January 25, 2020

The Fine Line between Redundancy and Clutter

“Two is one and one is none” is a survival maxim that we picked up early on when we started finding out about preparedness.   The saying applies to keeping a backup for a tool or item at all times.   For example, what if you only have one can opener, and a disaster happens.  You need to open some canned food to feed your family, but your one and only can opener breaks.  How are you going to open the canned […]

Prepare for a Power Outage

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this post, 1.6 million people are still without electricity in the Northeast, due to an unseasonable winter storm.  A fierce snowstorm, usually expected much later in the winter, hit right before Halloween.  Many people were caught unprepared, resulting in traffic snarls, numerous accidents, fights breaking out and overcrowded emergency shelters. With the strange weather patterns that have been occurring in the country in recent months, it is a good idea […]

Make your Apartment Doors and Windows More Secure

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In my post Five Free Things You can Do Now to be More Prepared, one of the recommended steps was to evaluate the safety of your home or apartment.  If the doors and windows don’t seem too secure to you, now is the time to reinforce them. Apartment dwellers have the additional challenge of not being able to make major alterations to their structure.  Some apartments allow the residents to obtain their own […]

The Emergency Cash Stash

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We were going over the budget not too long ago and trying to find yet more ways to cut back on expenses. At the same time, we decided to take inventory of our accounts. The last “account” we checked on was the Emergency Cash Stash kept in the house for emergencies. I’ve always recommended keeping a some cash in the house in case the ATMs suddenly become unavailable due to any of the […]

Taste Test: THRIVE Freeze Dried Chicken

This week I am reviewing Thrive Freeze Dried White Meat Chopped Chicken, courtesy of Misty Marsh over at Your Own Home Store.  I am very interested in freeze dried meats, as my current food storage is low on meat items. I made Chopped Chicken Salad using the following recipe: Ingredients: 3/4 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Chopped Chicken 1/4 cup Thrive celery 1/8  cup Thrive onion1 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup mayonnaise Salt and pepper to taste Bring water in a […]

Just Finished “Lights Out”

I almost did not read Lights Out.  I had read One Second After and that worried me enough to push me along the preparedness path (See How it All Started.)  My husband recently bought the book and started telling me that while it deals with an EMP just like One Second After, Lights Out takes a completely different approach.  I was intrigued so I started reading immediately after he finished it. I am a pretty fast reader normally but this […]

Revisiting the Balcony Garden

I posted a while back my balcony garden did not fare so well in the intense heat we had the last several months. Now that the fall weather is finally upon is, I have another chance.  Experienced gardeners tell me Texas actually has two growing seasons, one in the spring, and one in the fall.  We’re down to 80 degrees in the daytime, and mid-50s at night. So I decided to give the garden another shot.  This time I am […]

Fats and Oils in Food Storage

(Author’s note:  Whoops, I accidentally published this article earlier before it was ready.  I have edited it and now restoring the correct version.) When first getting into food storage, the main things that come to mind are canned goods, staples such as flour, sugar and salt, meats etc.  Most of the time, fats and oils are left out of the initial food storage effort.  However, fat is an essential part of our diet, and a great source of calories at […]

Out of Shape!

I few months back, I had gotten myself into shape enough to go backpacking (See Fitness Reality Check, Testing Out Our Gear).   As far as I can tell, I succeeded in the goal, and was able to haul a backpack weighing over 35 pounds up a mountain. Wanting to stay in shape, I kept up the exercise routine for a few weeks after the backpacking trip. Then the long miserable summer hit and slowly the motivation to walk outside went […]

Can You Rely on Your Neighbors?

I am currently in the middle of reading Lights Out about how some families and their neighborhood cope with the aftermath of an EMP attack.  I’ll save the main discussion of the book for after I finish it, but the book has got me thinking about the neighbors around me, and what would they be like in the event of a large scale disaster. I had previously posted about my “Un-Neighborly Neighbors” in a previous article.  I will give you […]

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