October 1, 2016

For Beginners

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 Are Not Planning to Bug Out?

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22 Comments on For Beginners

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • Hi Janelle, Sorry, I hadn’t realized the subscription via email had dropped off the page. Thanks for calling my attention to it. I added you to the subscriber list.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
          Thanks!

  7. 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. 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. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rzBWEQ1dwo 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. 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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