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 […]
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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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 […]
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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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 […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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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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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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, a large grocery chain closed its store in our area. I spoke with some of the employees and expressed my dismay that they were closing. Although some of the workers managed to transfer to another branch, many were let go. During the same week I found out that My Fit Foods a popular prepared food chain, abruptly closed all their stores nationwide, leaving many employees jobless. I felt bad hearing about people […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I heard that one of my favorite aunts and her husband recently moved to an assisted living facility. They have a one bedroom unit in a complex that has medical personnel available to check on the residents periodically. One of the things she mentioned about her new abode is the small size, so storage is an issue just as it is with other apartment preppers. We have not discussed the subject of senior […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden. I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering. But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost. That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few days ago, we got a notice from the apartment manager that one of our neighbor’s units got broken into. I went to the leasing office to find out the scoop. Our leasing manager has worked there for 25 years so I knew I could get some information. Some of the most common widely held beliefs about burglaries in apartments turned out to be myths. 5 Myths about Apartment Break-Ins: Burglaries happen […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water. A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency. However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time. To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency, store enough water for drinking as […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve seen postings in social media that people no longer feel the need to prep because Donald Trump is now in the White House. Or, they feel good about the economy, gas prices are a lot lower than they have been in years, therefore, things are good. Many people seem to be really optimistic about their finances. Should you keep prepping when things are good? It may be tempting to ease up […]
Each year, as the weather gets colder, I receive emails from readers who lose power in their homes or apartment. They are worried about heating their space when the power is out. I have written about keeping your apartment warm in the winter without power. The following article provides some good instructions on making a homemade heater with items that are easy to obtain. Please note this DIY heater is not meant to replace a heating system. The flower pot […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Many families have some kind of Halloween tradition, and ours is Scary Movie Night. There are certain movies we like to see year after year. One of my favorites from when the kids were little, is Hocus Pocus, with just right amount of scare but not so much as to give the kids nightmares. As an adult, I’ve always been creeped out by “It,” having read the Steven King book and watched the […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One of the challenges of staying organized in a small space is dealing with receipts. Receipts from purchases, bank transactions seem to keep multiplying and cluttering up pockets, wallets and purses. It is tempting to just get rid of them. However, I have found you need to keep receipts for a certain period of time before discarding them. Dealing with receipts: Cash machine transactions: When I use the ATM I keep them for […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In case of an injury, you should have a well stocked first aid kit. But in case you or someone you know gets hurt without a first aid kit nearby, it’s good to know there are a few household items that can be used in an emergency. 1. Sanitary napkins and tampons – The individually wrapped sanitary napkins and tampons are actually good to keep in a first aid kit. They can be […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com If you are trying to build up your emergency food storage, you may be concerned about the costs associated with storage containers along with the food itself. There is some expense involved, but it does not have to break your budget. There are free or inexpensive ways to obtain emergency storage containers. Here are a few tips: Water Containers You don’t have to spend a lot of money on water containers. 2-liter soda […]
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A few weeks ago, we took a day trip to a wilderness area for a picnic. There was no rain in the forecast that day, and there were no clouds in the sky when we set out. After an hour’s drive, we arrived and scoped out a spot by some trees. A couple of hours later, the clouds started coming in. Pretty soon the sky was dark and you could just feel a slight cool down in the temperature, which signifies rain. The wind came in and we knew we were about to have a downpour. […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Hurricane season began June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October. As long time readers know, I started this blog soon after I experienced Hurricane Ike, when I got caught up in long lines at the grocery and gas station, the day before the hurricane hit. I never want to experience that craziness again, with wall to wall people racing against each other to grab the last […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com You can’t help but feel bad about the citizens of Venezuela, as they suffer under miserable economic conditions: People waiting in lines all night and day to buy basic necessities, formerly middle class people having to hunt dogs and cats in their neighborhood for their next meal, with widespread rioting and looting. But can it happen here? This post certainly got my attention Coming Destruction? Alan Greenspan Warns “Venezuela Under Martial Law […]
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com To become more self sufficient, a common piece of advice is to grow your own vegetables. Ideally, you would have a nice sized backyard to start your garden, but apartment dwellers have very limited space. So we decided to try growing some vegetables in the balcony. I don’t have a lot of plants: just a few tomatoes, peppers, mint, rosemary, basil, green onions, parsley and cilantro. Here are some ideas to […]
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Last week we featured a review and giveaway of Aftermath II, A Story of Survival. Today I am delighted to share an interview with the author, LeAnn Edmondson. LeAnn writes the blog Homestead … Continue reading
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few people I know have nearly no food stored at home. They eat out on a regular basis and therefore feel no need to have food around the house except for a … Continue reading
Now that it is mid-February, spring is not that far away. The first official day of spring is Sunday, March 20th. It is time to start thinking about the balcony garden, and ways to get started inexpensively. Continue reading
When I first heard about Lifestack Storage Containers I was immediately interested on how they would work. Living in an apartment presents challenges for water and food storage due to limited space and I am always looking for solutions. What … Continue reading
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Now that 2015 on the wane, it’s a good time to evaluate how we did as we look forward to 2016. Evaluate how much supplies you have stored up. How much water and … Continue reading
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. Can you believe it’s the last month of 2015? It feels like … Continue reading
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. First the blog updates… What’s going on with the apartment aquaponics project? … Continue reading
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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently received a reader question about whether it is advisable to use a generator while living in a high rise. If you’ve been visiting the blog a while, you may recall I … Continue reading
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