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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation - Pulse Attack

Pulse Attack: The Real Story Behind The Secret Weapon That Can Destroy North America

North America is vulnerable to a catastrophic attack that will spell the end of life as we know it. An electromagnetic pulse launched from the atmosphere will shut down the electricity grid and dismantle appliances, water systems, food distribution for weeks, months or even years.

Veteran CIA agents, trailblazing astronomers, physics professors and maverick politicians are just some of the cast of characters in this book that sheds light on one of the most worrisome dangers of the modern age that was only recently declassified.

The worst case is societal collapse and death. But we can avoid this. The only question is will we protect ourselves before it is too late?


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Guest Post - Why a Bow is the Best Option for a Doomsday Situation written by Steve Bertha




In a doomsday situation, having survival weapons and the knowledge to properly use them is crucial. Your ability to protect and feed both you and your family in a dangerous situation may dictate whether or not you make it through the crisis. Owning a bow is something every survivalist should consider for different reasons. Here are solid reasons why a bow is a perfect option for a doomsday situation: 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation


The 7 Steps to Emergency Preparedness for Families: A Practical and Easy-To-Follow Guide to Prepare for Any Disaster


In this ground-breaking new book, nationally respected disaster specialist Kim Fournier simplifies emergency preparation. With over 30 years' experience, Fournier has developed a must-have tool for those who want to prepare and protect their family and home from any type of disaster, and gain the peace of mind that comes with being truly prepared.
This book is a practical, easy-to-follow, and comprehensive action guide that combines the latest research, science-based evidence, and practical lessons learned from past disasters, as well as over 30 years' of experience in disaster management, public health, and survival techniques. Once you have completed the 7 Steps, you'll be ready for any disaster!
You will learn these important skills and more:
  • Communicate and reunite with your family after a disaster.
  • Safely shelter in your home and evacuate.
  • Assemble essential items for your family's needs.
  • Prepare your family home for any type of disaster.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

17 Facts About Emergency Preparedness

 

  1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  2. Canada gets more tornadoes than any other country except the U.S., averaging about 50 tornadoes per year.
  3. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
  4. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
  5. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
  6. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at www.GetPrepared.ca.
  7. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
  8. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
  9. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
  10. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
  11. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
  12. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
  13. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
  14. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
  15. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
  16. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
  17. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the "Monsterstorm" by the media.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?



In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. That's why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.
Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities. Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories. It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.
Everyone responsible for Canada's emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. More information is available on the Public Safety web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca (click on “Emergency Management”).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Using Technology During a Disaster


We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5TH Annual Preppers Meet Ontario


Originally started in Huntsville 5 years ago as a provincial meet, and now hosted by Che Bhodi from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network, the Annual Preppers Meet has now grown to a full blown weekend full of seminars, presentations, and a great place to network with other regional preppers.
This year, the meet will be held in Desbro, Ontario at the off grid property of the Zombie Survival Camp on the weekend of July 7th to 9th.
Already confirmed to return this year are Nader Eid and Karen Stephenson, both of whom put on fantastic presentations in the past.  Also confirmed is Aleks Rakocevic presenting on bushcraft cooking.
This year's meet is looking to out perform any other!


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 4

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 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.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 3

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 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, March 15, 2017

Morse Code – Advantages and Learning - Guest Post by Prepper Radios Canada


Morse code, or CW as it’s known to hams is no longer required to get your license.  You can however, get a certification for it once you have passed your basic exam.

Invented by Samuel Morse, CW took the messenger industry to task by being able to send messages instantly over a wire.  Until then, messages were limited to human carriers with a speed limited by the pace of their horses.  The alphabet, along with numbers and a few punctuations were converted to a series of dots and dashes.  A dot being 1 time unit and a dash being 3 time units.  A pause is inserted between characters and words.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 2

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.




 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.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Movie Monday - Happy People Part 1

“Happy People” is a documentary series about people from faraway corners of Russia, who live in harmony with their beautiful but harsh natural surroundings.
It is about strong, free-spirited people. Maybe the lives of these people will serve as an example for some one, or will help some one look at himself through other eyes and re-examine his own life.



 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, March 1, 2017

Family Tips: Making Emergency Preparedness Effective - Guest Post by Lee Flynn




An accident can happen anytime. No one can be ready for every happenstance, but people can prepare as much as possible. Regrettably, surveys show that about 60 percent of Americans are not prepared to handle an emergency. This is the reason why it is important to develop an emergency plan, and the following are just a few tips.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Ham Radio for Preppers - Why Get Certified

There's no question that communications is an important part of any preparedness plan.  Amateur radio can provide you with both local and long distance communications.  You may need to be able to talk with family members throughout the homestead, or security patrols running the perimeter of your retreat.  Alternately, you may want to be able to communicate with other prepper communities or retreat groups outside of your local area.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation

When Disaster Strikes
Disasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances. Matthew Stein's When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life's most unpredictable scenarios.
In this disaster-preparedness manual, he outlines the materials you'll need-from food and water, to shelter and energy, to first-aid and survival skills-to help you safely live through the worst. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You'll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable.
Stein instructs you on the smartest responses to natural disasters-such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods-how to keep warm during winter storms, even how to protect yourself from attack or other dangerous situations. With this comprehensive guide in hand, you can be sure to respond quickly, correctly, and confidently when a crisis threatens.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Home Canning - Spotting Spoilage

When done properly, home canned food is safe for consumption for years.  However, it isn't a foolproof process.  Sometimes seals come unsealed due to small bits of food on the jar rim, improper cooling times before removing from the canner, getting knocked around on pantry shelves, and sometimes the pantry goblin buggers it up just for giggles.

I've personally home canned thousands of jars and for the most part had great success.  But alas, I'm not perfect.  For whatever reason, sometimes jars just become unsealed...I usually blame the pantry goblin, but that's another story.

There are 3 things you should do when opening home canned food to prepare...

1 - look at it before you open it.  If you see discoloration or even something that looks like mold, then discard it.
2 - listen as you open.  You should hear a sucking sound as air rushes INTO the jar.  If you don't hear that sound, toss the contents and reach for another jar.
3 - Smell it.  Does it smell like the contents should?  If you get an off smell (or even a gag reflex) flush it!

Realize that no one is perfect, and that includes me!  It's happened before and let me tell you, one can usually spot spoiled food from home canning without questioning it, but the golden rule applies...

If in doubt, throw it out!


Monday, January 23, 2017

Movie Monday - Family Preparedness Class

This Week On Movie Monday

Steven Harris Family Preparedness Class


A presentation given by Steven Harris in 2003.




 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, January 20, 2017

Friday Book Recomendation

The Encyclopedia Of Country Living


The bestselling resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.

This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's life work. It is the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.

Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Making A Winter Survival Kit - Guest Post by Lee Flynn



Packing A Personal Winter Survival Kit
This winter's weather should remind each of us that winter survival kits aren't just a luxury item; they can be literal lifesavers. While everyone should have a winter survival kit in their car, those of us who don't drive should carry a personal kit as well. Whether we're walking to the corner store or taking a bus across-town, it's best to be prepared for an emergency.