In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a major hurricane and extensive flooding in Texas, wildfires in California and Oregon, and now a Category 5 hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico and Florida. September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it is very timely to discuss various aspects of preparedness. Communications is Crucial In an emergency, it is important to have a way to communicate – you need it to contact emergency services as well as with friends and […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Besides basic things like food and water, we take for granted many other items we use on a daily basis such as toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, trash bags, clothing, etc. One item that came to mind is salt. I decided we need to store more salt: it is inexpensive and plentiful now, but if we were to run out, we would really miss it. For hundreds of years, salt was not readily available […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of nights ago, my beeping phone alarm woke me up at 2:30 a.m. At first I was annoyed about getting woken up, but when I checked what was going on, I found out there was a good reason. The Weather Service issued a tornado warning in our immediate area. Sure enough, the winds had picked up considerably. When I turned on the TV news, the pictured showed the path of the […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There have been several large disasters in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 Louisiana floods, tornadoes, ice storms, where hundreds of people lose vital infrastructure, or are displaced. It take several weeks or months to recover. Even though a state of emergency is declared, sometimes even ahead of the event, people bemoan the fact that the government wasn’t around to provide much needed help. Well, the truth of the […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I found out one of my co-workers had to take an extended leave because he has an eye injury that requires surgery. I heard he had gotten hit in the eye while playing sports. This got me to thinking that in a major disaster, having an eye injury would really make life even more difficult. When you first think about preparing for disasters, eye care rarely comes to mind. But if you […]
A grid down scenario doesn’t have to be a massive EMP that detonates over the middle of the country, throwing us back to the 1800s. It can be as simple (and likely) as a winter storm, a hurricane, or a computer issue at your local power station. While this is a fairly common occurrence, many people still seem taken completely by surprise when it happens. Without back-up heat, cooking methods, and lighting, the unprepared family could be in for a very unpleasant time until the lights come back on. Every family should be prepared for a minimum of two weeks without power. Nearly 2000 families were still without power 94 days after Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast.
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Although we have a lot of discussions about family preparedness, we also have many Apartment Prepper readers who are couples with no kids. Here are 10 easy ideas to prepare for disasters when you are a couple.
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I mentioned a while back that we “unplugged” from devices at our recent camping trip: no GPS, no cell phones or laptops. The kids felt strange at first, but eventually got used to it. Apt Prepper son used this trick he learned watching Les Stroud, Survivorman – to find out how much time is left until the sky goes completely dark. It was around 7 pm or so at the time, and he […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few months ago we traveled with another family to enjoy the snow for a few days. Each family took their own vehicle. On the day we were scheduled to leave, it snowed heavily the night before. We were apprehensive we would not be able to get to the road without a snow plow, and there were none available. Our vehicle made it just fine, but our friends’ car got stuck in the […]