Thursday, September 27, 2012

Zombie Bees Spreading to Various Parts of N. America

Zombie Bees in British Columbia Canada! And Washington State, California, Oregon and N. Dakota.....

“Zombie bees” are infected with a parasitic fly that causes them to fly erratically at night until they die.
They have recently been confirmed in Seattle, and earlier in Oregon and South Dakota. Browning may have made one of the first unconfirmed sightings in B.C.

The condition was first discovered by San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik in 2008. The bees are infected when an adult female fly injects eggs into the bee’s body. When they hatch into maggots, the bee is eaten from the inside.

Continue reading about the spread of Zombie Bees in British Columbia

Read about Zombie Bees spreading in Washington State

And Zombie Bees Spread to California

Check out the website, There are instructions for collecting the bees and watching for the signs of infection.

Where next? Do you agree that strange things are happening in the world? Time to prepare for the worst but hope for the best in my opinion.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How Much Water Do You Need & How Fast Can You Get It?

An adult needs between 3 to 5 litres of water (2 to 3 quarts) each day to survive. It's a good idea to plan on 1 gallon per person (2.3 Litres) daily. This allows for extreme heat or physical labour conditions when you need more water.

We save 1 gallon orange juice containers, wash them out well with hot soapy water, then fill with cold tap water. Since we live in a very cold climate in winter we can't store them outside so we can't keep as many as we'd like.

Right now we have 26 1-gal. jugs filled with water, and more empty clean ones hanging in the barn, ready for use. So that gives my wife and I 13 days of water.

Three Weeks of Water in Orange Juice Containers & 5-Gallon Jugs

On top of that my wife has filled 4 5-gal plastic water jugs (the kind you buy at Wal-Mart or when you are buying water at a water depot) and we store those in a closet. Those larger bottles give us 20 gallons, enough for another 10 days. So we have 23 days of water for each of us.

Why do we bother filling those big jugs? Well, they still take up room even empty. Yes we could put them in the barn or garage but they would likely have mice or squirrels running on top of them. That means we'd want to disinfect them before we filled them.

It Takes Four Minutes & One Person to Fill One Empty Jug

Also we tried a little experiment this morning. The jugs won't fit under our taps in any sink or bathtub. So one adult has to stand there and hold the bottle at an angle while it fills in the tub, or hold the spray nozzle at the kitchen sink to fill one.

And each bottle took us 4 minutes to fill. If we wanted to fill 4 empty 5-gal bottles it's going to take 16 minutes and tie up one adult! We might not have that much time or we might have other urgent tasks that need doing.

So we fill them ahead of time and store them in a closet. You can see that we actually have room for 4 big jugs and about 5 or 6 smaller orange juice containers in this one closet. It's not a big deal to give up that little bit of space to be prepared.

If you're wondering where the rest of our filled orange juice containers are, my wife puts them on shelves in a basement room which is cool and dark. We have a closet in the basement that we could use too if we want to have more handy.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

It Can Happen Anywhere - Are YOU Prepared?

A telecommunications failure in the Yukon has pushed many communications services in the territory right off the grid. It started with a power outage in Whitehorse on Wednesday night.

When the lights came back on about four hours later, telecommunication circuits began to crumble, cutting off phone, cellular phone, Internet and other services within Whitehorse and as far away as Yellowknife, NWT, and Fort Nelson, B.C.

Because 911 service is unavailable in Whitehorse, additional officers have been put on the streets so citizens can flag them down to report problems.

Yes it's the Yukon but don't think for a moment this can't happen to you. Are you prepared?

Do you have food and water stored? Medicines? Do you have a plan - either bug-out or bug-in? Does everyone in your family know what to do in an emergency situation? Take a look at the blog topics on the right and start reading if you want to be prepared for any crisis situation


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Is a volcano a threat to you

Many people on earth worry about volcanos. However they tend to be people who live near a known active volcano. In reality we all need to be concerned with the possibility of our lives being disrupted by a volcanic event even if we live in places that have no volcanoes. Last year's eruption in Iceland was a tiny event in the middle of nowhere yet it shut down air traffic in Europe for days.


Make sure you're prepared!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ever Wanted to Zombify Yourself?

Zombies by Byron Rempel. Image used here with his permission
Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Byron Rempel of can turn a photograph of you (or anyone else) into a zombie portrait.

Rempel was featured last week in Undead and Loving It in The National Post for his project 1000 Zombies.

For every minimum donation of $10.00 he will create a zombie of your choice. You get a high resolution scan of your zombie to keep, and you can pretty much do anything with it except make money from it. So you can put the image on a t-shirt for yourself or as a gift, but you can't sell t-shirts with the image.

You can fund a zombie by making a paypal payment to  Check his  1000 Zombies page for full instructions and details. I just ordered some zombified paintings of family members earlier today and am looking forward to seeing what Byron does with the photos I sent.

Just think of the possibilities - frame your image and hang it on your wall, put it on a t-shirt, have a zombie mug made for your significant other, get a book bag printed with the image and more.  And what a great opportunity to be one of the horde without actually being undead.

So check out Byron and his zombies on his website.  Join the horde! You can also  find Byron on his Google+ page.