Preparedness Notes for Saturday — November 14, 2020

On November 14th, 1985, the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano erupted in Colombia, killing over 20,000 as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice, and lava. Scientists studying the volcano believed an eruption was imminent and had recommended an evacuation of the area which was largely ignored, resulting in the high number of casualties.

I have a sale announcement: Harvest Guard is having a 15% off sale at

Beginning Friday the 13th, all products on their website are discounted 15% by using the coupon code CELEBRATE during checkout. The company’s president notes:  “Not only is it Friday the 13th, but by the end of the day we will finally be back to normal shipping times of 1-3 days from receipt of orders, with the caveat that red lids are still about 7-10 days away from being available.”

That is worth celebrating!  Note that this sale ends at midnight on Sunday, November 15th, 2020, so get your order in right away, with the coupon code!

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. Oh Krissy, you are so sweet to think of me! Your prayers are greatly appreciated right now as I am having a difficult time recovering from my surgery. I was in surgery for close to seven hours (I was shocked to read that in my Post OP report)! I’m thankful for my husband and also my sister for stepping up to help care for my mom and dad while I recover.
      I think that I was expecting to just get back to my manic, super busy schedule maybe a week after this surgery, but I have to be patient and let my body heal! Really hard for me to do as I’m used to going warp speed every day!!

      I had to laugh at your experience with the washer/dryer set for your mom as I ordered a new BASIC refrigerator way back in March and it is still not here!! Sears keeps putting it out farther and farther away, now it’s looking like early December. I guess if my current one finally klunks out I can just store everything out on the porch since it’s cold enough! LOL!!

      Anyway, I’m so very thankful for you praying and thinking of me, it means so much to me

      Hope you have a Rockin great day!!

      1. Hey RKRGRL68, here’s hoping you make some quicker progress and get back to warp speed soon. 🙂

        Sounds like the refrigerator and freezer situation is getting ridiculous. A while back, honest injun’ cross my heart and hope to die, I saw a chest freezer at an estate auction go for $1,000 that only cost $850 new. I guess the $150 was a small price to pay for having it right now. I think things are going to get even crazier than they are now.

      2. It is SO hard to rest, definitely. When I was on bed rest with my second bio child, my midwife kept reminding me over and over that one more day in the womb was three fewer days in the NICU. Perhaps there is some surgical recovery equivalent? One more week in the bed equals three more weeks of fully functional warp speed….later? 🙂 Hang in there, take good care of yourself, and we’ll keep praying.

      3. we just went through a similar experience with our refer it took 7 weeks to get it nothing like your since march but we did have to live out of a cooler
        the whole time…spent about 240$ on ice for it…..

      4. Hey RKRGRL68, I missed your post yesterday. Sorry your recovery is difficult, I truly do understand. Take the time now to properly recover. It was several months before life started to return to normal. My surgeon told me it would likely take at least a year possibly two years for the vertebrae and spinal cord to completely heal. I was back to mostly normal life by six months except for heavy lifting or shooting. Praying for your recovery and patience.
        Gods grace and peace to you.

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