Forest Fires

In Canada, since 1990, wildfires burned an average of 2.5 million hectares per year.

These wildfires occur in forests, shrublands and grasslands. Some of them are not controlled and were ignited by lightning or careless humans. A very small number of lights consists of prescribed burns qu’effectuent authorized forest managers. The goal is to mimic natural processes related to vegetation fires that regenerate ecosystems and maintain health.

Wildland Fire Management – the balance between the advantages and disadvantages

Wildfires pose a challenge to forest managers because they can be as harmful as beneficial.

  • On the one hand, they can pose a threat to the community , destroying large amounts of forest resources and result in costly losses.
  • On the other side, wildfires are a natural phenomenon of the forest ecosystem that is important in many parts of Canada with regard to forest health and biodiversity. Seen in this light, controlled burning can be a valuable management tool of resources when it comes to improving ecological conditions and eliminate the excessive accumulation of combustible

Not all wildfires that should (or can) be controlled. The agencies responsible for forests thus exploit the strength of natural light to benefit from its environmental benefits while limiting at the same time damage and potential costs.

fireControl programs against wildfires are an essential component of forest management and emergency management in Canada’s forests.

The understanding of the complex phenomenon of wildfire starts with understanding the fundamental physical aspects of these fires and their ecological role in the forests and other vegetated areas. Evaluations increasingly precise situation of the fires in Canada help land managers to use forest science knowledge to reduce the risk of fire and vegetation to maximize the benefits of such fires.

Research on vegetation fires conducted by CWS and its partners

The Canadian Forest Service (CFS) is involved in research on wildland fires since decades. It works with partners across the country to improve the knowledge base on wildland fires and increase the authorities’ ability to anticipate and manage the risks and benefits of these fires.

The main research areas are:

  • the study of the behavior of wildfires , including how plant fuel ignited, the flame develops and fire which spreads;
  • analysis of the ecological role of wildfires in different forests of Canada and the study of the impact of climate change on the occurrence and behavior of these lights and other forest disturbances;
  • evaluation of the current activity of wildfires by monitoring forest conditions, monitoring of current fires and the estimation of risks inherent in new lights;
  • the achievement of all tasks associated with the management of vegetation fires – since the development of new people protection strategies, property and forest resources to the use of fire to meet objectives forestry, wildlife and land use, and assistance to responsible jurisdictions in their efforts to fight against the fire.

Food Storage Tips

One of the most common challenges of preppers is to find space for stored food and water. Fortunately for you if you have a large house with a basement or cellar – you have plenty of space at the right temperature. But the rest of us? Not really. Many people live in apartments, condos, mobile homes, RV or, in my case, a one bedroom cottage. This means that we are cramped for normal pantry and storage space and don’t have common space for our emergency food and water.

Couple the lack of storage space with the need to be aware of the six food storage enemies (temperature, humidity, oxygen, light, pests and time) and the storage problem compounds exponentially.

This should not be an impossible situation. With a little creativity, almost anyone can find some extra space for their emergency food storage. So with that in mind, today I would like to propose some ideas to store food for limited areas. I’ll do it using my own house as an example.

I think it will help give you some ideas where you can also find a little extra space in your own home.

  1. Build Shelves In The Stairwell

If you’re like me, that awkward space under the stairwell is a big mess. In fact, I was cleaning this area before I started using it – that’s how bad it was. If you do not want to build shelves, consider putting buckets along the back wall and then placing a board on top. In addition to this make-shift shelf you can store cans or canned and packaged foods. This will be the number one in my house makeover.

  1. Shelves Above The Washer And Dryer

food-pantry-1The area above the washer and dryer is not ideal because it is subject to heat and humidity. But if you are diligent to rotate on an annual basis, this area is quite acceptable for storing canned goods or Mylar bags of rice, beans or oatmeal.

In my case, I have a little dead space next to the kitchen – perfect for a shelf or two.

  1. Build Shallow Shelves Behind The Clothes In Your Wardrobe

Most closets are much deeper than necessary for hanging clothes. Adding a shelf just large enough to hold canned goods will enjoy the extra space without compromising your clothes a little.

  1. Clear The Junk On The Shelf Above Your Clothes In The Closet

Talk about a waste of space. I stored some decorative pillow on the storage tray above my hanging clothes. I usually keep the pillow cases on the bed, but to tell the truth, it made making the bed too much trouble so now I take them out when visitors are coming. Certainly, these pillows can be stored in my garage when it is very hot in summer and very cold in winter.

  1. Shelves On The Backs Of Doors

As an alternative to tablets, buy some inexpensive organizers on the door to store canned or bottled water boxes.

  1. Stack Canned Goods Or Jugs Of Water Behind The Sofa

If your sofa is pushed against a wall, consider moving it to a few inches and use the new space to find food and water storage.

  1. Tablets Under The Sink

As long as the food you store under the sink is sealed, it is perfectly acceptable to use that space for storage. Consider a shelf just large enough to contain soda or juice jugs filled with rice or beans – perfect.

  1. Storage In The Depths Of Your Cabinets

This is a storage area, I had not thought of before. The back of high shelves of my closets are areas that I consider no-mans land. I climbed on a stool to look inside and stored there are cups and saucers that I never use, the odds and ends of the glassware and stuff that I dragged into the house during my 38 years of marriage. This substance should be discarded or donated. Why do I keep this stuff?

Take a look inside your own closets. Do you have casseroles you never use? How about the “good china” which is used only once a year, if that often? They are candidates for the garage or yard sale. Box them up and make room for your food storage.

  1. Storage Above The Refrigerator

As above. Mine is too high to get on a daily basis and too deep to be practical. At the very least, the rear of the area above the refrigerator can be used for storage of emergency food.

  1. Storage In Decorative Baskets

This is one of my favorites. I love baskets and use them to store all sorts of things in order. I use one for my supplies to make bread, one for pet food and treats, another like a potato bin. These, in my living room but no one is the wiser. As I said, hidden from view.

  1. Storage Behind The Books On Your Shelf

If you happen to collect books, remember to take the books to the edge of the shelf and food preservation behind the books.

  1. Storage Under The Bed

This one is easy, so I’m surprised more people do not consider this option. Not only that, you can use well-placed bricks to elevate your bed and increase the height of your storage area under the bed.

  1. Storage Under The Couch Or Other Furniture Pieces

Do not overlook the shallow storage area under your sofa, chairs or other furniture. This is where I store my big 15 “cast iron skillet and my stove, the pizza peel, board games and other items. As you walk around your own home space and inventory, be on the lookout for things that can be moved and stored in this way, i.e. places such as under furniture.

  1. Fill The Empty Suitcases

Unless you are a business traveler, there are chances that you only use your bags once or twice a year. Empty bags are ideal for storing food that was packaged in Mylar or FoodSaver bags. This also works well for pasta, rice, cereals and other products packaged groceries.

Consider storing individual packages of food in a large trash bag and stuffing it all into a suitcase. This way, you can simply remove the large bag only when you are ready to travel, set it aside for the duration of your trip, then replace it when you get home.

As a bonus, if you need to evacuate, you can get your suitcase full of food and take it with you. Clean enough, huh?

  1. Store Buckets In The Bath

I know people who do not take a bath or do so only occasionally. That does not mean they are dirty – they simply prefer the shower. Why not fill the tub with well sealed buckets of food? You can set up a nice shower curtain and nobody will be the wiser. You can also store a bucket or two in the shower. Remove it before putting the water on will not be a big deal after all.

Furthermore, the reason why you want to use a bucket in the shower is so that the moisture in the bathroom does not filter in your food. That, plus the fact that it is easy to just pull up the bucket and put aside – so much easier than a bunch of packages or separate boxes.

  1. Build An Attic For Storage In The Garage

We built a storage loft in our garage. If you do not have a high ceiling as we did, you can put a shelf around the top perimeter of the garage instead. This is a great place to store those small kitchen appliances rarely used, out of season clothing and other small items used less often – make room in your house for more food.


Technology Disasters

Many people in the prepping community focus very much on things like natural disasters and war or civil unrest. One thing that is often overlooked is is the impact of technology disasters. In this post I want to just highlight some possible impacts you should be aware of and how it would impact your life.

No matter how technology averse you are, the rest of the world and economy isn’t. Practically everything we do and buy in some way involves technology along the way. Information technology is the main backbone of the economy these days and there are very few businesses that can function without any use of IT.

But IT systems are under constant attack from hackers and criminals and IT security is becoming an ever more prominent and important

nuclearWithin the IT security industry there is a commonly held belief that a major technology security incident is just a matter of time. So what are the possible implications?

Falling short of a universal virus that shuts down everything, or a major electromagnetic storm hitting earth it is more likely that very specific sections of the economy could shut down.

Imagine for example a cities transportation department that controls subways, trains and traffic signals. An IT shutdown for even a short period of time could result in utter chaos as was seen in the NY blackouts from a few years ago. This blackout only lasted a short time frame and was due to a power failure. An IT failure could result in transportations shutdowns that last several days or weeks.

While emergency services have some of the most secure IT systems they could eventually become vulnerable. Imagine dialing 999 and not getting through to someone. How quickly do you think that kind of issue would spread into the criminal knowledge, and now imagine how criminals could exploit such a situation?

More severe disasters could occur if access to military IT systems were established or various types of power plants. These types of systems make sure that things run smoothly and provide fail safes against all sorts of things like accidental firing or missiles or power plant overheating.

Nuclear power plants are particularly in danger of such problems and even if there was an incident hundreds or thousands of miles away that does not mean you would be unaffected.

Technology disasters can also mean that you no longer have running water or electricity or any communication to the outside world. In such situations you want to make sure that you are prepared for the worst.


Weather Disasters

Floods, droughts, forest fires, tornadoes, mudslides. Extreme weather events are increasing in the United States since the beginning of the year, from Texas to California through Colorado.

The American media talk about “weather whiplash”. In meteorology, the term refers to the sudden change in one place, from one catastrophe to another.

ground-texture-02-cAs in Texas, where in the space of three weeks in April, the state has experienced drought and floods. During the month of May 9842 billion liters filled the Texas groundwater. The equivalent of what it would take, according NBCNews (see video below), to supply California for a year and a half. Oklahoma, Texas neighbor, has also not been spared. The capital, Oklahoma City has experienced a month of historical rainfall rates.

These torrential rains took a heavy toll in human lives: 31 people died, including 27 in Texas.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, some Californians paint their green lawns, failing to water them. Since January, for the third consecutive year, the Golden State suffers a severe drought . From April 1, Governor Jerry Brown announced water restrictions by 25% in urban areas, a measure never taken yet on this scale.

Since the incidents – theft, stream diversions, siphoned trucks – multiply while blue gold becomes scarce.

Disaster that will multiply

This should not stop there. This type of prolonged drought episodes become more frequent, according to a report published in February by NASA . The US agency explicitly refers to emissions of greenhouse gases as the cause. Floods, hurricanes, cold spells and other natural disasters are also expected to increase.

To describe the influence of climate change on these events, Katharine Hayhoe, a climatologist at Texas Tech University, prefers the analogy with cycling, “As doping multiplies the capacity of the cyclist, climate change increases the frequency and magnitude extreme weather events that existed naturally, causing stronger hurricanes, more intense and more frequent heat waves, heavier precipitation. “forest-fire

Climate change is therefore perceived in strengthening short and violent weather hazards, and felt less in the long run. “The climate models and observations consistently show that heavy rainfall of one or two days are ever more numerous and more powerful, and this through all the United States, including Texas, “said John Nielsen-Gammon, a researcher in atmospheric science at the University A & M, Texas.

The National Fire Center (NIFC) and the US Forest Service have also both warned of significant risks of forest fires this summer in California. These risks will extend in the coming months, on the West Coast to Seattle, and even across the country, in the southern states on the east coast.

This year is made, in addition, outstanding by the arrival of El Niño weather phenomenon. Appearing every two to seven years, resulting in rising temperatures in the eastern Pacific, causing their decline in across the ocean, and reverse the direction of the jet stream. This upheaval of marine thermal equilibrium has consequences for the entire planet.

But climate scientists cannot yet predict what will be the intensity this year. John Nielsen-Gammon, its influence is undeniable in Texas: “I think the rains of May would have been impossible without the El Niño effect.”

The economic impact of these disasters elsewhere are already being felt. According to a study published on 2 June by researchers at the University of California Davis , drought will cost $ 1.8 billion (1.6 billion euros) in direct losses to the agricultural sector of the state, which represents 45 billion.


Disaster Watch

About This Website

On this website you will find a whole host of information about various natural and manmade disasters around North America. I personally am a member of the prepper community and have got to a stage where I have a small vacation cabin which is completely off the grid.

fire-blazeRather than join the endless list of great prepping websites, I am trying to set up a website that will highlight the regularity with which we encounter all sorts of disasters. Most prepper TV shows seem to focus on people preparing for end of world scenarios, nuclear war and alien invasions, but I think it is much more important to focus on smaller localized disasters that you don’t hear much about.

I first got this idea after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Yes this was a major event, but it still “only” affected a relatively small proportion of the population. There are countless small event that happen all the time that are not picked up on national media outlets.

Small forest fires and river flooding happen all the time throughout the year and being prepared for such events can make life a lot more tolerable.

I also link out to many other websites where various disasters are recorded for public attention. Whenever the worst events happen I try to write up a quick article and provide advice on how you could have made preparations for these events.

I also have some posts on some very basics of being prepared, ranging from food storage to hunting and fishing gear as well as living off the grid.

Hope you enjoy this site and get some use out of the info.