When compared to our pioneer relatives, most of us in modern society invest all our energy into getting good at skills we need for work instead of those needed for basic necessity and survival. This is especially not good when it comes to disaster preparation, so one of the best things you can do as a prepper is to regain some of these “lost” skills. What follows is a list of basic skills you should learn in order to be prepared for an emergency.

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  1. Grow and plant food and harvest seeds. This are really two preparedness skills, but they go hand in hand so we rolled them into one. You’ll want to learn how to not only start a vegetable garden, but how to manage it properly, harvest it, and prepare seeds for replenishing your food supply. View our seeds guide here for assistance with this.
  2. Breed meat animals. Those who are vegans need not worry about this one, but if you’re like most human beings, you can grow “meat animals”  such as chickens and rabbits, pigs and cows. Just keep in mind that you’ll also need to learn how to care for them and prepare them for eating.
  3. Cooking with a variety of fuel sources. For instance, cooking over wood is different than cooking over a stove top. It’s also a good idea to try different varieties of the food you’re currently storing for preparedness.
  4. Home repairs. Utilize the internet or local sources such as classes to learn the skills you need to make repairs to your home, This includes the tools and raw materials you will need. It’s a good idea to either buy wireless hand tools so you don’t need electricity or learn how to go off-grid. This also includes mechanical skills for repairing your home appliances or broken windows, walls, or doors.
  5. Clothing repair. This goes without saying, but clothes are essential for staying warm, particularly in the winter. You’ll want to learn how to make any repairs to your clothing that you’ll need to. This includes hats for blocking out the sun and your shoes.
  6. Learn basic grooming skills. These are things you may normally go outside the home for, like cutting hair. It’s important to stay clean in order to stay healthy. Learn how much water you use daily and prepare from there.
  7. First aid. The Red Cross and other organizations in your community often offer fairly comprehensive basic first aid training. View some of these resources here. Often a basic set of skills can literally be the difference between life and death. Knowing CPR or how to stop bleeding until more skilled help arrives are very powerful skills to have.
  8. Radio communications. Short wave radios may be the only ways you have to communicate with others during an emergency.
  9. Wilderness and primitive survival skills. This includes being able to identify local wild plants that are edible, hunting, starting fires without matches, how to find water, etc.
  10. Weapons. The most important thing is to choose weapons your comfortable with and are easy to supply in an emergency such as a knife or a crossbow. Of course, you’re also going to need to learn how to use the weapons and maintain those, skills, so take a local class or visit a local shooting range to hone your skills.