Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #72. Thanks for stopping by to spend time checking out the PENL. Ms. Lucy and I appreciate your time each week and we hope you gain something from the information provided.
I want to extend an apology to anyone who emailed or called and I haven't answered or returned the call. The past three weeks I have been slammed with family, work, and HFS. I will get back to you as soon as possible. I appreciate your patience very much. There's only so many hours in a day and right now I have been tapped to the max. Thanks for your understanding.
I want to extend a huge "thank you" to the very kind Patriot Sister from Huntsville, AL for her recent book purchases and the extremely kind donation made to HFS. We greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity very much. As many knows already, all proceeds from book sales is donated to a local food bank to help offset cost to feed those in need. All additional donations and proceeds is put back in to HFS for travel cost and training support materials. Thank you for your thoughtfulness ma'am.
For the newcomers to the website, the foundation of Hope for Survival is my book, by the same title. If you would like to a copy of Hope for Survival – How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security, Could Save Your Life, at this link. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com. All proceeds from book sales goes to charity to support a local foodbank in our region. HFS just donated $300 to the foodbank from book proceeds from HFS books sold over the past month. Thank you to everyone who purchased books.
The basic platform for HFS is this:
Hope for Survival Mission – To help individuals and families get prepared.
Hope for Survival Goal – Help people as possible become self-reliant.
The book is a basic framework to get you started in Preparedness, but you should continue to build upon the basic-foundation and processes. The theme, Hope for Survival, is built around the book, with the PENL, the HFS website containing over 350 articles and folders set up for specific topics, online and in-resident training, and Zoom rallies conducted each Thursday evening.
My desire is to help the individual, the family and team, and the community. 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? Do you plan to sleep with one eye open? How many tasks on your list requires two or more people?
I want to thank you for your support and continued visits to the HFS website. I want to welcome the new readers to the HFS family and our ongoing mission to be prepared and self-reliant.
Hope for Survival Podcast – One of the areas HFS provides training opportunities is through the HFS YouTube channel. We currently have about 25 short training type Podcast on the Hope for Survival YouTube channel covering numerous topics of interest to help in your preparedness planning. Consider bringing a friend or family member and check it out. If you like what you viewed, hit “like” and consider subscribing so you are notified when I post something new. The number of subscribers and likes helps me determine trends and where folks spend time. The purpose of the YouTube videos is to get information to you, the preparer.
I posted a new HFS YouTube today titled "What are you waiting for?" This has been my theme the past two weeks. I think you can figure out what I'm getting at. Right? Here is the link to the new video: https://youtu.be/2GXDY-WaTpQ
You can visit the Hope for Survival YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxzpwOcydroW96rFBd2Vvw?view_as=subscriber
Thursday Zoom Rallies – HFS continues the Thursday HFS Zoom Virtual rallies weekly. We completed week 20 with a great Zoom meeting which was supported by many. This week we had special guest visiting HFS Zoom to discuss their fifteen years of life in South Africa as missionaries. Thanks to those who participated in the event. It was a very uplifting message the guest brought to the evening. We also covered news from the week, some preparedness topics and answered questions on the topics. Once the short briefs are completed, we have our weekly “Chatter that Matters” session with the attendees.
This coming Thursday, Sept 3, 2020, the HFS Week 21 Zoom will show a video of Bob Griswold from Ready Made Resources discussing communication and night vision equipment to consider for your preparations. We will also have a brief from Mountain Momma on Sprouts and the process of growing them.
If you have interest in attending a Thursday evening “Hope for Survival” Zoom virtual training event please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the distribution list for attendance information. This is a great group and platform to learn and build friendships. The virtual conference room access information will not be posted in open on the website for OPSEC reasons.
Virtual Zoom Training - I will be conducting a Saturday morning Zoom training class on Preparedness 101 on Sept 12, 2020 at 10 AM EST. The cost is $25 per person. This class was originally scheduled for a Huntsville, AL group and now must be virtual via Zoom so we are opening it up to anyone wanting the training. This is a 3 hour block of training for the preparer getting started. Here is the course description:
Prep 101 - This is the big one. Many individuals and families focus on food and water only. Being self-supportive and independent of the government system requires the steps included in this course. The course covers most, if not all, key requirements for basic Preparedness. This presentation is a course using different types of equipment as examples. First step is understanding the mindset of the sheep and the sheep dog; and risk management planning. The course then addresses food, water, security and sheltering. This course is not about how to fix food but how to build a food plan for short, medium and long term storage. The water portion covers how to sanitize and different methods of storage. The sheltering block covers both urban and rural. Additionally the course covers bugging in and bugging out. And finally, building a security plan; Defense in Depth. What is the point in saving food and water if you don’t have a plan to protect your family and resources? What are you going to do when your neighbor knocks at your door and says “my children are starving.” The objective of this course is to assist individuals to think “out of the box” and build a total plan that provides, food, water, shelter, and security to help families to survive during manmade and natural disasters.
If you are interested please pay close attention to the HFS website in the coming days for the course information. Or, you can email me at email@example.com
Moving along …
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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 are 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. 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."
Thoughts for the week –
We had a blessed and awesome week on our end. We had the honor of hosting Ms. Lucy’s sister and family for the week. We don’t get to see them often so its always a treat for our family, especially Ms. Lucy. They are missionaries located in South Africa the past 15 years and recently they agreed to expand their role and not only cover SA but now the entire continent of Africa. Hearing the stories they share on conditions and shortages they find in many African villages ad squatter camps makes one thankful for the life and conditions we have here in America. We hear friends and family talk about the “Jones” kids serving “over there” as missionaries and for many it’s assumed, they are in country x serving their faith. Most fail to take time and realize the sacrifices made and danger zones these folks serve in, 24 X 7. Yes, they are volunteers to serve and that is not my point. I know from my previous life, we have daily threats from evil but also must deal with culture, food, water, politics, and environmental threats looming around. Here in America we often take our days for granted. The comfort of home, family and friends. The refrigerator is stocked, fuel tank full, and we trust the water flowing to our home. Our missionary family members must be on alert 24 x 7 at home and while traveling.
One evening we had the honor of having two of our HFS Patriot neighbors and friends stop by for dinner and share time together with our visiting guest. A big thanks to them for sharing their evening with us. We always enjoy our time together.
Ms. Lucy put out evening spreads of amazing meals and some favorite recipes. Sometimes we go so fast through our day and life that we fail to stop and take time to appreciate some of the built-in blessings to our life. We thoroughly enjoyed the time shared together with family and friends. It’s just not often enough.
It was a great to rally up with our good friends HFS. Two true Patriots and friends to our family visited close by so we rallied up to attend church and grab a meal together. Time always goes way to fast when we get to cross paths in person. Thanks for taking time out of your vacation to spend chatting and discussing some preparedness thoughts and concerns. Be safe down in your neck of the woods. Until we cross paths again, be blessed.
In this video Mike Adams of Natural News conducts a great interview with NC Scout to discuss what is taking place in America today. NC Scout lays out an excellent history and agenda to what we are witnessing around America. One of the best ways to understand what may come tomorrow is to understand yesterday and the history behind where we are today. This video is worth your time to get a better understanding. I hope you will take the time to listen and get a better understanding. Many Americans are ignoring the enemy, and this is a huge shortfall for the good guys. You can bet the enemy knows a great deal about you and I, known as the enemy.. I would encourage you to listen to NC Scout in this interview.
Have you been following events this week in Kenosha, Wisconsin? If not, you may wish to do so. You will witness the continued escalation of events from peaceful riots carried out in the beginning to anarchy being carried out with numerous gun fire directed at other humans. Shots fired at will, bodies down. People dead. Yes, it’s easy to armchair quarterback what is and isn’t, right and wrong and rights of citizens. That is not why I’m discussing this.
This is about what I have been pointing out all summer and even before. My point and goal is to get you to step outside the box and prevent yourself from being caught in events like Kenosha, Wisconsin, Oakland, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, Austin, Baltimore, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta and beyond. Events are escalating with each passing day. The important point is where are you mentally and do you understand being outside the box and left of bang? Being proactive enough to recognize advance situations and threats to avoid them? If you are caught up in a situation have you conducted mental scenarios and exercises to role play what you would do? What you would do to protect your family? If not, you may wish to do so sooner than later.
In my former life in Special Operations, we used a document from US Special Forces titled Joint Publication 3-05.1. It is titled The Evolution of Unconventional Warfare. It shows the stages and escalation of tyranny in a society. Take a look at it and see where we are today. If you have believed, so far, this is random acts but undisciplined youth, you may wish to rethink your position. We are witnessing a planned campaign being staged step by step to reach total chaos. You can see on the chart the clandestine and overt stages being implemented. While the escalations are climbing the ladder, the number of cities is expanding. How long until they reach your region or location? Time will tell and you better be ready.
With all the doom and gloom around us, I love hearing "positive and happy" stories in preparedness. Amen to that. One of our long time preparedness families and HFS supporters emailed me this morning to catch me up on an event occurring in their life. These folks read my book, Hope for Survival a few times, marked it up and made lists of things to do. They took off moving in to the more prepared category each day.
One of our goals in HFS is to help individuals and families. Then expand out to help others in need and the desire to be prepared, right? My HFS Patriot brother messaged me this morning to share that a friend who wouldn't bite on preparedness a few years ago reached out to him in the past month to open the door to initial preparedness steps. Our HFS Patriot brother lent his HFS book to this family who is now taking off on the preparedness journey. After several hours on the initial call, the new preparedness family is moving forward to get prepared. Our HFS Patriot brother is standing by and supporting them each step of the way. Thank you my Patriot brother, this is how it is supposed to work. A salute to you for a job well done. Thanks for sharing your story.
While we watch so many different avenues of concern build around us, one area ignored other than Covid-19 impacting our schools, is in fact the liberal agenda for getting in the brains of our kids and grandkids. I don't know if you watched or heard of the most recent video Glen Beck put together but it is 100% worth your time to check out. I tried to load the video directly to this page but it won't load. Here is the link. Check this out. https://www.glennbeck.com/proof-of-indoctrination-in-schools
I don't know if you have watched this video on Covid-19. This is a different perspective from an Italian doctor. Thanks to our Patriot brother from Huntsville, AL for submitting this to HFS.
Lets move along and get to the news...
Preparedness News –
1. From Henry David Thoreau – Survival Blog - https://survivalblog.com/maximizing-homestead-apple-orchard-eric-k/ - I know a few folks who follow HFS care for fruit orchards and specifically apple orchards. It may seem simple to plant trees and watch them grow…..till the fruit starts showing up. I have heard it stated that caring for fruit is like a new first-time baby. The fruit can’t talk so we must learn the signs and signals to watch for and adjust to the signs.
2. From John Whitehead – The Rutherford Institute - https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/attack_of_the_tomato_killers_the_police_states_war_on_weed_and_backyard_gardens – Some of you may not be old enough to reflect back but years ago we would read stories of this nature coming from Nazi Germany or Communist Russia. People cold grow very small yard gardens and the authoritative thugs would make weekly rounds and collect half of what was grown and allow the family to keep the other portions as long as they thugs found no wrong doings. Meaning, the family wasn’t try to grow extra because they couldn’t survive on what aw authorized. These stories taking place in America reminds of things I witnessed during my period in eastern Europe. Food lines for maybe a can of beans or no beans. Bread or no bread. Hurry up and wait for letdown and hunger. We are talking about a simple garden I your pot or yard and the harassment of authorities to take it away or destroy it or even lock you up.
3. From Tyler Durden – ZeroHedge - https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/us-frozen-pork-supplies-plunge-near-decade-low – We are starting to see reports of the evidence we suggested weeks ago. Shortages.
4. From Sara Owens – Ask a Prepper - https://www.askaprepper.com/baking-soda-112-uses-wwii-series-2/ - A great resource to include with your preparedness steps yet it is often overlooked and forgotten.
5. From Dirk Witte – New Life on the Homestead - https://www.newlifeonahomestead.com/nutrient-rich-soil-permaculture/ - I often wonder how many folks are treating and taking care of their soil until I find out many are doing nothing. I certainly hope they have two growing seasons of food stocked to get them through two nongrowing garden seasons.
Other News –
1. From Charles Hugh Smith – Of Two Minds - http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-nations-collapse-disunity.html - Unity vs Disunity. Very good article laying out the long-term period to reach disunity in the family, home and nation. Very simple approach to the point being made by the author.
2. From Jack Davis – The Western Journal - https://www.westernjournal.com/california-bill-apply-wealth-tax-residents-fled-state-last-10-years/ - If its not the Virginia governor losing his mind it’s the left coast governor doing the same. What is more amazing to me is how a governor can stay in power running a bankrupt company (state) and keep taking money from the working class tax payers to pay for the non-working leaches in the state.
3. J. B. Shurk – The American Thinker - https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/08/notorious_washington_conspiracy_theorists_bemoan_qspiracy.html – Excellent article.
4. From Bryan Lynch – Urban Survival Site - https://urbansurvivalsite.com/the-reality-of-survival-it-aint-pretty/ - Do you ever think about survival post-event? Most prepare resources around what they think they will need. How many do you think focuses on the psychological aspect of a changed world?
5. From Mom with a Prep - https://momwithaprep.com/make-a-family-emergency-binders-free-download/ - From day one I have encouraged folks to set up a hard back library for their critical documents and how to do task. When the digital world crashes then what?
That's all my Patriot brothers and sisters. Stay alert and strong.
Thanks much for your time to read the PENL and hanging with us at Hope for Survival for a few minutes. We all have different desires in news and what we read at different points in our day. Hopefully HFS has provided information to stimulate your thinking and the realities around us. It is important for you to keep your feet and minds grounded as the world continues towards an unknown destination. Keep the faith and continue doing great things for yourself and others. Keep the emails flowing. Bring new friends and help spread the word on Preparedness. Visit the HFS YouTube page and check out the numerous preparedness videos. Subscribe and hit like. It’s a minimal price to pay for free information. I appreciate you sharing the great things you are doing with your plans and progress moving you forward. Keep charging ahead.
Prayers - Please keep our great nation, our elected leaders, military and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. Please pray for individuals losing their jobs and who didn't prepare in advance. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in the path of Hurricane Laura along the Gulf coast, specifically Lake Charles, LA. Please pray for the firefighters and fire jumpers battling the wildfires in the Colorado region. We should pray for the families who lost their jobs and facilities burned during the riots. Please pray for our leadership to find answers and guidance to the problems facing our great nation. I pray for each, and every one of our Patriots. May we all be protected from the growing evils surrounding and attacking our families daily. May we pray for all the blessings and things in life to be thankful about and continued hope for revival around the world. Amen.
Keep charging and have a safe week. Always remember, we are blessed people. Don’t allow the events around us create fear in your life. Build your own self-reliance and focus on hope.
Bravo Echo Out,