Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — June 16, 2020

On June 16, 1980 the movie The Blues Brothers debuted in Chicago. It was very successful in its theatrical release, and has had a cult-like following as a home video.

I just heard that the folks who run Naturally Cozy (one of our long-time writing contest sponsors) is re-launching their Privy Paper business. They sell massive rolls of TP, stacked in 5 gallon plastic buckets.  This is a brilliant idea that saves a tremendous amount of storage 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. How much for the women? The little girls, how much for them?

    Gawd, so many classics from that one movie…. RIP John, we miss you. Should have stayed away from the Horse.

  2. Great movie. It still makes me laugh. We all as Americans need to start laughing together and realize we are in this together to keep America great and free for all.

  3. I’ll bet a few of us have wanted to behave that way in a stiff, “proper” setting. Those guys liberated the inner three year old.

    Carry on in grace

    1. Hey Marine, speaking of stiff and “proper” settings reminds me of my most unprofessional moment in my entire career.

      I was in jolly old England on business. When it came time for lunch the four of us and my co-worker went down to the local pub. After lunch, we decided on some dessert, the choices being written on a small chalkboard on the wall. I always go for things I’ve never tried before. When the waiter came over, unfortunately he started with the guy on my left instead of me, and got to me last. As the moments passed, I started that little giggle that you know is going to turn into a disaster. I tried to hold it in but that only makes it worse. I had my head ducked, in total meltdown mode, tears running down my face and laughing my guts out trying not to let anyone see. When the waiter asked, “And what will you have Sir,” in his prim and proper English, I totally lost it and started laughing uncontrollably. I should have excused myself. My co-worker finally said, “He’s having trouble deciding between the Spotted Dick and the Lumpy Dick. Why don’t you bring him the Spotted.” They all looked at me quizzically and finally the president of the company said, “Oh, that means something different in the Colonies doesn’t it.” Talk about embarrassing. 🙂

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