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In February, hundreds of people were stranded in their cars for about 12 hours on the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia. The highway was shut down due to freezing rain and treacherous conditions. One among many of British Columbia’s highways that were shut down this winter. Unfortunately for those traveling the Coquihalla that day, the closure was put into effect at about 6pm, forcing them to stay in their cars overnight. Officials had announced just … Read More


Whether or not you were a girl guide, a brownie, a cub or a scout during any part of your childhood, a love of adventure is an essential attitude for embracing the fullness of life. I’m sure many of you agree that adventure and discovery is what makes life worth living. If you’re looking to create survival kits with a group of kids—whether they’re your own children or a classroom full of students—it’s wonderful to … Read More


Although emergency supplies are created to be durable and lasting, it’s imprudent to think that once you’ve bought an emergency kit, you’re home free. Once you’ve bought or put together a kit, you are on your way to a safer future, but it’s important to remember that some of your emergency items will expire. And it’s not just food that will expire! Below are some common emergency supplies and their average shelf lives: Light sticks … Read More


After a disaster like an earthquake, a wildfire or a hurricane financial difficulties, injuries, and upheaval can cause a lot of ongoing psychological and emotional stress. After a disaster, it’s important to acknowledge your feelings—and know that it’s normal to feel profound sadness, grief, anger and anxiety about your safety. Everyone copes a little differently, so it’s important to have grace and patience for yourself. One way to work toward healing is to focus on … Read More


In our most recent post, we talked about disaster recovery and gave some specific safety tips for when you’re returning home after a disaster. Today, we want to share some thoughts about finding assistance after a disaster. As we shared in our last post, it’s continually important after a disaster to closely monitor your local news stations through radio, television and websites. You should hear about emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing, and financial assistance … Read More


Last week, we began a mini-series on disaster recovery, and today we want to go over the 2nd item in our list: returning home after a disaster. Returning home after a disaster can be challenging in a number of ways. During a disaster, your adrenaline levels will spike. You may not notice discomfort or tiredness—you may even feel numb—while things are happening rapidly around you. But once everything calms down and you can think again, … Read More


In the upcoming weeks, we want to share a short series on Disaster Recovery! We’ll be talking about what happens in the aftermath—once the disaster has been brought “under control”—and connecting you with some helpful resources. We’ll be talking about… Health & Safety Guidelines Returning Home Seeking Disaster Assistance Coping with Disaster, on a Psychological Level Today, we want to guide you through some basic health and safety rules to follow after a disaster—whether it’s … Read More


When you’re thinking about emergency preparedness, it can be helpful to break down the elements of preparedness into categories based on priority. Like so: Water Food Heat Shelter Light Communication First Aid Sanitation However, just because sanitation is listed last doesn’t mean that it’s not important! On the contrary, creature comforts can increase your mental fortitude during a crisis, and that’s priceless. During an emergency situation—whether you’ve been through an earthquake, a tornado, a flood … Read More


When you are building an emergency kit, you want to ensure that you have enough nutritious food to be self-sufficient for up to 2 weeks! That’s at least 1200 calories per day, per person. Of course, depending on your size and activity level, you may want to add more. You want to keep your energy and your strength up so that you can face whatever hardships lie ahead with the best of your ability! You … Read More


For many of us living in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island, the season’s snowstorms have felt like a freak of nature! Especially here in the Greater Victoria area, many of us treat February like the beginning of spring. In years past, we’ve been spoiled by white and pink cherry blossoms spilling all over the sidewalks and streets. This year, however, those sweet treats may be delayed by a week or two. As the … Read More


While we firmly believe that Emergency Preparedness should be a top priority, sometimes when the sun’s out and life seems too happy to include disasters, making the choice to start an emergency kit can be a tough decision. We get it. And while we also believe that it’s a good idea to bite the bullet and get preparing anyway, we understand why you might want to do it on a budget! Thankfully, you’re not alone. … Read More


At Total Prepare, we’re all about survival. We want you to survive any disaster that comes your way and if you’re caught unprepared, we sincerely hope you can make it through with what you happen to have in your home already. Many people—if they delay grocery shopping by a day or two—can survive on the leftovers in their fridge and the less-than-exciting food in the freezer. Even if the fridge and freezer are basically empty, … Read More


If you’re serious about being prepared for an emergency situation, you’ve probably already stocked up on the foundation items, such as water, food, heat and shelter supplies, light sources, communication devices, first aid, and sanitation supplies. (If you haven’t, check out our online store to find all the emergency supplies you’ll need and more!) You probably already know where the emergency exits in your home are and you may have even created an emergency plan … Read More


When we say “stay strong,” we mean both physically and mentally because both are equally important when it comes to surviving the long haul that can come after a big disaster. Below, we’ve shared a few tips to help you prepare for physical and mental strength during an emergency. Feel free to copy or print out this list to keep with you in your emergency supply kit! Keeping up Your Mental Strength Talk to people … Read More


Most of us like to adhere to the Golden Rule as much as possible, right? However you would like to be treated, treat others in that same way. So what if you have prepared yourself for an emergency but your family, housemates, or neighbours are having a tough time preparing themselves? What if they’re actually unable to prepare—what then? It’s easy to take good health and fitness for granted when you haven’t experienced anything other, … Read More


A lot of people would prefer to avoid the snow altogether, if they could. Some people fly to warmer locations to wait out the winter. Others stay inside as much as possible. However, some people learn to embrace even the chilliest of seasons and learn to love all of the beauty and magic it has to offer. For those of you who love snow, it’s still important to remember that snow can pose great danger … Read More