In case you missed it…..

This past Sunday’s Q&A post got quite a response. Thank You Everyone!!! I selected a few responses to republish to celebrate the pro-activeness of our readers preparedness mindset and being ready….”just in case”:


Granny C commented……

“Sounds like a lot of us are feeling the same urgency to get what we have accumulated ready just in case. DH and I are doing the same. Making sure gas cans and water barrels are full, putting nearly filled 2 liter bottles of water in the freezer to help it stay cold longer in a power outage, laying in supplies still needed at BOL like plywood, tar paper, nails, etc. Looking through suggested lists to see what I may have missed, or forgotten.”

“Unfortunately not nearly as ready as Randy and WE2, but a lot more prepared than most. Need to check out the generator and get out the Water Bob, pay the bills. I think we may go to the BOL on Tuesday to stay for a few days, since we are both retired and see what shakes out. The most important prep will be to get on or knees, thank the Lord for the blessings and freedoms we have enjoyed and pray that He will be merciful to our sinful society and protect us from the evil plans of those who would destroy us.”


 Granny C – your discounting the  accomplishments you have made as you have obviously done so much more than the average person. You may already have a water storage system already but don’t forget you can save those 2 liter bottles of water  – not necessarily just for drinking but for cleaning and sanitation as well. Keep it up and thanks for commenting!! – – – Rourke

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Randy said……

I was reading some other prepper sites last evening and developed a slight case of anxiety while noticing the plethora of articles dealing with the consequences of an attack on our electrical grid, including nuclear generating plant malfunctions. So, I whipped out the credit card and ordered a Big Berkey filter, some N100 masks and a couple of hooded tyvek suits that I found at Amazon for less than $7.00. Must have been a loss leader as all other sizes were quite a bit more expensive.

I also remembered that several of my 40# propane tanks need to be refilled, as do several of my 5 gallon gasoline cans, so put that on my list to do before the end of the week. I had let my gasoline supply dwindle as prices rose, but the prices have come down to $3.19 this week here, so that’s cheap enough. I would like to reiterate that, for those who store much gasoline, I typically rotate our 5 gallon cans to fill Karen’s car (VW bug, and easier to fill from a can than our other vehicles), which keeps the gas fresh and means I don’t have to spend the money for gas treatment for longer term storage. The stored diesel is used in our JD tractor and skid steer, so the same applies.

Since our above ground water storage tanks have a combined capacity of 6,000 gallons, I finished an earlier installation of a gravity feed filler for buckets and bottles, so that flushing toilets is not a problem in a power outage. We can pump those tanks full,, if need be, by supplying power to the submersible pump from our generator, but that water will last quite a while if we’re not in the gardening season. I’d like to get a gasoline powered pump to be able to use water from the pool, too, since there’s another 12,000 gallons there. That’s on my list.

It will be interesting to see if the Big Berkey makes our well water more drinkable. There’s nothing really wrong with it, except it has magnesium sulfate (epsom salts) in it, and when you drink a lot of it…well, things happen.

A lot of folks seem to be of the opinion that ISIS may be planning an attack on our grid on 9/11. I don’t see that date as a strong likelihood as I don’t think they will want to commemorate an Al Qaeda atrocity, but rather make their own statement. But, I don’t claim to understand how they think.

I went to church today with some of these things on my mind, but our senior adult choir sang a song that reminded me that Jesus is the Rock and He is mindful of our needs. That made all the difference. (Of course, God did commission Noah to build a boat…)


Randy – sounds like you sure very well prepped and have the right mindset. Your water storage is phenomenal and I am so jealous! There are a lot of concerning events going on in the world and will be writing an article soon on this subject. All we can do is prepare ourselves – both with materials and spiritually by getting to know Jesus Christ and being as close to him as possible. 

As far as if the Berkey will remove Epsom salt – not sure. If anything will it will be the Berkey. If it doesn’t there is an attachment that removes fluoride and that probably would do it. Contact a sales person for a company – such as – and ask them.

Take care and thanks for sharing! – – – Rourke 

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WE2 stated the following……

This Thursday 9/11 is Patriot Day. We spent the whole day today transferring additional water storge cans and our water pillow to the Roost, visiting Mennonite stores for 50# bags of rice, beans, oats, corn and cheap dog food. Found big trash cans w/lids on sale for $9 which was timely :-) Took it all to the Roost, put the bulk stuff in the cans, sprinkled with DE and snapped on the lids. Taking our Coleman stove & oven, our sun oven, propane canisters & 20# tanks tomorrow. Also will spend a lot of time transferring our garden mixture and framing to move tomorrow also. Topped off the gas tanks in the truck and Miss B. September is preparedness month (even according to FEMA) and we noticed several churches as well as the Salvation Army had “Disaster Relief” trucks etc. in their parking lots today.

“IF” a crisis does occur we’ll be loading up the truck and Miss B with everything important from here, MrWE2 will hitch on to the travel trailer and I’ll drive Miss B and we’ll be heading for the Roost. We’re also clearing a space for our “precious metal” cabinet to put in the Roost. Will also be loading up our ACER notebook with all of our jump drives, one of our generators and all the gasoline we have plus fill some empties. Will also load up our small supply of kerosene for our lanterns. We don’t view this as being “for nothing”. If this day passes we’ll just be that much further in establishing the Roost as our homestead.


WE2 – You guys are awesome! 9/11 is absolutely Patriot Day and one historic day most in this country have forgotten about. I remember after 9/11 “United We Stand” was absolutely true. This country was so unified – and look at it now. Horrible.

I have a question and please excuse my ignorance – but what is “DE” and how are you storing your food in the trash cans?

Thanks for the comments and sharing! – – Rourke

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 Bev and I appreciate all the comments and sharing. has turned into quite the community of like-minded folks. Let’s keep it going!!!

Keep prepp’n!


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