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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


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