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

The Preparedness Library

Saturday, 16 February 2013 19:43 Mike McGuire
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Preparedness Library

Reading almost seems to be a lost art these days. Most people only skim articles that they find online as opposed to actually picking up a book and reading it cover to cover. Look at how many small book stores have closed up shop over the last few years.

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Home Pharmacy

Saturday, 09 February 2013 17:59 Mike McGuire
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Home Pharmacy

You do have a home pharmacy right? What do you mean you don’t understand? It is a sad state of affairs today that most households have at least one occupant that requires some type of pharmaceutical aid. With our preparedness mindset, it should be obvious to you that along with food and water there may be some pharmaceutical items that you would want to keep on hand as well as your basic first aid items.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 February 2013 18:06 )

It Will Never Happen To Us...

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:42 Mike McGuire
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Is this what your response is when someone suggests you should take preparedness seriously? What do you suppose those people along the US eastern seaboard are saying now? Hurricane Sandy was a given. They just didn’t know how bad it was going to hit. It had the potential to be much worse than it was and they were spared due to a couple hour difference between expected landfall and what actually occurred. Had landfall coincided with the high tide as expected, the water levels would have been much higher than what was experienced.

So many people were caught off guard with no food or water available to them. Most had no electricity and not even any flashlights or candles. When they went to buy some, the few local corner stores that were trying to operate could only accept cash. Still think all you need is that debit card?

Those people who were smart enough to have a small generator on hand typically didn’t keep much gas around. It then became very difficult for them to access gas. Back in the dark and cold again.

We could go on but you should get the point by now. These people had a couple days warning that hurricane Sandy was going to roll through. The decision to stay or go was up to them, but for those who chose to stay and were not prepared to deal with the consequences, well that’s just Darwinism at its finest. Let’s hope it never happens to you.


Batteries Die

Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:40 Mike McGuire
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Batteries die; you should be a survivor.

We depend on battery operated devices more today than ever before. Besides the battery operated non-essential devices we use, think about the ones that use replaceable batteries that would be important to you in a tactical or emergency situation; flashlights, most red dot optics, GPS systems, watches, radios, and “walky talkies” are just a few. Add devices that use rechargeable proprietary batteries like cell phones, SAT phones and computers and the list is longer still.


Preparedness Test

Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:10 Mike McGuire
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1. Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home? YES - NO

2. Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake or YES - NO

   other emergency situation?

3. Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds that can fall during an earthquake? YES - NO

4. Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every occupied bedroom?

   (use of candles is not recommended unless you are sure there is no leaking gas) YES - NO

5. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet against broken glass? YES - NO

6. If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the

    main water line to your house? YES - NO

7. Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool?

    Do you have a tool if one is needed? YES - NO

8. Do you know where the main gas shut-off valve to your house is located? YES - NO

9. If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve? YES - NO

10. Gas valves usually cannot be turned off by hand. Is there a tool near your valve? YES - NO

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