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Let’s face it, we like the convenience of the city. Jobs are there, restaurants are there, stores are there, so we live there. What’s in the country? I look out my car windows and see cows and corn fields. What I also see is open space, creeks and rivers, the random deer jumping out in front of the car. I also see survival.

When you’re in the city and power goes away, how will you heat your apartment? How will you feed yourself? Everyone will have the same idea and rush to the store to get all the food and water they can afford. Depending on the time of year, there might be a run of various kinds of heating fuels. Here in my small town every time there is the threat of a snowstorm, the grocery stores are packed. How do you think the stores will be if something worse than a few inches of snow is on the way?

How to Bug In Apartment Style

Not all apartments have the space you need to store everything you might need. A little more planning is necessary to store what you need in what little space you have free.


Water takes a lot of space. It’s heavy too. In this case you might be better off with some stored water and a water filtration system. This way you do not need to figure out where you will keep your 55 gallon drums of water in your efficiency apartment.

Make sure to rotate the water about every 6 months. Something to consider is the source of your water. Right now it is either your faucet or the store. In the city, this can pose a problem for many people. We rely heavily on the municipal water and sewer system.

Will you have a consistent way to gather the water? Not many neighborhoods have streams running through them. This is why your ideal choice is storing what water you can. Rain water is a source, so is snow, but collecting from these sources is not always an option.


The next thing to consider is your food. Having a storage area in your building is sometimes possible. What I see most of the time though is the storage area is in the basement. The basement usually has a more steady temperature all year round, but… What usually floods? That’s right, the basement. So unless you want to swim after your food, you might want to make a closet into a pantry.

I have read some articles where people have stacked a couple of plastic totes with storage food in them, placed a board on top and covered them with a table cloth or something similar to make a table. If you have a significant other living with you, this might be a hard sell unless they are on board with your preparedness. Unless you have zero space in a small apartment, this seems like something a couple of college guys would do at their apartment.

Alternatively, a little bit if inexpensive shelving or giving up some space in your closets might be a better choice when you are starting out with food storage.


Since you have shelter (your apartment), food and water taken care of, the next order of business is fuel. Here in the Midwest, the weather gets pretty darn cold. As I write this, I am dreading the forecast for tomorrow. The weatherman is predicting a high of negative four degrees. Yeah, I said that’s the high. The lows are about negative 17, but the windchill can make the temperature feel like negative 50. (Um yeah… why do I live here again?)


As you might guess, having some sort of heating solution is essential if the power goes out. The thing is, having an open flame isn’t ideal and neither is storing some sort of fuel like gas or kerosene. Without any other option, you can use a flamed heat source, but do so at your own risk. Perhaps a unidirectional heater (puts out heat in one direction) and a big solar generator might be what you need.

You will also need some way to boil water and/or cook your food. You can use a portable stove and fuel discs. Also, a propane or charcoal grill would work to cook (outside of course).

Each area of the country will differ on what you’re preparing for. Each apartment and house will have different challenges to overcome. Most of the time a little creativity and time spent looking around and talking to like minded people can help you solve the space dilemma and obstacles of living and preparing in the city.

What are your tips for apartment or urban preparing?

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