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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

If you have kids in the house, or even roommates who act like kids—you know that establishing a routine can be a life-saver. As we’ve mentioned throughout our blog, preparing a family meeting and going over an emergency drill is key to being as safe as possible in a disaster. You’ll want to start by collecting the emergency supplies you’ll need, ensuring that everyone knows how to use all equipment, and writing down a plan … Read More

With fall officially here the days are getting noticeably shorter and darker. For many Canadians, daylight savings will take effect on November 6th, blanketing us in long, sleepy nights. For some, the shorter days and longer nights are anticipated with gleeful plans of sitting around a cozy fireplace and catching up on neglected reading goals. Others might simply feel sad that the long days of summer are over. However you feel about the incoming autumn, … Read More

If you’ve looked at a Facebook feed lately, or taken a drive through the countryside, you’re not oblivious to the fact that fall is on it’s way. In fact, although it’s still technically summer, for all the pumpkins you’re seeing everywhere, it might as well be fall already—right? If you’ve dabbled in gardening, you know that fall means more than just pumpkins in your garden. Here in the South-West coast of Canada, a whole host … Read More

Once a year, families, workplaces and organizations across British Columbia practice Earthquake preparedness in a unified event that reminds everyone of the basic safety tenets of earthquakes. If you’re not already involved, consider registering today! On October 20 at 10:20am millions of people worldwide will be practicing how to drop, cover and hold on. If you’re in another Canadian province, or live in another country, you can still participate! It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone … Read More

Back-to-school season is in full swing. The faces of kindergartners and first years have the same rosy glow and sometimes—if you’re not heading back to school yourself—seeing all of the fresh outfits, new hairdos and hip backpacks that go along with the season… can be nostalgia-inducing! For many people, September has more of a new-year feel to it than the New Year we celebrate on January 1st. If you’re one of those people who is … Read More

Whether or not you’re a planner, if you live in a rainy region—like we do on the west coast of British Columbia—it’s a necessity to plan ahead for the rain. If you don’t, it’s not a matter of if you’ll get caught in the rain, it’s a matter of when. And with summer drawing to a close, rain is most definitely on the horizon. The very basics of a rain gear collection are a waterproof … Read More

Can you believe it’s already September again? It’s impossible to ignore the leaves on the ground and the way that the air smells in the morning, bringing nostalgia with it. For many people, it’s a return to structure and even if you’re not returning to school, it can be a more natural time to make “new year” resolutions! If you’re with us on this, and into making new goals in recognition of the back-to-school season, … Read More

Out here on the West Coast, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a gigantically trendy leisure sport that is best enjoyed on calm, evening waters as the sun sets. Similarly to leisure kayaking or paddling about in a dinghy, it doesn’t seem like much bad could happen while you’re doing it. But even though it looks so easy (Have you seen the yoga moves people can do on their SUP boards?), it’s good to go in … Read More

  Recently, two friends and I decided to go camping just for a night! Living in Victoria, BC, we decided to visit Strathcona Provincial Park, a three-hour drive up the East side of Vancouver Island, then inland just a little. It was a quick and rather spontaneous trip. We were only going to be camping for one night, and we’d be hiking into the lake where we hoped to camp, so we wanted to pack … Read More