June 29, 2020

Getting Weather Updates During Power Outages

Natural disasters often cause prolonged power outages. Whether the outage is a permanent condition or a temporary one, you need to have a plan for how to handle the situation without electricity.

Since weather not only causes most power outages but also causes and contributes to most disasters, it should be one of the first things to consider. Your best option during a power outage is to measure everything yourself. […]

5 Ways to Have a Hot Meal When the Power Goes Out

Written by Annabelle Short If the power goes out before you prepare a hot meal, you will need to find other means of making the meal. You might think of using an emergency generator to power your electric stove or microwave, but this will not be an economical allocation of resources. These electric stoves use a lot of power within a short time. As such, the most practical way is to heat your food using other means. A standard gas […]

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 […]

Lights Out! NW Houston Edition: Lessons for Non-Preppers!

A few weeks ago, Northwest Houston experienced a large power outage.  Thousands of homes lost power for several hours.  While my area was not affected, I wondered how the residents of the area fared during the blackout.   The following article by Todd Sepulveda describes exactly what happened and some lessons we can all learn from it.  Todd runs the wildly popular Prepper Website and Ed That Matters among others.   Lights Out! NW Houston Edition: Lessons for Non-Preppers! by Todd […]

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 […]

SunJack Waterproof Lightstick Review and Giveaway

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always on the lookout for good backup lighting and when I found out the SunJack Waterproof Lightstick can also charge devices, I was even more interested.  It is made by the makers of the SunJack Solar Charger which I have previously reviewed.  The box comes with: SunJack® LightStick Mini-USB cable 2 Lanyards User manual The first thing I did after examining the items was to charge the lightstick.  Using the mini-USB […]

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 […]

Bargain E-book for a Long Lasting Emergency Light

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I purchased a copy of The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight by Ron Brown.  It’s a manual that shows you how to add a 30-cent resistor to a $5 flashlight, to create a light that will run for 2000 hours on the same battery.   The e-book contains step by step instructions and includes illustrations.  You can’t buy such a light from a store; you have to make it yourself. I first heard about the author, […]

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? […]

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