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Running Summer Races During the summer time, many people look forward to local races in their communities. Here in Victoria, BC, Mountain Equipment Co-op puts on a number of summer races and relays. We also have the annual Woman2Warrior race in August and the The Goose Relay & Ultra in early September. Whether you’re preparing for a run, community race, a more competitive and record-breaking race or you’re simply going about your routine that includes … Read More


With the calamitous wildfires taking place in British Columbia, especially in the 100 Mile House, Ashcroft, and Cache Creek areas, it is more important than ever for Canadians to be prepared for evacuation. With longer, hotter summers making huge wildfires the new normal here are some things that you and your family can do to increase your wildfire preparedness. Talk to Your Loved Ones Communication is key when it comes to preparing for any emergency. … Read More


Food Foraging During the summer months, so many plants sprout forth delicious edibles! It can almost become overwhelming, when you think about it! From blackberries to figs, British Columbia summers are overflowing with wild, edible food. Here’s a list of ten of our favourites, with links to photos to help you identify them as edible, nutritional and SAFE to eat: Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus Armeniacus) Salmonberry (Rubus Spectabilis) Thimbleberry (Rubus Parviflorus) Common Fig (Ficus Carica) Red … Read More


Cycling Safely If you ride your bike as part of your regular commute, you’re already aware of the many dangers that can come along with it… If you’re riding your bike in the dark, consider your visibility so that people driving vehicles can see you. You can never have too many bike lights — sometimes flashing ones are the best call – and you can even wear a visibility vest to protect yourself further. If … Read More


Staying Safe as Play Time Heats Up As temperatures rise, it’s easy to forget about the risks and simply bask in the joy of waking up to sunny mornings and stepping outside without grabbing a jacket or close-toed shoes. But with the glorious times comes an element of danger as well. And it’s especially important to take precautions if you have kids. Why not create a summer safety kit? This way, you can plan ahead … Read More


Free Swimming One of the best feelings in the world is your first dip of the season, in the river, lake or ocean of your choice. The smell of the water, and the cool water washing away the grime and anxieties of your week—make for an experience that’s hard to compare to anything else! If someone told you that you could never swim in anything but a pool, for the rest of your life, you’d … Read More


Going Fishing If you’re an early riser even when you don’t have to be at work, fishing might be the summer activity for you! And if you don’t suffer from seasickness and find the rocking of a boat hypnotizing while you read or study the ripples on a lake’s surface, it might even be one of your new favourite activities! If you’re a newbie fisherman, you might want to consider these safety tips before embarking … Read More


Part 1, Ocean Kayaking On a hot summer day, there’s nothing more enticing than an evening on the water. If you’ve been ocean kayaking before, you know the magic of gliding over soft ocean swells during a quiet, colourful sunset. If you haven’t been ocean kayaking before, it’s worth trying out! Take some time to get to know the basic kayaking safety tips and the next time you find yourself craving an evening on the … Read More


Wow time flies! It has been over a year and half since the last time we were invited to guest blog for Total Prepare and what a busy time it’s been! Our business continues to grow by leaps and bounds. We have doubled in size since we last wrote here and expect to double again this year. This has been a very exciting time for us, but along with this success (and trust me: It … Read More


Did you know that you can buy yourself rescue insurance? If you’re someone who has tendencies toward adventure (and we mean that as a good thing!) you might want to consider padding your preparations with insurance. After all, the skilled Argentine climber Natalia Martinez did everything right to be adequately prepared for her venture up Mount Logan in Yukon, but still found herself in an unavoidably precarious position after a pair of earthquakes set of … Read More


Small businesses and start-ups are gaining more and more traction, especially here in Victoria where the tech industry is blossoming. And with people spending such large percentages of their time at work, it’s crucial for small businesses to have an emergency response plan. If you work for a start-up or you own a small business, you’ll want to consider the basic guideline we’ve outlined below, courtesy of worksafebc.com. How to develop an effective emergency response … Read More


If you live in our neighbourhood or anywhere on the southern end of Vancouver Island, you’re probably familiar with the city of Colwood. Did you know that they have been recommended as a Role Model City in the United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient campaign? A team from Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management evaluated the city’s preparedness for a large-scale emergency such as an earthquake, and they were impressed! Only … Read More


Do you like the expression “kill two birds with one stone,” but kind of wish it didn’t involve killing birds in the first place? I think you’re in good company. But hunting isn’t really the point of this blog post. It’s this exciting fact: you can get better prepared for emergencies AND reduce your carbon footprint at the same time! And today, we’re going to share a few tips on how to do just that… … Read More


Although the population of Victoria, BC reached 367,770 in the 2016 Canadian census, the Victoria hub still hangs onto that small-town feel. The downtown core is tight and fairly simple to navigate. And a lot of residents will tell you that they can drive anywhere they need to go in 10 minutes. We love that our Total Prepare showroom is in Victoria, because in friendly cities like ours, folks like to look out for each … Read More


Did you hear about the woman—Natalia Martinez—who found herself trapped on Mount Logan on Monday, May 1st after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake? Thankfully, she is an experienced climber and well-versed in the perils of the great outdoors, so after the initial quakes caused avalanches to occur nearby, she was able to maneuver herself to a safer location. Unfortunately, a storm hit the area shortly after, lasting for days. Because of that, combined with the fact … Read More


Do you enjoy grabbing your backpack full of camping supplies and heading for the hills? If you’re an avid camper or outdoors-person, you probably have a whole bunch of survival supplies that could be used in an emergency. That is awesome because you’re already a few steps ahead of those who choose a hotel or resort every time. At the same time, if you can fit all of your survival supplies into your weekend backpack, … Read More