How to Prepare for Emergencies in Canada: A Helpful Guide – Guest Post By Mitchell Wood

Whenever people travel to Canada, the first thing they comment on is the frigid weather before anything else (yes, even before elk and deer hunting!). They ask me, “How do you survive the cold?” while I, in turn, wonder how they live in the extremely hot climates!
Well, during winter in Canada isn’t equal across the entire nation. There are specific areas that have much more extreme conditions compared to others. With that being said, there are unfortunately more risks of disasters. Across Canada, there are a ton of safety hazards like floods, earthquakes, blizzards, or even tornadoes! In addition to that, there are also other risks like accidents or power outages because of it.
That’s why it’s crucial to know how you can survive these harsh weather conditions and the consequences that come with it. If you’re wondering how, then read on as we talk preparing for emergencies across Canada.
The Ultimate Guide to Emergency Preparation
While we can never be entirely prepared for what may come, it’s best to at least plan ahead and pack what’s needed to stay as safe as possible. Here are the four major points to start your plans off with:
1. Acquaint Yourselves With the Risks
Before you learn about preparing for the worst, you have to know the risks associated with where you are from. Like mentioned, winter and harsh weather conditions in Canada aren’t always the same across regions.
For example, in northern regions, you have the extreme cold weathers with more risks of natural disasters. In regions such as Muskoka and Bruce, it isn’t as intense.
There are more risks of earthquakes in British Columbia, tornadoes in Ontario, and blizzards in Nunavut. Many provinces are susceptible to flash floods.
Some of these national disasters might be relevant in your area. You will be able to acquaint yourself with what you need to prepare for through websites such as GetPrepared.ca, where you can identify the most likely disasters.
2. Create a Plan
Once you have now identified with what you need to prepare for, it’s time to create an emergency plan. This will help you and your loved ones know what to do in case of anything unexpected that arises.
In case an emergency happens, you might not be together with your whole family. It’s best to plan on where and how you will meet, as well as how to contact each other and what to do during various situations.
Practice any evacuation plans made, draw emergency exits at home, and identify safe and evacuation areas all of you can visit.
Update your emergency plans yearly and make sure that you practice evacuating your home, as well as changing batteries of your smoke alarm, restocking kits, or replacing food and water in your emergency kits.
3. Prepare an Emergency Kit
During emergencies, you won’t be able to pop by the stores and get what’s needed. Furthermore, you might experience power and water outages for a few days to weeks, depending on the intensity of the disaster.
The kit should be easy to carry with everyone knowing where it is. Keep it in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack, stored in an accessible area. Here’s a checklist on what to pack:
• At least two liters of water
• Food that doesn’t spoil
• Manual can opener
• Flashlight, candles, matches, and lighters
• Radio
• Basic first aid kit and any special medicine needed
• Extra keys to house and car
• Cash in small bills and coins
• Copy of contact information and emergency plan, as well as copies of documents and identification
Toiletries
• Garbage bags
• Basic tools
• Extra clothes and footwear (cold weather bootsand thick jackets are recommended for the freezing weather)
4. Learn Who to Contact
Once you already prepared everything, from a plan to emergency kits for the family, it’s best to acquaint yourself with who to contact. There are many resources and emergency contacts across Canada, all depending on the region you’re from. Do your research and collect contact information for hospitals, local government offices, and schools with evacuation centers.
Besides learning who to contact, make sure that you mentally prepare yourselves for what may happen. Learn all about the risks and impact of such disasters, showing your whole family what may happen rather than to hope for the best. It isn’t just about being physically prepared but emotionally as well, as this can be traumatic.
Wrapping It Up

Canada is a beautiful and quaint place to live in. However, with its frigid weather and risk of natural disasters, it may leave you fearful for your family. Through becoming emotionally and physically prepared for the worst, you will stay safe and lessen the risk of injury.
Use these tips as a starting point to plan with your loved ones. Don’t postpone and begin preparing for emergencies today.
If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on survival and preparation, then comment below. Your input will be much appreciated.
Author Bio:
Hello and welcome to my blog. I am Mitchell, founder of Musket Hunting. Here at Musket Hunting, I provide guides on how to hunt effectively, answer reader’s questions, and review on the latest hunting gears. Hunting will give you the experience that nothing else in this world can provide with.

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Making informed decisions about gear.

Seven years ago, almost to the day, I posted about going camping to test your emergency gear.  It wasn’t the most popular, commented on, or viewed post on the blog, but it was a turning point for the network.  It attracted the attention of some very influential people in the preparedness industry that shared the post, and even wrote about it on their own websites.  Soon after that, readership began increasing, and the momentum never stopped.

The whole idea was to go camping off grid and test the efficiency and durability of your gear in a live scenario.  How much fuel was needed to cook a meal, light your campsite, power your comms, etc.  Being informed with this, one could better estimate how much fuel to stockpile, but more importantly what gear you owned that didn’t meet your needs for whatever reason. 

Now, seven years later, the online footprint in the preparedness community has grown beyond what we might have imagined back then.  Many of us turn to onine resources for recomendations about specific gear.  What flashlight shines brightest, what stove boils water fastest, which pack is best are all popular questions that we turn to gear reviewers for answers.  However, it seems as though almost everyone in the online preparedness comunity today is out to make a buck.  Most review sites never seem to post anything negative about the products they show and often display ads or affiliate links to those products they have promoted.  Usually because they are given these products for free, and well, if they don’t post positive reviews, companies simply stop sending them stuff to write about.

So how do we avoid the fake reviews and get real information that can help us choose our gear?  Simply look for review sites that offer simple comparisons of different products.  One such site is Gear Lobo.  This site doesn’t actually TEST the gear or offer any recomendations, but simply comapers features of similar products to help you decide what might best fit your needs.  It’s time we became a little more discriminating in our online research.  Look for comparison sites instead of reviews.  Keep in mind that positive reviews might have been paid for, or are simply there to promote sales…and watch out for sites with an abnormal number of ads for products.

Once you have made an informed decision, take your gear out camping and test it out.

Websites linked to in this article may have paid for placement.

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Faraday Bags For Everyday Use

Preppers are well aware of the possibility and dangers of EMPs.  While there is a lot of misinformation out there claiming that pretty much anything electrical or electronic will be systemically fried after an EMP, there is significant research showing this is not the case.  The fact is, some devices will be rendered useless, and others not so much.

Small electronic devices have been shown to be unpredictable in succeptability.  One test demonstrated this by subjecting four different models of handheld radios to en EMP burst.  One of the four were rendered useless while the other three continued working (perhaps needing to be turned off and back on again).

For this reason, many preppers have backup electronics stored in faraday cages.  One common way to do this is to use a modified metal garbage can stocked with various gadgets.  While this approach works, it does have it’s drawbacks.  First of all, unused redundant items.  It can get expensive to have redundant items sitting in a faraday cage that may or may not be necessary.  Secondly, these redundant items are usually stored at home, or at a bugout location.  Far out of reach if an EMP occures while you are at work, or out and about in general not to mentioned stored seperately from connecting items.  Lastly, these can get bulky, especially if you only need to store a few small items.

Preppers like bags…go bags, bug out bags edc bags, get home bags…the list goes on.  The radio prepared are no different with radio go bags.  There are likely many ittems in a radio bag that do not need protection such as guy ropes or spare batteries(that are not installed).  However, radios, laptops, scanners, and other items could benefit from EPM protection.  It would be a waste of space to place the entire bag in a faraday cage and inconvenient to split off those items and try to reassemble the bag when minutes count.

This is where EMP bags come in handy.  You can keep regularly used items in these convenient packs and protected from EMP.  This ensured that they will be useable when the need arrises.  EMP bags come in various sizes for use with cell phones or handhelds up to full size laptops.  Why not use one to keep valuable information packed USB drives safe in a bug out bag?  How about the convenience of storing that spare inverter in one and keeping it with your solar panels?

Faraday cages have their place for sure, but again, have their inconveniences.  Faraday bags can protect everyday use items so they are handy AND useable when you need them.

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S*U*R*V*I*V*A*L

You find yourself lost. Perhaps you were a passenger in a light aircraft that forced landed. The pilot was killed and you don’t know your exact location. What’s painfully evident is that you’re alone and cold. You are without the equipment that you’re use to and may be overwhelmed. What steps do you take and when?

You want to live and SURVIVE. The word itself is your plan of action:

S: Size up the situation.
Environment: Is it grassland, forest, jungle, or desert? Are potential sources of water apparent.
Your present condition: Take a moment to check yourself for injuries and provide first aid as necessary. At times like this when your adrenaline is high, you may not notice an injury that needs medical attention.
Things that you can use: Search the area and make a mental inventory.
Think things through. Don’t waste resources

U: Undo haste makes waste
Chances are if you don’t get organized, you may not survive. Keep busy and stay on task.

R: Remember where you are
If you have a map, find your location and relate it to the terrain around you. Attempt to identify areas that can provide potential shelter, sources of water, etc. If you don’t have a map, be aware of where you are in relationship to the physical indicators around you. I can see a river to the south, a mountain to the north, a group of rocks and broken trees to the east. When possible note these and draw a map. This will be the centre of your world.

V: Vanquish Fear and Panic
Focus on what you need to do in order to survive. Try not to let fear and panic overwhelm you. Calm yourself down and think clearly. This will make a positive difference to your situation.

I: Improvise
Open your mind. Think outside the box. Items can be successfully used for a purpose completely different than they were designed. Look to what you have on you, wreckage and the natural world for useable items.

V: Value living
Remember who you are, your family and loved ones. They’re waiting for you. Don’t give up. Take one step at a time. Most of the people that don’t survive, just stop trying to live. Know that it will be difficult but don’t give in to discomfort, pain or loneliness.

A: Act like the Natives
Observe the actions of birds and animals. Watch what they eat, where they drink.

L: Learn basic skills
Hopefully you have learned what needs to be done and how you do it before you find yourself in this situation. If not, you can still learn from the actions you take. Learn by doing and remember how it was accomplished.

You will need to address the needs of Shelter, Water and Food. Remember the rule of threes. In most circumstances, the most important of these is Shelter.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2018

Emergency Preparedness Week

This year, Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is May 6-12, 2018.
Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners. EP Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit


Facts About Emergency Preparedness

  1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  2. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
  3. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
  4. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
  5. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at www.GetPrepared.ca.
  6. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
  7. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
  8. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
  9. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
  10. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
  11. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
  12. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
  13. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
  14. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
  15. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
  16. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the “Monsterstorm” by the media.

Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?

In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. That’s why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.
Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities. Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories. It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.
Everyone responsible for Canada’s emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. More information is available on the Public Safety web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca (click on “Emergency Management”).

Using Technology During a Disaster

We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

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Watch all 42+ talks… on your own schedule! [Home Medicine Summit 2018]

Great news …
…  Marjory Wildcraft is once again inviting the world to a world-class event, this time to watch her Home Medicine Summit for FREE!
She has lined up 42+ leading experts to show you how to live FREE of drugstores and be naturally healthy…
… By using food as medicine and learning to make your own 100% natural kitchen remedies.
Including BIG NAMES like Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett and so many more.
… 
To give presentations on topics that include:
  • The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!
  • Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
  • 100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)
  • How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
  • Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!
  • How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
And that’s just to name a few!
It’s going to be a very exciting week, and again it kicks off on Monday, May 14th at 9 a.m. CT.

However, if you’re like me and you don’t have 40+ hours to dedicate to watch this event around the clock next week… (Sure wish I could!!!)
… You should know that Marjory has just opened the doors to a DEEPLY Discounted PRE-SALE EVENT!
Until Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CT:
You’re invited to claim LIFETIME ACCESS to watch this entire event on your own schedule at a significant discount (… with access to digital recordings – online or shipped to your door).
Plus … be entered in a MASSIVE PRIZE DRAW!
Win 1 of 14 prizes valued at $5,446.23
Personally, I’d love to win one of the three $1000 gift certificates that Marjory is giving away.
But there’s also:
  • A Vitamix 5200 Professional Blender
  • Omega Juicer (Dual-Stage, Slow Speed)
  • Excalibur Food Dehydrator (9 Trays)
  • A Simply Organics Spice Rack…
  • A Kombucha brewing package …
… And so much more!
Again, you’re not obligated to purchase.
You can watch the entire Home Medicine Summit for FREE by registering here today.
But if you’d like to take advantage of the PRE-SALE SAVINGS as well as be entered in the prize draw
… You must act before Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CST.
Register to watch for FREE:
Once you’re registered, you’ll be given the opportunity to:
  • Grab life-time access at the pre-sale savings, and
  • Be automatically entered in the prize draw.
Some people ask me, “what’s the catch.”
Look – there’s no catch.
Watch for free, or purchase lifetime access.
Marjory’s mission over at The Grow Network is to stop the destruction of the earth by teaching and inspiring people to grow their own food and medicine.
This event is made possible by the sales of the digital + shipped recordings.
But everyone is invited to watch for FREE.
So either way, I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity.
I sure plan to!   I’m excited for Monday…

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Free Home Medicine Summit Online Presentations

Registration is open and FREE tickets are now availablefor Marjory Wildcraft’s:
Home Medicine Summit 2018
Marjory has gathered 42+ experts who promise to set you free of drugstores by showing you how to be NATURALLY healthy… for pennies on the dollar.
The speaker lineup includes big names like:
Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett, Justin Rhodes, Paul Wheaton…
… Just to name a few!
If this will be your first time attending an online summit, you should know:
It’s a 100% online event, FREE for you to attend.
It kicks off Monday, May 14th.
And it will run 24 hours a day,
for 7 full days with 2 encore days.
There will be over 55 hours of video presentations for you to enjoy, covering topics that include:
  • The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!
  • Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
  • 100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)
  • How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
  • How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
  • Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!
  • Is Turmeric actually DANGEROUS to consume? What nobody is telling you…
  • Why perimeter shopping at the grocery store isn’t a good strategy any more.
  • The power of saying “no” … and how to do it!
… And that’s just the beginning!
But I must warn you:
Even though this event takes place 100% online, so you can watch it all from home…
And it’s completely free for you to attend…
You MUST register + reserve your seat here:
Because only registered attendees will get the complete schedule, with instructions for watching!
So don’t wait and miss out…
Claim your free ticket now, while it’s fresh in your mind.  Mark your calendar from May 14th to May 22nd.
And I’ll see YOU on the inside!

P.S.  Before you email me about this …
… Yes, Marjory is promising to make recordings of the entire event available for purchase.
(The videos, MP3s, and transcripts.)
So if you have schedule conflicts, and you can’t watch it during the week of May 14th, you can grab the recordings and watch it on your own schedule.
You’re not obligated to make this purchase.
Because again, this 100% online event is FREE to attend.
But not everyone has 55+ hours to watch during the week.
So the recordings ensure you won’t miss it.

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