Monday, December 15, 2014

Movie Monday - Secrets of the Castle - Episode 2

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Secrets Of The Castle

Episode 2

How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a suitable enclosure for defence?

Well, the BBC has done it again with the miniseries, Secrets of the Castle.  A team of archaeologists and historians will spend six months learning how a castle is built, but also how many of the everyday items such as cookware were produced.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Meet the new kit on the block!

One of the things about living in a country as large as Canada, is that the types of environmental emergencies for which we need to prepare tend to vary from coast to coast. Earthquakes are the talk of the town on the West Coast while hurricanes and snow storms are all the buzz on the East Coast, and it doesn’t take much to stir up rumours of tornados as skies turn green and black clouds roll in over the beautiful Prairie fields.

Does one kit fit all? 

Certainly the survival gear, food and water found in any standard kit are useful across the nation. But what if you could tailor your kit so that it better fit the disaster most likely to hit your neighbourhood?

Well now you can! These new kits on the block do just that. For example, the Flood Survival Kits come with a mosquito net and waterproof pouch; the Hurricane Survival Kits come with a 15 inch pry bar; and the Tornado Survival Kits contain tornado specific supplies such as an NOAA weather radio, pry bar and a 4-in-1 emergency tool. Check out the remaining new kits here.

But that’s not the best part.

The new kit on the block is the envy of all other kits because it’s the only kit around that contains the super cool, super healthy, super emergency food - MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes!  Now every kit wants one.

These power house protein shakes are the pride and joy of these kits. Packed with 28 superfoods, these vitamin and mineral filled shakes are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free.  15-30 servings per bag. Just add water, shake and stir. No cooking needed, no stoves and fuel to pack around. Your load just got lighter. For information on the MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes, see our article from last month.

And just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

These kits also come in three levels, depending on the extent of your preparation needs and on how many people will be relying on you for supplies: Basic, Deluxe and Premium. For 72 hours, the Basic and Deluxe kits have enough supplies for two people while the Premium kits accommodate four.

What are you waiting for? Welcome the new kit on the block into your family and be prepared, no matter what part of Canada your neighbourhood is in.

Total Prepare Inc., Providing Peace of Mind Solutions. 
Call us at 1.888.832.1733.  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Movie Monday - Secrets Of The Castle Episode 1

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Secrets Of The Castle

How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a suitable enclosure for defence?

Well, the BBC has done it again with the miniseries, Secrets of the Castle.  A team of archaeologists and historians will spend six months learning how a castle is built, but also how many of the everyday items such as cookware were produced.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

What's Your Question?

Prepping can be a wide and varied world with all sorts of scenarios to look at and prepare for. It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned prepper or a newbie to all this, what are your questions? What drives you crazy that you wish you understood better? I've prepared a two question survey and hope you'll take 30 seconds to fill it out. The results will be anonymous and won't be compiled or anything like that. The goal here is to see what common problems are out there with the hopes that I can help you get the answers.

The two questions are:
1) What are the top two questions you have about
getting your food storage in place?


2) What holds you back from preparing better?

You can complete the survey here:

Lastly, don't forget our Briden Christmas sale is on until  
Monday December 8th.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Movie Monday - Meltdown At Three Mile Island

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Meltdown At Three Mile Island

The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown that occurred on March 28, 1979 in one of the two Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. The incident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident With Wider Consequences.
The accident began with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape. The mechanical failures were compounded by the initial failure of plant operators to recognize the situation as a loss-of-coolant accident due to inadequate training and human factors, such as human-computer interaction design oversights relating to ambiguous control room indicators in the power plant's user interface. In particular, a hidden indicator light led to an operator manually overriding the automatic emergency cooling system of the reactor because the operator mistakenly believed that there was too much coolant water present in the reactor and causing the steam pressure release.
The accident crystallized anti-nuclear safety concerns among activists and the general public, resulted in new regulations for the nuclear industry, and has been cited as a contributor to the decline of a new reactor construction program that was already underway in the 1970s. The partial meltdown resulted in the release of unknown amounts of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment. Dire predictions were made by anti-nuclear movement activists; however epidemiological studies analyzing the rate of cancer in and around the area since the accident, determined there was a small statistically non-significant increase in the rate and thus no causal connection linking the accident with these cancers can be made. Cleanup started in August 1979, and officially ended in December 1993, with a total cleanup cost of about $1 billion.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Movie Monday - Killer Flu

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Killer Flu

In 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead. Where did this particular flu strain come from, and what made it so deadly? 85 years later, virologists and epidemiologists the world over are still hunting down the answers to those two critical questions.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Abiogenic Oil, Is It The End Of Peak Oil Fears?

Oil.  Some of the everyday uses are obvious.  We use oil as fuel for heating and transportation, we make plastics and textiles from oil, and many common medications such as A.S.A. are also made from petroleum.  The dependency on oil by modern society is likely understood only to a small degree by many of us.  Sure, we all "think" we know how dependent we are on the black gold, but most of us likely underestimate it.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Movie Monday - Perfect Disaster, Ice Storm

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Perfect Disaster, Ice Storm

Well, watching the first real snow fall of the year outside my window, I got a bit nostalgic and thought of the event that caught me so off guard, that I vowed never to be vulnerable again...and my prepping journey began.

Discover Chanel documents the ice storm that hit eastern Canada in January of 1998.  Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, many for days or weeks as several inches of freezing rain covered trees and toppled power transmission lines.


 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Perfect Emergency Food – Does it Exist?

The day has come. For whatever reason, be it environmental or situational, an emergency has struck and you are eating the food you have carefully stored up for such an event. What is on your menu? Will you tire of it in a few days’ time? Is it high in nutritional content? Will it provide you with enough energy to live out the strenuous task of survival?  

We are so excited about a new product that hit our shelves this spring. Mega OneMeal Replacement Protein Shakes. They are fast becoming a staple in our customers’ emergency food supply. These power house shakes are one of the easiest and most nutritious emergency foods on the market today. Packed with 28 super foods, MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes outrank most other protein shakes in their protein to serving ratio. Not only are they incredibly high in protein, but one meal provides a full days’ serving of both fruit and vegetables. Each bag is packed with 15 meals, or 30 light meals, and are available in Vanilla, Chocolate and SuperBerry. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free. Healthy and affordable, just add cold water, shake, and you have a full meal that will boost your immunity when conditions around you are less then healthy.

With a 10 year shelf life, throw a bag in any emergency kit, keep one in your car, or even at the office. Not only are these shakes the perfect addition to your survival kits, but you can make them part of your everyday meal plan too. The high protein content and 100% natural ingredients also make them an ideal post workout snack.

In Canada, the MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes are available exclusively through Total Prepare. We would be more than happy to get them into your hands and into your emergency kits. Try a pack today. You won’t be disappointed.

Total Prepare Inc., Providing Peace of Mind Solutions. 
Call us at 1.888.832.1733.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Taking A Moment To Remember...

We are ever grateful, and shall never forget.

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Movie Monday - Surviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989

This Week On Movie Monday

Surviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989

National Geographic released this film in 2009.  On October 17th, 1989, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastates San Francisco.  Elevated highways collapse, buildings crumble and burn, and a city survives.


 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Do you have your Food Storage in place yet?

We had a bit of a run there in October with the Ebola / ISIS scare. Who knows what will come of these issues moving forward. But I learned something. It was very interesting to me how quickly our supply chains dried up. And it's not that the supply chain wasn't producing at normal levels, or that there wasn't stock waiting to go, there was and plenty of it by normal standards. All it takes though is a few government agencies to walk in and a manufacturers stockpile is all gone, in a day.

So to me, October was a great reminder to all of us who care about being prepared. Are you? I'm going to keep this simple and to the point. The best time to prepare is before the scenario is staring you in the face. If you wait until the disaster hits, it only takes a few hours for the shelves to be bare and then there will be nothing left. Truly, nothing left.

Do you have your food storage in place yet?

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Product Review - The Greenhouse Of The Future

So, you wanna build a greenhouse you say?  That's a great idea that has lots of benefits.  You can extend the growing season much later into the fall, get a jump start on those veggies with long growing seasons like tomatoes and peppers, and even boost production during the regular growing season.  The only question is, how to build one.

Sure, you could hire a contractor or get a kit from the local building supplies company, but this just won't fit with what you want to do.  Kits come in predefined sizes only, which are usually too big or too small for your needs.  Contractors cost money and are rarely willing to work with alternative building methods.

You want something that you can build yourself, with the help of a few friends perhaps, and at the same time, make use of some alternative materials like used tires as an example.  Enter The Greenhouse Of The Future.

How many time have you bought an ebook, thinking you were going to get something a lot more than what was sent to your ereader?  Without fail, it seems that these inexpensive offers of "complete guides to whatever" fall dismally short on details, instructions, illustrations, and of course, after sale support!  Even with the best authorship, sometimes a concept just can't be visualized.

The Greenhouse Of The Future addresses all these problems by incorporating a 170 page ebook, comprehensive and complete construction plans, and video explanations and demonstrations that are full of tips and tricks derived from first hand experience.  Here, you can have a sneak peek at the video...

 Now, I'll be the first to admit that this project may not be for the backyard gardener who just needs a few square feet to get seedlings started earlier in the spring, but if you are looking for a way to grow year round in a Canadian climate, either for your family of four or your survival group of several families, then this is the best solution I have found to date.  Make no mistake, this will require some effort and materials, but the structure is a solid and permanent one.

In addition, you will build knowledge of some interesting concepts such as passive geothermal, passive solar energy, thermal mass, passive ventilation, using earth tubes, and much more that can then be used on other projects you have in mind.

Do you remember my mention of after sale support earlier?  That is where this package really stands out above so many other similar packages.  Along with a 30 day money back guarantee, you will receive 3 months of access to the S.A.F.E. support network, which can be activated only once you are ready to begin your project!

Don't forget, it's all about the details.  You will also get a full set of construction plans, material list and tool list!  This is a complete package.  You can order the DVD which includes the video, the ebook, and the apendices, or the online package that gives you unlimited streaming and downloads.

To order the DVD($44.95) or online package($39.95) visit Greenhouse Of The Future.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Movie Monday - Top Ten Natural Disasters

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National Geographic released this film in 2013.  Using eye witness video, historical archive and cutting edge CGI, they not only reveal the key moments that turned a natural phenomenon into a human catastrophe, but explain why the disaster they’ve selected is a genuine game-changer, worthy of its place as a one of the Top Ten Natural Disasters.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Movie Monday - Power2ThePeople

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Produced by Afristar Foundation and Directed by FixerFilm, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa.

The film focuses both on low-tech, small-scale solutions implemented on household and community levels, as well as large-scale national projects utilsing cutting edge innovations. The documentary outlines the major alternative energy sources: solar, wind, water, biomass and human energy, and shows examples of on-ground applications: from solar water heaters made of recycled poly-tubing to wind farms that will supply entire regions with grid-tied power. In addition, the documentary explores a range of appropriate technologies relevant to the South African context, for household heating and cooling, alternative transport, greywater recycling, and more.

The aim of the film is to expose viewers to the range of sustainable energy options available to us, to promote behavior change in regards to resource use, as well as to encourage innovation in ways that we can work with nature to provide for our needs without causing harm to the planet and to one another.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to

On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols or clothing by public employees.  Rouleau was later shot dead by police after crashing his car and brandishing a knife at officers.  Unfortunately, one of the soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53 years old, died in a hospital later that day.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Movie Monday - The power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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The Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period.  Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export markets dropped by 80% and as a result, buses stopped running, factories closed and electrical blackouts were common.  Fortunately for Cubans, a return to the old ways of farming and some innovative food production measures saved countless lives.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit for more information.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Ebola, Hurrican Season Continues, and Processing the Harvest

I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found any information regarding how she contracted it though...was she also in direct contact with the original patient or did she contract it some other way, such as in a nurses' lounge or a washroom?
Either way, there were some very disturbing errors in her conduct.  It seems that she was smart enough to self examine for symptoms, yet upon developing a slight fever, was NOT smart enough to avoid air travel, exposing 130 pasengers on a flight from Ohio to Texas to the possibility of contracting the virus, not to mention the flight crew, who could soon be developing symptoms while away at work almost anywhere in the world.
Only time will tell where this is going to pop up next.  In fact, after having passed away on Oct. 8th, we may not have heard the end of people contracting the virus from him until about Oct.29th, the 21 day possible incubation period.  But now, that time clock keeps resetting itself.  The latest case means that we won't know the extent of possible infections from her until Nov.3rd.  Every new case discovered resets the time clock to 3 weeks before we know the extent of the consequences.
Now that we know for sure that a patient was infectious while on board a commercial flight, I think it is only a matter of time before we see a case here in Canada.  Now, I'm not trying to sound any alarms just yet, and hopefully I will never have to use this space to report how many thousands of cases been reported on home soil, but I do think that now is the time to review your pandemic preparedness and plans.

With all the crazy goings on in the world, It's easy to lose track of the dangers that do come along on a regular basis.  Right now, many of us have our attention focused on other events, that October 30th, 2014 isn't even a blip in our brains.  What's that date all about you ask?  That is the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York, New Jersey area.  Yes, that's right, we are still in Hurricane season, and as I write this, the Canadian Hurricane Center (Ya, we have that) is tracking a category 4 storm named Gonzales, which is set to affect the maritimes sometime Saturday or Sunday.
While this particular storm is NOT expected to hit landfall in a significant way like Sandy, it is a reminder that we can't rule out Hurricanes as many of us are hurriedly getting ready for the snow to fly.

Also, here we are in the height of the fall harvest.  As a matter of fact, instead of writting this post, I myself should be busy processing and preserving the 25lbs of cabbage, 50 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of beets, and untold amounts of pumpkin and squash I have sitting in my cold room.
In the next few days and weeks, many of us will be using up copious amounts of salt, sugar, vinegar, and water in our canners and crocks, placing roots and such in their winter storage cellars, and putting up every last ounce of food that we can.

While we do all of this and keep an eye out for all the bad things that the world has to offer right now, don't forget that winter is coming, so get that car kit winterized, plan for your snow tires to be changed, and get your alternative heating ready to go!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Movie Monday - Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF

This Week On Movie Monday

Che, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude of leaders in the preparedness community gather to share their knowledge. Che himself is an experienced leader, and at the last event gave a presentation called
Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF. He has graciously given the CPN permission to air this presentation as a part of Movie Mondays.

Don't forget to visit Che's site, the Ontario Prepper Survival Network
And also check out his YouTube Channel
If you want more information about the annual meet, visit Ontario Prepper & Self Reliance Meet

This film is presented with the express permission of

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ebola. To fear or not to fear?

Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure.

A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola entered the country, found that 4 in 10 Americans are worried about a major Ebola outbreak. If a poll were taken here in Canada, similar results would be likely.

Does the threat of Ebola have you worried?

Do you think Canada is ready should Ebola make its way here?

It appears with the unknown comes a variety of opinions about how it will affect us. What do you think?  Does it concern you enough to take extra precautionary measures?

On October 6th, Global News reported 5 reasons why Canada is highly unlikely to be struck with Ebola. 

1)     In Canada, there is trust in medical officials – There is some mistrust of modern medicine and hospitals in Africa. Those seeking alternate means for a cure increase the risk of more people being infected.

2)     There are cultural differences - Burial rituals that involve washing and kissing the body increase the risk of exposure.  We do not have the same rituals here.

3)     There is action taken with suspected cases – Canada’s hospitals, government, agencies and the media communicate together to get the word out.  Africa doesn’t have the same infrastructure.

4)     Our health care system is prepared for potential cases – Protocol changed dramatically in North America after the SARS epidemic. Systems are now in place to monitor and educate the public when emergencies arise. Getting the word out is more difficult in Africa; a disease spreads quickly before health organizations can education the population about safe practices.

5)     Canada is sending resources to West Africa - On Saturday, Canada announced it is sending a second team with a mobile laboratory to West Africa.

Here are some other reasons it is thought Canada is a low-risk country:

-        CTV news reports that next week Canada is sending an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization for future trials and use. Canada’s involvement means accessibility to preventative measures.
-        6 airports are now screening passengers in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary. The US announced that airports in New York, Washington, Newark, Chicago, and Atlanta will be providing screening as well. 
-        Canada gets few visitors from the most infected countries

Do you agree?

CTV News reports  that despite the many beliefs that the risk is low of Ebola coming to Canada, others say it is just a matter of time.

-        Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, felt fine when he entered the United States. Even had the airport screening been in effect at that time, his illness would not have been detected.
-        Others say that unless all air travel is banned from Africa, then an automatic quarantine period of 21 days should be enacted for all those who travel between the two countries regardless of how they feel.

The reality is, we really do not know what is going to happen, and it is when we feel out of control that we feel fear towards a situation. The best solution is to be prepared, at all times, for any kind of natural disaster, epidemic or unforeseen circumstance. We can live in fear, or we can prepare ourselves and have confidence knowing we can at least take care of ourselves and our loved ones. In addition to having sufficient food, water, tools and emergency kits on hand, make sure you add extra masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves to your supply. When there is no cure for an illness, preparedness and being informed are your best tools for staying alive.

Our hearts go out to all those around the world who are struggling with this disease. We hope a cure is found soon and that the suffering and fear will be over. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Twitter and the news were flooded with stories of people beating this cruel disease.  We can only hope.

Total Prepare Inc, is a Canadian Emergency Preparedness company that gives peace of mind solutions for troubling times.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Casting call - Proper Television

I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.

They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and survival gear in tow. They will be expected to work together to find their own food, shelter and ultimately prove their survival skills.

Here is their casting call blurb as it was sent to me...


Do you think you have what it takes to survive through anything anywhere?! Can you find food, water and create shelter in the wild? We’re casting for a new survival show for a major network and we want to see if you have what it takes. We’re looking for people between the ages of 25-50 who have big, bold and outgoing personalities who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your survival skills to the ultimate test.

Please see the application below:

If this is something that interests you, please use the application form in the above link.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 8 of 8

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Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

In this final episode, the team faces a harvest under the conditions of Summer 1945. Five years of constant farming have degraded the quality of Britain's fields, threatening crop yields. The team attempt to reinvigorate their land with a tractor-driven muck spreader, and with cows themselves.
The team soon hear about the Allies' invasion of Berlin, and on 7 May 1945, the end of World War II in Europe. With the danger of aerial bombardment resolved, they instantly remove Manor Farm's blackout precautions, and set about planning a Victory in Europe Day party. Rationing is still in force, so Ruth tries a potato-based cake recipe from the Women's Institute and sweetens it with 'mock' orange juice made from swede. Ruth, Alex and Peter talk to VE Day veterans who give their accounts of the end of the war in the countryside.


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced by David Upshal
These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Mid Summer Storm Lessons

So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could see that it was beginning to hail. The hail got bigger and harder, and lasted for about 30 minutes. All the while, the rain came down in buckets.

As our party of stuck in the store onlookers watched the storm, with no exit, and no sign of the storm letting up, I began to mentally kick into prepper mode and started taking inventory.

I asked myself: "What if the roof comes off, where is the safest place to be? - What are my exit points/strategy? - Is there any food or water available? - How many people are there in this location?" And many more. I knew that I had my emergency bag in my car. But I looked again out the store window and saw a scene very similar to below:

Flash flooding is seen at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ont., 
on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Courtesy Driveseat Kitchener)
This was a mid summer storm, so it was still warm out, and the hail that had piled up several inches deep like mid winter snow was now melting and combining with the rain to cause flash flooding around the area. Now note in the picture the difference in depth of water at each end of the parking lot. The cars near the left have bumpers under the water, while the cars near the right you can still see the full tire.

Well, to compare my scenario to the picture above, I was parked on the left side. I realized that the large parking lot was paved into a bowl type shape with a drain in the middle. Of course this drain was plugged/inundated and couldn't handle the flow, so the parking lot was a good foot to foot and a half deep in the middle - where my car was.

It had only been raining for 30 min or so and my car nearly escaped having water inside it. My bigger concern was that was where my nearest emergency supplies were, and should I have needed them, I would have to wade into deep water to reach them.

I had never before considered prepping in relation to where to best park in a parking lot. Thankfully, a little patience in this scenario took care of everything. But what if...

Next time you are pulling into a massive box store parking lot, or anywhere for that matter, take a look at the lay of the land, and if your a true prepper, the extra few seconds of walk time because you parked in the safest area will be all worth it.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.