October 15, 2017

Can a Bank Glitch Ruin Your Weekend?

A few days ago, millions of people in Australia could not get access to their own money for a whole weekend.   According to news reports, a computer glitch at National Australia Bank, one of Australia’s largest banks, caused ATMs to freeze.  See article What does this have to do with us here in the US?   This can happen anywhere.  Many people rely on using debit or credit cards for daily transactions.  I used to rely on them as well.   Think […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

While I was away on a recent business trip I met a lot of colleagues from various states.  Spending a week sequestered with these folks in conference rooms morning til night, you can’t help but get to know a few details about each others’ lives. Since we traveled up north to a state known for snow storms, I was very concerned about the weather and watched the morning and evening news on a regular basis.  However, I cannot say the […]

Welcome to the new home of The Apartment Prepper’s Blog!

Welcome to my new site!  This is the self hosted version of The Apartment Prepper, originally found on http://apartmentprepper.wordpress.com/. I am still working on the finishing touches, but I will soon be posting my new articles here.  When I became interested in preparedness while living in a small apartment earlier this year, I found that many established preparedness experts write about preparing in a bug out retreat or their own home.  There is a lot of good information out there, […]

Survival Food Storage

After shopping around for bulk survival food and storage materials, I am finally ready to start storing. First, I gathered up all my supplies on the dining table: Food items such as rice, pasta, pinto beans, etc. 5 gallon food grade buckets 1 gallon size mylar bags oxygen absorbers (300 cc) measuring cup iron masking tape and sharpie marker for labeling cardboard to place over the table (under the iron) airtight jar to keep extra oxygen absorbers bay leaves to […]

Food Prices are Going Up

If you are noticing the prices of your usual grocery items are creeping up, you are right.  Commodity prices for such items as wheat, corn, coffee, sugar, etc. continue to increase; we will soon see even higher prices at the grocery store than we are already seeing now.   At the same time, incomes are either getting slashed or staying flat, causing more pain in the pocketbook.  Just look at a few of these links:  Global Food Crisis Sweeps Commodity Markets; […]

What If Nothing Happens?

As we continue building our emergency supplies, a question that comes up frequently in conversations is, “What if nothing happens?”  Would this have all been a waste? Part of this question is rooted in the whole Y2K experience, where a number of people were expecting a big disaster to happen, only to wake up on January 1, 2000 with everything humming along normally, nothing to see here… move along…  Then the media publicized stories about the folks who had sold […]

Book Review: Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late

Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott B. Williams is one of the first books I ever read on preparedness.  I had won a copy from Scott’s website Bug-Out Survival. I was hoping to glean information on what to do in case we have to leave our home in an emergency.  I was not disappointed.  Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late is well-organized […]

How it all Started

The day before Hurricane Ike was predicted to reach Houston, I was talking to co-workers on what to expect, as this was going to be our first hurricane.  We had recently moved to Houston due to a job transfer.  Several people described the horrors they experienced trying to leave the city for Hurricane Rita, about getting stuck in freeways that turned into parking lots, so most people were staying put.  I left work early thinking I would stop by the […]

Welcome!

Welcome to the apartment prepper’s blog.  I am new to prepping AND new to blogging.  Watching the news lately I have started feeling a general sense of unease and helplessness–concerned about the state of the economy, with so many middle class Americans becoming unemployed and homeless; recent disasters such as the Haiti and Chile quakes; multiple perils such as the swine flu epidemic, tornadoes and floods have occurred “too close for comfort” To feel more secure and in control, I […]

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