Preparedness Notes for Friday — October 16, 2020

October 16th, 1859 was the second day of abolitionist John Brown’s raid against the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery. Although the raid failed, it inflamed sectional tensions and raised the stakes for the 1860 presidential election. Brown’s raid helped make any further accommodation between North and South nearly impossible and thus became an important impetus of the Civil War.

A reminder: Book Bomb Day for my latest book (The Ultimate Prepper’s Survival Guide) will be this coming Tuesday: October 20, 2020. Please wait to place your order until that day, to maximize the rankings on, and on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Thanks!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC  are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000.
  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. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. 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.
  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. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  4. 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. Looks like a cool book. According to the link you provided, it is the #1 new release in the atmospheric science genre. Count me in for the 20th.

    In relation to John Brown, there is a new show called “The Good Lord Bird” on Showtime about John Brown and the first episode is free on YouTube. Looks like a pretty good show so far, but may not be for the faint of heart.

  2. Radio/Comms Exercise: Comments Enabled
    Author Concerned American
    Posted on October 16, 2020


    It’s dawn on November 4th.

    The Internet is down; TV talking heads claim it is a “massive cyber attack all across the globe”.

    What did you do in the weeks before the election to secure both your team’s info access and their security in a full “reliable-comms-down” situation?

    Specifics (without breaching your PERSEC/COMSEC) will be more helpful.


    1. Can you make any overt action and remain anonymous? When you use comms they can be tracked. When you use codes they raise suspicion. When you form groups you run the risk of being involved in others actions which you may not approve of OR being inflitrated and the actual infiltrator injects conspiracies that if you are merely present when he speaks of them YOU can be indicted for being involved in. All of these things ‘could’ make you red, white and blue at heart but they definitely do not make you the gray man.

      Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

    2. For coms-down scenario, my team invested on the crayons and markers on sale from unused school supplies.

      My team writes their messages with crayons. Then the crayons are melted and poured into the kindergarden emptied milk cartons. Cartons are then stapled shut and put into lunch bags.

      Lunch bags go home and then crayons re-formed by melting wax which is then hand rolled by recipient matching the wax-embedded genetic code.

      Using wide lined paper, the crayons then write out the original message. Must use wide-lined paper for this. College lined paper has spaces too narrow, and you’ll go outside the lines.

      Make sure the Effbeeyi doesn’t catch on to this technique.

  3. I visited John browns farm on vacation a month ago. Its near lake placid in New Yorks Adirondack Park. Its a small place with walking trails and a house thats of that Era that you can walk thru. Very educational there was even info about Gerrit Smith which is near where I live and part of the underground railroad. I did not however care for the BLM posters stuck all around the monuments entrance.

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