February 18, 2018

Prepare for a Power Outage

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this post, 1.6 million people are still without electricity in the Northeast, due to an unseasonable winter storm.  A fierce snowstorm, usually expected much later in the winter, hit right before Halloween.  Many people were caught unprepared, resulting in traffic snarls, numerous accidents, fights breaking out and overcrowded emergency shelters. With the strange weather patterns that have been occurring in the country in recent months, it is a good idea […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Items I Carry Daily

A little less than a month ago, I posted about “A Gap in My Preparedness”  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-iR when I realized an emergency can happen while I am far from my home where I have most of my preparedness supplies. Since then I have carefully chosen a few items to keep with me at all times.  Each item is useful enough to keep around, even if there is no emergency.  Here they are in no particular order: Solar watch – I decided […]

A Book Review of Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When I first heard about the subject of Scott B. Williams new book, Getting Out Alive:  13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived, I wondered how I would feel, reading about these deadly scenarios.  Although I have started to prepare for potential emergencies, I am someone who avoids thinking about scary situations.  As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, as this book is written in a way that shows […]

A Gap in my Preparedness

Watching all the Japan earthquake coverage made me realize I’ve neglected one aspect in my preparedness efforts.  There is a big likelihood a disaster can happen while you are away from home and emergency supplies. Most of my supplies are at home.  I already have a car kit, and recently upgraded my office kit.  But I don’t have much in terms of the EDC -or everyday carry.  So I would be sorry indeed if an emergency were to happen while […]

The Health Supplies Bucket

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you have been reading my posts for a while you know we had set aside a few bulk food storage items in 5 gallon buckets.  If you have not seen the post, check out Survival Food Storage. We had one bucket left and no more bulk foods to pack so we decided to pack Health and First Aid supplies in the last bucket.  Here is what it contains: Aspirin and acetaminophen Zyrtec […]

Media Now Recommending Stockpiling Food

Last week, one of our local channels had a segment on stockpiling food by using coupons.  A local coupon expert was featured; the interviewer followed her around the grocery store as she picked up sale items and combined coupons for impressive savings.  The segment concluded that we should all use coupons and store sales to stockpile food as a hedge against inflation. Today Fox News featured Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.  The report recommended that anyone can start their emergency […]

Offsite Storage

One huge challenge to preparing in an apartment is the storage issue.   What if there is absolutely no room left in the apartment for storage; after you have purged stuff and added creative space savers, what else can you do for storage?  One possible solution that may work for some is to rent a storage unit. The storage unit must be: Easy to access.  You must be able to get to the unit quickly in an emergency. Clean.  Inspect the […]

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