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Saturday, January 31, 2009

STEP TWO - MAKE AN EMERGENCY PLAN

The nuts and bolts of "how to" make an emergency plan is outlined on the Government of Canada preparedness site.

Rather than reinvent one of the many step-by-step plans, I would suggest that you take the time to browse this document. It should take you about 20 minutes.

Okay, you've just made your emergency plan. Well guess what...making a plan and seeing it through to fruition are two different things.

Did you ever wonder why some people die 20 feet from the road, but others survive for weeks on one peanut butter sandwich? To illustrate the point: about a month ago, an 80+ year old Inuit grandfather was lost while caribou hunting. They found his snowmobile stuck but he was miles away at the mouth of the nearest river. He survived over a week on 6 fish and 2 birds. Why did he survive in such an extreme environment? He didn't have the gold-plated emergency pack that you and I would have depended on. Equipment and a plan set the base for any Prepper. But experience and character allow you to be successful.

All survivors have the following mental states in common:

1) They Don't Panic: Just like in the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". When you panic, you get stupid...and stupid people die (How to Survive (Almost) Anything: 14 Survival Skills by Laurence Gonzales). You have a plan... stay calm!

2) They Are Confident: Confidence comes from trust in your plan and familiarity with your equipment. An emergency is not the time to assemble your gas heater in the dark. Testing each step of your plan before the emergency, eliminates self-doubt.

3) They Are Optimistic: This is a belief that things are going to get better tempered with the ability to recognize that right now, things are not all right and extreme steps are required.

4) They Are Able to Assess the Risk: Is it worth walking to the gas station, if it means leaving your dependants alone? Should you let the stranger wearing the hockey mask in to share your food? Someone prepared and with a plan does not have to take chances. Avoid risk.

5) They Help When They Can: Being selfless inspires others, makes you stronger, and gives you purpose in bad situations.

Make your plan, test your plan often and plan to survive!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

STEP ONE - KNOW THE RISK

  1. The following data is based on information supplied by the Government of Canada "Get Prepared" site and various other sources:

*unless otherwise stated, totals are from 1900 - 2005


RISK - OCCURRENCES - FATALITIES

Epidemic - 8 - 50488
SARS, HIV, H5N1 (bird flu) and some other infectious diseases were in the total

Infestation - 1 - 0
Invasive exotic species impact native species. We are not a native species.

Earthquakes - 4 - 0
The Canadian Gov't still supplies an earthquake brochure even though the risk is zero.

Landslides - 38 - 395

Tsunamis - 3 - 28
This does not include rogue wave deaths.

Cold Waves - 9 - 35

DroughT - 48 - 0
Canada has more fresh water per person than any other country in the world. We'd better not die of thirst!

Flood - 241 - (at least)107

Hail/Thunderstorm - 36 - 7
No lightning deaths were included.

Heatwave - 5 - 1203
Not as cold as you thought eh?

Hurricanes - 23 - 200

Snow Avalanches - 13 - 140
Not including 50+ deaths in the last 4 years.

Storm "Surges" - 2 - 0

Storm "Freezing Rain" - 7 - 28

Storm "Other" - 60 - 928
Mostly wind or wave deaths.

Storm "Winter" - 39 - 420
Individual homeless deaths not included.

Tornadoes - 31 - 141

Wildfire - 49 - (at least) 293

Terrorism - 14 - 289
Not including the Air India disaster.

Civil Unrest - 4 - 6

Industrial Accidents - 34 - 1298
Only large scale deaths were recorded.

Accidents "Other" - 2 - 28

Accident "Transportation" - 47 - 5459
Only large scale accidents, which includes the Halifax explosion (1900+).

Fire - 32 - 623
Only large scale accidents.

Hazardous Chemicals - 66 - 28

Murder ....................607.2 /year (2003-2007)

Traffic Deaths ..............2889 year (2006)

In Hospital "Adverse Events" ............23750
That's just one year (Toronto Star May 5, 2007) So much for Government Health Care!!

Do you know your risk? Are you prepared?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

IS YOUR FAMILY PREPARED?

The Government of Canada has an official preparedness site. If you've never visited it, I suggest you take a few minutes to have a look.

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 Canadian Preppers Network 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 our Government won't acknowledge.

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


Topics will not be limited to immediate dangers. We will have a linked series of articles on off-grid survival and homesteading techniques.

For the less rural: safe-house hints and preps will be explored.

When the Canadian Preppers Network finds something new, we'll try it out for you first!

A vast amount of material is available through the associated American Preppers Network and we will try our best to source relevant Canadian links.

No matter who you are, we will have something for you!

Friday, January 23, 2009

WELCOME

Welcome to the Canadian Preppers Network!

As civil emergencies become more and more frequent. And civil authorities seem to be less and less able to prevent break-downs, it becomes more important for Canadians to have a plan of action to ensure their own well-being.

Thus, the Canadian Preppers Network is dedicated to enable every Canadian, whether they're dealing with rolling black-outs or a bug-out situation, to handle their particular emergency in an independent manner.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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