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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #183

Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #183. Thanks so much for stopping in to spend time with us at Hope for Survival. Welcome to October. Month 10 of 12 and moving quickly towards 2023. My goodness. Does anyone else think the year has flown by to this point? Here in East TN, it seems we went from winter to summer and now summer through autumn to winter. Our nighttime temperatures are teetering around 40 degrees in the lower altitude areas. I'm sure the mountainous areas are probably already registering in the high 30s most likely. I had to travel down to Alabama on a quick down and back trip and I was surprised how much more color the leaves already changed between Scottsboro, AL to Huntsville, AL compared to the Eastern TN region. Both regions endured a relatively dry spring and summer. Regardless, its' coming and winter will arrive before we know it. Get ready.

Patriot's, please keep our brother Festus and his family in your thoughts and prayers while they deal with the passing of Festus' mother this week. The Ol codger is tough, but his plate has been full the past few months. I know he would appreciate your consideration very much.

It was a great week because I got to see several HFS Patriots locally and in Alabama. Thanks for your time and conversations. We had a monthly neighborhood security team meeting as well. Great topics and discussions on subjects of importance such as security, communications, medical, and taking part in our town chamber of commerce meetings, school board meetings, and learning our candidates before the upcoming local elections. We have no room to complain if we don't know our candidates early and what they represent if elected. Get involved now.

I want to give a big shout out to all the HFS Patriots who are preparing daily and building a better self-sustainable lifestyle regardless of what may happen ahead. Folks are doing great things from state to state, and I applaud their time and efforts. From central VA to North and Central Georgia, Central and Western NC to Central and Northern Alabama, from Eastern TN to Central Kentucky. South Carolina, Georgia, Central and Western Tennessee, Maryland, and more. Procuring animals, ram pumps, marksmanship ranges, ham radio and all that goes with it, food canning, storage, and amazing recipes, medicinal learning and steps in how to do task as needed. I'm proud of each and every one of you for your focus and dedication to build your own self-reliant insurance policy. Knowing where many started at and where they are today deserves a big applause and congratulations. Keep it up.

Let us move on ....

HFS 3rd Annual Autumn Rally

This year's event will be conducted indoors with two class areas for multiple classes during the day. Some of the classes slated at this point will be suturing, stapling, and IVs, fermenting vegetables, digital ham radio and building antennas, resourcing, satellite phones, making fire cider, and the new food calculator (Excel product). All instructors are HFS members, and it is great to see them bring some of their skills to share with other members. More classes may added. I will keep you updated here. We will have a guest speaker in the late afternoon and author, John Dyslin - Nehemiah Strong, will speak to the group.


Madison County, AL - CERT Training Opportunity

If we have enough people to sign up, we are looking at setting up a training class for the fall.

The course is twice a week for a total of 8 classes from 6:00 – 8:30.

This training class schedule is as follows:

Oct 4, 6 (Tuesday and Thursday)

Oct 11, 13 (Tuesday and Thursday)

Oct 18, 20 (Tuesday and Thursday)

Oct 25, 26 (Tuesday and Thursday)

Class time: 6:00p – 8:30p

Class location: 320 Fountain Circle. This is downtown Huntsville near Big Spring Park.

You will receive additional details if you are able to attend.

You must attend all classes to graduate and receive your CERT certification.

CERT is an important way to give back to your community. By completing this course, you will have skills and knowledge that could be lifesaving in the event of an emergency.

After receiving your certification, you may also want to use your training to help the community by joining Madison County CERT as an active member.

If you are interested in attending this course, please email your interest to:

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