December 3, 2016

What Spooked Me this Halloween

October 31, 2016 aptprepper 7

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have some kind of Halloween tradition, and ours is Scary Movie Night.  There are certain movies we like to see year after year.  One of my favorites from when the kids were little, is Hocus Pocus, with just right amount of scare but not so much as to give the kids nightmares.  As an adult, I’ve always been creeped out by “It,” having read the Steven King book and watched the […]

Lights Out! NW Houston Edition: Lessons for Non-Preppers!

September 8, 2016 aptprepper 2

A few weeks ago, Northwest Houston experienced a large power outage.  Thousands of homes lost power for several hours.  While my area was not affected, I wondered how the residents of the area fared during the blackout.   The following article by Todd Sepulveda describes exactly what happened and some lessons we can all learn from it.  Todd runs the wildly popular Prepper Website and Ed That Matters among others.   Lights Out! NW Houston Edition: Lessons for Non-Preppers! by Todd […]

Fridge Items That May Last Through a Power Outage

March 9, 2016 aptprepper 4

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After a power outage that lasts for a few hours, many people toss out everything that was in the refrigerator.  I always toss out milk, leftovers and meats.  However, not everything in the fridge spoils right away and there are several items that stay shelf stable. Here is a list of items that do not spoil right away if you have a power outage: Eggs – Most people store eggs in the […]

Lights Out by Ted Koppel – Review

December 28, 2015 aptprepper 11

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring Lights Out by Ted Koppel.  The book explores what it would be like to have a blackout that lasts for months, instead of just a few days, and the result of an in-depth investigation into the vulnerabilities of our country’s power grid. The prepper community has long been concerned about the safety of our electrical grid; many fear various threats such an EMP (electromagnetic pulse), coronal mass ejection (CME) […]

Can You Use a Fuel Generator if You Live in a High Rise?

October 22, 2015 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently received a reader question about whether it is advisable to use a generator while living in a high rise.  If you’ve been visiting the blog a while, you may recall I tested a gas powered generator a couple of years ago.  The reader was considering options for backup power in case of an extended power outage. At the time I wrote the generator review, I was living in a ground floor […]

Find Cheap Emergency Lighting Before the Next Power Failure

April 9, 2014 aptprepper 12

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, the main energy provider for the city had two transformers blow up and over 13,000 residents in one part of town suddenly lost power.   It happened right around dinnertime – I am sure a lot of people were caught unawares. So I thought, why not take a weekend and put together a bin or bucket of emergency lights, so you are ready for the next power outage. […]

Survive an “American Blackout” in an Apartment

November 5, 2013 aptprepper 18

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I got a chance to see “American Blackout” on Nat Geo a few days ago.  If you have not heard of the program, here’s a quick summary from their website: American Blackout imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyber attack told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. You’ll learn what it means to be absolutely […]

Bargain E-book for a Long Lasting Emergency Light

September 14, 2013 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I purchased a copy of The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight by Ron Brown.  It’s a manual that shows you how to add a 30-cent resistor to a $5 flashlight, to create a light that will run for 2000 hours on the same battery.   The e-book contains step by step instructions and includes illustrations.  You can’t buy such a light from a store; you have to make it yourself. I first heard about the author, […]

5 Steps For Food if Your Fridge Goes Out

May 31, 2013 aptprepper 8

Guest Post by Craig Caudill Prepping for any TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) has become pretty popular these days. Folks who live in the cities are not ready to move into the mountains, but still want to have as much knowledge as possible about urban preparedness. This article will address one of the aspects of preparation for some catastrophe that results in the power grid going down or possibly a simple, albeit extended power outage. […]

Setting Up a Generator

May 16, 2013 aptprepper 1

Preparing for power outages is the most frequently asked question from readers. One of the common recommendations is to “have a generator” when preparing for hurricane season, power outages or even winter storms.  But I’ll be the first to admit that until I actually set one up, I didn’t really know what was involved. Harbor Freight has given me the opportunity to test out a generator.  The Predator 8750 Watt Portable Generator was delivered while I was at work.  First […]

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