Blog Crossover Monday Question of the Day: How I got Started

Today is Day One of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I will be answering a preparedness related question each day for five days, along with a few select blogs listed at the end of this post.

Monday’s Question of the Day:  When did you start prepping and why?

Having grown up in California, we always had a prepackaged “earthquake kit” that contained enough water and food for three days.  The kit also had matches, a flashlight, one roll of toilet paper but that was the extent of it.  For many years, we thought that was adequate.

We started getting serious preparing right after Hurricane Ike, four years ago.  Right before the hurricane, I went to the store to pick up additional supplies.  I saw long lines at the market and only managed to find one pack of toilet paper, with all the bottled water and canned food shelves emptied out.  Soon after the hurricane, the roads were flooded and there were no truck deliveries.  The supermarkets were closed for a couple of days.  When we found one that was open, we found the shelves were empty.  It was a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see realize that if the truck deliveries are interrupted, there won’t be anything to buy even if you had the cash.  You need to have a lot more emergency supplies that just three days worth.  I started researching “preparing for emergencies” in the internet and quickly got overwhelmed.  There were much fewer sites at the time, and all of them were geared to homeowners or people with a farm or retreat who have a lot more room that I do.  I figured people living in a big city, in a small apartment would want to prepare for emergencies as well.  I decided to chronicle what works and what doesn’t work for me,the good, bad or indifferent, and that is how Apartment Prepper was born.

How about you – how did you you become interested in preparing?  Please share how you got started in the comments below.  Be sure to check the following sites participating in this week’s special blog crossover!

The Retreat

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Final Week of National Preparedness Month!

I rarely publish articles on Sundays, but this coming week is the final week of National Preparedness Month and we are doing something different here at Apartment Prepper.  We’re participating in a special “great blog crossover” event with the following sites:



>The Retreat




Each preparedness author will answer a “Question of the Day for the next five days.  I think it’ll be fun to see how each individual responds.  In addition, I have a few reviews planned so there will be a few extra posts this week!


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