October 22, 2018

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Five Tips for Barricading Yourself in your Apartment

This is a guest post by Mark Despite a plethora of options for preventing burglaries and apartment break-ins, the U.S. Justice Department still estimates that an American home is broken-into every 15 seconds, averaging in thousands of dollars lost per household as a result. But beyond the fear of losing valuable possessions, what can be most damaging is a loss of personal safety.   Below are five important tips for effectively barricading yourself in your apartment during an attack. 1. Start a […]

Don’t Forget Gloves for your Emergency Kit and Bug Out Bag

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I never thought much about gloves until I started preparing.  At the most I had a pair of rubber gloves for washing dishes.  Now I have several types. Disposable gloves Disposable gloves can be used for quick and dirty jobs such as cleaning up messes, pet waste, handling contaminated surfaces to avoid infection etc.  However these are generally very flimsy.  Thankfully, they are not very expensive.  I got a 10 pack at the […]

Rare Virus could become Widespread after a Disaster

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone saw the news report about visitors at Yosemite National park who stayed at tent-style “signature” cabins in Curry Village becoming exposed to the Hantavirus.   Hantavirus causes Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) which attacks the lungs and can be fatal.  The disease is carried in the urine, saliva or feces of deer mice and other rodents.  In this particular case, the rodents nested in between the double walls of the cabins, and thus unknowing […]

Can You Evacuate Your Home in 90 Minutes?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Listening to the news today about flooding in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, we heard about residents near Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi being ordered to evacuate, due to damage to the dam and possible flooding.  About 60,000 people were affected.  Fortunately, as of this writing, the dam has not failed as emergency management personnel are trying to patch it. Mr. Apt Prepper and I had a long discussion about what we would […]

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