March 16, 2018

Would Your Apartment Walls Stop a Bullet?

This post is by Bernie Carr,   A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine we shall call Jim sent me a text message he had to leave his apartment in a hurry as he heard about ten gunshots in quick succession from the apartment building behind his complex.  He thought they sounded like 9mm gunshots.  Jim lives a few blocks away from me, in a street that is dotted with large apartment complexes. He called 9-1-1 and […]

10 “Must Have” Emergency Gear for Apartment Dwellers

This post is by Bernie Carr, Several months ago we covered 10 Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper; this week we’ll talk about tools you should have in your apartment in case of emergency. One of the advantages of living in an apartment is that most repairs and maintenance are covered by management.  All you have to do is make a call.  However, this does not mean that you should take things for granted and be completely […]

A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

This post is by Bernie Carr, If you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a disaster, you may initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, and the feeling worsens when you hear about what other people are doing and you haven’t even started yet. Don’t let all this worry get you down; the most important thing to do is to get started.  Whether you live in a small apartment or a small home, […]

Build your Grab and Go Binder

This post is by Bernie Carr, If you haven’t done is already, now is a good time to build your “grab and go binder.” This is your handy document keeper that you keep in a safe but accessible place that you can easily grab in the event of a dire emergency and you need to run out of the house. If you’ve already got one, it’s time to review and update it.  Lots of new documents may have been […]

Money Mondays: Health Benefits to Use Before the End of the Year

This post is by Bernie Carr, Now that December has started, it’s time to think about year-end activities. Health Benefits to Use Before the End of the Year  Part of year-end planning is to assess your health benefits and figure out what you may lose out when the year ends.  Look at your health plan and review your benefits closely.  A lot of people don’t use their benefits and can possibly lose these opportunities to get healthy or boost […]

Feel Safer in Your Apartment and Save Money with These 5 Smart Gadgets

Written by Krystal Rogers-Nelson You don’t have to rely on someone else to have a secure and energy efficient apartment. Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to secure your home and reduce your energy usage without relying on outside services. These five apartment-friendly smart gadgets will not only help you feel safe, you will save money as well. 1. Wi-Fi Smoke Alarm Battery Most renters don’t want or aren’t allowed to make many upgrades to their apartment. Instead of […]

Get Rid of Paper Clutter

This post is by Bernie Carr, Lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies so I restarted my de-cluttering efforts.  I have two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting around for two years taking up space.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with […]

How to Get your Apartment Ready for Hurricane Season

This post is by Bernie Carr, Hurricane season begins June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.  This year is predicted to be an active one:  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts: 11 to 17 named storms five to nine are projected to strengthen to hurricane status two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.  As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, […]

How to Prepare for Job Loss

This post is by Bernie Carr, Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area.  I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing.  Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go.  During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless.  I felt bad hearing about people […]

DIY Heater for Emergencies

Each year, as the weather gets colder, I receive emails from readers who lose power in their homes or apartment.  They are worried about heating their space when the power is out.  I have written about keeping your apartment warm in the winter without power.   The following article provides some good instructions on making a homemade heater with items that are easy to obtain.  Please note this DIY heater is not meant to replace a heating system.  The flower pot […]

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