October 6, 2019

What Doomsday Films and Shows do for Preppers

There have been a variety of doomsday movies recently:  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 are a number of reality shows such as Doomsday Preppers,  Doomsday Castle and others that deal with people trying to prepare for disasters. These type of shows are so […]

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 […]

Help your College Student Prepare for Emergencies

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Back to school season is in full swing, and these last few weeks were spent preparing kids for the first day of school. We have a couple of nieces and nephews who are going away to college in a few weeks.  This got me thinking what can be done to at least get them prepared for emergencies.   I’ve listed a three layered approach, with the third choice is the most extensive but also […]

Food for Thought from Selco Who Lived Through SHTF

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of weeks ago, I recommended the link to SHTF Survival Q&A: A First-Hand Account of Long-Term SHTF Survival.  I was fascinated by the first hand account by Selco, a man who lived through a SHTF scenario during the Bosnia collapse in 1992.  He described what it was like to live for a year in a city with no infrastructure:  no running water or sewer, trash pickup, no electricity; no food available, […]

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