Monday, November 30, 2015

Movie Monday - The Colony Season 2

This Week On Movie Monday

The Colony Season 2 Episode 1

The Colony was a social experiment series that aired on television in 2008/2009.  One of my favorite pieces of prepper production, The Colony takes a group of volunteers and places them in a disaster scenario to see how they survive.  In season 2, the group is told they have survived a worldwide viral epidemic and that VOPA (Virus Outbreak Protection Agency) will transport them to a safe camp.  As we would figure, the government VOPA leaves the survivors at what appears to be an abandoned camp with little supplies and no support.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Stock Up Your Winter Survival Storage - Guest Post by Lee Flynn

Government agencies suggest that everyone should have a minimum of three days of emergency supplies in case a catastrophic event such as a hurricane occurs. However, anyone living in an area of the world with harsh winters knows that a major snowstorm can keep you homebound for longer than three days. Having only a small amount of food stored in the winter can become dangerous because people need a certain amount of nourishment to remain warm, especially when performing strenuous activities such as shoveling snow.

One: Store More than the Minimum Amount of Emergency Food

The best time to prepare for winter is in the summer by beginning to grow or purchase the foods needed for the winter. For anyone isolated in a cabin in the woods or in a location that closes highways frequently, planning ahead is vital. When canned or dried foods are listed at low prices in the summer through the autumn, buy extra to store. Remember that additional food is necessary for everyone in a family, including infants and senior citizens who can only consume certain types of food. Instead of having three days of food stored, consider storing at least two weeks worth or more.

Two: Have a Warm and Dry Place to Store Emergency Food

Emergency food stored in a damp basement will likely develop mold and become inedible. While storing emergency food in an unheated garage is acceptable for the summer, by the time temperatures drop, the boxes, bags and cans require storage in a home where there is efficient climate-control. Avoid placing stored food near water pipes or heaters that can leak moisture and cause spoilage. The proper containers for food can help to maintain its freshness, and many individuals stitch small bags of fleece fabric to store dried beans and nuts.

Three: Maintain an Efficient Labeling System to Avoid Waste

Cans and bags of food bought at the grocery store typically have printed expiration dates, and to avoid illness from outdated foods, it is essential to rotate emergency foods on a regular basis. The only way to maintain food freshness is by having an efficient labeling system. Large families may have numerous containers, bags and shelves filled with boxes and cans of vegetables and meat, and unless the items are labeled with dates, the foods expire or the containers disintegrate. Rather than trying to read the tiny print on food container labels, it is better to use a black marker to write the date on packages or place foods with similar dates on the same shelf. When an emergency occurs, use the oldest items first or use these items for everyday cooking and replace the foods quickly.

Four: How to Have Enough Space for Emergency Food Storage

Finding enough space for food storage inside a home is a challenge for many people living in cramped environments. To store cans, boxes and bags, someone may need to use the shelves located in cupboards above refrigerators and stoves that are normally not filled. Alternatively, it is often necessary to buy inexpensive metal shelving units to place in laundry rooms or utility closets. It is also possible to install shelves on walls in locations above doorways and windows. The backs of doors are also an excellent place to store food, and there are special devices available to hang on doors for this purpose.

Five: How to Avoid Infestations and Contamination from Pests

While rodents and insects cannot get into cans of food, the creatures can chew through boxes and bags of pasta, rice and beans. This means that durable storage containers are required to prevent infestation or contamination. Plastic storage totes are one way to protect foods, but ants and cockroaches can still enter crevices around the lids. A better solution is heavy-duty metal trash cans with tight-fitting lids, and for additional protection, place bags and boxes of food inside thick plastic ziplock bags.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Could Canadians See Major Terrorist Attacks on Home Soil?

Just over a year ago, on October 20th, 2014, 2 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were run down in a parking lot, one of whom later died.  The perpetrater, Martin Rouleau, was an islamic convert turned terrorist.

A mere 2 days later, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau launched an attack on parliament, killing Cpl. Nathan
Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Now, we all watch the reports on television about the attacks in Paris which have claimed over 120 lives to date and wonder "could this happen here?".  Sadly, people seem to forget rather quickly.  It has already happened here, on October 20th and October 22nd 2014.  Sure, the death toll was nowhere near the same and the guilty parties seemed to be somewhat unorganized home grown terrorists, but we have to remember and take it seriously.

Our newly elected government has pledged to bring in 25 000 refugees from Terrorism plagued regions.  Now, this is what Canadians do, we are known around the globe for being helpful.  It's a big part of what makes up our identity.  However, we can't assume that every one of them will be true refugees.  I'm not saying that this is some big trojan horse plan by ISIS, but they would have to be crazy not to at least try to use it as such.  We can screen all we want, but the risk that terrorists will get into the country along with legitimate refugees is real.

Now, debating political policy is not what this blog is about, nor is it the point of this post.  The point is, it's time to stop forgetting events like those of last October.  Canada was named as a target in an ISIS  video, and we need to take that seriously.  So if you ask me if something on the scale of the Paris attacks could happen here on Canadian soil, I would tell you yes, and you have to have your head in the sand to think otherwise.

The thought of a large scale terror attack worries me to some degree.  I am not concerned about a group of terrorists breaking into my home to force me to join their cause, that's just not how they do things, but the threat of bombings or live shooters in public areas such as sports arenas or tourist attractions would not surprise me. 

ISIS has long broken through international borders in two ways.  First, by sneaking terrorist cells into populated cities across the globe, and secondly by recruiting members within their home countries.  Certainly, the various spy agencies have their lists of suspects, but I'm fairly confident that these lists are incomplete.  The only question about that is to what degree?  For every suspected terroist being watched, how many are there that are still under the radar?

We ARE in a state of war.  With war comes loss of life.  Unfortunately, this war does not follow the usual rules of engagement.  Soldiers are not the only targets, but civilians as well.  Instead of targeting military or strategic locations, arenas and concert halls are bombed.  Instead of planes, ships, and tanks delivering ordinance, bomb belts are the weapon of choice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Please take a moment to remember all those who fought for our liberty.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Waning Trust of Alternative News Sources

Alternative news media has long been considered a boon to preppers. With its “question everything” mantra, many issues have indeed been brought to light that conventional media was late to the party with, or missed the boat completely. Some disturbing trends within the alternative news arena have arisen of late which make me believe that it’s time to question the question askers!

Most notably, is the recent viral report of a Muslim rape epidemic in Norway. You see, a biased report by a Norwegian news program made claim that all rapes in the country were committed by Muslims…well, actually that was inferred as the term used was “non western immigrants” which is the newest euphemism for Muslim.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Prepping For The Canadian Winter - Guest Author

People living in Canada know how the winters here tend to turn wild and extremely cold. For us Canadians, there’s always a lot to prepare for before winter; from our homes to our cars. Apart from the usual bitter cold, the heavy snow storms and blinding blizzards affect every aspect of our lives. We have to literally calculate the time it will take to get to work or the grocery store. Given the severity of winter here, it’s very important that each and every one of us is fully prepared to avoid any serious consequences.
Some General Tips:
·         Make sure you’ve bought some reliable tools and have readied your survival kit that you might have to use, in case of an emergency.
·         Don’t go out before checking the weather forecast.
·         If there was a snow storm a day or night before, don’t bother removing all of that snow on your own. It’s really useless and you’ll only be wasting so much of energy with just a shovel or some high tech snow scrapper.
·         Don’t drive your car until or unless you’ve removed every bit of snow (even that from the roof). This is because as soon as the interior of your car warms up the snow you left on the roof might fly off like a Frisbee and may land on the wind screen of some other car.
·         It’s extremely important that you keep your head properly covered if you don’t want to catch a cold or shiver even when you’ve properly wrapped yourself in cardigans, boots and gloves.

Preparing Your Home:
·         Make sure you have new programmable thermostats installed so they can automatically function with the changing temperature. An efficient thermostat, which adjusts itself during unexpected weather conditions, is something you definitely need during winters. These will not just help you save on your heating bills but are also easier to manage, as they only turn on when the temperature drops down. 
·         Get your heating systems and furnaces checked by a professional.
·         The filter in your furnace needs to be replaced, they sometimes can result in a pipe burst, or if clogged, may be wasting energy.  This is not just dangerous but can also cost you more on heating bills.
·         Make sure you don’t place any wooden furniture within the close proximity of your heater (if you are using any) or fireplace.
·         Remove furniture, lids or drapes from your heating vents.
·         Don’t forget to put new batteries in your smoke detectors and other equipment that works with batteries.
·         If you have a fireplace then it is a good rule of thumb to get it prepared in case of a power cut. Also, don’t forget to stock up on a good amount of fire wood.
·         Get your fans reversed to be used as warmers than chillers. The usual counter clockwise rotation of your fans makes your rooms chillier even when the heater is working.
·         Properly seal every gap or opening in your home that probably would result in air or heat leak. Cover all open pipes, even in basement, outdoors, attic or crawlspace.
·         Make sure your attic is insulated because that is where the heat will rise and further warm up your home.
·         Unclog all your gutters and pipelines because if the snow gets trapped in a clogged gutter it can result in leaks and bursts.
·         Trim your hanging tree branches so that they don’t fall and cause accidents from all the snow weight.
·         Stock, store and be prepared with an emergency kit, and all other essentials like food, water, medicines, flash lights, extra blankets, jackets and wood.
Preparing Your Car:
You know it is not just about preparing your home but to ensure complete safety you must have your car properly prepared to deal with the worst of driving conditions or to use it as a bug out vehicle.
·         Every vehicle has specific needs, before you plan to drive off on a snow covered road, make sure your car has the correct oil for the extreme weather conditions.
·         Check your vehicle’s batteries and tires and make sure they are in a good work condition. Your battery connections should be perfectly plugged and corrosion-free. Either get snow tires (highly recommended) or keep the manufacturer recommended pressure for your tires, checking their condition, daily.
·         Your windshield wipers should be properly functioning so that you don’t get blinded even with the slightest of snow.
·         Fill your radiator with a 50-50 proportion of water and anti-freeze.
·         Make sure your gas tank is always full during the winters.
·         The most important tip of all is to get your brakes checked to avoid any accidents on a slippery road.

Putting Together Your Emergency Kit:
A prepper without emergency kits in his/her car and home is no prepper at all. So here are a few essentials you need in a lifesaving and well stocked emergency kit for your home and car.
·         Warm clothes, emergency blankets boots, hats and gloves
·         Water and food
·         Flashlight
·         Survival knife
·         First aid kit (with all the medical supplies you or anyone in your family would need)
·         Shovel
·         Jumper Cable (for your car’s emergency kit)
·         A sand and salt bag
·         Wood
·         Fire starters

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Advantages of On-Site Training in Edmonton - Guest Author

One of the hardest jobs that a person can take on is as a business owner. There are a number of different factors that go into running a successful business and trying to keep up with them all can be very stressful. If you run a business where there are a lot of hazards, then you will need to make sure you do everything you can to avoid accidents on the job. One of the best ways to avoid injuries is by having on-site training for your employees. Here are a few of the many advantages of having on the first aid training Edmonton.
Learning the Latest Techniques
The biggest advantage that comes with using on the job training is that it will allow you to keep your employees informed on all of the latest techniques in the industry. This will allow them to work more efficiently and it will allow you to stay competitive in your market. There are a number of different companies out there that can offer you the training you need. The more you know about the companies and what they can offer you, the easier it will be to choose the right one.
Hands on Demonstrations
The next benefit that you will be able to take advantage when participating in on the job training is that it will allow you to teach your employees with hands on demonstrations. Most people learn better by having a hands on experience. The last thing you want to do is to make the training sessions too hard for your employees to understand. The simpler you are able to make things, the easier it will be for you to have the success you are looking for. Make sure to speak with the training company you are using to make sure they are using the methods you want for your team.
Reduce Accidents and Costs
Another reason to have as much onsite training as you can is due to the reduced accidents and costs that it can bring. The more you are able to teach your employees, the easier it will be for them to reduce the accidents they have. By having fewer accidents on your job site, you will be able to reduce the insurance you pay. This will allow you to both cut costs and keep your team safe during working hours. The time and effort that goes into performing this training will be well worth it in the end.
Selecting the right safety professionals will a person to get what they need for their business. The professionals will have the training and the experience needed to train the employees of a business in proper safety.