I am just a regular woman in her early thirties with a career, no kids, a supportive boyfriend, and a pet fish named Herman. I have an addiction to binge watching Netflix and downloading zombie apocalypse novels to my Kindle and keeping up to date with the crazy news cycle of the 21st century. I live in a great city, in a great neighbourhood, and we live 19 floors up right smack dab in the middle of a concrete jungle. I am not affiliated with any church or religious institution and my politics are kind of fluid so you probably won’t read any wild conspiracy theories or posts about the wrath of god. I am, however, a big believer is being prepared for an emergency situation!
About 5 years ago, my boyfriend started building a bug out bag that lived in the back of our storage locker. I thought he was kind of crazy at first, especially when he asked me for a samurai sword for his birthday. Apparently “Walking Dead” had more of an impact on him then I thought. I even stopped by several different stores to find a Buck 119 hunting knife to add to our collection. You know, in case we needed to skin a rabbit while we walked the streets of Downtown Toronto.
But as time went by, and news of rapidly spreading super bugs, super storms and super wars, it kind of started to make sense. What would happen to us 19 floors up if the power went out, or some kind of crazy virus started to spread? What would happen to all these condo dwellers around us if they couldn’t leave their apartments for a few days or had no drinking water? A few Christmases ago, power across the region was knocked out by a monster ice storm and half the city of Toronto had no power for a week, and in some cases longer. It was during a deep freeze where temperatures were -40 Degrees with the wind chill for days on end. Just last year there was a terror attack in Ottawa in the Parliament building, and several other plots had been uncovered and thankfully stopped. Diseases like Small Pox, Plague and MERS started popping up all over North America.
A Prepper Was Born…..
I had some exposure to being out in the wilderness from camping and cottaging when I was a kid. I am a mean canooer, and tadpole catcher, and fish bater. I even earned a few badges in girl guides and once made an igloo, and snow ice cream on a winter sleep away trip! All valuable skills, I am sure, but probably not enough to keep us comfortable and safe in an emergency situation. I think when Ebola started to spread across West Africa into Europe and the US, I knew we needed to step up our game and really get ready for some kind of crisis. And yes, we do have Hazmat Gear, booties and all!
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