Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — February 7, 2023

February 7th, 1867 was the birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder (died February 10, 1957). SurvivalBlog highly recommends the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as well as her biography.

Just a couple of the 1,100+ folks who’ve bought 2005-2022 SurvivalBlog archive USB sticks wrote to mention that they thought that they weren’t working. Apparently, on some devices — such as older slow PCs or Mac iPads — it can take several minutes for the “SB” icon to appear, after you plug in the stick. This year’s archive stick has 18.3 GB of data, with more than 92,000 files for your device to index. So, please be patient. Give it plenty of time to load, especially if you own a MacOS device.

Oh, and I should mention that we are now down to less than 50 USB sticks on hand. We started with 1,700 sticks, just a few weeks ago. Order yours soon, before they sell out.  – JWR

Today we present a guest article by Brandon Smith, the American Redoubt-based editor of the blog.  I highly recommended both his free blog and his The Wild Bunch Dispatch subscription e-newsletter. –  JWR

We are seeking entries for the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. Round 105 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.