SKILLS

SKILLS

SKILLS Many people who are just getting into prepping, whether they’re a soccer mom putting back extra groceries or someone who has just become interested in a self reliant lifestyle. A lot of these people believe that all you need to make it is a locker full of guns and ammo and a basement full of food. This is nearly as dangerous as being totally unprepared! Stuff will not save you. Not in a prolonged disaster. Maybe not in a short term emergency either. Skills, knowledge, experience… These are the keys to survival. This is why we say “Skills don’t break and knowledge weighs nothing”. Yes it’s catchy but more importantly, embracing it just might save your life. Definition of skill (n) skill[ skil ] ability to do something well:the ability to do something well, usually gained through training or experience something requiring training to do well:something that requires training and experience to do well, e.g. an art or trade Synonyms: ability, talent, cleverness, dexterity, expertise, proficiency, skillfulness, handiness, knack, aptitude, competence, flair Cooking, building, repairing, fabricating, crafting, smithing, sewing… These are the skills that not only last a lifetime but will prevail in hard times. You have to believe that you will survive. You need the fortitude to continue when your body says “Quit”. You need the mettle to carry on when your mind says “Enough is enough”. I honestly believe that my time spent as a Boy Scout set the stage for my love of our Nation, my moral character, preparedness mindset, and drive to succeed. I made some lifelong friendships. I learned how to be an...
WATER!!!

WATER!!!

WATER!!! Water Facts – The average adult uses over 140 gallons of water each day for drinking, bathing, laundry, dishes and watering lawns etc… According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), in case of an emergency you should store at least one gallon of water per person per day and have at least a three-day supply. However, individual water needs vary depending on age, physical condition, activity and climate. Children and nursing mothers need more water and high temperatures can double the water needed. If you have pets, allow a gallon per day for each dog or cat. This is pretty much the minimum for drinking and very water conservative cooking. The Center for Disease Control receives over 4,000 cases each year of illness due to drinking contaminated water. Contaminated water can cause such diseases as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis. The Rule of Threes – The average person can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. So, right behind breathing, water is really important to our survival. Our bodies are made up of roughly 65% water so we really need to replace what we use through daily life. So, where do we get water? Well, Bear Grylls has his way…. Yuck. (Although, in extreme situations I’d do it) Municipal water system Almost everyone relies on this source. It is already treated and usually filtered down to 0.3-0.4 microns to remove most of the contaminants. It requires functioning infrastructure, maintenance personnel, treatment supplies, pumps, and electricity. A lot of systems have generator backup power that will keep it flowing for awhile after power...

TOP 10 BARTER ITEMS

TOP 10 BARTER ITEMS IN AN EMERGENCY 1. Alcohol 2. Water 3. Cigarettes 4. Food 5. First Aid 6. Security 7. Seeds 8. Sanitation/Hygiene 9. Energy/Power 10. Knowledge/Skills Should the time come where our dollar has collapsed, a lot of nearly everyday items could become incredibly valuable. Most of these items are fairly affordable now. Stock up ahead of time. Most of the items on my list have a great shelf life. You never know what you might be able to barter for if you have things someone else really wants. Here is my list of top 10 bartering items. 1. Alcohol – The little airline size bottles of whiskey and vodka and tequila can be used for drinking and medicinal purposes. Knowing how to make your own beer or moonshine can be very valuable as well. 2. Water – If you have a water purification system, like a Sawyer or a Big Berkey, keep at least 10 – 1 gallon empty containers. This way you can fill up these one gallon containers with fresh purified water to barter with. If you have a Berkey, Get at least one extra filter to barter with. Safe, clean drinking water is a very valuable barter item. 3. Cigarettes – even if you don’t smoke, there will always be someone who will barter just about anything for a cigarette. 4. Food – When you buy a 25 pound sack of dried foods like rice, wheat, oats, etc. Take some and put it aside in a small mylar bag with an oxygen absorber. This way you can have smaller quantity to either give...
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