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I spent a glorious summer many years ago working in the Waterton National Park. A local family graciously offered me an opportunity to live in a cute little homestead house on their ranch at the base of the mountains. It was a dream come true…. until the second night. I was sitting on the couch enjoying a quiet evening and a good book when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. I quickly set down my book and quietly observed to see if it would happen again. I was a little shocked when a mouse scurried along the wall, rounded the corner and headed into the next room. As my first official mouse encounter living on my own – I didn’t quite know what to do.

I came to the conclusion that I was brave enough to be in a house with a mouse and if he would keep his distance, we could co-exist in peace. Wow – was I ever naive! Our co-existing peace lasted all of 1 day before ‘Mickey’ started to cross comfort lines and invited friends to the party. It then became clear that the mouse and his friends had to leave. I set up traps, laid out poison, googled and found lots of ideas on ice cream bucket traps (among others) and enlisted every way I could come up with to wage war on my unwelcome roomates.

Looking back on that summer I sincerely wish that a product like HighTail had existed! We caught and killed 21 mice inside our little home within 2 months. I started having intense, consistant nightmares about them at about the 3 week mark when I discovered that they were in my bed and clothes. It is one thing for a mouse to be scurrying along the wall in a room, it’s another for them to be in your food, clothes and bed! Out of complete desperation I went and got 2 kittens to come live and sleep with me just so I could have the peace of mind in knowing that the mice wouldn’t come into my bed in the middle of the night. What I would have given for something as simple as HighTail!

The traps were a nightmare. It was always bitter-sweet to catch one. Wonderful that there was one less rodent creeping around the house – bitter in that someone had to see it, touch it, and dispose of it. There was even one night at 3 am that a trap snapped in my bedroom and was followed by a horrible squelling and rattling noise as the mouse pulled the trap around my room with it (not to mention my light switch was on the opposite side of the room from my bed).

When we stumbled upon a product that was a natural, eco friendly, repelled mice/rats and was not a poison - I was very interested due to my previous encounters. When you invest money into food storage and gear, the last thing you would want is for rodents to invade and destroy it. The odour given off by Hightail is intolerable to rodents, creating an invisible barrier that repels them from the area. No disgusting traps, poison that poses danger to pets and children or decomposing rodent bodies in your wall. Simply set out a jar of Hightail, open the lid and your local mice will relocate to a new home. Love it!!!

My summer on the ranch would have been completely different if I could have had a jar or two of HighTail. I have personal experience of how stressful a little mouse in the wrong location can be and am excited to offer you the BEST option out there for protecting your family and belongings.

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This post by Kristen from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies. 
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: July 27, 2014, 4:27 am


 Comms Up with John Jacob Schmidt

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John Jacob is the voice behind the microphone at Radio Free Redoubt, a weekly podcast dedicated to promoting the American Redoubt and helping conservative Americans prepare for the coming events and the rebuilding afterward. He is a Desert Storm veteran and a communications specialist who served with the Army Special Forces.

Two years ago John Jacob developed AmRRON (the American Redoubt Radio Operators Network). It is a standardized communications plan to link hams and non-ham with likeminded preppers, patriots, and Redoubters across communities, counties, and states across the American Redoubt. AmRRON has since gone continental with members in every state and Canada.

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: July 15, 2014, 9:29 pm
Lets take a vote!

What is your favorite food storage item?

Just leave your vote by a comment below. Tell me what the item is and a little about it, shelf life, how it's stored, and why it's your favorite. It can be anything you can buy, make, or produce, as long as you can do such in Canada. I'm very curious to see what you like to store the most!

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: July 11, 2014, 2:00 pm
The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to welcome Paul Cobham of Survival School Canada to it's list of authors.  Through SSC, Paul offers a variety of courses in Survival, First Aid, and Off Grid Living.  However, Paul joins us to discuss a topic that we feel needs more attention here in Canada...Permaculture.




The following is a short, but impressive bio of Paul from the SSC website.
 

Paul Cobham is ex-British Forces, a licensed pilot, certified Wilderness and Canadian Red Cross First Responder and recipient of the prestigious Survival Instructor Award (Level IV).  He has a wealth of experience in survival training, leadership and practical knowledge of wilderness survival skills and camp building/sustainability in remote areas of the world. Paul also provides security consultation to private groups and corporations. Paul has been featured on CBC, CTV and TVO, and has been interviewed for TV shows such as The Greatest Warrior. He has spoken at various outdoor events, and at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, UK. Paul has spent the last decade of his working life in and around remote camps in Northern Ontario and the Canadian Arctic, where he is the trainer for the Emergency Response Team. After a rescue event in 2003, Paul realized he needed to share his knowledge and experience, and he founded Survival School Canada in 2004. A few years ago, Paul entered the gruelling Survival Instructor Award program, climbing Pen y Fan in the Welsh mountains and participating in an intense S.E.R.E. exercise. After the final expedition in western Scotland, Paul graduated as a SIA Level IV instructor. Personally endorsed by John “Lofty” Wiseman, survival instructor to the SAS, the SIA program is the first, and so far only, civilian survival instructor course in the world that is based on proven SAS survival principles.

 I look forward to reading what Paul has to teach, as I'm sure many of you do also.  Please take the time to welcome him, and stay tuned for lots of permaculture discussions.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: June 25, 2014, 1:22 pm



Yogurt, a household staple, turns out to be pretty easy to make yourself not to mention it costs a fraction of the processed leading brands.  My family of 5 (aka the Garburators) eat yogurt like it's going out of style.  I have been making it for a few years now and have learned a few things along the way that I would like to share.  I was triggered by a great tutorial online for mason jar yogurt via the NW Preppers Newsletter.  This group provides a fantastic newsletter with a ton of linked resources. Even if you are not local to the group you should consider becoming  a part of what they have going on, you will learn a ton. A quick shout out to Victoria if you are reading this!
I have messed up enough batches in my time to learn a few things about what not to do when making yogurt.  If you follow my three success tips you are pretty much guaranteed a delicious thick yogurt.  I have tried cutting corners, there are no shortcuts, you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE RUELS!  I have tried it with the crock pot and with mason jars, I prefer the mason jar method.
Three key to success in DIY yogurt according to yours truly are as follows:
  • Fresh and Fat is Best
  • Follow the Temperature & Timing Rules
  • Wrap it up
When choosing your base milk and yogurt starter you want high fat and very fresh ingredients.  The fat in yogurt is the good kind of fat that your body needs, get over the "low fat", "no fat" stigma it's propaganda. Depending on where you live, getting the milk from a local farm or farmers market is your first ticket to great yogurt. You want whole milk and 3% + plain yogurt with active probiotics.
There are specific heat up and cool down rules that are pretty streamline for all recipes but make sure, according to the recipe you choose, you follow those temperature rules or you will end up with a mess.  Some recipes don't require a thermometer but if you are at all squirrely like me, I recommend using a thermometer to insure accuracy.
You have to leave the yogurt overnight at a warm temperature.  Some require coolers, some ovens with the light on.  You want to make sure that you wrap those jars up in towels.  Swaddle them up like babies to keep the heat in.  No peaking, let the probiotics work their magic.  The key is to keep that yogurt nice and warm so WRAP IT UP!
If you are interested in the mason jar method, here is a great recipe for you to follow.
http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/05/how-to-make-yogurt-in-a-mason-jar.html#sthash.OabQZAcJ.BX7nvvSr.dpbs

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Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
Posted: June 24, 2014, 7:09 pm


I don’t know exactly how they got everyone to agree to this.
And I can hardly believe how much they’re giving away for free.
But I do know how hard you’re going to be kicking yourself - soon - if you don’t take advantage of it.
Look, if you don’t plan on doing anything else this year to make sure your family is taken care of before a crisis hits, at least do yourself a favor and don’t miss Summer of Survival.
Some of the top survivalists in the industry are sharing their best secrets. We’ve already heard from Survivor Jane, Robert Henry, Joe Nobody and the husband & wife survival medicine team Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy.
What I’ve seen already shows me this is some of the best preparedness and survival training you’re going to find online - at any price.
But don’t take my word for it. They’re already getting hundreds of thank you letters raving about the quality training from both long-time preppers and complete novices. Here are a few I read myself:
Excellent webinar and very informative! This gave me a totally different way of looking at bartering, in a positive and educational way. Thank you so much for having Mr. Henry on.”
Denise S.
“Absolutely fantastic webinar. I have worked in the disaster response field under contract to FEMA since 2002 and have been an LPN for 21 years, yet I still learned a great deal. I especially appreciated learning how to treat my "fish" with the fish antibiotics.”
Sandra B.
“The information shared was excellent. As a beginner prepper, I think Survivor Jane was educational, directive and encouraging. I feel like this is something I need to do and now think I can do it. Thanks so much for the excellent survivor teacher, thanks that it's free, and thanks that it's so readily accessible.”
Glenda B.
 “Joe Nobody brought up things that I would never have thought of. The use of netting, the light discipline, and establishing the rules of engagement were especially helpful.”
Denese M.
Like I said, attending EVERY live session all summer long doesn’t cost you one cent. Zero. And that includes the live Q&A sessions following every one of them!
There’s still 10 more weeks of free survival training coming up… but only if you register now.
See you at Summer of Survival!
P.S. I know you’ll want to get the recordings (they are available now), especially if you missed the first two weeks. But at least get signed up now to make sure you get the rest free.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: June 16, 2014, 2:19 pm
I was just reading through some of our twitter feed from last year about this time as suburb after suburb of Calgary and many other whole towns were evacuated due to the flooding.

It all started with this:
Flood Watch Alert Updated Jun20 544AM Take necessary precautions. Parts of Southern... http://t.co/B6uO3E9qa7 #ABemerg #ABflood
— AB Emergencyalert (@AB_EmergAlert) June 20, 2013
And it was only hours before this one came out:
ALL of High River now being evacuated. #abflood http://t.co/bmSbReQAlZ
— Briden Solutions (@BridenSolutions) June 20, 2013
Now lets put last years Alberta flood in perspective, as it wasn't the first we've seen in these parts.
  • At 7 am on 21 June 2013 the Bow River peaked at 1,740 m3/s. 
  • In 2005 the peak flow through Calgary was 791 m3/s
  • In 1932 the peak flow through Calgary was 1,520 m3/s.
  • The floods of 1879 and 1897 in then Fort Calgary had a high peak rate estimated at 2,265 m3/s 
Source: http://alberta.ca/estimated-peak-river-flows.cfm

An interesting read in the Calgary Herald last July looks at the stats and puts last years flood at somewhere between a 50 and 70 year flood. It also looks at the worst case scenario, which would be a flood moving 6,145 m3/s — three-and-a-half times bigger than last year and eight times bigger than the 2005 flood.

On the brighter side, that's why our wonderful governments have prepared all sorts of flood maps that we can now check out to see our risk. (Go look, seriously.) We are also encouraged to get our 72 hour kits together, and may I recommend some FloodSax as well if you want to be proactive. And if you have some spare time this weekend and are local, take a drive through High River for interest sake to see just how much flood prep activity is on the go.

Let us remember that Mother Nature is in control. And let us be ready.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.

Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: June 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
On my regular transit commute to work this morning with my 4 year old daughter, a fellow passenger fell unconscious after making some horrific noises.  He was a senior man, with minor mobility issues (boarded the bus with a cane).  For the first time in my life I had to dial 911, it was terrifying.  I had to make sure my daughter was comforted while coaching the bus driver through first aid procedures as directed by the 911 operator.  The entire situation only lasted about 20 minutes, thanks to the swift response by the first responders to the scene.  The man was revived and taken to hospital but you better believe I have some questions for Translink.  The poor woman who was driving the bus handled the situation like a champ but I found it shocking to know that the bus had no defibrillator, no first aid, no emergency procedure  and Translink drivers are not required to have Emergency First Aid training.  I personally believe that everyone should have first aid to be prepared for any situation, it can save a life as it did today.  Translink has over 1 million transfers per day in the lower mainland and they do not require their drivers to have Emergency First Aid.  What if there was a major disaster?  At any given time there is an average of 20 people on board a transit bus (50+ in rush hour crammed in like sardines).  Odds are someone on that bus has some First Aid under their belt.  But I want to know why Translink doesn't support the well being of it's passengers by providing basic First Aid Training to it's drivers.  Here is what I have to say...........

WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

I will be contacted by Translink in the very near future for a witness report and I will be seeking answers to my very legitimate question...what's up with that?

We encourage every single one of you reading this to book a first aid course near you.  It could mean saving a mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter.  You have the potential to be a hero! We leave you with some summer safety tips to encourage a safe summer! 

 

You may also find the below links useful for more summer safety information.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/parenting/10-summer-safety-tips-for-kids3.htm
http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Pedestrians-and-Cyclists/Cycling-safety/
http://www.nj.gov/dcf/news/publications/SummerEng.pdf
http://www.cancer.ie/sunsmart/children.php
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/summersafety/summersafety.htm

 
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Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
Posted: June 6, 2014, 10:02 pm
Need an excuse to visit the mountains this weekend?


On behalf of the providers of Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue in Kananaskis Country (Alberta), we’d like to invite you to third Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase. Enjoy a day filled with family fun, interactive activities, a fundraiser BBQ hosted by the Kananaskis Volunteer Fire Fighters, great prizes and an opportunity to meet local and partnering Emergency Service providers.

This year the 3rd Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase Day will be held at the Nakiska Ski Resort on June 7th from 10:30am to 3pm.



Come say "Hi" to us at the Briden booth and ask for your free Datrex ration sample - yummy!

Get a MAP to Nakiska here

ENJOY VISITING WITH THE FOLLOWING:
Kananaskis Fire Department
Kananaskis Dispatch
Kananaskis Public Safety
Cochrane/ Glenbow Ranch District Conservation Officers
Fish Creek District Conservation Officers
East District Conservation Officers
Alpine Helicopters
Cochrane Search and Rescue
Foothills Search and Rescue
RCMP
Alberta Sheriffs
Alberta Health Services
Environment and Sustainable Resources Development- Forestry Division
Redwood Meadows Fire
Banff Park Dog Master
Volker Stevin
Briden Solutions

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.   
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: June 4, 2014, 12:00 pm
Real quick…

Like I told you before, Summer of Survival is 24 top-level survival experts providing over 36 hours of training at no charge. But the only way you can get free access to everything if you haven’t signed up already is to go over and sign up right now.

All you need is your first name and email. Heck, make one up if you want. Just don’t miss this free training or you’ll kick yourself later.

Here’s the link again:

  >>Get free access to Summer of Survival <<

See you at Summer of Survival!

P.S. If you already signed up and got a confirmation email then you’re all set. Just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing! If not, signing up takes just 10 seconds. So get on it now.

  >>Get free access to Summer of Survival<<


In case you missed it, don't forget to check out my podcast interview with Cindy Thompson and the Summer Of Survival lead presenter, Survival Jane also available over at Prepper Broadcasting.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: June 3, 2014, 10:00 am


The APN will be hosting a free webinar with Paul Munsen from Sun Oven this Thursday May, the 29th at 7:00PM central time.
(5PM Pacific/6PM Mountain/8PM Eastern)

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to cook good healthy food for a fraction of the cost of other conventional methods. 

In this webinar you will Learn
  • How to harness the power of the sun to cook, dehydrate, purify water and be better prepared for emergencies.
  • How to never have to worry about burning dinner again.
  • Discover how to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables, and enhance winter sprouting.
  • Find out how to reduce your utility bills and the amount of fuel you need to store for emergency preparedness while helping families in deforested developing countries around the world.    
  • Paul Munsen, of SUN OVENS INTERNATIONAL, will cover everything you need to know about using a SUN OVEN to bake, boil and steam foods. He will show how practical and easy it is to cook in a SUN OVEN and discuss the many economic, health and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun. 
http://instantteleseminar.com/?eventid=55772292  

Then set your alarms for 7PM central time May 29th





Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: May 28, 2014, 10:00 am
We are one month from the anniversary of the 2013 Alberta Floods. Floods that rocked many lives across a wide swath of Alberta. I know you've all seen the pictures - the one of people in High River being rescued on a combine, or those of raging rivers ripping through Canmore. What an experience.

I remember passing the military vehicles on the highway as they made their way south and thinking this was getting very real. I remember watching the local river rise day after day until it nearly overtook the one bridge that connects my community. I remember volunteers traveling by the bus load to High River for weeks afterwards to help in any way they could. What an experience.

When I walk through my local river valley, the signs of the flood are very much still present. Piles of logs and debris everywhere, trees bent over, pathways washed away. I can't help but wonder the un-wonderable - could it happen again?

Well, the short answer is yes. All it took to create this flood was a certain combination of variables involving water. Variables are like dice, roll long enough and you're going to hit every combination at some point. And from what I can see in the news reports, the government certainly seems to agree with me. Take a look at this map from the Government of Alberta Flood Mitigation website:


There are currently hundreds of projects on the go to upgrade, expand or enhance our ability to deal with water in the future. There are also some very major projects under consideration, including a diversion tunnel underneath Calgary from the Glenbow dam to the Bow river, a 44 million cubic metre dry dam upstream of Bragg Creek, and a 7 km long diversion canal around High River.




Weather is a wonder of this beautiful planet we live on, and though we humans have come a great distance in predicting, graphing, modeling and forecasting the weather, in the end, we really are still pawns on a chessboard. I applaud the government for doing what they can. For trying to be ready.

My point if you haven't seen it already - the Government of Alberta is prepping in mass for future flooding. They think it may happen again, or they wouldn't spend volumes of time and money on even doing the research for all this. So if the Government is prepping - are you?

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.   
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: May 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
After last month’s Earthquake outside Port hardy BC followed by a few conversations about quaky quirks in man’s best friend has lead me to believe that Fido might have a flare for being quake aware.  After doing some digging it turns out that mans best friend isn’t the only prediction expert.  The animal kingdom boasts many prediction experts from pelicans to elephants that have shown erratic behavior before major disasters.   I know that it is not realistic to house an elephant as part of your backyard preps but their supreme sensitivity to seismic activity may send you on a safari. 

Elephants have a very well developed sense of hearing using infrasound.  They listen for these sounds through the use of their feet.  Standing on three legs allows the elephant to hear better,  it puts more pressure on the three standing legs to get a better sound vibration.  The shifts in the earths crust that cause tsunamis and earthquakes produce shockwaves which travel through the ground.  Hens the natural prediction skills of our large eared friends, ironically enough those ears aren't their best hearing asset. 

Check out these videos for more proof that the animal kingdom has a one up on the humans in the event that disaster strikes. 
 





Join us May 7th if you are in the lower mainland for a free Emergency Preparedness seminar presented by a 25 year vet of the Emergency management industry.  Click here for more details.


Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
Posted: May 2, 2014, 11:38 pm

5 Easy Ways to Start Prepping for Emergencies


It seems like you can’t go two days in a row without hearing about some terrifying natural disaster or emergency occurring somewhere in the world. From ice storms to wildfires; from hurricanes and tornados to earthquakes, pandemics, tidal waves, and blackouts—the truth is that there’s a lot that can go wrong for us on our deceptively peaceful blue marble. But with responsibilities associated with work and family, it can be difficult to scrounge up enough time and money to adequately prepare for all of the dangers this planet has to offer. Well, don’t fret; here are five simple and inexpensive ways you can get yourself and your loved ones ready to face down any disaster.


1. Start Storing Water



In an emergency, water is often both the most important and most difficult to acquire of all of the basic human needs. We tend to forget just how much we rely on our city’s water purification systems, right up until the moment we find ourselves having to drain drinking water from the back of the toilet. The truth is that clean, fresh water can be very difficult to come by. Thus, one of the most important things you can do is to start including as much water as you can in your emergency food storage. An easy way to do this is to purchase a gallon of water for your emergency supply every time you go shopping. This will only end up costing you an extra dollar or so every trip, and your water storage will build up very quickly. Also, it would be a good idea to invest in some non-electric water purifiers (such as the kind that operate with a pump), or to get some purifying drops/tablets as a back up (but remember: stored clean water is always a safer way to go).


2. Make a Grab-And-Go Box For All Your Important Documents


If you find that you have to evacuate your home, you’re not going to want to waste precious minutes running around the house gathering important documents. Instead, store all of the paperwork that you absolutely can’t do without in a small, portable, fire-proof box. Things such as birth certificates, social security cards, financial documents, insurance info, etc., should all be able to fit inside. Keep the box in an easy-to-remember spot. Make copies of these documents and keep them in a safe location away from your home, such as with a relative or in a safe-deposit box.


3. Consider The Poop Issue


It is entirely possible during an emergency that your toilet may become unusable. If this were to happen to your family, what would you do? If you have a big enough yard and don’t mind a little digging, you could always go that route, but you might end up regretting it once the emergency has passed and you’re left with a bunch of feces-filled sinkholes hiding under your lawn. The better alternative is to create (or purchase, if you prefer) a human-waste disposal kit. These usually consist of a 5 gallon metal bucket, a snap-on toilet seat, some heavy-duty trash bags, powdered chlorinated lime, borax, a spoon or ladle, and toilet paper.


4. Have a Way to Prepare Your Stored Food


Once you have a large enough food storage to get you and your family safely through the disaster, you’ll need a way to prepare it. Sure, you could live off of dried nuts and cold canned goods, but morale is bound to suffer if you can’t provide everyone with a nice warm meal. Camping stoves are relatively inexpensive, and can be used to whip up some steaming-hot whatever quickly. Alternatively, if you have enough wood and a fireplace/fire pit, you can make like the pioneers and use the flames for all of your cooking needs. In either case, just make sure that you’re careful when dealing with fire/fuel; it wouldn’t do to add to the emergency by burning your house down. You could also purchase or build your own solar oven and let the sun do all of the hard work for you.


5. Stock Up On First Aid Supplies


Many people forget about the first aid side of emergency preparedness. However, when it comes to disaster related situations, simple things like gauze, painkillers, and antiseptics can be literal life-savers in dire circumstances. Again, if you’d like you can purchase well-stocked emergency first aid kits, or you can assemble one more tailored to your family’s needs. Be sure to include any necessary medications that you might require if you’re unable to make it to the doctor/pharmacy during the crisis. This can be somewhat tricky, as expired medication may lose its effectiveness or even become dangerous, and emergency storage is generally supposed to be able to be kept for a long time without needing to be replaced. Speak with your doctor about the possibility of getting a larger prescription when you go in for a refill so that you can keep extra, non-expired medication in with your food storage. It may be a hassle, but at least you won’t have to worry about not having your medicine when you need it.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: April 30, 2014, 11:00 am
There are moments in life in which it seems the world has stopped spinning – at least for you. The words coming through the phone seem to echo into your soul… “We are going to send an ambulance right now.” Any parent who has lived through a similar experience can testify of the terror that those events instill. HealthLink said those sombre words to us conveying that the life of our 1 month old was now in jeopardy. One full week in the Children’s Hospital, 6 more weeks of Oxygen tanks and tubes, a roller coaster of emotions and we were finally back on track. Our hearts were full of gratitude for the Nurses, Doctors, Hospital and health care technology that were available to us and our precious newborn in our time of need.

Have you ever considered how life would be if those professionals, treatments and hospitals were no longer available to us? What would you do when your loved one’s life hangs in the balance and you are all they have to depend on? The thought of my little ones depending on me in such a serious scenario makes me feel very helpless and worried as I know my skills and resources are very limited compared to the safety net we currently have.

One of the things that does bring me some peace is in knowing that I have access to some important tools that can come to my aid in such a time of need. Thankfully technology and Healthcare have come a long way to allow someone with no medical background an opportunity to use some life-saving tools safely and easily.

Here is my go to list and how they work:

1) Woundseal powder –

This is designed to stop bleeding in a matter of seconds and it will heal with less scar tissue than stitches. Woundseal is non-toxic, disinfects and it can be used on hemophiliacs or those on blood thinners. To use it, simply just pour on a wound and apply with pressure. It becomes waterproof after 3 hrs and will allow the body to heal from the “inside out” minimizing scar tissue.

2) Wrap It Cool -

The most effective method for sprains and strains.  It’s the only product that provides compression, cooling and draws out inflammation/swelling and bruising all at once.  One hour of using this wrap equals 12 hours of cooling.  It's four active ingredients are menthol, ethyl alcohol, calendula and arnica oil

3) Quik Clot -

This is the easiest product to use to stop serious bleeding including arterial bleeding and will save lives. Used by the US military and US Forest Service.  Just apply it directly to wound with pressure.  It is safe, non-toxic and is easy for medical personnel to remove.  It also does not cut off circulation to the extremities.  No one has ever died using the product. If you want to see this product in action you can search Youtube for "Quik Clot pig video" (do not watch if you have a sensitive stomach).

4) Buffered Isotonic Eye Wash Solution –

This will neutralize any chemical in the eyes or on the skin. It is great because it penetrates quicker than water.

5) Fracture fork –

This detects fractures including hair-line fractures through vibration

6) Cool Blaze -

The most advanced burn gel product.  It is non-toxic, does not stain clothing and does not contain lidocain. This gel will remove heat, disinfect burn injuries and can eliminate up to a 3rd degree burn. Simply apply it liberally and do not rub in.

7) Foreign Object Removal Kit –

Comes with 3 instruments

     1.  Eye magnet and loop: to remove particles on the eye ball or between the eye ball and eye lids.     
     2.  Splinter probe: most effective instrument at removing splinters
     3.  Tweezers: stainless steel and pointed

These items and a whole lot more are found in my heavy-duty trauma kit and give me some peace of mind knowing that I will at least have a fighting chance to safe my loved one’s life. You can view the full contents of our Trauma Kit here.

This post by Kristen from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.   
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: April 27, 2014, 3:48 am
Every so often I hop in the car and head out to a place I call "Down Home".  Down Home is a good three to three and a half hours away, depending on traffic, so I always make sure I have as many communications possibilities with me when I go.  I took this trip just about 2 weeks ago, and had some car trouble on the way back...the kind of car trouble that stops you dead in your tracks.  As soon as I noticed that my car was about to come to a halt, I took the first exit off of Highway 40...towards a town called Yamachiche.  This is not a big town by any means, and with a population of about 3000, a traveller passing through at 11PM can pretty much find the sidewalks rolled up and the entire town closed.  I found myself pulled over on an off ramp, needing assistance with no one in sight.  I had three ways of communications with me, a cell phone, a CB radio, and my 2 meter ham HT.  This was the perfect situation to find out which would be most useful.  Here is a rundown...

CB Radio - A citizen band radio can come in handy, especially for preppers.  One of the reasons that a lot of preppers like the CB, is the fact that they are cheap to get because almost no one uses them anymore.  This proved to be the biggest downfall.  I turned on the radio and tuned to channel 9, which is supposed to be the emergency channel.  This being an emergency, I keyed up and called MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY...nothing but static.  This came as no big surprise, the reason I have CB in the car is to be able to talk with my home base, and others that have CB within my group.  Any means of communication requires there to be more than one person using it...you can call out all you want, but if there is no one else on the air at the time, well, it's pretty much useless.

2 Meter Ham - This requires a little more efort than just keying up a mic.  My 5 watt HT gets some OK range, but the likelyhood of there being someone on the air locally was slim, and finding out what frequency they are on makes a set to set contact next to impossible.  Enter the road atlas and my printed out list of repeaters from repeaterbook dot com.  Within a few minutes I was able to identify the closest repeaters to my location and began to try to get one...with some success!  Although I could hit a repeater not far from me, again, there was no one else on the air at the time.  I also keep a list of emergency services frequencies, but these are out of the ham band, and I really didn't want to find out how the provincial police would react to me transmitting directly to their dispatch frequency.

Cell Phone - This is where I had the best luck...actually I knew it would be, but wanted to test out my other comms first.  Along the highways there are signs posted for the numbers to call for help.  On long trips, you simply can't avoid them being drilled into your head every few kilometers.  So to the cell phone I go and call the emergency number, which connects me to a provincial police dispatch center. I explained my problem, told them my location and they sent the cavalry right to me to take care of my every need....NOT!  There was no accident, no real danger of an accident, I was simply broken down, so there really wasn't anything they could do for me even if they did send a car.  They did however, have the phone number for the closest tow truck company.  This is important, so please, please, take this advice to heart...CARRY A NOTEBOOK AND PENCIL WHEN YOU TRAVEL.  You will need to write stuff down like tow truck numbers, garage numbers, etc...

So, does this mean that I will no longer bother with CB and ham radio when I travel?  No, of course not, each as it's merits and I assume that some of my issues with them were related to the late hour.  I often listen to CB on the highway for truckers passing on info about traffic and other issues and the ham radio conveniently tunes to police bands so I can get a sense of any emergencies (read speed traps) that are in progress.  It does mean that I will make sure my cell phone is charged and that I have a way to recharge it, and I will always have a notebook and pencil in the car with me.

As a side note, cash is as important as anything else I mentioned earlier.  Tow trucks, auto repairs, and hotels rooms add up, so make sure you carry money with you when you travel.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: April 16, 2014, 10:00 am
Recently I found some golden nuggets in the form of old civil defense pamphlets put out by the US government in the 50's. They are archived online and links are below. I will disclaim that though some of the information in these forms has been proven inaccurate in modern studies, the general themes are great and much can be learned. I also love the tone of voice used in the writing. There is no sugar coating, no high level jargon. The tone is borderline sarcastic and humorous if you think like that. From page 4 of Survival Under Atomic Attack, I quote:

"Should you happen to be one of the unlucky people right under the bomb, there is practically no hope of living through it."

Well, now I know not to prep for a direct overhead nuclear hit! Whew! Humor aside though, the general themes are great. A major push of civil defense in those days was having everyone prepared. Every single man, woman and child. Each was to know their role and how to react no matter where they stood the moment the emergency began. Take a look at the National Civil Defense Pattern:
1) The Individual - Calm and well trained
2) The Family - the base of organized self protection
3) Neighborhood
4) Community - Puts civil defense into action immediately
5) Nearby Cities - move in aid as needed
6) Federal Government - Furnishes aid and supplies if needed

It starts with the individual - calm and well trained. Perfect. Then permeates to the family working together. Then the community coming together, then communities working together, and then finally and IF needed, the government. If being the keyword there. Compare that to modern day where you can basically guarantee immediate panic and complete reliance on government agencies.

Another nugget of simple wisdom I enjoyed from the concluding pages of Survival under attack:

"If you follow the pointers in this little booklet, you stand far better than an even chance of surviving the bomb's blast, heat, and radioactivity. What's more, you will make a definite contribution to civil defense in your community, because civil defense must start with you. But if you lose your head and blindly attempt to run from the dangers, you may touch off a panic that will cost your life and put tremendous obstacles in the way of your Civil Defense Corps."

Well said! In my training days as part of our local Search and Rescue team we were constantly drilled that we must always be conscious of our actions and abilities. If we were not able to operate at 100%, we were to voluntarily pull ourselves out of the operation. Keep your head on and be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

And the last nugget for today:
"Civil Defense is everybody's business" - AKA - Everyone should be a Prepper. I couldn't agree more. You may enjoy poking through the following resources.

United States Dept of Civil Defense - Survival under Atomic Attack PDF
https://ia700606.us.archive.org/4/items/survivalunderato00bost/survivalunderato00bost.pdf

United States Dept of Civil Defense - Fallout Protection PDF
https://ia700300.us.archive.org/7/items/falloutprotectio00unitrich/falloutprotectio00unitrich.pdf

Federal Civil Defense Administration - A Day Called X - A 1957 film production about the evacuation of Portland. (27 min - grab some popcorn and enjoy this gem!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueEl7A7KaHA

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: April 11, 2014, 5:52 pm

I don't post many casting calls here, but this one seems to target those who may want to put their survival skills to the test.


Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: April 9, 2014, 11:00 am
After an insane March full of trade shows and events, we are happy to be back blogging on the network.  There has been some fantastic posts with great content.  I particularly like the Self Sufficient Women post by Prepared Canadian. 
Here at Chylan we are all about continuous learning and when ever a free online course comes my way I hop on the band wagon.  I previously blogged about permaculture and how it relates to self reliance and emergency preparedness and what better way to adapt these ideals that taking a crash course. 
This Open Permaculture course can be found at the below link
The following topics are covered

  • Permaculture Fundamentals
  • Design and Patterns
  • Plants, Climates and Soils
  • Social Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Projects
  • Water and Aquaculture
  • Urban Permaculture Applications
  • Permaculture Leaders–Interviews
  • Experience Permaculture – Site Visits

  • I hope to see some of you jump in on the discussion forums:)
    We are very excited to announce the launch of our new website.  Please take a minute to visit www.chylan.ca and give us some feedback on how things are running.  With all things new, it may take a little time to get the wheels running smoothly but we are very happy with the new user friendly design and functionality.  Your feedback is important to us so please tell us what you think.  If you have any thoughts or suggestions on how we can improve, we would love to hear it. 
    Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
    Posted: April 4, 2014, 9:01 pm

    I Highly Recommend This 



    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: April 2, 2014, 10:00 am
    Most of my bug out scenarios involve me driving down a certain road for my initial exit. There is only one road exiting my suburb, so from the standpoint of I'm at home and the SHTF, that's the natural choice. (There are actually 3 suburbs including mine that all use this one exit road.) I have considered the volume on this road. I figure that daytime should be fine, most people will be at work. Evening would be a disaster as everyone is home and awake. Middle of the night would be so-so, it would depend on who heard the news. How many of you are in the same boat? I have seen way too many burbs created that have only one exit point. It causes traffic snarl every day, and would be horrific during a disaster. To make matters worse, I know this specific road that exits my suburb has several oil and gas pipelines that run under it just before it hits the main highway. Its a total nightmare of mine. If one of those pipelines was to go, my entire area would be locked in.

    So I'm thinking I need to beef up my exit strategies. Should the main route be blocked or busy, what next? Do I just sit there in traffic like everyone else and wait for whatever to hit?  I don't think so. I need to escape my escape plan. On to Plan B.

    Next time your bored at lunch break, think through your exit scenario(s). Where are the bottlenecks? Where could the strategy break down? Think about who or what is going to get in your way? Then consider how you can alter the plan if you need to - to avoid the crowds and the man made glitches. Often the answer takes just a little more creative planning. If your plan B involves some 4 x 4 'ing, you may want to go for a leisurely stroll and case out the route to make sure there are no large boulders to bring an abrupt end to your joyride. If your plan involves ditching the vehicle, you may want to consider relocating your bug out bags (or placing a second set) just past where you foresee the bottleneck.

    Whatever your scenario may be, think about the plan b. You just never know when you might need to escape your escape plan.

    This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  

    Author: Briden Solutions
    Posted: March 30, 2014, 3:22 am

    A self Sufficient Woman


    Inside of every female, is a Self-Sufficient Woman. Whether she knows it or not, the potential is there. A prime example is the fact that her body has the power to provide everything it needs to sustain and grow another human life. When it comes to living in a world that is growing ever more dependent upon others to survive, self-sufficient women will prosper because of the lifestyle they have chosen. Preparing more in all aspects of your life is a common theme that is followed by self-sufficient women. In a lot of ways, how self-sufficient and prepared you are can speak volumes about who you are.

    Self-Sufficient Women Are Gardeners

    There are many obvious benefits as to why someone would want to grow a garden. Whether it's for the stress relief, a hobby or a family outdoor activity, there are many advantages to gardening. Self-Sufficient women often supply their own families with home-grown fruits and vegetables. A concern for health and nutrition is deeply tied with growing a garden. Not only are they providers of good healthy foods and nutrition, they benefit from the exercise, the calming effects and the creativity that gardening offers.

    Self-Sufficient Women Are Financial Planners

    Most people have been in stuck in that scary boat where they ask themselves, do I pay the car payment or the credit card bill this month? Women who are self-sufficient tend to stay out of debt and stockpile cash for emergencies. Investing in gold and silver is also a common practice to protect themselves from inflation. Making purchases with cash, saving money and preparing for financial burdens proves that self-sufficient women are planners, frugal and smart. It also says a lot about their self-control and discipline. Becoming materialistic or keeping up with the Joneses is not a concern for self-sufficient women.

    Self-Sufficient Women Get Off The Grid

    Because being self-sufficient tends to mean, providing for all your needs possible, it often includes relying upon yourself for energy and power. This can range from wind turbines, solar panels, a well for a water source etc. Sometimes a place is purchased out in the boondocks which can be referred to as their retreat or safe place. This safe place can be used as an emergency living for when a natural disaster happens or just for the simplicity of privacy. Self-sufficient women prepare more and panic less.

    Self-Sufficient Women Have Emergency Preparations

    Being concerned with the welfare of yourself and your family is a responsibility that self-sufficient women bear well. Because they are pro-active creatures, nothing gets past them. Stocking up on water, food, safety and security measures are top priorities for them. They comprehend that it's better to be well-prepared than ill-prepared. Food storage can consist of foods they canned or dehydrated from the produce from their gardens. A supply of fuel is always kept stored on hand and because self-sufficient women own firearms like a practical 9mm for security and protection, she will stock up on 9mm ammo.

    Self-Sufficient women live a lifestyle that focuses on all elements of life that they depend on to not only survive, but to flourish in whatever conditions life throws at them. They're realists as they look at life boldly and courageously perform the tasks needed to be self-sufficient. They're creative and can find a use for everything. They're passionate about the way they want to live and they never give up. They travel the road less traveled on and they do not shun away when things get tough. Self-sufficient women see a beauty in life that is worth experiencing and in it, they are the ones that experience true freedom. There's few things better in life than no debt, a pantry stocked with food and supplies and a backyard ripe for harvest. A sense of pride is well deserved in a self-sufficient lifestyle. There's beautiful simplicity in a self-sufficient woman.
    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: March 26, 2014, 11:00 am


    How Money Is Created:

    To fully appreciate the economic situation we are in, we first have to understand how money is created.
    First, the Bank of Canada prints our money, or more accurately, whites a line in a ledger book.  Unlike the Federal Reserve in the US, The Bank of Canada is a crown corporation, essentially, the government’s very own money printing press.  When the government needs more money put into circulation to pay for public services and such, the Bank of Canada, under the direction of the finance minister prints it, or creates it numerically.  Surprisingly, only about 5% of money is created this way. 



    The reality is that most money, about 95% of it, is loaned into existence through a process called fractional reserve banking.  The idea behind it could be considered fraudulent, but it is actually quite easy to understand.  Banks have two primary activities, other than charging you outrageous user fees, taking in deposits from people and companies, and loaning that money out to other people and companies.  Now, one would think that the user fees and interest on loans that the bank collects would be the source of its lending funds, but that is not so.  This is where fractional reserve comes into play.  In the fractional reserve system, banks are required to keep on hand only a small amount of the deposits they hold and are allowed to lend out the rest, thus the term fractional reserve.  The theory behind this is that its depositors will not want to remove all their money at once.  So just how little money are the banks required to keep on hand?  Well, usually that number is somewhere between 8 and 10 percent…surprisingly low, but workable in theory as the other 90 to 92 percent is constantly coming back to them with interest as debtors repay loans.  This is actually no longer the case in Canada, but I’ll get to that a bit later.

    So where is the problem with this you might ask?  Well, bankers figured out pretty quickly how to literally create new money using this system…here’s how it works.

    To simplify things, let’s imagine a small town somewhere in Canada with one bank.  A newcomer to the town goes to the bank, opens an account and deposits $1000.00.  So, with the fractional banking system in play, the bank goes out and finds someone who needs to borrow money and grants them a loan of $900.00, which keeps the reserve of $100.00 for withdrawals.  The borrower is building a home and purchases supplies from the local lumber yard with his borrowed $900.00.  All good right?  Well what do you think the lumber yard does…that’s right…straight to the bank and deposits it.  The bank now has $900.00, of which it can loan out $810.00.  This goes on and on and on average, the bank can loan, receive and reloan this original $1000.00 12.5 times…creating new fictional money each time.

    Let’s take a look at the hard numbers.

    The bank only ever received $1000.00 of actual money…everyone in play in this scenario used portions of that original deposit.

    Original deposit:1000
    Loan out:900
    Balance:100
    Deposit from lumber yard:900
    Balance:1000
    Loaned out:810
    Balance:190

    So, from this very short example, we see that from the original 1000.00 deposit, the bank loaned out $1710.00.  So where did that extra $710.00 come from?  Thin air!  Bad right?  Well it gets worse…a lot worse.

    So how much real money is in circulation here?  $1000.00 right? So how it that guy building his house supposed to repay the bank with interest?  The bank must create more money…again, out of thin air using the fractional reserve system, or else the borrower must, by mathematics, default on the loan, meaning that the bank no longer has the original cash to cover withdrawals by the original depositor.
    So where is the problem?  More money means more people have money to spend and everyone is happy right?  Wrong…remember, there is no real money other than the original $1000.00…everything else is just numbers on a balance sheet…it DOES NOT EXIST!

    The kicker here, which makes it even worse, is that in 1981, then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney reduced the fractional reserve rule to zero…that’s right, banks no longer have to keep ANY of your deposits on hand by law, and are free to determine how much they keep on hand to cover withdrawals.

    How Inflation Ties In

    So isn’t the creation of new money inflationary?  Of course, and it is directly related to the supply and demand laws.  When an item such as gold is rare, its value remains high.  But suppose a new source of gold is found and there is suddenly a lot more of it around…the value goes down.  The same holds true for money, and it doesn’t matter if it’s printed by the Bank of Canada or created through loans made by chartered banks…both are inflationary.  Now, keep in mind that not all inflation is bad, as a matter of fact, it is quite necessary for an expanded economy to function.  Now, if the Bank of Canada, which is essentially the government, were to have control of money creation, there might be a better outlook, but remember, 95% of all money is created by chartered banks in the form of loans.  When a bank issues a loan, they create a debt that must be repaid with interest.  So, if the money supply was finite, interest could never be paid, so the banks issue more loans to create more money in the form of debt…with interest, and so on and so on.  The problem is that every time the banks issue loans, they must continue to do so at a greater rate to keep enough money in the system to enable debtors to repay with interest.  One would think that this creates a snowball effect that can never be stopped, and you would be bang on.  Mathematically, the banks cannot create money fast enough to keep up with the debts they have on books, and someone must default…these defaults, which come in waves, are what we call recessions.  Most of us define inflation as the increase in the price of goods and services, when actually, the reverse is true.  Inflation is your dollar being worth less as a result of a surplus of it.  This surplus is a natural result of the bank lending scheme that it needs to continue on an ongoing basis just to keep itself running.  As the banks lend more money into existence, inflation rises with it.  The problem is this…the more the banks lend, the more they have to lend to create money so that debtors can repay.  This goes on and on and becomes exponential, bringing the inflation rate with it. 

    Although the banks system could theoretically go on forever, you cannot.  In order to fight inflation, you have to work harder and longer to keep up.  Humans have a breaking point and there is only so much time in a day, meaning that debtors have a ceiling of what they can do to repay debt…a fact that breaks the theory of an infinitely plausible scheme for the fractional banking system…it requires constant growth, which by the laws of nature, is not possible, and debts get defaulted on.  We have seen this play out in history over and over again with countless recessions, and let’s not forget the great depression of the 1930’s.

    How The US and Canadian Dollar Are Related in Respect to a Collapse

    There is no shortage of proponents of the US dollar collapsing, it seems more of a question of when.  But just what does that mean for our Canadian economy?  Will it suffer the same fate and if so why?  We have all heard how closely the two economies are related but just where is that relationship made?  The answer is in trade.  International trade is when goods or services created by the workers of one country are sold to the consumers of another.  In our case, the goods and services we sell to US consumers represents about 20% of goods and services sold by Canadian workers, which represents just over 347 billion dollars…at that number, it really doesn’t matter which currency you count in…it’s a lot of moulah!

    In the case of an economic collapse in the US, Americans would simply not be able to afford Canadian goods if our dollar remained stable.  Therefore, it stands to reason that the Bank of Canada could deflate the loonie by injecting significant amounts of freshly printed cash, causing inflation here and create an equal footing with the US which represents almost 75% of its international trade.  In addition, the Bank of Canada currently holds more than half its reserves in US dollars.  

    Canada also happens to be the number one supplier to the US of a very important and valuable resource…oil.  Millions of barrels of oil are bought and sold internationally every day in order to keep up with the world’s energy demands, mostly in transportation.  When buying or selling goods such as oil on the international market, a currency must be determined to be used between all the parties involved.  For oil, that currency is the US dollar.  Imagine how many US dollars are in circulation around the globe for the sole purpose of buying oil.  Should the international community decide to use another currency to buy and sell oil with, all that US money would be dumped into the economy, causing instant hyperinflation.  Not going to happen  you say…well, Iraq tried to switch to the euro in 2000 and Saadam Hussein got his neck stretched for his efforts.  Sure, a tiny country such as Iraq, already weakened by war and economic sanctions was easy to do this to, but what if say, Russia decided to do this?

    The effect of bank runs

    In any case, if this were to happen, Canada would find itself with over 50% of its cash reserve being devalued beyond use.   Why is this important?  Well, because the chartered banks do not need to keep any real cash on hand for withdrawals, although they do keep  some, it stands to reason that a high number of people drawing money they have deposited in those banks could cause the banks to simply and realistically run out of cash.  Normally, when this happens, the Bank of Canada steps in and lends them money from its reserve to keep them in operation.  With a reserve half the size of what it should be, they would have no choice but to print more money…lots of it and fast, creating a hyperinflation situation.

    Hyper inflation is seen as a rise in prices, even if it is actually the currency not being able to buy the same goods or services.  Along with price increases comes consumer stinginess if you will.  With prices rising, consumers are less able to buy goods, therefore causing businesses to lay off people it no longer has the income to pay.  The more people become unemployed, the less they have to spend, and so on and so on…yet another snowball effect.

    So What Happens Next?

    Once a fiat currency goes hyperinflative, there are several things that begin to cascade out of control.  As unemployment rise, default on loans also skyrocket.  Remember, this is a mathematical certainty the way the system is set up.  There are two types of debts that are defaulted on…secured, meaning there is something physical that can be reclaimed by the bank such as a house, or a car, or a boat.  There are also unsecured debts such as credit cards that were used for items that cannot be reclaimed, or simply have little value such as diners at fancy restaurants, vacations to the Caribbean, or a bunch of music cds or video games, maybe even the cloths on your back.   Although the banks technically recover some of the loans through repossession on secured debt, they are left with physical property that must be sold to turn into cash to cover withdrawals.  However, with a high unemployment rate, no one is buying.

    As an example from recent history, during the great depression, Canada’s unemployment rate hit about 30% nationally, with some regions reaching as high as 60%.  With no income and banks repossessing homes, the natural result is hunger and homelessness.  

    What Can We Expect From an Economic Crash?  

    If you happen to be listening on Blogtalk or through Prepper Broadcasting, you are seeing some pretty desperate images that go along with this podast.  Despite all of this, the often envisioned situation in the prepper community is more of a MAD MAX type of scenario, which in my opinion is pretty farfetched…nearing the mark of impossible.  However, like the depression era, I would not be surprised to see uncountable people living in the streets, or at best, multiple families living under one roof just to make a go of it, and still eating mainly at soup kitchens and through whatever charitable organizations that would be still able to help.

    As often happens in these situations, the common man, having no value in paper money, resorts to a barter system of trade.  As no one could possible store up enough of any one essential item that could be used for barter, the only sensible solution is to be able to produce something or provide a service through skills that are necessary for life, such as food or tool making, just to name a couple.  Of course, if you are able to produce at least enough food to support your family, you are on the right track and owning your own home free of debt would be even better.

    Conclusion

    As we have learned, a collapse of fiat money is an eventual certainty, it’s always just a matter of time.  Sure, economists will always point to fiats that have not collapsed, but the only answer to that which could make any sense at all is ”yet”.  There are even more issues at play in the economy today that I just couldn’t get to for time reasons, but suffice it to say, we have turned a corner economically, and there is no turning back at this point.  Simply put, an economic collapse is not a question of when, but how soon.

    On the bright side, there are always better times after a collapse.  Usually, a new currency is introduced and exchanged for the old one, but by looking at collapses in the past such as in Germany, Argentina, and Zimbabwe, just to name a few, new currency is usually exchanged at a rate of 1000 to 1…sometimes much much more.  The biggest downside to this is that the new currency, is also a fiat, and will eventually suffer the same consequences.  In fact, many countries that do this, end up doing so many times in a few short years, before one new currency takes hold and restarts the long cycle.

    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: March 20, 2014, 6:29 pm
    You may have heard the recent news about the State of Emergency in Lethbridge Alberta. The situation there went from bad to horrible in only a matter of hours. Here is a quick rundown of the timeline:
    • Tuesday - the city issued a statement saying they were having trouble with the water plant keeping up, and asking residents to conserve water.
    • Tuesday 3:20pm - the City figures things were under control as the water plant was catching up.
    • Wednesday 8:30 am - City was asking residents to conserve water for another 24 hours. 
    • Wednesday 10:15am - the attitude changes, City is declaring a water emergency as the water plant completely shuts down.
    • Wednesday 11:15am - local state of emergency declared due to critical water storage situation. City declares it only has an 8 hour water supply at normal usage.
    • Wednesday noon - City asks residents not to hoard water, no dishwashing or clothes washing, only cooking and drinking.
    • Wednesday 4pm - Boil water order is issued, City water is no longer drinkable, City's ability to provide fire suppression is at risk.
    • Thursday 2pm - Boil water order still in effect
    As of the time I am writing this, this water emergency is still playing out. The City's reason for all this: "The unprecedented quick snow melt caused water to run directly over ice and frozen ground to river and streams. As there was no place for dirt, silt and organic matter to seep into the ground, much more of it managed to make its way to the river then in previous spring thaws." Another official comment on the City website: "We have never seen raw water conditions this bad in the Oldman River."

    What I find interesting is how quickly the situation deteriorated, and our inability as a general population to navigate the unexpected. I'm sure workers at the City of Lethbridge are doing everything they can to remedy the situation. I'm also aware that money does not grow on trees, so every municipality can't build infinite water storage or treatment facilities, so I am by no means pointing any fingers. Nature happens.

    The point to highlight and bold here in this situation is the government cannot predict and prepare for every situation possible - they just can't. We shouldn't expect them to, and frankly I don't want them to. And that's the whole reason why we as preppers exist and why more people should think twice about having some storage. It only took two hours from the time the water plant shut down in Lethbridge until the time the city issued a Do Not Hoard statement. Why? Because every single person was filling their bathtub and the water supply was taking a double hit.

    Please take this unfortunate situation as a reminder to yourself, and pass it along to those you care about as well. Get some water storage happening in your home in whatever way you can. Get a big tank, or lots of little ones and FILL THEM UP. This is for all of you who have bought a Super Tanker from us and it's still sitting empty in your garage - fill it up! Then extend your water abilities by getting some filtration/purification. That could be some Lifesaver water bottles, an AquaPail or AquaBrick, or some Aquatabs. Lots of aqua there, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Just do yourself a favor and take this as a hint. Then when the snow melts too fast in your area for the local plant to keep up, you'll be ready.

    This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
    Author: Briden Solutions
    Posted: March 14, 2014, 2:00 pm

    A Few Tips on How to Make your Camping Trip a Bit more Comfortable


    Camping combines all of the best parts of sleeping on the ground, getting eaten by insects, and pooping outdoors. However, despite the fact that most of our ancestors got over “the call of the wild” about ten thousand years ago, nearly 50 million Americans annually decide to toss aside millennia of technological advancement, all for the opportunity rough-it outside and eat charred potatoes out of blackened tin foil. Hey, what can you do? Camping is an American tradition. Unfortunately, what many campers don’t realize until they’re hacking away at the frozen ground with a camping shovel while the pressure in their bowles slowly increases, is that the tradition itself is based almost entirely on discomfort. Discomfort is really what defines camping, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are a few ideas on how you can make getting out in the rough go a little bit more smoothly.


    1. Dress for success

    Having lived for generations in the comforting embrace of internal climate control, many of us don’t really appreciate just how extreme the elements can get. Fortunately, all it takes is a night curled up in a shivering, frost-covered ball, or a day swooning from heat exhaustion to really drive the point home. Before you head out into the wilderness, check the weather forecast. See what the temperatures are supposed to be, and be sure dress appropriately. A pair of thick socks or heated fleece mittens could potentially mean the difference between a weekend spent in a tent and a weekend spent in your own private hell. Also, be sure to prepare for the worst. Even if the weather is expected to be nice, make sure to bring a warm, waterproof coat. Also, a pair of waterproof boots and several changes of socks are a must. Oh, and never leave home without waterproof matches, because it’s easier to stay warm and dry when you’ve got a fire going.

    2. Location, location, location

    Sometimes, people who claim to hate camping actually mean that they hate camping in a specific spot. While you’re planning your trip, be sure to take location into account. Find out a few things early on, such as the availability of utilities such as water, bathrooms, or electrical outlets. Familiarize yourself with local plant and animal life, making special notes of any that are dangerous, or ones to which you may have allergies. Check for online reviews of the campsites, and determine how crowded the area is likely to be. Also, take travel time into consideration; if you use up all of your patience just getting there, then you won’t have any left over to deal with the camping itself.

    3. You are what you eat

    Camping-food always seems like it’s going to be better than it actually is, but once you sink your teeth into the half-frozen, half- charred insides of a hotdog cooked on a stick, the reality of your situation quickly becomes apparent. Don’t just pack the kind of camping food that you always grew up eating; instead, get creative and come up with some meals that will be easy to pack, but still pack a punch in the flavor department. Do some research and see which of your favorite meals you could potentially put together over a cooking stove. Alternately, you could make a unique foil-dinner, by picking up a few of your favorite fast-food items and wrapping them up for easy reheating once evening rolls around (just remember, things like soft-tacos and chicken-nuggets work a lot better than hamburgers). Or, consider pulling a few dehydrated or freeze-dried meals out of your home’s emergency food storage for easy-to-prepare meals that are also nutritious.

    4. Sleep it off

    Most of us have very specific sleeping circumstances that we seldom deviate from. And, for most of us, sticking with those preferences while camping is completely impossible. As such, you’ll need to know what kinds of things are likely to prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, so you can prepare for them. If you’re sensitive to hard or uneven ground, make sure you get some bedding that will offer support while still protecting you from the roots, rocks, and slopes that might otherwise bore into your back while you try to sleep. If you feel as though the sounds of nature will be anything but peaceful, bring along some earplugs. Consider including a sleeping bag liner or a hotwater bottle if you think you’ll get cold at night. Perhaps most important of all, make sure that you’re tired enough when it’s time to hit the sack that you’ll be able to sleep—even if you’re outside of your sleeping comfort zone. This means you need to make sure to get plenty of exercise during the day (hiking, swimming, fishing, playing, etc.) so that when you hit the pillow at night, you’ll be too tired to worry about being uncomfortable.

    5. Always have an exit strategy

    Hey, not every camping trip is going to be a success. If you get out there only to find that everything is going wrong, don’t be afraid to retreat. After all, discretion is the better part of valor, and knowing when to quit is the sign of a logical and realistic mind. Why not instead check into that motel you saw a few miles down the road? 50 million Americans go camping every year; one less won’t make much of a difference.
    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: March 12, 2014, 8:37 pm




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