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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


One of the first things to think about, when you decide you want to be prepared for emergencies, is your region. Do you know which natural disasters are most common where you live? Have you prepared, in case of these specific disasters? If you are living in, or are planning an extended stay in, Alberta and the answer to one or both of these questions is “no,” then we’re here to help you out! Because … Read More


  This week, from June 8th to 11th, The World Conference on Disaster Management is taking place in Toronto, and Total Prepare is thrilled to be taking part as an exhibitor!  It’s exciting to see how much planning and thought has gone into the event, and how many people in emergency management and business continuity positions from around the world are attending. It promises to be 3 days of inspiration, education and international networking, as we celebrate 25 … Read More


There is nothing quite like viewing the world at bicycle-speed, especially when you’re in a new place. Everything slows down and you may well wonder why you don’t always cycle everywhere you go. You start to become aware of a whole new perspective on the world as you start to focus in on the minutiae. It’s no wonder that so many people choose to plan a bicycle tour for their summer vacation. Going back to … Read More


As the sun stays out for longer, and the warm air smells so good that it’s hard to go back inside, at night, some of us decide it’s time to sleep under the stars. From backyard campouts on the trampoline or in the treehouse, to full-on wilderness excursions — it’s almost impossible to resist the pull of nature as every plant, every zephyr, every sun-glimmer on the water, seems to exude welcome. For those of … Read More


We welcome a guest post from Michelle Bernardo, Editor-in-Chief for the wonderfully informative website, VictoriaMom.ca. Thank you, Michelle, for your contribution! Is your family ready for summer? Summer is almost here and with it comes summer adventures. If your family is anything like ours you will probably be spending many hours outdoors; hiking, swimming at the beach, camping, or exploring a park. Most parents/caregivers remember to pack sun screen and a sun hat on a sunny … Read More


As warmer weather embraces our communities, men, women and children are flocking to the beaches. Some are simply lying in the sun, trying to soak up the rays, while others are deep into a good book. Some are tossing frisbees and footballs. while others are bravely wading into the water for a dunk. A beach day is typically seen as one of the most relaxing and carefree ways to spend a summer day. What’s not … Read More


As summer approaches, more and more people books days out of their weekends to escape the city and find adventure on whatever forested slopes they can get to. For many people, a hike is a casual affair — a day trip involving a few snacks, maybe a bottle of water, and perhaps a backpack. Some people wear hiking boots. Others wear running shoes, or perhaps even flip flops. A lot of people hike as a … Read More


While one of the most important things to consider — before, during and after an emergency — is food and water and how you will ration it out best to survive as long as possible without outside help, another incredibly important survival factor to consider is communication. While trying to stay calm and help others, if you’re able, it’s best to find a source of outside communication as soon as you can. If you have … Read More


After an earthquake has happened, it is crucial to be as ready as possible for the following aftershocks. So many times, the aftershocks end up wreaking more havoc than the initial quake. Unfortunately, as was the case in Nepal recently, aftershocks often greatly hinder rescue efforts and so many people are left to try to survive as best they can, relying only on themselves. Often, it takes at least two weeks for communities to get … Read More


In light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal, we want to talk a little about the ins and outs of survival, once you’ve safely made it through the initial quake. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are dealing with the disaster in Nepal right now — those who have been killed, injured, lost loved ones, and those who are still dealing with ongoing trauma. In earthquake prone areas, such as British Columbia where threat of “the big … Read More