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This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

By 1943, food imports had slumped to their lowest levels during the war, and farmland was becoming tired after years of consecutive use. To combat this, Ruth creates fertiliser with dung and spare straw from the farm's cereal production, while Alex employs a specialist rat catcher to stop rodents eating into the upcoming harvest. Later in the episode, Alex and Peter build a straw-bale outhouse for visitors and evacuees, complete with a thatched nettle roof; harvest grass from the local churchyard to make hay for their dairy herd; and start their own bee-keeping concern.
Ruth, desperate for helping hands, takes up a new initiative from the Ministry of Labour to employ children on the farm. They camp in the woods nearby, and pick herbs and medicinal plants like goose grass and foxglove which can be sold on to Britain's pharmaceutical industry. She prepares sandwiches for them using steamed tinned salmon from Canada, and organises entertainment from a local folk musician (including the wartime favourite Run Rabbit Run).


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: September 23, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

It's 1942 and the team face running the farm under increasing food and fuel shortages. The Ministry of Food has demanded an extra 840,000 tonnes of wheat be produced and, to do their part, Alex and Peter lease specialist equipment from the wartime government to turn every last scrap of ground into arable land. They also construct a 'Horse Gin' to slice swede, and convert a 1930s petrol-powered ambulance to run on gas from an onboard coal furnace. This leads Alex on to discover where Britain's wartime coal supplies came from, as he experiences life down the mines as a Bevin boy.
Ruth, meanwhile, joins the Women's Timber Corps with her daughter. Together they fell, sned and measure up a tree for the war effort. They also meet a veteran 'Lumber Jill' from the 1940s, who expressed her enjoyment of the camaraderie and work ethic of the Corps, despite the hard work.

Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: September 16, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

As Europe falls to the Nazis and British trade vessels are diverted to send supplies to the Russians, the British government tightens its grip on farms like Manor Farm, expecting more and more home-grown food, drink and clothing. This week, Ruth, Alex and Peter do their best to impress an inspector from the local "War Ag", who is tasked with surveying their abilities and grading them as an "A", "B" or "C" farm. Farmers with low grades were in serious danger of penalties, or even total loss of their farms. With the help of a new Field Marshall tractor and a team of Percheron draught horses, the team sow flax on their spare field, at the recommendation of the War Ag inspector. It's also time to start milking the dairy herd, using an early vacuum milking machine. Since the herd's feed makes a noticeable difference to the quality of their milk, Alex and Peter finally begin to use the silage they produced in Episode 2.

Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: September 9, 2014, 1:00 am

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

With German air raids causing unprecedented damage to Britain's major cities in the Winter of 1940, the residents of Manor Farm are instructed to make preparations for an influx of evacuees from London, Portsmouth and Southampton. Alex and Peter spend the first half of the episode casting and firing their own roof tiles, to make some of the farm's outbuildings suitable for human habitation. Despite the freezing November temperatures, their makeshift kiln must burn at over 900°C for two days and two nights, requiring constant supervision. Fortunately, the residual heat provides an ideal input for some 'medicinal' home distillation of apples into hooch. Ruth, meanwhile, sets about furnishing the barns—first with wooden beds, and then with padded patchwork quilts made from feathers and ticking.
The team must also do their bit to defend Hampshire against German aerial bombardment. Ruth spends an evening with a veteran of the Royal Observer Corps, learning how to track enemy aircraft and relay their locations back to the control centre in Winchester. In the woodland further away from the farm, Alex and Peter construct decoy fire beacons to lure enemy bombers away from Southampton, as part of Operation Starfish.


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: September 2, 2014, 1:00 am

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 26, 2014, 4:58 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

The second episode focuses around food rationing and preparations for the Winter of 1940.  Under growing pressure from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Food, the team has to make tough decisions over which livestock (if any) the farm should continue to rear. While the pigs, sheep and beef herd are removed, and the oldest chickens slaughtered and turned into feather dusters, Ruth manages to keep two pigs on as part of a "Pig Club" with their neighbours.
Alex and Peter spend much of the episode generating silage to feed their remaining animals over Winter. They first obtain sugar beet tops and nettles as raw materials, and then construct a small silo out of corrugated steel, with the help of two volunteers from the Women's Land Army. Ruth, meanwhile, explores the beginnings of rationing, and uses the family's meagre meat ration, and a bounty of vegetables and foraged mushrooms, to make stew in an improvised haybox. Rationing leads her to investigate the black market, as she and a shady visitor filter red diesel using a loaf of bread, and get familiar with a butcher who sells spare chops under the counter.

Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: August 26, 2014, 1:00 am

Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And Procedures

A disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An efficient plan is important because it helps families survive. During a hurricane, food storage
procedures are required. However, during a fire, everyone must exit the home using the safest procedures.

Designing A Fire Escape Plan

Every escape route must be located in the home. After everyone knows where the escape routes are, everyone should walk together throughout the home to test each exit. The most common exits are usually not the best exits during emergencies, such as the front and back door. Other exits may have to be used, such as garage doors or windows. There should be two ways to exit each room in the home.

A floor plan of the home must be designed. It should include every exit in the home, and each exit must have a label. Each label should have information about fire safety procedures. The floor plan should also have information about second floor escape procedures.

Have An Emergency 72-Hour Kit

Its crucial to have an emergency 72-hour kit at all times. When a fire, or other disaster strikes, your time to get out is limited. To make the most of your time you should consider having multiple 72-hour kits tucked away in different rooms around the house, as well as your cars.

A few elements for an emergency 72-hour kit are; bandages, painkillers, disinfectant, blankets, antibiotics, flashlights, granola bars, water bottles, candles, playing cards and a radio to name a few items. Most of these items can be picked up at your local Canadian pharmacy.

Practicing The Escape Plan

Everyone should practice using the escape plan twice a year. While practicing, pretend that the fire is located in different areas of the home. During different drills, everyone should use alternate routes. Families should also practice fire drills in the middle of the night. Nighttime fire safety drills should be done with the lights off. Practicing in the dark is recommended because it gets everyone comfortable with the surroundings.

Families must use safety precautions while practicing each drill. For example, everyone should crawl because the smoke will cause harmful affects to the eyes. Another important fire safety procedure is called stop, drop, and roll. This procedure should be used if someones clothes catches fire. There are other useful fire drill procedures too; some techniques can provide a lot of protection. For example, if there is a fire on the other side of a door, the doorknob will be hot. Because of this, families must practice touching doorknobs using the proper safety procedure.

Using A Ladder

If the home has an escape ladder, everyone should practice using it. Understanding how to use the ladder is very important. If the home does not have an escape ladder, purchase a ladder from a hardware store. The ladder should be placed next to the window.

Possible Meeting Locations

After everyone has learned the drills, the next step involves choosing a meeting place. The meeting place should be a location that is far away from the home. Common meeting places include the mailbox, the front lawn, or near a light post. After everyone escapes the home, everyone should go to the meeting place for a headcount.

Teaching Kids Fire Safety

Although escape plans and drills are useful, some kids may have issues understanding the procedures. Kids should not be scare during a fire, so use the drills to teach them about fire safety. Kids should practice the drills with a grownup so that they will not use unsafe escape procedures, such as exiting an upstairs window. There are also many different resources for teaching children rife safety.

Preparing The Home For Possible Fire Emergencies

Besides an escape plan, the home should be prepared for a possible fire as well. For this task, the proper fire safety equipment will be needed, such as smoke alarms. There should be an alarm in every room. Also, each door in the home should be easy to open. After the fire department is contacted, firefighters must arrive at the home with any problems. To prevent any problems, ensure that the street number from the road is visible. Firefighters usually access the home from different doors and windows. Because of this, if the home has security bars, ensure that the emergency release levers are working properly.
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 20, 2014, 3:25 pm

This Week On Movie Monday

Wartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run the farm as it would have been during the second world war.

In episode 1, with a second European war looming on the horizon, the team set about making a number of improvements to the farm. The installation of electric lighting (from a portable petrol-powered generator) allows them to work later into the evenings, while household labour-savers like a paraffin range cooker, electric clothes iron and linoleum flooring mean Ruth can spend more time aiding the war effort and less time on household chores. Alex and Peter, meanwhile, set about constructing a Mole Subsoiler from scrap farming equipment, to drain their waterlogged clay fields. However, with time running out and their improvised subsoiler literally buckling under pressure, they are forced to plough and sow through the night without draining the field, despite warnings from the local "War Ag" over potential water damage.


Directed by Stuart Elliott and Naomi Benson
Produced byDavid Upshal
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: August 19, 2014, 1:00 am
Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be 

Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes that we can learn about old time skills, modern day disasters, and other events of concern.  Also, we hope that you will take advantage of taking some time off at the end of your busy days to be entertained, while hopefully picking up new ideas.

We already have an 8 part documentary series set up and ready to go so grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 14, 2014, 1:54 pm

Does living off the grid interest you? 

 Would you like to grow your own food?  

Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?

If so, then this is definitely for you!

The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Off-Grid, Prepping Workshop

 Hosted by Cam and Michelle Mather

  • tour the gardens
  • see the power system - solar and wind - completely off grid
  • check out the root celler
  • much much more!

When - October 25th, 2014

Where - Sunflower Farm, Tamworth, Ontario

Cost - $90.00 (Reduced to $75.00 if there are 10 or more people)

Limited Space - 14 people Max - reserve now!

A minimum of 8 people need to register for this event to take place.  This is SPECIAL PRICING for CPN members - the normal cost of this workshop is $120.00.  A deposit will be required to register. The price includes lunch at the farm.

Email me to sign up and get more details!

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?

  • How to choose the proper Archery equipment
  • The use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurement
  • The use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspective
  • Why Archery equipment can be better than Firearms
  • Making field expedient Archery gear out of every day items
Tonight, SOS expert, Scott Moore discusses all of this. 
As a boy growing up, Scott Moore could find flint arrow heads, pottery, and tools of stone in the fields around his home. As he matured, so did his interest in how the indigenous people lived their day to day lives many hundreds of years ago. Scott began to make many of the tools and weapons and used them to hunt, prepare food, and live comfortably in the woods.
In 1992 the assistant principal of a local middle school asked Scott to share his “experiential archeology” with the students. That was the start of the “Native American Living History Program”. By incorporating his Christian beliefs into the program, Scott was able to develop Wild about Christ Ministries. As part of the W.A.C. presentation Scott dresses in the traditional clothing of a Woodland Indian and demonstrates the use of the bow and arrow, Atlatl, Blow Gun, and many other primitive skills.
For over twenty years Scott has worked with organizations such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Wild Turkey Federation, The Boy Scouts of America, and many church groups and school systems throughout the country. Through these organizations Scott has been able to share primitive culture, wilderness survival skills, and answer God’s call to share His word.

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: August 12, 2014, 5:04 pm
I spent a glorious summer many years ago working in the Waterton National Park. A local family graciously offered me an opportunity to live in a cute little homestead house on their ranch at the base of the mountains. It was a dream come true…. until the second night. I was sitting on the couch enjoying a quiet evening and a good book when I saw some movement out of the corner of my eye. I quickly set down my book and quietly observed to see if it would happen again. I was a little shocked when a mouse scurried along the wall, rounded the corner and headed into the next room. As my first official mouse encounter living on my own – I didn’t quite know what to do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Comms Up with John Jacob Schmidt

Tonight at 8PM EST

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

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

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

What is your favorite food storage item?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Saving Lives on Transit Buses
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109-6039 196th Street
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Author: Chylan Emergency Gear
Posted: June 6, 2014, 10:02 pm
Need an excuse to visit the mountains this weekend?

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

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

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

Get a MAP to Nakiska here

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

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

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

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

Here’s the link again:

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See you at Summer of Survival!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 Easy Ways to Start Prepping for Emergencies

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

1. Start Storing Water

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

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

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

3. Consider The Poop Issue

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

4. Have a Way to Prepare Your Stored Food

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

5. Stock Up On First Aid Supplies

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

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: April 30, 2014, 11:00 am

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