Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — February 23, 2021

February 23 is that day that six Marines from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima.

Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836).

February 23rd is also the birthday of Captain Isaac Davis (February 23, 1745 – April 19, 1775), a militia officer and gunsmith who commanded a Minute Company in Acton, Massachusetts during the Battle of Concord.

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. The US Flag raising moment at Iwo Jima is an iconic moment in US Military history.

    “The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national memorial located in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States. The memorial was dedicated in 1954 to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775.
    It is located in Arlington Ridge Park within the George Washington Memorial Parkway, near the Ord-Weitzel Gate to Arlington National Cemetery and the Netherlands Carillon. The memorial was turned over to the National Park Service in 1955.”

    “The war memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II …” …

    “Dedicated To The Marine Dead Of All Wars, And Their Comrades Of Other Services Who Fell Fighting Beside Them.” …
    [Copied from Wikipedia]

  2. We operate a small organic teaching farm near the outskirts of Eugene Oregon… near the east coast of the Pacific.

    The weekly local branch outlet of the marxists newspaper-programming *conglomerate is The Eugene Weekly.
    It hits the stands each Thursday, more-or-less, depending on if the hippie delivery drivers feel like it.

    I read it today, Tuesday, giving you some idea of its importance in my schedule.
    This afternoon, I read the (alleged…) letters to the editor.
    Some headlines:
    * The Price Of Too Much Freedom (“Lives without restraint are eventually ruinous.”)

    * Vaccination Needs A National Policy

    * Nothing Clean About Natural Gas (about the Arctic Vortex freezing folks in ‘fly-over country’)

    * Support Vegan Options In Hospitals (the diatribe starts with edible food for convalescents, switches to some proposed ‘law’, switches again to the (alleged) benefits of consuming plants, then switches to the “incredible importance” to the sender)

    * A Meditation On Saint Ruth (a local marxist bureaucrat)

    * Republican Reboot: The S##t Party (hoping to change the name of that political party to ‘Panicky White People’)

    * Seniors Need To Be Vaccinated Now (about “most seniors” cannot operate telephones nor computers, “many seniors” cannot let other seniors visit, “all seniors” worked decades to pay into government accounts, and some other unprovable ‘factoid generalizations’)

    followed by an editorial:

    * Repeal The Federal Legislation Which Grants Immunity To The Arms Industry
    (“Military weapons were never available to the public until recently…the NRA and arms industry [advocates] a distorted view of [enumerated Constitutional restrictions on bureaucrats])

    In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine a halfway point with that mentality.
    I wish their slogan “co-exist” could be possible, but the how-to escapes me.
    The Eugene Weekly is “free”, supported by small business owners purchasing advertising space.
    I wish no ill-will on anybody, but prior to ‘this phase of this Economic Lock-Down’, The Eugene Weekly was hefty, usually twenty or thirty pages.
    Since ‘this phase of this Economic Lock-Down’, The Eugene Weekly is down to six pages.
    * I use the word ‘conglomerate’ because dozens of college towns offer identical “free” weeklies.
    This appears to be a well-funded major enterprise across multiple states.

    1. I agree, Marge. We live in a small fishing community on the shores of a Great Lake. Our local newspaper is a spin-off from the paper of the nearest large city. It too has only 6 pages. The only thing better about ours is that thankfully there isn’t a “letters to the editor” section. The “news” in it is all quite left-slanted. The ads for “upcoming events” are usually submitted so late that they occurred several days before the paper is released.

      It does make good kindling for the wood stove.

  3. I noticed the date of death for Capt. Davis.

    Sure enough, he was killed in that battle. He set a very excellent model for preparedness.

    In the months leading up to the Revolution, Davis set unusually high standards for his company in terms of equipment, training, and preparedness. His company was selected to lead the advance on the British Regulars during the Battle of Concord because his men were entirely outfitted with bayonets.[1][2] During the American advance on the British at the Old North Bridge, Davis was among the first killed and was the first American officer to die in the Revolution.

    Carry on

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