January 16, 2018

Minimalism and Preparedness

Our apartment is getting smaller!  Or it seems that way anyway.  The more emergency supplies we acquire, the less free space we have.   So I started paring down on items again.  This past weekend I donated a box of stuff to Goodwill:   outgrown children’s clothing, kitchen gadgets I rarely use, books and CDs that I did not get a chance to sell on Ebay. I’ve been reading a few sites on minimalism.  Some of them seem very drastic:  living on […]

I Read The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

  I finished reading The Modern Survival Manual:  Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.  He runs the Surviving in Argentina Blog (I don’t know him personally, just giving credit.) An economic collapse is one our our fears; this is a book written by someone who has already experienced it.  Argentina, a once prosperous country, went through its economic collapse in 2001 and it has never been the same since.  Mr. Aguirre describes in detail the aftermath of the […]

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started. I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak […]

Can a Bank Glitch Ruin Your Weekend?

A few days ago, millions of people in Australia could not get access to their own money for a whole weekend.   According to news reports, a computer glitch at National Australia Bank, one of Australia’s largest banks, caused ATMs to freeze.  See article What does this have to do with us here in the US?   This can happen anywhere.  Many people rely on using debit or credit cards for daily transactions.  I used to rely on them as well.   Think […]

Is Ignorance Bliss?

While I was away on a recent business trip I met a lot of colleagues from various states.  Spending a week sequestered with these folks in conference rooms morning til night, you can’t help but get to know a few details about each others’ lives. Since we traveled up north to a state known for snow storms, I was very concerned about the weather and watched the morning and evening news on a regular basis.  However, I cannot say the […]

What If Nothing Happens?

As we continue building our emergency supplies, a question that comes up frequently in conversations is, “What if nothing happens?”  Would this have all been a waste? Part of this question is rooted in the whole Y2K experience, where a number of people were expecting a big disaster to happen, only to wake up on January 1, 2000 with everything humming along normally, nothing to see here… move along…  Then the media publicized stories about the folks who had sold […]

Book Review: Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late

Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott B. Williams is one of the first books I ever read on preparedness.  I had won a copy from Scott’s website Bug-Out Survival. I was hoping to glean information on what to do in case we have to leave our home in an emergency.  I was not disappointed.  Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late is well-organized […]

How I Got Started

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!

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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