Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #79
Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #79. Thanks for stopping by to check out the newsletter. I don't know where you are as you read this weeks version but here in the TN hills it is absolutely beautiful. After several years of poor color on the leaves, this year is certainly brighter.
I was thinking how blessed we are here in America. Yea, we have problems and struggles like others. Just for this moment while enjoying this beautiful view I remember back to my former life to a time outside of Bucharest, Romania. It was around the same time of year and my State Department provided linguist, a local university student, wanted to take a few of us out to a local park to see the beautiful change of season taking place. Why not? It was beautiful, but the thing I remember most was the autumn sludge coating area, to include the leaves. Most of the local homes used a version of the pot belly stove burning coal. Each morning as the sun surfaced the sky had a thick haze from the hours of burning coal. The cars parked along the streets covered in coal dust. My words here are not to insult Romania because it was probably my favorite country abroad. But, it wasn't America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Take a deep breath and take it all in. Oh well, sorry but I love to dream and reflect on the beauty of our great land. Hold on to your dreams and memories.
I get to enjoy it for a few more days before heading down to Georgia for a family visit and then over to Huntsville, AL through the election.
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 I have removed the weekly newcomer information and guest guide and the link takes you to an article I just posted for all this information to welcome and help you take advantage of all the HFS information and material provided. I have added this feature to allow PENL regular readers less text to wade through weekly and it shortens the overall PENL product several pages of text.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – HFS continues the Thursday HFS Zoom Virtual rallies weekly. We completed week 27 with a great Zoom meeting. This week we covered the news, continued work on a project I had set up for the Waynesville Rally but ran out of time. That being, building a checklist of top 10 preparedness items and then identifying the top 10 items, per category, as a group. Last week we worked on the first five of ten items. We spent a lot of time discussing some current news and managed to finish two of the remaining five items. We closed with the best part which is the weekly "chatter about what matters" to the participants.
I want to share a question one of our Patriot brothers asked the group, and something you should think about also. If things continue escalating and the citizens take up arms, how and when will YOU know this time in history is calling you to arms? What is your final line? Have you thought about it? What do you stand for and have you identified that final line?
If you have interest in attending a Thursday evening “Hope for Survival” Zoom virtual rally 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.
Special Training Event - Hope for Survival will be on the road providing on site preparedness training October 25, 2020 in Calhoun, Georgia. The training starts at 8 am through 5 pm. Lunch will be provided on site. The training will consist of Risk Analysis and Management, Family Communication Planning, Preparedness 101 (self) and 102.(team). This training is indoors. If you are interested and would like to attend this training please send me an email and I will connect you with the host of this event.
HFS YouTube - I managed to finally get the most recent HFS Podcast uploaded to the HFS YouTube page. This video is on food preparedness. I show how one can prepared and store roughly 3 weeks of dry food products for about $30 plus tax. It is possible. A person simply has to put forth the effort. Here is the link to the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZleDQ0hlQ0&t=812s If you are helping family or friends prepare food for short and long term storage, the video should help them out. Share the link to save yourself time. I hope to have another HFS YouTube video posted by this week.
Moving along …
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 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."
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week –
Fellow Patriots, I think Ms. Lucy has been holding out on ol Charlie Brown. I do I do. (wink). On a rainy cool day recently I noticed Ms. Lucy pretty focused on a magazine she was reading. Of course I had to ask "what are you reading Ms. Lucy." to which I heard " oh, a magazine I get in the mail." Hmmm, probably some girly book or some vacation place far away. So, being brave I ask "it must be good, what is it?" I hear "oh it's called Backwoods magazine about practical ideas for self-reliant living." BAM!!! Now she's in my world. Folks, after spending a while checking out a few copies, this is very good magazine with loads of information. It is issued quarterly and the sale price is $7.99, however you can get a good package price at their website and www.backwoodshome.com Or you can call 541-250-5134 Just in the single edition I started on covers; solar power for farm and ranch; canning meat, raising sheep and butchering lamb. The second edition I looked through covers; catching wild yeast and making sourdough bread, raising meat rabbits, foraging wild food, building an outhouse and brewing beer. Folks, this is a nice collection of information and something to end the day on the back stoop reading while relaxing with some form of root tea. Great job Ms. Lucy.
For those planning or dependent upon a natural fresh water spring fed water supply, you may find interest in this video. It is pretty interesting. A big thanks to our Patriot sister over in S.C. for sending this video to HFS to share with the readers.
In the Preparedness 102 Class about family/team, I cover the elements to consider in building the Family or Community team. This is important because these are the survival skills needed to complete a team and function day to day. These are the skills you want in people you recruit. The caveat here is some times may have more or less based on location and availability of skilled members. Remember, having numbers is great, however if they are eating your food they need to have skills to offer as a payback and contribution to your team. This video is from Survival Dispatch.
(Thanks to our Patriot Sister from SC for submitting this video.)
One of the most asked questions and issue I'm addressing to help other teams/tribes is neighborhood security. How will you protect the assets most valuable to you and your team? Family., food, water, shelter, and other resources. Maybe I should ask are you addressing this topic? I know many are struggling with it for a multitude of reasons. Here is a good video to check out and consider the information contained in it. The first step is getting up and moving out. I started our neighborhood planning team and security team with one guy. After connecting with a few like minded responsible individuals, we had established a foundation to build on. It is much easier to convince others to support your effort with a group than with one person. Our neighborhood is having security planning meetings weekly now. We continue talking about adding additional members, communications, roles, and responsibilities. Power in numbers. Something as important as having the team is ensuring the message being shared to neighborhood families. You want a solid message because you want folks to support your effort, not shy away or feel intimidated. Remember, you are building your team to defend and protect your family and the other families within your neighborhood. You want to gain support. Right?
This video is about building a neighborhood security team - From Survival Dispatch.