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Bernie Carr is the best-selling author of "The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster." She is also the author of, a blog dedicated to helping renters be ready for emergencies.

Stories by Bernie Carr - Apartment Prepper

How to Prepare for an Emergency While Traveling

Whether you’re away for business or pleasure, you probably don’t expect to face a travel emergency. But while you’re packing, it may be worth considering what additional items you may need if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation. A storm may cause a power outage, or a flood may leave you trapped in the hotel for […]

5 Emergency Items to Carry With You

It may not be practical to carry a fully stocked emergency kit everywhere you go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for an unexpected scenario. Carrying five simple items with you can help you be ready for emergencies and other unexpected situations. Consider carrying the following items in a purse or your car’s […]

Emergency Preparedness: 5 Simple Home Tasks to Consider

An emergency can occur at any time, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and be prepared. Emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be a big undertaking — splitting up tasks and tackling a few per week may help make it more manageable. Here are five simple home tasks you can consider to help you and […]

Daylight Saving Time: Spring Maintenance Tasks for Renters

It’s almost time to spring your clocks forward. Besides changing your clocks and testing your smoke detectors, this may also be a great time to tackle some of those maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off in your apartment. Here are four to-dos you may want to consider this time of year. 1. Check and Replenish Your […]

Fire Safety Tips for Apartment Living

Fires are the most common disaster people are likely to experience yet many Americans underestimate the risk, according to the American Red Cross. Apartment fires, much like house fires, are caused by mishaps involving everyday activities such as cooking, heating, using appliances and electrical malfunctions, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). The good news is, most […]

Emergency Preparedness: Tips for Storing Water in a Small Space

Water is one of the most important items to stock up on in your home emergency kit. To help ensure you and your loved ones have enough water for an emergency or natural disaster, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends storing a minimum of one gallon of water per day for each member of your family, including pets. The CDC […]

Earthquake Preparedness: Tips for Protecting Your Home

Earthquakes typically occur without warning, so there’s no time like the present to help make sure your home is safe. Consider these precautions to help protect yourself and your belongings before an earthquake happens. Scan Your Home for Potential Hazards Household items can be shaken loose or fall during an earthquake. Make sure heavy items […]

What to Include in an Emergency ‘Go Bag’

Most people would prefer to hunker down at home during an emergency, surrounded by familiar things. However, an evacuation may force you to leave your home to get out of harm’s way. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, evacuations are more common than people think. From natural disasters to industrial accidents, it’s important to […]

Tips for Keeping an Emergency Cash Fund

With the convenience of using debit cards or mobile payment apps, it can be easy to forgo having cash altogether. But it’s a good idea to keep some cash on hand in case of an emergency. In the aftermath of an emergency or a natural disaster, a power outage may render ATMs and credit card […]

4 Tools to Have in Your Apartment in Case of an Emergency

As a renter, no matter where you live it’s a good idea to have a few tools on hand in case of an emergency. You do not need an extensive toolbox, but you’ll be glad you have these items to help while you’re waiting for your landlord or a professional to arrive.