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This Week On Movie Monday

Secrets Of The Castle

Episode 2


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

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




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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: December 16, 2014, 1:00 am
DarianBacon

Season 2 - Episode 21

Saturday, December 13, 2014

In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan discusses:
 - The Lumbersexual
 - Dig Dirt? It's World Soil Day
 - Special Guest Darian Bacon from Harvest Gathering  

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: December 13, 2014, 4:00 pm


One of the things about living in a country as large as Canada, is that the types of environmental emergencies for which we need to prepare tend to vary from coast to coast. Earthquakes are the talk of the town on the West Coast while hurricanes and snow storms are all the buzz on the East Coast, and it doesn’t take much to stir up rumours of tornados as skies turn green and black clouds roll in over the beautiful Prairie fields.

Does one kit fit all? 

Certainly the survival gear, food and water found in any standard kit are useful across the nation. But what if you could tailor your kit so that it better fit the disaster most likely to hit your neighbourhood?


Well now you can! These new kits on the block do just that. For example, the Flood Survival Kits come with a mosquito net and waterproof pouch; the Hurricane Survival Kits come with a 15 inch pry bar; and the Tornado Survival Kits contain tornado specific supplies such as an NOAA weather radio, pry bar and a 4-in-1 emergency tool. Check out the remaining new kits here.

But that’s not the best part.

The new kit on the block is the envy of all other kits because it’s the only kit around that contains the super cool, super healthy, super emergency food - MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes!  Now every kit wants one.

These power house protein shakes are the pride and joy of these kits. Packed with 28 superfoods, these vitamin and mineral filled shakes are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free.  15-30 servings per bag. Just add water, shake and stir. No cooking needed, no stoves and fuel to pack around. Your load just got lighter. For information on the MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes, see our articlefrom last month.

And just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

These kits also come in three levels, depending on the extent of your preparation needs and on how many people will be relying on you for supplies: Basic, Deluxe and Premium. For 72 hours, the Basic and Deluxe kits have enough supplies for two people while the Premium kits accommodate four.

What are you waiting for? Welcome the new kit on the block into your family and be prepared, no matter what part of Canada your neighbourhood is in.



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Author: Total Prepare
Posted: December 12, 2014, 9:20 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Secrets Of The Castle


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

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



 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: December 9, 2014, 12:00 am
Prepping can be a wide and varied world with all sorts of scenarios to look at and prepare for. It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned prepper or a newbie to all this, what are your questions? What drives you crazy that you wish you understood better? I've prepared a two question survey and hope you'll take 30 seconds to fill it out. The results will be anonymous and won't be compiled or anything like that. The goal here is to see what common problems are out there with the hopes that I can help you get the answers.

The two questions are:
1) What are the top two questions you have about
getting your food storage in place?

and

2) What holds you back from preparing better?

You can complete the survey here:
http://goo.gl/forms/tzuVhl2nJX

Lastly, don't forget our Briden Christmas sale is on until  
Monday December 8th.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies. 
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: December 6, 2014, 8:27 pm
Jerry-Kobalenko

Season 2, Episode 20 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show

Saturday, December 06, 2014

In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio show, host Wolfmaan discusses: - Construction at the Barefoot Bushcraft School - Youtube Video on Bikejoring - Russian tigers terrorise Chinese people - Interview special guest Jerry Kobalenko of www.kobalenko.com

 [CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SEASON 2, EPISODE 20]

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: December 6, 2014, 4:00 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Meltdown At Three Mile Island

The Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown that occurred on March 28, 1979 in one of the two Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was the worst accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. The incident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident With Wider Consequences.
The accident began with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape. The mechanical failures were compounded by the initial failure of plant operators to recognize the situation as a loss-of-coolant accident due to inadequate training and human factors, such as human-computer interaction design oversights relating to ambiguous control room indicators in the power plant's user interface. In particular, a hidden indicator light led to an operator manually overriding the automatic emergency cooling system of the reactor because the operator mistakenly believed that there was too much coolant water present in the reactor and causing the steam pressure release.
The accident crystallized anti-nuclear safety concerns among activists and the general public, resulted in new regulations for the nuclear industry, and has been cited as a contributor to the decline of a new reactor construction program that was already underway in the 1970s. The partial meltdown resulted in the release of unknown amounts of radioactive gases and radioactive iodine into the environment. Dire predictions were made by anti-nuclear movement activists; however epidemiological studies analyzing the rate of cancer in and around the area since the accident, determined there was a small statistically non-significant increase in the rate and thus no causal connection linking the accident with these cancers can be made. Cleanup started in August 1979, and officially ended in December 1993, with a total cleanup cost of about $1 billion.



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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: December 2, 2014, 12:00 am
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Season 2, Episode 19

November 29, 2014

In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan discuses

- New theme music
The loss of Sherdoc Yadaki
Replacing Slingshot Bands Video
- Interview with Jennifer Pharr Davis of the Blue Ridge Hiking Company  

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: November 29, 2014, 4:00 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Killer Flu

In 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead. Where did this particular flu strain come from, and what made it so deadly? 85 years later, virologists and epidemiologists the world over are still hunting down the answers to those two critical questions.



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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 25, 2014, 1:00 am
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Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 18

November 22, 2014

On this episode Wolfmaan discusses: - Voicemail from a listener - Thunder Snow - Various clothing insulations - Interview Maria Leijerstam from http://www.whiteicecycle.com  

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: November 22, 2014, 4:00 pm
Oil.  Some of the everyday uses are obvious.  We use oil as fuel for heating and transportation, we make plastics and textiles from oil, and many common medications such as A.S.A. are also made from petroleum.  The dependency on oil by modern society is likely understood only to a small degree by many of us.  Sure, we all "think" we know how dependent we are on the black gold, but most of us likely underestimate it.



Another misunderstanding about oil, as it turns out, seems to be its origin.  For the past 250 years or so, we have all believed the abiogenic theory that oil is produced by dead organic matter.  However, a new theory as to the origin of oil has surfaced called the abiogenic theory.  The theory's adherents believe that oil originated as carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas rising through the deep layers of the Earth's crust. If this mixture was lucky enough to find zirconium-containing minerals, it could react and produce petroleum hydrocarbons, meaning that the earth naturally, and continuously, produces oil.  In fact, it would seem that three Swedish researchers have proven not only that oil is produced abiogenically, but that the whole idea of it being a fossil fuel is false.  

But wait, like so many other issues of great significance, not everyone agrees with this newly formed theory.  One of the so called facts that are supposed to prove the abiogenic theory is that previously capped "dry" oil wells have been reopened due to regeneration...but not so fast.  Apparantly, most of these wells were capped when oil extraction percentages were somewhere around 35%.  Newer technology and pumping techniques now allow for 65% extraction or more...thus explaining the so called regeneration.

Ridiculing new science and theories is not a new phenomenom...after all, the world was once considered to be flat, and the poor schmo that had the audacity to suggest otherwise was utterly ridiculed by the scientific community of that time.  So, could it be true that the earth is naturally generating crude oil with inexhaustible sources?  Sure, why not!  But does that really matter?

One thing that history has shown us over and over again, is that the mishandling of crude oil has detrimental effects on our environment.  We all remember the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989, when 11 million gallons of crude were spilled into the Prince William Sound.  It’s estimated 250,000 seabirds, 2,800 sea otters, 300 harbor seals, 250 bald eagles, up to 22 killer whales died along with billions of salmon and herring eggs.  As bad as that sounds, it ranks a mere 36th on the list of the worlds worst oil spills, with the worst unintentional spill being the gulf spill in 2010, which released 206 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The burning of petroleum products has been scientifically linked to acid rain, global warming, the production of carcinogenic byproducts, and many more environmental and health issues.  Need we explore more?

So let's go back and consider for a moment that the earth is indeed round, and that oil is produced naturally and constantly.  The biggest question should be how fast is oil produced?  Oil demand is in constant growth in today's society.  The need for cheap energy is directly linked to economic growth.  Let's keep in mind that our monetary system depends on constant growth to avoid collapse.  The problem is, the more we grow, the greater our need for energy grows, leading to an infinite curve.  The more we grow, the greater rate of energy growth we need to sustain that growth.  Even if the earth is producing oil naturally, it stands to reason that the rate of production is finite, meaning that it can only produce a certain amount in a given time, regardless of how much we need.

Many proponents of abiogenic oil will argue that the whole peak oil idea is now moot.  Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.  If indeed the earth is producing oil at a rate that could survive any growth curve, why then, given the age of the earth, is it not 70% covered in oil instead of water?  Also, even if the earth is replenishing oil wells, why must we cap them and wait for more oil to flow into the well?  The answer to this is easy...we are using it up faster that the earth can replenish it.  Wow, look at that, peak oil rears it's ugly head again, just with a slightly different definition.

If indeed oil is produced naturally and constantly, this process has a finite rate, which means that constant economic growth, which is directly related to cheap energy, cannot be maintained.  So much for the end of peak oil!




Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Perfect Disaster, Ice Storm

Well, watching the first real snow fall of the year outside my window, I got a bit nostalgic and thought of the event that caught me so off guard, that I vowed never to be vulnerable again...and my prepping journey began.

Discover Chanel documents the ice storm that hit eastern Canada in January of 1998.  Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, many for days or weeks as several inches of freezing rain covered trees and toppled power transmission lines.


 


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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 18, 2014, 1:00 am
ArcherAddy

Season 2, Episode 17

Original Air Date November 15, 2014

In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan talks about:
- Letter from a listener
- Special Guest Archer Addy from www.archeraddy.com

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: November 15, 2014, 4:01 pm
The day has come. For whatever reason, be it environmental or situational, an emergency has struck and you are eating the food you have carefully stored up for such an event. What is on your menu? Will you tire of it in a few days’ time? Is it high in nutritional content? Will it provide you with enough energy to live out the strenuous task of survival?  

We are so excited about a new product that hit our shelves this spring. Mega OneMeal Replacement Protein Shakes. They are fast becoming a staple in our customers’ emergency food supply. These power house shakes are one of the easiest and most nutritious emergency foods on the market today. Packed with 28 super foods, MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes outrank most other protein shakes in their protein to serving ratio. Not only are they incredibly high in protein, but one meal provides a full days’ serving of both fruit and vegetables. Each bag is packed with 15 meals, or 30 light meals, and are available in Vanilla, Chocolate and SuperBerry. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and are gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free. Healthy and affordable, just add cold water, shake, and you have a full meal that will boost your immunity when conditions around you are less then healthy.



With a 10 year shelf life, throw a bag in any emergency kit, keep one in your car, or even at the office. Not only are these shakes the perfect addition to your survival kits, but you can make them part of your everyday meal plan too. The high protein content and 100% natural ingredients also make them an ideal post workout snack.


In Canada, the MegaOne Meal Replacement Protein Shakes are available exclusively through Total Prepare. We would be more than happy to get them into your hands and into your emergency kits. Try a pack today. You won’t be disappointed.

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Author: Total Prepare
Posted: November 14, 2014, 12:03 pm
We are ever grateful, and shall never forget.



In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Surviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989

National Geographic released this film in 2009.  On October 17th, 1989, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastates San Francisco.  Elevated highways collapse, buildings crumble and burn, and a city survives.

 


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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 10, 2014, 7:01 pm
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Season 2, Episode 16 - November 8, 2014

In this episode we discuss:




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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: November 8, 2014, 1:52 pm
We had a bit of a run there in October with the Ebola / ISIS scare. Who knows what will come of these issues moving forward. But I learned something. It was very interesting to me how quickly our supply chains dried up. And it's not that the supply chain wasn't producing at normal levels, or that there wasn't stock waiting to go, there was and plenty of it by normal standards. All it takes though is a few government agencies to walk in and a manufacturers stockpile is all gone, in a day.

So to me, October was a great reminder to all of us who care about being prepared. Are you? I'm going to keep this simple and to the point. The best time to prepare is before the scenario is staring you in the face. If you wait until the disaster hits, it only takes a few hours for the shelves to be bare and then there will be nothing left. Truly, nothing left.

Do you have your food storage in place yet?


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Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: November 7, 2014, 4:00 pm
So, you wanna build a greenhouse you say?  That's a great idea that has lots of benefits.  You can extend the growing season much later into the fall, get a jump start on those veggies with long growing seasons like tomatoes and peppers, and even boost production during the regular growing season.  The only question is, how to build one.

Sure, you could hire a contractor or get a kit from the local building supplies company, but this just won't fit with what you want to do.  Kits come in predefined sizes only, which are usually too big or too small for your needs.  Contractors cost money and are rarely willing to work with alternative building methods.

You want something that you can build yourself, with the help of a few friends perhaps, and at the same time, make use of some alternative materials like used tires as an example.  Enter The Greenhouse Of The Future.





How many time have you bought an ebook, thinking you were going to get something a lot more than what was sent to your ereader?  Without fail, it seems that these inexpensive offers of "complete guides to whatever" fall dismally short on details, instructions, illustrations, and of course, after sale support!  Even with the best authorship, sometimes a concept just can't be visualized.

The Greenhouse Of The Future addresses all these problems by incorporating a 170 page ebook, comprehensive and complete construction plans, and video explanations and demonstrations that are full of tips and tricks derived from first hand experience.  Here, you can have a sneak peek at the video...




 Now, I'll be the first to admit that this project may not be for the backyard gardener who just needs a few square feet to get seedlings started earlier in the spring, but if you are looking for a way to grow year round in a Canadian climate, either for your family of four or your survival group of several families, then this is the best solution I have found to date.  Make no mistake, this will require some effort and materials, but the structure is a solid and permanent one.

In addition, you will build knowledge of some interesting concepts such as passive geothermal, passive solar energy, thermal mass, passive ventilation, using earth tubes, and much more that can then be used on other projects you have in mind.

Do you remember my mention of after sale support earlier?  That is where this package really stands out above so many other similar packages.  Along with a 30 day money back guarantee, you will receive 3 months of access to the S.A.F.E. support network, which can be activated only once you are ready to begin your project!

Don't forget, it's all about the details.  You will also get a full set of construction plans, material list and tool list!  This is a complete package.  You can order the DVD which includes the video, the ebook, and the apendices, or the online package that gives you unlimited streaming and downloads.

To order the DVD($44.95) or online package($39.95) visit Greenhouse Of The Future.








Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 6, 2014, 1:00 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

TOP TEN NATURAL DISASTERS

National Geographic released this film in 2013.  Using eye witness video, historical archive and cutting edge CGI, they not only reveal the key moments that turned a natural phenomenon into a human catastrophe, but explain why the disaster they’ve selected is a genuine game-changer, worthy of its place as a one of the Top Ten Natural Disasters.


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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: November 4, 2014, 3:00 am
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 Season 2, Episode 15

Special Halloween Episode

 

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Author: Barefoot Bushcraft
Posted: November 1, 2014, 12:32 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Power2thePeople 

Produced by Afristar Foundation and Directed by FixerFilm, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa.

The film focuses both on low-tech, small-scale solutions implemented on household and community levels, as well as large-scale national projects utilsing cutting edge innovations. The documentary outlines the major alternative energy sources: solar, wind, water, biomass and human energy, and shows examples of on-ground applications: from solar water heaters made of recycled poly-tubing to wind farms that will supply entire regions with grid-tied power. In addition, the documentary explores a range of appropriate technologies relevant to the South African context, for household heating and cooling, alternative transport, greywater recycling, and more.

The aim of the film is to expose viewers to the range of sustainable energy options available to us, to promote behavior change in regards to resource use, as well as to encourage innovation in ways that we can work with nature to provide for our needs without causing harm to the planet and to one another.


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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 27, 2014, 10:00 pm
On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols or clothing by public employees.  Rouleau was later shot dead by police after crashing his car and brandishing a knife at officers.  Unfortunately, one of the soldiers, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53 years old, died in a hospital later that day.


On Wednesday, October 22nd, a lone gunman, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau approached Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier and shot him dead at point blank range.  After this incredibly brazen attack, he then went to Parliamen, where he shot an injured a member of the security force there, only feet from where our political parties were in caucus meeting.  After an exchange of gunfire, Zehaf-Bibeau is shot dead by Sergeant in Arms, Kevin Vickers.

So what is going on you ask?  Well, the answer is simple.  On September 22nd, ISIS issued a video along with a translated statement which read, in part, as follows:

“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,"

At the time, many scoffed at the idea that this could, or should, be taken seriously.  Surely, the militants were isolated to the middle east, and had no real way to bring this war to Canadian soil!  Well, my friends, they couldn't have been more wrong, and we now see just how real this war cry is.

True, the first casualties of what is being labelled as "terrorism" were members our armed forces and political leaders, but let's not forget that everyday citizens are on the "hit list" as well.  This is indeed a war that has been waged on all Canadians, not just on military or political targets.

In this day and age, the face of war has changed.  No longer do we have specific countries to target by destroying military bases, ammunition factories and warehouses, or government operation centers.  The idea of going to war with a country is a thing of the past.  This enemy has no country, no place it calls home to become a target.  In fact, as we plainly see, their soldiers are living among us already.

Home grown radicalized gunmen have become the new artillery, hijacked planes have become the new bombs, and I suspect that we are seeing only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the new weapons of war.

My heart goes out to the two members of our armed forces that have lost their lives, and my best wishes go to those that were injured in these attacks.  Prime Minister Harper's words echoed throughout the country yesterday...

"Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic."

Don't fool yourselves, Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:53 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

The Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil


The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period.  Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export markets dropped by 80% and as a result, buses stopped running, factories closed and electrical blackouts were common.  Fortunately for Cubans, a return to the old ways of farming and some innovative food production measures saved countless lives.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living. Visit www.communitysolution.org for more information.

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 21, 2014, 12:00 am
I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found any information regarding how she contracted it though...was she also in direct contact with the original patient or did she contract it some other way, such as in a nurses' lounge or a washroom?
Either way, there were some very disturbing errors in her conduct.  It seems that she was smart enough to self examine for symptoms, yet upon developing a slight fever, was NOT smart enough to avoid air travel, exposing 130 pasengers on a flight from Ohio to Texas to the possibility of contracting the virus, not to mention the flight crew, who could soon be developing symptoms while away at work almost anywhere in the world.
Only time will tell where this is going to pop up next.  In fact, after having passed away on Oct. 8th, we may not have heard the end of people contracting the virus from him until about Oct.29th, the 21 day possible incubation period.  But now, that time clock keeps resetting itself.  The latest case means that we won't know the extent of possible infections from her until Nov.3rd.  Every new case discovered resets the time clock to 3 weeks before we know the extent of the consequences.
Now that we know for sure that a patient was infectious while on board a commercial flight, I think it is only a matter of time before we see a case here in Canada.  Now, I'm not trying to sound any alarms just yet, and hopefully I will never have to use this space to report how many thousands of cases been reported on home soil, but I do think that now is the time to review your pandemic preparedness and plans.

With all the crazy goings on in the world, It's easy to lose track of the dangers that do come along on a regular basis.  Right now, many of us have our attention focused on other events, that October 30th, 2014 isn't even a blip in our brains.  What's that date all about you ask?  That is the day that Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the New York, New Jersey area.  Yes, that's right, we are still in Hurricane season, and as I write this, the Canadian Hurricane Center (Ya, we have that) is tracking a category 4 storm named Gonzales, which is set to affect the maritimes sometime Saturday or Sunday.
While this particular storm is NOT expected to hit landfall in a significant way like Sandy, it is a reminder that we can't rule out Hurricanes as many of us are hurriedly getting ready for the snow to fly.

Also, here we are in the height of the fall harvest.  As a matter of fact, instead of writting this post, I myself should be busy processing and preserving the 25lbs of cabbage, 50 lbs of apples, 10 lbs of beets, and untold amounts of pumpkin and squash I have sitting in my cold room.
In the next few days and weeks, many of us will be using up copious amounts of salt, sugar, vinegar, and water in our canners and crocks, placing roots and such in their winter storage cellars, and putting up every last ounce of food that we can.

While we do all of this and keep an eye out for all the bad things that the world has to offer right now, don't forget that winter is coming, so get that car kit winterized, plan for your snow tires to be changed, and get your alternative heating ready to go!
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 16, 2014, 10:22 am




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