Preparedness Notes for Friday — October 2, 2020

Today marks the birthday of Mohandes Gandhi (1869–1948). Ben Kingsley did a great job of portraying him in the award-winning movie Gandhi.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present the first entry for Round 91 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 91 ends on November 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. The police, as usual, recommended that people do not try this. Um, success speaks for itself.

      Most of the time the cops arrive in time to call an ambulance and take statements.

      Carry on in grace

  1. My town’s quarterly newsletter included a message from the city manager about how they are coping with the Covid crisis. It included this sentence, which I find ominous: “We are preparing for the days, not far ahead, when vaccine distribution within our city becomes the priority.”

    Why would city government be involved in this? Why wouldn’t it be like the regular annual flu vaccine, where if you want it, you go to the doctor or pharmacy for it. Voluntarily. Or won’t this be voluntary? Do they plan to go door to door to vaccinate? This sounds creepy to me.

    1. I got the polio vaccine in school in the 50’s when it first came out. If you did not live through the polio scare you have no idea. Thank god for vaccines.

  2. State is Ohio. I will not take a vaccine that has been rushed into production, skipping animal tests, for a disease that is only deadly to high-risk people, and that has been hyped into hysteria. I remember the 1976 swine flu vaccine fiasco. This will be worse.

    1. Frankly,

      After listening to report from June Knight on the “Vaccine Congress”, the order of which populations will be getting the vaccine during their four phases, is sounding a lot like Hitler’s grand solution to do away with the “undesireables”, worse than an ethnic cleansing, first and everybody else in due order. See the Georgia Guidestones for the goal of world depopulation… Seriously! Fight it tooth and nail. And listen to June Knight’s summaries of each day of the Congress.

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