February 14, 2017

8 Ways to Charge your Phone When the Power is Out

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, we had a power outage when a transformer in our neighborhood blew out.  At the time my phone was low on battery life and needed to be charged.  I wasn’t too worried about it, since I have a few sources of backup power.  With our reliance on smart phones, I thought it would be helpful exercise to figure out ways to charge the phone in an outage. Portable charger […]

What Spooked Me this Halloween

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have some kind of Halloween tradition, and ours is Scary Movie Night.  There are certain movies we like to see year after year.  One of my favorites from when the kids were little, is Hocus Pocus, with just right amount of scare but not so much as to give the kids nightmares.  As an adult, I’ve always been creeped out by “It,” having read the Steven King book and watched the […]

Fridge Items That May Last Through a Power Outage

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After a power outage that lasts for a few hours, many people toss out everything that was in the refrigerator.  I always toss out milk, leftovers and meats.  However, not everything in the fridge spoils right away and there are several items that stay shelf stable. Here is a list of items that do not spoil right away if you have a power outage: Eggs – Most people store eggs in the […]

Can You Use a Fuel Generator if You Live in a High Rise?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently received a reader question about whether it is advisable to use a generator while living in a high rise.  If you’ve been visiting the blog a while, you may recall I tested a gas powered generator a couple of years ago.  The reader was considering options for backup power in case of an extended power outage. At the time I wrote the generator review, I was living in a ground floor […]

Find Cheap Emergency Lighting Before the Next Power Failure

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, the main energy provider for the city had two transformers blow up and over 13,000 residents in one part of town suddenly lost power.   It happened right around dinnertime – I am sure a lot of people were caught unawares. So I thought, why not take a weekend and put together a bin or bucket of emergency lights, so you are ready for the next power outage. […]

Survive an “American Blackout” in an Apartment

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I got a chance to see “American Blackout” on Nat Geo a few days ago.  If you have not heard of the program, here’s a quick summary from their website: American Blackout imagines the story of a national power failure in the United States caused by a cyber attack told in real time, over 10 days, by those who kept filming on cameras and phones. You’ll learn what it means to be absolutely […]

The Truth about Doing Laundry Off-Grid

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I thought it might be a good exercise to try doing laundry without using the washing machine and dryer.  Whenever there is a hurricane approaching one of the preparation chores that I do (in addition to making sure there is enough water, food and supplies for several days) is to do the laundry while power is available.  Ideally, you’d already have clean clothes available, but what if there is an extended power outage? […]

5 Steps For Food if Your Fridge Goes Out

Guest Post by Craig Caudill Prepping for any TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) has become pretty popular these days. Folks who live in the cities are not ready to move into the mountains, but still want to have as much knowledge as possible about urban preparedness. This article will address one of the aspects of preparation for some catastrophe that results in the power grid going down or possibly a simple, albeit extended power outage. […]

Setting Up a Generator

Preparing for power outages is the most frequently asked question from readers. One of the common recommendations is to “have a generator” when preparing for hurricane season, power outages or even winter storms.  But I’ll be the first to admit that until I actually set one up, I didn’t really know what was involved. Harbor Freight has given me the opportunity to test out a generator.  The Predator 8750 Watt Portable Generator was delivered while I was at work.  First […]

Don’t Get Locked out at the Next Blackout

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This is a true story that shows how the simplest thing can derail you. It was one of the hottest weeks of the summer, with temperatures getting up to the 105 degrees and there were rolling blackouts throughout the city. We lost power in our office building, and without air conditioning, staying inside would become unbearable. Not knowing when the power would come back on, I opted to leave right away. I took […]

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