Friday, March 18, 2011

Are You Getting Ready?

Let's take a minute to look around a bit...
Major earthquakes have hit in Chile, Austrailia, and now Japan.
Civil uprising in Egypt and Lybia.
The world is going to Heck in a handbasket.
Locally, things don't look any better...
1998 - Ice storm hits eastern Canada
2000 - Devestating tornado in Pine Lake
2010 - Hurricane Igor hits Canadian east coast
Now we have a radiation cloud about to hit Vancouver and as far inland as western Saskatchewan.

So my question is...ARE YOU GETTING PREPARED?
There are dangers lurking from coast to coast.  Do you have enough food & water to last a few days, weeks, months or even a year?  Do you have a heat source not dependant on local infrastructure?  How about medical supplies?  Are you ready to evacuate your home on a moments notice with more than the cloths on your back?

Take a minute to access what is hapening in the world around us.

  Then ask yourself...AM I PREPARED?

The answer may surprise you.


  1. Forgot Hurricane Juan in 2003 and then "white juan" the following winter. :)

    And you can never be fully prepared. Just keep doing the best you can.

  2. Let's look at what you've listed:

    Earthquakes - natural occurences that we need to prepare for, of course. Part of that preperation is to honestly assess the likelihood of a damaging quake in your part of Canada. In mine, it is very, very small.

    Civil Unrest: Not too likely where we are here in Canada without some sort of major precipitating event. The unrest in the Arab world does have economic implications though...

    As for the rest:
    1998 ice storm? long gone and over.
    Pine Lake tornado? Tragic, but a strictly local event with no national consequences.
    hugo? also over, though the destruction will take some time to clean up. Really, two events in a 13 year span in a country this size is hardly us or the rest of the world going to hell in a handbasket.

    With regard to a radiation cloud: Making a blanket statement like that is irresponsible in the extreme. To start with, there is about a 1 in 10 chance that we see any elevation in radiation rates. The likelihood of that elevation being statistically significant is also very, very small.

    however, the alarmist nature of Hour first paragraph doesn't mean your second paragraph is wrong.

  3. I find it disapointing that a fellow prepper would devalue the risks mentioned in the post. Yes, the natural disasters listed are long over, but will never be forgotten by those who lived through them...this statement is made from first hand experience.
    As for an earthquake in your area, perhaps the likelihood is small, but a major quake along the coast could easily affect the entire nation.
    As for a 1 in 10 chance of a radiation elevation, well that's enough for me to start paying attention and keep an eye on the situation, as any prepper should.
    Let's now look at the civil unrest in the Arab countries which may easily affect the entire world. How could such a thing be dismissed as not worth my time.
    If you choose to believe that nothing bad will ever happen to you or at least not likely to happen, then go along your merry way and be well.
    But please, do not trivialize the efforts by others to make people aware of the dangers, and teach them to be as ready as they can be.

    As a side note, Winnipeg, Man. is listed as one of the most tornado prone cities in Canada.

    Someone has to sound the alarm.

  4. Hmmm...I seem to have opened a can of worms. Let's keep things civil, All are welcome to their opinions.
    Please continue the discussions on what may or may not be happening in the world as well as what you areor are not doing to prepare.

  5. Well, anonymous, for a start, I am not devaluing the risks in the post. My issue is with the alarmist tone of the post (sorry, Denob).

    That said, psychological issues aside, the past is the past. While a 1998 ice storm or other disaster might well have valuable lessons we can absorb, they are neither indicators of current nor predictors of future conditions.

    Regarding earthquakes in my region and the rest of Canada. What should I do differently that I'm not doing now? The answer is nothing. Sensible prepping begins with a realistic assessment of hazards. So I have also dismissed tsunami preperations from my personal list of worries.

    I'm glad you're keeping an eye on the radiation. It's only sensible, even if the likelihood of danger is extremely low. Again, my problem was the tone of Denob's statement, which was without qualification or quantification.

    By the way, I did not dismiss the effects of civil unrest overseas. Just the likelihood here in Canada. Frankly, the Japanese tsunami is more likely to have an effect on us.

    I personally do not believe anything bad will necessarily happen to me. On the other hand, it doesn't mean it won't, which is why I've been a prepper most of my life, which does allow me to go on my merry way and be well, confident I've done the best I can for the unknown.

    However, I do believe you can teach without being alarmist and prepare without panicing. Most people learn better if you're not trying to scare the crap out of them.

  6. Over-alarmanistic or not.. it's also helpful to remember not only what risks your specific locale has but also those areas you may travel regularly through. I'm inland from the west coast, but need to make sure my vehicle at least is prepped up for when I got through the Vancouver/Victoria earthquake and tsunami zones. Just a thought that sometimes the picture is a little bigger than our normal lives suggest.

  7. Was 'getting ready' when a crisis I wasn't prepared for hit home. It swept the proverbial rug from under my feet! Now, picking up the pieces I can see where there were some holes in my plan. At least I know that info now, and can start again with eyes opened just a little bit wider.

    I like Jack Spirko's podcast bi-line, "Helping you live the life you want, if times get tough, or even if they don't."

    Here's to improving our lives with prepping whether we live through any sort of crisis ... or preferably, not.