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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sad news and a Request for Prayers

Our dear friend Bullseye's baby is sick right now and needs all the prayers that we can offer...let's all pull together and pray! We all know that prayer works!

You can leave Bullseye a personal message here or on his personal blog here...

Thank you!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The CPN Welcomes our newest member: Moosebeans!

We at the CPN are very pleased to welcome our newest member Moosebeans who will be writing for the Alberta Preppers Network - check out his first post entitled "Prepping on a budget" - lots of useful information and prepping advice to be found!

Moosebeans has been prepping for a little over 25 years now and is an experienced millwright, welder, electrician and locksmith - among many other talents!

We are very excited to have a new member - we welcome Moosebeans to the CPN and look forward to being able to share in all of his prepping knowledge and experience!

Welcome Moosebeans!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Great Big Canadian Welcome to Another Prepper

I received an email on Monday of this week from Another Prepper who offered a submission for the CPN. Thank you so much Another Prepper!!!

Another Prepper has been helping out over at both the Montana Preppers Network and the North Dakota Preppers Network - make sure to check out Another Prepper's posts on those networks too!

So without further ado - here is Another Prepper's submission. I think you will all find it as helpful as I did.



Sell By, Best By, and the List Goes On
One of the advantages of getting more food into your food storage is having rows of canned food or boxes of dried goods lining your pantry or storage room. One of the difficulties may be when you try to keep track of what you bought when, and how long the products you have purchased for consumption in the future will actually be edible for you and/or your family. Rotation is key, so that the first food bought is the first food eaten, but even so, it can be a comfort to look at the can or box and see what the manufacturers say is the recommended "use by" date. That is, it can be a comfort-- if you can read it and understand it.

A recent article that addresses possible concerns on this subject is, "Sell-by dates on food products--what to pay attention to, what you can ignore", found here. A lot of the information listed here is encouraging about the length of time you can store food. One of the things that I found the most enlightening and helpful was also a little worrisome, however--the information found in this quote:

"Wixted recommends avoiding cans with dents. "All it takes with that dent is a little pinhole that you can't see," he says. "When I go shopping for my house, and I'm picking up a can of something, I will run my hands over it to see if there are dents in there. ... Botulism is odorless and tasteless, so you don't know that it's in there."

It’s a good article, hopefully one that will be read in its entirety by those who have questions about the many ways that food can be labeled, as it has a lot of information and some reminders about common sense.

The best post that I have seen on the Canadian system for food labeling can be found here at Hallland 1896. A lot of homework has been done for you when it comes to codes for some major brands.

I am of the opinion, "When in doubt, throw it out." That said, the more information you can gather, hopefully the less doubt you will have, and hence the more food you will be able to eat from your storage. Use your best investigative and rotation skills, and then use your best judgment.

Again - a big Thank You to Another Prepper! We hope to see you around here again!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Canadian Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week
May 3-9, 2009

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

During Emergency Preparedness Week, activities are organized across Canada to raise awareness of the importance of having an emergency kit; making an emergency plan; and identifying risks in the region. These three simple steps can help Canadians prepare for all types of emergencies.

For more information regarding what's happening across the country, please visit:

http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/knw/epweek-eng.aspx

(A great big thanks to Scarecrow over at the Ontario Preppers Network for giving us permission to copy his post!!!)

Friday, May 1, 2009

More Swine Flu and a common sense approach

It seems that as of yesterday the number of Swine Flu cases in Canada has risen to 34...see the full article here.

However, let's try to remain calm and take a common sense approach to this: practice good hygiene (wash your hands often!), stay away from crowds as much as possible, eat lots of healthy, organic food and get lots of rest! By following those four simple steps you should remain flu-free!

As always, the American Preppers Network Swine Flu Pandemic site has the most up-to-date information and articles, videos, etc. Make sure to check it out for more information.