Comment By Russ On April 30, 2020 @ 5:10 pm


You mentioned the sale at EMP shield. Does the vehicle protection module really work? Wasn’t aware that a product existed that would protect a vehicle. Their website is vague about the details of how it protects.



#3 Comment By St. Funogas On April 30, 2020 @ 7:44 pm

If you haven’t read Lucifer’s Hammer it’s a good read, multiple story lines that eventually converge.

It was written in 1977 so, like Alas Babylon, has some fun dated material.

#4 Comment By Once a Marine… On May 1, 2020 @ 3:20 pm

The fun, dated material. Yes. Every little bit, a morsel followed by my internal chuckle.

This reminds me of another conversation on SB. I’m curious how you, compatriots, became involved in this way of living that some call prepping.

Was it a book like Lucifer’s Hammer? A book about surviving in the woods? A friend or family member?

Then, what about that introduction to this life led you to next steps? Warnings about societal breakdown? How-to manuals?

Superheroes have origin stories…so do you.

Carry on in grace

#5 Comment By St. Funogas On May 1, 2020 @ 4:34 pm

Hey Marine, I agree, it would be pretty fascinating to hear everyone’s story on how they got into prepping. It finally sunk in this week when I read all the comments to Ani’s article that there are a lot of different definitions for the term “prepping.” So it would be equally interesting to hear what people’s personal definition of prepping is.

For me, “prepping” is only about getting ready for TEOTWAWKI, Patriots, Alas Babylon sort of stuff. Everything else is just me living my normal self-reliant lifestyle. Having a year’s supply of beans and rice, wheat, sugar, coffee, heirloom seeds, all my home-canned goods, and home-grown herbs and teas, etc., and buying my non-perishables once a year is just practicing good economics and self-reliance, not prepping.

#6 Comment By Steve T. On May 1, 2020 @ 5:18 am

I ordered an EMP Shield for my home today. Had a great chat with Andrew.

I wanted to pass on for those who aren’t ready to purchase yet. They have a veteran discount of 15% if you call them.