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Be in control of your future by being prepared for things you have no control over!

Objectives:

Protect your family and loved ones and be completely independent of the need to be sustained by outside resources beyond your control. Keep a reserve of food to lessen the worry of an uncertain future. Be prepared in the event of a hurricane, terrorist attack, pandemic or simply a loss of electrical power or fuel shortage.

Things to think about:

Where do you live? If you live in a large urban environment when a disaster hits there is a greater chance that it will affect you directly because travel ability will be limited. Those who live in rural areas are somewhat sheltered just because of the location. But that doesnít mean that they are in the clear. If there is a disaster in a large city where are those city people going to go?  You got it..... to the rural areas!

Here in Northern Canada we are particularly at risk if we lose communications and the ability to travel in the dead of winter. Imagine if the trucks carrying our food could not reach the grocery store or if you were not able to get to the store due to deep snow or another ice storm. 

All it takes is an pandemic type illness or security breech at the US border and we are out of luck for those fruits and vegetables from the US and the rest of the world, especially in the winter.  A security breech in the USA would close the borders so tightly that trucks bringing food into Canada would be delayed for long periods of time.

At the time of the SARS problem one of us worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto - the "epi-center" of the problem.  We knew of people who when quarantined went up to the cottage instead of at staying home.  You know these people first went to the local grocery store to stock up.  Now imagine if we had a pandemic illness that affected people locally! Would you want to go shopping or buy food others have breathed on?

It's a good idea to keep your car's gas tank at least half full and keep some basic tools in the trunk.

Disaster and emergency kits are tools that are going to help you maximize your safety and comfort levels in times of emergency. What are preparedness items?  Preparedness kits contain items like flashlights, candles, and solar powered radios - items ranging from needles and thread to a family first aid kit, from matches to a camp stove.  They provide you with light, heat, and communication.  We supply preparedness items such as first aids kits, 50 hr candles,  sprouting kits, sprouting seeds (also packed in an inert environment), organic sprouting seeds in bulk or smaller packets.  We also have beans for sprouting, planting or cooking (these can be nitrogen packed in Mylar bags if requested),  solar radios (some are DC adaptable) to help you be self sufficient and relatively safe & comfortable in the event of an emergency or disaster. These items will supply you with light, heat, safety and communications.

Prepare your family with items for emergency and disaster with preparedness kits and long shelf life foods.  We have some fabulous emergency preparedness books on our "Books" page.

We also sell water containers, pump, spigots, purifying tablets, water filter systems, water purification drops, hand operated grain mills, battery and solar powered radios, heat reflective blankets and more.

Definitions:

Low moisture or dehydrated foods have most of the water content drawn out through modern air drying methods. The end result is a product that is much lighter and up to 80% less bulk than "wet pack foods". This drying technique gives food an extended shelf life. When compared to supermarket "wet pack" can goods, dried goods are 5 to 10 times lighter depending on the product.

Nitrogen Packing RRF are vacuum packed and during this process an inert atmosphere is introduced into each can. This atmosphere consists mostly of nitrogen which displaces the oxygen in the can. Since oxygen is the number one factor in the breakdown of food and can support bacterial growth, the shelf life is extended to 7 to 15 years longer.

Freeze Dried Foods These foods have almost all the moisture removed. The food is quick frozen and then super heated causing all the water to vapourize into steam. The primary advantage of this method is processing of meat products. However these products retain their bulkiness as if they are still a wet product.

Extreme Survival 

Having to survive under extreme conditions could be a result of many things. The one thing we want to focus on is terrorism. Since 9/11 we have lived under the constant threat of terrorism. Although not much has happened, it certainly has made us more aware of what goes on around us. Many North Americans have fallen back into their daily rituals and feel that it wonít or canít happen to them. We strongly feel that this is a real possibility. The 3000+ people in the World Trade Center did not expect to die that day. Something you may want to keep in mind is that these terrorists have no time schedule. They will make their move when it is least expected. They are prepared to wait for as long as it takes.

So what do you do to prepare? First consider your location. Watch the news and decide if you are in a high-target area. Places such as New York, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles fit this description. If you are in a high-target area, you will need to do more in the way of preparation.

Make sure you know what you have on hand for an extreme emergency. Keep an inventory and update it regularly. Food and water are the most important followed by shelter, temperature protection & comfort and appropriate clothing. Be ready to leave town if it is necessary.

Have a plan for your family. Set up a central location where you will all can meet in the event of an emergency. Quickly assess whether you have to leave town or if you can safely stay at home and wait it out.

 Suggestion from FEMA - What to do in Case of Home Emergencies

Use flashlights - do not turn on electrical switches if you suspect damage.

Check for fires hazards and other household hazards.

Sniff for gas leaks starting at the water heater. If you smell gas or suspect damage turn off the main gas valve; open windows and get everyone outside quickly.

Shut off any other damage utilities.

Clean up spilled liquids, medication, bleach, gasoline and other flammables immediately.

Confine or secure pets.

Call your family contact and do not use the phone again unless there is a life-threatening emergency.

Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly or disabled.

Make sure you have an adequate water supply in case the main service is cut off or you are unable to pump from your well.

Stay away from fallen power lines.

Remember! FIRE! WIRE! GAS! GLASS!

Be in control of your future by being prepared for things you have no control over!

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