Help me choose a winner…

Today, marks the end of our latest non-fiction writing contest and as usual with so many great articles posted over the past 60 days, it’s difficult to pick the top three, so please help me out by listing your top three choices in the comments below.

Which three articles that were posted during the past 60 days helped you the most in your preps ?:-)

How did those articles help you ?:-)

Looking forward to reading your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Thank you for your help…

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  1. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Victoria S. and her article of wild animals. Feral dogs are really a horrible thought. I bought more ammo. I honestly had not given much thought to the animals.

  2. Tactical G-Ma says:

    My 2nd and 3rd choices are Scott G. and Mental Preparedness. And Papabear with DIY electricity.

  3. Petticoat Prepper says:

    Yes, I agree with Tactical G-Ma. I had no idea we had wild hogs in Oregon and I can see how Wildlife Safari could cause lots of problems in southern Oregon and then up the valley.

  4. First, thanks to all the authors for another round of quality essays. Your generous sharing of your time, experience and perspective is much appreciated!

    Since we have to narrow it down to three, here are the ones that helped me the most this time:

    1. DIY Electricity by Papabear, because his clear and detailed descriptions (and his–and Ohio Prepper’s–helpful comments) have encouraged me to start learning more about electricity.

    In our situation, DH would always be the lead on this issue. But, in striving to understand Papabear’s article, I feel better able to assist, or even spot something running funny, relay useful info to DH and take simple steps to keep it from getting worse til he gets home. That wasn’t the main point of his article, but that’s how it’s helping me as I get started in this area.

    2. Fill Your Pantry by Ladyhawthorne, because she made me think of canning as a homemade MRE-in-a-jar strategy, not just a way to put up ingredients or components. In the short-term, this will also avert the temptation of going out because it seems easier/faster. And that has lots of benefits right now!

    3. Anything by Victoria S–she has been a true workhorse the last several months, with the multi-part horse care guides, the unusual TEOTWAWKI list and the animals after TSHTF article. Each one was interesting, well-written and thought provoking.

    4. Vet’s Perspective by David M.–thanks for some neat ideas for very practical Christmas gifts!

  5. GeorgeisLearning says:

    I enjoyed the mental preparedness article. I enjoy all the articles but having the mind prepared is got to be a top priority. Plus I love to play the “what if game”. do It daily with my wife. I mean I play the what if game with my wife.:-)

    Like what if someone kicked my door in a 2 am or what if I get sliced open or what if I can’t take seeing someone with their pants pulled down showing their underware again.

  6. Sorry I could not pick three but I really enjoyed buckiqt’s article “Our Location, My Parents, and Our Last Defense Location.” The article set the bar for me for practical preparedness.

  7. I really liked the lady who put together the info on making your preparedness binder – with all the detailed sections. That REALLY helped me get a practical start on my own!

  8. DIY electricity, SHTF Blacksmithing, and Making your own fishing jigs stood out I thought – in no particular order. I like the how-to articles, preparedness requires lots of different skill sets and these were great primers for different skills.

  9. I prepared 4 bug-out bags for a customer to give to his children for Christmas, ordered 2 Goal Zero solar chargers and extra battery packs ( one for a customer, one for me, to replace the one I sold). Ordered guns, guns, guns, for customers. Sold Thrive foods to customers, MRE’s to customers,talked the talk to customers, and just tried to keep up. People are getting the message that all is not well and they need to do something. That’s a good thing. Thank the good Lord that I am pretty well “prepped”, and I do my rotation in June and January.

  10. Encourager says:

    1. Mental Preparedness by Scott
    2. Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh my! by Victoria
    3. Our Location, My Parents, and Our Last Defense Location by buckiqt

    Each of the above got my mind working in different directions, as they all dealt at least somewhat, with something I hadn’t thought of.

    So many articles were so good; it was really, really hard to choose!!

  11. MountainSurvivor says:

    Self-defense Ethics and Techniques when the SHTF. Insightful and right on target.
    The pre-disaster checklist. Author has been there, done that.
    Manage Your Long Term Storage. Others might not like how the author manages things but they are on the right track.

  12. I thank all of the authors for their willingness to share their time, knowledge and experience. All are winners in my book, yet 4 particular articles stood out for me:

    Mental Preparedness by Scott
    Lions, Tigers and Bear, Oh My, by Victoria
    Primer in Ham Radio Series by Michael C
    Combat Vet’s PPE Bug out Bag by David M

  13. Sw't Tater says:

    The one on the 101 disaster prep. items, by victoria,
    the one on dental pain and
    the one on the binder for disaster… I got to go back and re-read, I must have missed some by looking at what others posted…

  14. M D
    Lots of good ones to choose from.
    1 DIY electricity by Papabear
    2 Ham Radio series by Michael C
    3 A Combat Vets Perspective on Bug Out Bag PPE by David M
    Keep it up Pack!

  15. My thanks to all who took the time to write and article and share.

    The ones that made the most impact on me are:

    1. DIY Electricity by Papabear.

    2. Primer for Ham Radio by Michael C.

    3. A Quick overview to Safe Home Cannng by I’m a Prep Kat.

  16. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    The standouts to me were the Combat Vet PPE Bug-Out bag article and Mental Preparedness. The ‘fun read’ was the Exotic Animal article – a lot of good thoughts found in all. Thank all of you for writing them.

  17. Mental Preparedness
    Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh my!
    Our Location, My Parents, and Our Last Defense Location

    All gave me something to think about beyond my norm.

  18. I liked the Lions, Tigers and Bears article myself, even though I already know that pet owners love their pets more then they like most humans. They will let them go when it comes time.

    I also liked the DIY electricity article – even though I already plenty of solar. This is very important for light without fire. Just wish my solar article was that good.

    The mental preparedness article was the third article that kept my thoughts focused on “attitude”.

    They were all great articles – some were fun to read, some were thought provoking and some made me feel like stashing enough food to coast to the “ending”

    Thanks all…

  19. Our Location, My Parents, and Our Last Defense Location by buckiqt

    Whatever Happened to Protecting Ourselves?

    101 unusual things to stock for TEOTWAWKI that you won’t see on many other lists

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