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Danger in Unexpected Places

June 12, 2011 aptprepper 8

Early this morning Apt Prepper Son went to throw out the trash.  There is a designated trash dumpster a few paces away from our unit.   I saw him throw the bag on to the bin; as he walked back he winced in pain and clutched his arm.  When he returned he said he felt a sharp stab of pain under his forearm close to his elbow as he threw the bag. He had gotten stung by something.  Apt Prepper Son […]

Can You Evacuate in 20 Minutes?

May 24, 2011 aptprepper 8

This morning I was watching the news showing scenes of devastation from the tornado that swept across Joplin, Missouri, a city of about 50,000 people.  I last heard the tornado killed at least 116 people, and an unknown number are injured.   Many people have lost everything.  My prayers are with the residents who are still trying to get in touch with loved ones, and are dealing with the aftermath of this disaster. This got me to thinking if you have […]

Gardening and Kids

May 18, 2011 aptprepper 2

My grandmother got me interested in gardening at a very young age.  She grew a flower garden in front of their house, along with several fruit trees out in the backyard.  But it was my mother-in-law who taught me all about growing herbs and vegetables.   The only difference is, both had a big backyard to work with.  I would like my kids to have some hands on experience gardening as well, even though we live in an apartment and do […]

Un-Neighborly Neighbors

May 7, 2011 aptprepper 6

Being in an apartment we’ve seen neighbors come and go, some good, some not so good, but you just learn to deal with it. A couple of new neighbors started out as “so-so” now are bordering on un-neighborly.   The new family moved in a couple of months ago; they seemed okay.  The issue started when they started parking their car in the driveway.  They have two cars, and everyone gets assigned two parking spaces, so it sounds like a no-brainer.  […]

One More Thing to Worry About

April 22, 2011 aptprepper 12

As I was switching radio channels yesterday, a story caught my attention.  The report mentioned that infrastructure industries such as electricity, water and other utilities are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack.  I didn’t catch all the details so I checked  the Web and found:  “Study:  Threats to Critical Infrastructure Worse that Ever” I didn’t really want to find yet another thing to worry about, but not wanting to know about such things won’t change anything.  It would be quite a […]

Testing Out Our Gear

March 23, 2011 aptprepper 4

It was the first weekend of spring and the weather was perfect to do something outdoors.  So we took the opportunity to try out some of our gear, in case we ever have to walk out of the city on foot. We had purchased hiking boots a while ago but had not gotten a chance to wear them.  Comfortable hiking boots that don’t pinch or cause blisters are important if you ever have to walk out of the city in […]

Clearing out the Balcony Garden

March 4, 2011 aptprepper 4

Last spring, I had a thriving balcony garden with tomatoes growing in the Topsy Turvy that I bought online “as Seen on TV.”  I had hoped the contraption would last a few growing seasons.  Well it didn’t.  I left it out in the balcony, as I have no room whatsoever to store it.  It held up fine at first, but the hard freeze came and must have frozen the material.  It then thawed and got brittle and you see what’s […]

Welcome New Readers

February 2, 2011 aptprepper 4

Welcome new readers and subscribers!   These last couple of days, there has been an influx of visits from the UK Preppers forum http://uk-preppers.co.uk/ When I started this blog, I was not sure if anyone would even be interested in apartment prepping.  Now I see readers from the UK and Canada (hello to you in the 55th parallel) Wherever we hail from, we all have something in common, trying to prepare while living in an apartment in the city–there are a […]

How it all Started

May 1, 2010 apartmentprepper 3

The day before Hurricane Ike was predicted to reach Houston, I was talking to co-workers on what to expect, as this was going to be our first hurricane.  We had recently moved to Houston due to a job transfer.  Several people described the horrors they experienced trying to leave the city for Hurricane Rita, about getting stuck in freeways that turned into parking lots, so most people were staying put.  I left work early thinking I would stop by the […]

Welcome!

April 30, 2010 apartmentprepper 1

Welcome to the apartment prepper’s blog.  I am new to prepping AND new to blogging.  Watching the news lately I have started feeling a general sense of unease and helplessness–concerned about the state of the economy, with so many middle class Americans becoming unemployed and homeless; recent disasters such as the Haiti and Chile quakes; multiple perils such as the swine flu epidemic, tornadoes and floods have occurred “too close for comfort” To feel more secure and in control, I […]

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