top of page

Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #93

Fellow Patriots,

Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #93. Good to have you back with us again. Thanks for stopping by. Grab a bagel and your favorite beverage, kick back and enjoy your time with us. We are honored to have you reading this weeks PENL.

What an amazing week it has been since we last met here. I was on the road all last weekend to Waynesville, NC, Dillard, GA, Asheville/Fairview, NC, Crossville, TN and on to Huntsville, AL. I love meeting with Patriot sisters and brothers and all the new ones as well. Just when I thought my friends list couldn't get more amazing it does. Every Patriot has a story and I love hearing them. Thanks to everyone for giving me your time to hear about the HFS Preparedness mission. I'm truly blessed. Thank you.

If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional information offered through HFS.

One note for website users. I didn't realize it but several folks did not realize you can find folders set up on the blog page where all posted articles are filed in the folders. Example the PENL is filed under the Patriot Express News Letter folder. You can also find information and checklist for folks with disabilities and for children. There is also a recipe folder. Simply look for the word "more" near the top right and click down on the arrow. The folders will appear. Hope this helps out. Sorry for any past confusion.

Thursday Zoom Rallies – We are quickly moving through January and the Zoom Rally series Rally #38 continues. I appreciate everyone who attended and participated in conversation on the topics covered. We continue moving forward on group building in multiple states and regions. We also discussed the current Federal Posture on EMP preparedness. If you wish to attend a Zoom Rally monitor the website for each weekly notification for the upcoming meeting.

Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:

Facebook – Hope for Survival

YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival

MeWe: - //

Connect and give me a shout. Share with family and friends.

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. I know you will find the HFS family offers some amazing people. With multiple platforms (Zoom, Signal, and Comment section in articles) to interact with other HFS members, I remind everyone to treat one another with 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

This weeks thoughts may seem to bounce around a bit but I want to get all this information out to you in this newsletter. Thanks for your understanding.

HFS started the next level of the HFS mission shortly ago by starting to locate and start developing Preparedness groups. HFS has trained many preparers in the basics of preparedness and now groups, with the hope of sewing preparedness seeds in their local groups and expand to their community. This is an ongoing effort and will continue to take time to get groups identified and started and continue to nurture and support them from afar while group members grow and bond to have strong preparedness groups. Once groups are established, my goal is to then bridge groups together through Mutual Aid Agreements and Communications. This is a live growing project at this time with start up groups in KY, TN, AL, NC, and GA, with others waiting for support. Please pray for vision, time, and safety as I move forward in this effort.

Lets move along...

I was fortunate to be able to fit several stops in to last weekends road trip. It started off with a great visit to Carolina Readiness Supply and time with Ms. Jan and Mr. Bill. As always the visits are informative and I learn a lot from these great Patriots. One of the neat parts of visiting CRS is all the folks passing through the store. Many of these fine folks end up visiting Hope for Survival and become friends to the HFS mission and I consider them my friends. As I have shared with others, Waynesville, NC has become the hub to the HFS mission.

I was able to travel to CRS, in Waynesville, with two fellow Patriots and close friends of mine from my East TN community who wanted to check out CRS and meet a few of the Thursday Zoom Patriot family members. It was great having them along and letting them see why spending time with HFS Patriots is always exciting and a feeling of being with extended family.

We left CRS to go to lunch with some of the HFS Waynesville group. This included meeting a few new Patriots and what a fun time it was for me. Aside from wonderful people, the level of experience and skills these folks bring to the group is off the charts. The luncheon included a few original HFS folks who started this journey with me from the start. My neighborhood friends had the chance to meet some of the fine folks in the group and discuss preparedness as well. We departed going separate ways as I had another stop that evening in Dillard, GA with the Franklin NC/Rabin County Group for dinner.

In the Franklin/Rabin Group meeting we discussed leadership, accountability, focus, and laying the foundation as a group to know the status of all members preparedness levels. Balancing the boat was the example used. Until all group members are fairly equal in basic preparedness resources the boat will not be level. It is hard to focus on building the walls until the foundation is put down and is solid. We discussed laying out the objectives tasking individuals to fill out the PACE communication information, then at the next meeting completing the group PACE plan. The same goes with other tasks handed out. Review them then identify the next task that will be due at the next meeting. I'm thrilled to share that two of the members of this group passed their Ham radio technician level testing and obtained their license. This group now has four Ham radio operators. The group has set up their next training meeting in the near future.

On Saturday morning I traveled through the snowy mountains of TN and NC to reach the Asheville, NC area. The beautiful pines draped in show made for an enjoyable trip. I was specifically in Fairview, NC to meet a new group of Patriots who felt like family instantly. But first let me tell you about the fantastic roast beef and swiss sandwich I enjoyed from the Deli at Troyer's Country Amish Blatz. It was toasted on pumpernickel bread and it was the best. If you are ever in the Fairview area please go try a tasty sandwich from the deli. A+ is putting it mild. The owner of the store was equally kind.

The group meeting went great and time expired before we knew it. I laid out the HFS mission, goals, and explained the group concept for building preparedness communities. This group of Patriots brought loads of skill and experience to the table. Medical, management, veterans, educators, animals, farming and so forth. I look forward to working with this group in the near future so I can have time with them again. It seems every place I visit the Patriots are like family and I hate to leave. There is something about being around other Patriots who love talking about our great nation. America. One of the Patriots shared some exciting news about a new product coming online soon that I know many of you will be excited to hear about. He has agreed to be a guest on a Thursday Zoom call in the near future to talk about this new product. I'm excited.

I returned home on Saturday evening to update HFS email, add new members to the data base, and pack for my trip through Crossville and on to Huntsville to connect with Ms. Lucy. If I haven't said so recently, I owe a big thanks to Ms. Lucy for her willingness to share me with HFS and the hours I spend keeping this mission moving forward. I'm grateful for her understanding.

I journeyed up to Crossville, TN to spend about five hours with Festus and Mrs Festus on their farm. I first must tell you how awesome the homemade chicken salad was that Mrs. Festus put on the table for lunch. It was outstanding. Can you tell I like food? The three of us gathered around the table to discuss behind the scene things taking place with HFS and plans for the next six months. Festus has been working on a side tasker on communications and equipment for me and he updated me on it. There is no simple solution for this need so it will have to be a geographic fix in some areas. More to come.