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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

    There is a new trend developing in the prepper community in regards to portable power.  A multitude of new products promising to deliver renewable,portable power have emerged onto the market including this one:  the Waka Waka power.  This is the big brother to the Waka Waka, which is essentially an LED light with a solar panel.  The difference with the new Power model is that is has a built in USB charger plug that will charge smart phones, MP3 players, E readers, or small tablets.

    The Waka Waka (I love the name) is powered by a 2200mAh Lithium Polymer battery, which is a gell form of  the more commonly known Lithium Ion cell.  LiPo batteries have some interesting charging requirements and other characteristics which will become important later on in the review. 

    The first feature I will address is the output of the unit.  Two LEDs make this a pretty decent light for power outages or other emergencies.  If you're like me, the first thing you are going to do when you unbox your Waka Waka is look at the front of the unit, which is oddly mindful of a smiley face, and turn on the light.  Please don't do this unless you enjoy seeing spots for at least 20 minutes.  These 2 LEDs give off some impressive lumens at full strength.  Luckily though, the brightness can be adjusted with successive pressing of the one and only control button.  Personally, I think it would have been better to start it at the lowest setting and work up, but it is designed to do the opposite.

    The flip open cover acts as a stand and can be used to position the light in almost any way you could think of, including being hung by a piece of para cord (or whatever else you have) and even placed on the top of a soda bottle.  Keep in mind that although it is fairly light weight at only 200 grams, it will tip over an empty bottle, so make sure you have something in it.

    For charging phones and other devices, you have a standard USB port on the side of the unit, so make sure you have the appropriate charging cord.  Charged to full capacity, this unit easily and quite quickly charged an Iphone 4 twice (not from completely dead, but at about 30%) and still had some juice left over.  It did not however charge my old Motorola flip  phone, but no standard USB connection does either, so no surprise there.  If the device you want to charge can be charged with a standard USB cord from your computer, you should be good to go.



    There are 2 ways to charge this unit up.  It can be plugged into a typical USB port with a micro USB connector, or with the built in solar panel, which occupies the entire back side of the unit.  This is where the LiPo battery makes a difference, and unfortunately, not a good one. Lithium Polymer batteries are tricky to charge properly and need some very careful charging parameters near the end of the charging cycle.  Most of the other reviews of this product that I read came to the same conclusion.  The unit is very slow to charge past the 75% mark, and I had the same observation.  Charging with a USB cable from my laptop was by far the fastest way to get the Waka Waka up to full power.  The built in solar panel was well, disappointing.  This really doesn't come as a surprise to me because no matter what a solar manufacturer claims, solar panels are inefficient, and don't work in cloudy conditions.  Sorry, but they just don't.



    The claim of the unit is that it can achieve 75% charge (notice that number?) in 6 hours, on a sunny day, at New York latitude.  I guess that could explain the long solar charge times I experienced.  In my tests, solar charging took 2 days of direct sunlight to get up to a full charge.  In cloudy conditions, it was almost impossible to get the charge indicating LED to blink at all.  When the unit was placed facing full sun, it did charge at it's fastest rate (indicated by 3 quick blinks of the indicator) but to keep this rate up, it had to be repositioned about every hour or so as the sun moved around in the sky.  Given this, I think that the charge rate on a clear summer day outdoors would be OK, but don't rely on this during stormy conditions.

    Certainly, this unit is better than nothing as a solar charged power pack.  If you keep it charged with the USB cable, it makes an excellent portable charger.  As a light,well, it works great.  It is bright, or dim if you like, lasts quite a long time from a full charge and the positioning options are fantastic.  From a full charge, and on full brightness, it lasted well beyond the claimed 20 hours, and that was continuous use.  Oh, and in case you are wondering, yes, you can charge your phone and use the light at the same time.

    You can get your Waka Waka Power for $69.00US here .

    Now, if you think that is a bit pricey, consider this...

    For every WakaWaka Power sold in the west, a donation is made to the Waka Waka Foundation to finance entrepreneurial education, micro-loans to women energy entrepreneurs, and subsidies for the very poor in countries like in Nigeria, Haiti, Nepal, India and Latin America to replace polluting, dangerous kerosene lamps. 



    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: March 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
    We are an interesting group of people.

    We store lots of food when the grocery is only minutes away. We rack up gear not knowing if we will ever use it. We train ourselves mentally for scenarios that may never happen. We spend countless hours of our time that could be devoted towards other "hobbies" that may be more in line with worldy fashion. We take our hard earned money and spend it on MRE's and heirloom seeds, when we really would have liked something more instantly consumable.

    Why? Why do we go against the flow in so many ways?

    I believe we do it because this is how we show love to our families. This is how we show love for our friends, our neighbors and our country. We do it because deep down we feel that it's the right thing to do. Whatever the scenario, whatever the cause, we feel this urge to protect, fortify, and prepare ourselves. We do it because we feel an obligation to work through whatever may come, and somehow still be smiling on the other side. We'd rather take a possibly harder route today, if it makes tomorrow's route look all the more sure. It's the code. It's who we are.

    We are Preppers.


    This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
    Author: Briden Solutions
    Posted: March 1, 2014, 6:59 am

    Updating Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

    From time to time, people are reminded that their comfortable lifestyles could be torn from them by societal catastrophes or natural disasters. This has led many Americans to create emergency preparedness plans for themselves and their families. They often stash several months' worth of food, medicine, ammo, and other supplies. However, building an emergency stockpile is not a "set it and forget it" affair. There are some things that must be done in order to keep your stockpile up to date and reliable.


    Rotate Food and Medicine Supplies

    Many preppers boast of their enormous stockpile of food, but what they don't know is that their plans could be falling apart right under their noses. This is because even freeze dried foods commonly found in survival stockpiles can go bad. If they are not sealed properly, a spike in humidity can turn freeze dried foods into a moldy mess. Some preppers store their food stockpiles in the basement, where they may be vulnerable to flooding or pests. Even if the foods are completely sealed off from moisture, the nutritional value degrades over time. Rotating your food supply every few months will mitigate these problems.


    Medications can go bad as well. Certain active ingredients break down over long periods of time, rendering the medications ineffective or even dangerous. Consult the packaging of your medications to find out the expiration date and shelf life. Remember that the rigorous conditions of a bugout situation could exacerbate any existing medical conditions, necessitating a higher dosage of medicine.


    Keep Your Escape Route Up to Date

    Every disaster preparedness plan should include an escape route that leads away from populated areas. Many people plan out such a route, but they sometimes forget to test it periodically. If your plan is to camp out in a secluded forest, your entire plan may be thrown into disarray if the forest has been bulldozed to make way for a shopping center. It is important to perform a "dry run" once in a while to make sure that your escape route is still usable. Moving to a new house can also necessitate updating your route; you must find a new one that is easily accessible from your new home. Neglecting to do these things could spell doom for your emergency preparedness plan before you even get out of town.


    Maintain a Healthy Ammo Supply

    If shooting is a hobby of yours, you may find yourself grabbing a few boxes of ammo from your bugout bag on range day while resolving to replace it later. This can be tempting during periods of high ammo prices and sporadic availability, but it is crucial to remember that the ammo in your bugout bag is only to be used for the most severe emergencies. You can avoid this situation by planning your ammo usage ahead of time. For example, if you are planning a trip to the range to shoot your new handgun, stock up on 9mm ammo a few days before to avoid depleting your emergency stockpile.


    Remember that ammo has a limited shelf life. If stored for excessive periods of time or in undesirable conditions, it can become unreliable or unstable. Corrosion is also a concern; rusted ammo is likely to cause feed issues in your firearm. Ammo should ideally be stored in watertight and airtight containers. If you live in a coastal area or any other place with a humid climate, tossing a few packets of silica gel in your ammo containers will help it stay dry and free of corrosion. Keep the containers out of extreme temperatures if possible. The shelf life of ammo depends on the climate and storage conditions, but a general guideline is that supplies should be rotated at least once a year.


    Update the Plan for New Household Members

    Getting married, having a child, or taking in a relative are all events that require expanding your disaster preparedness plan. You will have to calculate their probable food consumption and add a sufficient amount to your stockpile. Be sure to store extra clothing, tools, and firearms (if appropriate) for the new household member. Take any special needs or medical conditions into consideration as well.

    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: February 26, 2014, 12:00 pm
    We often obsess over the “what if” scenarios in life and for some, those horrific “what If” situations have been a terrifying realty.  I would like to highlight two articles discovered on BeforeItsNews.com.  In the first article Mike Adman shares his year in hell, where he and 15 family members put their survival skills to the test during the Bosnian War.  They were trapped in a city of about 6,000 where they remained blocked in by the army for one year. Those with arms protected their families and groups; there was no police, no electricity, no fresh water and no gasoline. MRE’s were dropped into blocked cities every 10 days but there was never enough to go around.  Whatever tools, such as lighters, gasoline, antibiotics, food, and candles were fought over like animals. 


    Adams emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with a solid network of family and friends.  It is important that you plan and prepare together because without a reliable network you are weak.  This applies to anything.  Without a solid foundation, support structure, root system, etc. you have minimal chances to succeed at anything.


    One of the best bits of advice that I would take away from this article is to learn to fix things, shoes or people.  Do this and you will never go hungry.  All the preps in the world do not anti-up to good ol’ brain matter.  Skills are infinite, be a sponge.


    Follow the link to the article and give it a read.  You will learn how they moved safely through the city, what you should stockpile, how they traded guns and amo, and …….. what’s the situation with toilets? 



    Mike Admass’ story was combined with an article by SHTFPlan.com stating the top 35 excuses that will doom you…..how many of these have you heard or said?


    1. Oh come on, it is never going to happen, my area is safe, I am safe.

    2. I am convinced that everything is recoverable and my area will get back to normal quickly.

    3. No matter how horrible it is, help will eventually come, I just have to wait it out.

    4. Even if something happens, there are plenty of food and supplies for everyone in my city.

    5. My state government, my community, my neighbors will not abandon me and let me starve.

    6. I have a 3 day supply of food, the government and others tell me that this is plenty.

    7. I have lots of credit cards, I will purchase anything I need in my city or nearby cities.

    8. My water faucets will have water, even if it is temporarily shut off, they will not let us go thirsty.

    9. There is no room to store supplies that will never be used anyway.

    10. I can’t rotate supplies; everything will get old and have to be thrown away.

    11. I don’t have extra money to store up anything for disasters.

    12. It is too much work to bother with.

    13. I have absolutely no idea what to store or how much.

    14. I don’t need any protection after a disaster, the police, national guard, military will protect us.

    15. The power grid will come back on, until then I have LED flashlights that last forever.

    16. Again and again I hear these fear mongers exaggerate the threat level, another false alarm.

    17. I have a good car and family in other areas, if anything happens I will just go stay with them.

    18. I work all week long and I am going to spend my extra money on fun rather than fear.

    19. Survival supplies taste bad; I can’t live on this for long at all.

    20. If a true catastrophe occurs we are going to die anyway, besides that I don’t want to live through it anyway.

    21. Survival and prepping for the worst is negative, as long as I stay positive, only the positive will happen.

    22. Preppers / Survivalists are radical, paranoid, conspiracy driven out of touch with reality; I don’t want anything to do with them.

    23. I don’t know why everyone is so worried, times are better and safer now than ever in human history.

    24. There is so much to prepping, I’ll take my chances that nothing will happen.

    25. All my investments go right into what makes me money and gives me security for the future.

    26. Why bother storing up that much food and supplies, mobs will just come in and take it.

    27. I have a refrigerator and a cupboard full of food, 2 cases of water, a 12 pack of toilet paper, I am all set.

    28. If something happens I will just run to the grocery store and stock up before it closes.

    29. If we become sick after a disaster we have good medical that will care for us.

    30. Nothing is as bad as it ever seems, stop overblowing everything as doomsday.

    31. If disaster strikes everybody will band together and save the day.

    32. People have become way too civilized to wage a world war and take what you have and act like savages.

    33. There are food banks and emergency preparedness places nearby to me, they will take care of us.

    34. FEMA, the Red Cross, and other government agencies are huge and have the whole country backing them.

    35. I can always wait until tomorrow to start prepping, there is always time.


    Find the facts and answers to these 35 excuses in the original article by following the link below.  





    Kick your excuses to the curb and come visit us in person!

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    Unit 109-6039, 196th Street, Surrey BC.  
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    Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
    Posted: February 21, 2014, 11:00 pm
    Every prepper should have food storage from a variety of methods.  Store bought canned and dry goods, home canned fruits, vegetables, and meats, dehydrated produce, MREs, and of course, freeze dried meals.  Of course, buying extra food at the grocery store is easy...just buy more of what you already buy on a regular basis and your personal likes and dislikes won't be an issue.  Home canning and dehydrating are also easy ways to control what you store.  MREs are, well, pretty good these days actually.  But how about those freeze dried meals?  How long do they store?  Are they difficult to prepare? What menu options are there?  What about alergens?
    These are all perfectly legitimate questions,and luckily I have been sent a sample pack of Legacy Premium freeze dried meals to check out for you...courtesy of Total Prepare Inc.



    The sample pack consisted of four entrees of four servings each for a total of 16 servings with the following menu options:
    Classic Chili Mix
    Pasta Primavera
    Enchilada Beans and Rice
    Stroganoff

    So let's take a look at a few of the main concerns most people have when it comes to freeze dried meals...

    Serving Size 
    Don't be fooled by the size of the package.  Once cooked, these meals are enough to go around.  Calorie wise, each of these meals offered up between 320 and 420 calories, depending on the menu choice.  Some entrees have even more per serving, just check around the website for complete nutritional information.
    Nutrition
    Nutritional information is printed on every package and is available on the website as well.  Of course it varies by menu choice, but I found some pretty impressive percentages for daily intake in relation to calcium, vitamins, and iron.  The salt content may seem a bit high, but under stress, you will be sweating more and needing to replace that sodium. 
    Preparation
    It really couldn't be much easier.  All meals are prepared with water.  For the entrees I tried, I used a butane camp stove, as this is one of my go to stoves for power outages and camping.  The directions are easy, usually consisting of boiling water, adding contents of pouch, and simmer.  Hey, it was so simple even I didn't mess it up!  Don't forget though, there is an oxygen absorber in the pack that needs to be taken out first.
    Alergens
    First of all, I want to mention that all Legacy products are GMO free...That means no frankenfood! 
    If you have specific dietary needs, each package lists possible alergens such as soy, milk, and wheat.  For those of you who want a gluten free diet, there are options and packages specifically for you, as well as many vegetarian options.
    Storage Life
    Shelf life is 25 years, of course, depending on conditions.  If you are concerned about leaving food in your bug out location through the typical Canadian winter,well this is likely a great option for you as the product is not affected by freezing. Once opened, the life of the food is about the same as anything you get at the grocery store so use it up in good time.  This shouldn't be a problem as the pouches are usually 4 servings instead of bigger #10 cans.  Leftovers should be refrigerated, but I never had any when I tried my samples.
    Taste
    OK, so enough beating around the bush...how does it taste!  Personal preferences aside, they were pretty good.  Don't expect the kind of foods that all the new foodie chefs are putting out in restaurants these days, but it was actually more tasty than comperable products from the supermarket like the Lipton Sidekicks...and there was more of it too.  If I told you that it was better than my wife's cooking, not only would I be lying, but I would be looking for a divorce lawyer too. Then again, my wife has an extensive spice collection, lots of time to tweak her meals, and no stress from disasters to deal with when she gets in front of the stove...luxuries you won't have if you're breaking into these meals.

    Bottom Line
    Freeze dried foods definitely have a place in a preppers food storage plans.  The Legacy line has some great menu choices, tastes better than average, has a good shelf life, even when stored at an unheated and unattended BOL, and comes in easy to grab buckets, ideal for the grab and go bug out situation.  As with anything, try it before you need to rely on it.  I found the pasta dishes a little on the saucy side, but that is personal preference and easily dealt with by using a little less water or adjusting cooking or resting times.  Also, if you want some meat to go in your chile, they have that too...actual meat that is, not textured vegetable protein!

    Drop by Total Prepare to have a look at the various packages and get more information.



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    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: February 19, 2014, 12:00 pm
    So you've found yourself in a tense scenario - your spouse is not interested in preparedness. Or worse, completely against it and you having anything to do with it. I see this often and it's really hard, you believe you are doing whats right, storing away some food and gear for whatever may come, and your spouse feels like you are wasting time and money.

    This is a situation that shouldn't be ignored. You shouldn't have to hide your good intentions, nor should it be a cause of stress in your relationship. And it doesn't have to be a spouse, this can apply to any relationship, it could be a parent, friend, co-worker, or other relative. Lets try to fix this situation of yours up, so you can prepare with pride.

    1) Communicate 
    Most importantly, talk about it. You don't need to bring your gun collection out on the first date, but you shouldn't hide your preparedness goals from someone who you trust. Talk about what you are trying to accomplish. Even if your long term goal is a 5 year food supply for the whole town, thats fine, just break it down with your spouse and make it real. Month one we are going to buy two bags of wheat, month two a few more, etc. If your deeper into the relationship and communicating about prepping is already a tough sell, proceed to steps two and three.

    2) Ease them in 
    Once again, I wouldn't recommend starting out by showing them your 100 strong gun collection, or by walking them down into the bunker. Start as simple as you need to. How about a first aid kit in the house and car? How about some flashlights and lightsticks spread around the house, just in case the power goes out? If your an outdoorsy couple, plan to take your spouse camping or hiking, and stop by the local prep shop together to pick up some stuff for your trip. Then when your out in the bush, pull out your 864 function multi tool and do something useful - make some tinder for the fire. Cut some rope to proper lengths for setting up your rain shelter. Show your spouse the simplest real life ways that "prepper" gear and food can be used for good. Note: DO NOT use that 864 function multi tool to bait, catch, skin and cook supper...however awesome that may seem. That can come later.

    3) Show them how practical preparedness can be 
    Bring up a story or two from mainstream news (underline the mainstream!) about ice storms, massive blizzards or anything else that shut down normal society for a few days. Read those stories together and talk about how you'd like to have a few extra supplies on hand for peace of mind. Explain that preparedness is about "normal" issues like being stuck in your home during an ice storm, and isn't just about conspiracy scenarios. Bonus points here if you know anyone who has actually lived through something like this. Invite them over for supper and help the topic naturally come out. Real life survivor stories are powerful.

    4) Take the financial stress away 
    Prepping can be quite the financial rabbit hole. There is always some new gadget out there that will make your personal survival man stats go up by x %. This can wreck havoc on any relationship when one of the partners is constantly racking up the Visa bill. Try to take away the financial stress by working together to set up a budget. Maybe its $200 per month, maybe more, maybe less. Then stick to the budget, or at least communicate if one month your going to save your budget and do a larger lump sum next month. If you need/want to, offer up a sacrifice to help this go better. Honey, I'm willing to drop one of my monthly wings nights to save $50 that I can also put towards this.

    5) Trade 
    If your hobby is prepping and hers is knitting, trade. Make a deal that you each get to spend x time on your hobby, and once a month spend some time in each others hobby. Yes, you heard me, sit beside her and let her teach you knitting. Show her that you care about her and the things she feels are important. Thats relationships 101! And hey - knitting could be considered a really useful preparedness skill, who knows when you are going to need a new sweater after the SHTF? After you've spent an evening in her hobby, trade, and she spends an evening helping you prep your 72 hour kit. You've now accomplished three things - your relationship is stronger after two date nights, you have a new skill, and your fancy 72 hour kit is ready.

    I have talked with many of you who find yourself in this scenario, and no doubt it's difficult. Remember that relationships are a key part of preparedness, its going to be really hard to survive out their lone wolf style should it come to that. Start with the relationships that are the most important, those close to you. Strengthen those bonds, secure those foundations and before you even purchase your first food bucket, you will find yourself 100% stronger and more able to deal with whatever may come.

    This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
    Author: Briden Solutions
    Posted: February 14, 2014, 8:46 pm
    So what happens when SHTF and you run out of yeast? Well there is yeast in the air we breathe all around us as well as in the flour we use to bake bread. All you need to do is set out a bowl of food to capture and grow it. This is called sourdough. To make sourdough bread, you need a sourdough starter.
    Here is what you will need...
    Flour
    Water
    A glass bowl to keep it in...clear glass with a lid will be best as you can use this to keep your starter in.
    Yup, that’s it.

    In your bowl, mix
    · ½ cup flour
    · ½ cup water
    Day 1
    Combine the flour and water in the container until all the flour has been absorbed and there are no more dry particles. It will look like a sticky, thick dough. Scrape down the sides and cover. Put the container somewhere with a consistent room temperature (like the top of the refrigerator) and let sit for 24 hours.

    Day 2
    · ½ cup flour
    · ½ cup water
    Your starter should be fairly thick and soupy. You may see a few small bubbles here and there. This is good! The bubbles mean that wild yeast from the air and the flour itself have started making themselves at home in your starter. They will eat the sugars in the the flour and release carbon dioxide (the bubbles) and alcohol. They will also increase the acidity of the mixture, preventing other "bad" microbes from growing.
    Add the fresh water and flour. Stir vigorously to combine everything and incorporate more oxygen into the mixture. Scrape down the sides, cover, and let it sit for 24 hours.

    Day 3
    · ½ cup flour
    · ½ cup water
    By day three, your starter should be getting nice and bubbly (see below), be the consistency of pancake batter, and have roughly doubled in size. If you taste a little (Go on! Try it!), the mixture should make your mouth pucker with sour and vinegar flavors. It will also smell musty and fermented, a bit like grain alcohol.
    Go ahead and mix in the fresh ingredients as with Day 2, cover, and let sit for 24-hours.

    Day 4
    Repeat day 3.

    Day 5
    By day 5 (or even day 4) your starter will be ripe and ready to use. The surface will look frothy and fermented (see below), and if you've been using a clear container, you can see an intricate network of bubbles when you hold it up. It will smell and taste very pungent and tangy like, well, concentrated sourdough!

    At this point, your sourdough is ready to be used, or you can cover and store it in the fridge for up to one week. After a week, you'll need to refresh the starter by taking out a cup or so of starter (to use or discard) and then "feeding" it with 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of filtered water. Likewise, after using some of your starter in a recipe, you can replenish what's left with equal parts flour and water.

    Starter will keep indefinitely as long as you feed it every week or so. Treat it like a household plant that needs to be watered and fertilized regularly. It's very hardy and will even perk back up with a few daily feedings if you've neglected it too long. If a clear liquid forms on the top, just stir it in (this is actually alcohol from the wild yeast). The only time you should throw away the starter completely is if that liquid has a pinkish hue, which indicates that the starter has spoiled.

    To use your starter, simply replace ½ cup flour and ½ cup water in your favorite recipe for 1 cup of starter and forget about the yeast. Then, replace the used starter with ½ cup four and ½ cup water to keep it up.
    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: February 12, 2014, 7:24 pm
    Thanks to our current cold shoulder from Mother Nature,
    our greenhouse is still a little in the planning phase.  Constructing a green house in sub-zero temperatures is not far from the norm of my impulsive, “getter done” behavior.  However, my desire to get out in the elements and soldier on is not completely reciprocated by the entire Chylan clan.  In the mean time we are planning many fun projects that seem to all centralize around growing a high yield for harvest this canning season to boost our food storage with home made goodness.  This week’s Blog will be all about prepping the garden Lasagna Layer style.


    Preparing the Garden Bed:



    Our backyard is not optimal for a good sized garden bed so we have allocated our lush green (who am I kidding)…… our half dead, greyish, brown patchy front lawn to become a delicious lasagna garden. We will keep some lawn; there are benefits such as clippings for composting and a place to lay for enjoying a nice cold beverage on a hot summer day

    Step 1: Prep the Ground
    • Map out where you will be placing your garden
    •  Mow it as short as possible
    • Leave grass trimmings in place
    Step 2: Dig a Garden Plot
    • Dig up and turn about one foot of soil breaking up the sod as much as possible
    • If the soil is poor quality, dig another 6 inches to a foot and turn the soil so the sod lies on the bottom layer.   
    • The effort into the extra layer will result in a happier, healthier garden. 
    • Remember healthy roots lead to delicious fruits!
    Step 3: Making Layers


    You will alternate your lasagna layers with brown carbon rich materials, and green nitrogen rich materials.

    Green Layers

    ·       Fruit and vegetable scraps

    ·       Grass clippings

    ·       Coffee grounds, tea bags, tea leaves

    ·       Seaweed

    ·       Weeds that haven't set seed

    ·       Trimmings and deadheads from the garden


    Browns Layers
    ·       Shredded paper, newspaper

    ·       Pine needles

    ·       Straw

    ·       Peat moss

    ·       Fall leaves

    Cover the broken-up the soil with a brown layer first, cardboard boxes minimize the chances of grass regrowth.  You can also use straw, leaves, sawdust or shredded paper.  Each layer should be 1 to 2 inches think and packed loosely. 


    Step 4: Make More Layers
    •  Alternate the layers with as few or as many layers as you want, just make sure that it is packed loose enough that the layers can breathe. 
    • Make sure your layers are even, more greens than browns will create too much carbon dioxide.
    Step 5: Let the Garden Cook
    • Leave the layers be, mixing them together does not speed the decomposition process and there is no benefits. Let them do their thing.
    •  Finish up with a layer of soil or a layer of brown straw or leaves.
    • Keep it moist and water if needed
    • Cover with plastic tarp if you want to speed up the process and keep out any pests.
    • You can plant in the garden right away, but your best results will be next year when your soil is perfect!




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    Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
    Posted: February 7, 2014, 10:38 pm

    Winter Storm Tips: Preparing and Surviving



    Frigid cold is sweeping across the nation, and in some areas the cold weather, snow and freezing rain are so bad that people simply cannot leave their homes. And from the looks of things, the storm is only going to get worse. Whether it is this polar vortex, Hercules, Ion, or something else, this extreme weather brings to light the importance of being properly prepared for any situation. It might be more bad weather, it might be a natural disaster, it might just be a spate of personal financial trouble. Whatever it is, every so often we stumble upon times when we are forced to hunker down and wait out a storm, perhaps unable to even leave our homes. It is important to be prepared for such situations, and there are certain measures that, in extreme cases, could be the difference between life and death.



    Travel

    If there is an arctic storm about to hit your city, sorting out your travel plans might just be the least of your problems. However, it is travel season, and if you are planning on a vacation this winter, you may have to rearrange some things in order for it to go smoothly. The cold weather has caused disruption to many of the major airlines with delays and cancellations across the board. To save yourself a travel nightmare, it is important to plan ahead. Check weather reports for your destination as well as any potential delays. If you have a flight which you think might be cancelled, try to change it around so that you can still go on your trip. If there are other airports that are close to your destination, try to change your flight and get the train or bus if necessary. As a last resort, consider rescheduling your trip.



    At Home

    If you are struck by a blizzard or even just extreme cold, you may not be able to leave your house. If you find yourself in such a situation, you will be grateful for having made some preparations in advance. One of the most important things that you can do is to create an emergency food supply. Store enough nonperishable food items, along with plenty of water, in your home for about a week for each person in your house (not forgetting pets). Just because it is going to be stored for a long time does not mean that you have to store food items that are bland and unappetizing. Go through your regular meal menu and take note of the different things that you eat and could easily store.



    Driving and Car Tips



    When winter weather strikes, driving is one of the main causes of severe accidents or fatalities. Consider taking a course on safe winter driving, and prepare your car for extreme weather. At the very least, you will need to get your fluids checked and replace the windshield wipers. However, you might also consider getting snow tires and having your car checked by a mechanic. For all of your preparations and safe driving, however, you cannot rely upon other drivers to take the same amount of care. As a result, it is recommended that you cut out all non-essential journeys. Of course, if you are stuck inside your house, this won’t be a problem!

    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: February 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
    Bread is often referred to as the life giving staple of humanity.  Every culture on earth has it's own version and they feed it to prisoners right?  Well, OK, maybe that last part is just folklore, but let's face it, there simply is no better way to enjoy all that peanut butter and home made jam you have stored up in the pantry.

    The problem is...how can you make bread during or just after a disaster?  The stores are closed, the power is out, and the stove doesn't work!  Well, there are a few ways you can turn your stored up flour into golden loaves.



    Many of us see the need to mitigate short and medium term situations with a gas, diesel, or propane generator.  The best way to use them is to start them up and run for a couple of hours, say twice a day.  During these times, we can plug in the fridge to cool it down, charge our deep cycle batteries or NiMh cells, or any number of things.  One thing we can do is to plug in a bread machine.  I know, that's cheating right?  Nope..anything that helps is not cheating, it's surviving.

    Most bread machines use 500 to 700 watts of power, so there should be no problem powering one from a genset.  There are 3 ways you can use one.
    1 - basic bread setting.  These setting usually last about 3 hours and produce a pretty good quality loaf from some very basic ingredients.  There are plenty of recipes out there that use no milk, eggs, or other perishable items, with the exception of yeast.  That problem can be solved by buying individual packets of yeast that can be stored in the pantry.
    2 - Rapid bread setting.  These settings last about an hour and are great time savers.  Unfortunately, I have yet to find a recipe that produces a good loaf.  Most of the time I get a very dense and sweet lump that barely rose, even though these recipes call for lots of yeast and sugar in an attempt to overcome the time restriction.  However, in a pinch they work and will at least bake a bread like substance.
    3 - Dough Setting.  This is by far the most used setting on my bread machine.  In about 90 minutes, all the mixing, kneading, rising, knocking down, re rising labour intensive work is done for me.  Although bread machines are generally limited to 1.5 or 2 pound loaves, I can easily get a 3 pound dough done this way, which when turned out and put into pans, gives me 2 good sized loaves that I can bake in a dutch oven, outdoor bread oven, or even the sun oven...enough to go around the table filled with my prepper group.
    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: January 29, 2014, 6:08 pm
    I subscribe to a preparedness newsletter and one of the articles this past fall was about looting.  As I started reading the article I was prepared to be offended because looting is bad – right?  However, the article questioned the difference between looting, which I perceive to be bad, and foraging, which I perceive to be good and in fact a very desirable trait.  I asked some friends about the two words and their meanings and my friends all came up with the difference between them being the person’s intent.
    Looting after an NHL playoff game to celebrate or in anger at the result of the game, in my opinion should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  It serves no purpose, only irresponsibility and willful destruction of property. 
                    On the other hand an example of foraging can be found in the Hollywood blockbuster from 2004 “The Day After Tomorrow” where a young Jake Gyllenhall playing the character of Sam Hall sheltered with friends in the New York Public library after New York had both been flooded and then frozen solid by global storms that pulled cold air out of the higher levels of the atmosphere.  To stay warm they gathered books from the library and tore them apart and burned them or stuffed them into their shirts to keep warm.   Foraging or looting?  Later in the movie, in an attempt to obtain penicillin to fight the infection of his sweetheart cut her leg, Gyllenhall as Sam Hall and two friends left the warmth of the library to search the ship that had floated through the flooded streets of New York and came to a rest in front of the library.  They broke into the ship to search for the medicine they needed causing destruction to accomplish their task.  Foraging or looting?
                    I liked the answer my friends gave – the difference between foraging and looting likely is intent and the result likely is quite different.  You loot with no or little intent to use items in a life sustaining manner whereas you forage for exactly that reason.  Some of the items on my foraging list may include (based on circumstances):
    -          Food, or more food than I have stored
    -          Wood or other flammable items for cooking and heat
    -          Medicines
    -          Shelter, tents or lean to or snow caves or such
    What items are on your foraging list

    This post by Deanna from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies. 
    Author: Briden Solutions
    Posted: January 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
    The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio is holding its 6th annual winter field day this weekend.  The object of the practice is to set up emergency style communications and make as many contacts as possible in a 24 hour period.  Bonus points are given for operating outdoors, away from home, and without using commercial power.

    Much like the summer field day held in June by another organization, amateur radio operators from all over will set out in a contest to make the most contacts possible.  The goal, on top of having fun, is to practice setting up and operating communications equipment in a disaster situation.


    While some hams will be working the contest indoors, many will be using RVs, makeshift emergency communications trailers, or even camping out in tents.  The challenges are obvious, but not trivial.  Setting up antennas outdoors in sub zero temperatures can be a  frosty endeavor, not to mention keeping the radios and other gear, like computers warm enough to operate.


    To learn more about amateur radio visit Radio Amateurs of Canada

    To learn more about SPAR and Winter Field Day visit SPAR


    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: January 22, 2014, 10:00 am
    After another stimulating episode of Coast to Coast (listen here) I was compelled to do some research into Bitcoin.  I have heard of it before but held minimal knowledge of its function.  My spidey senses are telling me that the time to get involved is now.  

    What is Bitcoin?
    Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced in 2009. Users send payments by broadcasting digitally signed messages to a network. Participants, known as miners, verify and timestamp transactions into a shared public database called the block chain, for which they are rewarded with transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins. 

    Sending and transacting money online in a traditional fashion is an expensive process.  Percent fees, transaction fees, double dipping on fees, you get my point.  Many warnings involve the hesitation of large money moving corporations losing out on fees.  Bitcoin has minimal to no transaction fees.  Money is exchanged directly between individuals and business.

    There is no Federal Reserve controlling Bitcoin, it is a digital unit used to purchase real world goods and services.  Instead of one or two people deciding to print more money, diluting the value, it is based on a complex mathematical code.

    Us like minded folk strive for complete and utter independence from all that is big box and corporate.  Bitcoin isn't a new thing but it may be new to you.  Now that momentum is picking up I encourage you to educate yourself and see if Bitcoin is right for you.  Imagine complete and independent currency, governed by majority, it's definitely something worth looking into. 
    This blog is intended to tweak your interest and have you do some research on your own time to see if Bitcoin is a fit for you. I will personally begin, what they call, mining and will keep you posted with my experiences.  GOOD LUCK! 
    Get started with Bitcoin






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    Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
    Posted: January 18, 2014, 12:35 am

    Mapping a Road to Self-sufficiency


    Self-sufficiency is defined as being able to take care of one's self without the assistance of others. This does not mean that self-sufficient person does not need other people, it means that they take their present and futures into their own hands as much as humanly possible. They accept responsibility for their own well-being by working, planning and saving for the future.

    Mapping a road to self-sufficiency and developing an attitude of prepared
    ness begins early in life with encouragement and teaching by family and others who care about children. Getting a good early education and preparing for the future by getting training or a degree that will lead to gainful employment are both strategies that help ensure self-sufficiency. There is also another side to self-sufficiency that people sometimes take for granted until they have no choice, and that is being prepared for a disaster, whether it is natural or man-made.

    Being self-sufficient during an emergency situation requires some strategic planning sense no one is certain of when a disaster could strike. There are some plans that can be put in place which will work in any emergency situation whether a disaster or periods of unemployment. The following recommendations can help those who want to be self-sufficient when unexpected circumstances arise.

    Food is a major concern whenever there is an emergency. Planning for emergency food is one of the most important aspects of thinking ahead and being self-sufficient during a disaster. Typically, about three days of emergency food should suffice. However, emergency foods should be those with long shelf lives, such as canned foods, dehydrated or freeze dried foods and similar non-perishables. These are best because they can be kept in a disaster supplies kit for longer periods of time. Such food should be kept in a cool, dark and dry place to maximize shelf life.

    When planning an emergency food supply, keep in mind foods for babies and those on special diets and if pets are part of the family, they will also need food.





    It is also important to choose foods that are not high in salt because these will increase the need for water, and water might be rationed during an emergency. Water is essential for survival. Each human and pet needs about one gallon of water each day and if the climate is hot, more water should be stored. Clean potable tap water can be stored for around six months. Water should be stored in clean and sanitized food-grade containers. Commercially bottled water can be stored and used in accordance with the expiration date on the container.

    Other supplies that should be kept on hand for disasters and emergencies are paper products like cups and plates, disposable knives, forks, spoons, paper towels and manual can openers. Unscented liquid household bleach for disinfecting and sanitizing, batteries and cooking utensils round out the list. Baby diapers should also be kept on hand if their are babies or toddlers in the family. A first aid kit, flashlight should be a part of the emergency supplies kit. It is also important to save money and keep some cash on hand since ATM machines and banks will be affected by long-term power outages. Budgeting and saving money will also help when a family suffers a job loss.

    Generally when cooking is done, it is on a charcoal grill or other non-electric source. Charcoal or gas grills should never be used indoors.

    Planning for self-sufficiency not only helps the family that does the planning. It frees up resources to help others who for whatever reasons are not able to prepare. It also provides more time for an individual or family to attend to other important tasks since for the first few days they will not need to worry about finding the essentials.
    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: January 15, 2014, 11:00 am
    Welcome everyone to a brand new year filled with opportunities.  We are making a few changes in the new year in hopes of livening up the site a bit and getting as many Canadians as possible prepared for what may be.

    Uniting The Blogs
    In the past, the CPN was describes as a group of interconnected provincial blogs.  We have decided to bring all the provincial blogs here under one roof so that Canadians from all provinces can intermingle under one unified blog.  With this change, you will see articles by some of the former provincial bloggers, as the ones still actively posting were invited to continue to do so here.  Also, we have at least one new blogger on board, and hopefully more to come.  The links to the old provincial blogs on the left sidebar will now redirect to the Canadian Preppers Network Forum, where you can take part in discussions about anything prepper.

    Sponsored Posts 
    The sponsored post program started last year proved successful.  There were some interesting prizes given away and we will continue to work with both Briden Solutions and Chylan Gear to continue this through 2014.  In order not to over commercialize the blog, these posts are limited to once per week, on Fridays.  Although this is an advertising opportunity for them, I am confident that their posts will continue to offer informative information as they have in the past.

    New Bloggers Wanted
    We are always on the look out for new bloggers.  The posting method has been changed, so you no longer need to sign up for a Google account in order to post.  If you think you can provide an interesting and prepper related article from time to time, please feel free to contact me.  You don't have to commit to a schedule, just do what you can when you can.

    I am confident that the Canadian Preppers Network will continue to be a leader in the education and unification of Canadian prepers as well as being a flagship blog promoting the mainstream acceptance of the preparedness mindset.  May you all have a prosperous and safe year as we all prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

    Author: The Prepared Canadian
    Posted: January 8, 2014, 6:12 pm




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