This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Now that 2015 on the wane, it’s a good time to evaluate how we did as we look forward to 2016.
- Evaluate how much supplies you have stored up. How much water and food have you managed to store so far? For us, due to space issues, we have about a couple week’s worth of water, and about 10 weeks worth of food, including the refrigerator and pantry. We have a ways to go in terms of water, but we added some water storage containers and some back up water filters.
- How much equipment do you have? We checked our supply of batteries, matches, flashlights, camping stove and lanterns as well as solar chargers in case the power gets interrupted.
- Consider the skills you’ve picked up. At Apartment Prepper, so far we’ve learned how to make bread from scratch, brew coffee without electricity, sprout seeds and make home made yogurt. We also featured basic recipes for plain white rice, and making a pot of beans. The balcony garden could have done better, but we are getting ready to start is up again this coming year by ordering reasonably priced heritage seeds.
- De-clutter and make more space for your supplies. We are constantly trying to find space for survival supplies, so we have to keep re-evaluating our space. The end of the year is a good time to clean up. You will also want to check if any pests are around your storage areas. We are pretty vigilant about keeping pests out but notice they try to come in from the outside. In apartment buildings, whenever someone moves in or out we notice a few extra pests trying to come in.
- Examine your canned food expiration dates.
- Evaluate your home security. Being in the big city, we are always conscious of security issues. Make your doors and windows more secure and consider other alternatives for home security.
- Evaluate items you carry daily and consider personal security items as well.
The above is not a complete list, but should hopefully get you thinking about your own preparedness and survival activities. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall short of your own expectations; instead, give yourself a pat on the back on how much you have accomplished! Likely, you are already ahead of 70% of the population.
© Apartment Prepper 2015
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