As you see this blog is about prepping in apartment buildings. But as i mentioned earlier i take a casual point of view about level of prepping (i do not consider cases that you will be the last man standing in a world that you will be alone in the planet).
Besides the insane amount of resources, space and mental considerations for such a case, I will consider prepping for a week to month period (may be at most 3 months but even that is hard in an apartment building).
Well here is what i think about prepping in an apartment building:
A person absolutely needs three things to live: food, water and shelter.
Since we are bugging in our apartments we took care of the shelter part. Then we need to acquire food and water. Before talking about food, water must be the single most important thing in an apartment preppers mind.
It is that way because:
a- Water is heavy, so storing it is a lot of problem for an apartment dweller
b- Water can be spent very easily. So it will be first thing to be depleted and force you out of the building.
ready.gov suggest 1 gallon (~4lt) per person for 1 days
then you can calculate the basic necessary amount for you depending on size of your family and plan for water.
(quick look up table for you 1 person -1 week 7 gallon(~27lt) -1 month 30 gallon(113lt) -3 months 90 gallon(341lt) so a family of four will need 360 gallons of water (1363 lt) for 3 months... This is too much to store in an apartment building. Also you need to buy some fabricated water to ensure for drinking quality.
For the food you should consider to buy foods that needs least amount water to cook/eat. Choose/Make cans with high amount of water in them as ready.gov suggests. As with water, finding storage for food is also can be difficult. but it is easier since amount of food for daily use takes less space. For a quick look for food items please visit ready.gov. but a short list is copied here:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola
- Peanut butter
- Dried fruit
- Canned juices
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- High energy foods
- Food for infants
- Comfort/stress foods
I will write more at Part2