The Berkey Guy Wants You to Have the Right Preps

My guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week is Jeff Gleason, the Berkey Guy. We recorded our conversation a few days ago, and when it was over, I realized there was a theme running through it. I can sum it up as stated in this post’s title–the Berkey Guy wants you to have the right preps.


Get the Right Water Filtration System

Obviously, Jeff recommends Berkey Water systems. Several are available to choose from, designed to meet your needs, whether you’re purifying water for the family, going camping, or going solo on a trip. If you’re not sure which one’s right for you, Jeff gives some tips in our visit, and you can always contact him directly with questions.

It’s best not to take shortcuts either. Sure, you could buy some Berkey elements and drill some holes in a couple of five gallon buckets or large plastic bottles, but you’ll need more parts than you’d expect. And you’re taking a bit of a risk you don’t have to take by buying the right Berkey system.

It’s important to use the right sources of water for filtration, too. For example, don’t run sea water through. And Jeff doesn’t recommend swimming pool water. But Berkeys will filter water from a ditch or pond. Of course, let’s hope you won’t have to do that. It’s nice to know you can though, if there’s no other water available in a grid-down situation.

Berkeys go through extensive testing, so you can be sure they’ll do what the company claims they’ll do. And they’ve just released the Black Berkey Primer, which many Berkey customers want. Jeff has often been asked how to prime Black Berkey elements when there’s no water faucet available. This product was so new he couldn’t reveal much about it the day we recorded our conversation. But they’re available now, and this is proof the company is sensitive to customers’ needs and is able to provide innovative solutions. See what I wrote about it in a previous post here.


Get the Right Storage Food

As part of Jeff’s desire to provide you and me with quality products, he started carrying the Mountain House line of food storage. He offers Survival Cave products, too. This meant separating from a company whose practices he thought were questionable. Jeff doesn’t want to see you or me get misled or given a false sense of security about our storage food supply. During our visit he passed along five lies some food storage companies use to hook you and me into buying their products.


Get the Right Information

Jeff went on a rant against the people and companies he calls info mills. They’re the ones who use fear tactics to sell nothing but PDF files at inflated prices. They also mislead you and me into having a false sense of security. You’re better off getting quality books on preparedness and survival. You and I should have physical products that will do some good when they’re needed.

I appreciate Jeff’s zeal for integrity in the preparedness marketplace. He wants to help you make wise choices when buying preparedness items. After all, we’re talking about things which could have a bearing on survival for you and me. And, by the way, if you see any companies here at DestinySurvival which you believe have questionable products or practices, please let me know.


There’s More

Hear all of my conversation with Jeff on DestinySurvival Radio for June 19, 2014. (Right click to download.)

Allow me to wrap up with a personal note. Jeff’s company, LPC Survival, has been the longest running paid advertiser on this site. Unfortunately, it’s not always going to be possible for the ads to continue here. That’s just how things go sometimes. But whether or not you see the Berkey Guy’s ads, I encourage you to buy Berkey systems and the other preparedness products Jeff’s company offers at It’s a pleasure doing business with Jeff. He’s been more than fair to me, and I think you’ll hear from our conversation that he’s someone you can trust, too.

As always, if you have comments about what you’ve read here or heard in this week’s show, feel free to leave a comment below and let the prepper world know.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.