Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How to cook with the sun: Free Webinar

The APN will be hosting a free webinar with Paul Munsen from Sun Oven this Thursday May, the 29th at 7:00PM central time.
(5PM Pacific/6PM Mountain/8PM Eastern)

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to cook good healthy food for a fraction of the cost of other conventional methods. 

In this webinar you will Learn
  • How to harness the power of the sun to cook, dehydrate, purify water and be better prepared for emergencies.
  • How to never have to worry about burning dinner again.
  • Discover how to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables, and enhance winter sprouting.
  • Find out how to reduce your utility bills and the amount of fuel you need to store for emergency preparedness while helping families in deforested developing countries around the world.    
  • Paul Munsen, of SUN OVENS INTERNATIONAL, will cover everything you need to know about using a SUN OVEN to bake, boil and steam foods. He will show how practical and easy it is to cook in a SUN OVEN and discuss the many economic, health and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun.  

Then set your alarms for 7PM central time May 29th

Friday, May 23, 2014

Flood Prepping: And The Rains Came Down

We are one month from the anniversary of the 2013 Alberta Floods. Floods that rocked many lives across a wide swath of Alberta. I know you've all seen the pictures - the one of people in High River being rescued on a combine, or those of raging rivers ripping through Canmore. What an experience.

I remember passing the military vehicles on the highway as they made their way south and thinking this was getting very real. I remember watching the local river rise day after day until it nearly overtook the one bridge that connects my community. I remember volunteers traveling by the bus load to High River for weeks afterwards to help in any way they could. What an experience.

When I walk through my local river valley, the signs of the flood are very much still present. Piles of logs and debris everywhere, trees bent over, pathways washed away. I can't help but wonder the un-wonderable - could it happen again?

Well, the short answer is yes. All it took to create this flood was a certain combination of variables involving water. Variables are like dice, roll long enough and you're going to hit every combination at some point. And from what I can see in the news reports, the government certainly seems to agree with me. Take a look at this map from the Government of Alberta Flood Mitigation website:

There are currently hundreds of projects on the go to upgrade, expand or enhance our ability to deal with water in the future. There are also some very major projects under consideration, including a diversion tunnel underneath Calgary from the Glenbow dam to the Bow river, a 44 million cubic metre dry dam upstream of Bragg Creek, and a 7 km long diversion canal around High River.

Weather is a wonder of this beautiful planet we live on, and though we humans have come a great distance in predicting, graphing, modeling and forecasting the weather, in the end, we really are still pawns on a chessboard. I applaud the government for doing what they can. For trying to be ready.

My point if you haven't seen it already - the Government of Alberta is prepping in mass for future flooding. They think it may happen again, or they wouldn't spend volumes of time and money on even doing the research for all this. So if the Government is prepping - are you?

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Animals and Earthquakes

After last month’s Earthquake outside Port hardy BC followed by a few conversations about quaky quirks in man’s best friend has lead me to believe that Fido might have a flare for being quake aware.  After doing some digging it turns out that mans best friend isn’t the only prediction expert.  The animal kingdom boasts many prediction experts from pelicans to elephants that have shown erratic behavior before major disasters.   I know that it is not realistic to house an elephant as part of your backyard preps but their supreme sensitivity to seismic activity may send you on a safari. 

Elephants have a very well developed sense of hearing using infrasound.  They listen for these sounds through the use of their feet.  Standing on three legs allows the elephant to hear better,  it puts more pressure on the three standing legs to get a better sound vibration.  The shifts in the earths crust that cause tsunamis and earthquakes produce shockwaves which travel through the ground.  Hens the natural prediction skills of our large eared friends, ironically enough those ears aren't their best hearing asset. 

Check out these videos for more proof that the animal kingdom has a one up on the humans in the event that disaster strikes. 

Join us May 7th if you are in the lower mainland for a free Emergency Preparedness seminar presented by a 25 year vet of the Emergency management industry.  Click here for more details.