Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — August 23, 2022

I just heard of the passing of Dr. Peter Vincent Pry.  He did yeoman service, chairing The EMP Commission and EMP Task Force, urging legislators to get the United States hardened against EMP and X-Class solar flares. When he interviewed me, I was impressed by his great acumen and depth of knowledge on EMP topics. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his family. The following is from his U.S. House staff biography:

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Chief of Staff of the newly re-established Congressional
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission, and Executive Director of the Task Force on
National and Homeland Security, a Congressional Advisory Board dedicated to achieving
protection of the United States from electromagnetic pulse (EMP), Cyber Warfare, mass
destruction terrorism and other threats to civilian critical infrastructures, on an
accelerated basis. Dr. Pry also is Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum,
an advisory board to Congress on policies to counter Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Foreign governments, including the United Kingdom, Israel, Canada, and Kazakhstan
consult with Dr. Pry on EMP, Cyber, and other strategic threats.

Dr. Pry served on the staffs of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of

the United States (2008-2009); the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the
United States (2006-2008); and the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States
from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack (2001-2008)

My hope is that his warnings will be heeded by congress, NASA, commercial space project developers, and military planners.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 102 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. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  5. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  6. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.
  7. Two sets of The Civil Defense Manual, (in two volumes) — a $193 value — kindly donated by the author, Jack Lawson.

Second Prize:

  1. A Front Sight Lifetime Diamond Membership, providing lifetime low-cost 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 SIRT STIC AR-15/M4 Laser Training Package, courtesy of Next Level Training, that has a combined retail value of $679
  3. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. A transferable $150 FRN 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!

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. A LogOX 3-in-1 Forestry MultiTool (a $189 value) and a WoodOx Sling (a $79.95 value), courtesy of LogOx, both made in USA.
  4. A transferable $100 FRN purchase credit from Elk Creek Company, toward the purchase of any pre-1899 antique gun.

More than $750,000 worth of prizes have been awarded since we started running this contest. Round 102 ends on September 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.