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Sunday, February 26, 2012

‘Teach’ Yourself Survival Skills

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So many times when I talk to people, be they friends or family or someone I just met, I am sometimes complimented on something I made, and they almost always follow with a , “Oh, I could never do that.” or “Oh, I don’t know how to do that.” For example, someone may comment that they don’t know how to make bread by hand or they don’t know how to sew. However, many times I also detect their desire to know how, or their enthusiasm to get started. One thing I can tell you is to take that first step. Get started!

Many folks want to get started in survival preparedness and prepping but they sometimes just don’t know where or how to begin. Well, here is an easy way to start.

First, assess your current situation. What supplies do you need to stock up on? What ‘skills’ do you already have? What skills would you like to learn?

Start writing down lists of things you need and things (skills) you should know how to do.

For example, sewing supplies…are you supplied? Everyone, men included, should have a basic sewing kit with their supplies and have the skill to know how to sew. Sewing a hem, a tear, or replacing a button that has fallen off are very easy sewing tasks that everyone should be able to do.

Food… do you have enough? Do you know how to cook? Do you have the basic skill to make basic bread from scratch? Do you know basic gardening and would you be able to successfully grow some of your own food? Do you know how to preserve different types of food? Do you know various food preservation methods and know how to do it successfully?

The important thing here is to Keep Educating Yourself! If there are skills you feel you need to learn, then get yourself taught.

Read a book on the subject.

Learn from a friend who already knows how.

Take one or two ‘Adult Education’ or ‘Adult Evening’ classes. They offer everything from cooking, to computer, to auto repair, to electrical, heating, welding, woodworking and health. Most counties charge anywhere from $30 to $40 for a class. Take your spouse, take your best friend and check them out. Ladies, these are all classes you can take. Learn how your car works and what you will be able to repair. Learn the basics of electricity around your house. Learn first aid. All of these are available through adult education, or the internet or buy a book. Teach yourself!

Don’t be afraid to start! Start by stocking up, and stocking up on your survival skills. The sooner you start, the better you will feel.

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