Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 2 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

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.

The second episode focuses around food rationing and preparations for the Winter of 1940.  Under growing pressure from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food, the team has to make tough decisions over which livestock (if any) the farm should continue to rear. While the pigs, sheep and beef herd are removed, and the oldest chickens slaughtered and turned into feather dusters, Ruth manages to keep two pigs on as part of a "Pig Club" with their neighbours.
Alex and Peter spend much of the episode generating silage to feed their remaining animals over Winter. They first obtain sugar beet tops and nettles as raw materials, and then construct a small silo out of corrugated steel, with the help of two volunteers from the Women's Land Army. Ruth, meanwhile, explores the beginnings of rationing, and uses the family's meagre meat ration, and a bounty of vegetables and foraged mushrooms, to make stew in an improvised haybox. Rationing leads her to investigate the black market, as she and a shady visitor filter red diesel using a loaf of bread, and get familiar with a butcher who sells spare chops under the counter.

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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fire Safety Drills And Procedures - Guest Post by Lee Flynn

Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And Procedures

A disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An efficient plan is important because it helps families survive. During a hurricane, food storage
procedures are required. However, during a fire, everyone must exit the home using the safest procedures.

Designing A Fire Escape Plan

Every escape route must be located in the home. After everyone knows where the escape routes are, everyone should walk together throughout the home to test each exit. The most common exits are usually not the best exits during emergencies, such as the front and back door. Other exits may have to be used, such as garage doors or windows. There should be two ways to exit each room in the home.

A floor plan of the home must be designed. It should include every exit in the home, and each exit must have a label. Each label should have information about fire safety procedures. The floor plan should also have information about second floor escape procedures.

Have An Emergency 72-Hour Kit

Its crucial to have an emergency 72-hour kit at all times. When a fire, or other disaster strikes, your time to get out is limited. To make the most of your time you should consider having multiple 72-hour kits tucked away in different rooms around the house, as well as your cars.

A few elements for an emergency 72-hour kit are; bandages, painkillers, disinfectant, blankets, antibiotics, flashlights, granola bars, water bottles, candles, playing cards and a radio to name a few items. Most of these items can be picked up at your local Canadian pharmacy.

Practicing The Escape Plan

Everyone should practice using the escape plan twice a year. While practicing, pretend that the fire is located in different areas of the home. During different drills, everyone should use alternate routes. Families should also practice fire drills in the middle of the night. Nighttime fire safety drills should be done with the lights off. Practicing in the dark is recommended because it gets everyone comfortable with the surroundings.

Families must use safety precautions while practicing each drill. For example, everyone should crawl because the smoke will cause harmful affects to the eyes. Another important fire safety procedure is called stop, drop, and roll. This procedure should be used if someones clothes catches fire. There are other useful fire drill procedures too; some techniques can provide a lot of protection. For example, if there is a fire on the other side of a door, the doorknob will be hot. Because of this, families must practice touching doorknobs using the proper safety procedure.

Using A Ladder

If the home has an escape ladder, everyone should practice using it. Understanding how to use the ladder is very important. If the home does not have an escape ladder, purchase a ladder from a hardware store. The ladder should be placed next to the window.

Possible Meeting Locations

After everyone has learned the drills, the next step involves choosing a meeting place. The meeting place should be a location that is far away from the home. Common meeting places include the mailbox, the front lawn, or near a light post. After everyone escapes the home, everyone should go to the meeting place for a headcount.

Teaching Kids Fire Safety

Although escape plans and drills are useful, some kids may have issues understanding the procedures. Kids should not be scare during a fire, so use the drills to teach them about fire safety. Kids should practice the drills with a grownup so that they will not use unsafe escape procedures, such as exiting an upstairs window. There are also many different resources for teaching children rife safety.

Preparing The Home For Possible Fire Emergencies

Besides an escape plan, the home should be prepared for a possible fire as well. For this task, the proper fire safety equipment will be needed, such as smoke alarms. There should be an alarm in every room. Also, each door in the home should be easy to open. After the fire department is contacted, firefighters must arrive at the home with any problems. To prevent any problems, ensure that the street number from the road is visible. Firefighters usually access the home from different doors and windows. Because of this, if the home has security bars, ensure that the emergency release levers are working properly.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 1 of 8

This Week On Movie Monday

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 episode 1, with a second European war looming on the horizon, the team set about making a number of improvements to the farm. The installation of electric lighting (from a portable petrol-powered generator) allows them to work later into the evenings, while household labour-savers like a paraffin range cooker, electric clothes iron and linoleum flooring mean Ruth can spend more time aiding the war effort and less time on household chores. Alex and Peter, meanwhile, set about constructing a Mole Subsoiler from scrap farming equipment, to drain their waterlogged clay fields. However, with time running out and their improvised subsoiler literally buckling under pressure, they are forced to plough and sow through the night without draining the field, despite warnings from the local "War Ag" over potential water damage.


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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Introducing Movie Mondays on the CPN!

Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be 

Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes that we can learn about old time skills, modern day disasters, and other events of concern.  Also, we hope that you will take advantage of taking some time off at the end of your busy days to be entertained, while hopefully picking up new ideas.

We already have an 8 part documentary series set up and ready to go so grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Special Workshop With Cam & Michel Mather For CPN Members

Does living off the grid interest you? 

 Would you like to grow your own food?  

Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?

If so, then this is definitely for you!

The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Off-Grid, Prepping Workshop

 Hosted by Cam and Michelle Mather

  • tour the gardens
  • see the power system - solar and wind - completely off grid
  • check out the root celler
  • much much more!

When - October 25th, 2014

Where - Sunflower Farm, Tamworth, Ontario

Cost - $90.00 (Reduced to $75.00 if there are 10 or more people)

Limited Space - 14 people Max - reserve now!

A minimum of 8 people need to register for this event to take place.  This is SPECIAL PRICING for CPN members - the normal cost of this workshop is $120.00.  A deposit will be required to register. The price includes lunch at the farm.

Email me to sign up and get more details!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?

Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?

  • How to choose the proper Archery equipment
  • The use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurement
  • The use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspective
  • Why Archery equipment can be better than Firearms
  • Making field expedient Archery gear out of every day items
Tonight, SOS expert, Scott Moore discusses all of this. 
As a boy growing up, Scott Moore could find flint arrow heads, pottery, and tools of stone in the fields around his home. As he matured, so did his interest in how the indigenous people lived their day to day lives many hundreds of years ago. Scott began to make many of the tools and weapons and used them to hunt, prepare food, and live comfortably in the woods.
In 1992 the assistant principal of a local middle school asked Scott to share his “experiential archeology” with the students. That was the start of the “Native American Living History Program”. By incorporating his Christian beliefs into the program, Scott was able to develop Wild about Christ Ministries. As part of the W.A.C. presentation Scott dresses in the traditional clothing of a Woodland Indian and demonstrates the use of the bow and arrow, Atlatl, Blow Gun, and many other primitive skills.
For over twenty years Scott has worked with organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Boy Scouts of America, and many church groups and school systems throughout the country. Through these organizations Scott has been able to share primitive culture, wilderness survival skills, and answer God’s call to share His word.

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