Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — November 13, 2019

Here is a Hong Kong protest update, courtesy of our Editor-at-Large, Michael Z. Williamson, quoting his friend Marc Adkins, who in turn was quoting a local friend “on the ground”, in the city:

“Hong Kong Chinese University (HKCU) is under Siege by the Hong Kong Police Force. The reason behind this is if they managed to take over HKCU, they will have access to Hong Kong Internet Exchange (HKIX), which is located within HKCU.

The HKIX serves as a hub to 99% messages that [are] sent and received through Internet within Hong Kong. If HKCU is fallen, every Hong Kongers’ message will be monitored by Communist China and the puppet Hong Kong Government.

With China’s A.I., MILLIONS of Hong Kongers will be sought out, arrested, raped, have livers and kidneys harvested, etc. We will be vanished without a trace afterwards systematically.

We Hong Kongers are in the front line of the battle between the Free World and that of Communist Tyranny. Yet the rest of the world is just sitting back relaxed, watching and doing NOTHING.”

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was born in Scotland on November 13th, 1850.

Continental Army Brigadier General Richard Montgomery took Montreal, Canada without opposition on November 13, 1775.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. 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.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products from EMPShield.com
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  7. 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. Good2GoCo.com is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. 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)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 85 ends on November 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.



What I Learned From the Recent Power Outage – Part 2, by A.K.

(Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.)

The house is located in a rural locale with only two other homes on the road (friends of theirs). They have a well and septic system. And they even have a decent amount of food stored such as canned goods that I could access in an emergency(and pay them back for later).

I was pretty pleased to realize this. I actually felt the best here (and safest) that I have felt during my entire time traveling. I figured that in an emergency I’d be okay here for a while. It’s even located within a day’s walk of my son’s apartment.

Gotta be careful what you wish for I guess but a big storm hit with lots of rain and wind and we lost power. Okay. So far so good. I have a few LED flashlights with me, both of which recharge using a built-in solar panel (one has a crank as well). I had already looked to find their candles(a few small ones plus tea candles; all stinky scented ones alas). I also had unscented tea candles with me.

To my surprise, shortly after we lost power, we also lost the cell signal; evidently there’s a very limited amount of batter storage at the cell tower and it goes down quickly if there’s a power outage. I didn’t know this!Continue reading“What I Learned From the Recent Power Outage – Part 2, by A.K.”



JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food and storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This week the focus is on a simple way to split kindling, as recommended by Cody, aka Wranglerstar. (See the Instructional Videos & Vlogs section.)

Books:

Reader DSV mentioned this book: When They Come For You: How Police and Government are Trampling Our Liberties and How To Take Them Back

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Triggered, by Donald Trump, Jr.

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Stack Silver Get Gold – How to Buy Gold and Silver Bullion without Getting Ripped Off!

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Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II.  This is some important history reading.  Most Americans have no idea what FDR conceded at the Yalta and Tehran conferences. These diplomatic disasters set the stage for the Cold War.

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Racing Winter on the Pacific Crest Trail





Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — November 12, 2019

November 12th, 1950 was the birthday of RLI Corporal John Alan Coey (died 19 July 1975). He was the first American volunteer soldier killed in Rhodesia.

Today is the birthday of USMC Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly (born 1873, died April 27, 1937). He was one of only nineteen men (including seven Marines) to twice receive the Medal of Honor.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. 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.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products from EMPShield.com
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  7. 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. Good2GoCo.com is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. 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)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 85 ends on November 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.



What I Learned From the Recent Power Outage – Part 1, by A.K.

As I related in a previous article, I’ve been a “nomad” for the past couple of years since selling my home and taking off to travel, volunteer etc. This has resulted in my living in a whole lot of places, some in the US and some overseas. I’ve spent time camping in the US and time living in an urban apartment overseas in an area subject to earthquakes/tsunamis, terrorist attacks, and missiles. Add to that just ordinary homes of all kinds, from suburban sorts to urban apartments in the US. Much of this has involved pet-sitting so I might reside in these places anywhere from a few days to a month or more. So what’s a prepper to do?

My ability to “prep” in a normal fashion and to a level that I’d prefer hasn’t been possible the past few years due to living in other people’s homes and being so mobile. When I’ve had the use of my car (here in the US) I’ve been able to take more stuff with me but still, it’s a small hatchback so it’s limited. I’m pretty much dependent to a large degree on what other people have in their homes to weather disasters. It ain’t a pretty picture I can tell you after having lived in well over 50 places the past few years. Still, I tried to do my best given the limited circumstances.

Even overseas in an all-electric apartment I stored some water, food, had flashlights, a small rocket camping stove etc. That wasn’t a great situation, especially in terms of water as at least half the year there is no rain and there are no natural water sources in the area that aren’t salt water. At least heat wasn’t needed to survive; I never used any while living there, even in the winter. There were frequent power outages there but usually no longer than 4 or 5 hours; evidently there were a lot of bad drivers who would regularly crash into traffic light poles which necessitated shutting down power to the area to do the repairs.

But now that I’m back in the US, house hunting and continuing to stay in different homes while pet-sitting. It’s been eye-opening to consider the sort of “preps” that people in these homes have done in terms of any sort of preparedness for an emergency. This is interesting (I think) as it points out to me both the issues to be found while traveling if one is a committed prepper plus where the preparedness gaps are for others. As well, what do I learn from this that I can do better in my own home when I find it? And what should/can I improve in my own preps while traveling?Continue reading“What I Learned From the Recent Power Outage – Part 1, by A.K.”



SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the American Redoubt region. Today, we focus on the vlogger who produces North Country Off Grid. (See the Idaho section.)

Idaho

Citizen Alert: Meeting on a Proposed Prison in Kootenai County

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Reader J.L.P. wrote to mention: “There is a YouTuber in North Idaho who has been having issues with county building permits. The channel is North Country Off Grid. As noted in the videos linked below, the permit is a “location” permit for a small (app. 320 square feet), temporary structure (no permanent foundation). It’s their “tiny house” (he hates calling it that – they were actually featured on a Tiny House show).
He has posted a series of videos, which include footage of a county supervisor meeting.

The description on their video page says: “We are a family of five, that is building our homestead from the ground up, with cash off grid, in North Idaho. We have three kiddos and a bunch of farm animals. We want a self sustaining, debt free farm and lifestyle.”

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I was pleased to see that Herrett’s Gun Stocks in Twin Falls, Idaho is still in business, after all these years.  Here is their contact information:

Herrett Stocks, Inc.
P.O. Box 741
169 Madrona St.
Twin Falls, ID. 83303-0741
Telephone: (208) 733-1498 Fax: (208) 733-1632

Their shop hours are 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

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Sandpoint 8-year-old reels in monster rainbow trout, breaks Idaho record

Continue reading“SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt”



The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“How to succeed: First, labor. Nothing can be had for nothing; whatever a man achieves, he must pay for it; and no favor of fortune can absolve him from duty. Secondly, patience and forbearance, which is simply dependent upon the slow justice of time. Thirdly, and important, faith. Unless a man believes in something far higher than himself, something infinitely purer and grander than he can ever become—unless he has an  instinct of an order beyond his dreams, of laws beyond his comprehension, of beauty and good and justice, beside which his own ideals are dark, he will fail in every loftier form of ambition, and ought to fail.” – Bayard Taylor



Preparedness Notes for Monday — November 11, 2019

Today is the birthday of General George S. Patton, Jr. (born 1885, died December 21, 1945).

November 11th is of course Veteran’s Day. If you value your freedom, then thank a veteran.

Today is the birthday of Hugh Everett (born 1930, died July 19, 1982), the American physicist who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, which he termed his “relative state” formulation.

November 11th also marks Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), in 1965. Remember Rhodesia.

Ready Made Resources is running a big Veteran’s Day sale on White Phosphor AN/PVS-14 night vision monoculars. These are top of the line full mil-spec units made by L3 Communications! “Package Contents: Monocular, headmount, transfer arm, soft case, shoulder strap, eye cup, objective lens cap, lanyard, de-mist shield, sacrificial window, lens tissue, AA Batteries (2) & ops manual.” Buyers will also receive a bonus of a free box IR chemlight sticks. Be sure to order before midnight on 11/11/2019.

There are just two weeks left in the current round of our non-fiction writing contest.  Please get your entries in, soon! The prizes for the top three writers are amazing.



Taurus Spectrum .380 ACP, by Pat Cascio

While the .380 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) round  might have been a good choice for the fictional James Bond in some of his earlier movies, it still isn’t the first choice for me, or most other shooters. In later movies, Bond was shown carrying some 9mm handguns, which was a smart move. However, for my use, anything chambered in .380 ACP isn’t my first choice in a concealed carry handgun. Now, that’s not to say that in the past I didn’t actually did carry some .380 ACP handguns. I can only say I was young and naive. Keep in mind that the following are my opinions, and mine alone – and we are all entitled to opinions. They are just that, and opinion. So, save the hate mail, if you like your gun in .380 ACP. I’m not going to try and change your mine. I must also mention that my own wife often carries some kind of .380 ACP concealed – for many different reasons.

Needless to say, the .380 ACP is a lot better than throwing rocks and sticks at someone who is trying to harm you. And, with today’s ammo, there are great choices in self-defense loads, too. In the past, you were pretty much limited to a Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) round, if you wanted your pistol to feed reliably. Many .380 ACP JHP rounds simply wouldn’t feed. Today’s handguns are designed to feed just about any kind of ammo, including JHP rounds.

In the not too distant past, anything in .380 ACP was pretty much a “compact” or mid-sized handgun, and “compact” had a different meaning back then, than it does today. Many of the compact guns in the past are now considered mid-sized by many users. With better technology and better designs, we have more tiny handguns chambered in .380 ACP than ever before. In the past 10 years, many gun makers have been turning out “itty-bitty” handguns chambered in .380 ACP – and they work, with just about any type of ammo. I personally carry a Ruger LCP .380 ACP in an ankle holster, as a back-up to my main gun – whatever it may be, that I’m carrying or testing at the time. The Ruger LCP is tiny, no doubt about it. But it is intended or up-close and personal self-defense. And needless to say, because of it’s size, it is a bit hard to shoot accurately – you need lots of practice with it.Continue reading“Taurus Spectrum .380 ACP, by Pat Cascio”



Recipe of the Week: K.M’s Sausage-Apple-Walnut Stuffing

Reader K.M. kindly sent us a recipe for a Thanksgiving sausage-apple-walnut stuffing. This can be cooked entirely as a side dish, or stuffed in your turkey, or both.  If cooked inside the turkey, then the sausage and onions must be sautéed, first.

Note: If baked as a side dish, then this should be started just 90 to 120 minutes before the expected serving time for your turkey.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 lb. mild ground sausage.
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 c. celery, chopped.
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced. (More or less, to taste)
  • 1 c. toasted walnuts, chopped.
  • 2 tbsp. fresh sage
  • 1/4 c. Fresh parsley, chopped.
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped or ground.
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh-ground pepper (more or less, to taste)
  • 12 c. of bread cubes–either fresh or crusty. (Cornbread can be substituted.)
  • 2 1/2 c. low-sodium turkey broth or chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • Fresh parsley (garnish), to taste
Directions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sauté the sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat for 7 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink.
  3. Add apples, celery, and garlic. (And apricots and/or raisins, if desired.)
  4. Sauté for 5 more minutes or until the apples are tender.
  5. Stir in the walnuts, sage, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper. (You may vary the quantities, to taste).
  6. Transfer this to a large bowl, and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Fold in the bread cubes and broth, until bread cubes are moist and it is well-blended.
  8. Spoon mixture into a greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan (or any other 3-quart baking dish).
  9. Brush the top generously with butter.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crusty and brown.
Variations
  • Cornbread can be substituted fro regular bread cubes.
  • If you want the stuffing a bit sweeter, then you can add some chopped apricots –canned or dried–and/or raisins to the apples.
SERVING
  • Keep this stuffing covered and on low heat, until serving.
  • Serve this stuffing hot.
  • Garnish with parsley and/or a few very thinly-sliced raw apples, if desired.
STORAGE

This stores well, refrigerated for up to 72 hours. It does not store well, frozen.



Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at how The Fed is diving in to the Repo market feet first. (See the Economy & Finance section.)

Precious Metals:

Interview: The reasons for gold price to test the $3,000 range; rally isn’t over yet

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Gold Falls 3% In Week To One-Month Low At $1,464/oz As Banks And Hedge Funds Sell COMEX Futures Aggressively

Economy & Finance:

Fed Goes Nuts with Repos & T-Bills but Sheds Mortgage Backed Securities

JWR’s Comment:  The Fed now finds itself in a jam.  Since the Lehman Brothers fiasco, the Fed built an economy that appeared immune to the business cycle, but at the cost of creating Debt Crack Addicts. And then when they attempted to unwind from QE, they found it impossible. So the Fed is now committed to Liquidity to Infinity. The Fed is diving in to the Repo market feet first. This of course must end someday, but it will probably be an spectacular implosion of the credit market. That implosion will also bring down the equities markets, the commodities markets, and the Dollar itself.

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The Los Angeles Times reports: So much for a cashless society: Currency is popular again, especially the $100 bill. (Thanks to Joe B. for the link.)

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At Wolf Street: What Heavy Trucks Are Saying

Continue reading“Economics & Investing For Preppers”





Preparedness Notes for Sunday — November 10, 2019

November 10th is remembered in the United States as the “birthday” of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Coincidentally, the 10th is also the birthday of the late Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, born in 1919, died December 23, 2013. He didn’t design a lot of different guns, but one of his few designs was the prototype for what turned out to be the world’s most widely produced assault rifles.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 85 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3,000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any 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 (an $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 gift certificate from Quantum Harvest LLC (up to a $2,200 value) good for 12% off the purchase of any of their sun-tracking models, and 10% off the purchase price of any of their other models.
  2. 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.
  3. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  4. A $300 purchase credit for any of the products from EMPShield.com
  5. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  6. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value).
  7. 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. Good2GoCo.com is providing a $400 purchase credit at regular prices for the prize winner’s choice of either Wise Foods or Augason long term storage foods, in stackable buckets.
  2. 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)
  3. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  4. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  5. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  6. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances.

Round 85 ends on November 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.