Preparedness Notes for Sunday — September 27, 2020

This is the birthday of Samuel Adams (not counting the change in dates due to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar). He was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today we present another entry for Round 90 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include:

First 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 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 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. A Three-Day Deluxe Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $190 value),
  4. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from (a $240 value).
  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. 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.
  4. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  5. 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 90 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.


  1. According to the label on the beer bottles in my refrigerator, Mr. Adams is best described as “Brewer” and “Patriot”.

    For an action-movie version of Sam Adams, I recommend the History Channel’s Sons of Liberty mini-series (2015). It definitely takes a lot of, uh, liberties with actual events. Which makes it more “historical fiction”. But its production value, performances, and story make it enjoyable to watch.






  2. Happy Birthday Mr. Adams! Sorry for how our country has turned out. Some of us are trying to fix, however. I keep telling myself, “I can tell you the truth, but I can’t make you believe it.” In other words, I can only do what I can do. Not to “steal your thunder” on your special day Mr. Adams, but I also have to ask the SB Family a question too. Hope that is okay.

    SB Family: I have been looking for work in the Redoubt area of Idaho and Montana – mostly Western Montana. The Rockies and I’m a country person – what can I say! My question is about Butte, Montana – is it safe? There is a job there that is of some interest and I was thinking of checking it out, but I also have been doing a little research and the area doesn’t look good in the safety respect. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Butte is beautiful. Don’t know what you mean by “safe”. The only “problem” that I am aware of is an influx of outsiders who have brought their political beliefs with them which does affect who gets elected. It needs more conservatives to counter that trend.

      1. Thanks Oneguy. Should have been clearer. It seems that the crime rate is not all that good. Higher than the national average across several categories. Of course, I probably would only work there and not actually live there in town. Oh and counter that trend? Yep I can do that!

        1. Bear in mind that crime rates are often reported per capita. So if the population is lower, like it is in most of the Redoubt, individual events can have a greater impact. For a better analysis, I’d recommend looking at several sources reporting statistics over several years. That will paint a better overall picture, as well as provide an indication of specific trends.

          1. You also do well to seek a more detailed crime map. I know in my community, the crime is mostly in a few “hot areas” that the cops work to keep a lid on to prevent spreading.

            Stay away from those areas, as I do, and you are safe.

            Research, also, time of day that the crimes are reported. Then, same as above.

            Carry on

          2. No, ThoDan, but 1 of a 100 is very different than 1 of 1000. And it is that difference to which I was referring. Once a Marine made a very valid point as well, in that criminal activity is often concentrated in specific areas, which can skew the overall crime rate of a given area.

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