Preparedness Notes for Friday — February 5, 2021

On February 5th, 1869, the largest alluvial gold nugget in history, called the “Welcome Stranger“, is found in Moliagul, Victoria, Australia.

Two variants of the 15th Anniversary edition of the waterproof 2005-2020 SurvivalBlog Archive USB stick are now available for pre-ordering.  (One of them is a limited edition in a keepsake tin box, with a keychain.) Thanks for your patience, folks!

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 93 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 93 ends on March 31st, 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. Because of the size of the Anniversary Edition tin, only one will fit in a mailing envelope. The system limits you to one per order as a result. If you want more than one, you have to make an additional order. There is no issue shipping to a PO Box as they will be going via USPS.

    1. These from a friend: Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.

      Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.

      How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.

      Carry on

  1. We all need something like this and he makes it look easy…

    $620 Milk Crate Solar Power System: 640Wh LiFePO4, 500W Inverter, 260W Solar/AC Input, 8x USB
    (YouTube Video, 17:27)
    DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse
    Jan 28, 2021

    Milk Crate System Part 3 [update video]
    (YouTube Video, 1:43)
    DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse
    Jan 29, 2021

    $702 640Wh Milk Crate 2.0: 600W Inverter + Fast Charging + Large Fuse Block
    (YouTube Video, 11:58)
    DIY Solar Power with Will Prowse
    Feb 4, 2021

    Make sure to check the comments for updates.

    Keep in mind the automated inflation after these YT influencer videos are published, items go out of stock and prices increase.

    Automated Inflation: they know you want it and when you want it… – Danielle DiMartino Booth

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