Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Author For the Canadian Preppers Network

The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to welcome Paul Cobham of Survival School Canada to it's list of authors.  Through SSC, Paul offers a variety of courses in Survival, First Aid, and Off Grid Living.  However, Paul joins us to discuss a topic that we feel needs more attention here in Canada...Permaculture.

The following is a short, but impressive bio of Paul from the SSC website.

Paul Cobham is ex-British Forces, a licensed pilot, certified Wilderness and Canadian Red Cross First Responder and recipient of the prestigious Survival Instructor Award (Level IV).  He has a wealth of experience in survival training, leadership and practical knowledge of wilderness survival skills and camp building/sustainability in remote areas of the world. Paul also provides security consultation to private groups and corporations. Paul has been featured on CBC, CTV and TVO, and has been interviewed for TV shows such as The Greatest Warrior. He has spoken at various outdoor events, and at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, UK. Paul has spent the last decade of his working life in and around remote camps in Northern Ontario and the Canadian Arctic, where he is the trainer for the Emergency Response Team. After a rescue event in 2003, Paul realized he needed to share his knowledge and experience, and he founded Survival School Canada in 2004. A few years ago, Paul entered the gruelling Survival Instructor Award program, climbing Pen y Fan in the Welsh mountains and participating in an intense S.E.R.E. exercise. After the final expedition in western Scotland, Paul graduated as a SIA Level IV instructor. Personally endorsed by John “Lofty” Wiseman, survival instructor to the SAS, the SIA program is the first, and so far only, civilian survival instructor course in the world that is based on proven SAS survival principles.

 I look forward to reading what Paul has to teach, as I'm sure many of you do also.  Please take the time to welcome him, and stay tuned for lots of permaculture discussions.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DIY Yogurt

Yogurt, a household staple, turns out to be pretty easy to make yourself not to mention it costs a fraction of the processed leading brands.  My family of 5 (aka the Garburators) eat yogurt like it's going out of style.  I have been making it for a few years now and have learned a few things along the way that I would like to share.  I was triggered by a great tutorial online for mason jar yogurt via the NW Preppers Newsletter.  This group provides a fantastic newsletter with a ton of linked resources. Even if you are not local to the group you should consider becoming  a part of what they have going on, you will learn a ton. A quick shout out to Victoria if you are reading this!
I have messed up enough batches in my time to learn a few things about what not to do when making yogurt.  If you follow my three success tips you are pretty much guaranteed a delicious thick yogurt.  I have tried cutting corners, there are no shortcuts, you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RUELS!  I have tried it with the crock pot and with mason jars, I prefer the mason jar method.
Three key to success in DIY yogurt according to yours truly are as follows:
  • Fresh and Fat is Best
  • Follow the Temperature & Timing Rules
  • Wrap it up
When choosing your base milk and yogurt starter you want high fat and very fresh ingredients.  The fat in yogurt is the good kind of fat that your body needs, get over the "low fat", "no fat" stigma it's propaganda. Depending on where you live, getting the milk from a local farm or farmers market is your first ticket to great yogurt. You want whole milk and 3% + plain yogurt with active probiotics.
There are specific heat up and cool down rules that are pretty streamline for all recipes but make sure, according to the recipe you choose, you follow those temperature rules or you will end up with a mess.  Some recipes don't require a thermometer but if you are at all squirrely like me, I recommend using a thermometer to insure accuracy.
You have to leave the yogurt overnight at a warm temperature.  Some require coolers, some ovens with the light on.  You want to make sure that you wrap those jars up in towels.  Swaddle them up like babies to keep the heat in.  No peaking, let the probiotics work their magic.  The key is to keep that yogurt nice and warm so WRAP IT UP!
If you are interested in the mason jar method, here is a great recipe for you to follow.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

You’re going to kick yourself - Summer Of Survival

I don’t know exactly how they got everyone to agree to this.
And I can hardly believe how much they’re giving away for free.
But I do know how hard you’re going to be kicking yourself - soon - if you don’t take advantage of it.
Look, if you don’t plan on doing anything else this year to make sure your family is taken care of before a crisis hits, at least do yourself a favor and don’t miss Summer of Survival.
Some of the top survivalists in the industry are sharing their best secrets. We’ve already heard from Survivor Jane, Robert Henry, Joe Nobody and the husband & wife survival medicine team Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy.
What I’ve seen already shows me this is some of the best preparedness and survival training you’re going to find online - at any price.
But don’t take my word for it. They’re already getting hundreds of thank you letters raving about the quality training from both long-time preppers and complete novices. Here are a few I read myself:
Excellent webinar and very informative! This gave me a totally different way of looking at bartering, in a positive and educational way. Thank you so much for having Mr. Henry on.”
Denise S.
“Absolutely fantastic webinar. I have worked in the disaster response field under contract to FEMA since 2002 and have been an LPN for 21 years, yet I still learned a great deal. I especially appreciated learning how to treat my "fish" with the fish antibiotics.”
Sandra B.
“The information shared was excellent. As a beginner prepper, I think Survivor Jane was educational, directive and encouraging. I feel like this is something I need to do and now think I can do it. Thanks so much for the excellent survivor teacher, thanks that it's free, and thanks that it's so readily accessible.”
Glenda B.
 “Joe Nobody brought up things that I would never have thought of. The use of netting, the light discipline, and establishing the rules of engagement were especially helpful.”
Denese M.
Like I said, attending EVERY live session all summer long doesn’t cost you one cent. Zero. And that includes the live Q&A sessions following every one of them!
There’s still 10 more weeks of free survival training coming up… but only if you register now.
See you at Summer of Survival!
P.S. I know you’ll want to get the recordings (they are available now), especially if you missed the first two weeks. But at least get signed up now to make sure you get the rest free.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Flood Prepping: Part II - Comparisons

I was just reading through some of our twitter feed from last year about this time as suburb after suburb of Calgary and many other whole towns were evacuated due to the flooding.

It all started with this:
And it was only hours before this one came out:
Now lets put last years Alberta flood in perspective, as it wasn't the first we've seen in these parts.
  • At 7 am on 21 June 2013 the Bow River peaked at 1,740 m3/s. 
  • In 2005 the peak flow through Calgary was 791 m3/s
  • In 1932 the peak flow through Calgary was 1,520 m3/s.
  • The floods of 1879 and 1897 in then Fort Calgary had a high peak rate estimated at 2,265 m3/s 

An interesting read in the Calgary Herald last July looks at the stats and puts last years flood at somewhere between a 50 and 70 year flood. It also looks at the worst case scenario, which would be a flood moving 6,145 m3/s — three-and-a-half times bigger than last year and eight times bigger than the 2005 flood.

On the brighter side, that's why our wonderful governments have prepared all sorts of flood maps that we can now check out to see our risk. (Go look, seriously.) We are also encouraged to get our 72 hour kits together, and may I recommend some FloodSax as well if you want to be proactive. And if you have some spare time this weekend and are local, take a drive through High River for interest sake to see just how much flood prep activity is on the go.

Let us remember that Mother Nature is in control. And let us be ready.

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

Friday, June 6, 2014

First Hand First Aid

On my regular transit commute to work this morning with my 4 year old daughter, a fellow passenger fell unconscious after making some horrific noises.  He was a senior man, with minor mobility issues (boarded the bus with a cane).  For the first time in my life I had to dial 911, it was terrifying.  I had to make sure my daughter was comforted while coaching the bus driver through first aid procedures as directed by the 911 operator.  The entire situation only lasted about 20 minutes, thanks to the swift response by the first responders to the scene.  The man was revived and taken to hospital but you better believe I have some questions for Translink.  The poor woman who was driving the bus handled the situation like a champ but I found it shocking to know that the bus had no defibrillator, no first aid, no emergency procedure  and Translink drivers are not required to have Emergency First Aid training.  I personally believe that everyone should have first aid to be prepared for any situation, it can save a life as it did today.  Translink has over 1 million transfers per day in the lower mainland and they do not require their drivers to have Emergency First Aid.  What if there was a major disaster?  At any given time there is an average of 20 people on board a transit bus (50+ in rush hour crammed in like sardines).  Odds are someone on that bus has some First Aid under their belt.  But I want to know why Translink doesn't support the well being of it's passengers by providing basic First Aid Training to it's drivers.  Here is what I have to say...........


I will be contacted by Translink in the very near future for a witness report and I will be seeking answers to my very legitimate question...what's up with that?

We encourage every single one of you reading this to book a first aid course near you.  It could mean saving a mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter.  You have the potential to be a hero! We leave you with some summer safety tips to encourage a safe summer! 


You may also find the below links useful for more summer safety information.

Saving Lives on Transit Buses
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase

Need an excuse to visit the mountains this weekend?

On behalf of the providers of Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue in Kananaskis Country (Alberta), we’d like to invite you to third Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase. Enjoy a day filled with family fun, interactive activities, a fundraiser BBQ hosted by the Kananaskis Volunteer Fire Fighters, great prizes and an opportunity to meet local and partnering Emergency Service providers.

This year the 3rd Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase Day will be held at the Nakiska Ski Resort on June 7th from 10:30am to 3pm.

Come say "Hi" to us at the Briden booth and ask for your free Datrex ration sample - yummy!

Get a MAP to Nakiska here

Kananaskis Fire Department
Kananaskis Dispatch
Kananaskis Public Safety
Cochrane/ Glenbow Ranch District Conservation Officers
Fish Creek District Conservation Officers
East District Conservation Officers
Alpine Helicopters
Cochrane Search and Rescue
Foothills Search and Rescue
Alberta Sheriffs
Alberta Health Services
Environment and Sustainable Resources Development- Forestry Division
Redwood Meadows Fire
Banff Park Dog Master
Volker Stevin
Briden Solutions

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Of Survival Starts Today!

Real quick…

Like I told you before, Summer of Survival is 24 top-level survival experts providing over 36 hours of training at no charge. But the only way you can get free access to everything if you haven’t signed up already is to go over and sign up right now.

All you need is your first name and email. Heck, make one up if you want. Just don’t miss this free training or you’ll kick yourself later.

Here’s the link again:

  >>Get free access to Summer of Survival <<

See you at Summer of Survival!

P.S. If you already signed up and got a confirmation email then you’re all set. Just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing! If not, signing up takes just 10 seconds. So get on it now.

  >>Get free access to Summer of Survival<<

In case you missed it, don't forget to check out my podcast interview with Cindy Thompson and the Summer Of Survival lead presenter, Survival Jane also available over at Prepper Broadcasting.