Getting Started

Welcome to Apartment Prepper!  If you are new to my site and to prepping in general, you might find find these articles helpful:

What are We Preparing For?

A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

Frequently Asked Question:  How Do You Get Started?

Getting Started Part 2

Ten Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper

Five Free Things You can Do Now to Be More Prepared

A Food Storage Plan That is Not Intimidating

What if Nothing Happens?

How to Prepare for Job Loss

Help your College Student Prepare for Emergencies

Why Get in Shape if you Plan to Shelter in Place

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45 Comments on Getting Started

    • I am just getting started in this prepper thing. I figure the first step is to get some food stores up and to stock water then move toward the other items. I have an idea for cooking i.e to get catering butane service unit, I could at least heat up some soup or cook some rice. I am buying mostly no cook items like nutts and canned tuna precooked beans and such. I am a little concerned about bringing to much into my apt all at once. First, no one knows who is watching. It is just me so to bring in large amounts of food and water in excess of what would normally be seen as needed by one person could bring attention to myself. I am a very giving person. I would never not help someone in a time of need YET I also do not want to fall victim to those who would see an opportuinity to grab what they need either. So how do I go about stocking my apt without bringing attention to myself. I know the key is to just go slow buy two of stuff and bring stuff home a little each day but I still only have maybe two weeks of supplies. I live in a high density populated area with folks who may be clueless of the threats of total helplessness a huge storm or riot could cause. The biggest threat in my area is tornados, there is a river that is near by so flooding could happen but it is not likely. Civil unrest and looting is the biggest threat. It is the human panic that concerns me the most. Not that folks are normally violent here but when one feels totally helpless and the overwhelming need to keep you and yours fed and safe kicks in people are quickly reduced to behaviors even they themselves would find vile. I have lived here for just over one month and have tried to be very friendly, saying good morning in the parking lot as I leave for work, saying hello when I pass someone at the mail center but honestly getting to know ones neighbors takes time and we may not have TIME. TIME is a gift and it is not on our side at this stage of the game.

      • Hi Jeanette, You are prudent to be concerned about privacy. I have written about keeping your supplies private in this blog as well as maintaining security. I will write an additional article about these issues. Thanks for the comment.

    • Helen, Sounds like you have the same issues as apartment dwellers. Being in a senior mobile home court, you might want to try and get to know some of the neighbors, if possible, depending on what type of people they are.

  1. This is an excellent beginner’s check list. Once these things are done, I would strongly recommend that a beginner invest in a good book on preparedness. One of the best books I have ever read on preparedness is CRISIS PREPAREDNESS HANDBOOK, by the late Jack Spigarelli. It is well written with coverage of practically every situation. It has an excellent section on food.

    • Another good book is The Disaster Preparedness Handbook, by Arthur Bradley. This book is a more recent publication and has an emphasis on family preparedness.

  2. Was wondering if this site would be a help for prepping and and preparing for a catastropic event. I have gotten some ip camefras to help see whats going around me without showing my self .

    • Hi Lizzy, I have added you to the email subscribers so you will be notified of new posts. I post 3 times a week, if you do not receive them please let me know. Thank you!

  3. When I saw your site listed on a directory at an Alt New Site I new I had to check it out. Been living in an Apt with my wife and son for about 2 years now and been slowly building up supplies over the last few months. got flashlights, batteries, radios, camping gear, self defense covered but am really wondering about the food and water part of it. Staying in place, we have been buying canned beans, greens, tuna, pasta, dried potato, juice boxes, bottle water etc. Was wondering what a daily menu should look like to keep us healthy (portion size and make up) and advice on items for a BOB for a family of three that can be built up cheaply (not a lot of money unfortunately). Even a link to a comprehensive list to basically copy and build from would be of great help


    • Hi MutlnomahMan2013, I am glad you found us. Prepping in an apartment can be a challenge but doable. Sounds like you are off to a good start. Make sure you have enough water-1 gallon per person per day, at least for a week, then 2 weeks and go from there. Now would be a good time to add bulk items to your food storage: oatmeal, cream of wheat or some kind of grain for breakfast, powdered milk, rice, beans (that your family likes), salt, flour, coffee (or tea). I have instructions in the blog (search food storage) on how to repackage for long term storage. I will look around for downloadable list for you. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Just found your sites during the weekend, am very impressed with the style of the site. Finally found one that has the keep it simple principle.
    You cut to the chase, very impressive.
    Have not resided in an apt for a couple of decades but your site can be of use irregardless of where/how one lives.
    Really enjoyed the Pepper Spray article, keep up the good work.
    Have been in Law Enforcement for almost 4 decades and it finally dawned on me that I had been Prepping prior to this new movement, just did not know it.
    Only suggestion would be to possibly do a couple of articles on security. One needs to realize that once it hits the fan, apt/condo management will not be around to gritch about one’s actions.

  5. It’s so nice to see other people that want to prep! But how do you prep for someone that is on a medicine that needs to be taken several times a day. How do you “stockpile” that item? Any thoughts?
    That is my major concern and really keeps me awake at times.

    • Hi Prepper Mama Rose, That is certainly a valid concern. I would suggest asking the doctor for an extra refill or two – tell the doc you (or the patient) is planning an extended vacation and may need a refill while away. Most physicians are agreeable to providing one. Fill that extra prescription for emergencies, but be sure to use it up (and cycle through it) before it expires. A large study showed even when expired, many medicines last for another year or two. Another idea would be to research some natural remedies and become familiar with them. Check with the doctor whether these alternatives are suitable. If they are then stockpile them as well. I hope this helps.

      • Wanted you to know I bought your book and have really enjoyed reading it. It certainly has me looking at the things I have and showing me what I lack! I like that you made the chapters short and right to the point. Good job on the book and any more coming sometime soon?

        • Prepper Mama Rose, The only other book I’ve written so far is my e-book How to Prepare for most Emergencies on a $50 a month budget – for those readers who want to prepare but have very little $ to spare. Thanks so much I appreciate your kind comment.

          • I have heard of some people contacting the mormon check in their area and they help them store food (rice, beans, dried milk, etc) for a very modest fee. Have you or do you know of anyone that has done that and what was there experience like.

  6. I live in an apartment, 14th floor. We’ve had many power outages, and while I’m prepared with food and water, I would like to be able to use my little coffee maker (650 Watts) in a battery backup. Anyone tried this? If so, which one would be best for this, and for charging a cell phone.

  7. So happy to have found your blog. We recently moved to a new state due to hubby’s job relocation so we are currently in an apartment and our entire long term plan was built around our house in TX (we were in the country and had livestock) we now live in a 3 bedroom apartment (first floor) my two,oldest kids are in college so stayed in Texas , my son is only 3 so we have the third bedroom for our prep storage (it is also my home office and “guest” rooms when my older kids or other family come to TN)
    I know we have to change our prep style to have more prepackaged foods since we no longer have livestock/garden. So,where dome start NOW… I have water covered, minimal extended life foods, but we do have a lot of canned goods, paper goods, I was a nurse before becoming disabled and I also have medical supplies….how domain protect the apartment (doors,windows…my patio does not even have a fence around it …just hope not parking lot) obviously I can’t cook on patio either and there is no fireplace . We also do not know anyone in this state (so no “network” whenSHTF) it was never a “prepper” thing before so much as just typical country living and stocking up “just in case” but being in a more urban setting I am really really worried about how unprepared we are now that we moved….it really changed everything

    • Hi Kimberlee, Welcome aboard! I completely understand about moving to a new area and not knowing anyone, and downsizing to a small apartment after having a house for a number of years. I am sure you are feeling alone and lonely right about now, and insecure about your situation. A new start can be scary, but rewarding too. I hope you find some company among us fellow renters, and a few ideas to help you. Best wishes to your and your family. Happy you found us!

  8. American, currently living in mexico. Trying to rebuild my SHTF stockpile. Any sources of info/supplies that you know of in mexico?

    • Hi Marilyn
      I checked with our sponsors LPC Survival, Seeds of the Month club, Ready Made Resources on whether they ship to Mexico-they do ship there, but postage fees would be charged. I understand Walmart/Sam’s Club and Costco do have locations in Mexico and they would be good sources for bulk items. You can order mylar bags/oxygen absorbers through Amazon which also ships to Mexico. Hope this helps!

  9. Thanks for having this site. Many times post are only related to those living in a house. Question, right now, I cannot afford a solar generator, what else can I use to have some sort of power supply for a light or small college refrigerator, etc?

    • Hello Apartment Prepped Chick, I am glad you find our site helpful. From what I have researched, there is a way to use a car battery or deep cycle battery to power small appliances for a period of time. There are videos in YouTube such as this one: However I have not tried it myself-I post about everything that I have tested but that is not one I’ve tried yet. You brought up a great idea for a future post and I will be sure to keep researching it. Thanks for the comment.

  10. Nice, nice site, Bernie!
    3 suggestions and a question:
    Suggestion 1: The best emergency preparedness book I’ve found can be downloaded for free at
    Suggestion 2: Free downloadable medical help books, such as “Where There Is No Doctor” at
    Suggestion 3: Go to for 160 free emergency preparedness and disaster survival tips. Many apply to apartment living. (Shameless plug for my own website…)
    Question: I couldn’t find information on your site about what to do when the water quits flowing and the toilet can’t flush. I covered this with the Disaster Guy Tip: “Toilet with Plastic Bags for Emergency Sanitation.”

  11. Prepping here in nsw australia in an appartment , we do not have the financial and social unrest as the united states but you never know .When babylon falls we may too.

  12. 60 yr. old female, living alone in a small Sr. Wisconsin. Weather is huge concern and very little room to begin with, so any space given to prepping must be 1) well thought out..2) hidden from neighbors who might decide to “visit” in crisis 3) able to be lived in ( without going bonkers) for weeks on end. Being able to leave, for any reason will no longer be an option. And, while needing to stay sane is paramount to survival, there is only so much room for “extras” like books, puzzels.

    In closing, just keep fighting the good fight..and knowledge doesn’t cost anything nor does it weigh. Read, read and when your bored? Read some more.

  13. I have just spent a good part of the morning learning, I live in central London (UK)
    and most of the other prepper sites seem to assume we have loads of space and/or land. Please keep up the good work.

    P.S. I am unable to find the subscribe box

    • Hi June, Glad you found us! The subscribe box pops up on the far right when you click on a post. I would be delighted if you subscribe. I send a newsletter a the end of the month for subscribers only. Thanks for the comment.

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