October 24, 2016

10 “Must Have” Emergency Gear for Apartment Dwellers

Swiss Army knifeThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

A few months ago we covered 10 Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper; this week we’ll talk about tools you should have in your apartment in case of emergency.

One of the advantages of living in an apartment is that most repairs and maintenance are covered by management.  All you have to do is make a call.  However, this does not mean that you should take things for granted and be completely dependent on the maintenance crew.  If there is an emergency, the office will be closed and you will have to take care of things on your own.

I am not going to include “cell phone” to the list, I am going to consider that you already have one.  You do keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times don’t you?  Don’t scoff, I know folks who wait until their cell phone turns off before charging, or never hear their phone ringing as it is buried somewhere.  It won’t do any good in an emergency if you can’t get to it, so remember to have it charged and close by.

Here are some essential tools (in no particular order):

1.  Swiss Army Knife.  Don’t leave home without it.  I like mine so much I now keep it with my car keys..  It has come in handy more times than I can count.

2.  Can opener.   It’ll be really hard to eat your canned foods without one.  “Two is one, and one is none” is definitely applicable to this one.  Keep a couple of good can openers in your home at all times.

3.  Multi-tool.  For anyone who is space challenged, the multi-tool that combines a screwdriver, pliers, knives can be essential for doing emergency fixes around your unit.

4.  Duct tape.  From packing up boxes to repairing tears, and even sealing up leaky windows, duct tape is essential to have around.  Keep a few spares just in case.

5.  Portable water filter.  You never know when water can become contaminated or scarce.

6.  Flashlight.  You should have a flashlight in your bedside table within easy reach.

7.  USB flash drive.   Back up your important documents in a USB flash drive.  Even if a disaster never happens, computers crash all the time.

8.  Weather radio.  We used ours a lot during the last hurricane.  When the power goes out, you still need a way to find out what’s going on.

9.  Solar Charger.  A good solar charger will charge your cell phone and other small appliances in case there is no power.  Here’s a review of one:  Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger

10.  Hiking shoes.  In case you have to leave the city on foot, you should keep a comfortable pair of hiking shoes.

This list is by no means all inclusive – there are many more items that are handy to have around, but these items are some of the first ones that come in handy frequently.

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6 Comments on 10 “Must Have” Emergency Gear for Apartment Dwellers

  1. I recently purchased a Midland 32-mile two-way radio set. Now granted, I don’t expect to get anywhere close to that distance, but my circle of prepper connections who live within a 5-mile radious of one another have also purchased this product. We have a dedicated channel set up, and a plan of action should other (more typical) forms of communication fail.

    Such am item is a useful alternative, especially during an extended power outage. And there are various ways to recharge these should A.C. electricity become unavailable.

      • I stand corrected. It’s a 36-mile radio (not 32), model number GXT1050VP4. I purchased mine on Amazon, though I see the price has increased a bit. My advise is not to settle for a cheap two-way radio. My research brought me to this particular brand/model, based upon the good reviews (over comparable brands/models). Unless you want to invest the time and money in a ham radio, which is not feasible in my case. But keep in mind that the 36-mile range is only a capability in the best of conditions. For a city or suburban apartment dweller, 2-5 miles may be the max. That works just fine for me, as we all live fairly close. But for others, it may not be acceptable. Good luck!

        • Thanks for clarifying John. Ham radio is not workable for us right now either; this will work just fine for what we need.

  2. Thanks for a great website as I’m an apartment dweller and “prepper-aware” for lack of a better term.

    I was wondering if there was such a thing as a solar-powered cell phone charger? Something like that would certainly come in handy in an emergency situation.

    Also on the subject of can openers I have found that the kind that open the can on the side of the lid is much better – easier to operate and less chance of getting a finger cut on the lid. They are also better for opening dented cans, too. I still have the old kind that pierces the top of the lid but I never use it.

    • Hi Patrick, I am glad you find the site helpful. The Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar charger actually charges cell phones, and is portable. Here’s a link to a review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIi4vk9wwEA.

      Those can openers that you mentioned sound much better than the old kind, I will have to get one. Thanks for the comment!

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