Build your Grab and Go Binder

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you haven’t done is already, now is a good time to build your “grab and go binder.” This is your handy document keeper that you keep in a safe but accessible place that you can easily grab in the event of a dire emergency and you need to run out of the house. If you’ve already got one, it’s time to review and update it.  Lots of new documents may have been […]

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Money Mondays: A Guide that will Help You Prepare for the Most Likely Disaster that Can Happen to You

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this I just heard Sam’s Club in my neighborhood is closing its doors. Several other locations are closing as well. There has been no warning to the community, or the employees. The report did mention the affected employees will be paid for 60 days so they can be counted as fortunate since they can count on a paycheck for a couple of months. I still feel bad for the workers, […]

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Do you Need RDSL in Your Emergency Kit?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a sample of Reactive Skin Decontamination Lotion (RSDL) from Emergent BioSolutions. In a recent article, we discussed how one would prepare for a chemical attack.  This item would be exactly for that purpose. What comes in the package? The package contains: The green packet is 1 active RSDL containing 21 mL of decontamination lotion to be applied to the hands, face, neck and to swipe the inside of a respirator if you […]

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How to Avoid Germs on a Plane

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The cold and flu season is already in full swing, and everyone around me seems to be sick.  With so many states hard hit by the flu, air travel may contribute to the spread of germs.  Many people are already fearful of flying, and the added threat of picking up germs does not help. Because of close quarters on a plane, it is easy to pick up germs while flying.  I am not […]

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Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache

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By James Walton In the event of a crisis, emergency agencies lean heavily on their communications systems. They begin pooling intelligence to assure they know exactly what is happening and to build a picture of what the future looks like. While you may have qualms about how many government agencies do business, its important to understand that not all things theses agencies do is wrong. Some of the processes are very strong and the results get destroyed in the muck […]

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Are you Prepared for a Chemical Attack?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I read an article in Newsweek that the Department of Homeland Security is planning drills to simulate chemical warfare this month.   According to the article, DHS is planning to release inert chemicals into the atmosphere near an abandoned school in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The purpose of the drill is to determine how these chemicals travel when airborne, and whether they can enter structures where people may be sheltering during an attack.  The agency assures the town that […]

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Bombogenesis Headed to the East Coast – Get Ready Now

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The East Coast is experiencing extreme cold this week, with the worst yet to come.  A bomb cyclone, also known as “bombogenesis” is expected tomorrow. What is Bombogenesis? Bombogenesis is a fierce winter storm, with hurricane force winds.  According to the National Ocean Service: “This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters. The formation of this rapidly strengthening weather system is […]

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Happy New Year from Apartment Prepper

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As we celebrate the beginning of another year, I’d like to thank you for making Apartment Prepper a part of your day.  I am grateful to be able to write and share what I’ve learned about preparing for emergencies.  In turn, I’ve also learned a lot from our community of readers.  Your readership encourages me to continue writing this blog.  Though my original intent for this blog was preparing for disasters in an apartment, it has grown to encompass a lot […]

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How to Stay Warm Without Turning up the Heat

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  Are you tired of high heating bills every winter?  Try the tips featured in my latest article in The Allstate Blog: 4 Ways to Stay Toasty Without Turning Up the Heat:   4 Ways to Stay Toasty in Your Apartment Without Turning Up the Heat Keeping your home warm and cozy in winter can be tricky, especially for apartment dwellers who generally have limited options when it comes to altering a unit. But, there are still some things renters […]

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Preparedness Activities You Can Do during the Holidays

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com With many people taking a break to enjoy the holidays, prepping takes a back seat to all the hustle and bustle of the season.  This is understandable.  But there are also opportunities to get a few things done. Discover old recipes and back them up I was looking through my recipe binder while choosing menu items and came across some very old recipes hand-written by friends and family members whom I haven’t seen […]

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Top Features to Look for While Purchasing a Suitable Survival Knife

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Written by Billy, Perkins Knives A survival knife is the one tool which is equivalent to numerous tools that would help you in surviving in the wild. It can take care of many tasks for you to ease your stay in the outdoors. When it comes to survival, choosing the right knife is imperative. Such a knife comes with a whole lot of features and all you need is to be assertive of what you require. Before making a purchase, […]

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Know the Warning Signs of Road Rage

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week, I wrote about a traffic accident that escalated into a shootout between two drivers.  Road rage is not usually a topic that is covered in emergency preparedness, but if you think about it, a road rage incident can easily turn into a personal disaster.  In the situation that I described, three lives were altered as a result of uncontrollable rage:  one driver was immediately arrested, the other driver was shot in […]

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Know the Warning Signs of Road Rage

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week, I wrote about a traffic accident that escalated into a shootout between two drivers.  Road rage is not usually a topic that is covered in emergency preparedness, but if you think about it, a road rage incident can easily turn into a personal disaster.  In the situation that I described, three lives were altered as a result of uncontrollable rage:  one driver was immediately arrested, the other driver was shot in […]

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7 Overlooked Things You Can Find in the Trash that Can be Used for Survival

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Editor’s note:  I’ve written about finding alternate uses for things that are normally thrown in the trash.  The article below provides survival uses for things often found in the garbage. Written by Conrad Novak All too often preppers place their focus almost exclusively on the pregame stages of bugging out. This makes a great deal of sense since the better prepared you are, the more likely you are to survive during a disaster. However, that does not mean you should […]

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A Shooting Happened a Block Away from Me

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was meeting some clients in the city when suddenly, we heard the unmistakable sound of gunshots.   They were very loud and in quick succession.  We stopped in mid-conversation and started listening.  The sounds stopped for a second, then another string of shots rang out.   When all was quiet, we looked outside but only saw that traffic on the street was at a standstill.   I was considering calling 911 when I heard multiple sirens.  […]

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5 Best Emergency Gear Storage Containers

  Written by Harrison Chucks Are you looking for containers to store your emergency gear? Are you finding it difficult to accommodate all of that camping gear in your home? If yes, the 5 options which we would discuss today would be the perfect containers for storage.     Combination Lock Storage Box If you’re looking for something more high-tech, this one is combination lock storage box is for you. It has a programmable lock as well. This would ensure that whatever you […]

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5 Best Emergency Gear Storage Containers

  Written by Harrison Chucks Are you looking for containers to store your emergency gear? Are you finding it difficult to accommodate all of that camping gear in your home? If yes, the 5 options which we would discuss today would be the perfect containers for storage.     Combination Lock Storage Box If you’re looking for something more high-tech, this one is combination lock storage box is for you. It has a programmable lock as well. This would ensure that whatever you […]

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5 Best Emergency Gear Storage Containers

  Written by Harrison Chucks Are you looking for containers to store your emergency gear? Are you finding it difficult to accommodate all of that camping gear in your home? If yes, the 5 options which we would discuss today would be the perfect containers for storage.     Combination Lock Storage Box If you’re looking for something more high-tech, this one is combination lock storage box is for you. It has a programmable lock as well. This would ensure that whatever you […]

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5 Best Emergency Gear Storage Containers

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  Written by Harrison Chucks Are you looking for containers to store your emergency gear? Are you finding it difficult to accommodate all of that camping gear in your home? If yes, the 5 options which we would discuss today would be the perfect containers for storage.     Combination Lock Storage Box If you’re looking for something more high-tech, this one is combination lock storage box is for you. It has a programmable lock as well. This would ensure that whatever you […]

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The Best Ways to Help Your Neighbors in an Emergency

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Written by Laura Buckler When disaster strikes, people are prone to rely on the local community for assistance. While it’s important to save yourself, the ones you love and your property, you should also consider assisting your neighbors. Helping people who live nearby without jeopardizing your own wellbeing may seem tricky in extreme environmental conditions or another type of emergency. Still, there are things you can do without putting yourself at risk. Talk to Your Neighbors Communication is incredibly important in […]

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Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Money Mondays: Homemade Cards and Gifts

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   The day after Thanksgiving, we started decorating for Christmas.  This year, we are reusing decorations from previous years. Also I started to make Christmas gifts and cards. Cards We grew up thinking that store bought cards are better, but over the years I found handmade cards are appreciated by the recipients.  I like to draw Christmas images free-hand, but for variety, I am also trying these ideas out:  Fingerprint Christmas lights card […]

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Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am full of gratitude today as we celebrate Thanksgiving in spite of the difficulties in the past few months.  Widespread disasters, mass shootings and divisiveness may have taken a toll on the nation, yet we still live in a great country with opportunities for everyone.  We are blessed to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with comforts, food and camaraderie. I feel privileged to write Apartment Prepper and I always look forward to […]

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Money Mondays: Use Food Storage for your Thanksgiving Feast

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This week, while you are planning your Thanksgiving menu, consider “shopping” from your food storage items that are nearing expiration.  If you are short on cash, this is also a way to save a few dollars. So why not include some of your food storage items for Thanksgiving? A few ideas Canned corn and green beans can be used for casseroles Mountain House Noodles and Chicken makes a tasty meal all by itself […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Being a Prepper in College

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Written by Mary Walton Being a prepper means that you’re prepared for anything that could happen. Whether it’s the increase in terrorist attacks, natural disasters or any form of event that could take place at any time. However, being at home and being in college, potentially in a new place very far from your home are completely different things. So, to get you started in the world of prepping while being at college here’s everything you need to know. Food […]

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Money Mondays: 24 Uses for Oranges – Never Waste Another Orange

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Being able to reuse or re-purpose things instead of throwing them away can help you save money.  I’ve written many articles about avoiding waste and have even tried a few tips about other uses for citrus peels.  This article written by my friend Shelli who writes PreparednessMama.com goes even further and provides tips I have not heard of before.  You’re bound to find at least a handful uses you can try now.  If you have other uses we’ve missed, please […]

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Go Time Gear Fire Escape Kit Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am always aware of the threat of fire, especially in an apartment complex.  And you already know about the close call we had last week.  With the recent wildfires in Northern California, fire danger is something we all must consider our emergency preparedness efforts.    With this in mind, I thought it would be a good opportunity to review a Fire Escape Kit from Go-Time Gear. The Fire Escape Kit (pictured above) comes […]

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Feel Safer in Your Apartment and Save Money with These 5 Smart Gadgets

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Written by Krystal Rogers-Nelson You don’t have to rely on someone else to have a secure and energy efficient apartment. Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to secure your home and reduce your energy usage without relying on outside services. These five apartment-friendly smart gadgets will not only help you feel safe, you will save money as well. 1. Wi-Fi Smoke Alarm Battery Most renters don’t want or aren’t allowed to make many upgrades to their apartment. Instead of […]

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4 Time Change Projects You Can do this Weekend

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Daylight Saving Time 2017 ends on Sunday, November 5th. Now is a great time to schedule tasks that we really need to do annually, but tend to put off or forget to do. Order a copy of your credit report. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) you can order a free copy of your credit report from annual credit report.com https://www.annualcreditreport.com/.  After what happened with Equifax, you might consider placing a credit […]

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Scary Situation that Shook Things Up

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last night as we settled in to go to sleep, the peace was shattered by the screech of fire alarms.  At first, I wondered if I may have left something on the stove.  Our fire alarm is quite sensitive and can be set off by cooking smells.  But I had long cleaned up the kitchen and nothing was on the stove.  Then we thought the heater, which was turned on for the first […]

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Tips on How to Survive a Sniper Attack – Advise from Selco who Lived through SHTF

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, a lot of people have been wondering what would they do if they were in a situation like that.   What happened was a horrific situation, one that we cannot even imagine.  I thought I’d ask our previous guest Selco, founder of SHTFSchool, who has lived through a SHTF situation himself.  Selco lived through the Bosnia collapse in 1992, suffering for a year in a city with no […]

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Tips on How to Survive a Sniper Attack – Advise from Selco who Lived through SHTF

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After the Las Vegas shooting tragedy, a lot of people have been wondering what would they do if they were in a situation like that.   What happened was a horrific situation, one that we cannot even imagine.  I thought I’d ask our previous guest Selco, founder of SHTFSchool, who has lived through a SHTF situation himself.  Selco lived through the Bosnia collapse in 1992, suffering for a year in a city with no […]

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Hurricane Preparedness: 6 Tips from a Hurricane Survivor

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com This year’s hurricane season has been one of the most active we’ve seen in years.  And it’s not even over yet; hurricane season ends November 3oth.   Well after the news have stopped covering the area, many people in Houston are still unable to return to their homes and are still suffering from the after effects of Hurricane Harvey.   All we can do is remember lessons learned and continue to be prepared in case […]

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8 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe on Campus

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In a previous article, we talked about ways to help our college students prepare for emergencies while living on campus.  But there is one other source of threat they need to be prepared for.  Students entering college for the first time may not be aware of the risk of being a victim of campus crime until it happens.   Even a naturally cautious student may drop his or her guard because they feel secure in the school environment.  Unfortunately, crime still happens.  […]

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Get Rid of Paper Clutter

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Lack of space is hindering my ability to add to my emergency supplies so I restarted my de-cluttering efforts.  I have two large boxes of files and miscellaneous items that have been sitting around for two years taking up space.  Why haven’t I gone through them before?  Procrastination, that’s why!  I dread going through these boxes because I don’t want to deal with what’s inside. I finally made myself open them and deal with […]

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How to Break in your Emergency Shoes

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In my post “What if You Have to Walk Out of the City”  I mentioned you should break in your walking shoes well before any emergency happens.  This may sound unimportant and boring, but believe it or not, your survival could depend on your ability to walk for a long period of time, and shoes that do not fit could delay or prevent you from getting to safety. One problem that ill-fitting shoes […]

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Monday Mondays: Extreme Couponing to Prepare for Emergencies

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I caught a few episodes of Extreme Couponing on TLC and have to admit I am fascinated.   Although there has been some criticism of some of the featured measures that go the “extreme,”  this could be a way to save money or to start an emergency stockpile.   If done in moderation, and never to the point of obsession, I can see how using coupons, combining deals and taking advantage of store sales could really […]

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How to Keep Burglars Away from your Property

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We recently received a bulletin from the local police department about a group of burglars targeting the area. Keeping your home safe is always a concern for everyone. Here is an infographic to illustrate: Keeping Your Home Secure created by SABRE. Shop Amazon Devices – Introducing the All-New Fire Tablets Starting at $49.99 For tips on prepping on small budget, read my book:

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Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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Can You Live without Electricity?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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Can You Live without Electricity?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com After multiple hurricanes devastated areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, many residents have had their electricity interrupted.  Some people are still suffering without power after several weeks, as recovery can be slow. Threats to the Power Grid Besides natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and snow storms, there are other threats to the power grid.   In his book, Lights Out, Ted Koppel discusses the threat of cyber-attack and the far reaching […]

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4 Essential Marine Gun Tips for an Average Apartment Dweller

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Written by Will Guns are important in a survival situation and you shouldn’t let anyone convince you otherwise!  We need them for self-defense, hunting, and defending our base (which can just as easily be your apartment).  When SHTF, there won’t be another mean to keep safe as all sorts of trouble will head your way.  Worse, you’ll have to defend against other people who, in a need for survival, will set aside any shadow of civilization.  That’s why I think it’s important […]

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Legacy Bannock Cook-In-Pouch Meals – Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are featuring the Bannock Cook in a Pouch Meals by Legacy.  Bannock Camping Food entrees are easy to prepare, as they cook directly inside the pouch. Meal Preparation For this review, I tried the Peaches and Cream Oatmeal.   Here is a photo of the contents.  You can see pieces of oats and peaches. To prepare, I followed package directions to add  two and a half cups of boiling water to […]

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Companion Planting Tips for your Balcony Garden

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The fall season, which starts in less than two weeks gives us another chance to grow a balcony or patio garden.  I have started sprouting seeds in containers.  Combining certain plants helps to repel bugs from decimating up my garden.  Whether you like planting flowers, vegetables or herbs, companion planting helps plants to thrive.   The infographic below gives some good advice on companion planting. Source:  https://articles.homeadvisor.com/r/a-visual-guide-to-companion-planting/

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5 Things to Know about Apartment Flooding

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Over 100,000 apartment units were flooded during Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.   With Hurricane Irma now approaching Florida, many apartments are at risk for wind damage and flooding. Here are five things to know about what you can do if your apartment becomes flooded. Rent Hurricane Harvey drenched Houston on August 27th.  In the ensuing days, an unprecedented amount of rainfall caused massive flooding, rendering many displaced residents. The 1st of September arrived […]

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Huge Cybersecurity Breach at Equifax – See if You are At Risk

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just a quick post today before I go to work.  Did not hear about this in mainstream TV news, but you should know Equifax has been hacked.  Because they are one of the three main credit reporting companies, this may impact all of us. Find out More See Equifax reveals hack that likely exposed data of 143 million customers. Then check if you are at risk at Cybersecurity Incident & Important Consumer Information.  If […]

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Communicating During a Disaster

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In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a major hurricane and extensive flooding in Texas, wildfires in California and Oregon, and now a Category 5 hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico and Florida.  September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it is very timely to discuss various aspects of preparedness. Communications is Crucial In an emergency, it is important to have a way to communicate – you need it to contact emergency services as well as with friends and […]

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Why Everyone Should Have a Cash Stash

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A lot of people no longer use cash and rely on debit or credit cards for all purchases.  I understand using cards is so much more convenient but consider having a set amount of cash on hand to help you get out of a bind. The following article by Donna Freedman, one of my favorite personal finance writers, explains it all: Why You Need a Cash Cache Everyone should have some cash […]

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Top 7 Knots You Should Know For Survival

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Being prepared includes supplies as well as survival skills.  It doesn’t cost anything to learn new things, and acquiring skills can greatly enhance your survival changes.  Here’s an article to help you gain knowledge about knots you can use in daily, as well as emergency situations. Top 7 Knots You Should Know For Survival Written by: Tom Sheppard For survival, it’s very important that you not only have the right gear, but also have the right skills and knowledge so […]

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Five Prepper Must-Haves for SHTF Hygiene

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Whether you live in an apartment or home in the city, or a rural retreat, hygiene is a necessity for survival.  Hygiene items are currently much needed by victims of Hurricane Harvey. Today’s article gives us five items to consider including in a disaster preparedness kit: Five Prepper Must-Haves for SHTF Hygiene by James Walton Survival hygiene may be one of the least sexy topics in existence. That is because hygiene itself is very personal and nearly taboo. Those things […]

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Hunkering Down with Hurricane Harvey – Update

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just a quick update about how we’re doing since my previous post http://apartmentprepper.com/hunkering-down-a…hurricane-harvey/ ?.  Hurricane Harvey is now a tropical storm but it is still hitting Houston quite hard.  I am sure you are all getting up to the minute news from various channels, but I just wanted to give you my perspective, as someone who is in the midst of it. Though we have had some street flooding, we are fortunate our […]

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Hunkering Down Awaiting Hurricane Harvey

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Just a quick post today…  As I write this, The National Weather Service has upgraded Hurricane Harvey to a category 3 hurricane.  It is now considered a major hurricane, capable of damaging small homes and buildings.  In contrast, Hurricane Ike, which got me started on emergency preparedness was a category 2 storm, and the damage was bad enough. We do not have an evacuation order, but businesses and schools have already announced closures […]

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5 Sneaky Storage Spaces for Supplies in a Small Apartment

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the biggest challenges in preparing for emergencies in an apartment is finding storage space.  You also need spaces to hide things away from prying eyes. Here are a few sneaky storage ideas I’ve tried myself, or sent in by readers: Over the door shoe organizer You don’t necessarily have to use it for shoes: Store extra reserves such as bottled water, food, toilet paper and power outage needs such as batteries, […]

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5 Bottle Uses in a Survival Scenario

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I am always interested in reusing or repurposing common household items, especially in survival situations.  Below is an interesting article on emergency uses for  apartment and urban dwellers. 5 Bottle Uses in a Survival Scenario by Almo Gregor When you find yourself in a survival situation, it is vital that you use all of the resources at your disposal. One of the first actions I suggest is slowing down to assess the resources you have. This can be especially difficult […]

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How to Make Hot and Cold Packs for First Aid

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared includes getting into shape.  I started exercising at the gym and found myself feeling sore after a workout.   A hot or cold pack can usually help with minor sore muscle aches. Having a well-stocked first aid kit is great to have, but if you don’t happen to have a hot or cold pack, you can make them with common household items. Hot Pack Materials Tube socks 2 cups uncooked rice Microwave […]

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Tactical LED Pen by Survival Hax – Review and Giveaway

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Today we are looking at the Tactical LED Pen with Glassbreaker by Survival Hax. What does it do? The Survival Hax Tactical LED pen has four tools in one: Writing Kubotan/Glassbreaker Flashlight Firestarter It comes with a clip so you can secure it to a shirt or bag pocket. What’s it made of? The pen is hand crafted with aircraft aluminum alloy and a Tungsten steel cone.   It does have a nice, sturdy feel to it. Using the Tactical Pen […]

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5 Steps to Keep Your Apartment Safe While Traveling

Written by Maile Timon If you have epic summer travel plans, you’ve probably taken the necessary steps to prepare for your trip. You’ve planned your itinerary, gathered the necessary documents and packed your bags. You’ve probably even done research on your destination to make sure you’re prepared for the most common safety threats and travel scams.  As you prepare to head out of town, however, don’t forget to take the necessary steps to secure your apartment while you’re gone.  According […]

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Free this weekend: Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage

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Quick post today, just wanted to let you know The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage (e-book) by Gaye Levy is free this weekend, till Monday, 8/14/2017. This is a good e-book to have – reviewed it back when it was released. Whether you are planning to start your emergency food supply or have one already, this book will help you avoid making mistakes and wasting money.  Get your free copy and don’t miss out!   © Apartment Prepper 2017  

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Is Expired Tabasco Sauce Okay to Use?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I have been going through my stored items and using older supplies.   I had a bucket containing spices and condiments.  I found two bottles of Tabasco sauce Tabasco Sauce (original) that were stored back in Nov. 2010. The boxes said “BEST BY 08/13.   It doesn’t technically say “expired” but “best by.”  But it’s always better to check if expired food or past the best by date is safe to eat. How they were […]

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Money Mondays: 13 Driving Tactics to Save Fuel

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Though gas prices have been staying on the lower side in the recent months, it is still a good idea to save gas whenever possible.  The money you save can be used toward other things such as boosting your slush fund or buying food and supplies for emergencies.   Source:  https://www.onstride.co.uk/blog/13-driving-tactics-save-fuel/

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5 Home Remedies that Really Work

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared for emergencies includes having knowledge of common home remedies for simple ailments from hiccups to sore throats.   I am not a medical professional, but a mom who knows a few homemade cures that work.  Your results may vary, and if your problem persists, please consult a doctor. Nose or Chest Congestion  One of my kids recently had severe congestion and this remedy really helped. You will need:  Small pot with water […]

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Is Prepping Stressful?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I meant to write this post last week but I held off until I got a chance to ponder it a bit.   I was at work around mid-morning a few days ago when the power went out all of a sudden.  First the computers turned off, then the lights and air conditioning shut down and emergency backup lights turned on.  It was not weather related as there were no storms in the area […]

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Is Prepping Stressful?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I meant to write this post last week but I held off until I got a chance to ponder it a bit.   I was at work around mid-morning a few days ago when the power went out all of a sudden.  First the computers turned off, then the lights and air conditioning shut down and emergency backup lights turned on.  It was not weather related as there were no storms in the area […]

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Alien Gear Cloak Tuck In the Waist Band Holster Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are reviewing Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.0 Inside the Waist Band (IWB) Holster. What the Package Includes The holster itself is in black leather, with a neoprene padding in the back.  A Parts Pack, which helps you customize the holster, also came with it.  It contains:  screws, rubber spacers, T-nut, washer and hex key. Alien Gear holsters are made in the U.S. Trying out the Holster We tried the holster on […]

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Best Gun for Apartment Defense

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Having a means to defend yourself in the event of a disaster or collapse where your life or family’s lives are being threatened is something you must consider.  We have discussed many options such as taser, pepper spray, survival shotgun in previous articles.  Today we will discuss guns for apartment defense. Best Gun for Apartment Defense Written by Roy, Hunter and Survivalist Defending yourself is even better when you have a gun in the house. We will share some of […]

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Get Discounts from our New Sponsor: CouponsMonk

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we welcome our latest sponsor, CouponsMonk.  CouponsMonk.com is a Coupon platform active in the US. Here you will find latest and exclusive coupons for many popular stores. I always recommend our readers shop around for good deals by comparing prices, researching all purchases and taking advantage of coupons. Check them out!  

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5 Summer Survival Threats You Should Look Out For

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I love summertime, a chance to kick back and take some time off.  Kids are out of school for the summer and the pace has slowed down.   The summer also signals a slowdown in preparedness – I know… even blog visits get a bit slower.   People go out of town, go on vacation and relax, which is just fine.  But summer also has its own share of dangers that are often overlooked in […]

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Guide to Survival during Uncertain Times – Get it Free Today and Tomorrow

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There is a lot of uncertainty and instability going on in the world right now, it would be great if we can get some advice on how to cope.  Help is available, and it won’t even cost you anything.  Now is your chance to snag a really helpful book for free: 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times Written by Gaye Levy, who founded Backdoor Survival […]

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Money Mondays: 5 Non-Permanent Upgrades To Save Money in Your New Apartment

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Apartment living involves moving to a new rental from time to time.  After a big move, it is often hard to find money for emergency savings.  The following article gives a few ideas to help you save some cash on utilities by making some simple changes. 5 Non-Permanent Upgrades To Save Money in Your New Apartment Written by Jessica Thiefels Moving into a new apartment is full of unknowns, many of which are expensive, like a security deposit, moving costs, […]

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Opening up a Seven Year Old Pasta Bucket

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our oldest food storage buckets were packed back to 2010.  The last time I opened a bucket was back in 2014 when I opened a rice bucket and replaced it. Today I am opening the pasta bucket, to see if the long term storage packaging method worked.   How the Food was Stored We stored various bulk foods such as rice, beans, pasta, flour, spices etc. using mylar bags, oxygen absorbers and food […]

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Basic Wilderness Navigation Skills for City Folk

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Written by Steve If you live in an apartment in the city you’ll have limited supplies and resources will be scarce in the event of a natural disaster or civil unrest. You can do your best efforts in prepping but if you live in an apartment you’ve only got so much space that you can use. In the event that you run out of resources or things just get too dangerous in the city, you’ll most likely want to bug […]

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Great Emergency Food Storage for Small Spaces – Legacy’s 72 Hour Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we had a tropical storm.   Many streets were impassable, and parking areas were closed off due to flooding.  Fortunately, the storm was just that, not a hurricane.  Weather forecasters are warning of an active hurricane season and advising people to get prepared.   Natural and man-made disasters can happen anywhere.  That’s why I always recommend having a stockpile of emergency foods.  It should include foods that are easy to prepare, preferably a combination […]

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Is Technology Dumbing Down our Kids?

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My pre-teen nieces and nephews no longer play with regular toys, they only want apps or games for their Ipads.   When they visit, they are usually glued to their screens.   I worry what long term effects this has on our youth; how it may affect their adaptability and safety.  I ran across this article and thought it brings up good points.  So I am posting it with permission. Is Technology Dumbing Down our Kids? by Joseph Mack This post originally […]

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When Do Burglaries Occur?

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Our apartment complex has been experiencing an increase in burglaries.  One resident even reported getting home and finding the intruder, who then escaped out of the second floor balcony.   Because it is happening right where I live, I thought it might be a good time to take a look at when most burglaries occur. When Do Burglaries Occur? Written by Matthew Wilson According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the U.S., adding up to nearly […]

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This Book will Help you Fix your Money Issues: Your Playbook For Tough Times, Vol. 2

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was excited to learn Donna Freedman has released Your Playbook for Tough Times, Vol. 2:  Needs and Wants Edition.  I reviewed Vol. 1 and it was full of actionable tips. The author Donna Freedman is an award winning personal finance expert who has lived through hard financial times herself.  I’ve been reading and taking notes from her money tips since she wrote for MSN Money when she was attending college, raising a […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Sharpening a Knife with No Sharpener

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Having a knife available at all times is handy for unforeseen chores and other small emergencies.  That’s why I keep two.  But if the knife is dull, it is not only useless, but can be dangerous.  You have more risk of cutting yourself if your knife is dull.  You can carry a knife sharpener too, but what if you don’t have one available?  Here is a way to sharpen your knife without one. […]

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Stay Cool: 4 Tips to Help Renters Beat the Heat This Summer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Summer officially starts this year on June 2017.  But to many of us who live in warmer climates, it started weeks ago.  If you have air conditioning, you can easily stay cool.  But if you don’t have a/c or want to cut down on utility bills, you can still find free or cheap ways to stay cool. My latest post at the Allstate Blog gives these tips.  Check out Stay Cool:  4 Tips […]

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4 Smartphone Apps for Personal Safety and Home Security

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Written by Maile Timon Home and personal safety are very important. Protecting yourself and your loved ones is always a major priority. Did you know, however, you have one of the best tools for personal safety right at your fingertips? Your smartphone can help you call for help, find your way when you’re lost, or act as a flashlight when you can’t see in the dark. In addition to the pre-installed applications, there are a number of useful apps that […]

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How to Get your Apartment Ready for Hurricane Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Hurricane season begins June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.  This year is predicted to be an active one:  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts: 11 to 17 named storms five to nine are projected to strengthen to hurricane status two to four are predicted to become major hurricanes.  As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, […]

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