May 14, 2020

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Hi!  I’m Bernie Carr.  My husband and I became interested in preparing for emergencies after Hurricane Ike hit our city of Houston.  As a wife and mother, I feel very concerned about the uncertain times that we are facing in our country.  I want to feel more secure and in control, since I feel we should not rely on the government to help us in any emergency.

Many preparedness sites that I have read gave me good information but much of it is geared toward people who own their homes or have a retreat.  While we would love to have a rural retreat, that is just not feasible for us yet.  So I needed to do something in order to feel more productive.  There are some steps we can take now to become better prepared and self sufficient, while living in an apartment in a large city.   I am writing this blog to help not only myself but others who are in the same situation and want to have more control.

Though I am interested in preparing for emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man made, this site is not all about doom and gloom.   I believe in being prepared for most everyday life emergencies that are more likely to happen such as unemployment, illness, crime, etc.

I share new things as I learn and try them, in case others out there in a similar situation may have some interest.   I post two to three times weekly, sometimes more as time permits.

Thank you for visiting!


Disclaimer:  This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me   I am not a survival, or emergency expert, I created this blog to chronicle my own preparedness experiences, including both successes and failures.  Guest posts are accepted on occasion.  Views expressed in comments, linked articles, or blogs do not necessarily represent my own.

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28 Comments on About Me

  1. Hello, You mentioned about your husband having celiac – have you checked out Chip Monk survival podcast? He mentioned about having celiac and having to prepare different foods as the family, so he may have some helpful tips. It’s on, but I actually found it on Itunes. Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Armed and Prepping, I did ask my husband your question. He’s not much of talker, but I got this much out of him. If he had to pick just one between those two choices, and the main use will be for home defense, then it would be the shotgun: 12 gauge is a heavier load, with a strong recoil, but very good for self defense at close quarters and men tend to like the 12 gauge; the 20 gauge is lighter, not as much of a kick, for this reason women prefer the 12 gauge. Either way, the shotgun will not have a lot of range. I hope this helps. Thanks for the link to the 10 free downloads, I will definitely check it out.

  3. Hi,
    My daughter has a wheat allergy so I understand the celiac dilemma. She has a rice allergy as well. We are going with stocking alternative grains like quinoa, millet, and amaranth- which are super nutritious. Quinoa has all of the amino acids and is higher in protein than wheat and even things like milk. We also are stocking oatmeal. I would also consider things like buckwheat and it’s flour. Maybe rice would be a good option for you also. I would think living on wheat- like is mentioned in the book- would probably be lacking nutritionally compared to some of the other grains. I’d think pretty boring as well. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

    • Surprisingly, when I read the Living on Wheat book it contained a lot more info than just flour, it even had a section on sprouting, corn and other grains. I was amazed at all the extra content I did not expect. Definitely a good idea to stock up on those other grains, esp if allergies are an issue. Having other allergies myself I have to stock up on Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin to keep on hand for allergy attacks. Thanks for the comment.

      • With allergies a theraputic grade lavender oil works very well for most people. It’s actually excellent!!! for burns as well. It never expires. Get a good grade and try it. Heritage oils, young living and doTerra are all good brands. The oil can be put into a gel capsule and taken internally if it’s theraputic grade.

      • If you are going to store grains, beans ,invest in a wheat grinder, or my personal favorite a “Bendtec” food processor. The Blendtec, has SO many function . Grinds wheat, beans, makes soup, I even made a pie crust with it.

  4. Thanks for the kind words Urbivalist Dan. Much appreciated. I do enjoy writing; I would write all the time if I didn’t have a day job! 🙂

  5. I am glad you are finding useful information on my blog. Preparing in a small space poses some challenges, but there are workarounds. It is gratifying to me we are all able to share and help each other. Thanks for the kind comments!

  6. What a great idea. We’ll be picking up a couple of these at Harbor Freight soon. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Good luck on your move. If you do what you can to be prepared, you will feel a lot more in control. Thanks for visiting, I am glad to help!

  8. iamforya, Welcome to the site! I am glad you are finding some helpful tips. Moving to TX from CA is a change, but I think you will like it. Thanks for the comment.

  9. Learn how to make bread like the mexicans and some of Native Americans did usuing flour and rice instead of wheat and other grains like that. It is how they make their pita, wraps, flat bread, etc. Not hard to do once you get the hang of it.

  10. Because of certain states with different gun laws I would suggest the 12 gauge. I am also a avid outdoorsman and the reason for the 12 gauge it is the most common and should have no problem finding and stocking up on ammo for it. Also it is good for home protection and hunting. What I have is a 12 gauge that is both slug and pellet shot(bird shot or buck shot). The reason I use a shotgun is because the state I live in it is illegal to use a rifle, so what I do is use slug for big game like deer then use bird shot for smaller game, also if possible I would get a bird choke for it for smaller game. For home defense I suggest 00 buck shot. Also for urban survival if you live in a city get a sling shot and practice with it. Reason being is small pellets for that is great for squarel and edible birds inside city limits and you don’t have to worry about getting harrased by the local LE for useing a actual gun. Hope this helps.

    • Is there a particular 12 gauge that you prefer? Will need to add sling shot to the list. Thanks for these ideas!

      • No problem, well the most common I have seen people say they like for defense and survival reason is numerous Mosberg models, but you can get really good ones at more affordable at places like Wal-Mart. The only thing I can suggest is maybe ya get one with both slug and shot barrell and also with interchang parts like one where you can change parts on it to like the grip and stock. Also for home defense reasons try to get one with no more than a 18″ barrell too. Also get a pump action too because even though they are good, but the gas powered semi-autos do have a tendacy to jam up sometimes.

        • No problem, anything I can do to help, but I am also new at apartment prepping though because most of my life I always have lived out in the country. So living in a small city in a apartment is kinda new to me lol.

  11. Maggi, Those hurricanes can be something else alright. I see we have them in common! I hope you’ll stop by and visit with us again.

  12. Hi Linda, Thank you for the kind words. This is very encouraging for me as well; not everyone approves of the basic approach that I took with this book. I am glad I am able to help you prepare and feel more secure.

  13. Hi Tim, Glad you like the blog. You are fortunate to have the storage unit available. 20 degrees Celsius or 68 Fahrenheit is actually not too bad for storage, you can store dried bulk storage food such as beans, rice, sugar etc as long as they are properly re-packaged and air tight. You would need to repack in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, or use a food sealer with oxygen absorbers. Then store the packages in buckets Please inspect to make sure there are no pests in the storage area I am working on a post about food items that can store well in such conditions. Thanks for the comment.

    • Hi, thanks for the reply.
      I didn’t know rice and stuff would do well in this temprature, some people told me it was to warm.
      I can get a big load of 20 litre food grade buckets with top. I will get 30 of them and try to start packing stuff. I’m thinking of stockpilling the things I think I need and hide them behind a fake wall that can be wrecked if needed.
      Also I’m stocking up some crosbows with extra parts, for defense, guns aren’t legal to keep here.
      Looking forward to the article!

  14. I too am the only prepper. My husband thinks in more religious terms, as far as getting saved if and when the shtf. I too am an apartment prepper. I not only have to be creative in where I store things, but I cannot always let him see where either. I do not want him to reveal anything in conversation to anyone that he thinks he can, but shouldn’t, trust.

  15. Hey Leal, Sometimes I wonder if I am truly reaching a lot of apartment preppers out there. Your comment is encouraging. Thanks!

  16. i am interested in reading your book. also, you have a very interesting web site,,, thanks for your hard work

  17. Hi Tim, Glad you like the blog. When choosing an apartment, safety is of utmost concern. Check the neighborhood crime stats, and read reviews online from a year or two years duration. Tenants who have complaints about crime post about them. Read my previous article for a few other tips. Be aware of entrances and exits to the complex, as well as proximity to main streets and freeways.

    If you are unable to rent a house, an apartment with lots of storage is the next best thing. Is the outside storage temperature controlled? You would need temperature control in the summer if you are storing preps and wood furniture-they will be damaged by heat and humidity. If not, consider a storage facility in a nice area. This article may be helpful:

    Regarding what to keep and what to toss, it all depends on how much room you will have in the new place. I’d keep some of your basic home tools but your yard and auto tools will be sitting idle as long as you are in the 2 bedroom apt. If you have a relative you can trust to hang on to your stuff, perhaps they can help you out. You will need to sell or donate your kitchen appliances and large furniture. Keep your food and water storage, water purifier, power outage supplies etc. Save a few items for your college age child for their emergency car survival kit. Thanks for bringing up this question. I may write a post about this in the near future. Good luck to you!

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