February 8, 2018

Quick Update on Berkey

I just received a notice from The Berkey Guy that they are now shipping the following Berkey Water Purification systems -Berkey Light®, Travel Berkey®, Go Berkey Kit®, Sport Berkey® The Black Berkeys® & PF2 Fluoride & Arsenic Reduction Elements to California residents, effective immediately.  This is great news for California residents who could not order these Berkey systems prior to this.   Get the real deal. Whether bugging out or sheltering in place, you can never have enough clean water […]

How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget

Today I am happy to announce the release of my new e-book, “How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget.”  It is available now on Amazon. For Beginning Preppers Since starting Apartment Prepper a couple of years ago, I’ve received numerous emails from readers who are interested in preparing for disasters but have very little by way of income.  Some have just lost their jobs or depend on public assistance, and have families to support.  The […]

Myths about Cell Phone Emergency Uses

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I collected a series of emails about cell phones’ emergency uses and finally got a chance to research and test them. The following tips sounded so promising but turned out to be myths after all: If you get locked out of your car, call someone at home and have them find your spare key.  Sound the clicker to unlock your cell phone from afar.  I first tried this by parking the car a […]

Clothing for Hard Times

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a great email from reader Linda who brought up an important aspect of preparedness:  clothing.  If there is some kind of large scale collapse, manufacturing and shipping may be interrupted, and clothes will be come scarce. During the Great Depression, many people could not afford store bought clothes and therefore had to make their own.  Many had to trade items for materials or cloth, or used burlap sacks that chicken feed […]

Testing Your Emergency Plan

An emergency plan is an integral component of your overall urban survival skills. Yes, it’s great if you keep a first aid kit, MRE and water on-hand, but unless you’ve mapped out how you plan to use your supplies, you’ll be a lot less effective in helping yourself, your family or your neighbors to get through a natural disaster or civil emergency. An emergency plan is vital, and testing that plan is equally critical. When Hurricane Sandy hit the east […]

Save some Money: Make your own Homemade Dishwashing Powder Detergent

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Trying to free up money to for emergency supplies means cutting back on expenses elsewhere.  One thing I am trying is to cut back on commercially made products, and replace them with homemade substitutes.  One project that turned out well was to make homemade liquid soap.  I found a good recipe for homemade dishwashing powder over at Survival Common Sense. Most of the grocery and Target stores in my area did not have […]

Five Habits that will Help You Prepare for Emergencies

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many people are still reeling from the after effects of Hurricane Sandy.  As I write this post, thousands are still without electricity and many areas are still so flooded that supplies cannot be brought in.   Food and water have become scarce in many areas.  People may take a fresh interest in getting prepared for emergencies.  But it can quickly get overwhelming for someone who is new to preparedness.   I know, because I felt […]

How to Escape from a Riot

Living in the big city, it is a good idea to think ahead and plan what you would do in the event of a riot.  You never hear about riots out in the wilderness or farming communities, since riots occur where crowds gather. We were living in Los Angeles when the 1992 Rodney King riots erupted, resulting in six days of arson, looting, beatings and murder.  A couple of innocent drivers who were stopped at intersections were pulled from their […]

How to Make an Emergency Lamp from Common Household Items

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I followed instructions given in the Non Electric Lighting series, on how to make this vegetable oil lamp.  What got me interested in trying this out was, all the materials are items most people have readily available at home. Materials: Vegetable oil Baby food jar or votive candle jar (I got mine from Goodwill) Table salt wooden toothpick cotton (must be 100% cotton, not a blend) nail polish remover matches Directions: 1.  Fill […]

Blog Crossover Monday Question of the Day: How Apartment Prepper got Started

Today is Day One of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I will be answering a preparedness related question each day for five days, along with a few select blogs listed at the end of this post. Monday’s Question of the Day:  When did you start prepping and why? Having grown up in California, we always had a prepackaged “earthquake kit” that contained enough water and food for three days.  The kit also had matches, a flashlight, one roll of toilet paper […]

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