July 11, 2020

The Chinese Wuhan Virus: Lessons from the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918

  Guest Essay Written by Ron Brown © 2020 We all remember 9/11 with planes flying into the World Trade Center. After all, some 3,000 people died that day. How could we forget? In contrast, we have collective amnesia about the worldwide 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. 102 years ago, in October 1918 — the peak month for Spanish flu that year — some 6,000 people died in the U.S. . . . every day . . . for the entire […]

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 […]

Can You Avoid the Coronavirus?

We are all watching the developments regarding the new coronavirus from China. Every time I check, the statistics change, with more new infections and number of deaths. It has also been found in more countries since I last wrote about it. People are concerned about how you can potentially avoid catching it. So let’s discuss the question that is on everyone’s minds. Can you avoid the coronavirus? […]

Would You Eat Crickets?

As I was paying for gas the other day, I noticed the items being sold near the check register included “chili-flavored crickets.” They looked like actual crickets covered in seasonings. I wasn’t ready to buy one but it made me think about crickets as survival food. Why consider crickets as food? From what I understand, 80% of the world eats some kind of insects. In the U.S. we tend to shy away from eating insects but they are supposed to […]

Four Easiest Ways to Purify Drinking Water

Written by Travis Noonan Whether you’re a seasoned prepper or new to the scene, this is practically a law of the universe itself: You need a method for making clean drinking water above and before all else. When disaster strikes – be it a natural event or manmade – conventional sources of clean water disappear. Public infrastructure often fails. Stores get cleaned out. No glass to fill under the tap, no 24-pack to snag at the local grocer. Panic not: […]

Money Mondays: Uses for Condiment Packets

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A while back I saw a story about an Oregon man who got stranded with his car stuck in the snow for five days. When rescuers came, he told them  he survived by periodically turning on his car for warmth and eating Taco Bell Fire Sauce packets.  I remembered the story when I came across a drawer at work that was full of leftover condiment packets – ketchup, mustard, parmesan cheese, chili flakes, […]

Lessons Learned After Getting Stuck in a Freeway Shut-down

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just before New Year, we went on a road trip to visit family. After checking traffic and weather conditions, and finding no issues along the route, we set out. While driving on the freeway, we noticed traffic began to slow down. We thought it was typical holiday delays until the traffic stopped completely. We checked Google Maps and it showed a slowdown, a red area, in front of us. The automated voice said […]

Are One Year Old Frozen Tamales Still Edible?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have their own special tamale recipe that is traditionally made during the holidays. We usually make several dozen, split among family members. Normally they are eaten within a three months at the most. But I wanted to see if tamales could stay edible for a year so we stored some for a taste test. What we did The tamales we made last year were pork tamales. As soon as they cooled, […]

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