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Eric –Welcome to episode 128. . . yes the actual 128  of the Canadian Prepper Podcast, recorded Aug 22 2021.

My name is Eric, and I’m the host of the show.  As a first responder I have witnessed an over reliance on Emergency Services during major events. I started a small preparedness company to get people prepared and able to look after themselves for at least 72 hours.

Alan – I’m Alan, a safety trainer, first responder, security expert, and overall safety nerd.

Scott – First Responder splitting my time between Southern and Northern Ontario, I like learning things, and I don’t accept that things will always carry on as they have just because it would be convenient to me.

Carmen – I’m Carmen, based in BC, I’m a Micro-homesteader, wife, and general domestic guru from canning to quilting to yes, throwing an axe lol 😂 And I’m glad to be back here this week to join you guys! 

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Scott -If you’re enjoying the show, please take a few minutes and like us on Facebook, and submit a review on itunes. Also we want your feedback, good or bad, or just if there’s a topic you want us to cover.  You can email us at  feedback@prepperpodcast.ca 


Eric – We have some content you’ll want to swipe right for in this episode. We’re going to start off with some preparedness related news. . Next we will let you know what we’ve done for preparedness this week.  Then we’ll get into the main topic – Finding Like Minded Individuals.  


News –

Alan – Hurricane Henri makes landfall on the east coast, looks like it’s going to be a wet few weeks for easterners https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-environment/moving-inland-storm-henri-drenches-northeast-u-s-1.5556761


Eric – 

Emergency preparedness is a low priority for British Columbians: poll


  •  only 22% of British Columbians have established a meeting place with family or friends in the case of an emergency
  • Just under three in 10 of the province’s residents have prepared a plan that includes how to get in touch with family or friends in case of an emergency.
  •  only 38% of British Columbians have bought or prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need in case of an emergency


Scott – https://www.reuters.com/business/global-supply-chains-buckle-virus-variant-disasters-strike-2021-07-23/


My usual interest in how supply chains, and our ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing are having trouble with the pandemic AND all sorts of natural disasters.  I was listening to a different podcast, and it was looking at the slow slide of society, ‘the crumbles’ rather than a single cataclysmic event: global warming impacting the complex system of supply chains and such.  


Scott – Overheard someone talking about my MAG friend, and how their plan during a zombie apocalypse was to go to my friend’s place… a good lesson in grey man values…  On to Jeff, who has lots of stuff and lives at the address of….

Eric – Demo started on the house. . . that’s why I missed last week, clearing the final things on our main floor.

Did some tightening of my network at home, updates, firewall review, etc

Alan – teaching, working, training, and building. Putting my generator to the test tomorrow as I get my hydro panel changed over


Carmen- prepped the guest room for guests coming in about a week or so, canned up 24 quarts of peaches, 18 pints of hamburger and with my husband got the trenches dug for irrigation in our yard! I think my house is on a bedrock of a gravel pit! We also harvested the potatoes, which weren’t as good as I had hoped and yesterday put all my things away from the fire pack up. the recent forest fire was only 3 km from my door..but across a whole 3 subdivisions and a gully…but we might have been evacuated so we packed up. That was eye opening for me! What do you actually take? I feel I made the right decisions in those few hours we were on alert but I’m redoing so so much now! 

(Make sure you mention what these MAG and WAG letters mean.. not everyone knows what these stand for) CB 

New Segment:W.A.M the Wide Area MAG

Scott – We all love learning things, and while there are some very intelligent people around here (present company excluded), there are lots of smart people out there with skills and talents we all want to learn from.  We would love to hear from you at feedback@prepperpodcast.ca.  


Who doesn’t love beef jerky, so we’d love to talk about food dehydration.  Also, we want to look at preppers from around the world – I was talking to a friend with South African connections, and they take their preps seriously.  


Don’t be intimidated, you don’t have to be an expert on the air, just tell us about things, even off air.  If you have a great website or resource to share, we want to know.  The whole idea is to share knowledge with our larger likeminded group.  

Main Topic – 

Eric – Alright, it’s time to move onto the main topic of the show. (Each host insert talking points here)

Scott: (I will redo all the stuff I’d typed up previously for this episode, main concept: having a well rounded set of skills is key.  Plan: talk about the obvious ones, food, water, shelter, defence, equipment repair, medical, add points to those as hosts see fit, then start talking about other skills/points we would like in our MAG.)

This topic came out of a discussion with a few of my good friends, we were discussing the concept of ‘The Competent Man’ (I make no gender references here, the Competent Woman is far more common, cough – Carmen), it’s actually a concept in Literature to describe the stock character who just seems to know how to do everything.  The quote that started all this, from Wikipedia, by Robert A HEINLEIN.  

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

— Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love


For our eyes only—— > (Drat I can’t program a computer 😕) Carmen 


In a situation where self-reliance, or Mutual Reliance is the key to survival, an entire set of skills will be needed.  It’s great that you can defend yourself, but doesn’t help if you freeze to death because you can’t split firewood.  It’s great that you can grow tons of food, but if you die of an infected wound not having any medical knowledge…  You have a generator, but don’t know how to replace the spark plug… 


So the idea is that as a MAG, you have a whole set of useful skills at the entire group’s disposal.  I’d love to have Ben Peterson around to help with wood gasifiers and repairing things.  Carman’s canning knowledge would be an asset to any group.  


I figure we’ll cover some of the low hanging fruit, water, food, shelter, defence, power, medical, then we can move into some other ideas which maybe we having thought of previously:



Procuring it, cleaning it, storing it, camping filters


Gardening, livestock, hunting, trapping, preserving it!



Security and warmth, energy efficiency



Knowing equipment, reloading, repairs



Generators, solar, fuel storage, wood gasifiers



First aid, longer term ‘there’s no help coming’ medical needs, reusing medical equipment meant to be single use.  ‘Home remedy’ cures using things more easily available or procurable. 



Having tools, spare parts, the knowledge to use them.  Electrical, water systems, plumbing, welding? Vehicle repair, or modification.



Ham radio might be helpful knowing things



The ability to swap assets for other assets to meet both parties’ needs.  Having extra of something potentially valuable to get something you had no idea you’d need.  Ian had made a comment on Firewood during the ‘Year-Long Emergency’ episode that made me think about that for the first time.  



It’s hard being a supermodel…

Carmen- You Missed the fibre and needle arts.. making yarn, threads, fabric and knowing how to sew, how to make clothes and even shoes, making blankets by knitting, crochet and quilting,  and also knots knowledge such as tying nets, making rope and thin threads for use in trapping and even fishing. 

Ways of connecting with local, likeminded people and creating, or adding to your MAG?

Local interest groups, HAM radio, Outdoor clubs, 4×4 truck clubs, 

Carmen- Maybe even the comments section in videos on YouTube and Facebook, Facebook groups is a double edged sword but I have met a few locals on there…sometimes you just get texting and it stays that way…

Alan – Most SAR people are generally well-prepared and value good planning. Just be wary of what information you’re giving out before you know who’s getting it.

Eric – 

HAM Radio – Most have a preparedness mind set already

Online sites



In person meetups – Annual Preppers Meet for example


Jeff – 

Scott – 


Think skills and assets that you have for your MAG and what you’d 


Upcoming events

Mapleseed events



Deal of the Week


Shout Outs

Alan – Brent J, keep being awesome man, I can’t wait to see what kind of kit you cook up next

Eric – Listener Erin and Oren. . . you’ve emailed me a few times at rapid survival asking questions then follow up asking if I received the email. . . I did and have replied to each of yours.

Scott – My MAG friends who inspired this topic

Carmen- shout out to Goodtogo co. Who sent along an emergency poncho with my last order of hard wheat as a mini present! I needed a new one for my new cars get home bag! They have a lot to offer there and still have All American canners in stock! 

Email / Itunes reviews?

Eric – Listening to your most recent episode and perked up when you mentioned that “X” number of Covid exposures were linked to the Calgary Stampede. Is there contact tracing done for all exposures in Canada ?


I’m in the US. Cop in a major East Coast resort city and works in a Emergency Room. I had Covid last year and not one single official even verbally asked where I thought I got it.


Sgt Mac



Alan – Hello I just listened to the show with Carmen on canning and had some questions you could hopefully pass on to her or answer yourself. My wife does very good soups and stews and we would like to can them.  The soups have bacon, ham, beef and sometimes dairy in them. With everything being pre cooked when she made the soup would you still need to pressure cook them or could you get away with just a water bath? And would the “best before” date be the same as normal canned food? We already do water bath for vegetables, apple juice and apple sauce but never attempted pressure canning. 


  I enjoy listening to your podcast instead of the radio and find it on par with my way of thinking. Always looking for better ways and different ideas. I was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years. Try to target shoot and hunt when time and budget allows. New ham radio operator as well so all in all this podcast is extremely relatable. 


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Eric –  I’m going to bring episode 128 of the Canadian Prepper Podcast to an end.   You can find the podcast on Itunes, Podbean, Spotify or your favourite podcast app.  Please help us out and submit a review! It helps other people find us.  

Alan – We record these shows live on Facebook AND Youtube.  If you want an early peek at the shows, please subscribe to the YouTube channel “Canadian Prepper Podcast“, and click the notifications tab.  That gives you alerts when we are going live.  You can contact me at alan@prepperpodcast.ca 

CARMEN – I can be reached at Microsteading@gmail.com and would love to connect with anyone frankly lol! 

Scott – feedback@prepperpodcast.ca, work on my sonnets

Eric – Please  check out Rapid Survival www.rapidsurvival.com and get me there on live chat while buying some prepper gear, or you can also email me at feedback@prepperpodcast.ca 

Eric – Thanks for joining us!  Until next time, be prepared, stay safe, (Alan) and keep learning!


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