Preparedness Notes for Saturday — June 13, 2020

On June 13, 1983, after more than a decade in space, Pioneer 10– the world’s first outer-planetary probe– left the solar system. The next day, it radioed back its first scientific data on interstellar space.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 89 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 $150 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 89 ends on July 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. I would like to leave the solar system right about now!

    Seriously it is interesting how we keep making just a little bit of progress in space. The robotic stuff is very cool with Pioneer, Voyager Mars Rover and others. And it is interesting that we finally launched Americans into space on an American rocket again just as the riots were starting up. I can think of numerous SciFi stories that feature space progress and adventures in the midst of unending wars and social unrest.

    That is human history. As things get ugly in the established places, people have always managed to find new places. I tend to be one of those that believe North America was frequented by people from all over the world on a small scale for hundreds of years prior to Columbus and then finally the trickle turned into a flood.

    One of the primary motivations for both the trickle and the flood was a desperate search for peace, safety, freedom and opportunity away from the ugliness of the Old World. I think eventually this will happen with space. It will take a while but so did the terrestrial migrations.

    1. “And it is interesting that we finally launched Americans into space on an American rocket again just as the riots were starting up.”

      There is still time for everyone to get a gorilla costume and learn to ride a horse before those astronauts return to Earth…

  2. Tim Bendel, President of Frontier Astronautics answers the question “Why Space?” 05/25/2007, 13 years ago (skip the first 20 seconds)

    “Why are we doing it? Because this is the first time in human history where we really don’t have a frontier. And I think that’s essential. People have always gone to the frontier for excitement, or to pursue their dreams, or to get away from tyranny. If you don’t have a frontier, you don’t have that option. So we need to do this.”

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