Apartment-Prepping-Tips-Article
“Our situation is that we do not have a house; we are apartment renters. We have two children and one on the way. My concerns are: No space so I have no storage or supplies anymore; not able to alter our living area, so I have no idea how we’d shelter in place etc; and the turn-over with neighbors is fairly high so I feel that our safety group is non existent. We have no family near us as they are all out west. What do we do?”

That’s the question reader Lupita B. asked the staff. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to have readers step in and offer some apartment prepping tips. Here are some of their responses.

Prepping Tips for Apartment Renters

“First, you must be able to secure your apartment. Examine every opening big enough to enter and develop methods to secure it (similar to storm coverings for windows, but installed from the inside). Then you have to develop a bug out plan. Bug out bags with hiking boots are a must. Because bugging out is probably going to be a must, consider using a burial tube (5-gallon bucket, desiccant and screw-on lid) to stash goods along your bug out route. Finally, have a destination, and stash/store the majority of your preps there.” – William Major

“Start networking. Make some new contacts in your area (a simple note on the library bulletin board?) and stress your strong points. For example, you might be able to watch other kids during an event. We all have areas we can contribute. Good luck and God bless.” – Jcharles Tower

“Get furniture now that is dual purpose to use as storage; a trunk as a coffee table, a cloth covered file cabinet as an end table. Stack water bricks behind a couch that sits against a wall, they are each small and easy to move from place to place. If you have to move you can empty the water out and refill at your new location, they can hold water as well as dry goods like food stuffs or even ammo. Bug out bags stored in the bottom of a closet if you have to evacuate with 72 hours of supplies. Plan first for the shortest and easiest emergencies and maybe once that is done then you will have moved on to another location, or stage of your life and will be able to plan for larger and longer situations. Find and join local Prepper groups through Meetups or the American Preppers Network. Allies do not have to live in your apartment complex. You may find someone that has a location that needs other like-minded families to join them to help defend and live with after a major event.” – Linda Chambers

“Get risers for the beds so you can get storage bins under them. If you are allowed to, put additional shelving in your closets. You’d be surprised at how much you can store with one or two additional shelves per closet.” – Noel Spicuzza

“Build a three-day supply of food and water, and then shoot for a two-week supply. Keep setting small goals so you can gauge your progress. We are in a town home, and I have two young children. Though space is limited we make the best out of the small storage unit and the space under the stairs. You are going to have to get creative in finding ways to store supplies: under beds, temporary shelves in closets or anywhere else.” – Justin King

“Another idea is to rent a very small storage locker (3×3) close to you (walking distance if possible) to store non perishable, not heat effected preps.” – Linda Chambers