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Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 18

November 22, 2014

On this episode Wolfmaan discusses: - Voicemail from a listener - Thunder Snow - Various clothing insulations - Interview Maria Leijerstam from  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week On Movie Monday

Perfect Disaster, Ice Storm

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

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


 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: November 18, 2014, 1:00 am

Season 2, Episode 17

Original Air Date November 15, 2014

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


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

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

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

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

This Week On Movie Monday

Surviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989

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


 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: November 10, 2014, 7:01 pm

Season 2, Episode 16 - November 8, 2014

In this episode we discuss:


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

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

Do you have your food storage in place yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week On Movie Monday


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

 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: November 4, 2014, 3:00 am

 Season 2, Episode 15

Special Halloween Episode


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

This Week On Movie Monday


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week On Movie Monday

The Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

Che, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude of leaders in the preparedness community gather to share their knowledge. Che himself is an experienced leader, and at the last event gave a presentation called
Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF. He has graciously given the CPN permission to air this presentation as a part of Movie Mondays.

Don't forget to visit Che's site, the Ontario Prepper Survival Network
And also check out his YouTube Channel
If you want more information about the annual meet, visit Ontario Prepper & Self Reliance Meet

This film is presented with the express permission of
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 14, 2014, 12:00 am
Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure.

A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola entered the country, found that 4 in 10 Americans are worried about a major Ebola outbreak. If a poll were taken here in Canada, similar results would be likely.

Does the threat of Ebola have you worried?

Do you think Canada is ready should Ebola make its way here?

It appears with the unknown comes a variety of opinions about how it will affect us. What do you think?  Does it concern you enough to take extra precautionary measures?

On October 6th, Global News reported 5 reasons why Canada is highly unlikely to be struck with Ebola. 

1)     In Canada, there is trust in medical officials – There is some mistrust of modern medicine and hospitals in Africa. Those seeking alternate means for a cure increase the risk of more people being infected.

2)     There are cultural differences - Burial rituals that involve washing and kissing the body increase the risk of exposure.  We do not have the same rituals here.

3)     There is action taken with suspected cases – Canada’s hospitals, government, agencies and the media communicate together to get the word out.  Africa doesn’t have the same infrastructure.

4)     Our health care system is prepared for potential cases – Protocol changed dramatically in North America after the SARS epidemic. Systems are now in place to monitor and educate the public when emergencies arise. Getting the word out is more difficult in Africa; a disease spreads quickly before health organizations can education the population about safe practices.

5)     Canada is sending resources to West Africa - On Saturday, Canada announced it is sending a second team with a mobile laboratory to West Africa.

Here are some other reasons it is thought Canada is a low-risk country:

-        CTV news reports that next week Canada is sending an experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization for future trials and use. Canada’s involvement means accessibility to preventative measures.
-        6 airports are now screening passengers in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Calgary. The US announced that airports in New York, Washington, Newark, Chicago, and Atlanta will be providing screening as well. 
-        Canada gets few visitors from the most infected countries

Do you agree?

CTV News reports  that despite the many beliefs that the risk is low of Ebola coming to Canada, others say it is just a matter of time.

-        Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola, felt fine when he entered the United States. Even had the airport screening been in effect at that time, his illness would not have been detected.
-        Others say that unless all air travel is banned from Africa, then an automatic quarantine period of 21 days should be enacted for all those who travel between the two countries regardless of how they feel.

The reality is, we really do not know what is going to happen, and it is when we feel out of control that we feel fear towards a situation. The best solution is to be prepared, at all times, for any kind of natural disaster, epidemic or unforeseen circumstance. We can live in fear, or we can prepare ourselves and have confidence knowing we can at least take care of ourselves and our loved ones. In addition to having sufficient food, water, tools and emergency kits on hand, make sure you add extra masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves to your supply. When there is no cure for an illness, preparedness and being informed are your best tools for staying alive.

Our hearts go out to all those around the world who are struggling with this disease. We hope a cure is found soon and that the suffering and fear will be over. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Twitter and the news were flooded with stories of people beating this cruel disease.  We can only hope.

Total Prepare Inc, is a Canadian Emergency Preparedness company that gives peace of mind solutions for troubling times.
Author: Total Prepare
Posted: October 10, 2014, 6:57 pm

I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.

They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and survival gear in tow. They will be expected to work together to find their own food, shelter and ultimately prove their survival skills.

Here is their casting call blurb as it was sent to me...


Do you think you have what it takes to survive through anything anywhere?! Can you find food, water and create shelter in the wild? We’re casting for a new survival show for a major network and we want to see if you have what it takes. We’re looking for people between the ages of 25-50 who have big, bold and outgoing personalities who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to put your survival skills to the ultimate test.

Please see the application below:

If this is something that interests you, please use the application form in the above link.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 8, 2014, 10:00 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.

In this final episode, the team faces a harvest under the conditions of Summer 1945. Five years of constant farming have degraded the quality of Britain's fields, threatening crop yields. The team attempt to reinvigorate their land with a tractor-driven muck spreader, and with cows themselves.
The team soon hear about the Allies' invasion of Berlin, and on 7 May 1945, the end of World War II in Europe. With the danger of aerial bombardment resolved, they instantly remove Manor Farm's blackout precautions, and set about planning a Victory in Europe Day party. Rationing is still in force, so Ruth tries a potato-based cake recipe from the Women's Institute and sweetens it with 'mock' orange juice made from swede. Ruth, Alex and Peter talk to VE Day veterans who give their accounts of the end of the war in the countryside.


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: October 7, 2014, 1:00 am
So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could see that it was beginning to hail. The hail got bigger and harder, and lasted for about 30 minutes. All the while, the rain came down in buckets.

As our party of stuck in the store onlookers watched the storm, with no exit, and no sign of the storm letting up, I began to mentally kick into prepper mode and started taking inventory.

I asked myself: "What if the roof comes off, where is the safest place to be? - What are my exit points/strategy? - Is there any food or water available? - How many people are there in this location?" And many more. I knew that I had my emergency bag in my car. But I looked again out the store window and saw a scene very similar to below:

Flash flooding is seen at Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener, Ont., 
on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Courtesy Driveseat Kitchener)
This was a mid summer storm, so it was still warm out, and the hail that had piled up several inches deep like mid winter snow was now melting and combining with the rain to cause flash flooding around the area. Now note in the picture the difference in depth of water at each end of the parking lot. The cars near the left have bumpers under the water, while the cars near the right you can still see the full tire.

Well, to compare my scenario to the picture above, I was parked on the left side. I realized that the large parking lot was paved into a bowl type shape with a drain in the middle. Of course this drain was plugged/inundated and couldn't handle the flow, so the parking lot was a good foot to foot and a half deep in the middle - where my car was.

It had only been raining for 30 min or so and my car nearly escaped having water inside it. My bigger concern was that was where my nearest emergency supplies were, and should I have needed them, I would have to wade into deep water to reach them.

I had never before considered prepping in relation to where to best park in a parking lot. Thankfully, a little patience in this scenario took care of everything. But what if...

Next time you are pulling into a massive box store parking lot, or anywhere for that matter, take a look at the lay of the land, and if your a true prepper, the extra few seconds of walk time because you parked in the safest area will be all worth it.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.  
Author: Briden Solutions
Posted: October 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
This is a followup to my post yesterday evening regarding a confirmed case of ebola in the US.  In the interest of sharing this information, I posted simultaniously to The Canadian Preppers Network Blog, The Canadian Preppers Network Forum, and sent an email to Che of the Ontario Preppers Survival Network.  This information was not meant to be panic inducing, but simply to inform fellow preppers that they need to be aware of the situation.

Yesterday, the CDC issued this statement on their website

In addition, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for disease control and prevention gave the following press conference:

Now, I'm not saying that the freaks have come out of hiding on this one, but if you want a laugh, go to the video on YouTube and read the comments!  As expected, the tin foil hat society has chimed in with words like "chemtrails" and "apocalypse".  I think it's time we put this into perspective!

Now, in no way am I going to downplay the importance of this development.  This is a serious disease which, when left UNTREATED, can have a mortality rate as high as 90%.  However, it will not be left UNTREATED here in North America.  In fact, with simple isolation, hydration and antiviral treatments offered by western medicine, this number has been brought down to somewhere around 40% and 50%.  Not that this is a great number, but it sure shows that ebola is not an automatic death sentence.

One thing that we do know for sure, is that the case that has been identified, has some significant points about it.  The patient was free in the public, showing symptoms, for at least 4 days prior to being isolated.  Showing symptoms means that the patient is able to spread the virus to others through contact with bodily fluids such as blood,  urine, vomit, semen, saliva, etc.  The common entry points are through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose, or mouth.  These are not new facts...we all probably recognize these facts as the same ones we talk about when discussing the spread of the flu or common cold.

Another disturbing fact is that the patient presented at the hospital with symptoms 2 full days before being admitted and isolated.  This means that regardless of how many time we've been told that identification protocols are in place, they are not always effective.  Why the patient was initially turned away has not been so far publicly disclosed, it is clear that there are holes in the protocol.  This could be understandable, as the initial symptoms resemble those of the common flu.

With an incubation period of up to 3 weeks, only time will tell how far this might have already spread.  It is not out of the realm of reasonable thought that this patient may have sneezed, coughed, vomited on, or urinated on (guys...we've ALL peed on a public toilet seat at least once right?) on his daily routine, thus possibly transmitting the virus.  The person who contracted it can then develop symptoms and become contagious up to 3 weeks later, possibly somewhere across the continent...and the epidemic begins.

Now, I'm not making a call to action here yet, as that would be premature, but we should all be aware that this could become something serious in the coming days or weeks.  Keep your ear to the ground, but do so in an intelligent way.  There are already unconfirmed rumors that at least 2 other cases have been discovered, but so far, nothing "official" has been released.  Please don't let panic govern your actions.

My personal approach to  this is to observe the same protocols that I do when the yearly flu outbreak occurs.  I avoid contact with those who display symptoms, wash or sanitize my hands often, avoid touching my face, and of course, avoid touching surfaces in public places...especially in public bathrooms. 
Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: October 1, 2014, 6:30 pm
Yes, you've read that title correctly, a case of ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas today.

Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 30, 2014, 10:06 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.

It's 1944, and a turning point for the Allies in WWII. Manor Farm's flax field—a crop heavily used by the military—has suffered in the unusually wet summer of 2012. Alex and Peter try to reinvigorate it using Ammonium Nitrate, a chemical fertiliser, but the rain doesn't let up. It remains so wet, in fact, that Alex has to re-waterproof his coat, using linseed oil, paraffin and beeswax from the colony he started in Episode 6. Ruth, meanwhile, has been constructing a willow basket to hold carrier pigeons—used to send messages throughout the war, and often trained by farmers. Alex and Peter train some pigeons by releasing them from a 1930s fishing boat which saw service in WWII in the English Channel—and within half an hour, the birds have completed the 30 mile journey back to their loft. Without a hint of irony, Ruth serves wood pigeon 'salad' for lunch, set in gelatine and accompanied by grated carrot, grated beetroot and small boiled fingerling potatoes.


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 30, 2014, 1:00 am
The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to announce the return of the Sponsored Post Program.  This time, we've expanded our reach to include four of the top Canadian providers of preparedness gear and supplies. 

Each of them will take turns posting articles on Fridays, bringing you industry news, unique perspectives, and lots of original content.  In turn, they will also be providing monthly give aways to our members of the blog and the forum.

Chylan Emergency Gear has been a supporter of the CPN for a long time and was, in fact, our very first advertiser.  Their goal is to teach the skills and provide the tools necessary to be prepared for any emergency for a minimum of 72 hours up to long term recovery.  They cover all areas such as school preparedness, business continuity, survival skills, 72 Hour preparedness and much more.  

Briden Solutions is also a long time supporter of our blog and forum.  Founded in the summer of 2009  they developed much of Their Emergency Preparedness knowledge and experience in the 10 years leading up to that. After quietly guiding and coaching many through the maze of both Short Term and Long Term Emergency Preparedness products and strategies, an opportunity came for them to team up with some of the leading experts in the Emergency Preparedness Industry to carrying that knowledge and guidance to more people.

Total Prepare is new to this program however, I have personally been dealing with them for over a year now.  "Our goal is to constantly strive to ensure our products meet the strictest standards of  quality, innovation and the best value available for the consumer."  

Outdoor Pursuits Canada is a Canadian owned and operated company located in Turner Valley, Alberta.  Started in the fall of 2009 - out of a passion for the outdoors, and the gear that goes with it.  OPC boasts an impressive line of knives as well as over 80 colors of paracord.  They are also new to this program and offer a variety of experience in dealing with the great outdoors.

We look forward to reading the posts from these experienced sponsors, and I hope that you will in turn visit their websites in support of them as they support our efforts to get people prepared for the worst, while hoping for the best.  Subscribe to the blog to receive email notifications of posts from all our authors, and don't forget to check both here, and in the forum for monthly contest and draws for the prizes these four will be providing!

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Author: The Prepared Canadian
Posted: September 26, 2014, 1:36 pm

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