The biggest advantage anyone can have in a large-scale disaster situation is to be a part of a well-prepared and self-reliant group or community that is full of like-minded people with diversified skills. Whether your community is a small, close-knit group of preppers or just a group of concerned neighbors, there are several key skills that you should be bringing to the table to ensure that you will be a valuable part of this group. Today we are going to discuss 5 of these top skills to ensure that you will be ready to rebuild within your community if and when a large-scale disaster strikes.
Food procurement and cooking
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an entire battery of weapons and ammo or enough toilet paper to ride out the zombie apocalypse in 2-ply comfort, if you can’t procure food from your environment; you’re completely reliant on stored food. In a large disaster scenario, being reliant on any 1 solution for any problem is extremely dangerous. Stored food has a habit of going a lot quicker than you’d think in a disaster, so it is important to have some experience in procuring food either by hunting, fishing, foraging or gardening.
Our modern convenience-laden world does a good job of masking how much time our ancestors devoted every day to cooking. In a grid-down scenario, cooking chores are going to take significantly longer than they do in normal times, and you will need to have at least the basics of cooking food not only from scratch, but without the modern conveniences of microwaves, dishwashers, water faucets and stoves.
Herbalism and plant identification
In a post-disaster scenario, even the most basic of modern medications are going to be in short supply. Although it is extremely important to have a well-stocked supply of medications, at some point, those medications will run out or expire. Depending on the severity of the disaster you may not have access to these medications again for a long time. Just like with any modern convenience, once this support system is gone we are going to have to rewind time so to speak and go back to using what the earth provides us for the majority of our needs.
Even if disaster never comes in our lifetime, there are huge advantages to learning about as many plants that are local to your area as possible. Being an expert on the local flora will also make you an extremely valuable member of any community. Modern doctors are simply descendants of traditional herbalists. With the advancement of the internet, we now have a mind-boggling database of information that we can use now (before disaster strikes) to study local plants for not only their food and nutritional value, but also for their medicinal value.
Basic Carpentry skills
In a post-disaster scenario, traditional carpentry skills will be invaluable. Making things by hand, without electricity is a dying art form that will be sorely missed if and when we are ever in a long-term grid down scenario. Something as basic as making a simple wooden box seems like them most advanced, infuriatingly difficult task ever for someone who’s never held a hammer and nails in their hand before. Mastering at least the most basic carpentry skills like taking accurate measurements, how to cut wood without power tools safely and how to create and reinforce basic structures will be in high demand after a disaster and having these skills will make you valuable member of your group.
Automotive repair skills
Automotive mechanics are going to be in huge demand in a post-disaster scenario. It
’s estimated that there are over 8 million passenger vehicles in America at this time, however only 1 in 5 Americans are even capable of even changing their oil, let along removing batteries, alternators or doing minor engine repair. As a disaster skill, you should know how to do simple
things like removing a battery and alternator, siphoning gas, changing a tire, inspecting and replacing belts and changing oil. Even these very basic automotive repair skills could mean the difference between staying somewhere with limited resources or going to greener pastures.
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