July 23, 2019

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 […]

How People May React

This morning I was pulling into a gas station pump when I witnessed an occurrence that was disturbing after I thought about it.  The gas station was crowded, with every row filled with a customer.  The station also had parking spots facing the convenience store.  A woman, driving this huge Suburban (let’s call her (“Suburban Driver”) with kids in the back seat, was backing out of one of the convenience store spots got very close to hitting the minivan at […]

Reader’s Review: The Mini Farming Guide to Composting

Editor’s Note:  A few weeks ago, reader Dianna Anna won our giveaway of The Mini Farming Guide to Composting.  She decided to write a quick review of the book and I thought I’d share it with everyone.  Thank you Dianna Anna!   The Mini Farming Guide to Composting by Brett L. Markham shows that composting in some form or fashion is entirely feasible no matter if you are just learning or have been doing this all your life. I first learned […]

Big City Obstacles to Getting Home in a Disaster

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Soon after the Boston Marathon bombing, the city went on lockdown.  A relative who lives a mile or so away from the blast site was visiting a friend at the time.  He texted the family that he could not leave his friend’s house for hours because entire neighborhoods were on lockdown.  This got me thinking about what could potentially keep you from getting home in the event of a disaster.  You can have […]

Gardening in the City

Gardening in the City, Guest Post by Garret Stembridge Living in a city doesn’t mean you have to forgo your love of gardening. Regardless of whether you enjoy growing flowers for decoration or fruits and vegetables for consumption, virtually every home – no matter the size – has space available for gardening. Of course, living in a tiny apartment may require a little creativity, but there are many ways to convert urban living spaces into a gardener’s oasis. Consider Your […]

Emergency Uses for Lipstick

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many women carry at least one tube of lipstick in their purses.  I’ve admitted to having makeup in my bug out bag so I thought it would be interesting to figure out emergency uses for this ubiquitous item. Emergency firestarter Lipsticks main ingredients is petrolatum and this would make great firestarter.  I experimented with using lipstick to help start a fire and it worked. Write a message If you find yourself wanting to […]

Why Books Should Be Part of Your Bug Out Bag

Why Books Should Be Part of Your Bug Out Bag, Guest Post by Chris Are you prepared for disaster? Do you think you will cope if the ‘big one’ strikes tomorrow? If you have answered ‘yes’ to those questions you most likely already have a ‘bug out bag’, a pack containing everything that you might need in the event of a catastrophe; food, water and emergency supplies to last for up to 72 hours following the breakdown of urban infrastructure. […]

Apartment Hardening

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I saw an interesting segment on Apocalypse 101, a new survival show featuring the team at Forge Survival Supply.   I’ve only caught parts of the show, but this one caught my attention, because it was about an apartment dweller in Manhattan who lived in the second floor.  She wanted to bug in and barricade herself in the apartment, in the event of TEOTWAWKI.  The team showed her how to harden her apartment so […]

Emergency Essentials Baking Mix Issue Resolution and a Few Updates

I wanted to give you an update on what the Emergency Essentials baking mix issue that I told you about. I sent an email to Customer Service confirming their policy about baking mixes activating prematurely and got a response.  It turns out, the issue was just an isolated one, where a few batches of baking mixes got activated and puffed up when there was a slight change in temperature.  Because these are long term storage items, this should not have […]

Stun Gun Vs. Taser

 stun gun This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com With all the talk about personal defense, it seems even tasers are being debated in one state.   The article got me thinking about people who are not comfortable with firearms or are not licensed to carry concealed, but may still want some kind of personal defense options.   We covered pepper spray in a previous post; today we’ll talk about stun guns and tasers. Stun Gun vs. Taser I used to think […]

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