Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #158. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. We hope you enjoyed a blessed week. Hard to believe April is halfway passed and May is quickly approaching. Soon gardens will be growing, kids out of school, and vacations maybe started. We see a day of sunshine and a day of ice pellets and snow in many regions. Through the transition each day, power goes on and off, heavy rain creates flooding, high winds may damage property or downed trees along a highway or expand localized brush fires into extreme hazardous conditions. Have you given thought to how these events of mother nature could impact your way of life?
It was another week of troubling news around the world and our great nation. Conflict, wars, and strife continue in Ukraine, the Middle East and the Pacific region. Nationally we learned the current rate of inflation passed 8 % with no signs of relief in sight. Yet, many continue on their happy way with no apparent concern of food and fuel cost to their family. Shortages are becoming more apparent in fertilizers, wheat and corn. Is it possible some folks are so detached they believe grocery chains pull as much as they want out of the back of a semi-truck with endless supplies?
It was another awesome week in HFS land. What a great week. There is something about being with Patriots that makes my day. I had a quick trip of 550 miles to Huntsville, AL last Friday for some daytime work and then a great meeting with the HFS Huntsville group. We had pizza and other goodies available while chatting on preparedness topics and then covering the upcoming HFS Alerting System. I then posed the question to the group, "what are you searching for?" So many preparers continue burning hours each day searching for answer to what is coming instead of building plans to be better prepared. I conducted a poll of 30 attendees by asking who in the group had documented a single plan for their preparedness package and three preparers raised a hand. If the leader of a family or group dies, how will the next person up continue to manage operations in a community or family if nothing is in writing? It was great to see my Alabama preparedness family again. I was able to get a few minutes of private time with our Patriot brother, Alabama Rebel, who is battling some major health issues. I spent extra time with the HFS Group leader after the event and on Saturday morning before departing for the Cumberland Plateau to visit the Crossville, TN group. I appreciate the hospitality of the HSV Group leader very much.
The visit to Crossville, TN was short but productive. Over lunch we had a great discussion on preparedness and possible changes to the current U.S. monetary system rumored to be starting soon. What should we do with our current investments and savings was the theme? We also discussed the emergent need for building the localized P.A.C.E plan for communicating during emergencies. When one doesn't have all the answers it is hard to prepare for the unknown. I appreciate Festus and the Crossville, TN team taking time out of their afternoon to spend visiting with me.
As much as I enjoy visiting all the regions and groups, time is never our friend because it passes quickly and then I must journey on home or the next stop.
We will celebrate Easter this weekend, so I hope each of you gets time to stop and reflect on the meaning of Easter. It is a day of celebration for our saviors rising from the tomb.
Okay, let us move along.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – HFS Zoom Rally #86 was conducted this week with a group exercise on setting up a Bug-Out location and identifying plans, positions, and resources required for immediate and short-term needs. The attendees worked as a group to establish a community for sustained survivability. The next HFS Thursday Zoom Rally will be conducted on April 28, 2022. Hope you can make it out to join the HFS family.
Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:
Facebook – Hope for Survival
YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival
MeWe: - //mewe.com/p/hopeforsurvival2
Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)
Parler - Preparedness101
Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I
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Guest and Newcomers
If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional
information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page
Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)
Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)
Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)
HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)
Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.
If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week -
Scary movies - As a child, did you ever watch scary movies where certain scenes would make you close your eyes? Maybe you would run over and hide behind an adult? Scary shows and movies always had clues to alert you to something scary through the music used behind the camera and sometimes words. One of the things that always clues me in to something scary about to happen is when the old turntable is still spinning around and around, and the needle arm is at the end of the record. You heard this "whoosh....whoosh.....whoosh" sound as you carefully looked around the room to see who was hiding or maybe down or dead on the floor of the room in the movie. Amazing how the needle arm stuck in the same place could have so much power over a scene and lead to the eventual negative outcome.
What on earth does this story have to do with preparedness? It's pretty simple actually. I don't want to beat a dead horse over and over when it has no impact on me and my family. I have been talking on this topic for weeks and months now and I hope and pray it can help at least one person or family. For a long time I thought folks failed to prepare because of being asleep or in some level of psychological psychosis. I still believe this fully. But I'm growing more and more convinced people are simply lazy. In many cases this it not my opinion, it is my observation of events and responses. I am taking in to consideration financial capabilities and physical limitations due to age and injuries. The number of adults who appear incapable of thinking and doing on their own is growing. We would like to believe more responsible citizens are seeing the writing on the wall and preparing their families for rainy days ahead.
If a person is too lazy to make a binder and file electronic preparedness items in the binder for specific topics, or maybe even open a book and look through it for the topic, they certainly will not buy beans and/or rice and place in Mylar bags and store in 5-gallon tanks. This is not meant derogatory to these individuals. It is a point made to alert and warn others to be aware of these individuals who may be part of a family or a group. Wow, that could be construed as evil and mean. You bet, it is. These individuals are weights around the ankles. They are useless eaters to others. Ouch. Did it sting? I hope so.
As I often tell folks, my comments are not personal...they are business. Wake up now or pay the price later. If a person or family member is too lazy to assist another family preparer because they are used to having things done for them, they will be useless and a negative during a grid down situation. Fix it now. It will not get any better. I observe so many who think they are preppers and preparers because they listen to podcast and hang out on chat forums. They take notes. Pages of notes. Years of collecting pages of notes. But the reality is they are frozen and complete minimal steps to prepare. They are stuck in time and think they are preparing by watching and learning, but do nothing to prepare or even collect information for future information.
Preparing and being prepared is more than listening and reading. It is also more than simply buying canned goods and stocking them. This is a step better than doing nothing but being prepared is more than having food. It is more than stocking a few cases of store-bought water. If one does not understand risk management and mitigation and recognizing threats and changing situations, they will fail to mitigate where they are vulnerable. Preparing is taking steps to build plans to offset potential threats that will change a way of life. Stocking resources is the mitigation to threats. If we don't eat, it is a threat of starvation. The mitigation is having food to consume to prevent the threat of starvation. Stocking water and filters to cleanse the water is the mitigation to losing city water and then having to collect water from streams, lakes, rivers, and mud puddles. These people will fail to recognize the mitigation to a community collapse is to bug-out or fortify their community.
If these same people are not taking steps now, when it's time to use the resources available these folks will be caught in a web they can't escape. It will become a scary movie they play a feature role with no control of the ending. No matter how many times I point this out, offer guidance on topics to prepare individuals or families, a percentage of the recipients ignore guidance and continue investing time they could be preparing, for fear porn podcast that scares them stiff. Then, they want to talk about their faith and religion. I do believe this sequence is backwards because if a person s a follower and believer of the Bible, Jesus Christ, and scripture, they would have no fear and avoid things around their life that opens the cracks for evil attacks on their mind and soul. God does not grant a blanketed ticket where He covers everything. Do you expect God to fill the flat tire in your trunk with air? Do you expect God to go grocery shop for you? Does God answer the door bell when it rings? Furthermore, if someone is lazy and does nothing, why should God fill the void for laziness?
1 Timothy 5: 8 “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Proverbs 30: 24-25 – Even the Animals & Insects Make Preparation for the Future – “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer”
The boat is pulling out from the dock full of prepared people. When things end up going kerplunk, they will be standing flat footed, terrified, and lost amongst the many who also failed to see the tidal wave approaching daily. I hate to think of how many are going to be left behind when they had the chance to prepare and ahead of 90% of the population. A failed system and society will not be the cause of their failure. Their own lack of effort will be the cause of their failure.
Hygiene - It's IMPORTANT!!! Do not ignore or overlook the need for sanitation and hygiene care individually and around others. I know, I know, deodorant allows the bears to smell you coming. Good hygiene is not only needed for those around you, but also good for your own care and moral. Put another way, poor hygiene will lead to bigger problems that you or your community may not be able to handle.
As a leader of your family and if you are the leader of your community group where several families are housed together, you may be the one needing to approach a friend or stranger to address their lack of hygiene. Do not ign