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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #90

Fellow Patriots,

Happy New Year and an awesome 2021 to you!!! Can you believe we are finally out of 2020?


Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #90. May you be healthy, blessed, and joyful today and everyday. The start of a new year. Goals and changes we pledge to improve upon. Weight loss? Exercise? Go to church more? Call loved ones more often? I'm thinking focus on world events less and more on your preparedness plans? Pledging 2 hours per week off social media and testing your plans? I know, I know, there is more to life than preparedness...until you need it. Actually one other important thing is getting the PENL completed and posted on time and this edition is a race against the clock.


Ms. Lucy and I had a great Christmas with family and friends in WV and VA. Lots of road time but some quality family time. As we go in to the new year we personally must give thanks for the health and safety of our family and friends. We are truly blessed. Is there anything better than seeing the sparkle in the grandkids eyes at Christmas? Watching Ms. Lucy interact with each child is like magic. Her gift and blessing in life is her ability to communicate and work with young children. Yes, the grandkids eyes sparkle when they see their Mar Mar walking in to the room.


I had the opportunity to meet up with two Patriot sisters from Roxboro, NC who drove up to Roanoke, VA. I think we made full use of every minute of the three hours spent together. It was great to see these young ladies and hear everything they have accomplished in their preparedness efforts. I am really proud of them for not giving up and always seeking answers on the best way to do things. Things like "using solar or alternative energy sources to heat a greenhouse during the winter months." Or, "getting a secondary power source on the well pump in the event electricity goes out." Or, "alternative ways to store food products within the home as storage space becomes critical. Time really passed quickly as it always seems to do when spending time with our sisters and brothers. Then, to top it off, they handed me a beautiful basket filled with home canned jams and jellies, chocolate candy, pralines, peanut butter pretzels and a piece of hand-crafted jewelry for Ms. Lucy. Fair trade off, right? Ms. Lucy gets the jewelry and I get all the jams and goodies? Seriously, ladies, you touched our hearts in a very special way and we thank you very much. PS....the peach and ginger is soooooo good. I have enjoyed it each morning this week. Bless you both.

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Thursday Zoom Rallies – We will kick off the 2021 Zoom Rally series starting this Thursday, January 7, 2021. I will post further information on the Zoom series on Tuesday. Monitor the website for information. I received an email from one of our Zoom regulars who stated she was possibly going through withdrawals not having zoom during a three week period. It has been a nice two week break for me but I have missed spending Thursday evenings with the Zoom crew.


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Big news just out. It appears Heritage Life Skills 2021 is a go and will be help May 21-23, 2021 in Waynesville, NC. Woo hoo. This is big news and great excitement coming up. I'm thrilled for Ms. Jan and Mr. Bill, and the Carolina Readiness Supply store. If you have never attended HLS in the past you may want to consider marking your calendar and visiting a beautiful part of North Carolina and hanging out with some great people. Oh, and also get some great training over the three days.


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 is 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. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. 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.


As HFS continues to grow, I believe it's important to remind everyone respect and honor is important to the HFS family and mission. We welcome everyone aboard and hope you find a comfortable place to hang around and learn preparedness. With multiple platforms (Zoom, Signal, and Comment section in articles) to interact with other HFS members I remind everyone to treat one another respect. We all come from different backgrounds, ages, experiences, and desires. Disrespecting, demeaning or intimidating comments will not be tolerated on any account.

Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...


Thoughts for the week


I wanted to write an article to post on the website this past week specifically on this topic but time didn't permit me to do so. Between lots of road miles, visits, and battling a head and chest and head cold, the quickest way for me to share these thoughts is to go ahead and post them in this section. So let me get started. Those who know me know I always come out of vacation or the holidays motivated and fired up when my time was spent around my liberal family. Oh yea.....


I heard so many folks in 2020 saying they couldn't wait to get to 2021. True, but, I'm thinking "if you haven't learned by now that you need to be self-reliant then 2021 will be no different from 2020." Individual adjustments to the attitude and mindset can make a huge difference and only the individual can make it. Right? The spiritual, psychological, and physical well being is the individual responsibility. The mental tool box is the individuals gift and if the person doesn't know how to use his/hers, they are probably going to need roadside help.


So lets talk about this a bit. Why? Because I see many preparers on social media focused on the space ship and not the asteroid falling to earth that could land on their head. Okay, that is a little dramatic. I hope you get my point. There is nothing wrong with watching global and national events as long as you are spending equal time completing your preparedness plans. Now, I'm just throwing this out to everyone. What a person chooses to do or not do is on the person. Until the person accepts a change of mindset to the "preparedness" mindset and way of life, all other efforts are pretty much for nothing. The preparedness efforts and mindset is the individual and family insurance policy to survive through self-reliance. Personal opinion only and I'm sticking to it. I know I sound like a broken record to many by constantly repeating "one is none, two is one, and three is better." In most cases your initial plan will fail and a secondary plan must be in your plans. What will you do if?


I commented a few times on the Signal App to the Thursday Zoom Group using the App about the Nashville bombing being a great learning opportunity. I know, it sounds morbid and pretty insensitive to be focused on preparedness on Christmas even and day. I agree. Question for you. Who can tell me a single event in the history of the world that specifically targeted a location using sensitivity and consideration before striking. What is my point? Preparedness is 24 x 7. We must be prepared and alert to possible events that could impact our way of life in our local area. Just like in Nashville, TN, it wasn't the blast that should have everyone's focus....but it does. I have talked about this in classes, articles, and zoom events. How will the event impact you in your area. Cause vs impact. The blast was the cause and the impact was the major damage to the AT@T facility. How would it possibly impact you? Well, your plans should tell you these answers.


At the same time the Nashville bombing was taking place a major winter snow storm swept across the southeastern states. Rain, freezing ice, snow, and power outages. Just like a few weeks ago when the hurricane swept across the gulf spawning tornadoes across Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas knocking out utilities to many. Several or our Patriot brothers and sisters lost power and other utilities during this period. Everyone was focused on the election when the hurricane appeared on the radar with minimal notice. Threats and hazards are often this way. A single threat that produces multiple threats. Or, like the Nashville bombing would have it, a coincidental major winter storm happened with additional impacts.


The question I asked then and now is this, did any preparers stop and immediately asses how these events could impact their preparedness plans? Remember, cause and impact. Here's some things preparers should be asking based on the Nashville event and winter weather:


- How did the Nashville explosion impact me? Do I, my family, or people on my Communication P.A.C.E. Plan use AT@T services? You may not know off the top of your head but your P.A.C.E. Plan should indicate who listed a cellular phone as one of their contact methods and who did they list as the carrier? AT@T cellular services went down in about a 200 mile radius around Nashville. Did it impact you or anyone on your P.A.C.E. Plan? Did this impact texting through AT@T? If a person listed their cellular phone as their P or primary and texting as their A or alternate you have lost the two primary means of communication without knowing it. This would eventually be discovered but the time wasted getting critical information to your team could be costly.


- If you do not have some cash set aside and an event hits in your region or distant region and you can't get cash from the local ATM machine when needed or you have to leave home for another emergency and stop to get cash and can't, there could be no other contingency plan if credit card machines are down as well. It is important to have cash on hand at all times.


- Not far away from Nashville a winter storm impacted several states on Christ