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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Guest Post By Ben Atkinson at Safeguard LLC - Survival Prepping In Canada

Canadian prepping requires a different approach than, say, American prepping for several reasons. Apart from the obvious climate specifics that dictate how you should dress, there’s also the difference in crime statistics and gun ownership.
Most people know that Canadians are very polite and laid-back people, which means that guns are not that common. You can own one, but most don’t. Even with the increasing number of shooting incidents and terrorist attacks worldwide, Canada has somehow (and fortunately) managed to remain distanced from all of it. Automatic machine guns are very rare though hunting rifles are very common. Knives, air rifles, slingshots, and bows designed for hunting are usual. This love of Canadians for spending time in the great outdoors has taught us to see prepping as foundational to personal survival. Personal defence and wearing adequate protection are part of that.
This is where body armor comes in. It is one of the most efficient pieces of equipment that can ensure your survival in a variety of scenarios. From keeping you from overheating as well as ensuring all your vital organs are protected – body armor is a trusted companion of every prepper in Canada.
Prepping in Canada is related mostly to surviving in conditions that involve serious snow, lack of food, and cold for much of the year. And body armor can provide an added layer of warmth and protection as well as keeping you safe in a wide number of scenarios. While law enforcement agents and journalists opt for ballistic resistant vests, security operatives and preppers go for combined systems that also protect against stab and slash attacks as well. Wearing a vest underneath your clothes can give you peace of mind that you are safe in a number of environments, where you’ll come in contact with a lot of people.
Given the wide range of bullet proof vests available, it is important to choose the right type for each situation and expected threats to ensure adequate protection.  Most soft armors come with the option of additional protection in the form of hard plates, so there is a great deal of flexibility in choosing the right bullet proof vest.
First, you need to select the type of the body armor you want to buy. This basically means choosing if you’ll wear it over (overt) or under (covert) your clothes. Both carry their advantages in different situations. For example, covert vests work better in urban environments, where you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are wearing body armor while overt vests are easy and quick to put on in the event of an attack.
For a prepper – all body armor is a compromise between protection and mobility. That applies to everything from the choice of protective vest to additional panels. Your first instinct may be to reach for bulky, tactical body armor – the type NATO and SWAT operatives use, but ‘more is better’ is not a motto that works well in survival-style situations. Your most valuable skills remain your ability to move fast and to react to potential threats and you want body armor that helps you keep them. You don’t want heavy armor that slows you down and, God forbid, restricts your range of movement. In a hostile environment, this most certainly will mean death.

Getting prepared ahead of time vastly increases your chances for survival. You can stock your house with essential supplies, food and water. But a great deal of your survival will depend on getting from point A to point B to source food, medicine, water and other items without getting hurt or killed. Wearing body armor can give you the upper hand when the worst occurs and keep you safe as you focus on other critical tasks for your survival. 

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