In the spirit of apocalypse planning, let’s talk about really long-term survival strategies. In a zombie outbreak or other cataclysmic event you may find yourself needing to build or repair structures without the help of a construction company. While building a simple survival shelter will keep you alive in the short-term, the comfort and convenience of buildings can’t be overlooked.
Moving away from home to go to University or College is an exciting and unforgettable time in one’s life. However, with it comes growing independence and self-reliance. As a university student myself, the recent floods affecting BC made me realize the knowledge gap for many university students regarding emergency preparedness. Working with the lovely team at Total Prepare has brought me an abundance of information,
In a world where fast fashion is the norm, fewer people learn how to make repairs to their clothing. Have you ever thought about how important clothing is to our survival? It's the most basic form of shelter humans have. It keeps us warm in the cold, keeps us safe from sunburns, and offers protection from bugs, wind, and scrapes.
Why Warmth Matters Total Prepare's retail store is located in Victoria BC, and it's not unusual to hear "It doesn't get that cold here, I'm not worried about that part," when we approach warmth as something to include in a kit. But disasters aren't limited to the warmer months, or even the in-between times. In fact, Murphy's Law predicts that if
Howling winds drive ice and snow against the windshield, hiding the road as you dutifully follow the trail left by the car ahead. The car's heater whirs loudly on high, blasting hot air at the glass to stop it from fogging, though white haze is still creeping in at the edges. As the trail ahead disappears, you're left wondering if
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
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
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