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With wildfires already spreading rampantly across the forests and prairies of Canada—before summer even officially begins—it’s important now more than ever to ask ourselves if we’re prepared. For many of us, the risk seems distant. But wildfires can spread faster than 10km/hour and an evacuation notice can arrive at the door before we even realize we’re in danger. Sometimes, we’re given even less than an hour to get out. And that’s why having a car … Read More


With the calamitous wildfires taking place in Alberta and British Columbia, especially in the Fort McMurray and Prince George areas, it is more important than ever for Canadians to be prepared for evacuation. With climate change making unstoppable wildfires the new normal there are things that you and your family can do to maximize your wildfire preparedness. Brace Your Family One of the most important things you can do to prepare for any emergency is … Read More


Did you know that people across Canada are recognizing Emergency Preparedness Week this week, May 1st to 7th? To help you prepare, we’re offering fantastic deals on potentially life-saving 72-hour and one week kits! What’s more, if you’re feeling overwhelmed and the task of getting prepared keeps getting bumped to the bottom of your to-do list, we want to help you! One day, if a disaster strikes, being on the list won’t be enough. So today, we want to … Read More


In our last post in this series, we talked about some of the basic how-tos of building a fire in the wilderness, and today we’re here to talk about another skill that will help you stay warm in a situation where every comfort factor feels like a life-saver – how to build a shelter. Before starting to build a shelter, you’ll need to choose what kind of structure you want to build. And, to do that, … Read More


  If you have read some of our most recent blog posts, you’ll remember that we’ve been talking about a number of survival skills useful in the case of an emergency where you need to “rough it” in the wilderness. We are not wilderness experts, but want to get the juices flowing and challenge you to get excited about looking further into learning these valuable skills. In our previous post, we talked about staying hydrated, … Read More


If you’re in the midst of a frightening emergency where you find yourself stranded in the wilderness, it can be tricky to find the balance between thinking positively (eg. “Someone will find me by nightfall”)  and preparing for the worst (eg. “It may just be me, myself and I for the next couple weeks”). If you’ve already prepared yourself for a two-week stint, the prospect of waiting it out shouldn’t seem quite so bad. But … Read More


If you’re seeking an adventure and would like to use the great outdoors to help prepare you for an emergency, why not go on a camping trip! In our most recent blog posts, we’ve gone through a few survival tips, and now, we want to talk about preparing yourself mentally! Mental preparedness will take you a long ways! By definition, “roughing it” isn’t luxurious, or nearly as comfortable as being at home. But that doesn’t … Read More


As part of our Quick Camping Survival Guide series, we want to talk about some of the most important survival skills to add to your arsenal, along with the essential gear—like a survival aid whistle, and nylon paracord. In this post particularly, we want to emphasize the value of fitness in a wilderness setting. To inspire you to seek an even higher level of fitness, we’ve outlined a number of scenarios where specific physical strengths … Read More


Spring is here and for many this means it’s time to start planning for camping! Many reservation systems across Canada are now official open and you may be one of the thousands of people chomping at the bit to snag your favourite camping spot. Although some people are brave enough to snow-camp, for the regular folk, camping in +degrees (at least during the day) is where it’s at, so the wait for warmer weather is almost over. Do … Read More


With all of the wind warnings and windstorms that are whipping through Canada this year, many of us are getting used to the constant slamming of gates left open and the rattling of window panes. When you’re inside—as long as the wind doesn’t take down a power line or topple a tree, the raging sounds from outside can make inside seem especially cozy in comparison. However, when you inevitably need to go outdoors, all of a … Read More


Have you ever heard of Public Safety Canada, or visited their website? Committed to mitigating disasters nationally and keeping the country safe, they’re a resource not to be missed when you’re doing your own, personal emergency preparations or you’re considering sharing emergency preparedness resources. Not only do they strategize and make plans, they train federal employees in emergency management through a learning partnership with Canada School of Public Service. Public Safety Canada is also in … Read More


As we continue to welcome 2016, some of us may feel blindsided by the new year but hopefully we’re all excited about what the next twelve months hold. It’s always interesting to consider the unknown future, but it can also be empowering to take the reins and try to plan for it as best we can, aiming for the brightest outcome. January is a great time to use your spirit of resolution for motivation. And hopefully this … Read More


Now that the Christmas festivities are over, many of us are left with homes full of stale decorations that need to be taken down, leftover food and wine and egg nog, and new toys all over the house. What’s the best way to go about restoring order to your home? Well, you probably have your own methods, but here are a few safety tips that we think are helpful to consider. Ladder Safety. If you need … Read More


In our current series, Staying Safe During the Holiday Season, we’ve been talking about extra safety precautions to take during this time of year, whether you’re creating a bright and cozy atmosphere in your home, giving gifts, or jetting away to a getaway vacation. Today we want to wrap up our holiday safety series with some tips on things to think about when you’re enjoying the great outdoors during the holidays. As we all know, … Read More


By December, many of us have already made our Christmas plans and are looking forward to time spent with our loved ones. While some of us are able to stay in our hometowns and not worry about traffic or the weather, the nature of families is that they grow and are often dispersed across the city, province, country or world! Some families who live in colder climates feel the urge to spend their vacation somewhere … Read More


Gift Safety Christmas is a time when many of us look forward to expressing our love for one another through gifts. Some of us may enjoy creating handmade foods, crafts and art for our loved ones, and some of us may shop for the gifts we give, or a mixture of the two! At Total Prepare, we have hundreds of items that work perfectly as gifts! But even if you end up getting some of … Read More