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What’s the difference? Some emergencies result in you having to leave your house due to unsafe conditions. Other emergencies keep you confined to your home and you may be forced to stay put for days or even weeks. Depending on the area and climate you live in, you may require different emergency supplies for each situation. Evaluate what type of emergency preparedness supplies you will need for both Grab & Go and Shelter-in-Place scenarios. Grab … Read More

Most of us aren’t prepared if a disaster strikes, nor do we have the essential supplies to ensure we are equipped for at least 72 hours. Should help not arrive for several days, setting aside enough supplies not only for ourselves but our entire family is important. It is also important to be aware of extra items you may need depending on your specific area or community. Natural disasters can have similar consequences in all … Read More

The opening line of Tom Banse’s news report caught our attention: “Any parent of a rambunctious youngster can tell you trouble might be afoot when things go quiet in the playroom. Two independent research initiatives indicate there is a comparable situation with the Cascadia earthquake fault zone….onshore seismometers have detected few signs of the grinding and slipping you would expect to see as one tectonic plate dives beneath another” The unknown makes us worried. We … Read More

It has been a while since we brought you our end of week round up of news and events on the world wide web related to emergency preparedness.  This week brings us a short column on the use of reminders to employees to “don’t make yourself the first victim”.  A suspected Ebola patient is being treated in Boston and finally a timely article for winter climates addressing retailers on how to winterize their stores. It … Read More

How do you prepare to have emergency food on hand when you do not even have enough food in the house to feed yourself or your family? This week one of our local food banks, the Mustard Seed, is holding a Pie-Off Challenge in honour of the Great Canadian Food Fight, a cross-Canada food drive competition to see who can collect the most food. The Pie-Off is to challenge local businesses to collect cans, or pie … Read More

Camping Gear to the Rescue – Part II  In Camping Gear to the Rescue Part I, we shared how camping gear can double up as emergency equipment in the event of an emergency. Below are more helpful tips on where to store your gear and how being familiar with camping is an advantage when unforeseen circumstances force you out of your home.   Storage location matters Now you know how useful your equipment is, the … Read More

Wait! Don’t store your camping equipment away just yet! The nights are getting cooler, the mornings damper. Signs campers dread as the camping season comes to a close. Accepting the inevitable, we mournfully put our equipment away, catching wisps of smoke caught in the fabric of our tents that instantly transport us back to the warm glow of laughter and comradery around the campfire. Our thoughts drift off to the promise of next year’s adventures as we sadly … Read More

When spring comes and you feel the sun shining it is a great opportunity to get out and spend some time in the garden. Being able to plant your own fruits and vegetables is an ideal way for some to relax, spend time with the kids, and of course, eat healthy. Even if you don’t have a big yard with lots of growing space you can still plant a large variety of seeds in planter … Read More

With summer approaching more and more people are getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Whatever your activity of choice may be it is important to be prepared if you are spending long days outside. Going on long hikes with your family can be the most enjoyable time and give you amazing memories. If you are out and something happens however, and you are not prepared for it, it can be a long stressful day. When … Read More

As recent news stories have shown, earthquakes can happen anywhere, anytime and it is important to be prepared all year round. Those who live in small rural communities may need to be even more prepared than those in larger communities. It is important to make sure you have all the essential tools for surviving and enough food and water to last you up to a month if needed. Living in a small rural community has … Read More

As this year’s relentless winter finally approaches, countless homes across the country are bracing for record flood waters. Making sure your home, business and other possessions are protected before the waters reach your community or neighbourhood is your best defense. Quick Dam Flood Barriers is an innovative new product that is designed to contain and divert water away from your home or business.  Quick Dam eliminates the need for heavy sandbags that are bulky to … Read More

Unfortunately many areas in the country are still in the grip of winter with already heavy accumulations of snow and more on the way. As bleak as it may seem, spring is just around the corner and with it, the melting of huge amounts of snow in a relatively short period of time. The result will inevitably be the danger of flooding in many areas throughout the country. Preparing in advance is the best way … Read More

Hiking is a great way to keep fit and a favourite pass time throughout much of the country especially in mountainous regions such as western Canada. The solitude, communing with nature and the majestic beauty of the wilderness is an ideal way to unwind and leave the stresses of day-to-day life behind. But when planning a hiking or camping trip into the back country, even if it’s just for a day or two, safety has … Read More

With the huge amount of snow that has already been received throughout much of the country, and with some cities expecting still more accumulation, many homes are facing issues concerning water supply. In some cases pipes have frozen in most of the homes in several neighbourhoods leaving residents without any water at all. In still other communities where warmer weather has caused an unexpected high run-off due to large amounts of melting snow, water has … Read More

As we all know, emergencies and natural disasters can happen anywhere and anytime. For anyone with school-aged children, a huge fear for any parent is that an emergency situation will occur while their children are at school or daycare. The safety and well-being of your children is of course the biggest concern but is your child’s school or daycare prepared to care for your child for an extended period of time? The fact is that … Read More

Summer or winter; what can be more exhilarating than an outdoor wilderness adventure? Understanding and being prepared for the unexpected is the key to a great backcountry hiking or camping trip. Food, safe drinking water, clothing, and safety gear are essential for any such outing. The biggest concern when packing for such an adventure is that all items are lightweight enough to be carried for traveling in conditions where the terrain can sometimes present a … Read More