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Monday, April 30, 2018

Stoves (Kerosene, Propane, Butane, Alcohol, Wood) For Cooking Preparedness

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portable cooking stoves
Guest article by Chuck Findlay
This comes from a life-long ‘stoveaholic’ that has way too many stoves and is not at all in recovery. The addiction is life-long and in full bloom with no hope for recovery.
I have been an avid tent camper my whole life, from the time I could walk to today (57-years old) I have had all kinds of camping gear. That includes stoves that ran on all kinds of fuel.
The stoves I have are butane, gasoline-white gas, propane, wood, and kerosene. Most of them are small backpack stoves and are not made to serve a large family.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Highly Recommended Books

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from Code Name Insight

When it comes to preparing for disaster, almost everything you need to do/know/learn can be found online.  There may be a time, however, when power is not available, the internet is not available, and all of the information that you have so careful stored away in the cloud is unreachable.  This is why, even though nearly all of my survival-related stuff is online, I still have a stack of useful books in storage for use in the event that TSHTF and I need valuable survival information at my fingertips. 

Here's some books that should be in your library:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The 10 Best Prepper Audiobooks

Prepper audiobooks are a great way to get through a book and learn a few things without having to sit around. Physical books take precious time to sit down and read through and I always feel a little lazy reading a book since it feels like I am not being very productive. Audiobooks fix this, since I can work on my preps, mow the lawn, commute to work- all while listening to a book!

Audiobooks Have Changed and They Can Change Your Prepping

Audiobooks used to be annoying; you had to have several CDs or many cassettes and records to swap out between chapters. You had to hang out at your sound system to listen to them, or save them for a road trip. This is no longer the case. You can fit virtually all the prepping audiobooks available onto your phone and listen to them hands-free doing anything you want. This makes them great for multi-taskers like myself. If you are enthusiastic about staying up to date on prepping- it is a no-brainer.

The Top Audiobook Platform

There are plenty of ways to get your hands on audiobooks, but one of the most popular options and the one I use is Audible. It is an Amazon company that lets you subscribe and listen to audiobooks. They have a free trial that gives you two books for free. It’s definitely worth checking out- even if it’s just for the free books. In the list of the best prepper audiobooks below, I’ll put the Audible link for each book and you can just sign up for the free trial if you are not already a member.

The 10 Best Prepper Audiobooks

Here is our list of the ten best prepper audiobooks and where to download them.

10/10 American Exit Strategy by Mark Goodwin (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

Realism is what Goodwin strives for, basing his dystopian fiction on a very possible financial meltdown. Although the method of the meltdown is certainly fiction, the grim aftermath could be a glimpse into the future. The book is a good listen at almost eight hours. Find it on Audible HERE.

9/10 Going Home by A. American (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

This book borderline glorifies an apocalyptic trek, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable. The protagonist has it relatively easy for someone enduring SHTF, but this allows the author to explore other concepts. The audiobook is a nice length at thirteen hours long. Find it on Audible HERE.

8/10 Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawke (Non-Fiction)

Mykel Hawke is a well known survivalist and former Green Beret (obviously). He is featured on TV shows and has his own survival training company called Spec Ops Inc. He offers one of the longest books on the list at 15 and a half hours long. It is definitely wilderness survival focused, but any prepper can find useful information in this audiobook. Find it on Audible HERE.

7/10 Seal Survival Guide by Cade Courtley (Non-Fiction)

Courtley covers a wide span of survival, from improvised weapons all the way to pandemic survival. The result is a step-by-step guide that can help a beginning prepper or experience prepper looking to hone their skills. It is almost ten hours of content, so there is plenty to digest. Find it on Audible HERE.

6/10 The Journey Home: An EMP Survival Story by John Winchester (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

Winchester crafts a story on how disasters usually don’t occur when it is convenient. The protagonist finds himself in a pickle when an EMP cripples the country as he is thousands of miles from home and his prepping stash. The book is six and a half hours long and serves as a great warning about preparedness on the move. Find it on Audible HERE.

5/10 Long Road to Survival by Lee Bradford (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

This series is sparked by a nuclear attack on all of the port cities. We all know how devastating that could be to our infrastructure and society, and Bradford does a great job of showing how tensions escalate under pressure. It is a short four hour listen. Find it on Audible HERE.

4/10 Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook by Timothy S. Morris (Non-Fiction)

This is a basic rundown of what should be in a medical kit with ideas and skills that you need to know. It is a very short listen at a little over an hour. Find it on Audible HERE.

3/10 The Survivalist: Frontier Justice by Arthur T. Bradley (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

Superpox-99 has wiped out the majority of the population in this popular fiction novel. Bradley details a true worst-case scenario right on the edge of impossible, but with a tone that has you feel as if you were there. If you are looking for something different, be sure to check it out. The audiobook lasts five and a half hours, but it seems like it goes by quicker. Find it on Audible HERE.

2/10 Pandemic: The Extinction Files by A.G. Riddle (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

Mr. Riddle can write an intense novel, as he demonstrates in this book about an outbreak originating in Kenya. It will keep you on the edge of your seat for all 19 hours. Find it on Audible HERE.

1/10 One Second After by William R. Forstchen (Fiction, Book 1 of an acclaimed series)

This novel is set in my backyard- North Carolina and is a harrowing tale/warning of the consequences of an EMP detonation. The book has helped many get into prepping and is definitely a good listen. The run time is about 13 ½ hours- so it will last you a good while if you don’t binge it! Find it on Audible HERE.

The Final Word

Staying informed is important but it is still hard to make time for. Audiobooks let you double up on time you are already doing other things. I like to listen on my commute, while doing yardwork, and sometimes even just relaxing. It never hurts to stay sharp and continue learning. Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

Monday, April 23, 2018

8 Skills You Can Learn on Weekends

This post is by Bernie Carr,
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 Grow Your Own Food Workshop.  You’ll get a Grow Your Own Food Quick Start Guide and Planning Calculator just for signing up.

Learn to use a gun safely

Check out your local gun range for gun safety courses.  I am seeing some spring classes in our neighborhood that don’t cost much to join.

Self-defense training

Employers and local businesses often offer a free class or two teaching defensive moves an average person can do in case of attack.

Learn to bake from scratch

It is fun to make artisan bread – it’s not hard, just follow these simple instructions. 

Basic sewing

I previously took clothes to the tailor for sewing needs, now I can sew buttons, shorten or lengthen hems, repair a tear, etc.

Change a tire

Knowing how to change a tire by yourself is a skill that can come in handy in your daily commute.

Read a map

GPS may not always be available – learn how to read paper maps.  The Auto Club is a good source for paper maps; you can also order them inexpensively for areas that interest you.

Start a fire without matches

There are various of ways to start a fire without matches – just pick a method and practice!

Learning a few skills has shown me how much we take for granted and rely on others to do basic activities.   This list is by no means complete-these are just a few ideas to get started.  Find something that captures your attention.  Another benefit is you might find that it’s fun!
© Apartment Prepper 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Book Recommendation: 77 Days in September

A really great book. I highly recommend checking it out.

On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America. The blast, an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP), destroys every electrical device in the country, and results in the crippling of the power grid, the shutting down of modern communications, and bringing to a halt most forms of transportation.

Kyle narrowly escapes when his airplane crashes on take-off, only to find himself stranded 2,000 miles from home in a country that has been forced, from a technological standpoint, back to the 19th Century. Confused, hurt, scared, and alone, Kyle must make his way across a hostile continent to a family he’s not even sure has survived the effects of the attack. As Kyle forges his way home, his frightened family faces their own struggles for survival in a community trying to halt its slow spiral into chaos and anarchy.

77 Days in September follows Kyle and his wife, Jennifer, as they are stretched past their breaking point, but find in their devotion to each other the strength to persevere.