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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Preppers Happy New Year's Eve Party!

Hey everyone - there's a Preppers New Year's Eve Party happening in the chatroom this evening at the newly launched APN Forum!!! And all Canadians are welcome!

We are planning to start the party at 7:00pm EST!


It's sure to be a great time - try to stop in even for just a second!

Let's ring in 2010 in proper Prepper style!

Here is a link to the Forum:

(The chat icon is located at the top right-hand side of the page....next to the Arcade Icon and the Calendar icon)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Happy New Year to all!

The APN has a great new look!

The American Preppers Network has a great new look! The APN has a new masthead and logo as do all of the state preppers networks! Check them out here.

In addition to the great new look, they have just launched a Brand New Forum at www.AmericanPreppersNetwork.net . (Be amongst the first to join! Get in now and at the end of January we will be drawing one lucky winner for survival seeds from Hometown Seeds.) The new forum has really taken off in only a day - all of our favourite friends from the APN have already checked in and a bunch of new people have found their way there through this Newsweek article. There is lots of discussion taking place on a variety of prepping topics and all Canadians are welcome - make sure to stop in and say Hi!

And lastly, Check out PreppersNetwork.com a social networking site for preppers all around the world. You will find links there as well as on all sites to the Chat portal which will give you access to all the prepper chatrooms. Two of the most popular at this time are Felinaes Lounge , a place specifically created for female preppers, and Wolfe's Den, the original APN chatroom. Make sure to check both chatrooms out as Canadians are very welcome there too!

And keep your eyes open over the next few days - the CPN's getting ready to launch a brand new look too!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Preppers Story in Newsweek

"Survivalism Lite. They call themselves 'preppers.' They are regular people with homes and families. But like the survivalists that came before them, they're preparing for the worst."

See article here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Season's Greetings to all CPN Contributors and Readers

There wouldn't be a CPN without the following people:

Scarecrow
Zenon
CdnGuy
Frazer
Jack Sellers
Sue
Jambaloney
Riverwalker
Humble Wife
American Prepper

A very heart-felt thanks to all of you and for all of the work that you do here at the CPN. You are a great group of people and it is an honour to be amongst such a group! Your contributions over this past year have been truly appreciated! Season's Greetings to you all and the very best to you and your families in the new year!

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And to all of the CPN Readers and Commenters - Thank you so much for continuing to support the CPN - if it weren't for you - we wouldn't be here! Season's Greetings to all of you and yours from all of us here at the CPN!

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A very special Thank You to Riverwalker and Humble Wife for taking the time out of their busy days and contributing here at the CPN - this they did while keeping up with the responsibility for their own APN state blog AND they each have personal blogs!!!! And yet, out of the goodness of their hearts, they willingly devoted their time over the past year to help the CPN! Season's Greetings to both of you and to your families and and a very sincere thank you to both of you!!!

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American Prepper - thank you for being forward-thinking enough to have created the CPN when you created the American Preppers Network! We here at the CPN have valued your friendship and contribution! Season's Greetings to you and your family AP - and to all of our friends at the APN!

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And one more shout-out to Riverwalker for sponsoring the CPN's first contest - thanks RW! Sue really loves her fireplace tools!

And a special thanks to Vic at Safecastle LLC for sponsoring the CPN's Season's Greetings contest - we look forward to doing more contests with you! Season's Greetings to everyone at Safecastle LLC.

Best wishes to everyone over the holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Last Chance to enter the CPN/Safecastle LLC Season's Greetings Contest!

For more info including contest rules - go here.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Great Deal for Canadians at CanadaPrepared.com

Hey everyone - CdnGuy, our contributor at the Alberta Preppers Network, has a great deal for all Canadians at his awesome website CanadaPrepared.com.

CdnGuy is offering all members who join CanadaPrepared.com, and specifically the forum at CanadaPrepared.com, a 25% discount off all merchandise from Ledge Outdoors, a company that produces great camping gear at solid prices, and from which CdnGuy has received great service!

How do you get in on such a great discount? Simply sign up at the forum at CanadaPrepared.com, meet some like-minded Canadian prepper-folk, listen in to CdnGuy's wicked podcasts and guest-podcasts and just generally enjoy yourself. Once you are signed up at CanadaPrepared.com, send CdnGuy an instant message from the forum and let him know that you have joined. He will then send you the discount code.

So what are you waiting for! Go and join the forum at CanadaPrepared.com and get in on this great 25% discount!!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The CPN West - -> East Travel Bug enroute to Alberta!

As previously noted in this post, the Canadian Preppers Network had acquired two Travel Bugs in hopes of raising awareness of the CPN and because we thought it would be a fun thing to do. One Travel Bug (TB) will start on the west coast and one will start on the east coast.

The west --> east TB (TB342JN) has already been spotted and moved from several caches in the province of BC. The last we heard - it is now on its way to Alberta!!! Be sure to check the Alberta Preppers Network often for updates

You can view more info on the west --> east TB here:

Stay tuned for more updates on the west --> east TB!!!

(Make sure to click the pic below to see the cool TB!)



(Note: as of this post, the east --> west TB is in the mail, enroute to Bishop's Falls, Nfld. Stay tuned for more info on when it comes into play!)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Utah Preppers Network scores a 25% discount for all CPN/APN Preppers

The Utah Preppers Network wants to share a 25% discount on sanitation preps with all preppers in the CPN/APN - for more information, see Phil801's post here.

Thanks to the Utah Preppers Network!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Calling all Geocachers

The Canadian Preppers Network has acquired two Travel Bugs in hopes of raising awareness of the Network and because we thought it would be a fun thing to do. One Travel Bug (TB) will start on the west coast and one will start on the east coast.

The west coast bug (TB342JN) has already been spotted in Victoria BC. It will soon be moving onto another cache in the Victoria area starting its journey from the west coast to the east coast.

You can view more info on the west --> east TB here:

As of this posting it is currently located here (GC1M1DG) but it wont be for long :-)

Please join us as we watch the progress of this first TB eastward. If it gets close to you, head on out, grab it, and do your part in moving it from cache to cache.

(Make sure to click the pic below to see the cool TB!)



Stay tuned for regular updates on the west --> east TB and the east --> west TB!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

UPDATED TO INCLUDE WINNER -Season's Greetings Contest - the CPN and Safecastle LLC

PThe CPN is proud to host a "Season's Greetings" Contest with Safecastle LLC!!!

Safecastle LLC has long been established as a trusted supplier of a variety of preparedness-related items sold through their premier buyers club, Safecastle Royal. However, Safecastle LLC is most notably known for their Safecastle Shelters! Now, before anyone gets too excited - no, the prize for this contest is not a Safecastle Shelter! I know, what a let-down eh?

But the prize for this contest is the next-best thing:

Winner's Choice of Mountain House Freeze-dried Variety Packages!!!


Each variety package contains six #10 cans of different types of Mountain House freeze-dried food!!!

That's a value of $170 and, of course, free shipping is included!!!

So how do you enter? That's easy! Simply leave a comment on this post and be sure to include the line - "Safecastle LLC - now shipping Mountain House Food to Canada". The contest will run until December 25, 2009 when the lucky winner will be selected by a random draw!

Be sure to enter everyday for a better chance at winning!

A Big Thanks to Safecastle LLC!!!
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UPDATE: WINNER

As the CPN is a high-tech network, the contest winner was chosen after following a highly technical process (I have pictures of the process but can't get them to upload!!!). Anyway, the process used was this:

1). All entries were counted (for example, Doug left the most comments (20), followed by Anitapreciouspearl (15), followed by Vancouver49 (12)).
2). I wrote each person's entries on little scraps of paper and then folded them up into tiny bits.
3). The folded entries were put into a goldfish bowl (no goldfish were hurt during the process).
4). I shook the bowl and stirred the entries with my hand several times.
5). My husband shook the bowl and stirred the entries with his hand several times.
6). We set the bowl aside for a few hours to settle.
7). My husband (who is very technical!) selected a random entry.
8). And the WINNER is DOUG!

Congratulations Doug!!! You are now the proud winner of YOUR CHOICE of a Mountain House Freeze-Dried Variety Pack courtesy of the great folks at Safecastle LLC.

Doug - go here to select YOUR CHOICE and then contact me to at jambaloney@canadianpreppersnetwork.com with your address/shipping details.

Thanks to all who participated in the contest! And a big thanks to Safecastle LLC!!!!

Scarecrow is doing his part to de-forest the planet...and is guest-posting over at Stealth Survival

The following is from Scarecrow over at the OPN - be sure to check out this link!!!

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Information is power. Information wants to be free. In keeping with these observations, here is a link to a substantive list of literary resources that you can download and optionally print out. The information may be of use to you someday.

http://snardfarker.ning.com/profiles/blogs/survival-books-free-downloads

[What have you done today to prepare?]

submitted by Scarecrow
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Thanks for sharing such a great resource with us Scarecrow!

Also, be sure to check out Scarecrow's guest-post over at Stealth Survival...you will be glad that you did!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The CPN & NSPN Welcomes our Newest Member - Sue Frelick!!!!

Y'all know the saying:

"Give someone some free fire place tools and they'll gladly volunteer to write posts for one of the provincial networks".

Okay maybe I made that one up. However....exciting news coming:

The CPN & NSPN are very happy to introduce our newest contributing member - Welcome Sue!!!

According to Sue - you can call her Sue, or Soapy, Soapysue or Mormon Chick. She answers to them all :-)!!! Sue lives in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, with her husband of 16 years in an antique house that they are constantly renovating! Sue works part time at a local fabric store and teaches children how to sew in her studio. She loves to read, write, sew (naturally), cook real food from real ingredients and work at becoming self reliant.

You can learn more about Sue from her personal blog Short Fat Mormon Chick.

Sue will be taking over the NSPN and I encourage you all to head over to the NSPN and leave her a welcome message!

I have had the incredible experience of getting to know more and more about Sue via email and I am looking very much forward to her contribution at the NSPN!!!

Welcome Sue...it is soo great to have you here!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The CPN & Riverwalker/Stealth Survival's Holiday Contest Winner - A Guest Post from Sue Frelick



Hi folks! After the fireplace contest was over, Kymber and Riverwalker asked for photos of the tools when they arrived.

So, I logged on to send them to you.

I have to say that I’m feeling really tinder this morning. The CPN’s generosity really kindled a flame in my heart.

I can’t sit here poker - faced any more. When the parcel arrived by courier I could barely handle the heat of excitement! Even my dear husband really got fired up!

These fireplace tools are a quality that can’t be matched and I definitely recommend entering a contest of Riverwalker’s if you ever get the chance. I can promise, you won’t get burned.



I can see that no one's roaring with laughter over this. It isn’t too punny is it? OK, I'll stop.

Anyway, I really wood like to say a big thank-you from the bottom of my hearth. Oops! That just slipped out.




Time to log off now.

Rock on, CPN!!!

submitted by Sue Frelick
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Sue - the CPN wood like to take this opportunity to thank you for such great pics and the cheeky post!!!

The CPN wood also like to send a Big Canadian Thank You to Riverwalker and Stealth Survival for holding the contest here with us!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Calling All Canadian Preppers

Do you feel the need to start cutting back your spending/consumerism based on the economic challenges that we here in Canada face today? Are you interested in finding ways to save on your monthly food bill and all of your other household expenses?

Do you worry that you don't have enough food stocked in your pantry? Do you not even have a pantry?

Have you recently lost your job or are worried about your current job situation?

Have you wondered why the Canadian government has set up so many preparedness websites, Emergency Management Offices and other agencies that recommend that everyone have a 72-hour bag and at least 3 days worth of food stocked?

Are you in the early stages of prepping and feel overwhelmed when you see how far others are ahead of you in their preps? Do you worry that you will never catch up?

Do you think about prepping and the prepping lifestyle and wish to start but just don't know where to begin?

Have you been prepping for several years, have a fully-stocked pantry, are looking into alternative methods of heating your home and are quite confident that you can make it through the tough times ahead?

Are you concerned about avalanches, earthquakes, power outages, hurricanes, severe storms or wildfires?

Are you a full-blown, full-time, hard-core survivalist with a bunker and/or a tin-foil hat?

If you answered "maybe", "kinda-sorta", "not sure" or a resounding "YES" to any of the questions - then you have come to the right place!

And guess what? - we NEED you here at the CPN!!!

The CPN and all of the province sites were created in order to spread a message - a message that there is hope in these difficult times, and that there are people who care enough and are willing to share all of their knowledge, experience and wisdom!!! If you are just starting out in your preps or if you have been living the prepping lifestyle for 75+ years - we need your contribution in order to reach, help and teach as many people as possible! In order to do this - all levels of prepping-related experience are required!!!

Here at the CPN we have contributing authors who are all at different levels in their preps. Our contributing authors post articles on a variety of subjects and they do so voluntarily - because they care!!!

Do you care? Do you wish to join a community of like-minded individuals whose goal is to share information? If so, please contact Kymber here.

And for any of our American or international friends who care and wish to contribute - the CPN always accepts guest-posts! But be sure to check out the American Preppers Network too!

Monday, November 16, 2009

GetPrepared.ca

Did you know that the Government of Canada has an official preparedness site? If you've never visited it, take a few minutes and familiarize yourself with the site. Bookmark it. Check it often.

The government's basic 3 step plan is as follows:

Know The Risks
Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to your community and your region can help you better prepare. Find out here what the hazards are in your region.

Make A Plan
It's easy and essential. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. Make your own plan and print it out today.

Get A Kit
It doesn't take long – find out what goes into an emergency kit, or where you can buy one. An emergency kit helps ensure you and your family are ready to cope on your own for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency.

The Government of Canada lists the following as known risks:

Avalanches
Earthquakes
Floods
Hurricanes
Landslides
Severe storms
Storm surges
Tornadoes
Tsunamis
Wildfires

They also list the following as other possible emergencies:

Bomb threats
Chemical releases
Nuclear emergencies
Pandemic influenza
Power outages
Suspicious packages

The CPN and its provincial affiliates are working together to address each of the "known risks and emergencies" recognized by our Canadian Government, along with many more that the government doesn't acknowledge such as:

Home security
Crime
Violence
Animal encounters
Disease
Food quality
Hospital-created deaths
Pollutions
Household toxins
Judicial break-down
And many many more!!

Make sure to check out the archives here at the CPN and at all of our province sites - if you have a specific topic in mind - be sure to use the Google Search bar up at the left-hand side of this page. If you have any questions - be sure to leave a comment. And if you have information that you would like to see on the CPN or any of the province sites - why not become a contributing author? Here at the CPN we are always looking for contributors and if you are interested in becoming a contributing author - contact Kymber here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Flander's Fields

(written by Canadian Lt. Col John McCrae on May 3, 1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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Please be sure to wear the poppy proudly on your lapel, overcoat or knapsack today!

And remember to honour all of our veterans by observing 2 minutes of silence at 11:00am today.

Lest We Forget!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Pittance of Time

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.



A Pittance of Time Lyrics

They fought and some died for their homeland
They fought and some died now it’s our land
Look at his little child, there’s no fear in her eyes
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

God forgive me for wanting to strike him
Give me strength so as not to be like him
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists

But two minutes I will bide
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
There’s a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
Freedom is fought for and won in numerous ways

Take two minutes would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls all over
May we never forget our young become vets
At the end of the line it’s a pittance of time

It takes courage to fight in your own war
It takes courage to fight someone else’s war
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can’t kill.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who go over
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It’s a pittance of time

In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died.
Take a pittance of time
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On November 11, 2009 at 11:00am let us all remember by observing 2 minutes of silence.

Lest We Forget.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Ontario Preppers Network passes 10,000 page views!!!

Maybe it's his witty way with words! Maybe it's the underlying level of sarcasm in most (if not all) posts. Maybe it's the fact that he can sometimes be very sweet! Maybe it's his elegant way of discussing difficult issues!

Or maybe it's THAT tagline staring us in the face at the end of every post daring us to get up off of our lazy butts!!!

Whatever it is - it sure keeps the readers coming back - Scarecrow and the Ontario Preppers Network has just passed 10,000 page views!!!

Congratulations to Scarecrow and the OPN!!!

Scarecrow is one of the original CPN members...he joined up way back in 1867 - woops - no, I meant to say that he joined us back in February 2009 (but has been prepping since 1867)! His posts have made us laugh, made us think, and with his most recent "Do 1 Thing" series (his summary of the Do 1 Thing program developed by www.do1thing.us) - provided us all with several lists of actual, practical goals to achieve in order to begin, or get better, at prepping!!! And he speaks in an incredibly clear and thoughtful manner!

Scarecrow is the CPN's "darling" although sometimes he can be a little "diva" - but we at the CPN are very fortunate to have him and we know it. I have the additional and great honour of also being able to call him "friend"!

So please join us in congratulating Scarecrow for his awesome work here at the CPN, and more specifically, at the OPN. Drop in to the OPN and leave him a comment! Or leave a comment for him here! Passing 10,000 page views in such a short amount of time is quite an accomplishment!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The CPN - Saskatchewan Preppers Network welcomes our newest contributor - Jack Sellers!

Yes - now the province of Saskatchewan has a regular contributing member - introducing Jack Sellers!!!

Jack was directed to the CPN by our dear friend Wolfe of Wolfe's Blog and Survival Times. Jack has already posted some cool How-To videos on the Saskatchewan Preppers Network which you can view here. Jack was born and raised in Saskatchewan and plans to retire there in a few short years. We at the CPN are honoured to have him join us at the Sakatchewan Preppers Network and we look forward to his posts!!!

So join us in welcoming Jack to the CPN and Saskatchewan Preppers Network! Welcome Jack!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

We have a winner of a great set of fireplace tools!

Congratulations to Sue Frelick! Sue will be receiving a great set of fireplace tools courtesy of CPN and Stealth Survival.

Simply send me an email (riverwalker_texas@yahoo.com) with your shipping name and address and a phone number that can be used to confirm receipt of your fireplace tools. Your personal information will be kept confidential and be used only to ship you your free fireplace tools.

Congratulations once again to Sue Frelick!

Here is the winning comment chosen at random by Kymber:

Sue Frelick said...

Wow! A Canadian contest is fantastic and "Fireplace tools are great".

OCTOBER 23, 2009 5:58 PM

Friday, October 30, 2009

Last Chance to Win




A quick reminder that today is your last chance to enter a comment for a chance to win a free fireplace accessory for the holidays.

The winner will be announced on Saturday along with their winning comment.


Riverwalker

Monday, October 26, 2009

The CPN - Manitoba Preppers Network welcomes our newest contributor - Frazer!!!

Well Manitoba Preppers - you are in for a ride - an awesome prepping ride now that we have found Frazer!!!

Frazer comes to us from the forum at CanadaPrepared.com (thanks again CdnGuy!) where he has left many excellent prepping-related posts and threads. We here at the CPN are honoured to have him take over the reigns for the Manitoba Preppers Network and we look forward to all of his articles!

So join us in welcoming Frazer - and get ready for some excellent prepping information!!!

Thanks Frazer!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Celebrate the Holidays Canadian-Style with a Free Fireplace Accessory

There are few things that are better than gathering around a warm fireplace on a chilly night with family and friends. You can make it even better though with the addition of the proper fireplace accessory. Riverwalker and Stealth Survival wants to help you celebrate the holidays Canadian-style with a special winner’s choice of some great fireplace accessories. Add a little style to your holidays Canada with a chance to win your choice of some great fireplace accessories that even include shipping to Canada.

My good friends and neighbors to the North in Canada will be able to choose one of three different fireplace accessories as their prize in this special holiday give-a-way that will help you create your own very special and unique holiday memories that will last for years.

What are your choices to help create these special holiday memories around that warm fireplace?




Your first choice is a great set of fireplace tools. Every great fireplace deserves a great set of fireplace tools! Even if you’ve got an electric fireplace, you can add a little more realism to your electric fireplaces with a great set of fireplace tools.


Your second choice is a beautiful fireplace screen which will add a touch of safety to your holiday celebration with family and friends.




Your third choice is a brush and pan set that will help you do a little clean-up as the holidays are winding down and things start to return to normal after the holidays.

How do you win one of these great fireplace accessories? It’s easier than you might think! Simply leave a comment that will indicate your choice of fireplace accessory that you desire to win. You can leave a comment each day on this post between now and October 30th. On October 31st, a winner will be chosen from the comments posted and they will receive the free fireplace accessory that was indicated by their comment(s). You can enter a new comment each day for an additional chance at being a winner! The winner will need to provide a shipping address and phone number in order to receive their prize. Your personal information will be kept confidential and will only be used to ship your free fireplace accessory to you should you be declared the winner of one of these fireplace accessories. Unfortunately, this give-a-way is limited to Canadian residents only.

If you want a chance to win the set of fireplace tools simply include the comment on this post: “Fireplace tools are great!”

If you want a chance to win the fireplace screen simply include the comment on this post: “Fireplace screens are beautiful!”

If you want a chance to win a brush and pan set to help with your holiday clean-up chores simply include the comment on this post: “I love a clean fireplace!”

So get your holiday celebration started early with a chance to win a great fireplace accessory and create those special holiday memories that will last forever!

Thank you Canada!

Riverwalker


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Riverwalker's Back!!!

It's like the best teaming up since Lewis & Clark!!! Riverwalker & the CPN!!!

Riverwalker, usually found "staying above the water line" over at Stealth Survival, is coming to Canada and bringing lots of holiday gifts!!!

Stay tuned for more details!!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Letter to Family/Friends who might land at your Doorstep in the event of an emergency or SHTF

Dear......,

Since you have stated that in case of an emergency that you (and family) will come to my home to be taken care of, the following is a list of what you are required to bring with you and what is expected of you (and family members).

Must bring:

sleeping bag, pillow, blankets-for you will be sleeping on the floor
towels as we don't have enough for our family and yours
all food stuffs, canned goods, dry goods to help feed your family
cash, gold, silver, jewelry--may need to be used to help pay your way here
extras cans of gasoline, propane, diesel
clothing for winter and summer for each person
extra boots, shoes for each person
hats, gloves, coats, rain gear
laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo
all camping gear, tents, tarps, stoves, cookware, etc
any weapons, all ammo all calibers
diapers, extra clothing, toys, formula, etc for any infants
all medicines, prescription and over the counter
first aid kit for your family
school books and lesson plans for school age children
flashlights, solar panels, batteries
pet food --if you bring a pet and pet carrier*pet must not interfere with or intimidate our family pets


The following is a list of what is expected of you (and family) while in our (my) home:

Children must be under your control at all times, temper tantrums, arguments must be nipped in the bud.
All are expected to take turns and share in daily chores such as kitchen duty, clean up, etc.
Prep for meals, preparing of meals, dish washing.
Laundry, sheets, clothing, towels done by hand in tub out back
Lessons for school age children.
Chopping and hauling wood for wood stove.
Working in garden, preparing soil, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting.
Canning and drying of food.
Pet clean up duty.
Clean bathrooms, toilets, tubs and showers.
Sweep and mop floors.
Hunting for meat.
Whatever is prepared for meals will be eaten, no special meal will be provided. If a person doesn't like what is prepared they don't eat. no in-between snacks will be allowed.
All children from age 6 and up are expected to do chores and participate.
Everyone must get up at the same time in the morning except for Sunday, the day of rest.
All chores still must be completed on time.
Animals must be taken care of and fed, chickens, cows, goats, stalls must be cleaned, cows and goats must be milked, etc.

Complaining, whining, or arguing about rules is not allowed. Chores will be rotated to try to be fair to all involved. If a child, teen or adult refuses to complete their chores on time, they don't eat. The head of house hold here makes the final decisions and is the final authority. Anyone can leave at any time, or people may be asked to leave if they do not participate or cause problems for those staying here.

If you do not feel you (or family members) can abide by these rules, then we cannot help you and suggest you make other plans as there are others scheduled to come to our place in times of emergency and space is very limited.

Signed,
xxxxx


Let's hope you never have to write this letter, but if you do...get it understood up front what is expected in your home!

---- a friend over at Prepare for the Future put this letter up on the Canadian Preppers Network thread on that forum. I thought I would share it!!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Canadian Preppers on the Prepper Podcast

If you haven't already - please go and check out The Prepper Podcast!

The Prepper Podcast is run by Matt from the Kentucky Preppers Network and each week he interviews preppers from all over North America to discuss and share prepper-related information.

This past week Matt interviewed myself, Scarecrow from the Ontario Preppers Network and Zénon from the Quebec Preppers Network! We had a great time chatting with Matt and with each other.

Thanks Matt for inviting us to be on The Prepper Podcast! We had a great time!

(Spoiler Alert : yes Zénon has a wicked, awesome French accent and Scarecrow elaborates on the Canadian position regarding firearms!!! You really need to check this out!)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Seasonal flu shots halted in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia

"A "perplexing" Canadian study linking the H1N1 virus to seasonal-flu shots is throwing the nation's influenza plans into disarray and straining public faith in the government agencies responsible for protecting Canada's health."

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Canadian Preppers to be interviewed on the Prepper Podcast

Have you checked out the Prepper Podcast?

Matt from the Kentucky Preppers Network is in his 6th week of podcasting and the Preppers Podcast is really taking off! In previous podcasts Matt has interviewed a variety of preppers from the American Preppers Network and this evening he will be interviewing myself, Scarecrow (from the Ontario Preppers Network) and Zénon (from the Québec Preppers Network).

Matt usually posts the podcasts on Thursdays of each week.

Be sure to check in to the Prepper Podcast!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

CanadaPrepared.com - Articles, Podcasts and a Great Forum

Have you had a chance to check out CdnGuy's great new website CanadaPrepared.com?
If not - you are really missing out!

Not only is CanadaPrepared.com an excellent resource for Canadian-specific preparedness information, CdnGuy keeps our ears filled with his distinctly-Canadian style podcasts...as one commenter noted, CdnGuy manages to mention sex in every one of the podcasts!!!

Also, make sure to check out the forum - there is a growing group of Canadians joining daily and the discussion topics are really starting to get interesting!

Come on over and join us!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Administrative Notice

We have received emails from people who are unable to post comments on some of the posts on the CPN. However, other people are able to post their comments with no problems. The CPN does not screen comments as we believe that everyone has a right to their own opinions and we encourage everyone to leave their opinions and ideas in the comment section. I have checked all of the settings on the CPN blogs and everything seems to be fine.

If you are unable to leave a comment, please email Kymber here.

And please make sure to check out Scarecrow's thought-provoking post below.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A thought-provoking post by Scarecrow

I really enjoyed this post by Scarecrow over at the Ontario Preppers Network and I hope that you will enjoy it too!

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Preaching to the converted...

There comes a point when every prepper comes to the realization that they can't achieve complete success when it comes to promoting being prepared amongst friends, family and strangers. The essence of prepping is the realization that you can make things easier for yourself should tough times come calling.

Strip away all the flashy podcasts, ads to buy survival seed vaults, calls to acquire a slightly used missile silo as a retreat location, buying up silver bullion to use in a "cashless" society and what you are left with is the essence of prepping - basic self preservation strategies.

Many moons ago when we lived in caves and everyday was a struggle to survive, people conducted their lives along the same lines as we do today. "Can I eat today?", "Do I have enough to drink?", "Am I warm and dry?" Essentially, nothing has changed. The requirements that one needs to satisfy today so that you may experience tomorrow are the same, only the method of gathering these essentials has morphed.

This is not a how-to article, but more of a let's stop and think about it message. Since you are reading this, on a prepping blog no less, it's obvious that at some point you got to a place where you were able to appreciate the need to prepare and maybe you have progressed beyond that simple realization and have actually done a thing or two towards some sort of prepping goal that you have set. Like the alcoholic who needs to hit rock bottom before they can understand the need for change in their behaviour, most people know in their heart of hearts, that times will not always be as pleasant as they are this fine sunny day. Until the individual faces a hardship, they tend not to take the proactive and preparatory steps that all preppers advocate. What you choose to do or not to do comes down to your basic personality type and what degree of comfort you choose to build into your short existence on this planet. Nothing more. Some people elect not to prepare for an apocalypse because they have conscientiously chosen not to live through what can be described as the collapse of civilization (a consumer based society). Others latch on to the self preservation instinct and want to pursue the option of walking down McCarthy's "The Road".

I don't have a lot of faith in my fellow man. Honestly, sometimes I think the world would be a much better place if some 5 billion people or so weren't here anymore. If we subscribe to Darwin's theory of evolution we have to understand that evolutionary change takes a long time. I don't see mankind as being able to act in unison for its own good and thus I foresee it being a vary long time before humans figure out a way to live more harmoniously with each other and the resources that are available on this orb, assuming we haven't lost the ability to continue evolving in the first place.

If money is the root of all evil, then guns are the protector of that evil. Firearms make the task of individual survival much more difficult. This is contrary to most of the high spirited rhetoric presented to the masses south of our border. The ability to fell another person at 1000 yards makes it too easy to behave in an "uncivilized" way. When we refer to the roving hordes of mutant zombie biker types that go from homestead to homestead laying waste to those struggling to survive and taking their "stuff" we are referring to guns as being the enabler of this type of behaviour. Why do people shoot other people? Because we can. Why do some feel the need to arm themselves to survive? Because our flawed logic doesn't permit us to acknowledge that the easier it is to kill people, the more people we will kill. I grudgingly admit, that having a "gun" or two for use in self defense is probably a good idea for no other reason than the zombies will have guns. I walk a very thin line with that statement. Except amongst the most self controlled individuals, having an easy and lethal means to accomplish a necessary goal usually results in someone being killed.

In all likelihood, if a group of "bad-guys" decides to raid your retreat with the goal of eating your food and using your stuff, you probably wont know about it until you hear the crack of the bullet implanting itself in your left temple. I don't see an organized group of attackers staging a flanking operation in the middle of a raging firefight in a lawless post collapse world. I do see snipers picking off people as they weed the garden, chop firewood or haul water from the river. I don't believe factoring firearms into your prep plans provides more basic security, I do, however, see guns as providing the survivors with the ability to act badly as their personal situation deteriorates.

For example, recently I read a post on a normally fairly rational blog advocating self defense by way of guns. As if that wasn't bad enough, the author proceeds to turn the equation 180 degrees and asks what would you as an individual would do if your child needs insulin to survive, there are no more drugstores and the only insulin you can find is in the possession of some stranger down the road. Self defense is one thing, having the ability to actively be an aggressor is not a survival choice, it is a character flaw. As for self defense, who is to say that your life is "worth" the cost to the species to defend your continued existence by all means and at all costs? Isn't it this me first attitude that gets us into these troubling situations in the first place? Your life is certainly not worth the lives of a family of four who have something to eat and since you don't, you decide to take it. Is it not more logical to go to the grocery store now and stock up on a large supply of stored food so that you don't have to entertain the notion of taking from others?

We are all guilty of saying things online or in an email that we would never dream of saying to someone face to face. We have a certain degree of separation from our typed words and the most probable result of behaving badly online is that the object of our discontent will "flame" us right back. In the real world, if you are obnoxious or threaten someone face to face, there may well be immediate and uncomfortable consequences. Our behaviour is patterned after the environment we are operating in. If you carry a loaded weapon to intimidate someone somewhere for some reason (justified or not), then sooner or later, someone is going to get shot. Guns allow you to inflict violence on others from a distance which makes this a viable and all too likely choice for a lot of selfish people,

If you are in a truly dire situation, where you are cold, hungry or in need of scarce medicine and have a gun, mankind's current level of evolution does not preclude harming others to satisfy that personal need. If it is an option, then some misguided soul will opt to exercise that option. It is for this reason that I believe that guns enable us to wage war, to attack and kill our neighbours and to basically behave poorly without the need to get up close and personal to carry out our antisocial desires. As long as we continue to make it easy to do harm to others, others will feel that they are justified in doing harm to us. There is no security by way of the gun, only an never ending cycle of bad decisions predicated on the ability to behave badly with a warped sense of impunity.

If a collapse happens, it might be best if times get really tough whereby individuals cannot survive without banding together for the collective good. The first order of business should be to forsake all means of harming others from a distance. If you want/need buddy's insulin and he wont share, then you need to bop him on the nose with your fist and see his reaction up close. With no personal cost at stake in a confrontation, there is no compassion and no humanity. As long as we can make a statement at 1000 yards, mankind is doomed as a species and all the preparation in the world is for naught.

[What have you done today to prepare?]

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For more of Scarecrow's intelligent, thought-provoking and extremely well-written posts - make sure to check out the Ontario Preppers Network!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Today

To all of our American friends and their families, we remember this day's sad history with you.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A New Canadian Preparedness Website

Have you all had a chance to check out CdnGuy's awesome posts over at the Alberta Preppers Network? He writes some really great articles about preparedness!

Well, he has recently started a new website - CanadaPrepared.com - a website dedicated to preparedness and survival with a distinctly Canadian flavour!

Please be sure to check out CanadaPrepared.com and help support our newest contributing member!

(FYI - there is a permanent link to CanadaPrepared.com over on the left column of this page under Survival Blogs)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Children and Disasters - A Must Read!

Hey everyone...please go and see Scarecrow's post on the Ontario Preppers Network entitled "Children and Disasters"....this is a MUST-READ for all parents!

Thanks for posting such important information Scarecrow!

Monday, August 31, 2009

The CPN Welcomes our newest Contributor - Introducing "CdnGuy"!

We here at the CPN are always happy when we stumble into the American Preppers Public Forum and bump into a fellow Canadian! We are even happier when that fellow Canadian says that he heard about the Network through James Talmage Stevens Family Preparedness Guide on Blog Talk Radio - Thanks for helping to spread the word James!

So without further ado - we at the CPN would like to welcome our newest contributor - CdnGuy! CdnGuy has been a prepper for quite some time and lives in the beautiful province of Alberta, having grown up in Ontario. Look for more articles from CdnGuy to show up here at the CPN mainpage and over at the Alberta Preppers Network.


The following article is a submission from CdnGuy and we hope for many more! Thanks for finding us CdnGuy!

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Preparedness as a Retirement Plan



The concept of retirement is a relatively new one. Not so long ago, when we were a more agrarian based society, few people ever retired. Their daily duties just changed. As we grew older, we would take over running the farm, and then we would maybe step back and let our kids do that. Maybe we would take over maintenance of the equipment or something little less physically demanding, but required experience. Maybe we would help out more inside the home. But flat out retirement to travel south or play golf all day was the domain of the ultra rich. Even then, most tycoons were still wheeling and dealing well into their 60’s and beyond



Nowadays with retirement plans tanking and pension funds bleeding out, we may find ourselves without the ability to retire once again. However, this time, we won’t have the farm to feed us and the multi-generational home to keep us occupied and close to our loved ones. If we’re very fortunate, we may be able to find a spot in a retirement home and sell our current homes to pay for it.



Me, I have a different plan. My plan depends on me getting prepared to take care of myself and my wife for as long as we are physically able. If my plan works, we’ll also be able to ‘retire’ early. That plan is preparedness.



When you think about it, if you can provide most of your own food, utilities, and medicine and your shelter is bought and paid for, how much money do you really need? Enough to pay the property taxes, run your vehicle, and take care of emergencies. Maybe you need some money for a bit of travel as well. But not as much money as two people working for more than 40 hours a week each generate.



It’s not hard to imagine a household income of around $100,000 a year or about $73,000 after taxes. Now, we know a lot of people are going to have mortgage payments around $1400 a month, utilities of at least $400 a month, TV and Internet for another $200 a month, $500 for food, $400 for various insurances, $200 for gas for the vehicles…it goes on and on.



So just the cost of living consumes $3100 of your after-tax income. Yearly, that’s about half of your income. If you can pay off your home, produce half of your utilities, drop the fancy TV package and step down a notch on the Internet access (that’s a tough one for me) and produce half of your food, you cut that outlay to about $1100 dollars a month. At that point, one of you can effectively retire. Or, the two of you can work half as much.



So what do you do with the extra 20-30 hours a week? Do the soul-building things like work your garden, love your spouse, split some wood, read books, start a business, whatever! Now, you are working for you. And should everything go for a poop, you are completely prepared to live comfortably and well with little to no income.



I find the thought of retiring to my homestead around the age of 50 to be a much more motivating and positive thought, than think of prepping to cope with disaster. Disaster may never come, but time always marches on.


Submitted by CdnGuy

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Again - welcome CdnGuy - we look forward to more great articles from you!

Friday, August 28, 2009

More Ladies to be interviewed on the Family Preparedness Guide!

Over the past few weeks, several preppers have been interviewed on James Talmage Stevens' Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio. All of the preppers that were interviewed have done a great job representing the Preppers Networks and James has done a great job interviewing! James’ radio show is doing a lot to help spread the word about prepping and the Preppers Networks and we thank him for his tireless efforts!!! All of James’ previous shows can be downloaded here.

However, according to James – his interview with the Lady Preppers on August 8 holds the second highest number of downloads on his show!!!


And because having the second highest number of downloads isn’t good enough for the Preppers Networks – James will have a new group of Lady Preppers on his show tomorrow afternoon. Please tune in tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, August 29) at 2:00pm/EST to hear Worn Out (Mississippi Preppers Network), Marica (Ohio Preppers Network) and Herbalpagan (Massachusetts Preppers Network) discuss a variety of prepper-related issues with James. You can listen to the show live, you can call in with questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.

Please be there to support them! And remember - they love questions!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

To all of our American Friends - a different explanation about Our Health Care System

I know that a lot of our wonderful friends south of our border are worried about National Health Care as proposed by the Obama government. To our readers and friends south of our border - you have every right to be concerned about Health Care Reforms in your country - please become educated about these Health Care Reforms and please make educated decisions.

But I ask of you only one thing - before you slander the Canadian Health Care System and call us a "bunch of Socialists" or "Nazis" or "Fascists" or any other derogatory terms that have been used to describe a system of Health Care that has been available to ALL Canadians for the past 40 years...please read this article. It eloquently expresses and describes a health care system that most Canadians have reaped the benefit of for some time now.

Thank you to all readers of the CPN. You are all greatly appreciated!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Simple Food Safety for Survival

Food safety is just as important when preparing meals as it is when your food items are being stored. Following a few simple steps on a regular basis will keep you and your family from suffering the effects of eating improperly prepared food items. Make sure your meals are not only satisfying but safe as well!

Simple Food Safety Tips

1. Always cook your food completely. Food that is only partially cooked can cause almost as many problems as raw, uncooked food.

2. Always avoid cross contamination of your food items. Raw meats like beef, chicken and pork should not be prepared where they will come into contact with other meal ingredients such as vegetables or salad ingredients which are also being prepared.

3. Always store your food at the proper temperature. Most food items will spoil quickly and be unfit for consumption if left at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees for extended periods of time.

4. Use cutting boards to prepare your food. It helps to prevent damage to your countertops and keeps food items from being exposed to contaminants that may be present on your countertops. Keep your cutting boards clean before and after food preparation and if possible use separate cutting boards for different types of food.

5. There is no substitute for cleanliness when preparing food. Always wash your hands thoroughly and completely when handling or preparing any food items.

6. Keep your countertops and surfaces where your food is being prepared clean. Your countertops and food preparation surfaces can be kept clean with a dilute bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). This will kill bacteria and germs that aren’t killed by plain soap and water.

7. Always store raw or uncooked meats, poultry, and fish properly in separate storage containers at proper temperatures. This will also help to prevent juices from raw meats from dripping onto other food items while stored in your refrigerator. Uncovered food items will also impart smells and tastes to other food items you may not want.

8. Use dish towels for drying dishes. Wiping your hands on the same dish towel when preparing raw foods will simply transfer possible contamination to your other food items.

Use papers towels and dispose of them properly when you’re done.

9. Always keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and your deep freeze. You need to make sure that they are working properly to maintain temperatures that are necessary to keep your food items safe from contamination.

10. Never take a chance on eating any food item; cooked or uncooked, that may be contaminated. A bad case of food poisoning can really ruin your day or quite possibly have even worse consequences. If it looks or smells bad, chances are good that it is spoiled or worse and not safe for you to eat. Throw it away and prepare something else that you know is safe to eat.

Sometimes it is the everyday things that are done on a regular basis that can pose the greatest risk to our survival. Enjoying a good meal that is properly and safely prepared is a good thing!

Thanks Kymber!

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Keep a look-out for The Man!

RiverWalker, of the Texas Preppers Network and Stealth Survival, has graciously offered to throw up a few posts on the CPN and province blogs over the next little while!

Check out the best of RiverWalker here.

And keep your eyes open, "stay above the waterline" and check the province blogs regularly - we have no idea where he may pop up!

Thanks so much RiverWalker!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Beautiful Message about Preppers

This post was written by Humble Wife/Jennifer of the New Mexico Preppers Network. She always has such a way with words!

She has given permission to me to copy this post verbatim for the CPN:

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Modern Day Pioneers (Preppers)

Prepping is an attitude as much as it is a lifestyle. Preppers are constantly thinking and looking ahead all the while living in the moment continuing on in our daily lives. We should and do enjoy the day to day activities as we store items for a time when such days may seem like luxurious days.

As preppers we also understand that no matter the name we give ourselves-even survivalist, that our attitude is not mainstream. Most people we talk to think that we are a bit off speaking of bug out bags, stockpiling, and self-sufficiency. In fact, our society has become so "fast food-ready made" that most do not know how to do any basic survival tips.

Baking in the average home consists of taking a tube of cookie dough and slicing it to a pan. Home made bread is frozen loaves from the Schwan's man.

Cleaning consists of Wet-jet mops, dynamic dishwashers, stain fighting laundry detergent and air fresheners that mask formally normal smells in a home environment.

Protection in the average home consists of a network wired up to some middle of the country state-that then will call the local police or emergency personnel.

Road guides and atlas's have been replaced by GPS systems.

Natural remedies and simple health tips have been replaced by bi monthly visits to the doctor and prescriptions for everything(which then require a second prescription to treat the side effects of the first prescription).

Games and entertainment consists of plugged in systems where one or two people interact side by side, not face to face. People spend more time in front of a box then interacting with their families.

Education consist of parents sending children off from age 2-3 in Head Start programs and doesn't end until the child is recognized by the state as an adult(this educational system fills in the day with sports, music, and all kinds of filler that remove the family as the child's central group).

Preppers have learned to take apart a food item and make it themselves from scratch. They have learned that flour can even be made from the mesquite beans in their backyard. Preppers understand that baking and knowing how to prepare multiple foods from a basic list will make them more prepared as one can store 200 pounds of flour for a good deal longer than bread. The bonus of baking from scratch is that less preservatives make a healthier person.

Preppers have learned that with baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar all cleaning jobs in the home can be mastered. The benefits of less cleaning products is less toxicity in the home. With all the cleaners the home of 2009 has-comes a cleaning cocktail that is causing who knows what to the health of the person.

A prepper understands that the safety and security of the home is theirs alone first. The prepper also keeps an eye on his neighbors homes not as a peeping tom, but as one to keep his neighborhood safe. Preppers understand that the ripple effects of securing our homes, then secure our neighborhoods, to our states, to then our nation. We protect from the smallest unit outwards. A prepper also understands that machines are fallible and we may use GPS, but understand how to use topographical maps, atlas's and compasses. We know where the sun rises and sets. Funny that this simple knowledge has been lost.

Preppers have studied how to live and be healthy by their own actions. Yes cancer and major diseases hit preppers but we have tried to learn how to be our own doctor first, by exercising, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep. We have studied simple herbal remedies from days gone by to take care of the common cold and so on. We are not against modern medicine but against the societal problems of mass hypochondria that seems to be common place with the number of people on medications.

The prema-donna complex of our children has been removed by preppers. We have come to understand that the child needs to learn basic skills and even morals and values before attaining adulthood or it will be too late. Our children are not to be worshiped and given everything materialistically but they are to be trained to be the torch carriers of the next generation.

Preppers may send their children to public schools, but also have homeschool in the evenings,weekends and then some because every moment is a teaching moment. We teach our children how to bake, use weapons and maintain them, store for the lean years, grow and put foods up, and as much self sufficiency as possible.

We are not perfect, we preppers are just man with all its shortcomings. But we are the modern pioneers that trekked West in the US. We are willing to leave all we have and head to unknown horizons because we understand that a situation may require this from us. We modern pioneers are most certainly aware that crises do occur, and we desire to be able to rise above the storm and carry on. We are of solid stock, we preppers, as most of us are from North America- we can trace ancestors before us who did all we do and considered it a great life. We too must reflect upon our lifestyles and understand this too. Eureka, we preppers have found our own bit of gold that will provide for us in any time and in any place.
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Jennifer

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Isn't that a beautiful post?

I think that this a beautiful definition that needs to be added to the What is A Prepper blog...

any comments?

Thank you HW/Jennifer for always helping out at the APN, for the fantastic work that you do on the New Mexico Preppers Network, for being so willing to contribute your time and effort at the CPN, and for being such a positive prepper voice to the world!

Monday, August 10, 2009

A New Blog - "What Is a Prepper"

A few members of the APN have come together and created a new blog called "What Is A Prepper" - with the tagline - "Defining the Attitude". Why was the new blog created?

According to the site:

"What we want to accomplish is for people to come and help us define PREPPER without the use of a few common terms that almost everyone associates to this word.


Words like SURVIVALIST, SURVIVOR or PATRIOT are used in articles posted everywhere you look. And while those words describe parts of it, there is more to 'Prepper' than that. There are fundamental concepts of self-reliance, independence and freedom that encompasses those descriptions and more.


So this blog has been created to offer a place for others to expand on the concept of Prepper, and to give further definition by example to it's many facets.


We hope that in doing so, a broader term to describe a greater good is made."


What is your definition of a Prepper? Why not head over to the new blog and leave your definition and read others'? Trust me - when you see the great graphics and awesome layout of the new blog - you will be happy that you did!

Let's all try to come together and define this word in a way that makes us all comfortable to be called a Prepper!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Ladies Rocked the Family Preparedness Guide Radio Show

The Ladies rocked the show! The callers were ringing off the line and the chatroom was full and excited - Thanks so much to everyone who participated during the show!

If you missed the show - no problem - you can download it here:
James Talmage Stevens Family Preparedness Guide on Blog Talk Radio!

Remember to listen in every Saturday as James is planning to have members of the Preppers Network on the show more regularly in the future!

Go and download the show - let's help James get the #1 show on Blog Talk Radio!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Ladies Will Be On the Family Preparedness Guide Radio Show!

Last Saturday American Prepper, WVSanta, Matt and Bob were interviewed on James Stevens' Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio. They did a great job explaining the ins and outs of prepping and why we do it. Kudos guys!!! If you missed the show, you can download it here.

This Saturday (August 8) James is having the ladies on his show to discuss the preppers networks and prepping from a female point of view! It is going to make for a very interesting discussion!

Please tune in at 2:00pm/EST and listen to Phelan (Kansas Preppers Network), Prepared in TN (Tennessee Preppers Network), Ernie (Indiana Preppers Network) and myself. You can listen to the show live and call in with your questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show later using this link.

Please be there to support us! And remember - we love questions!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Virtual Hamfest and Swapmeet

WVSanta (WD4MH) and Bob (KI4HEE) have set up the American Preppers Radio Net Virtual Hamfest & Swapmeet - a place to buy and sell Ham Radio Gear and more! Check them out and remember - you can post your ad on the site for free!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

APN on the Family Preparedness Guide Radio Show

James Steven, host of the Family Preparedness Guide radio show on Blog Talk Radio, has invited American Prepper and other moderators of the American Preppers Network to be guests on his radio show (WVSanta from the West Virginia Preppers Network and the American Preppers Radio Network and Matt from the Kentucky Preppers Network as well as others).

Please join us this afternoon (Saturday, August 1) at 2:00pm EST to listen to them discuss the prepper networks, their purpose and how it all got started. You can listen live and call in with your questions (347-326-9604), or you can download the show after it's over.

Let's all Canadian Preppers listen in and support the APN!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Being Prepared: Getting the Kids Involved

Here is an excellent post from Another Prepper about getting the whole family involved in preparedness.

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Being Prepared: Getting the Kids Involved

When it comes to being prepared, it is a natural thing that adults do a lot of the heavy-lifting--after all, it is our responsibility to make sure that our loved ones are taken care of in terms of food, shelter and security issues. However, getting the children involved in emergency preparation as early as possible might not be just a smart thing to do, it may make a vital difference when a crisis actually occurs.

There are many different ways that we may find ourselves in need of emergency supplies, but the basic necessities remain the same. For example, we all need to have food to eat. One way that we can help children learn basic skills that can help provide such food is to teach them how and allow them to work in the garden. They may not be able to prepare the soil for planting, but there are many ways that they can help out, and some benefits and ideas for making their gardening experience successful are outlined in this article (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/07/01/DDD718DQFN.DTL). We may even be able to avoid an emergency altogether if we have a source of food that we know is uncontaminated, and even if we don’t end up needing the produce from our garden for an actual emergency, there will still be the lessons learned from the gardening experience, some of which are outlined in the linked article.

Including the children in emergency planning goes beyond the food issue. One such case would be avoiding catching the H1N1 virus. As mentioned in this article, (http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/swineflu/news/jun3009personprep-pp.html) the number of cases of this flu are going up, and it has already been declared a pandemic. I recommend reading the entire article, but some basics are covered as to preventative and planning measures that should be taken that can involve the entire family. What seems basic to us (washing hands, avoiding those who are sick) may not be so clear to our children, but if we teach them, we better our chances of avoiding the illness altogether.

Preparing our children mentally by explaining likely scenarios and involving them in the emergency planning could make a big difference in how an actual emergency plays out. Having a family plan about how to deal with an emergency that requires gathering the family from different locations will help now because children don’t have to worry as much about the "what ifs" of a situation. It will help when there is an actual emergency because everyone will know what to do. A great example of such planning can be found in this post (http://mymoderncountryhome.blogspot.com/2008/12/bok-bug-out-for-kids.html) at My Modern Country Home (http://mymoderncountryhome.blogspot.com/). The children in that family know what to do in the case of an emergency, and such a plan, obviously with different details, can be made in each family so that there is less stress and crisis in an emergency. If children know what to do, the effects of an emergency can be decreased, as evidenced by what happened in this post (http://newmexicopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/06/remembering-why-we-prepflooding-on-farm.html) over at New Mexico Preppers Network (http://newmexicopreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/). I was particularly impressed by the preparation that had taken place, and that the result was: "Our teens know what to do and listen the first time." Getting the kids involved can make a big difference.

Preparing the children mentally may also involve letting them know what will happen if schools are closed, what the plans are if evacuation becomes necessary, how to obtain help and who should be contacted, and teaching them how to take care of themselves if the adults are unable to complete normal responsibilities due to illness. The importance of teaching these skills is highlighted over at this post (http://prepping101.blogspot.com/2009/04/single-married-have-small-children.html) at Prepping 101 (http://www.prepping101.blogspot.com/).

These are only a few ideas on how to prepare children for emergencies--I would love to hear additional ideas, because the more we know, the more we can do. Preparing children is done on an individual basis--one may be at the stage where there responsibility is to know where a working flashlight is, while another may have jurisdiction over an entire section of the garden. Whatever their level, involving the children in emergency preparation will benefit the entire family.

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Thanks for another excellent post Another Prepper! And to everyone else - make sure to stop in and check out Another Prepper's blog Live on Your Feet!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The American Preppers Network "Ham Radio Net" calling CQ CQ...(Updated)

(We have received permission to copy this post verbatim from W4DMH at the West Virginia Preppers Network and KI4HEE of the South Carolina Preppers Network...)

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by Dave, W4DMH & Bob KI4HEE

Following on the heels of last weeks successful Ham Radio Net, The American Preppers Network will take to the air again Thursday night, July 23rd at 9 PM EST., on 14.320 MHz. in the 20 Meter Band.

The 20 Meter band's conditions were pretty good last week as attested by the Google Map Hawk KI4HEE posted in an article covering last weeks net. With 10 total check-ins that ranged from New Hampshire, well into northern Texas , the fledgling radio net established a reliable communications network that covered the majority of the continental US. Not bad for first-timers.

With a mind toward finding a set location within the Ham Radio Bands for a continued presence, the APN is still getting it's sea legs and will be calling the net on a variety of frequencies in coming weeks, Be sure to check back here for weekly updates.

While 14.320 MHz. may or may not become a regular frequency for the net, we should be on it or close to it this Thursday Night 9 PM EST.

A very special QSL card designed by KI4HEE for the American Preppers Net will be sent to any Ham Operator who checks in, as well as any SWL listeners who respond Via QSL info for W4DMH on QRZ.COM callsign lookup.
SWL listeners please log the time, your location, received signal strength, and a brief description of what you received, or checked-in call sign heard.

Being that this is a new net, there are still problems to be worked out. APN Communications Committee Chairman Dave, W4DMH says that along with determining a set schedule and operating frequency, the most pressing concern is manpower, "Anyone that wants to help out, particularly ham operators who can participate as a net control, please contact me for more info and a net preamble script. We will gladly consider any and all help that anyone wants to offer." he added, "By all means, do not hesitate to check-in Thursday night."

It should be noted that the two ham operators most actively involved in this net, W4DMH & KI4HEE, are both located along the East Coast, the hunt is on for Ham Operators west of the Mississippi willing to help make this net possible.

As the American Preppers Network grows, it is our hope that more & more people will gain exposure to the ideas of individualism, self-reliance and independence. All hallmarks much needed in these times.

Join the net, Thursday, July 23rd 9PM EST on or around 14.320 MHz, and as always...
“No Experience Necessary”
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To all Canadians - let's all tune in on Thursday! And to all Canadian Hams - we need YOU to start participating in this great adventure! Let's do it! Let's create a Canadian Ham Radio Net!

A big Thank You to both Dave and Bob for all of their efforts in building this net!!! One day, we will all look back and say "Remember when..."

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UPDATE: The American Preppers Network "Ham Radio Net" now has their own blog here. Make sure to check in often for all information related to the Ham Radio Net!