Storing supplies in preparation for doomsday is very important, but it is also important that you have the skills necessary for survival. You have to be able to use the supplies you have stored to your advantage to survive after doomsday. The ability to generate power is a very useful skill, as is the ability to hunt and gather food and the ability to purify water. The ability to create shelter is an extremely useful skill, as are any medical skills you have or can learn before doomsday.
The Ability to Generate Electricity
Humans depend on electricity for almost everything in our lives, including cooking, heating and communication. Some people have the ability to create their own power by harnessing energy from the wind, water or sun. We don't know what resources will be available after doomsday, so it is a good idea to have several ways to generate electricity available to you. Being able to create your own electrical generator and repair the generators of others is a very useful skill that will likely be highly coveted after doomsday.
The Ability to Hunt, Fish and Gather Food
It is essential for all preparers to have a large supply of canned food available to survive on, but the ability to obtain fresh food is an important skill. Whether you have the ability to hunt with a crossbow, catch large fish from the river or gather berries in the forest, food-gathering skills are essential to long-term survival. It is also important to know how to prepare the game you are able to catch. The animal hides can be used for clothing, shoes and other household items. Animal bones can be used as tools or weapons if you know how to fashion them. It is smart to practice your hunting and fishing skills before doomsday so that you will be ready to put these skills to the ultimate test.
It is also essential to be able to create meals out of whatever ingredients you have on hand. You may not always be able to eat the food you are in the mood for, but having the ability to improvise and properly season your food will mean that the food you eat will taste good and provide your body with adequate nutrition. It is very unlikely that restaurants and grocery stores will be available after doomsday, so eating will become a matter of survival instead of a matter of choice.
The Ability to Purify Water
The human body can only survive for a couple of days without water. Water filtration systems will be vitally important after doomsday because nobody will know whether the water is still safe to drink until they have the time and equipment to run extensive tests. A portable water filtration system made from charcoal is an easy and convenient way to treat water before you drink it. These systems are small and can be stored easily.
If you don't have access to a water filtration system, boiling your water is an effective way to make it safe for drinking. The water should be heated to boiling for at least 20 minutes to kill microorganisms and bacteria. It is equally important to make sure the water doesn't become contaminated after you have purified it. The best way to prevent contamination is to keep all drinking water in closed containers and make sure that the containers are stored at least 70 feet from any existing water source or dwelling.
The Ability to Create Shelter
Shelter protects your body from the elements and helps to keep your body warm. Being able to build a strong shelter is a skill that will be coveted by many after doomsday. It doesn't matter if the shelter is made of wood, bricks, fabric or any other material. The important thing is that the shelter is sturdy enough to keep you and your family safe and dry. It is best to build your main shelter before the apocalypse, but it is also a good idea to have a tent or other portable shelter available because you have no way of knowing whether the shelter you have built will survive the apocalypse or whether moving often will be necessary. You will probably be able to trade your shelter-making skills for clothing, food and other items that are necessary for survival.
You don't have to be a doctor or nurse to know that first-aid skills will be vitally important after doomsday. With no hospitals or doctors offices available, people will be forced to rely on each other for medical care. People with first-aid skills will be in high-demand and you may even be able to trade your skills for food or other items.
Your first-aid kit should be stocked with basic items such as bandages, alcohol wipes, gauze pads, tweezers, scissors, bulb-suction devices, saline solution and rolled gauze. It is smart to take a couple of first-aid classes in preparation for doomsday because you never know which skills you will have to use.
Honing Your Skills
Most people focus on gathering supplies for doomsday, but it is just as important to hone any skills you believe will come in handy. Taking refresher classes and practicing your skills is an excellent idea because you have no way of knowing which of your skills will save the lives of you and the people you love.
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