September 30: Read Pete’s Guest Article on SurvivalBlog.com

We are pleased to announce that SurvivBlog.com published a guest article from us.  If you include guns in your preps, you should give it a read.

I’ve been a fan of James Wesley, Rawles since I first read Patriots years ago, and I would be lying if I said he hadn’t influenced my prepper journey.  As you can imagine, I was delighted that he suggested his reader’s bookmark out site, and I offer a warm welcome any SurvivalBlog readers who have dropped by.

If you aren’t checking them out already, I’d recommend you bookmark SurvivalBlog as well and visit often.  They have new content daily.

September 28: COVID-19 Growth Continues in Europe, South America

The United States reported 37,332 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, and only 267 deaths.   Things brings the total number of cases to 7.14 million with 204,597 deaths

Globally, there have been more than 33.1 million cases — an increase of 2 million in the past week — and 998,372 deaths, with the latter likely to reach the 1 million milestone in the next 24 hours.  Here is how the countries with the most cases are performing:

COVID-19 Data as of 9/28/20
COVID-19 case data as reported by Johns Hopkins on the morning of 9/28/20.

Notable is the increase in India, which continues to close the gap with the U.S., even as its rate of growth shows some slowing.  Columbia has overtaken Peru fort fifth place.  Spain, which leads Europe in cases, and Argentina have both jumped ahead of South Africa.  Iraq has pulled ahead of Saudi Arabia while Turkey has moved up one, overtaking Pakistan.

Rates have increased in the UK and France while dropping by a percent in Germany and Spain.  Europe remains concerned about its rates, which are significantly higher than during the summer.


If you enjoyed this report, you can can see last Monday’s report.

Concealed Carry Challenges in an Era of Protests

With the increase of hate, anger, and violence, it may be time to reconsider your concealed carry decisions, including what you carry and how you would react under certain circumstances.

I’ve carried a concealed weapon for more than 20 years.  I made up my mind that very first day that I would kill rather than allow myself to be killed.  I also accepted the fact that I would willingly die to protect my family. 

Over the years, I took training classes from nationally recognized experts in handguns, self-defense, shotguns for home defense, urban carbine, tactical medicine, and the legalities of using lethal force.  I also studied martial arts.  I honed my shooting skills at in competition like IDPA, USPSA/IPSC, and three-gun matches.  There were years where I fired more than 10,000 rounds.

Over time, the gear has changed.  I’ve switched out guns and holsters as technology evolved.  I’ve upgraded tactical flashlights as LEDs got brighter.  I changed ammo and calibers to use that best meet the changing FBI criteria.  I’ve carried .38s, 9mm, .40, and .45, sometimes two at once.  I own body armor, both concealed kevlar armor and rifle plates in an external carrier.  I’ve got a shotgun by my bed, and once AR pistols with arm braces became legal, I upgraded my car carry to an AR pistol.

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Prepper Diary September 26: Stocking Up For the Dark Days Ahead

We continue to take small steps on our prepping journey, buying a few things here and there.

My wife and I made another Costco run.  Their shelves were well stocked so we too advantage added a bit to our prepper pantry. We avoided fresh meat completely because we are trying to empty our freezer before the move.  I’m fine buying canned goods and other items that do not need refrigeration .  We picked up the following, all of which have been packed in some heavy boxes and will go up to our prepper property on our next trip.

  • 12 cans of corned beef hash. This is one of my favorite prepper foods.  Depending on the brand, it can have 700 or so calories in a can, which is a pretty high calorie-to-weight ratio. It has carbs, protein and fat in pretty close to equal amounts, which should give you plenty of energy for any task. It’s already cooked , so you can eat it straight from the can if necessary (blech!), but it is also easy to cook over a fire in a pan or your mess kit. We like it for breakfast but nothing says you can’t have it for dinner.
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September 25: Why you Need to Prepare for the Next COVID-19 Outbreak Now

As the U.S. passes 7 million cases of COVID-19, the end is nowhere near. Prepare now for another wave this winter.

The U.S. hit 7 million cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the New York Times.  I am afraid that this will only be the tip of the iceberg.

I predict that we will see a significant increase in COVID-19 cases this fall and winter.  Many large cities will shut down again.  Offices that have re-opened will send people back home.  More businesses will fail.  More people will be depressed and angry. 

This is not just an opinion, but is based on research, on observations of trends in other countries, and other viruses.  Cases are rising in Europe and Chinese-style lockdowns are still the most popular response. Yesterday was set a new global record for 361,390 reported cases of COVID-19.

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How Preppers Should use MREs in a Food Storage Plan

MREs seem like a great survival food. They don’t require water and are self contained, but they are also expensive. Are they an appropriate addition to your prepping supplies?

It seems like every time there’s a hurricane or other natural disaster, FEMA hands out MREs willy-nilly.  You drive up to their outpost and some nice people load a bag of ice, a case of water, and a couple cases of MREs into your vehicle.

That raises the question: Should MREs have a role in your food storage plan?

All About MREs

Before we answer that question, let’s be clear what we mean by MREs: 

MRE is a military acronym that stands for Meal, Ready to Eat.  Originally developed in 1975, MREs became increasingly popular with troops after the flameless ration heater was introduced in the 1990s. As the name implies, MREs are fully cooked and can be eaten cold, but almost everyone prefers to heat them up.  You can heat yours in its pouch with an MRE heater, drop the pouch in boiling water, or scrape the contents out of the pouch and cook in a traditional pan. (Be warned: The pouches are NOT microwave safe.)

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September 23: U.S. Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths

The U.S. reaches a milestone, but the number of serious COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to slow.

The United States surpassed 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19 yesterday and is just a day or two away from 7 million total cases.  To put that in perspective, that’s about 21 percent of global deaths and 22 percent of worldwide cases.  Heart disease and cancer are responsible for several times as many deaths. By Year-end, Coronavirus will probably account for only 9 or 10 percent of all deaths in the U.S. in 2020.

While cases are trending higher again, increased testing and college students are reportedly to blame.  Deaths continue to trend downward and there has not been an increase in hospitalizations. Unlike Australia, Israel, the UK, and parts of Europe, it doesn’t look like the U.S. is heading back into a shutdown.

As this article from Bloomberg discusses, colleges are “reservoirs” of infection and when students go home, they could be responsible for spreading the disease as we head into winter.

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September 22 Prepper Diary: Back to our New Property

The move continues as we get closer to our goal of living at our prepper property one step at at time.

We are in that happy time between seasons when it is too cool to require air conditioning yet too warm to demand heat.   The days are sunny and comfortable but nights are chilly enough that we had to put the thick comforter on the bed.  I will admit that I am happy my wife goes to bed before I do because she warms up the bed!

The sudden arrival of fall was driven home by the even cooler weather in the mountains. Yes, we just drove another pick-up truck load of gear to our new property. As I unloaded more stuff and fit it onto our storage shelves, I inventoried our 5-gallon pails.  As I discussed in the prior article, it seems I need to acquire some more beans to balance out the many buckets of rice and wheat.  We were stuck indoor due to the rain, so I did some indoor chores, like installing towel bars and toilet paper holders in the bathrooms.

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September 21: Global COVID-19 Cases Exceed 31 Million

Global cases are now growing by 1 million every three days, with India leading he way. Europe may be planning new lockdowns as cases grow.

The globe just catapulted to over 31 million cases of COVID-19 after surpassing 30 million three days ago.  Deaths have climbed to 961,301.  You can see how the countries with the biggest increases performed over the past week, below:

The top COVID-19 case loads by country as  of 9/21/20.  Data from Johns Hopkins.
The top COVID-19 case loads by country as of 9/21/20. Data from Johns Hopkins.

If you compare the above to last week’s numbers, you will note that Mexico passed South Africa while France leapfrogged Chile and Iran and Iraq jumped over Pakistan and Turkey. new lockdown measures are being discussed in the UK and other countries.

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September 20: COVID-19 Cases Jump in India, Europe and U.S.

India leads the world in COVID-19 case growth with about twice as as many reported there daily as in the U.S.

The big coronavirus news is that the world surpassed 30 million cases a couple days ago and numbers continue to grow in Europe where France reported 13,498 cases yesterday.  But the worst-hit country right now is India, which has been peaking at more than 90,000 cases per day or about a million new cases in 11 days.  That’s about twice as many cases as the U.S. is reporting daily.  On Thursday, India reported more than 98,000 cases, the most ever reported by a single country, and no accounts for almost a third of all cases worldwide.

 While the U.S. is still ahead in total cases, with about 6.8 million, India is around 5.4 million and closing fast.  Depending on how the trends develop, India could overtake the U.S. sometime in October.  This is not totally unexpected as India has more than four times the U.S. population. 

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