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Did you know that tornado season across the prairies starts in April and doesn’t officially end until September? Over the past summer, the Canadian prairies have suffered some devastating tornadoes. In Saskatchewan alone this past summer, 19 tornadoes have been confirmed by Environment Canada. Some of these were less severe landspout tornadoes, while others were the dangerous supercell tornadoes—8 of which touched down across the prairies on the evening of July 10! On August 3, … Read More


For children, camping is often a magical experience. The highs (eg. swimming in the lake, eating outside and star-gazing) are incredibly high and the lows (eg. sneaking a midnight bathroom break while listening intently for dangerous, wild animals) are just what makes camping an adventure! Without the weight of responsibility, children are free to enjoy the experience to its fullest and simply soak in the wonder of being alive and out in nature. Don’t you … Read More


Have you been camping yet this summer? May long weekend is often the perfect first weekend of camping in the summer. Then it’s easy for June and July to get away from us and suddenly it’s August and we’re already trying not to think about the fall! So, since it’s August, we hope that some of you out there are considering another camping venture before the summer is over. We’re here today to remind you … Read More


Backpacking is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors. The fresh air, the exercise, and the immersion in nature have proven benefits to mental and physical health, but did you know that this fun outdoor pursuit is also one of the best ways to build an emergency kit? If you’re not familiar with the term, backpacking is the act of traveling or hiking while carrying your possessions along for the ride! Whether … Read More


Contaminated Water Avoidance and Purification Water, water everywhere, there must be lots to drink! This is the attitude many Canadians take towards their emergency water preparations. We live in a country that is so abundant in fresh water that people learn to take it for granted. Fair enough, we do have a lot of it, but your neighborhood stream won’t be much help if the water in your taps runs dry. Contaminated water might even … Read More


Shelter in Place Many people hear the word ‘emergency’ and immediately assume evacuation, but according to first responders and emergency preparedness specialists evacuation is rarely the best route. Unless instructed to do otherwise, or there is obvious threat to your property (an incoming fire or tsunami for example) then stay home! It’s where all your good stuff is. Reception centers, roadways, and public meeting places are likely to be crowded with people who may be … Read More


Total Prepare is on the air! Alison Stewart, the manager of Total Prepare, gave an interview on CFAX radio about earthquake safety and supplies. Joining Alison on the air is Mike Ursel of Quake Safe to tell us all about securing our homes, businesses, and other buildings for a major seismic event. Click below to listen in!


The Backstory If you’ve been reading our blog lately, you’ll know that we dove a bit deeper into the aftermath situation of the January tsunami warning that was triggered all down Canada’s West coast by an early morning earthquake in Alaska. Specifically, in our last couple of posts, we’ve been talking about alert systems—where they’re useful and where they need to be improved. Because Total Prepare is a Canada-wide supplier of emergency gear, we decided … Read More


What Happened? In our previous blog post, we shared a breakdown on the January tsunami warning that occurred up and down the West Coast of British Columbia. Some communities were more prepared than others—but for every community, it was an important reminder to review the warning and communication systems in place and fill in the gaps that were brought to light by the experience. Resources Currently Available in the Canadian Prairies Across Alberta, Saskatchewan and … Read More


Total Prepare offers free emergency preparedness workshops at our Victoria, BC location. Our next workshop is Saturday, June 9th at 11AM. We will go over the essentials of emergency preparedness, highlight some products we offer, as well as offer food tastings. There are still a few seats left, so if you are needing a little help in getting started or even looking to add to your existing emergency preparedness supplies, email us to reserve your … Read More


As home to Canada’s capital city, the province of Ontario might be looked to by some as a community that should have its act together in the emergency preparedness sector. If you’ve read some of our most recent posts, you’ve read about AlertReady, Canada’s new nation wide public alerting system. Testing is starting this May! In Ontario and Quebec, residents will be receiving test alerts on May 7, with residents in most of the rest … Read More


What Happened? If you’re like some people across British Columbia’s west coast, on January 23rd, 2018, you woke up sometime much later than the haunting hours. After a quick morning scan of social media, you would have realized that you missed a life-threatening event while you slept! For others—especially those living in Tofino, Haida Gwaii, Port Alberni, and other communities along the Juan de Fuca Strait and Vancouver Island’s northern east and west coasts—the night … Read More


West coast residents spent an anxious night as a tsunami warning was issued following a 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska.  Some areas were evacuated, other areas were on alert and after several anxious hours the tsunami watch was lifted, and everyone was able to breath a sign of relief! Some people had a plan and when the tsunami siren sounded, they were able to grab their evacuation kit and head to their designated … Read More


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