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When we say “stay strong,” we mean both physically and mentally because both are equally important when it comes to surviving the long haul that can come after a big disaster. Below, we’ve shared a few tips to help you prepare for physical and mental strength during an emergency. Feel free to copy or print out this list to keep with you in your emergency supply kit! Keeping up Your Mental Strength Talk to people … Read More


Most of us like to adhere to the Golden Rule as much as possible, right? However you would like to be treated, treat others in that same way. So what if you have prepared yourself for an emergency but your family, housemates, or neighbours are having a tough time preparing themselves? What if they’re actually unable to prepare—what then? It’s easy to take good health and fitness for granted when you haven’t experienced anything other, … Read More


A lot of people would prefer to avoid the snow altogether, if they could. Some people fly to warmer locations to wait out the winter. Others stay inside as much as possible. However, some people learn to embrace even the chilliest of seasons and learn to love all of the beauty and magic it has to offer. For those of you who love snow, it’s still important to remember that snow can pose great danger … Read More


One of the top tips for surviving a snowstorm is to not get caught off guard. How to do that? Be prepared and know that it’s on its way. Try to stay in touch with the weather report on a daily basis if you have heard of a storm brewing. All of the basic cold weather safety tips apply on a regular winter day, but what about when a snowstorm has seriously taken over? And … Read More


Even in the warmer regions of Canada, we’re experiencing a steep drop in temperatures. Looking out over the frosty rooftops is beautiful, but it also means that going outdoors can be more treacherous than usual. Here are a few winter safety tips to consider, whether you have just a little frost or 10 feet of snow! Check in with the weather forecast regularly and listen up for wind chill warnings. Perhaps use Environment Canada as … Read More


Have you heard the term “meteorological winter”? It’s the period of time between December 1st through the end of February and it’s the coldest three-month period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Down on the Southwest coast of Canada, here in Victoria BC, we enjoy our own micro-climate that keeps us warmer and drier than anywhere else in Canada! With that said, we still experience wintry days and icy streets so it’s wise for … Read More


Along the west coast of Canada communities live in expectation of The Big One among other pending disasters. It’s unhealthy to live in fear, but it could save your life to be practical—and by that we mean knowing the dangers, and doing something about it. The very fact that you’re visiting Total Prepare and reading up on the safety tips in our blog means that you’re on the right track! When even just one more … Read More


December feels like it’s going to be over before it even gets started, but doesn’t it feel that way every year? Time seems to whip by faster and faster toward the end of each year and it’s easy to miss out on any time for reflection.   That’s why today we’re encouraging you NOT to wait. Consider the goals you want to make now, today, while you’re thinking about it (since we brought it up)! … Read More


Do you take risk assessment and emergency preparation seriously? Do you already have a career but want to do more to make your community safer and more secure? Do you want to learn more, while meeting like-minded individuals? If so, you might be interested in joining the emergency management forces as a volunteer, in a city near you! Of course, you could always start with the Canadian Red Cross and check out the volunteer opportunities. … Read More


Are you an entrepreneur? You may be in the early stages of drafting a business plan, or hiring your 50th employee, or very likely somewhere in between. As an entrepreneur, you’re willing to take risks but when it comes down to it, you’ve invested a lot in your company—your brainchild—and you’ll do a lot to keep it safe. Preparing for disasters is an important step in building a business plan, so today we encourage you … Read More


Have you ever been camping in the real wilderness, where there aren’t even outhouses available? Even at the best of times, pooping in the woods can make you feel a bit like an animal. And sometimes, when you’re out in the wilderness, it’s not the best of times. If you’re stressed out about the aftermath of a disaster, or about struggling to survive, even the smallest luxuries can make a big difference. Having enough to … Read More


During the warmer months, freak storms and power outages can be exciting adventures. But in the cold months, we have to take them more seriously. In northern Canadian regions especially, power outages that last more than a day can be deadly—as people begin to panic and think less clearly in their attempts to stay warm. It’s important to note that gas-powered generators and charcoal barbecues release Carbon Monoxide that can silently kill those who breathe … Read More


As fall turns to winter, travel time increases as we take precautions to keep ourselves safe on icy roads with limited visibility. Here are a few important reminders to consider as we enter the icy season: Get your tires checked. This includes rotating your tires, and checking your spare tire. It also means switching out your regular tires for winter tires if you live in a region where you’ll need them. As the temperature drops … Read More


If you live in British Columbia as we do, you know the soul-sucking jet lag-type confusion that is Daylight Savings. Or perhaps you enjoy the switch in time, with the brighter mornings and dark, cozy evenings. Good on you for staying so positive. Daylight Savings is practiced by most regions of North America and Europe as well as some in the Middle East and elsewhere, so us British Columbians are not alone in this transition. … Read More


It’s one thing to be on board with emergency preparedness and buy every supply you could possibly need. It’s another to know how to pack an effective and efficient survival kit that will be accessible and portable when needed. Lists come in handy when you’re trying to prioritize exactly what you’ll need. Organization is key. Knowing your area and the common risks is the first step to sorting out the applicable items. From there, you … Read More


Wherever you live, it’s a good idea to know your neighbourhood and your region and have a decent understanding of the risks that are inherent in your area. At Total Prepare, a lot of our focus is on preparing for natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes. However, in our modern world, us humans pose each other a whole separate category of risks! Whether it’s warfare or accidental explosions such as … Read More