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Strong winds are a risk that accompany many types of weather. Sometimes, they play a role in big storms or low pressure systems and fronts, and sometimes they seem to solo as their own type of weather. If you’re regularly aware of the weather forecast in your area, you’ll be more prepared for windy days—whether it’s small gusts or big storms, so the first step is to listen into the daily or weekly forecast and … Read More

Whether it’s large-scale weather systems with long-term rainfall or short-lived thunderstorms with a sudden deluge, summer brings the risk of heavy rain and flooding. Just because it’s warm doesn’t mean it’s dry! In flatter regions such as the Canadian prairies, flooding is especially common. And since the prairies make up so much of our great country, we’ve provided a few tips for heavy rain safety, below: Monitor Environment Canada weather forecast and the provincial government’s … Read More

  Across Canada, temperamental summer weather keeps us all on our toes—sometimes promising sun and giving rain—or switching gears without giving us fair warning. Some of the most dangerous weather, though, happens when there is no change, and we get too much of one thing. Whether it’s high heat without rain —leading to drought, water shortage and wildfires— or wind shear and instability in the midst of a thunderstorm —leading to tornadoes— all weather conditions … Read More

For those of you who live in Victoria BC, where we have our showroom, you probably know just how popular hikes like the Juan de Fuca Trail and the West Coast Trail are! Especially during this milder time of year, people from all walks of life feel the urge to test their mettle and try walking along the wild, wet, west coast for a few days under the weight of a heavy backpack. For those … Read More

Planning a camping trip away from civilization is a smart way to practice your wilderness survival skills. When you do, why not challenge yourself by making the practice feel a little more like a real-life emergency? Here are just a few ideas to make your life a little tougher for a couple days, but for a good cause! Try building a fire without matches, newspaper or kindling from home. Find a good water source and … Read More

The news is good. The Fort Mac Fire is designated as no longer out of control. What a month this has been! Though we hope this is the worst of it, we are acutely aware that other communities across Canada could very well experience similar tragedies as Fort McMurray. How would we respond? After thousands of residents first started being evacuated from Fort McMurray, Canadians from Alberta and other provinces immediately stepped up to support … Read More

If you live by yourself, then getting your whole household on the same page is a simple task. However, if there are two or more of you, communication becomes an important factor in quality of life, and even safety, particularly if you have kids. When you’re living in a group setting, it isn’t enough for just one person in the household to be prepared for emergencies. Even if it’s one person who has done the … Read More

In the past, we’ve talked about getting our workplaces and our schools prepared for emergencies, along with our homes. And today we want to encourage you to spread the motivation further. You can use any kind of group or community to inspire people to get prepared. You could use your… College Reading club, writing club, meetup group, discussion group, etc. Sports team Fundraising group or non-profit society Church community Neighbourhood/Block Watch Group Care or Retirement … Read More

Last year, a number of gulf islands near our home base in Victoria ran out of water and had to get fresh water trucked in. And in many provinces across Canada affected by wildfire, water restrictions began as early as May and lasted through September. Whether you live in British Columbia or in any of our other beautiful provinces, it’s important to know what these water restrictions mean. If you live in BC, you might find … Read More

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