September 10, 2018

I Read The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse

  I finished reading The Modern Survival Manual:  Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.  He runs the Surviving in Argentina Blog (I don’t know him personally, just giving credit.) An economic collapse is one our our fears; this is a book written by someone who has already experienced it.  Argentina, a once prosperous country, went through its economic collapse in 2001 and it has never been the same since.  Mr. Aguirre describes in detail the aftermath of the […]

How Do You Get Started with Prepping?

I am starting to see more people becoming concerned about preparing.  Within the last month or so, I have been seeing more visits resulting from readers looking for information on prepping or becoming more self sufficient while living in an apartment.  I am glad more of us are starting to prepare.  One of the most frequently asked questions is how does someone get started. I don’t claim to be an expert on the absolute best way, but I can speak […]

Apartment Inspection Time – What was that Really About?

Another note from building management was stuck to our door when I got home today:  “Tenant is hereby informed that your lease and security deposit is hereby transferred to blah blah blah…”    Our building just got sold! I immediately called the property manager to confirm.  Yes, our apartment just got sold, but building management and everything else stays the same for now. Now we know the real reason for the second round of inspections.  This was not just a […]

Can a Bank Glitch Ruin Your Weekend?

A few days ago, millions of people in Australia could not get access to their own money for a whole weekend.   According to news reports, a computer glitch at National Australia Bank, one of Australia’s largest banks, caused ATMs to freeze.  See article What does this have to do with us here in the US?   This can happen anywhere.  Many people rely on using debit or credit cards for daily transactions.  I used to rely on them as well.   Think […]

Fitness Reality Check

Last night my husband was showing me how to handle a rifle.  I have had some experience target shooting with a pistol, but this time he wanted to make sure I know how to hold the rifle and use the scope properly.   The rifle was about three lbs., plus a couple of lbs for the scope.  We practiced positioning it correctly, aiming and carrying it around properly.  This morning I woke up and my arms and shoulders were sore.  We […]

Using Less of Everything – Hair Product Update

A while ago I posted about trying to use less product to make our stored items last longer.  We can only store a limited amount of everyday items, due to our lack of space, so our challenge is to make each item lasts as long as possible, so we don’t have to keep using up and buying more.  At the same time, we can figure out inexpensive substitutes for commonly used items. Shampoo Shampoo is one item I use everyday.  […]

Book Review: Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late

Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late by Scott B. Williams is one of the first books I ever read on preparedness.  I had won a copy from Scott’s website Bug-Out Survival. I was hoping to glean information on what to do in case we have to leave our home in an emergency.  I was not disappointed.  Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late is well-organized […]

How I Got Started

The day before Hurricane Ike was predicted to reach Houston, I was talking to co-workers on what to expect, as this was going to be our first hurricane.  We had recently moved to Houston due to a job transfer.  Several people described the horrors they experienced trying to leave the city for Hurricane Rita, about getting stuck in freeways that turned into parking lots, so most people were staying put.  I left work early thinking I would stop by the […]

Welcome!

Welcome to the apartment prepper’s blog.  I am new to prepping AND new to blogging.  Watching the news lately I have started feeling a general sense of unease and helplessness–concerned about the state of the economy, with so many middle class Americans becoming unemployed and homeless; recent disasters such as the Haiti and Chile quakes; multiple perils such as the swine flu epidemic, tornadoes and floods have occurred “too close for comfort” To feel more secure and in control, I […]

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