Monday, February 23, 2015

Another Great Workshop At Sunflower Farm!

Cam and Michelle Mather are hosting another one of their fantastic workshops!

The Hands-On, Solar Powered, Off-Grid, Personal Independence and Resilience, All You Can Grow, Ready for Rough Times Workshop



The next workshop will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Cost is $120 per person and includes morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch. Two books will also be provided to each participant. If you are interested in attending please email m.d.mather at gmail dot com.

For more information please visit their website here

Friday, February 13, 2015

Procrastination – the death of a Prepper

It’s 5am. I sit here, having woken out of a deep sleep with such a start that it launched me out of bed and into the general blurry direction of my laptop. My article! It’s due today! The screen blinds me as I try to make my sleepy fingers type. My brain strains to string coherent thoughts together. What was my article supposed to be on again? Oh right…getting prepared when it is quiet.

I had a whole month of quiet. Well, as quiet as a busy family with three active teenagers and two working parents can be. I thought of my article many times. “Lots of time!” I told myself. 5am, on my day off no less, laughs at me.

Then it hits me – this is only a small taste of what it feels like to be thrown into an unexpected situation, even though you know the unexpected “could” happen someday. What if this had been an earthquake? THE earthquake. The Big One that haunts us here on the West Coast of Canada? Would I be thinking the same thing? I had a quiet month. Why didn’t I prepare?

Over Christmas we had a number of rumbles in our area that sent a flurry of motivated people to our store to finally get that earthquake kit they’ve been meaning to get for the past 10 years. We rejoiced with every call. Yay! Another family set with the necessities to survive! Our existence as a company was affirmed - this is why we love what we do.

Now that the rumbles have ceased, so too has died down the customers who responded from the gentle kick in the derriere from Mother Nature. The same phenomenon happened when those two cases of Ebola hit Texas last fall. Two cases! That’s all it took to wipe out our manufacturer’s supply of emergency freeze dried food and in turn, our supply of food. We were out within the month. That was our wake up call.  As an emergency preparedness company, we too, need to be prepared!

It’s quiet. NOW is the time to get prepared. Don’t flirt with the clock assuming that you can put off to tomorrow, again, whatever you have left to prepare. Stop for a moment and think through the scenario of having life disrupted for a day, a week, a month. If this were to happen to you at 5am tomorrow morning, would you too be stumbling around blindly, trying to gather your thoughts let alone your family and then all your supplies scattered around the house? Don’t let procrastination be the death of you. Finish getting ready, strike a huge check mark through that item on your list, and reward yourself with the peace of mind that comes from being prepared.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mental Survival - 10 Tips to Make it

I've been through a few real situations where life was on the line, and a few where it was borderline becoming real. And I've found that there is a very interesting few seconds between realizing there is a problem and deciding how your going to react. It's the few seconds where your gut feels like your going to heave. Then your brain clicks on and you start through your check list. Or not and you run. Which is it going to be?

Here are my 10 Tips to get over the few seconds of terror and turn your brain on.

1) Run through as many scenarios in advance as your time allows. Fight or flight? There are some scenarios where running the other direction is the appropriate response. Think about that before hand.
2) BREATHE! Take a few deep breaths.
3) Do an honest check of your gear and supplies in advance. Are they sufficient, or are you just kidding yourself? Real prepping brings peace of mind, that's the whole goal.
4) Don't listen to information from the masses. It's mostly hype or drama. Check your go-to trusted sources and get real intel on what's really happening.
5) Turn around. If the situation allows, turn around and walk the other way for a few steps so you are not staring directly at the disaster. Let your mind reset on a scene that's not chaos.
6) Disconnect for a few seconds. Try to remember what you doing or thinking before chaos hit. Were you writing the grocery list? That easy thought alone is enough to get your mind over the hump.
7) Use the buddy system. As long as it's not your buddy that's the problem, having a work / travel / home buddy can be great when you need a smack to come back to reality.
8) Look for the simplest solution. Do I have to go straight forward? Or can I go around this?
9) Don't overthink the situation. This goes with the above, but if you have 100 injured in front of you, just start with the closest.You can only help one at a time anyways. Don't stress about what you can't fix.
10) Consider that you've just been handed a lemon - is there any way to make lemonade? You were 4x4'ing in the forest and a fallen tree has blocked your route home and you don't have the supplies to overnight. Instead of walking around cursing, realize you've just been handed a great test of your skills. What can you use to cut or move this tree? Prove to yourself that you are the hero and come home with a great story to tell.  

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

$50.00 Rebate for CPN Members


Your aircraft has gone down, and it is winter in the Rocky Mountains...would you be able to survive?

Aurora Bushcraft & Survival wants to show you how!

Learn firebuilding, navigation, knife and saw safety and cutting techniques, winter survival, shelter building, winter foraging and snow travel on a weekend long winter bushcraft adventure in the challenging environment of Southwestern Alberta's winter.

"Aurora Bushcraft & Survival strives to deliver quality outdoor education by giving participants knowledge relevant to the outdoor world they know today. We believe in environmental stewardship, fostering relationships between people and nature, and promoting safe outdoor practices. Through this, we deliver experiences that are second to none. Based in the Calgary area, our courses are for anyone wanting to learn bushcraft, wilderness living, and survival skills." - Aurora Bushcraft & Survival website

About the instructors -

Connor NoyesLead Instructor

Connors passion for the outdoors sparked as a youth exploring the Alberta Badlands and the Boreal Forest and waters of Ontario. Through organizations such as Scouts and Army Cadets, he grew up learning outdoor skills and leadership, eventually transpiring into a career teaching in the outdoors. His love of the wild lies in traditional skills, such as woodcraft, archery, canoeing, and bushcraft. Having instructed for organizations such as the Venture Centre in the UK, the Calgary Canoe Club, the Calgary Outdoor Centre, and for Scouts Canada Chinook Council, he is driven to deliver the best instruction possible, and skills that will last you a lifetime.
Picture Andrea Sebok

What we know about Andrea is that she grew up on a farm and we guess she never left. Andrea is right at home in the bush- whether its paddling into the wind across a lake, or foraging in knee deep snow to collect sap for Spruce gum, she loves every minute of it. When not teaching, Andrea works as an Animal Health Technician, specializing mainly in large animals. Her passions for the outdoors include snowshoeing, paddling, snowboarding, and on occasion you will find her flying through the mountains by quad. Her passion for teaching started in college, coaching high school volleyball and now is applied to teaching for Scouts Canada, and for ABCs. 
The winter bushcraft course runs from February 27th to March 1st at Beaver Mines Lake, Alberta.
The cost is only $220.00, which includes food, by the way.
But...members of the Canadian Preppers Network will receive a $50.00 rebate and pay only $170.00.
 For more information, or to sign up for the course:


Monday, February 2, 2015

Movie Monday - Dehydrators, Homemade MRE's & Mylar Bag Sealing - A Beginner Preppers Guide

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 has begun filming some of his presentations, such as this one called Dehydrators, Homemade MRE's & Mylar Bag Sealing - A Beginner Preppers Guide. 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