January 29, 2020

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms Review

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I spot a lot of mushrooms when taking walks and always wonder whether these wild mushrooms are safe to eat.  Now there is a handy book, The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms by Pelle Holmberg and Hans Marklund, that will tell you which ones are edible or inedible. The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms contains helpful tips for picking, cleaning and preparing mushrooms, nutrition value, varieties and a large section on edible and […]

Entertainment for an Emergency

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the things I remember during the last hurricane when we lost power for an extended time was being bored from having nothing to do.  We listened to the radio a lot for news about what was happening in the area, did a bit of reading, while there was enough light, but what about when it gets dark?  Kids get bored very quickly, especially being unable to go outside and with no […]

What Doomsday Films and Shows do for Preppers

There have been a variety of doomsday films and shows in recent times:  World War Z, This is the End and The World’s End just to name a few.  Some are action-adventure, suspense or even comedy, but the theme is the same:  the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI).  In addition, there have been a number of reality shows such as Doomsday Preppers,  Doomsday Castle and others that deal with people trying to prepare for disasters. These […]

Survival Lessons Learned from Discovery Channel’s “Naked Castaway”

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the shows I caught this summer was a three-part series called Naked Castaway from the Discovery Channel. The show features British adventurer Ed Stafford as he tries to survive for 60 days in a South Pacific islands with nothing.  The film crew dropped him off in a Fiji island with no tools or supplies, no crew and no clothes.  He did all the filming himself, has he deals with extreme heat, […]

SAS Desert Survival

As I mentioned a few months ago, I am working my way through the reading list. I just finished  SAS Desert Survival by Barry Davies, which is part of a series that also includes SAS Jungle Survival and SAS Mountain and Arctic Survival.   Because of the climate where I live, I chose to read this one. “SAS” stands for Special Air Service, a regiment of the British Army.  SAS personnel operate worldwide, often in hostile conditions, and they are thoroughly […]

Common Prepping Supplies that Don’t Last Very Long

After prepping for the last couple of years, I am starting to discover some items in the emergency kit or bug-out bag do not last as long as I thought.  Not only do you need to track your food storage, you also need to pay attention to your non-perishables.  I am not saying you should avoid stocking these items, but I do recommend you rotate these supplies often. Batteries I made the mistake of leaving batteries inside flashlights and lanterns […]

Testing Your Emergency Plan

An emergency plan is an integral component of your overall urban survival skills. Yes, it’s great if you keep a first aid kit, MRE and water on-hand, but unless you’ve mapped out how you plan to use your supplies, you’ll be a lot less effective in helping yourself, your family or your neighbors to get through a natural disaster or civil emergency. An emergency plan is vital, and testing that plan is equally critical. When Hurricane Sandy hit the east […]

Firearms for Long Term Survival

Today is Day Four of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week.  I hope you have been enjoying the series. Today’s question is:  What firearms do you feel are most appropriate for long term survival and why? I’ll be the first to admit I am not the biggest expert when it comes to firearms.  But I have read and researched enough to know at the minimum what I would have for long term survival.  I’d have a handgun for defense.  In my case […]

The Importance of Groups and Community in a Collapse

Today is Day Two of Preparedness Blog Crossover Week. The Question of the Day:  How critical will groups and community be during a WROL situation? If important, what suggestions do you have for fostering it? If there were some kind of societal collapse that results in a “WROL” (Without Rule of Law) situation, like-minded people will band together and form groups and help each other.  On one hand, communities may reach out and share knowledge, but unfortunately, on the other […]

Can You Evacuate Your Home in 90 Minutes?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Listening to the news today about flooding in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, we heard about residents near Lake Tangipahoa Dam in Mississippi being ordered to evacuate, due to damage to the dam and possible flooding.  About 60,000 people were affected.  Fortunately, as of this writing, the dam has not failed as emergency management personnel are trying to patch it. Mr. Apt Prepper and I had a long discussion about what we would […]

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