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Over the months of August and September, a number of events resulted in a flood of orders that resulted in a shortage here at Total Prepare. Indeed, the entire preparedness industry was facing depleted shelves. If you’ve browsed our website or our blog, or bought emergency supplies from us, you’re probably aware that one of our main long term food lines is Legacy Foods. What happened this summer was that Legacy Foods themselves had orders that were up … Read More

The beginning of September can feel like the start of a new year. It’s a time to rekindle the love of learning; the smell of brand new pencils, erasers, note-books and new classrooms is definitely an indication that school has started. Many people also use September to start other routines, like exercising, healthy eating, and house organizing. What better time than now to also make it a routine to stock up on emergency supplies for home? If … Read More

If you’re experiencing a long, hot and dry summer in your area and keep hearing of forest fires close enough to cause concern, it’s a good idea to fortify your house as much as you can. We recently talked about preparing to evacuate, and this is an extension of that. In the big picture, many ways to protect your home involve prevention methods such as maintaining any vehicles or equipment that may cause sparks, burning … Read More

As wildfires continue to race through forests in too many of our Canadian provinces, there’s no better time to talk about what to do in the event of an evacuation notice. Earlier this week, we talked about some of the ways we can prevent fire danger and disaster. However, with the heat and dryness we’re experiencing in so many regions this summer, the fires in our forests are proving hard to beat. While we all try … Read More

When it comes to wildfires, there’s more to think about than simply preparing for the possibility of evacuation. Getting prepared— especially if you live in British Columbia, or the Boreal forest zones of Ontario or Quebec— can make a huge difference to your well-being. Even simply purchasing a Fire Evacuation Emergency Kit will help you rest a little easier during wildfire season. However, before we launch into that, we want to share a few tips … Read More

Over the last few weeks, we’ve done a cross-Canada tour, highlighting one natural disaster that is typical of each province. We’ve covered avalanches, blizzards, earthquakes, floods, landslides, severe storms and more. In the northern regions of Canada especially, residents need to be prepared for the severe cold. Not only are harsh winters typical, they are inevitable. Today we end our trek with Nunavut! If you grew up in Northern Canada, you may know what cold really means. If you have experienced … Read More

Thunderstorms, hailstorms, blizzards and ice storms are all common occurrences in the Northwest Territories. Storms can develop quickly and with little warning, threatening your property and sometimes even your life. When a storm is relentless enough, it can result in power outages. A power outage may only last a moment, or it may last up to a few weeks! During these times, one wonderful tool to have on hand is a radio that does not … Read More

In the mountainous regions of the Yukon, as well as Alberta and British Columbia, avalanches occur each year by the thousand. They can be brought on by wind, rain, temperature shifts (warming), snowfall and earthquakes. They can also be caused by unnatural occurrences, such as skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, or the vibrations from machinery or construction. Some of the most common causes of death— for those caught in an avalanche—are wounds and hypothermia. For these reasons, … Read More

In Victoria, BC–the home of Total Prepare–and other southern regions of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan, we are in the midst of witnessing a heat wave. It is super important for everyone to stay hydrated and be conscious of how much time you spend in the sunshine. But that isn’t what we’re here to talk about, today. Instead, to cool off, we’ll be talking a little about blizzards on PEI. Did you know that a record … Read More

In Newfoundland and Labrador, there are some of the same risks as in other parts of Canada–such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires and hurricanes– but because of the ocean coastline, the risk of Tsunamis is added to the mix. Although they are rare, they can happen with very little warning and result in terrible damage to coastline communities. Tsunamis can grow up to the height of a ten story building and move as fast as car. … Read More

In Nova Scotia, hurricanes are well known for causing extensive damage, including structural damage, uprooted trees and downed power lines. Hurricanes are most common during the summer months and deep into the fall. Hurricanes vary in strength, categorized into 5 levels, but even the winds of the weakest hurricanes can cause a lot of destruction. In the case of strong winds during hurricane season, it’s best to tune into your local broadcast networks, in case … Read More

In the river valleys and floodplains of New Brunswick, the risk of flooding is high because of ice jams, spring thaw and harsh weather. For some more information on what to do in the case of flooding, feel free to check out our posts covering the topic a few weeks ago: Emergency Preparedness in Saskatchewan or Emergency Preparedness in Alberta. Landslides are a related risk, and because they may be less common, they are not … Read More

What are Storm Surges? Although storm surges can happen along any coastal areas in Canada, Quebec is particularly at risk because of all the extra shorelines along the Great Lakes. Typically, a storm surge causes huge waves and rising water levels, along with increased wind speeds and building air pressure. They’re caused by abnormal rises in water levels, which are themselves caused by wind and water pressure pushing the water onto shore. Most of the … Read More

Emergency Preparedness in Ontario (especially for summer!) In the Boreal forest zones of Ontario, along with many other forested and grassland regions of Canada, the risk of wildfires skyrockets during the summer months. These places are especially at risk during dry spells. If you live in an at-risk area–such as the Boreal forest zone of Ontario–it’s wise to stay tuned in to whether there are fire bans, and what you can do to stay safe, … Read More

In the province of Manitoba, one of the most common natural disasters–along with severe storms–is the great tornado. Read on for some tornado facts and tips! Knowing the Warning Signs Relentless thunder and lightning storms, with heavy rain or hail. A dark sky, and green or yellow clouds. An ongoing rumbling or whistling sound. A funnel-shaped cloud at the rear base of a thundercloud. How to Prepare Have an emergency kit, such as our Essential 4 Person … Read More

Because Saskatchewan has similar land-features to Alberta (flat, prairies, wheat and canola fields, etc.), it also shares similar risks when it comes to commonly occurring natural disasters. The most prevalent are floods and landslides, wildfires and tornadoes; the very most common of these is floods. If you would like a more general outline of how to get prepared for these kinds of emergencies, either in Alberta or Saskatchewan, please refer to our previous post Emergency Preparedness in Alberta. Here, we’ll … Read More