June 28, 2020

What to Do with Refrigerated Foods After a Power Outage

Right before Christmas, some of my relatives lost electricity when the wind knocked out their neighborhood’s power lines. They spent a cold night at home and were worried they would lose all the holiday food in their fridge. A power outage can occur at any time – heavy thunderstorms, heat wave when the power grid is stretched thin, local electrical repairs, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. A lot of people wonder what to do with the food in the refrigerator when electricity […]

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 […]

How to Make a Beer Bottle Lamp

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This week we are trying a fun DIY project from the book, Olive Oil Lamps &c. by Ron Brown. The book includes a lot of ideas on making your own lamps from household items. Materials Olive Oil Lamps gives several options for containers, wicks and fuels – you are only limited by what you happen to have on hand. For today’s project I used the following materials: Container – I used an empty […]

Emergency Solar Power for Small Spaces

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I have been interested in having solar power for my apartment since I started writing Apartment Prepper in 2010. Back then, my searches for a solar power unit for an apartment yielded very little results, and the ones I did find were very expensive at around $1500.  That’s why I was very excited to find out about  BioLite’s Prep Kit – Apartment Edition, when the folks at BioLite invited me to test and […]

7 Things You’ll Realize After Living Without Electricity

      Editor’s note:  We are so reliant on the power grid, it would be disastrous to lose electricity even for a few days.  Looking at how much we depend on electricity may help us better prepare for a long term power outage. Written by Scott Matthews Electricity is one of the greatest inventions ever, without which we’d barely survive today’s times. We’re living in a world in which almost everything is functioning on electricity, an aspect that made […]

What You Can Do With Food If Your Fridge Stops Working

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, we were discussing the cyber threat to the public infrastructure.  If you were to have a power outage, would you know what to do with the food in your refrigerator and freezer?  I created the infographic below to give you a few things to think about:     For more information, here are a few articles: Fridge Items that May Last through a Power Outage Beliefs About Fridge […]

Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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 […]

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