March 13, 2019

Supply Check

After you have been accumulating supplies for a few months, it is a good idea to do a supply check:  take a few minutes to look over your supplies and check your equipment to make sure they are in working order. We went through a large Rubbermaid container of miscellaneous emergency supplies and found some items no longer worked or were improperly stored.  We had a Coleman lantern that I liked, since it gave off a pretty good light when […]

One for the Summer Reading List: American Apocalypse

Summertime is a great time to catch up on reading.  I just finished reading a book of fiction, American Apocalypse:  The Collapse Begins by author Nova.  It is the first book in a series of four books.  I read it in two days; I was quite riveted with the story. The book centers around a young man who finds himself homeless, trying to stay alive in a suburb of Washington, D.C.   Much of the country has fallen into anarchy following […]

Basic Recipe: Plain White Rice

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received an email from reader Angela from Italy who had a some great suggestions for future articles:  back to basics recipes, and cooking over an open fire.   Because of my living accommodations, I can’t always cook over an open fire (except at a campground), but I do plan on improving that skill.  This time I wanted to cover a very basic recipe for an item most of us keep in our emergency […]

If You Haven’t Started Preparing by Now

I was chatting with the owner of our neighborhood pizza restaurant last night when he switched subjects and told me he was fearful of the the future of his business.   We are not close friends, he knows me as the regular customer who normally orders the same pizza special with coupons.   He said he no longer sees his lunch and dinner time regulars and orders from company catered lunches have all but disappeared.  He is now barely breaking even.  But […]

Powdered Milk Experiment

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I ran out of regular milk and was waiting til the weekend to restock.  So I decided to try using one of my powdered milk supplies.   A real emergency is not a good time to be testing unfamiliar food items or supplies, since you cannot afford to waste time or resources at that point. This brand is a whole milk product.  I followed the instructions and mixed the powder with water and tried […]

First Reviews of The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

I am excited to post there are now a couple of reviews of my new book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide.  A while back I had mentioned there were a few review copies available and several readers had kindly offered to review the book.  The copies started to arrive in the last week or so, while some are yet to be received. Reader C.F. Hill recently posted a review on Amazon under Customer Reviews.  C.F. Hill is a Top Ten Reviewer […]

Storage Food Taste Test: Tuna Steaks in a Pouch

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I found this item that stores fairly well and does not take up a lot of room:  tuna steaks in a pouch. It did not sound very appetizing at first.  Before buying more, we opened up a couple of pouches and found they contained a solid piece of tuna steak with a small amount of liquid.  The tuna steak comes fully cooked, but it’s best to lightly brown it in a pan. We […]

A Casualty of the Drought

I was full of hope when I started the balcony garden in the early spring.  I had started growing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, mostly from seed. After last year’s gardening lessons, I knew what to do.  (See Growing Vegetables in a Balcony  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-v)  I did not expect to get all my vegetables from the garden, but I did count on a harvest or two. Well, my hopes have been dashed, as the plants all dried out.  Alas, the plants […]

Did You See “Doomsday Preppers?”

I watched the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. It aired Monday night at 9 pm.  It showed four American families and their preparedness lifestyles. Each family focused on a specific aspect of preparedness: One family was focused on preparing for a coronal mass ejection that would bring down the power grid and cause a nuclear meltdown. It was interesting to see how he converted an old swimming pool into an aquaponics garden and tilapia farm. Survival Mom […]

What Would You Grab First?

I was thinking about the recent instances when people have had to leave their homes in a hurry: evacuations due to wildfires, floods, chemical or radiation leaks etc. I could not help but wonder whether it’s happening more frequently or I am just noticing it more.  I have not checked any statistics, so this is purely speculation on my part. But I wondered how many people are prepared to evacuate on a short notice. To me, anything under an hour […]

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