July 17, 2018

A Prepper’s Pocket Guide Project in Action

Just a quick post today as we get ready for “Back to School” activities. Urbivalist Dan made the “hollowed out book safe” project # 60 from my book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide.  He shows every step from start to finish, including shopping for the materials.  He did a great job with the finished product.  Check out the fun project at Daily Prep Episode 10:  Make a Hollowed Out Book Safe http://www.the-urban-survivalist.com/daily-prep-episode-10-hollowed-out-book-safe/ By the way, since there are lot of Back […]

Welcome MSN Money Readers

Welcome to the site!   I noticed some readers from Donna Freedman’s article on MSN Money “Survive a disaster–in your condo” http://money.msn.com/family-money/survive-a-disaster-in-your-condo-freedman.aspx?scptb=t If you are new to preparedness, there is a “quick start” plan under the Getting Started tab.  Under the Recommended Sites tab, you will find a lot of good information on surviving and thriving in any situation.  For specific subjects of interest, you can search by topic under  Categories or Archives on the right side bar. I am delighted you […]

If Your Partner Doesn’t Want to Prep

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com For many reasons, the majority of the population is not concerned about preparedness.  Even when faced with facts and news about what happened to other people who had been in disasters, they refuse to do anything to prepare.  There are a lot of reasons for this: Prevailing attitude that someone (government, family) will be around to help Wanting to live for the moment, unconcerned about the future Does not want to think about […]

If You Haven’t Started Preparing by Now

I was chatting with the owner of our neighborhood pizza restaurant last night when he switched subjects and told me he was fearful of the the future of his business.   We are not close friends, he knows me as the regular customer who normally orders the same pizza special with coupons.   He said he no longer sees his lunch and dinner time regulars and orders from company catered lunches have all but disappeared.  He is now barely breaking even.  But […]

A Casualty of the Drought

I was full of hope when I started the balcony garden in the early spring.  I had started growing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, mostly from seed. After last year’s gardening lessons, I knew what to do.  (See Growing Vegetables in a Balcony  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-v)  I did not expect to get all my vegetables from the garden, but I did count on a harvest or two. Well, my hopes have been dashed, as the plants all dried out.  Alas, the plants […]

Did You See “Doomsday Preppers?”

I watched the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. It aired Monday night at 9 pm.  It showed four American families and their preparedness lifestyles. Each family focused on a specific aspect of preparedness: One family was focused on preparing for a coronal mass ejection that would bring down the power grid and cause a nuclear meltdown. It was interesting to see how he converted an old swimming pool into an aquaponics garden and tilapia farm. Survival Mom […]

What Would You Grab First?

I was thinking about the recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry: evacuations due to wildfires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. I could not help but wonder whether it’s happening more frequently or I am just noticing it more.  I have not checked any statistics, so this is purely speculation on my part. But I wondered how many people are prepared to evacuate on a short notice. To me, anything under an hour […]

Another Sign of Food Inflation

This past week we picked up a few more canned goods to supplement the hurricane supplies.  I usually store the recent additions further back in the pantry, and try to use the older stock, but today I accidentally opened one of the newer cans of Beefaroni.  Actually, I am now glad I did, because I noticed something was different about the contents.  The taste was the same, but it was a lot more saucy with fewer noodles and meat than […]

Hurricane Season is Almost Here

June 1st starts hurricane season and it’s just around the corner.  We were fortunate we did not have any major hurricanes last year but this year is predicted to be another active hurricane season.  With the rough weather going on around the country you just never know.  So once again it’s time to evaluate how we’re doing in terms of hurricane preparedness: We need to pick up a few more canned goods to replace the ones we’ve rotated through.  I’d […]

Preparedness Habits I’ve Acquired

In the year of becoming interested in preparedness and starting this site, I picked up a few habits: Acquire a few emergency items each time I shop For everyday commonly used items, we now go by “Two is one and one is none.”  I get anxious when only one is left of a commonly used item so I no longer wait to resupply. Fill up the gas tank as soon as it is half full.  I used to let the […]

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