Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — January 12, 2021

On this day in 1737, John Hancock was born. He was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

January 12, 1879 – The British-Zulu War begins. British troops, under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus, invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.

Today is also the birthday of Edmund Burke. (Born 1729, died 9 July 1797.)

I’m pleased to welcome our newest advertiser, Prepper Tees. That biz is operated by some of my relatives. Please take a look at their site. Many of their designs are very clever. – JWR

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 92 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 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, 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 92 ends on January 31, 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. Hello, everyone, I would like your opinions, please.

    Two days ago, on Sunday, Jan. 10th, Joyce posted a video link and short comment.

    The man in the video says to prepare for martial law coming very soon.

    What does martial law mean concerning everyday life? I get that the military is in charge but does that mean people stop living and stay locked in their homes?

    I don’t have anyone to talk to about this kind of thing, except you here on the blog.

    I will copy Joyce’s video link next.

    Thank you for sharing your opinions and any advice, Krissy

    1. A lot depends on what edicts are written with the martial law. Certainly you would see curfews and travel restrictions. Restrictions on what and how much you can buy, quarantines, “non-essential” workers out of work and a whole lot of other options. Certainly gun rights will be restricted.

      1. BWL, Thank you for taking the time to reply. It means a lot. What may seem obvious to others about this, is new to me. Like LargeMarge, I would be fine if I stayed put but I need to travel out of state soon. I guess this is where the rubber meets the road, and training will be put to test.

        Blessings to you and DW, Krissy

        1. I don’t know what state you are traveling to, but I’m willing to guess, some states may not uphold some or all martial law edicts. Use caution and if you have anything that would indicate why you are traveling (wedding invitation), keep it handy. Most importantly, pray, trust the Lord and follow His direction. If you feel comfortable doing so, post a comment when the time comes so we can pray for you.

    1. Krissy,
      Good grief!, what a windbag!

      Irregardless, after a lot of getting ready to begin, video starts at 4:29


      My thoughts about my situation:

      * how much would Martial Law impact me?

      * zero-zero-zero for at least six months.

      We operate a small organic teaching farm near the outskirts of Eugene Oregon.
      * We have no heavy equipment to confiscate.
      * Each of the thirty or so folks here qualify as ‘essential workers’… each of us is extremely dedicated to the farm, and would take it personal if we came up missing.
      * Our propane is topped, our chillers are loaded with butchered meats and packaged vegetables ready for market.
      * We have multiple sources of drinking water.
      * We have 24/7/360° security… and we are surrounded by neighbors with an interest in keeping our community quietly peaceable.

      Sure, with enough government agents, the government agents can bulldoze over anything they choose to keep their tummies full and their vehicles operational.
      But running the cost-vs-benefit analysis might convince them to not be so greedy… their surly and ill-tempered high-n-mighty attitude works as long as the little people have something to lose.

      Martial Law crosses the ‘civilized society’ line, activating “the government agents vs deplorables’ contest… and the government agents have a lot to lose.
      Maybe you noticed… the government agents are all about getting more marbles (pensions and power), and at the First Sign Of Resistance, they fold.
      Every. Example. In. History. Proves. This.

      Now, Yellowstone barfing or the Cascadia subduction doing its promised dance or an asteroid skidding through… well, that would make the government agents more irrelevant than they already are, wouldn’t it?

      Oops… proofing this, I wonder if I am turning into the windbag I am poking fun at!

      a vastly amused LM

      1. LargeMarge, I laughed out loud because you said how I felt. Yes, please just get to the point. With that said, I am grateful for the heads up.

        I wonder if people truly believe this will happen? I sure hope it doesn’t.

        I appreciate you sharing your thoughts! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

        Glad you could be amused. Blessings on your day, Krissy

  2. Oh! My! Goodness! The writer that wrote the Macleans article about a post trump town in Idaho…..really, really, really tested my Christian convictions.

    1. Wow, you weren’t kidding.
      I would have thought that article was parody, written in the form of a pearl-clutching, SJW characature. I kept waiting to read the punchline, but it never came.
      These people are beyond condescending. They are truly evil and look forward to our persecution.

    2. I couldn’t even finish it. The sheriff in the article stated that the USA is a republic, and the author comments that it “was plainly an odd thing to say”….huh?? What…the…WHAT? And somebody’s editor approved this? I knew that civics and government and the like were being grossly watered down in (public) schools, but this is ignorance beyond what I even imagined.

      But I’m probably just being ignorant and oppressive because of my demographics and beliefs, again, huh. /snark

      1. I know Bear, if my husband had a silver dime : ) for every time I yelled at the tv “WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY, WE ARE A REPUBLIC!” he would be a very rich man, lol. : )

        1. TeresaSue …Bear…Ghost00… I could not finish the article… I felt blood pressure rising and Christian principles being challenged…I did want to see for myself … as each minute / hour / day unfolds I am realizing I MUST stay in the WORD and it’s TRUTH… may The LORD guide us all as the coming days are filled with much uncertainty

          1. RCB5472TN, Ghost00, TeresaSue and Bear, I concur with each of you.

            The, in your face, derision was shocking, to say the least.

            May the Lord give us wisdom, Krissy

      2. My friend, Mary, shared this today: 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! –Matthew 23:37 NRSV

        Who among us is willing?

        Carry on

    3. I wanted to make sure I had not failed the same way I was just accusing the public schools of, and it had been awhile (breaks for all of the holidays!) since we discussed civics, so I just had to go check.

      “Hey [6yo], what kind of government does the United States have?”

      He reluctantly looked up from decoding his secret message in his puzzle book. “Republic!…ummm, an’ democracy.”

      So we’re doing okay here, at least. 😉

  3. Also on this day in 1888, a day that started out as a comfortable day in the Dakota territory ended with a powerful blizzard that killed over 235 people many of them children as they tried to get home from school. The blizzard became known as the children’s blizzard.

  4. This is a good day to improve readiness. Took DW on her first Ebike training familiarization. Went well.

    Now we are getting takeout Chinese from our favorite place…. before governors Covid edicts permanently bankrupts and closes the business.

    You should see our county. People are so happy at the prospect of vaccination that they are outside enjoying themselves, even though very few got the shots.

    The real fascists are mobilizing the guard and requiring LEOs to guard their reconvening of the socialist left state legislature.

    It’s just starting, folks.

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