Quite some time ago, we offered up some information on preparedness. We were actually quite surprised on how well this information was received and numerous people even came into the shop to ask Dianne how she fashioned / organized her Bug Out Bags. So on that note, we decided to start another page on Tactical and Preparedness Tips offered up by us and some technical advisors that we network with.

Some of these tips will be new to you, some of them you will know, some of them you may have known but forgotten. We hope all of them will keep you thinking about your responsibility to always be mentally and physically prepared for the benefit of you, your family and your community.

Our technical advisors and us believe it is the individuals responsibility (not Governments or other agencies) to take the initiative to be well prepared with the proper equipment, training, and mental attitude to not only survive a crisis but be victorious. One only needs to look at Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans to understand the importance of this. The City had four days notice of the impending storm and floods. No one moved. The City had hundreds of school buses at its disposal to move people. None were utilized. People were already under flood waters before they tried to stock up on water and essentials by looting stores. Now it was too late to move. The people blamed the City for not keeping them safe and secure, watered and fed. The City blamed the state and the state blamed the Feds. Yet it was the citizens themselves who were in “condition white” and clueless to their pending predicament.

It’s highly unlikely that we will see a hurricane here in Edmonton but we have had severe tornado’s and extreme winter storms. The Province as a whole has been experiencing power “brownouts” and these are expected to get worse as the power grid has not kept up with development, hence power requirements. That forces us to survive at the very least for possibly hours, off the grid. We should be prepared for worse. As has been said before, we are martial artists and as such we train to make our minds and bodies strong. We should also be prepared to not only look after ourselves but those who cannot look after themselves such as the weak, handicapped or elderly. Hopefully you can glean a few tidbits of knowledge from this page. Stay tuned for more additions.


Saturday, 05 October 2013 21:15 Mike McGuire
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Organization 101

So you’ve finally admitted to yourself that you should be a little more squared away in the event of an unforeseen event. You have now stockpiled extra food stuffs, water, some first aid products, reading material etc. It’s all stored in that closet or spare room. So how will you access what you need in a timely fashion? Any situation that places you under stress will make it more difficult for you to make decisions on the fly.

Bug Out Trailer

Organization is Crucial                                                                                                                                                                                       

Keep all your food stuff together either on a shelving system or in boxes, Rubbermaid containers, etc. Mark all food and medical products with the date. Follow the principle of FIFO: first in, first out..

Mark all your canned goods, freeze dried foods, and medical supplies prominently with the date. Most freeze dried foods these days are good for 20 to 30 years from the date of purchase and depending on the product, a couple years after the can has been opened. Canned goods from the grocery store will often be good for up to a year beyond their expiry date if stored appropriately. Medical supplies can also be good for a year or two beyond their expiry as well. If you’re not sure check, as some meds really do expire quite rapidly. Insulin is one of those that are hard to keep without proper refrigeration.

This storage area should be at a constant temperature. If you don’t have air conditioning, cover the windows to keep the sun out. If you store your gear in the basement and there is even a remote chance of flooding or even the possibility of a hot water tank blowout, keep everything off the floor.

Use containers like Rubbermaid for your home pharmacy, first aid products etc. When it’s time to move, just put the lid on and go. Prominently mark on the outside what the container holds such as “First Aid” or “prescription meds”.

Have A Plan

In the event you may have to leave your home, have a plan for evacuation. If necessary write it out. Put it on a bulletin board or white board. All your supplies are boxed or in containers. Decide what you will take and in what order such as water and food, in that order. Decide who takes what. Each person in your household should be designated to certain items. An example of that might be the husband loading the firearms, ammo, and generator while the wife loads the food etc. Will you take one vehicle or two? Do you have a utility trailer you can use and if so, where is it? Are the vehicles gassed up and do you have spare gas?


It’s all good in theory until you actually do a dry run. Try living on MRE’s for a day or two. Go out camping and try out your gear, camp stoves etc. Better yet, try bugging out from home and loading up all your food and gear. How long did that take? Do you actually have enough room for everything? Bugging In is not always an option and if you need to Bug Out, then you need to be prepared and have a plan to make it as seamless as possible. This is when that old axiom comes to light; fail to plan, plan to fail.

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