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Is your child prepared in an emergency

Prepping Your Kids

child prepared in an emergency

It seems the closer we get an election, the more the administration will do to anger the people, safety first for children….

Being a parent means that your kids are the very first things you worry about. Doubly so when it comes to prepping your kids for emergency situations. Our first thoughts in any emergency are for our children; we want them to be healthy, safe, and not scared.

One person’s preparation – survival training course

wilderness survival

Should you be planning a survival training course, you might find this article helpful…..



My backpack goal is that it should weigh no more than 40 pounds. Weight was primary when considering my necessities and my conveniences. For a 2 night, 3 day trip (very basic) here is what I came up with.


Well – Have I thought of every possible situation

survival edge and fire starter

No matter where you live, there may come the day that surprises even the most prepared – being out in the cold without the tools of survival….

While the likelihood of a survival situation is probably not on your own personal radar, nonetheless, such a challenge can be as probable as your next adventure in the field. However, being prepared to face such an inopportune event should be part of your overall game plan.

Instant Meals for emergencies


The following blog is very good when it comes to meal preparation for what ever the event, pack packing, camping, in the office, school lunch….etc.

Lightweight for backpacking. After considerable experimenting, I came up with these six meals. They all use lightweight dried and freeze-dried ingredients. There are no wet ingredients or heavy cans. These 6 recipes are tried-and-true on the trail.

Chogan Tomahawk for survival


This is a pretty good review of  a bug-out item for a kit for camping…..We should learn as much about the equipment we may have to use in a survival situation.

For curious history buffs or such the term “tomahawk” or as Johnson calls his version the “T-Hawk” comes from the Powhatan term coined from the American Indian tribe by the same name.   The Powhatans were members of a confederation of tribes from Virginia.  These tribes were encountered when the English founded Jamestown in 1607.  The term tomahawk means “to cut off by tool.”

Reminder: be wilderness prepared

rescue copter

We do not do any wilderness hiking, but if we did, for sure I would be very prepared….

The three Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centres staffed around the clock by the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Forces each respond to about 3,000 air, marine and humanitarian incidents annually. While there is some overlap, the statistics add up to a huge number of searches every year – not all of them with such happy endings.

A disproportionate number of them take place in the mountainous western province, which has some of the most rugged — and most accessible — terrain.

Complete Survival Camping Gear Kit


A brief description by a “user” family of this camping kit that can be purchased on Amazon….

“We are big campers and outdoor people in our home. It’s hard not to be with 7 teenagers, five of which are boys. This camping kit really rocks and has a lot of cool gadgets that re a sure fire hit for any camper or anyone else who loves to hike or spend time outdoors. This All in one, 6-in-1 Camping Kit is awesome!”

Survival Skills


Herein are 5 survival attributes for a mindset of overcoming unexpected problems….

“The art of survival doesn’t begin by building a shelter or lighting a fire. Long before any of that, you must first develop a survivor’s mindset. Look at any real-life survival story and you’ll find that the survivors in each shared similar mental traits that enabled them to endure their respective situations. Developing a survivor’s mindset is so important, in fact, that I either begin or end most of my classes with this topic.”

Cocoa and Dark Chocolate


I always knew this stuff was good for you….really!!

You see, the ancient Mayan civilization prized the wild cacao tree (Botanical name: Theobroma cacao) which means “Food of the Gods”, also dubbed “Black Gold.” So valuable in fact, early visitors to the New World noted that the cocoa bean was used as currency. Back then, money did grow on trees!

The Walking Stick


The walking stick be a third leg while on a hike….

“When traveling through dense underbrush, or even a lightly forested area, the stick can be held in front of you to brush branches and such aside. It can also help alert snakes and other small animals of your approach.

A walking stick can extend your reach, allowing you to snag something floating away from you in a stream or knocking something down from a high branch.”