December 14, 2019

Threats to the Power Grid are Real. Can You Survive a Long Outage?

This post is by Bernie Carr,  You may have heard about that large scale power grid failure in three countries Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay last week.  Around 48 million people lost electricity. While the incident was blamed on design flaws of their interconnected power grid, the real cause is still under investigation. Can it happen here? We already know major disasters can cause extended power outages in regional areas.  Hurricane Sandy caused 48 million to lose power.  It took […]

5 Emergency Items to Carry With You

This post is by Bernie Carr, This article first appeared in The Allstate Blog It may not be practical to carry a fully stocked emergency kit everywhere you go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for an unexpected scenario. Carrying five simple items with you can help you be ready for emergencies and other unexpected situations. Consider carrying the following items in a purse or your car’s glove box, or attaching the tools to your key chain […]

What to Do With Prepped Foods That Are About to Expire

Written by Scott Huntington We all need food to survive. Unfortunately, eating all your groceries before they expire can be a difficult task, especially with perishables like fruits and vegetables. Estimates suggest we waste 30 to 40% of our food supply, with food the most significant contributor to municipal landfills. That puts the onus on consumers to shop responsibly and take steps to preserve food for as long as possible. Fortunately, some foods can last years — decades even — […]

Store Food Even If You have No Space

This post is by Bernie Carr, Over the years I have discussed the challenges of storing food when you have very little space.  Apartments do not have a lot of pantry space, but some people live in even smaller spaces like tiny homes, vehicles or just rent a bed with storage underneath. Can you even store any food at all if all you have is a small shelf? I think you can still store at least three days worth […]

DIY Natural Bug Sprays You Can Make this Summer

Summertime is here, which means it’s time to open the windows, get some fresh air, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Unfortunately, there may be one small thing you’re dreading about summer time: bugs. If you’re a mosquito magnet, you know how hard it can be to stay itch-free while camping, hiking, or swimming. Bugs are everywhere, and they sure love you. If there’s nothing you want more than to enjoy the summer sun without getting bitten at every turn, this […]

How to Soften Hard Honey

This post is by Bernie Carr, Honey is a staple for food storage as it has a lot of uses and lasts for a very long time. In fact, jars of honey that were found in Egyptian tombs dating back 3,000 years were still edible.  Of course, a lot depends on the quality and purity of the honey you have stored. Years ago, before I learned about storing and using honey, I found a jar of honey in the […]

Join our Apartment Prepper Coffee Club on Patreon!

This post is by Bernie Carr, I’ve been writing Apartment Prepper since 2010 and lots of things have changed in the prepping/blogging world since then. In fact, many of the bloggers I started out with are no longer writing or have sold their site. I get offers to sell the blog on a regular basis. But I have continued to maintain and write the blog through thick and thin. I like interacting with ya’ll and keeping Apartment Prepper a […]

A Threat You May Not Want to Think About: Workplace Shooting

This post is by Bernie Carr, On Friday, May 21, there was a shooting in Virginia Beach inside a municipal building. 12 people were killed and four people were hospitalized with injuries. The shooter was a disgruntled employee who went on a shooting rampage. The victims were innocent, everyday people just doing their job, going about their business. Just a few weeks ago, my employer sent everyone to attend a mandatory class on workplace violence. I have to admit, […]

Hurricane Season 2019 is Here – Are you Ready?

This post is by Bernie Carr, The 2019 hurricane season officially starts this Saturday, June 1st and runs until November 30th.  Now is the time to get ready. What is predicted for hurricane season 2019? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an average or near normal hurricane season: 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 […]

How to Survive Getting Lost While Hiking

This post is by Bernie Carr, You’ve likely heard the story of Amanda Eller, the hiker in Maui who went missing and was later rescued after 17 days. Because she had only intended to take a quick walk, she did not bring her cell phone or any other supplies with her.  Sure, she made some mistakes but the story is a remarkable one, as she kept her wits about her during her ordeal.  Her strong will to survive kept […]

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