October 24, 2016

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 […]

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 […]

SunJack Waterproof Lightstick Review and Giveaway

April 24, 2015 aptprepper 29

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always on the lookout for good backup lighting and when I found out the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick can also charge devices, I was even more interested.  It is made by the makers of the SunJack Solar Charger which I have previously reviewed.  The box comes with: SunJack® LightStick Mini-USB cable 2 Lanyards User manual The first thing I did after examining the items was to charge the lightstick.  Using the mini-USB […]

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, […]

The Truth about Doing Laundry Off-Grid

June 12, 2013 aptprepper 38

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I thought it might be a good exercise to try doing laundry without using the washing machine and dryer.  Whenever there is a hurricane approaching one of the preparation chores that I do (in addition to making sure there is enough water, food and supplies for several days) is to do the laundry while power is available.  Ideally, you’d already have clean clothes available, but what if there is an 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 […]

How to Make an Emergency Lamp from Common Household Items

October 19, 2012 aptprepper 8

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 […]

BioLite CampStove Review

September 29, 2012 aptprepper 4

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a sample of the BioLite Stove for testing and review.  The BioLite Stove is a portable stove that allows you to cook with wood, and charge small electronic gadgets at the same time.  As many long time readers know, I am always on the lookout for good portable chargers for emergencies as well as a good backpacking stove. This is what came in the box: The box contained the stove within […]

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