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.

Preparedness Tips

DefCon 3

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
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So you think your squared away. You have your gear. You have your lists. Now what? Well Dianne and I just tried out our own plan. We thought we had it plotted out with our lists, bug out bags, white boards with muster points and who grabs what etc. We found some glaring holes in our plan, the most notable being "time". What we would have thought of as being a relatively quick matter of gathering gear, food stuffs, etc. and moving to a muster point turned out to be a considerably longer time frame than we had expected. We all know that in a crunch, time is usually a luxory seldom seen. So now for us, it is back to the drawing board. We have to look at having more of our stuff better "pre-packaged" as it were and better staged. Something as simple as having to run up and down stairs can add significant time to the equation as well as add physical stress to what is most likely, an already stressful situation.

 

Just knife talk…

Sunday, 09 October 2011 00:00
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If you have read our Rant page, you would have seen quite a bit on this topic. The City in its ultimate wisdom would like to infringe on our property rights and freedoms under the guise of preventing crime. We all know keeping knives out of the hands of law abiding citizens won’t work. But that’s another topic entirely.

 

Food and Water

Monday, 11 April 2011 00:00
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Food and water are the necessities of life. Yet how many people keep any of this on hand. We turn on the tap and we get water, why do I need to store it? Well, as this is being written, Nisku to the south of us has been declared to be in a state of emergency. Why? Because a major water line broke leaving the entire district with out water...for only three days! Imagine that, only three days and it was declared an emergency. Water trucks had to be called in to supply the area.

 

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