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Monday, June 29, 2015

Movie Monday - Secrets Of The Castle Episode 5

This Week On Movie Monday

Secrets Of The Castle

Episode 5


How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a suitable enclosure for defence?

Well, the BBC has done it again with the miniseries, Secrets of the Castle.  A team of archaeologists and historians will spend six months learning how a castle is built, but also how many of the everyday items such as cookware were produced.







 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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

New Prepper Community Tool - Briden Insiders

 
We are both proud and exited to be working closely with Briden Solutions to bring a new, feature rich community tool to you all.  June 22nd marked the official launch of Briden Insiders, an innovative and unique tool that makes finding like minded people in your area as simple as a few clicks.
As a bonus, Briden Insiders subscribers benefit from monthly rebates on products that THEY get to help choose!


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Canada introduces a new emergency alert system

A new, national, emergency alert system is now in place with the goal to alert you immediately if a potentially life-threatening event threatens your community. Alert Ready delivers public safety messages across the country through local television and radio broadcasters.
Developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, plus Environment Canada and the broadcast industry, Alert Ready is operated by The Weather Network. The system delivers critical warnings to residents through television and radio, as well as through their cable or satellite service provider. Alert Ready provides a simple, easily accessible method to share alerts immediately, so you know when to take action to keep safe.
“From more common alerts such as tornados, floods and wild fires to other less frequent, but equally dangerous events like biohazards or landslides, the Alert Ready system is in place to keep audiences informed of potential dangers,” says Paul Temple, senior vice-president of regulatory and strategic affairs at The Weather Network. “The system benefits all of us by giving everyone immediate exposure to important, life-saving information allowing them to take action and protect themselves, their families and property.”
Canadians can expect the number and type of public safety messages to range from province to province. Participating radio, television, cable and satellite companies will broadcast the alerts that are most relevant to the communities they serve. The scope of alerts covers the examples above, as well as things such as train derailments, industrial fires, water contamination and missing persons, even informational alerts such as frost warnings. The list is not limited to weather or environmental warnings.
More information is available online at AlertReady.ca, including examples of the alert notifications, links to provincial and territorial emergency preparedness resources and helpful videos to assist Canadians in being prepared for emergencies.

Source and credit:www.newscanada.com

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Movie Monday - Secrets Of The Castle Episode 4

This Week On Movie Monday

Secrets Of The Castle

Episode 4


How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a suitable enclosure for defence?

Well, the BBC has done it again with the miniseries, Secrets of the Castle.  A team of archaeologists and historians will spend six months learning how a castle is built, but also how many of the everyday items such as cookware were produced.






 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, June 17, 2015

Survival 101: Preparing for an Earthquake - Guest Post by Lee Flynn



The earth’s crust consists of tectonic plates. When all is well, these plates fit together like a puzzle, and they gently shift. When all is not well, the shifting becomes rough as the edges of the plates scrape against each other. When this happens an earthquake occurs, sometimes causing death and destruction. Any one of the 50 states in America as well as certain countries around the world can experience an earthquake. With that in mind, you may want to use the following information to increase your chances of surviving an earthquake should one occur in your hometown.

Locate a Safe Spot

Find places in your home that will protect you from being struck by objects sent your way during an earthquake. Choose spots that you can get to quickly. On your hands and knees, get under a strong table or against a wall in your house. Use your arms and hands to protect your head and face, and firmly grip the table and don’t let go if the force of the earthquake moves it.

Make sure you are far away from any tall pieces of furniture and glass. Stay in bed if you are resting when an earthquake hits. If you are confined to a wheelchair, put on the brakes and stay in the wheelchair the whole time the earth is shaking, and cover your head. Lock all your doors, windows, and utilities right before an earthquake strikes. Stop your car if you are driving, but not near any structures, trees, or poles with wires.

Have Emergency Supplies Handy 

Make sure you have plenty of
emergency food on hand, including food for your pets. Have enough water with you too. One gallon should last one person three days. Stock up on shelf stable foods, and have a non-electric can opener for your canned foods. Be sure to have enough medication, money, plastic cutlery, paper towels, a fire extinguisher, and feminine items on hand. Put important documents in a fire-proof case. Use a waterproof case to keep matches in.

Have blankets available if the weather is frigid, writing materials, reading materials, and toys for the kids. Have some regular bleach on hand. Sixteen drops will purify one gallon of water. Also keep a flashlight and several batteries around, and a kit for first aid.

Create a Phone Number List

Put phone numbers you might need on a piece of paper. Carefully write down contact numbers that will connect you with the police station, the fire department, and the hospital. Include other important numbers on your list. If you’re not sure if a number is important, jot it down anyway so you have it if you need it.

Create an Escape Strategy

Should it become necessary for you to exit the house due to dangerous conditions caused by an earthquake, plan your move wisely. If you have your family living with you, coordinate your plan with them. If any room in your house has only one door and that door becomes blocked, you will need to climb out the window. If this turns out to be the case, have a ladder made of rope within your reach. Arrange to meet with your family at a designated spot outside the house if you need to evacuate the premises. Also, make sure every family member knows where the food, fire extinguishers, and first aid supplies are located.

Being prepared for an earthquake and knowing what to do when one strikes is imperative to living through this natural disaster. The advice above could save your life and the lives of your family if it is followed. Taking a first-aid class can also help. Having the knowledge to know what to do in such a situation can pull you through and save the lives of your loved ones. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Movie Monday - Secrets Of The Castle Episode 3

This Week On Movie Monday

Secrets Of The Castle

Episode 3


How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a suitable enclosure for defence?

Well, the BBC has done it again with the miniseries, Secrets of the Castle.  A team of archaeologists and historians will spend six months learning how a castle is built, but also how many of the everyday items such as cookware were produced.





 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, June 3, 2015

Guest Post from Dan F.Sullivan at SurvivalSullivan



The Biggest Food Stockpiling Mistakes

There’s no doubt that food storage is one of biggest things people focus on when they’re prepping and, since it’s food we’re talking about, a lot of mistakes happen. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn but let’s learn from others’ blunders so we save time and money by NOT making them, what’d ya say?
Mistake #1: Not having a variety of foods
Rice and beans are gonna be tough to swallow every single day for months on end. Go ahead and add some of the dozens of foods you can can, honey, soup, tuna cans, spam, powdered milk, spices and even comfort foods such as crackers, nuts and peanut butter.
Mistake #2: Using the wrong containers
You use the right container, your food goes bad and could poison you - it’s that simple. You gotta use the right containers for your foods and you have to make sure you use them. For example, you need to wash your containers with detergent thoroughly and then make sure you rinse all of it off before you put the food inside.
What you can’t do is reuse the lids; you always have to get new ones. It’s little things like these that can compromise a good portion of your food stockpile.
Mistake #3: Having too much of either food of water and too little of the other one
If you have 3 months’ worth of food but only 3 weeks’ worth of water, that’s a problem. You could die way before you get to consume your entire food stockpile, unless, perhaps, you have a well in your backyard or other means of procuring water. Even so, you should expect all natural water sources to be contaminated.
Mistake #4: Buying too many MREs
I’m not saying they’re bad, but they are expensive. If you put in the time, you can make your own canned food at home, which is also “ready to eat” and tastes better. You have to think long-term and that means you’ll ultimately be looking at a food stockpile of at least one year... if you truly want to be prepared. Buying one year’s worth of MREs is simply too expensive when you do the math.
Mistake #5: Not rotating their stockpile
There are two disadvantages to not rotating your food. The first one is that it costs you money to replace it (if you don’t eat it when it’s about to expire and you buy whatever it is you eat every day).
The second (and bigger) problem is that you risk ending up with a compromised stockpile post-disaster and, needless to say, you won’t get to rotate your stockpile as easily as you can do it now.
Mistake #6: Not labeling containers
Labelling makes it easier to know what’s inside a container without opening it and it also helps you know when it’s time to consume that particular item. You can even use color coding if you want.
Mistake #7: Not storing it correctly
Most foods needs to be stored in cool, dry places, in airtight containers and possibly away from the ground on wood pallets. You need to do your homework before storing anything or risk decreasing the shelf life, food poisoning and so on.
Mistake #8: Storing the wrong food
For one, you need to be aware of any food allergies you or your family members you may have. Next, you need to keep into account your family’s preferences. If you end up stockpiling dozens of pounds of rice but you’re the only one in your family who actually eats it... you know what I mean.

Here’s what you can do: make a list of all the things you and your loved ones have eaten over the past month or so and try find out which of them have the longest shelf life. Then, if possible, try to store the INGREDIENTS instead of the cooked food. For example, cocoa powder lasts way longer than chocolate powder.

Well, this is it for now. If I helped you avoid at least one food stockpiling mistake, then the article was well worth reading. I hope you enjoyed it and if you’re looking for more practical advice from me, feel free to check out all the articles I’ve written on my blog.

Thanks,
Dan F. Sullivan

Monday, June 1, 2015

Movie Monday - The History of San Andreas Fault

 This week on Movie Monday

 The History Of San Andreas Fault

Well, with the release last Friday of the movie San Andreas, I thought it might be a good time to have a closer look.  This week's documentary will give some insight into the fault's history, composition, volatility and some of the major quakes it has produced.




 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.