Survival Tin Party Favor

Survival Tin Party FavorThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I got this heart tin as a wedding party favor.  Originally it contained mints but after they were gone, I kept the container.

I thought it would be fun to use it as a survival tin, as I had done a while back with my pocket sized first aid kit.  Instead of giving out candy, why not include items that could one day help someone out in an emergency.  It’s useful, handy and can be stashed in a desk or purse.

Here are a couple of ideas:

All purpose survival tin

Secret Survival Tin 1Include:

  • Strike anywhere matches
  • A couple of safety pins
  • Paracord
  • Anti-bacterial wipe
  • Cash:  a few coins and a bill

You can also include a couple of water purification tablets, paper clip, rubber bands etc.

First Aid Tin

First Aid TinInclude:

  • A couple sizes of adhesive bandage
  • Sanitizing wipe
  • Pain reliever
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Diarrhea remedy (already inside the tin)

You can also add allergy medicine, a couple of cotton swabs, eye drops etc.

First Aid Tin 2

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Monday Musings: 7/7/2014

Monday Musings 07072014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First the blog updates:

Encore interview   I have an encore interview with our friend Gaye over at Backdoor Survival.  Check it out here.  Don’t forget to submit your entry.

Prepared Bloggers

Prepared BloggersJust a quick reminder to check out this wonderful group I belong to:  Prepared Bloggers for lots of great preparedness and self-sufficiency articles.

Thoughts on giveaways

As long time readers know, I have been doing giveaways on this blog for some time.  Sometimes they are sponsors, sometimes not, and sometimes I just team up with other bloggers to do them.  There have been some giveaways that have disappointing results, and I wonder why very few responded; other times, we have enthusiastic responses.

It is frustrating when a winner is chosen and they do not respond within a timely manner.  Don’t they check their emails?   The rules state the winner of the drawing must respond within 48 hours or another winner is chosen so we do.

I still do them anyway, and many readers have left positive comments about them.

Why do I like them?

I do them for the simple reason that a giveaway gave me a great start when I began my own preparedness journey.   I won the Cansolidator from Modern Survival Online.  I never won anything before and was so excited to win.  I did a review of the item and it helped me organize my small pantry.

Who won the Crafting with Paracord Giveaway?

Gary won the giveaway for Crafting with Paracord.

Now for the links…

18 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is Accelerating As We Enter The Last Half Of 2014

Fear and Rumors Hinder Containment of Ebola Outbreak

Is this wise? Controversial scientist recreates pandemic flu virus that killed 500,000 people… except it’s WORSE

Why It’s Possible to Drown in a Dry Parking Lot

Prepping in an Apartment with an Eye to the Future

How Fast Food Providers Beat Inflation – Add Wood Pulp To Burgers

30 Everyday Products You Can Make Instead of Buying at Walmart


Source: Fix.com

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Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool – Does it Work?

Nite Ize DooHicKeyThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Today we are reviewing the Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool, a little gadget that has multiple uses.

According to the package, it can be used as:

  • Carabiner
  • Box Cutter
  • Bottle Opener
  • Wrench
  • Ruler
  • Flat Head Screw Driver

The Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool is small enough to place in your key ring.

I tested out its uses and found it to be sturdy enough to perform its intended uses.  I also like that it does not take up a lot of space.

Here is one of the uses I found for it:

Nite Ize carabinerI hung up a collapsible water carrier to dry for several hours and the Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool held up well.

It also worked well for opening boxes, and is not sharp enough to cut yourself.  It came in handy as a bottle opener.

Priced at $6.71 on Amazon, it is inexpensive enough to buy one for everyone in the family.  I think it would also make a nice stocking stuffer, office gift even for people who don’t want to think about prepping.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence DayI wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!   As we celebrate our country’s independence, let us remember the heroism and sacrifice that went into gaining and maintaining our freedoms.

It’s also a good time to consider our own personal independence from whatever keeps us from living our best life:  freedom from debt, consumerism, destructive habits or even over-reliance on the system.  We can’t all be off-grid, but we can all learn to be a little bit more self-sufficient as our freedom loving ancestors had been.

We are blessed to be living in this great country and I am grateful.

Enjoy!

What to Do If Your Partner Thinks Prepared = Paranoid

What to do if you partner think prepared equals paranoidThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

On a beautiful day such as the one pictured above, it’s hard to even imagine a natural or even a man-made disaster disrupting things.  If you even mention something about being prepared, your relatives or friends will say “you are just being paranoid.”  I have heard this so often among people who want to prepare; even one of our readers has brought it up in a comment.

Should you forget about being prepared because your partner and your family do not support you?  No!  I think there are a ways to get around this issue.

Understand the other point of view

We have to accept that the majority of the population is not concerned about preparedness.  Even when faced with facts and news about what happened to other people who had been in disasters, they refuse to do anything to prepare.  There are a lot of reasons for this:

  • Ignorance:  Many people are not aware of the threats to infrastructure, and what would happen if trucks stop delivering goods.
  • Fear:  Afraid to admit a lot of things can go wrong.  People do not want to feel threatened and may get turned off the idea
  • Consumerism:  Would rather spend money on shopping for clothes, gadgets, expensive vacations
  • Someone will save us:  Belief that someone (government, family) will be always around to help
  • Normalcy bias:  Belief that things will always be as they were before; refusal to admit something could go wrong even in the face of facts.

Once you understand the reasoning for their resistance, you can start working on your approach.

What NOT to do

Do not try to get preachy or argumentative.  If they are already resistant to the idea, getting into an argument isn’t going to change their mind.

If you get confrontational about it, the person may just “dig their heels” even more or become hostile about the idea.

Start slow

If you sense that your family has objections, you will need to start slowly, with baby steps to get them used to the idea.  Introduce the idea during appropriate times, such as while watching a zombie movie, TV show or hearing about a disaster in another state (that could happen in your location).

Approach the idea in a way that is not threatening but as a conversation piece “What would we do if that were to happen?”  The type of responses you get will determine your next move.

Regional disasters

The easiest things to prepare for are regional perils that your family may face.  It is easier to justify your efforts because of probable threats.

If it’s hurricane season and you are in a hurricane area, you have a good reason to gather supplies and set it aside “just in case.”  Then you can slowly build your stockpile.

Compromise

If your wife or husband loves to shop for the latest and greatest, but you’d rather spend money on emergency supplies, come to an agreement on spending.  Some couples agree on a certain amount of “fun money” per pay period that each one is free to spend without judging from the other.  He or she may want to spend “fun money” at the mall, but you spend yours on supplies.

Other non-threatening approaches

  • Convenience:  If you have supplies, you do not have to be constantly running to the store to restock.  Every new parent knows panic when their baby runs out of formula late at night and they have not gone to the store.  That is something to avoid.  Even running out of everyday items such as sugar or toilet paper is a big pain if you have to drop everything and go to the grocery store for one item because you left it out of your list one day.
  • What matters most   Everyone has things that he or she feels strongly about – , things they would not want to run out or lose access.  The wife or husband who feels you are just being paranoid won’t be so critical if you show you are “doing it for the kids.”  No one would want their kids to suffer in the event of an emergency.  Teens may be concerned about losing power on their smart phones – get them a solar charger.  If your teen daughter is concerned about never running out of tampons, then by all means, stock up on those items.
  • Cost-Cutting:  You can start your stockpile without raising a lot of eyebrows by using frugal techniques that help your household save money.  Start using coupons and taking advantage of “buy one get one free” offers.  When questioned about buying multiples of one item such as canned fruit or granola bars, emphasize what a great deal you got so you stocked up.
  • Hobbies and skills:   You can learn survival and self sufficiency skills like bread making, canning or wood-working without making someone feel insecure by labeling these activities as hobbies.   I once had a long conversation with a mom at church.  She was describing all her husband’s hobbies- gardening, archery, hunting, fishing, and even metal working.  The family, who lives in a nice neighborhood, even has a mini foundry in their garage where her husband crafts swords!  These sound like great survival skills to me, but no one had a problem with it in the neighborhood.  These activities are all considered “hobbies.”

If you feel strongly about becoming prepared and getting some degree of security for your family, it is important that you get started.  Don’t alienate your significant other in the process; instead, frame your activities in a common sense, practical light.

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Monday Musings: 6/30/2014

Monday Musings 06302014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First, the updates…

It’s been a busy summer for the Apt Prepper household so this is going to be a quick post.

Who won Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb?  We held the drawing and the winner was Pierce, who commented:  My main concern for long term right now is ignorance. The wife and I live in an apartment right now, so the plan is to gather my mother and siblings, and then head to my in-laws. The in-laws are the only ones with a sturdy house and fenced in yard. Problem is that the family is refusing to listen to logic when it comes to preparedness, i.e. no one wants to stock up water or buy water filters. We will make due, but I worry that the ignorance and stubbornness of certain family members will make things way more difficult than they would be. I’m working on educating the family, but it’s frustrating when no one wants to plan further than “lock the doors, open a beer, and let it all blow over”.

We had lots of comments to this post – clearly surviving for the long term is a huge concern for many of our readers.  We will explore this issue further in our blog posts.

This week we are giving away Crafting with Paracord 50 Fun and Creative Projects Using the World’s Strongest Cord - don’t forget to submit your entry, you have until Friday, July 4th.

Now for the links…

Is the international monetary system nearing collapse?

Americans are getting into debt to afford food, gas

How to Use Ebay to Find the Most Affordable Silver

10 Tips For Getting Rid Of The Junk In Your Life

12 Survival Hacks Using Just Leaves

Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users’ Emotions For Science

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Find Great Summer Projects in “Crafting with Paracord” – Plus Giveaway

Crafting with ParacordToday we are looking at Crafting with Paracord 50 Fun and Creative Projects Using the World’s Strongest Cord a new book offering step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs for a variety of practical and decorative projects.

You will find great projects to make this summer such as:

  • Bracelets
  • Bag straps
  • Leashes
  • Knife handle wraps
  • Keychains
  • Watchbands

The book gives step by step instructions as well as colorful illustrations that make them easy to understand.

I found the instructions to be easy to follow. With minimal supplies, you can make your own paracord creations that are both functional and decorative.  And, if you start now, you can give them as gifts by the time Christmas comes.

Now for the giveaway!

For a chance to win Crafting with Paracord 50 Fun and Creative Projects Using the World’s Strongest Cord, just leave a comment below:

What are your favorite uses for paracord?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Friday,  July 4th at 8 pm Central.  *Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

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Don’t Let these Dangers Ruin your Summer Fun

Dont Let these Dangers Ruin Your Summer FunThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I love summertime, a chance to kick back and take some time off.  Kids are out of school for the summer and the pace has slowed down.   The summer also signals a slowdown in preparedness – I know… even blog visits get a bit slower.   People go out of town, go on vacation and relax, which is just fine.  But summer also has its own share of dangers that are often overlooked in the excitement.

Heat Related Illnesses

Sunburn:  Everyone has had one- when you forget to bring sunscreen or just ignore the need for it because you’re having too much fun.  Last summer we went to the river with another family and had a great time.  We came prepared, and brought lots of sunscreen.  I slathered it on myself and the kids.  But my cousin decided she didn’t want to bother with it.  I reminded her mid-day to reapply sunscreen or cover up as her back was getting really red.  She didn’t feel like it.  Well, the next day she called me and said she should’ve listened, because she got a really bad burn.  Always pack plenty of sunscreen and reapply every couple of hours.

Heat Stroke:  Excessive heat can render a body to be unable to regulate its temperature.  Heat stroke occurs when the body temperature spikes up rapidly and the body is unable to cool down through sweating.  A victim of heat stroke must be treated as soon as possible.  Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, high temperature, hot skin and not sweating; this can lead to unconsciousness or even death.  Make sure everyone drinks plenty of fluids and stay as cool as possible.  A cooling scarf or even just a wet bandanna around your neck can help alleviate heat.

Heat Rash:  Heat rash is irritated skin from too much heat.  The rash appears to be small, red pimples and blisters.  Skin must be kept cool and dry to relieve discomfort.

Heat Exhaustion  Heat exhaustion results from exposure to extreme heat, while lacking fluids.  Symptoms include heavy sweating, dizziness, pale skin, nausea, vomiting and fainting.  This is dangerous for people with high blood pressure or heart problems – get treatment right away if severe symptoms are present.  Try to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day.

Insect Bites

Many people stay outdoors longer in the summer, resulting in more contact with insects.  Bee and wasp stings are common, along with mosquito bites, ticks and fleas etc.  Stings can be dangerous for people who are severely allergic.  They may be hard to avoid, so carry a first aid kit in your car or someplace handy.  Include Benadryl, Zyrtec or an Epi-pen if severely allergic.  Bring insect repellant or keep a citronella candle handy when spending time outdoors.

Getting Stranded

Summer also means frequent car trips, and there is nothing worse than being stranded in the heat, in an unfamiliar place.   Avoid the trauma of getting stuck by being prepared:

  • Carry a car survival kit
  • Maintain your car – always get the car serviced before long trips
  • Carry extra water and food in the car
  • Plan your route ahead of time.
  • Don’t be overly reliant on GPS, have paper maps and printed directions

Getting lost in the wilderness

No one thinks about possibly getting lost while planning day trips or camping trips, but it happens frequently.  Just look at a couple of news stories:

South Carolina dad, kids OK after 60-hour ordeal in the wilderness with no supplies

Lost Girl Spent Night Alone in California Woods

These stories turned out well, but so many others take a bad turn.  Avoid the pain of getting lost with these tips:

  • Educate kids on the dangers of wandering away
  • Plan every hike or day trip to the last detail, even short ones.
  • Prepare for contingencies by packing plenty of food, water and survival equipment.  My new book shows kids how being prepared can be fun.
  • Everyone in the group should wear a whistle that they can use in an emergency
  • Wear brightly colored clothes so they can be easily spotted.

Water dangers

Every year there are reports of drownings in backyard pools, lakes and beaches.

Be vigilant especially with young children – never take your eyes off them when in the water.  Even teens and adults can over-estimate their capabilities.  Swimming lessons and pool safety are recommended for everyone.

ID theft

ID theft is a year round risk, but with increased travel during the summer, there is more exposure to the threat.  I prefer to use cash but you also need to be mindful of who can see you pulling out bills from your wallet.  Have your money ready when paying so you don’t attract attention.

Or, use credit instead of debit cards especially when paying at the pump in a gas station.  Use ATM machines at banks instead of stand alone cash machines in gas stations or stores.  Also use cash or credit cards instead of debit cards while paying at restaurants, flea markets etc.  The reason is credit cards often have a $50 limit in your out of pocket liability in the event of theft, while debit cards vary.  Your bank account may very well get cleaned out or frozen in the event of theft.

Some mishaps are non-controllable but being prepared means doing a little planning so you can minimize threats that can ruin your summer.

 

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Can an Armor Vest Protect You from Common Urban Threats?

IMG_6761This article was provided by Anthony, Safeguard Clothing

When chaos unleashes in a city, there’s no telling whether or not you’ll be standing in the line of fire. Preparation reduces the chance that you’ll fall victim to a fatal attack. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where treasure awaits at the end of a rainbow. Instead, guns and knives along with other harmful weapons roam the streets of urban areas, attached to perpetrators waiting to claim their next victim. Body armor is a necessity in crime filled areas. But how does one walk around with pounds and pounds of weight hanging from their shoulders on a daily basis? They don’t. Thankfully, body armor is something where variety is offered and thus, finding the perfect protective gear for everyday use in an urban area is rather simple.

Why covert body armor is an urban survivalist’s best friend
Covert body armor is worn underneath clothing and thus, offers the wearer a high degree of concealment and comfort. With fabrics such as Coolmax incorporated into much covert body armor, wearers are able to stay warm when cold and cool when it’s hot. Designers of body armor like safeguardclothing.com use these materials, where concealment is concerned. When selecting covert body armor, you want to ensure that the one chosen is made with light cotton fabric as this will prevent the body armor from irritating the skin. As a result, survivalists will be able to wear their protective gear directly against the skin, eliminating bulk, and thus, achieving an even higher level of concealment.

Kevlar
Five times stronger than steel, Kevlar covert vests are just what urban survivalists need to keep their body protected against bullets, spikes and knives which are the most likely weapons used in attacks in
urban areas.

The ideal levels of protection.
· NIJ Level IIIa Ballistic Protection
· NIJ Level II Edged Blade Protection
· NIJ Level II Spike Protection

Concealment through fit
Body armor that’s too big will create a bulky look underneath clothing and therefore give away the fact that you are protected. The aim through wearing covert protective gear is to be discreet and when your gear doesn’t fit well, it doesn’t fulfill this aim. There’s a high chance that when your protective gear is spotted, you’ll become the target of an aggressor.   Spotting your body armor especially if you are believed to have witnessed illegal activity may push an assailant over the edge causing him/her to attack.

Common threats:

Drive by shootings
With street gangs competing for territories, drives by shootings are a common occurrence in urban areas. More often than not, random targets and bystanders fall victim to drive by shootings. Whether you’re sitting in your car, strolling down the street, or waiting line, you want to ensure that your body is adequately protected from such random attacks.
Killing sprees
In the past few years, the United States has seen an increase in random shootings as well as random stabbings. This isn’t something that someone can predict and regardless of how comfortable you may feel in your neighborhood, no place is truly and wholly safe. These attacks are often carried out with firearm and therefore, a vest that offers ballistic protection is the best option.
Muggings
Muggings are very common in urban areas. Though one may believe that a discreet appearance or tucking away their wallet eliminates them as a threat, this is incorrect. You never know what an assailant may see in you and therefore, the best thing that you can do for yourself, is to be protected at all times. In such attacks, guns pose as high of a risk as knives, blades and other sharp weapon. Covert body armor with ballistic, protection as well as stab and spike protection is therefore necessary.
Stray bullets from police activity
Though not an exceedingly common occurrence, there have been cases where police activities have resulted in the loss of lives of innocent bystanders. There’s no way of knowing where a police raid or other kinds of police activity may take place. Both in residential and commercial areas of urban cities, police activities which include firearms are common. Should a fire fight break out between police personnel and criminals, any person within close vicinity are within severe danger of being hit by stray bullets.

Note:  Before purchasing body armor, you need to check the laws in your state.

 

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Monday Musings: 6/23/2014

Monday Musings 6232014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First, the blog updates…

My day job has been taking up a lot of my time lately, after being assigned to two different work groups.  I may not be able to respond to every comment but please be assured I read every single one no matter how late I get home from work.

Who won the Survivor Max:  Too Smart to Die giveaway?  Nick was the winner of the Survivor Max giveaway.  The question was, “What is your favorite zombie book, show or movie, and why?” to which he made the following comment:   As a long-time fan of zombie fiction and reader of many zombie novels, I’d have to say World War Z is my favorite zombie novel. It’s not just your average zombie book; it delves into (very realistically might I add) geopolitical and socioeconomic reasons why what started as an isolated biological phenomenon soon became a worldwide disaster. The government ineptitude in the face of emergency illustrated in the novel parallels (albeit on a much larger scale) real events such as the response to Hurricane Katrina and reinforces the reasons why one should strive for self-sufficiency.

You still have time to enter our latest giveaway, Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide,  by Jim Cobb by clicking here.

Now for the links…

Seeing the writing on the wall  This was on mainstream news-even the Pope is warning about the risks to the global economy.

Pope Francis Warns The Global Economy Is Near Collapse

Seeing the writing on the wall will also tell you whether it’s time to “get out of dodge” take it from someone who’s been there.  See:

“The Media Told Us That Everything’s Going to Be Fine” – War Survivor On Why He Missed The Best Time To Bug Out

Viruses spreading  

Doctors Without Borders: Ebola ‘out of control’

Incurable chikungunya virus spreads in US, at least 6 states affected

Two great articles on solar systems  We like the solar chargers, but have never undertaken projects to build one ourselves – these both sound very doable

Apartment Solar System

All in One Portable Solar Power Unit: 220V + 12V + 5V + Automatic Battery Charge!

Let me know if this works  Speaking of DIY, this one looks easy too.  I may try it myself and when I do, I’ll be sure to post about it.

DIY Project: The Easiest Off-grid Fridge

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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