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It has dawned on me recently just how many “non-preppers” have become fans of the books. Nothing drives this home like my peers at my day-job—many of them a big fans (despite knowing me!!) Many have expressed to me that reading my books makes them feel scared, lose sleep, etc. To that I say, “GOOD! Now do something about it?”

“But where do I start? It’s so overwhelming…”

“Like any big journey, you start with one step,” I tell them. I think they fear looking like a nut-job to their friends and family—worried about being labeled a conspiracy theorist. Hey, friends, we ALL went through that!


These have a small pump and hold about a hundred gallons. The link below is for a single unit ($35 as I write), or click the picture to get the 2-pack for $60.


We all have our opinions, but few can argue with the logic that if your non-prepper friends want your advice on where to start, you should start them with water. In the world of probabilities, they’re much more likely to need water and the ability to filter it at home than they will need a bug-out bag, fire-making kit with 5 different redundancies, etc. Hence, the WATERBOB that Phil fills (Ha!) his bath-tub with after that first, small quake. You should have one of these for every tub in your home. Sure—you could just fill the tub, but then you have water that needs to be filtered or boiled. It will also be prone to spillage, evaporation, and the pets drinking straight out of it. I first blogged about these a year ago, in my very first blog article.


These keys run from 5 to 10 bucks. This is the Amazon best-seller and happens to be on the low-end of the price range.


Next is the (now) famous SILLCOCK KEY. Yes, we all giggle just a little saying it. Once you get that out of your system, go check out this video by Cliff, “The Urban Prepper”, where he shows just how many places you can find these in an urban setting. These allow you to operate water valves on commercial buildings. Even if the power has been out for a few days, larger structures may still have plenty of pressure in the system (unless another prepper beats you there!)

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Every few weeks I’ll through up another article in this “Gear of Cascadia Fallen” series. I’ll also include other real-life items that I use and recommend, that Phil or the others would have been using even if the plot didn’t require me to say so.


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Remember: Our DUTY is to Be READY.