Preparedness Notes for Friday — September 18, 2020

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown tonight (Friday, 18 September 2020) and ends at sunset on Sunday. I pray that it is meaningful for everyone. Pray, repent, repair relationships, repay debts, return borrowed items, and make amends!

Today is coincidentally the Paratus Holiday, created for preppers by Commander Zero. He’s the Editor of the  great Notes From The Bunker blog.

The 18th of September is also  Chilean Independence Day. On this day, in 1810, Chile declared independence from Spain.

Before anyone pats themselves on the back for “ending” the 110+ days of nightly rioting in Portland… I suspect that many those paid leftist black shirt riot troops are being re-deployed to Washington, D.C. for the planned Occupy D.C. Extravaganza–which will probably feature Riots Like Clockwork, starting fairly soon. Those will likely continue until the election. All, of course, with the connivance of the D.C. Mayor.  I believe that their goal is to provoke a shooting incident to make the DJT administration look bad.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 90 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 of their 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 (a $1,100 value),
  5. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready 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, that 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 90 ends on September 30th, 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. Wikipedia has a short article about the blowing of the Shofar. ~> “Maimonides wrote that even though the blowing of the shofar is a Biblical statute, it is also a symbolic “wake-up call”, stirring Jews to mend their ways and repent: “Sleepers, wake up from your slumber! Examine your ways and repent and remember your Creator.”

    Christian Pastors will often explain the Christian roots in Jewish Holy Days. … Wycliff(dot)org has an article “7 FEASTS THAT POINT TO CHRIST”, which briefly explains Jewish Holy Days with a Christian understanding.
    St. Augustine famously said, the “New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New.”
    … … Jesus Christ was born as a Jew with a Jewish mother. The first disciples of Jesus Christ are Jews. … From the New Testament in the Good Book. =

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

    The Shofar horn is a clarion call to the entire world: “Sleepers, wake up from your slumber! Examine your ways and repent and remember your Creator.”

  2. Happy Paratus SB community!

    If anyone is interested, I have stumbled upon a movie and has a few subtle nods toward preparedness that I wasn’t expecting. While we don’t hardly turn the television on at all in our house, we heard about the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and decided to watch it (my wife and I) for nostalgia’s sake. It turned out to be a pretty well-done little movie. It is clean, funny, and family friendly. There aren’t the typical perverse topics glorified by the majority of what comes out of hollywood these days. The setting for most of the movie is in the upper midwest. There are references to EMPs. Sonic the Hedgehog technically has a “bug out bag” of sorts. Evil is evil, good is good, federal government is viewed with a bit of cautious skepticism. If you pay close attention, there are many subtle, but truthful things spoken. As I said, it is unexpected from a major film production, but it is refreshing and one of the only worthwhile things I have seen recently on screen.

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