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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #50

Fellow Patriots,

Good morning!

Thanks everyone for stopping by to read this week's Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #50. Can you believe we will soon hit the 1st year anniversary for Hope for Survival? What a year it has been so far.

I’m not sure what your week was like or how your day has started. Grab some coffee or hot tea and relax for a few. Ms. Lucy and I appreciate you and your time. Even though I can’t see who grabbed the last bagel, don’t worry, we have more to offer. Enjoy!

This edition will be a tad longer. I do take your time here into consideration each week when putting the newsletter together. I try to keep it on the short side as much as possible. There is a lot of things I want to share with you in regards to a picture bigger than Preparedness. These things will be under my “Thoughts for the Week.”

I posted a new Podcast for your enjoyment. As time permits, I will try and post short training type videos to help assist folks with some basics of Preparedness. Security, Communication, Water, Shelter and such. I posted a 30-minute video last evening on Security-in-Depth planning. It is a basic framework for things to consider. You can apply it to apartment life, condo, suburban or rural areas. Check it out when you have time. Subscribe to the site if you desire. Bring family and friends. Here is the link to the podcast -

I need to mention a couple of items really quick before we go find out which hole the rabbit is hiding in.

If you visit the website regularly and you are not getting my email notifications for new website updates, it is not because I’m not sending them to you. Recently, a handful of email addresses are being returned to me. It is hit and miss. Last week about ten email addresses with email providers all returned as undeliverable. Also, several of the new readers who signed up at the Elk River, WV event seem to have issues receiving my emails from the Proton service and their email service returns my email.

Almost over - 1-31 March Madness HFS Donation Drive - 60% of $4,000 goal reached after 28 days. We are approaching the last few days of the HFS donation drive and I want to thank everyone who donated to the HFS mission. Ms. Lucy and I appreciate your generosity to support our efforts through the HFS website and support mechanisms. If you would still like to donate please use either the PayPal link on the website or message me and I will provide you the mailing address. Several folks opted for the US mail service and it worked fine. Thanks for your consideration. Hope for Survival 1st Anniversary website fun….. Let’s do something fun to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the HFS Website. Fun!!!! We like fun, right? No, Festus isn’t doing his “Thrill on Blueberry Hill” song and dance….yet. It won’t be long. This is wide open and anyone who reads the website can participate.

During the next two weeks I would like for those interested in participating to draft an article for submission to the Hope for Survival team for review. On Saturday, April 11, 2020 (Week 52) we will announce a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winner if enough folks participate. Your name will be protected and not posted. I will only share your submission with your approval. There will be prizes. Ms. Lucy and I need to further discuss. I have a box of goodies that I purchase throughout the year to use as prizes at the end of my classes at Heritage Life Skills. I will probably use some of the goodies from it, except for the 1st Place Prize. I will let you know in PENL Edition #51 (next week) what the 1st Place Prize will be. Heck, I will also tell you the 2nd and 3rd place prizes as well. If you want or plan to participate please send me a quick email letting me know and title the message HFS Anniversary contest. Thanks.

The topic I want you to address is to tell us how the HFS website and information has aided and/or helped your Preparedness efforts in some way. Telling us you are more motivated is great. But you need to tell us what you accomplished with the motivation? How has it helped you in building plans? Has it helped change you personally? Share how you are helping and encouraging others to start preparing, and why. If you need further clarity just message me. I know without a doubt you are a thinking group of very smart individuals. I know this from the emails you send to me.

If one or more of the supporting authors would like to participate feel free. This is a great chance to share your thoughts, lessons learned and have fun. Let me tell you, do not use “I don’t like to write” as your excuse. I would guess at least 5 of the 8 guest authors will tell you when I first approached them, they said “I can’t write” or “I don’t like to write” and guess what? They now tell me they enjoy writing but they just have trouble picking a topic.

So, bottom line, start drafting and email us your product by Thursday, April 9th. That gives you basically 13 days to think about it and 1 day to write it. Ha. Make it fun!!!

Time is precious so let's move ahead .......

HEALTH ALERT: The Coronavirus awareness level should have increased during the recent weeks. Like I have said previously, there is no need to panic but folks should remain ALERT to their news and surroundings as well as guidance from the national leadership. Maintain your social distancing as a priority. The daily numbers continue climbing and we expect this to continue. The US of A now leads all nations in number of C-virus infected personnel and will surpass the total number of deaths shortly. I’m not a doctor or expert but I do not think this is going to end anytime soon. If you are healthy count your blessings. Here is the link to my weekly C-Virus update posted on Wednesday of each week. TRAINING: I don’t know about you, but I love training. Anything and everything to improve my skills, thinking, and ability to do task better in smarter ways. With the cancellation of Heritage Life Skills 2020, which is a great event, I will be doing some training type podcast and posting on the HFS YouTube channel for your watching pleasure. I will offer some of the basic framework and concepts to the subject being discussed, however time constraints will force a briefer version to in-resident training.

I don’t know if the wind is blowing a different direction or what, but the HFS website has entertained a lot of international visitation the past few weeks. I would like to welcome our new preparedness readers from the Philippines, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, France, Saudi Arabia, as well as Oregon, South Dakota... Welcome aboard my Patriot Sisters and Brothers. If you would like to be added to the Hope For Survival mailing list please shoot me an email at This simply alerts you to new website articles and podcast being posted.

We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.

NOTE: Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and authors of this site are not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. We do our best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. We 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. 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…remember the famous words of General Joseph Stillwell, ”illegitimis non carborundum!!” (Don’t let the bas-turds grind you down)

Thoughts for the week -

Thanks to everyone for your communications and chats this week. It has been a great week to share and learn from one another while the bonds of sister and brotherhood builds. I appreciate the communication from VA/TN border, S.C. N.C., Bama, FL and GA to name a few. We talk about current events, plans and current postures. It is easy to say “this is what my plan will be doing.” But, until you identify your own personal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, every plan will be perfect.


A big thanks to my north GA Patriots for the communications this past week. We learn from what we ask, and we grow from what we hear. This process is a two-way street and I really appreciate how we can chat and cross-communicate information and we learn on both ends through the entire process. Thank you. Keep charging.

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We have a Patriot sister who is knocking it out of the park. She shares updates with me every week or two and I read her updates and accomplishments with amazement. Not just a few weeks or months, but for about two years now she hasn’t slowed down. Training and classes, major relocation and establishing a new home and region, building plans, planting, pruning, and tending to fruit trees and plants, adding new and first-time animals to their plans and family and still finding a way to spend quality time with her children. .. Keep up the hard work. The bond you are continuing to build with your children is priceless. Even with your recent family emergency, you already had an established plan in place for emergencies while the Covid 19 virus continues to spread. Great job my Patriot sister.


Festus and I had several deep conversations in to things today vs things we learned about in the early years of the previous administration. It is very interesting how time passes and laws and Executive Orders remain in place yet today we hear chatter about the needs of government departments to establish new laws and policies from the President when existing enforcement measures are already in place. Here’s a few examples.

Recently, the Attorney General stated the United States needs to establish laws allowing the DOJ to enforce hoarding of critical resources and a long list of items that would qualify.

Executive Order 13295 was established around 2013 and revised in 2014. This was put in place during the Ebola and SARS virus periods. It was later amended to Executive Order 13674 on Aug 6, 2014. What is my point? This EO states “severe acute respiratory syndromes, which are diseases associated with fevers, signs and symptoms of pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses are capable of being transmitted from person to person that are causing or have potential to cause serious illness and has the potential to cause mortality. This does not apply to influenza.

This means through this EO the federal government can directly quarantine a person for a period determined by the federal government.