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Even in the warmer regions of Canada, we’re experiencing a steep drop in temperatures. Looking out over the frosty rooftops is beautiful, but it also means that going outdoors can be more treacherous than usual. Here are a few winter safety tips to consider, whether you have just a little frost or 10 feet of snow! Check in with the weather forecast regularly and listen up for wind chill warnings. Perhaps use Environment Canada as … Read More


Have you heard the term “meteorological winter”? It’s the period of time between December 1st through the end of February and it’s the coldest three-month period of the year in the northern hemisphere. Down on the Southwest coast of Canada, here in Victoria BC, we enjoy our own micro-climate that keeps us warmer and drier than anywhere else in Canada! With that said, we still experience wintry days and icy streets so it’s wise for … Read More


Along the west coast of Canada communities live in expectation of The Big One among other pending disasters. It’s unhealthy to live in fear, but it could save your life to be practical—and by that we mean knowing the dangers, and doing something about it. The very fact that you’re visiting Total Prepare and reading up on the safety tips in our blog means that you’re on the right track! When even just one more … Read More


December feels like it’s going to be over before it even gets started, but doesn’t it feel that way every year? Time seems to whip by faster and faster toward the end of each year and it’s easy to miss out on any time for reflection.   That’s why today we’re encouraging you NOT to wait. Consider the goals you want to make now, today, while you’re thinking about it (since we brought it up)! … Read More


Do you take risk assessment and emergency preparation seriously? Do you already have a career but want to do more to make your community safer and more secure? Do you want to learn more, while meeting like-minded individuals? If so, you might be interested in joining the emergency management forces as a volunteer, in a city near you! Of course, you could always start with the Canadian Red Cross and check out the volunteer opportunities. … Read More


Are you an entrepreneur? You may be in the early stages of drafting a business plan, or hiring your 50th employee, or very likely somewhere in between. As an entrepreneur, you’re willing to take risks but when it comes down to it, you’ve invested a lot in your company—your brainchild—and you’ll do a lot to keep it safe. Preparing for disasters is an important step in building a business plan, so today we encourage you … Read More


Have you ever been camping in the real wilderness, where there aren’t even outhouses available? Even at the best of times, pooping in the woods can make you feel a bit like an animal. And sometimes, when you’re out in the wilderness, it’s not the best of times. If you’re stressed out about the aftermath of a disaster, or about struggling to survive, even the smallest luxuries can make a big difference. Having enough to … Read More


During the warmer months, freak storms and power outages can be exciting adventures. But in the cold months, we have to take them more seriously. In northern Canadian regions especially, power outages that last more than a day can be deadly—as people begin to panic and think less clearly in their attempts to stay warm. It’s important to note that gas-powered generators and charcoal barbecues release Carbon Monoxide that can silently kill those who breathe … Read More


As fall turns to winter, travel time increases as we take precautions to keep ourselves safe on icy roads with limited visibility. Here are a few important reminders to consider as we enter the icy season: Get your tires checked. This includes rotating your tires, and checking your spare tire. It also means switching out your regular tires for winter tires if you live in a region where you’ll need them. As the temperature drops … Read More


If you live in British Columbia as we do, you know the soul-sucking jet lag-type confusion that is Daylight Savings. Or perhaps you enjoy the switch in time, with the brighter mornings and dark, cozy evenings. Good on you for staying so positive. Daylight Savings is practiced by most regions of North America and Europe as well as some in the Middle East and elsewhere, so us British Columbians are not alone in this transition. … Read More


It’s one thing to be on board with emergency preparedness and buy every supply you could possibly need. It’s another to know how to pack an effective and efficient survival kit that will be accessible and portable when needed. Lists come in handy when you’re trying to prioritize exactly what you’ll need. Organization is key. Knowing your area and the common risks is the first step to sorting out the applicable items. From there, you … Read More


Wherever you live, it’s a good idea to know your neighbourhood and your region and have a decent understanding of the risks that are inherent in your area. At Total Prepare, a lot of our focus is on preparing for natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes. However, in our modern world, us humans pose each other a whole separate category of risks! Whether it’s warfare or accidental explosions such as … Read More


At Total Prepare, we recognize that spending money on purchases that you’re going to stick in your closet until the next emergency can be a bit anticlimactic. When you buy something new, it’s fun to be able to use it! We’ve recently added the Grayl Ultralite Purifier & Filter to our stock of amazing emergency supply products, and this is one of those items that doesn’t need to be stored away until an emergency occurs. … Read More


Can you believe it’s that time of year again? October is coming to a close and many of us are anticipating Halloween with a touch of nostalgia for simpler times. Whether you’re making your own costume, or helping a friend or your kids with theirs, often the last touches are frantically added at the last minute, before the trick-or-treating begins. Some of us choose private parties while others go door-to-door. Whatever your plans are for … Read More


Do you know the expiry dates on every item in your survival kit? If you don’t, you’re probably one of many, so don’t let yourself feel bad. Instead of trying to memorizing a bunch of expiry dates and numbers, it’s probably more efficient and effective to habitually review your entire kit! It doesn’t need to take forever, mostly just a quick check to ensure that everything you’ve so carefully organized and packed away is still … Read More


If you’re someone who’s keen to go in-depth with emergency preparedness— beyond just knowing what to put in your survival kit—you might be wondering about what kinds of programs are available in Canada. A good place to start is Public Safety Canada, where you can get an education on our national policies and plans surrounding disaster mitigation, risk assessments, emergency management training and communications interoperability. You can also learn more about our national Disaster Assistance … Read More