August 31, 2017

What is “Normal?”

The ongoing crisis in Japan is getting a lot of people thinking and talking about preparedness.   Sitting around the lunch table recently, some co-workers were talking about possible disasters, and their take on preparedness. Two ladies mentioned they had bought handguns and were starting to go to the gun range.  This produced an amused, slightly nervous reaction from the table, as someone chimed in, “Well if things fall apart, we are going to your house!”  One guy mentioned he is […]

Are There Advantages for Apartment Preppers?

Now that I have been preparing for a few months, I am well aware of the disadvantages for us apartment dwellers in the big city:  lack of space is a big one, followed by management rules and inspections, overcrowding, crime, massive traffic, partnered with the ever looming possibility of getting trapped in a chaotic city when the SHTF.  The list is long, something we just have to deal with on a daily basis, so I had to pause and tell […]

Welcome New Readers

Welcome new readers and subscribers!   These last couple of days, there has been an influx of visits from the UK Preppers forum http://uk-preppers.co.uk/ When I started this blog, I was not sure if anyone would even be interested in apartment prepping.  Now I see readers from the UK and Canada (hello to you in the 55th parallel) Wherever we hail from, we all have something in common, trying to prepare while living in an apartment in the city–there are a […]

Beware of Prepper Overload

There are a few stages you may go through when you first start the preparedness journey. 1.  You notice things that never caught your attention before.  You look at your pantry and begin to calculate how many days your food and water will cover.  You notice the grocery shelves get low on Sunday night, and know that there isn’t any stock left in the backroom until the delivery trucks arrive.  You watch the news and wonder how much of it […]

Minimalism and Preparedness

Our apartment is getting smaller!  Or it seems that way anyway.  The more emergency supplies we acquire, the less free space we have.   So I started paring down on items again.  This past weekend I donated a box of stuff to Goodwill:   outgrown children’s clothing, kitchen gadgets I rarely use, books and CDs that I did not get a chance to sell on Ebay. I’ve been reading a few sites on minimalism.  Some of them seem very drastic:  living on […]

Do You Have Apartment Insurance?

This is a boring but necessary subject for apartment dwellers. Homeowners are required by the bank to carry homeowner’s insurance, but apartment insurance is something that is completely optional for us renters.  I actually did not have apartment insurance at one time, thinking it was an unnecessary expense. Until I started thinking about what would happen to the family if we lost my belongings for some reason or other. I did not really want to think about it, but it […]

I Read The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

  I finished reading The Modern Survival Manual:  Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.  He runs the Surviving in Argentina Blog (I don’t know him personally, just giving credit.) An economic collapse is one our our fears; this is a book written by someone who has already experienced it.  Argentina, a once prosperous country, went through its economic collapse in 2001 and it has never been the same since.  Mr. Aguirre describes in detail the aftermath of the […]

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started. I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak […]

Apartment Inspection Time – What was that Really About?

Another note from building management was stuck to our door when I got home today:  “Tenant is hereby informed that your lease and security deposit is hereby transferred to blah blah blah…”    Our building just got sold! I immediately called the property manager to confirm.  Yes, our apartment just got sold, but building management and everything else stays the same for now. Now we know the real reason for the second round of inspections.  This was not just a […]

What We Prepped in December

With Christmas over and the New Year almost upon us, I was trying to think if I got any prepping activities done this month.  I have been busy with work, and, like everyone else, shopping for gifts, getting ready for Christmas, but that is no excuse to slack off.  So I was trying to think what did I get done, and I realized that I did most of my prepping activities earlier this month: Took advantage of grocery sales and […]

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