Super Simple and Cheap Emergency Lamp

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com My last homemade lamp creation continues to be a very popular post.  I thought it’s about time to try making an even simpler one, with items that can be found in most homes.  This lamp, as my previous one, was learned from reading  Lanterns, Lamps & Candles by Ron Brown, which contains a wealth of information about emergency lighting. Materials The items needed for this lamp are very easy to find: Cotton ball or […]

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First Aid Kit – Buy One Get One Free Deal for Apartment Prepper Readers!

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Survival Hax is offering a special deal for Apartment Prepper readers. Get two First Aid kits for the price of one.  Here is how you get the discount: Step 1 – Click the link below. Survival Hax First Aid kit Step 2 – Add 2 to Cart, then proceed to checkout Step 3 – Enter promo code R3KHPLMX This code will allow you to get two First Aid Kits for $15.99. I tried it myself and it works.  The discount […]

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Why Writing a Journal is Important in a Prolonged Emergency

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Written by Lucas Cappel   Many people are yet to embrace the culture of keeping diaries and journals as they find it hectic and unnecessary. Many will argue that diary keeping will steal some minutes of their rather busy day. Others may hold the opinion that it will bring back irrelevant memories that have nothing to do with the present and would only make a person hate their past. Most of the reasons for not keeping a diary are genuine, but […]

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Five Habits that Will Help you Prepare for Most Emergencies

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many people are still reeling from the after-effects of the last disasters.  Nearly  10 months after Hurricane Harvey, I still see piles of debris from devastated neighborhoods.  This time around another active season is predicted, while a new storm has already hit in Florida.  Many residents in the Big Island of Hawaii are threatened by the erupting volcano and many neighborhoods have had to be evacuated.  People are taking a fresh interest in […]

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How Useful are Walkie-Talkies in an Urban SHTF Situation?

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Communications can be disrupted during natural disasters and other emergencies. When phone lines and mobile communications are unavailable, consider having a backup. Here’s a look at how walkie-talkies can help. […]

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The Best Plants for a Happy and Healthy Home

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Written by Sarah Smith Today, more than ever, a majority of the population lives a very disconnected life from nature. It’s no secret that many of us fill our homes with synthetic furnishings, buy food loaded with preservatives, and live a very sedentary lifestyle compared to the generations that came before us. A majority of this can be blamed on today’s technology and improvements to manufacturing that make it easy to rely on store bought goods or medicines to make […]

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Money Mondays: How to Cope with High Gas Prices

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Gas prices seemed to increase almost daily this past week.  The combination of tighter supplies by OPEC, lower U.S. inventory, high demand and the U.S. getting out of the Iran deal seems to have caused the highest gas prices since November 2014.  Texas has lower gas prices than many states, but even we’re seeing some drastic increases, causing a drain on the pocketbook. A firm that tracks gasoline prices, GasBuddy has predicted gas prices […]

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Prepping for Disaster: 10 Must-Have Items Everyone Forgets

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Written by Kylie Sophia Fitch Emergency preparedness is more important than ever. You don’t need to live in Tornado Alley to prepare for a disaster or home emergency—they can strike anyone, anywhere. In fact, a survey conducted by Allstate in 2014 found that 92% of Americans have survived a natural disaster of some kind. But despite the frequency of these events, fewer than 10% of Americans have taken basic preparedness steps like practicing an evacuation. After a disaster strikes, it’s […]

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Got 10 Minutes to Spare? Try a DIY Survival Project!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I always recommend taking small steps toward preparedness to avoid getting overwhelmed.  That’s why I like fast doable projects that you can finish during your spare time. Damian Brindle, editor of reThinkSurvival.com, a long-standing survival blog has released his latest survival book, 47 Easy DIY Survival Projects:  How to Quickly Get Your Family Prepared for Emergencies in Only Ten Minutes a Day.  From what I have seen, these projects can be completed with materials […]

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Hurricane Season Begins This Week. Start your Survival Kit Now!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Enduring last years’ hurricane is still fresh in my mind but a new season is already upon us.  Hurricane season starts this Friday (June 1 – November 30).  As I write this, the first named storm of the 2018 season has already formed.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting there is a possibility it will be an active season.   Last year was certainly an active one.  We still have people who lost everything during Hurricane […]

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5 Natural Insect Repellents

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Living in a warm, humid environment, we are always dealing with a lot of insects.   We can have our apartment treated for pest control, but we all know insecticides can be harmful in the long term.  So we keep chemical insecticide use to a minimum.   When we do use them, we use a non-toxic spray. You can also make insect deterrents from readily available items. Here are my 5 favorite natural insect repellents: […]

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How to Repackage Salt for Long Term Storage

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Because salt is one of those essential ingredients with multiple uses, I make sure I a good amount stored away.  I recently opened some of my stores that were packaged back in 2010 and the salt was as fresh as the day I bought it.  Now I need to replenish my stored supply so I bought a huge bag of salt at Costco. It will keep well in the pantry for a while, but, over time, the salt will clump up […]

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Fire Extinguishers for Apartments

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Fire is one of the biggest threats to renters.   A small fire can turn into a large blaze in less than 30 seconds, according to Ready.gov.   A big thank you to one of our readers who suggested we discuss fire extinguishers for apartments. Where should you keep your fire extinguisher? You need a fire extinguisher anywhere there is a risk of fire:  near a furnace, a garage if flammable substances are stored, and the […]

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How to Make Dried Fruit without a Food Dehydrator

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been wanting to try dehydrating fruit but I do not have room for a food dehydrator.  There is just not enough space in my small apartment for another gadget.  But I there is a way to dehydrate fruit without a food dehydrator – just use your oven! I had a couple of apples that were a bit past their prime but still in good shape.  They were perfect for my apple chips […]

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Money Mondays: Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget

A lot of readers are concerned about preparing on a tight budget.  Here is some budget prepping advice from a fellow blogger. Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget Written by Tony Out of all the challenges preppers face, one of the most difficult and most common is the challenge of getting yourself ready for disaster on a limited budget.  The problem certainly doesn’t become any easier when we watch shows like Doomsday Prepper. I remember one night, early […]

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Money Mondays: Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget

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A lot of readers are concerned about preparing on a tight budget.  Here is some budget prepping advice from a fellow blogger. Advice on How To Prep On A Limited Budget Written by Tony Out of all the challenges preppers face, one of the most difficult and most common is the challenge of getting yourself ready for disaster on a limited budget.  The problem certainly doesn’t become any easier when we watch shows like Doomsday Prepper. I remember one night, early […]

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Start An Indoor Garden in Your Apartment

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Written by Craig Living in a small apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the beauty of nature into your small home. There are design opportunities for even the tiniest of dwellings. Indoor gardens are gaining more popularity as people look for ways to improve their homes with live plants, whether they are edible or for decoration. By making a design plan for your space, you can grow a luxurious garden that will make you happy to come home. Plan […]

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Money Mondays: Preparedness Tips to Save Money on Clothing

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I received a great email from reader Linda who brought up an important aspect of preparedness:  clothing.  Well-made clothes can be expensive, yet necessary for survival.  If there is some kind of large-scale collapse, manufacturing and shipping may be interrupted, and clothes will be scarce. During the Great Depression, many people could not afford store-bought clothes and therefore had to make their own.  Many had to trade items for materials or cloth or […]

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7 Tips To Deal With The Most Common Handgun Malfunctions

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Written by  Glen Artis The handgun has been around for centuries. And since the introduction of the first semi-automatic handgun in 1892, this firearm has undergone numerous technological advancements. Today’s handguns are the most sophisticated in the history of handguns. But in spite of this, modern handguns are still vulnerable to malfunctions. In fact, most if not all handgun users have experienced a malfunction at some point that rendered their guns temporarily inoperable. And while some of us may cuss […]

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23 Best Ways to Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites

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Editor’s note:  Mosquito season has started in many states.  It is predicted to be a particularly bad one in Texas, due to the recent floods and increase in breeding grounds.  The following article provides several great ways to get rid of mosquito bites using simple, inexpensive and readily available solutions. This article first appeared in Pest Strategies.com https://www.peststrategies.com/ How To Get Rid Of Mosquito Bites (23 Of The Best Ways) Imagine this. You’re on a well-deserved vacation in the Caribbean, and […]

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Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular

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The M1911 pistol served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. military from 1911 to 1986.  It uses a 45 ACP cartridge and is a single action, semi-automatic weapon designed by John Browning.  Today we are looking at why the 1911 is such a popular handgun. Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular Written by James Walton We’ll say it again: The 1911 is one of the most iconic handguns ever made. It’s one of the oldest and most legendary pieces ever […]

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Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular

The M1911 pistol served as the standard issue handgun for the U.S. military from 1911 to 1986.  It uses a 45 ACP cartridge and is a single action, semi-automatic weapon designed by John Browning.  Today we are looking at why the 1911 is such a popular handgun. Reasons Why the 1911 is so Popular Written by James Walton We’ll say it again: The 1911 is one of the most iconic handguns ever made. It’s one of the oldest and most legendary pieces ever […]

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What is the Shelf Life of Ammo?

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This post is by Bernie Carr We talk about the shelf life of lots of things around here:  food, medicines, liquor, but there is one thing we have not discussed, and that is the shelf life of ammunition. Manufacturers often indicate that properly stored ammo lasts for ten years.   But in reality, that may be more of a guideline.  Some may last for decades – we’ve all heard of people shooting ammunition from 40-50 years ago with no problems. Just […]

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10 Multipurpose Items for Your Bug-out Bag

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by Dan Stevenson A well-equipped Bug out Bag (BOB) must contain all the essential items.  There are many specialty items each with a specific application.  If you were to package each of these items, some of which are bulky, I’m sure you will run out of space.    A clever way to go about it is to pack items you can use for more than one application. These multipurpose items will save space.  So, you can pack all the necessary […]

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Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We all know you should have some water stored in your car for emergencies or in case you get stranded.  A lot of readers wonder, “Should you store plastic bottled water in your car?” Issues regarding storing water bottles BPA Water itself does not expire, according to the FDA.  However, common plastic water bottles contain BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical used in producing plastic and resins. It can leach into water especially […]

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Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I tend to get itchy, chapped hands so I wanted to see if I can make an inexpensive liquid hand that is gentle and non-drying.  I am a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Magic Soap, as you can see from this review.   So I used the soap bar version as a base for my liquid hand soap.  Here is what I did. Ingredients: 1 bar of soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s […]

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Money Mondays: Will Your Preps Outlive You?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was having a conversation with one of my elderly neighbors and the subject of downsizing and giving away their survival supplies came up.  She felt at her age she preferred to give some of her surplus emergency supplies to a younger family.  The conversation reminded me of an article I read a few months ago:  Survivalist spent decades stockpiling food then gave it to hungry hurricane victims  As you can see from the […]

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Money Mondays: Will Your Preps Outlive You?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was having a conversation with one of my elderly neighbors and the subject of downsizing and giving away their survival supplies came up.  She felt at her age she preferred to give some of her surplus emergency supplies to a younger family.  The conversation reminded me of an article I read a few months ago:  Survivalist spent decades stockpiling food then gave it to hungry hurricane victims  As you can see from the […]

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3 Habits That Invite Crime

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been reading our neighborhood social media reports and I notice there are more reports of criminal activities in areas were people usually say “That never happens here.”  These crimes rarely get reported in the evening news, but they are still worth noticing as they can happen to anyone. I know official reports in many areas show crime is down overall, but it really depends on what type of crime and where they […]

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8 Skills You Can Learn on Weekends

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Being prepared and becoming self-sufficient is not all about buying emergency supplies. Learning survival and self-sufficiency skills is a big aspect of the preparedness mindset.  Learning a few practical skills will also help you save money by doing things yourself. Here are 8 skills you can learn on weekends: Plant a garden Even if you only have a small balcony, you can grow a few herbs.  Sign up for free tickets for the […]

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Little Tricks To Achieve The Best Results In Brewing Herb Tea

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Written by Bernie Carr Herb teas are known to be both soothing and good for you.  For an upset stomach, I reach for mint tea for relief before reaching for an over the counter remedy.  I used to drink fresh herb teas mostly for medicinal purposes, and never actually enjoyed the taste very much.  Before I learned this technique, I used to boil the leaves in water for 10 minutes.  It worked, but the resulting tea was cloudy and looked […]

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Money Mondays: 10 Ways to Cut Your Living Expenses and Save for Emergencies

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Written by Allie Shaw Normally, you expect the bulk of your monthly salary to go toward items like rent, cable, utilities, groceries, and childcare. It’s not fun, but it’s a part of being an adult. But maybe you want more of your money to stretch further. This article will cover ten common living expenses and will teach you the necessary tips to cut down on those expenses, letting more money go toward family emergencies and other household needs. 1. Rent […]

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Can Body Armor Protect You from Common Urban Threats?

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Written by Anthony When chaos unleashes in a city, there’s no telling whether or not you’ll be standing in the line of fire. Preparation reduces the chance that you’ll fall victim to a fatal attack. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a society where treasure awaits at the end of a rainbow. Instead, perpetrators carrying guns and knives along with other harmful weapons roam the streets of urban areas, waiting to claim their next victim. Body armor is a necessity in crime […]

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Money Mondays: Stop Wasting Food and Save Money!

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was catching up on my article reader and found these two articles about food waste that riled me up: About 40 Percent Of All Food In The United States Is Thrown In The Garbage  and Top 20 Foods Wasted It is such as shame that so much food is wasted while other people are going hungry.   We can’t do anything about industrial food waste, but we can certainly minimize throwing away good […]

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4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can

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Editor’s note:  We always recommend everyone keep a spare can opener around, but should you find yourself without one, it is good to know a few other ways to open a can. 4 Emergency Hacks to Open a Can Written by Luisa Brenton Your face falls. The cold sweat breaks out. You look around at the deep wilderness that encircles your campfire and family. You shout, “Whaddaya mean nobody brought a can opener?” It can happen to everybody. That’s the problem […]

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Would Your Apartment Walls Stop a Bullet?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine we shall call Jim sent me a text message he had to leave his apartment in a hurry as he heard about ten gunshots in quick succession from the apartment building behind his complex.  He thought they sounded like 9mm gunshots.  Jim lives a few blocks away from me, in a street that is dotted with large apartment complexes. He called 9-1-1 and […]

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10 “Must Have” Emergency Gear for Apartment Dwellers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Several months ago we covered 10 Fast Track Tips for the Single Apartment Prepper; this week we’ll talk about tools you should have in your apartment in case of emergency. One of the advantages of living in an apartment is that most repairs and maintenance are covered by management.  All you have to do is make a call.  However, this does not mean that you should take things for granted and be completely […]

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4 Special Ammo Types You Should Know About

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Sponsored post by Ammunition Depot, where you can find a wide variety of ammo online.   The world of bullets is even more vast and expansive than the selection of firearms. Each ammunition is designed to perform a specific task from a specific firearm. Pairing the best ammo for your desired goal will offer astounding results compared to simply relying on traditional full metal jacket rounds. Some special types of ammo have unique effects or features. Here are a few […]

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Caring for your Feet in a Collapse

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Written by Ben Ayad Often the unsung hero of the bugout or survival situation, our feet do the walking, carrying and running from threats. We buy nice coats to keep us warm, gloves to protect our hands and even glasses to protect our eyes. Our feet rarely get the same consideration. If you find yourself on your feet with a pack on your back for any duration you will wish you took these precautions. We are going to discuss six […]

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Caring for your Feet in a Collapse

Written by Ben Ayad Often the unsung hero of the bugout or survival situation, our feet do the walking, carrying and running from threats. We buy nice coats to keep us warm, gloves to protect our hands and even glasses to protect our eyes. Our feet rarely get the same consideration. If you find yourself on your feet with a pack on your back for any duration you will wish you took these precautions. We are going to discuss six […]

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Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques

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Editor’s note:  A few weeks ago, we posted  Why Build and Bury a Powerful Communications Cache  which generated a lot of reader interest.  Today, James Walton is back with Tips and Techniques to show you how to make your own. Bury a Powerful Communications Cache – Part 2 Tips and Techniques By James Walton We are going to take a second deeper dive on the topic of burying a powerful communications cache in times of disaster. In the first article, we focused […]

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10 Things to Include in Your Office Emergency Kit

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If we had a choice, we’d all prefer to be at home when an emergency happens.  But since we spend eight or more hours at work, there is a good chance an emergency can occur while we are at the office.  Now is a good time to assemble an office emergency kit so you are not caught without supplies just in case. Where to store your supplies You can store your items in […]

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I Tested Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination and This is What Happened

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I received a sample of FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination products.  They are a sponsor, however, this is an independent test. What does the Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination Kit include? The package contains: FAST-ACT Decon Mitt FAST-ACT Sorbent Powder Bottle Set FAST-ACT Microfiber Towel Set FAST-ACT/VapourKlenz Face Mask User Manual What is Fast Act? Fast-Act is chemical hazard containment and neutralization system.  The products work for clean up of: -Chemical residue -Chemical vapors and odors […]

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I Tested Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination and This is What Happened

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I received a sample of FAST-ACT Chemical Decontamination products.  They are a sponsor, however, this is an independent test. What does the Fast-Act Chemical Decontamination Kit include? The package contains: FAST-ACT Decon Mitt FAST-ACT Sorbent Powder Bottle Set FAST-ACT Microfiber Towel Set FAST-ACT/VapourKlenz Face Mask User Manual What is Fast Act? Fast-Act is chemical hazard containment and neutralization system.  The products work for clean up of: -Chemical residue -Chemical vapors and odors […]

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How to Kill Germs during Flu Season

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com The flu season is in full swing and so many people are sick with the flu or anxious about catching the flu. What can you do to avoid catching the flu from surfaces? Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. When using a public restroom, use a tissue or paper towel after washing your hands to turn off the tap, and open doors. How do you kill flu viruses on […]

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Worried about Finances?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com As I write this, the stock market has just experienced its largest sell-off in history.   The negative sentiment was echoed around the world, and today the market is in for a wild ride, according to market analysts.  The experts are saying it due to worries about rising interest rates, inflation, and should stabilize.  People can’t help but feel jittery.   Though there is nothing we can do about the markets, we can focus on […]

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How to Make a Bacon Grease Emergency Candle

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I made a Bacon Grease Candle based on the instructions found in Willow Haven Outdoor.   After all, bacon is my favorite breakfast food.  I’ve made other lamps before, and I wanted to see how if this one would work. You will need Bacon grease   (If you don’t have bacon grease, lard, tallow or Crisco should work just as well.) String (I used a tampon string, but you can use other types such as cotton twine […]

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How to Make a Bacon Grease Emergency Candle

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I made a Bacon Grease Candle based on the instructions found in Willow Haven Outdoor.   After all, bacon is my favorite breakfast food.  I’ve made other lamps before, and I wanted to see how if this one would work. You will need Bacon grease   (If you don’t have bacon grease, lard, tallow or Crisco should work just as well.) String (I used a tampon string, but you can use other types such as cotton twine […]

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A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a disaster, you may initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, and the feeling worsens when you hear about what other people are doing and you haven’t even started yet. Don’t let all this worry get you down; the most important thing to do is to get started.  Whether you live in a small apartment or a small home, […]

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What Happens if Your City Runs Out of Water?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was checking out various news sites and learned about the latest crisis in Capetown in South Africa.  The city is rapidly running out of the water, because of a prolonged drought brought about by El Nino conditions.  Their water crisis has gotten so bad that officials are expecting to see supplies run about by April 12th if usage continues at the current rate.  April 12 is being named as Day Zero, an […]

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Please Welcome our New Sponsor: FastAct Chemical Response Products

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I am happy to welcome our new sponsor, FastAct Chemical Response products. What is FastAct Chemical Response? FastAct stands for  First Applied Sorbent Treatment – Against Chemical Threats.  They carry a variety of products to protect against: Chemical Contamination Smells/Vapors Release Chemical Attack Chemical or Fuel Spill A chemical emergency can happen without warning, according to Ready.gov.  In a later post, we’ll take a closer look at FastAct products and how they can help you […]

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Survival Uses for Junk Food

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Junk food is much maligned when it comes to nutrition – too much sugar, salt, high in calories and low in nutrients etc.  But if you consume it in moderation, it can be both satisfying and comforting.  I’ve seen emergency food lists that only include staples such as beans and rice, canned meats and vegetables.  There is nothing wrong with these bare-bones lists, however, it can get boring very quickly.  That’s why I […]

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Survival Uses for Junk Food

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Junk food is much maligned when it comes to nutrition – too much sugar, salt, high in calories and low in nutrients etc.  But if you consume it in moderation, it can be both satisfying and comforting.  I’ve seen emergency food lists that only include staples such as beans and rice, canned meats and vegetables.  There is nothing wrong with these bare-bones lists, however, it can get boring very quickly.  That’s why I […]

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How to Prevent Fake News from Turning Into Identity Theft

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Many people think “fake news” is usually those crazy stories you see on social media and never really consider how these wild stories can affect them personally.   I can tell you the fake news being spread in our neighborhood very recently did not seem all that crazy.   A couple of weeks ago, a letter from “Solid Waste Management” was left in the mailbox of many of our neighbors.  The letter was advising people that they left unacceptable items in their […]

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How to Prevent Fake News from Turning Into Identity Theft

Many people think “fake news” is usually those crazy stories you see on social media and never really consider how these wild stories can affect them personally.   I can tell you the fake news being spread in our neighborhood very recently did not seem all that crazy.   A couple of weeks ago, a letter from “Solid Waste Management” was left in the mailbox of many of our neighbors.  The letter was advising people that they left unacceptable items in their […]

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How to Prevent Fake News from Turning Into Identity Theft

Many people think “fake news” is usually those crazy stories you see on social media and never really consider how these wild stories can affect them personally.   I can tell you the fake news being spread in our neighborhood very recently did not seem all that crazy.   A couple of weeks ago, a letter from “Solid Waste Management” was left in the mailbox of many of our neighbors.  The letter was advising people that they left unacceptable items in their […]

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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