Many Preppers Fail to Do this One Thing

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people are paying attention to prepping.  We’re even seeing articles in the mainstream media that more and more “regular” people are getting involved.  I’m glad about that. But after a recent visit forums and review boards, I know there is one step that’s not being done.  People get all excited about getting gear for emergencies, maybe even do a ton of research before purchasing.  Then they stash it away.  They […]

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Why I Keep Two Knives with Me

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   One popular topic around the preparedness community is the “EDC” or every day carry.  These are items we keep with us wherever we go.   I have a number of items I consider part of my EDC, but today, I’d like to talk about knives.  I have two favorites that I keep with me: My Swiss Army knife Gerber Knife Why do I have two knives? It might sound a little redundant, but […]

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Pine Needle Tea

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I got the idea about pine needle tea from watching old episodes of Bear Grylls in Man vs. Wild.  He picked out some pine needles, boiled them then drank the tea.  He said pine needles are full of vitamin C.  In a survival situation, if fruits and vegetables are scarce, you’ll need a good source of vitamin C.  I also read it can be a good decongestant.  Spotting a nice looking pine […]

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10 Easy Tips to Avoid Food Storage Problems

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A lot of people want to store food for emergencies but feel they have obstacles that prevent them from doing so.  Perhaps they feel they don’t have any free space, or become overwhelmed by the task. Having limited space and living in a hot humid climate for at least 120 days out of the year, I am very familiar with storage problems. Ideally, food should be stored at around 50-55 degrees, with no […]

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How to Prepare for Job Loss

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area.  I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing.  Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go.  During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless.  I felt bad hearing about people […]

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How to Prepare for Job Loss

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area.  I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing.  Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go.  During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless.  I felt bad hearing about people […]

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Daylight Saving Time: 4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s almost time to spring your clocks forward. Besides changing your clocks and testing your smoke detectors, this may also be a great time to tackle some of those maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off in your apartment. Here are four to-dos you may want to consider this time of year.   Read the rest of my article here:  Daylight Saving Time:  4 Maintenance Tasks for Renters, up on the Allstate Blog.   […]

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Krav Maga Tactical Survival is about using Krav Maga techniques in real life situations.  It is all about evaluating a dangerous situation and neutralizing attackers before they get the upper hand. As a reader who knows very little about Krav Maga, I thought the book was very interesting.  I liked the section on Armed and Unarmed Self Defense Scenarios.  The author goes over how an angry person responds and also talks about de-escalation.  […]

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Survival Tips for the Senior Apartment Prepper

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I heard that one of my favorite aunts and her husband recently moved to an assisted living facility.   They have a one bedroom unit in a complex that has medical personnel available to check on the residents periodically.  One of the things she mentioned about her new abode is the small size, so storage is an issue just as it is with other apartment preppers.  We have not discussed the subject of senior […]

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5 Tips to Start Your Apartment Garden with Very Little Money

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden.  I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]

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An Insight Into UK Prepping

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Apartment Prepper has readers all over the world and I have seen an increasing number of visitors from across the pond.  I’ve often wondered what it might be like to prep in the UK.   In this article, UK prepper, guest writer Martin Anderson offers us an interesting view into what’s it really like. An Insight Into UK Prepping Written by Martin Anderson   Like many a UK prepper, I often find myself on US Prepper websites looking for the latest […]

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Does the Travel John Work?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com My last post discussed possible alternatives for dealing with liquid waste while trying to bug out without having to stop.  We found the Travel John, a popular product among campers, online.  Before I recommend anything I always try out the item to make sure it works. What is the Travel John? It is a disposable urinal that is portable, is said to be leak proof, and odor free. The box came with 18 […]

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Dealing with Liquid Waste While Bugging Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Close to a year ago, while we were focused on building our home preparedness items, I wrote about toilet paper substitutes in this post.   These days we are focusing on “bug out” supplies. Houston residents still talk about their nightmare trips right before Hurricane Rita, when people were trying to leave the city all at once.  Thousands of people were stuck in traffic for hours, as freeways turned into parking lots.  Drivers just […]

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Is it a Cold or the Flu?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our local news announced that statistics for the number of flu cases has spiked this week.  I’m not surprised.  I’ve noticed a lot of co-workers coming to work while sick.  The most common comment when asked about their condition is, “I’m so miserable, I don’t even know what I have.” How can you tell whether you have a cold or the flu?   (I am not a doctor; so this is not medical […]

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5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago, we got a notice from the apartment manager that one of our neighbor’s units got broken into.  I went to the leasing office to find out the scoop.  Our leasing manager has worked there for 25 years so I knew I could get some information. Some of the most common widely held beliefs about burglaries in apartments turned out to be myths. 5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins: Burglaries happen […]

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How to Prep Like the Rich

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently came across such as Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich and a few others that say the elite are preparing for disaster.  Many are concerned about widespread unrest and other large scale catastrophes.   We’ve been writing about preparedness for some time now so I am not surprised.  Anyone who considers how dependent we are on technology, electricity, transportation and infrastructure quickly realizes our way of life can be interrupted by a […]

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7 Emergency Water Sources for Apartment Dwellers

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water. A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency. However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time. To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency, store enough water for drinking as […]

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TV Series for Prepper/Survival Store – Casting Now

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This is a sponsored post. Do you own a survival/ prepper/or custom outdoor gear store?  If so, Glass Entertainment Group wants to hear from you! Glass Entertainment Group, a premier reality TV production company is currently casting for a survival store for a new television series with a major cable network. The store they are looking for is a jack of all trades shop that is centered around wilderness and survival. Please submit a brief bio and include the following […]

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Ice vs. Heat for Injuries

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment.  My lower back had been bothering me so I asked for some tips for self care.  The chiropractor told me I can use ice to relieve inflammation when needed.  I asked him about applying heat, and he indicated heat is fine for pain relief, but must not be used when inflammation is involved.  I thought it would be good to sort […]

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10 Emergency Uses for Your Smart Phone

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A couple of nights ago, my beeping phone alarm woke me up at 2:30 a.m.  At first I was annoyed about getting woken up, but when I checked what was going on, I found out there was a good reason.   The Weather Service issued a tornado warning in our immediate area.  Sure enough, the winds had picked up considerably.  When I turned on the TV news, the pictured showed the path of the […]

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Interested in Living Off-Grid? This Book will Tell You How

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    Living in an apartment in a big city, I wondered what it would be like to make a complete change and live off grid in a nice piece of land somewhere.  That’s why I was excited to read Tammy’s Trayer’s new book, How to Embrace an Off-Grid Lifestyle. Who is the author? The author of the book, Tammy Trayer, blogs  at TrayerWilderness.com.  She is also a radio show host at Mountain Woman Radio. Tammy and her family live […]

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Should You Keep Prepping When Things are Good?

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve seen postings in social media that people no longer feel the need to prep because Donald Trump is now in the White House.  Or, they feel good about the economy, gas prices are a lot lower than they have been in years, therefore, things are good.  Many people seem to be really optimistic about their finances. Should you keep prepping when things are good? It may be tempting to ease up […]

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Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

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Food Storage Just Got Easier with My Patriot Supply

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I am excited to welcome our latest sponsor, My Patriot Supply. Who is My Patriot Supply? My Patriot Supply is a store specializing in self-sufficiency and emergency preparedness.  It was established in 2008.  The store’s founders live the preparedness lifestyle and understand the needs of this community.  They believe that true freedom comes from attaining a certain level of self-reliance and their survival store was created with this truth in mind. Products My Patriot Supply features only the finest quality […]

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Financial Emergency: 12 Ways to Raise Cash

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Everyone faces the need to raise cash at some point:  unplanned medical bills, car repair expenses, legal troubles etc.  It can get so dire that rent gets behind or utilities such as water and power are being threatened with disconnection.   Pretty soon, TV or radio commercials singing the virtues of payday loans start to sound tempting. If you find yourself starting to wonder whether a payday loan may help you in the short […]

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Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I had an opportunity to try a review sample of the Survival Hax Tactical LED Flashlight. What’s included? Flashlight Rechargeable 3.7v 18650 battery with plastic sleeve Charger AAA adapter How does it work? Operating the flashlight is very simple.  To turn it on and off, you simply press the green button at the bottom of the flashlight .  Lightly pressing the green button also allows you to switch among the following lighting modes: High […]

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How to Keep a Low Profile in Urban Situations

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Written by Dan Stevens, Modern Survival Online Spoiler alert: keeping a low profile in urban settings is a lot harder than if you lived in a small town. The bigger the head count, the more likely it is to be spotted, attacked and so on. Nevertheless, there are ways to become a gray, as us preppers like to say. There are a number of things you can do and they aren’t hard but need to be practiced. Keep in mind […]

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Prepare to Help Your Community in an Emergency

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There have been several large disasters in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 Louisiana floods, tornadoes, ice storms, where hundreds of people lose vital infrastructure, or are displaced.  It take several weeks or months to recover.    Even though a state of emergency is declared, sometimes even ahead of the event, people bemoan the fact that the government wasn’t around to provide much needed help.  Well, the truth of the […]

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13 Signs of a Societal Collapse

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by Tess Pennington Ready Nutrition There are times when I sit and think about the collision course this country is on and the so-called leaders who put us here. It is excruciating to watch and see the signs that no one wants to see. Rather than being perceptive to what is going on around them, many have chosen to blindly go about their life and spend their hard-earned money on what the television tells them to buy instead of what they need in […]

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DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do. Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer. I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back […]

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Best Way to be Prepared While Traveling: Advice from Scott Finazzo, Author of Prepper’s Guide to Knots

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring Scott Finazzo’s latest book, Prepper’s Guide to Knots. Prepper’s Guide to Knots  provides clear directions on tying various knots to help you in survival situations such as: Creating shelter Transporting an injured person Moving logs Protecting your home against intruders Hanging food bags to store or keep dry Except for using paracord, I have to admit I have not spent much time tying knots until I read this book.   […]

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Should You Include Fish Antibiotics in Your Survival Kit?

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This post contains sponsored links from Camping Survival. I have been seeing articles about fish antibiotics in the preparedness community for years now but I have not previously addressed them in this blog.  But now that changes are being made in regulating animal antibiotics for 2017, a lot of readers are wondering about them.  I am not a medical professional and cannot tell you the way to go in this matter but thought this would be a good time at […]

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8 Ways to Charge your Phone When the Power is Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, we had a power outage when a transformer in our neighborhood blew out.  At the time my phone was low on battery life and needed to be charged.  I wasn’t too worried about it, since I have a few sources of backup power.  With our reliance on smart phones, I thought it would be helpful exercise to figure out ways to charge the phone in an outage. Portable charger […]

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DIY Heater for Emergencies

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Each year, as the weather gets colder, I receive emails from readers who lose power in their homes or apartment.  They are worried about heating their space when the power is out.  I have written about keeping your apartment warm in the winter without power.   The following article provides some good instructions on making a homemade heater with items that are easy to obtain.  Please note this DIY heater is not meant to replace a heating system.  The flower pot […]

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5 Ways to Make Candles Last Longer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Candles are both decorative and functional.  We tend to use more candles beginning in Thanksgiving and throughout the fall and winter seasons.  They give a great ambiance at the dinner table or throughout the house, and can be used as emergency lighting in a power outage. Soy candles are said to last longer than regular wax candles.  Quick tip:  For emergencies, choose long lasting candles, and don’t forget to store matches next to […]

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Berkey Sport Bottle Christmas Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com LPC Survival, aka The Berkey Guy has sponsored our latest giveaway:  Enter to win two Berkey Sport Bottles (for one winner)  by submitting your entry below. What is the Berkey Sport Bottle? Bottle is 22 ounces, is portable and durable. Made from a safe, non-leaching material.  It is non BPA/BPS. Ideal for exercising or travel The filter is designed to remove or dramatically reduce toxic chemicals, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, trihalomethanes, detergents, […]

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50 Alternative Uses for Coca-Cola

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I found this infographic interesting so I thought I’d share it with you.  I’ve tried Coke as a marinade, as a Coke float (instead of root beer) and as a popsicle, but I have to admit I had not tried these other uses.  And, when I do try them I’ll be sure to let you know how it turned out! The infographic ’50 Alternative Uses for Coca-Cola’ is courtesy of Varooma

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How to Make a Realistic Urban Bug in Plan

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Written by Dan Stevens, Modern Survival Online It is said urbanites cannot bug in. Bugging out seems to be the first choice for people who are trapped in cities that will become death traps. Bugging in seems to be a luxury if you either live in the burbs, a small town or the wilderness or… if you’re willing to move there. Allow me to prove those people wrong. Well, in part, because there are limits to what you can do […]

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Watch Your Back Book Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Every year, as we get closer to the holidays, we hear news reports about people being victims of crime.  We are also hearing about possible terror threats.  With all these possible hazards, I thought this book is worth a look:  Watch Your Back:  How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life by Roger Eckstine. What is the Book About? The author presents various potential risky situations that come up in every […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings to You

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You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Corinthians 9:11-12   This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Thanksgiving 2016 comes only a few weeks after one of the most divisive elections in our country.  […]

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Track your Prepping Goals with this 2017 Emergency Preparedness Calendar

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I felt overwhelmed when I first started preparing for emergencies.  It seemed like there was a lot to do and I did not have the money or time to do it.  Even when I got started there were days when I got discouraged and slacked off my preparedness goals.  I wished I had something to help me stay on track.  Now there is.  I am excited to welcome our new sponsor, Turning the […]

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Should You Keep Potassium Iodide in Your Emergency Kit?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com For years, I had not really considered keeping potassium iodide in my emergency supplies.  I didn’t really consider nuclear threats to be on my list of “must prepare for” scenarios.  But that is in the past.  I was recently speaking with a co-worker whose father was a nuclear physicist.  The topic of preparing for nuclear disasters came up.   We looked at nuclear power plants within 50 miles of our locations and found we […]

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5 Life-saving Emergency Procedures You Should Know from the Author of Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook

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  Today we are featuring a new book by Scott Finazzo, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook: A Lifesaving Collection of Emergency Procedures from U.S. Army Field Manuals.  The book is designed to help you in an emergency when no doctor is available.  It covers various types of health emergencies and what you have to do to survive.  Each condition includes symptoms to help you identify what you are facing, prevention, as well as treatment. About the Author Scott Finazzo is an […]

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8 Fall Back Prepping Chores

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Sunday, November 6th is the end of Daylight Savings Time for 2016, in which most of the country sets their clocks back by an hour. Besides resetting all your watches and clocks, today is also a good day to  do a little maintenance on your emergency supplies. Do these chores today Check the batteries in your flashlights, touch lamps and other emergency lighting and replace if the battery is looking weak.  While your […]

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Brushfire Plague Retribution Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Brushfire Plague Retribution is volume 3 of the Brushfire Plague series.  We reviewed the first book and found it to be riveting.  The third book does not disappoint; it continues to deliver as much, if not more action as the previous books. What is it about? The Brushfire Plague series is about a world falling apart as a result of a widespread plague.  Millions of people have died and violence is rampant. Cooper […]

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What Spooked Me this Halloween

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have some kind of Halloween tradition, and ours is Scary Movie Night.  There are certain movies we like to see year after year.  One of my favorites from when the kids were little, is Hocus Pocus, with just right amount of scare but not so much as to give the kids nightmares.  As an adult, I’ve always been creeped out by “It,” having read the Steven King book and watched the […]

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Epic Wipes Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always on the lookout for products that can help you maintain good hygiene in an emergency.  When a representative from Epic Wipes contacted me with an offer for a sample, I thought it would be a good fit for a review. Here is what a box of 10 and an individual packet looks like:   What are Epic Wipes? Epic Wipes are individually wrapped wet wipes that are 16 times larger […]

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Can Hackers Use Your Appliances as Weapons?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday, a huge attack caused many popular sites such as Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Spotify to go offline for a period of time.   The companies that were affected used a company called Dyn, which helps users to find sites online.  Dyn was a victim of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.   DDos attacks work by inundating a site with huge amounts of data, rendering their servers to be overwhelmed. What does this have […]

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Feeling More Urgency to Prepare?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It seems that there has been no shortage of bad news in the recent weeks, and things are sounding more and more worrisome. A few weeks ago, I had already written that several governments around the world are telling their citizens to prepare.  Hurricane Matthew brought flooding and destruction to many areas in the U.S. and the Caribbean.   But it has not stopped there. This past week, Russia test fired three ballistic missiles […]

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Basic Survival Gear for Long Term Treks

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By Jack Neely, The Tactical Guru. As a hiker, outdoorsman or a survivalist enthusiast, you’re basically as safe as your survival gear. The same way a fisherman cannot go fishing without a good fishing rod or a hunter without a crossbow, you also shouldn’t venturing out in the wild without a survival gear. And in this case, we are talking about a homemade survival gear. The best thing about creating your own survival gear is that it allows you the […]

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Apartment Evacuation Checklist: 3 Things to Take

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you only had 30 minutes to evacuate your apartment, what would you take? Your computer? Your birth certificate? Your grandmother’s ring? Having to evacuate your home quickly is stressful enough, let alone having to decide what belongings to grab in a short amount of time. Read the rest of the article here:  Apartment Evacuation Checklist:  3 Things to Take, up on the Allstate Blog. Blog update: I have been working on switching to another email […]

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Five Habits that Help Improve Your Survival Chances in a Random Attack

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In the past couple of weeks, there have been several attacks where innocent people going about their day got hurt or killed. Minnesota mall knife attack – On Sept. 17, a 22 year old man stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before police killed him as he tried to lunge. Washington mall shooting – On Sept 23, a 20 year old man went on a shooting rampage and killed four women and […]

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Natural DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns

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The crisp fall weather has not yet appeared where I live.  It still feels like summer and we are still seeing stinging bugs such as wasps.  I wrote about Apt Prepper son got stung before and it is not pleasant.  Back then I did not know about natural remedies or essential oils.  They really work! DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns Here’s a neat infographic from Fix.com (shared with permission) that gives some great tips.   Source: Fix.com […]

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What if You Lose a Filling Just as SHTF?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago I was enjoying a Butterfinger chocolate bar when I noticed one of my back molars felt really sharp and sensitive.  I could not see all the way back there but it felt like I cracked a filling.  It was a weekend so the dentist office was closed.  I endured a weekend of pain and not being able to chew my food properly.  That Monday I called and made an […]

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Autumn Safety Tips for Renters and Other News

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A good Tuesday to everyone!  The first day of the fall season starts this Thursday, Sept. 22.   Fall seems to be the mildest season and we’re all anxiously awaiting it but there are still safety issues to watch out for.  I wanted to share my latest article, Renters:  6 Autumn Safety Tips over at the Allstate Blog. Have the recent events such as the bomb plot in New York/New Jersey and […]

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How to Explain Emergency Preparedness to Kids

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared for emergencies involves the whole family, whether you are buying supplies and gear, or developing new skills.  Young children quickly notice a change in routine or behavior.  They will become curious about what’s going on.  Kids get anxious whenever anything interrupts the familiar schedule.  If there is an impending emergency such as an ice storm or hurricane, they may become fearful. Here are a few tips on explaining preparedness to kids: […]

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Money Mondays: Money Hack to Help You Stay on Budget

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to stay on budget but seem to be having difficulty succeeding, here is a hack to help you get there. Money Hack to Help You Stay on Budget:  The Debit Card Diet We tried the debit card diet during the month of August in our own Apartment Prepper household. What is it? The Debit Card Diet involves using cash for all shopping transactions.  Mr Apt Prepper and I agreed […]

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Failures of Imagination by Michael McCaul – Book Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Fifteen years ago on 9/11/01, the world as we knew it, changed for our nation.  Everyone can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news.  Now we worry about dark and dangerous things that we previously thought could never happen in our own country.  Because no one foresaw the attacks on September 11, the 9/11 Commission Report deemed it as a “failure of imagination.” Today we […]

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Money Mondays: Take Advantage of National Preparedness Month Sales

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just a quick post on this Labor Day holiday.  I hope everyone is taking a day off to unwind, spend time on fun things like hobbies or any end of summer festivities. September is  National Preparedness Month A lot of people take a break from preparing for emergencies during the summer.  That’s not a bad thing at all.  Sometimes, it’s a good idea to take some time to relax and not feel burnt […]

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Are Governments Telling People to Prepare?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There has been a lot of nervous discussion lately about governments telling people to prepare for possible emergencies by stockpiling food and water. Is it true? A German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported recently that their government advised people to have enough food, water and medicines in case of an attack or disaster.   The reaction was mixed, as some felt it was just common sense, while others felt that it was ludicrous to […]

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Money Mondays: “Your Playbook for Tough Times” May Be Just What You Need

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I just finished reading my review copy of the new book by Donna Freedman, Your Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large On Small Change, For The Short Term Or The Long Haul.  I have read Donna Freedman’s articles for years, since she first started writing the MSN Money Smart Spending blog.  She has been through some tough financial times and has found a way to thrive. This is a timely book A lot […]

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Breaking the Myth of What You Should Do First When SHTF

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Written by John Lewis When a disaster strikes, it really depends on how mentally and physically prepared we are so that we can keep ourselves safe.   Since every second in a SHTF situation counts, the first thing you do is extremely critical because your life is at risk.  And the funniest thing is that many of us aren’t doing the right thing. Well, maybe we are nervous. Anyway, below are a few myths of what you should do first when […]

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10 Threats You Might Face When Bugging Out

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When faced with a choice to stay home or bug out, most people would prefer to stay home.  But if there were some kind of widespread collapse, you may not have a choice but to evacuate.   In normal times, you could easily drive out of town and not have to worry about threats, but if it were a SHTF scenario, it would be totally different.   There will be many threats, and thinking about […]

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Testing our Tap Water

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a home Water Analysis Test Kit from watertestingkits.com.  They make a variety of at home water test kits that test for ten different contaminants, including lead and bacteria. With the recent news about many city water being contaminated, I was curious to see if our own drinking water has bacteria or pesticides. The testing kit I received included tests for bacteria, lead, pesticide, iron, copper, alkalinity, nitrites and nitrates and chlorine. […]

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Money Mondays: Assemble Your Own Zika Prevention Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com  There is a lot of concern about the Zika virus in Texas, since the first Zika virus death occurred.  A few days ago I got an email from my employer about Zika prevention and it included a flyer from a supplier selling Zika prevention kits. I thought the pre-made kits were on the pricey side so I decided to write about assembling your own. What items should be in a Zika prevention kit? […]

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Expiration Dates Explained

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When dealing with with food storage, we always check expiration dates and try to get the furthest expiration date possible.  But product dates can get confusing, as various descriptions appear in different types of food. Difference between “Best By,”  “Sell by,” “Use by” or just plain “Expiration Date” Here’s a handy infographic from Kitchen Sanity (www.kitchensanity.com) that helps sort it out: For more information on expiration dates, check out these articles:  Is Expired Food Safe to Eat? Is Expired Bottled […]

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Money Mondays: Should You Keep Receipts?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the challenges of staying organized in a small space is dealing with receipts.  Receipts from purchases, bank transactions seem to keep multiplying and cluttering up pockets, wallets and purses.  It is tempting to just get rid of them.  However, I have found you need to keep receipts for a certain period of time before discarding them. Dealing with receipts: Cash machine transactions:  When I use the ATM I keep them for […]

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When You are Ready to Buy Precious Metals, Visit APMEX

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I would like to welcome to our newest sponsor, APMEX Investments, your online source for precious metals. A few months ago, I described my visit to a gold dealer.  However, visiting an online store makes it more convenient to purchase precious metals.  You can order gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals at the lowest prices using APMEX’s secure, hassle-free, real-time online ordering system. Why buy from APMEX? There are a number of reasons why APMEX is a leading precious […]

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Emergency Prepping for New Renters and A Great Sale this Month!

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’m excited to share I just wrote an article for Allstate and it just went live!  See First Time Renters:  5 Emergency Preparedness Tips.  Check it out and share! Also, I wanted you to know my first book, The Prepper’s Pocket Guide (Kindle Edition) is on sale the whole month of August.   Normally priced at $8.51, it is now just  for just $1.99, so this is a great deal.  Just click […]

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Money Mondays: Stock Up on Bargains and Boost Your Supplies Before Summer Ends

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com August is a great time to boost your food storage and emergency supplies.  It is still summer, but the back to school sales are upon us.  With the warm weather,  it is also prime yard sale season in many areas across the country. Now is the time to shop end of summer sales on camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, outdoor lighting, outdoor cooking accessories, summer clothes and footwear, and backpacks. Summer […]

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Time Traveling Anthrax Bacteria Sickens People

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Apt Prepper son spotted this piece of news this morning via Reddit and The Washington Post:  Russian authorities evacuated a remote area in Siberia after anthrax killed 1500 reindeer and sickened around 40 people.  Possibly more people, mostly  exposed to the bacteria.  They have sent biological warfare troops and quarantined the area. What is anthrax? Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.  According to the CDC, the type […]

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Five Survival Lessons Learned from Star Trek Beyond

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am a huge Star Trek fan and did not miss my chance to see Star Trek Beyond on its opening weekend. We already know that a lot of new developments we use now were inspired by Star Trek, but watching the movie got me thinking about survival.   After all, getting through seemingly impossible situations happens a lot in both the TV series and the movies, so there had to be some tips […]

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Money Mondays: Six Things I Did to Save Money this Weekend

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always looking for ways to save money so I can increase my prepping budget.  Some days I am able to net pocket change, but some days I succeed in saving a few dollars.  Here’s a snapshot of what I did this weekend: Six things I did to save money this weekend: Dehydrated herbs I do not own a food dehydrator, but found another way to dehydrate herbs without one.  I had […]

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Storing Food in Harsh Conditions

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A lot of people are now considering storing food for emergencies but feel they have obstacles that prevent them from doing so.  Perhaps they feel they don’t have any free space, or someone told them there is no way they can store food under the conditions they have in their house.  They then become fixated on the problem and get delayed in their efforts. Living in a hot humid climate for at […]

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Money Mondays: If You Don’t Have a Job, Make One Up

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 Written by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper This article first appeared in The Organic Prepper With unemployment rates skyrocketing, going out and finding a new job can be nigh on to impossible these days.  This is only going to get trickier as the government continues to force businesses to increase the minimum wage. Workloads that used to provide employment to two people are now forced onto one. The work performed gets shoddier as the one employed person struggles to keep […]

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Beliefs about Fridge and Freezer Storage – are They True or Not?

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I was was helping with the after dinner cleanup at my cousin’s home last Christmas and as we were putting leftovers away, she asked me to check to make sure all leftovers were completely cool before putting them in the fridge.  She said you should never place foods in the refrigerator until the food is completely cool or it will surely spoil. Much of our everyday food storage is either in the fridge or freezer and we’d all like to […]

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Money Mondays: Should You Pack Emergency Gear While on Vacation?

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Many people prepare for emergencies at home, but decide to forgo prepping while on vacation. After all, being on vacation means being carefree, and no one really wants to think about disasters while on vacation. Should you pack emergency gear while on vacation? The inescapable fact is, you shouldn’t leave home without at least a minimum amount of emergency supplies.  Pack items you already own to minimize on cost. Of course, your emergency kit would have to be portable, inconspicuous […]

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Have you seen the news recently? I’m worried.

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Is it just me, or does it seem like things are going downhill on a greasy slide? The news is more full than ever of stories about… Civil unrest Financial catastrophes Increased crime Race wars Riots Natural disasters Deadly pandemics Terrorism If you’re anything like me, this has spurred your prepping endeavors on with a renewed sense of urgency. The very fastest way to increase your food supply is so simple you won’t believe it. Emergency buckets.  Rated to sit […]

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12 Household Items that have First Aid Uses

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In case of an injury, you should have a well stocked first aid kit. But in case you or someone you know gets hurt without a first aid kit nearby, it’s good to know there are a few household items that can be used in an emergency. 1. Sanitary napkins and tampons – The individually wrapped sanitary napkins and tampons are actually good to keep in a first aid kit. They can be […]

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Happy Independence Day!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!   As we celebrate our country’s independence, let us remember the heroism and sacrifice that went into gaining and maintaining our freedoms. It’s also a good time to consider our own personal independence from whatever keeps us from living our best life:  freedom from debt, consumerism, destructive habits or even over-reliance on the system.  We can’t all be off-grid, but we can all learn to be […]

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How to Prepare for Extreme Heat

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When making a list of disasters to prepare for, few people would include extreme heat as a potential emergency.   As I write this, it is 83 degrees outside.  Combined with the humidity, it feels like it’s still in the 90s, at 9:00 pm.  There is no relief even in the evening hours.  It is only June, with the hotter months yet to come in Texas.   Many areas in the country are sweltering as […]

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Money Mondays: How to Get Free Containers for Emergency Storage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to build up your emergency food storage, you may be concerned about the costs associated with storage containers along with the food itself.  There is some expense involved, but it does not have to break your budget.  There are free or inexpensive ways to obtain emergency storage containers. Here are a few tips: Water Containers You don’t have to spend a lot of money on water containers. 2-liter soda […]

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How to Avoid Getting Lyme Disease When You Go Outdoors this Summer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A friend of ours took his family on a camping trip for some summer fun.  They were enjoying the outdoors, taking hikes when he suddenly had to cut his trip short – he ended up in the hospital.   As he was hiking, he brushed against a bush that was infested with hundreds of ticks that embedded themselves all over him.  Apparently it was so bad the family could not get the ticks […]

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Money Mondays: 8 Ways to Prep When You’re Living Paycheck to Paycheck

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I read recently that nearly half of Americans would not be able to afford to cover an emergency that costs $400.  Millions of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and the numbers are increasing.  Does that mean they cannot afford to prepare for emergencies?  I believe when you are stretched this thin financially, you can’t afford NOT to prep. It does take some creativity and some planning but it is possible to prep […]

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