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.

Cash

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 20:41 Mike McGuire
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Cash

Money, the root of all evil as they say, is something we all need to keep on hand.

Now in a real bad survival type situation, where the grid goes down for a lengthy period of time, money will probably be useless. That’s when you get into bartering goods, but that’s a whole other topic. However, for short duration situations like a power outage that lasts several days, money talks. We’ve already seen numerous scenarios like this across North America. A storm or other incident knocks the power out and guess what, no debit machines!

As little as five years ago, we had people come into the store with money in their pocket but choose to use a bank card. Occasionally if the purchase was small enough, they might break out the cash rather than pay bank fees on the plastic card. Today however, it’s a different story. We have a lot of customers that carry no money on them, ever.

I’ve relayed this story a number of times in the store. Just a couple years ago, there was a power outage in north Vancouver. When people went to the corner store or gas station, they were unable to purchase anything because the ATM / Debit machines were down. People were nearly rioting over flats of water. All they had to do was drive across the bridge where the power was still on and it was business as usual. Yet people don’t think. They panic and react. Now had those people been walking around with some cash in their pockets, and / or had a stash at home, they would have been prepared to purchase goods from the store or someone else.

Keep that in mind and consider setting aside a couple dollars at a time and before you know it, you will have a sufficient amount of cash on hand to assure that you and yours are able to keep food and water, or gas for your vehicle etc. during a crash. And if you never need it, great, you still have some money on hand that you didn’t blow on another device!