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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #69

Fellow Patriots,

Good evening/morning everyone. What a whirlwind of a week. Started last Saturday in Kentucky, then down to East, TN, then to Huntsville, AL, Birmingham, AL and back to Huntsville, then back to East, TN. These ol miles are getting tougher and tougher I must say, but the faithful Tundra just keeps on rolling forward. Amen to that. I think my backside has Good Year stamped on it. Speaking of Good Year, regardless of the mess our nation is in, Ms. Lucy and I are blessed and it has been a good year indeed. Thanks for being a big part of it.

It was an awesome week. Truly fantastic, I must tell you. Last Friday we traveled to Monticello, KY to do a full day of training on Saturday. Friday evening we enjoyed a burger burn with the host family. It was so enjoyable hanging around the dinner table chatting and laughing together. My ribs hurt from laughing. It was nice to catch up with this family since our last personal visit was when we met at Heritage Life Skills down in Waynesville, NC the previous year. On Saturday the day started very early with final equipment set up and making sure the donuts passed the quality test. (Smile)

The training event was great. Really super. Surrounded by a beautiful farm and animals, lots of green and a little thunder from time to time. It couldn’t have been scripted better. So much better than indoor training I believe. The host family put this thing together and pulled off a great weekend. Ms. Lucy and I had a blast and we got to meet some great new friends and preparers from across Kentucky. One family traveled about three hours each way to attend about 8 ½ hours of training. Thank you for hanging in there through the day.

I know some of you are waiting to read my comments about the food. It was AWESOME!!! Oh my goodness. I kid you not, I thought I was going to need one of the EMT attendees to revive me after lunch. Brisket, smoked turkey, pulled pork, baked beans, slaw, pinto beans, macaroni and cheese, cornbread (white or yellow), fruit, cherry cheesecake, pound cake baked with a peach butter, …. And then another four hours of training. Oh my, it was so good. This is just a sampling of Ms. Lucy’s plate.

Okay, it was actually my plate. Ha

We left Monticello, KY feeling we had gained new family and yet we left them behind until next time. . A big thanks to the host family for opening up their home and sharing their family with us for the weekend. Life is blessed indeed

If you would like to do an event like this in your area just shoot me an email.

Okay, on to this week’s newsletter.

Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #69. Thanks for being here. Thank you for your time invested with Hope for Survival. To those of you who come back week after week, month after month. Thank you very much. My desire is to provide you with a mix of thoughts and information across the preparedness spectrum. That does not necessarily have to be how to grow potatoes or bag potato chips. Preparedness covers many areas of your life that you could be impacted by decisions or events from another source. Though the topics can be deep and troubling, I try to add a bit of humor when possible to keep the boat above water.

The foundation of Hope for Survival is my book, by the same title. I have had numerous follow up comments to how the book helped individuals and their families be prepared for the recent Covid-19 and ongoing riots and anarchy across America. If you would like to get a copy of Hope for Survival How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security, Could Save Your Life, please follow this link.

When deciding how to build a framework for HFS it had to include multiple areas one could obtain information, opportunity, and training. Hope for Survival is built around the book, with the PENL, the HFS website containing over 325 articles and folders set up for specific topics, online and in-resident training, and Zoom rallies conducted each Thursday evening. It is important to build a foundation with the individual and then branch out to team building. Why? Who covers your back while you sleep? Who protects you while you work in your garden or tend to livestock or work on your ham radio antenna?

Hope for Survival Mission – To help individuals and families get prepared.

Hope for Survival Goal – Help people as possible become self-reliant.

Those who attend the Thursday evening Zoom preparedness rally using a virtual platform are making the most of available time and available information and working groups to better prepare. You too can be a part. I appreciate everyone for their efforts to chat on whatever topic you present for discussion. It is my goal to always provide beneficial training and information to help each person individually. It is also my goal to develop preparers into a team mindset in preparedness and to function and perform together in a preparedness atmosphere. I enjoy doing the training classes because it means more people are better prepared to establish and set up their plans going forward. I can’t put it any plainer than to say, your odds of surviving what is headed our way drops drastically if you are not prepared to some degree and you are self-reliant and part of a team.

Another big thank you to everyone who purchased my book and to the few who purchased multiple copies to give friends. HFS readers purchased over 50 books in the past two weeks. This is great for the buyer because I hope it is the first step in converting another mindset and it’s great because it means more funding will be going to the local food bank to feed the hungry. Thank you so much. We appreciate your support. Thank you.

I would like to welcome our newest HFS members from the great state of Kentucky. It was great to meet you on Saturday. Please make yourself at home and email me if you have questions.

Ms. Lucy is doing well and still recovering daily from surgery. She had her two-week checkup this morning in Birmingham, AL and needs another six weeks for additional monitoring. She still has some continued blurriness so hopefully more time will fix this problem for her. Thank you all for your notes, emails, and prayers. We appreciate it much.

Before moving along, I would like to wish my brother from another mother and my side kick on Blueberry Hill a special and blessed birthday from HFS and the HFS members who know who I’m talking about. You may be getting old-er, but your still upright and kicking and that is what matters. Thanks so much for your support and contributions behind the scenes and for keeping me on the rails from time to time.


Hope for Survival Podcast – One of the areas HFS provides training opportunities is through the HFS YouTube channel. We currently have about 22 short training type Podcast on the Hope for Survival YouTube channel covering numerous topics of interest to help in your preparedness planning. You can find podcast on canning chicken, risk management, gun safety, home and personal defense, preparedness training, driving security, interviews with like-minded individuals and other topics. Bring a friend or family member and check out the HFS YouTube page. If you like what you viewed, hit “like” and consider subscribing so you are notified when I post something new.

You can visit the Hope for Survival YouTube page at:

Thursday Zoom Rallies – HFS continues the Thursday HFS Zoom Virtual rallies weekly. We completed week 17 with a great Zoom meeting which was supported by many. This week’s rally provided a weekly news update, a few preparedness briefs on tactical body armor and optics. Once the short briefs are completed, we have