Monday, November 30, 2015

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 2

This Week On Movie Monday

The Colony Season 2 Episode 1

The Colony was a social experiment series that aired on television in 2008/2009.  One of my favorite pieces of prepper production, The Colony takes a group of volunteers and places them in a disaster scenario to see how they survive.  In season 2, the group is told they have survived a worldwide viral epidemic and that VOPA (Virus Outbreak Protection Agency) will transport them to a safe camp.  As we would figure, the government VOPA leaves the survivors at what appears to be an abandoned camp with little supplies and no support.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stock Up Your Winter Survival Storage - Guest Post by Lee Flynn

Government agencies suggest that everyone should have a minimum of three days of emergency supplies in case a catastrophic event such as a hurricane occurs. However, anyone living in an area of the world with harsh winters knows that a major snowstorm can keep you homebound for longer than three days. Having only a small amount of food stored in the winter can become dangerous because people need a certain amount of nourishment to remain warm, especially when performing strenuous activities such as shoveling snow.

One: Store More than the Minimum Amount of Emergency Food

The best time to prepare for winter is in the summer by beginning to grow or purchase the foods needed for the winter. For anyone isolated in a cabin in the woods or in a location that closes highways frequently, planning ahead is vital. When canned or dried foods are listed at low prices in the summer through the autumn, buy extra to store. Remember that additional food is necessary for everyone in a family, including infants and senior citizens who can only consume certain types of food. Instead of having three days of food stored, consider storing at least two weeks worth or more.

Two: Have a Warm and Dry Place to Store Emergency Food

Emergency food stored in a damp basement will likely develop mold and become inedible. While storing emergency food in an unheated garage is acceptable for the summer, by the time temperatures drop, the boxes, bags and cans require storage in a home where there is efficient climate-control. Avoid placing stored food near water pipes or heaters that can leak moisture and cause spoilage. The proper containers for food can help to maintain its freshness, and many individuals stitch small bags of fleece fabric to store dried beans and nuts.

Three: Maintain an Efficient Labeling System to Avoid Waste

Cans and bags of food bought at the grocery store typically have printed expiration dates, and to avoid illness from outdated foods, it is essential to rotate emergency foods on a regular basis. The only way to maintain food freshness is by having an efficient labeling system. Large families may have numerous containers, bags and shelves filled with boxes and cans of vegetables and meat, and unless the items are labeled with dates, the foods expire or the containers disintegrate. Rather than trying to read the tiny print on food container labels, it is better to use a black marker to write the date on packages or place foods with similar dates on the same shelf. When an emergency occurs, use the oldest items first or use these items for everyday cooking and replace the foods quickly.

Four: How to Have Enough Space for Emergency Food Storage

Finding enough space for food storage inside a home is a challenge for many people living in cramped environments. To store cans, boxes and bags, someone may need to use the shelves located in cupboards above refrigerators and stoves that are normally not filled. Alternatively, it is often necessary to buy inexpensive metal shelving units to place in laundry rooms or utility closets. It is also possible to install shelves on walls in locations above doorways and windows. The backs of doors are also an excellent place to store food, and there are special devices available to hang on doors for this purpose.

Five: How to Avoid Infestations and Contamination from Pests

While rodents and insects cannot get into cans of food, the creatures can chew through boxes and bags of pasta, rice and beans. This means that durable storage containers are required to prevent infestation or contamination. Plastic storage totes are one way to protect foods, but ants and cockroaches can still enter crevices around the lids. A better solution is heavy-duty metal trash cans with tight-fitting lids, and for additional protection, place bags and boxes of food inside thick plastic ziplock bags.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Could Canadians See Major Terrorist Attacks on Home Soil?

Just over a year ago, on October 20th, 2014, 2 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were run down in a parking lot, one of whom later died.  The perpetrater, Martin Rouleau, was an islamic convert turned terrorist.

A mere 2 days later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau launched an attack on parliament, killing Cpl. Nathan
Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Now, we all watch the reports on television about the attacks in Paris which have claimed over 120 lives to date and wonder "could this happen here?".  Sadly, people seem to forget rather quickly.  It has already happened here, on October 20th and October 22nd 2014.  Sure, the death toll was nowhere near the same and the guilty parties seemed to be somewhat unorganized home grown terrorists, but we have to remember and take it seriously.

Our newly elected government has pledged to bring in 25 000 refugees from Terrorism plagued regions.  Now, this is what Canadians do, we are known around the globe for being helpful.  It's a big part of what makes up our identity.  However, we can't assume that every one of them will be true refugees.  I'm not saying that this is some big trojan horse plan by ISIS, but they would have to be crazy not to at least try to use it as such.  We can screen all we want, but the risk that terrorists will get into the country along with legitimate refugees is real.

Now, debating political policy is not what this blog is about, nor is it the point of this post.  The point is, it's time to stop forgetting events like those of last October.  Canada was named as a target in an ISIS  video, and we need to take that seriously.  So if you ask me if something on the scale of the Paris attacks could happen here on Canadian soil, I would tell you yes, and you have to have your head in the sand to think otherwise.

The thought of a large scale terror attack worries me to some degree.  I am not concerned about a group of terrorists breaking into my home to force me to join their cause, that's just not how they do things, but the threat of bombings or live shooters in public areas such as sports arenas or tourist attractions would not surprise me. 

ISIS has long broken through international borders in two ways.  First, by sneaking terrorist cells into populated cities across the globe, and secondly by recruiting members within their home countries.  Certainly, the various spy agencies have their lists of suspects, but I'm fairly confident that these lists are incomplete.  The only question about that is to what degree?  For every suspected terroist being watched, how many are there that are still under the radar?

We ARE in a state of war.  With war comes loss of life.  Unfortunately, this war does not follow the usual rules of engagement.  Soldiers are not the only targets, but civilians as well.  Instead of targeting military or strategic locations, arenas and concert halls are bombed.  Instead of planes, ships, and tanks delivering ordinance, bomb belts are the weapon of choice.