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The Most Important Skill Sets Within A Prepper Group

by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog:

Those who have the right knowledge, experience, and skills to contribute for long-term post SHTF survival will be valued assets to a prepper group, ‘retreat’, homestead, or a like-minded community banding together.

A question for you is the following… “What will be considered the ‘right’ skill sets?”

A few thoughts…

It is (and will be) difficult (to say the least) to develop and maintain any sort of real self-sufficiency to survive a societal mega-collapse. For generations we have become a society dependent entirely upon external and often far-away systems which enable our very survival. Should these systems collapse, who will survive it? Answer: very few.

The best chance will come from those who have the right knowledge, skills, and experience to establish adequate self-sufficiency to make it through…

Who will be valued the most? A few thoughts come to mind… Those who will most effectively contribute to the essentials of survival, followed by subsets thereof.

Food, Food, Food! Try coming up with at least 2,000 calories of food per day per person in a self-sufficient sphere. Not easy. In fact, very difficult for most. Experienced farmers and gardeners will bring food to the table – along with the required hard assets (tools) to get the job done. The expertise (and equipment) to preserve this food will be another necessity.

Security, the tactical expertise that goes with it, and all its associated ‘hardware’ will become an important essential skill set to protect the group. The importance and numbers of one’s force will vary depending on one’s location, but will certainly be a requirement under the conditions of post societal mega-collapse.

First Aid and medical knowledge and ‘know-how’ cannot be overlooked. Living in a world of laborious hands-on hard work will certainly bring on injuries and other requirements for those who have expertise in this field. The ability to effectively treat injuries, and an array of medical supply assets, will be highly valuable.

Multi skill sets. The most valued people will be those with multiple skill sets that contribute to the group. It really will be a requirement to ‘pull your own weight’ with the ability to fill many shoes. There may be few exceptions for critical expertise however most will need to do more than one job…

Based on your comments so far:

Military experience and organized security

A hierarchy ‘chain of command’ within the group. A team leader within each categorical skill set. The importance of a good coordinator / project Leader / manager / organizer.

Existing self reliant skills. Someone who already has any number of self reliant skills will be highly valued.

‘Jack of all trades’

The importance of character and trustworthiness.

Okay, lets hear some more from you…

What are some of the more important skill sets for a prepper group?
Which slots would you fill first?
After those, what next?

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4 comments to The Most Important Skill Sets Within A Prepper Group

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Look at the peasants in Siberia, Venezuela, Mexico, China, Finland, etc, to see what are the TOP priorities.

    Food, Water, and winter survival, and a bit of self protection from the desperate hungry zombies who will steal, rob and kill for sustenance.

    If you’ve got a garden? You might be wise to put up a strong FENCE around it with BARBED wire as well as a “rabbit fence” to help protect your precious veggies from multiple “critters”.

    A SOLAR powered ELECTRIC FENCE charger, with zapping wires both at the TOP (for climbers) and at the bottom (for “under-fence” attackers).

    Don’t forget to put some kind of motion sensor alarm, or even tin cans with stones hanging on the fence, to help alert you to nite time thieves or animals.

    I dug a small trench all around my 40X40 garden, and inserted galvanized wire fabric (1/4″ mesh) as a mole barrier to help keep them out of the garden. Yes, I put up a fence, but made the MISTAKE of using CHICKEN WIRE instead of the stronger stuff. Chicken wire is TOO weak, so I will eventually ADD some of that 2×3 inch welded wire stuff. It costs more, but does NOT sag in between posts.

    I keep a PELLET rifle (22 caliber) with a powerful light on it) near the window facing the garden, so I can TRY to remove night time pests without too much trouble or noise.

    Of course, when the SHTF, I’ll also put a 12 gauge shotgun next to the pellet rifle and select which ever one is needed.

    Good Luck.

    • Ed_B

      Agree on protecting the garden from predators, 2 and 4 legged ones. One of the best protectors of a garden is a teenage boy or girl who likes to hunt and has a pellet rifle or a .22 rifle. The .22 rifle is good when used with “shorts” if noise is a problem. These make little noise and are effective out to 50-60 feet no problem. Varmints coming for tasty veggies can be a benefit in the stew-pot. 🙂

      As for the 2-leg variety, a good watchdog is a great helper. But keep that shotgun handy to back him or her up.

      Bunnies are invading our garden area this year but I only have a few things in there this season and they don’t like eating any of them, so are munching clover and other weeds. That’s fine with me. 🙂

  • Heartless

    The biggest asset in any group is internal and mutual trust. Next the general ability of all to react properly and with as little drama and panic in stressful situations. Intelligence is as necessary as any skill; moreover, the knowing of how to apply intellect is crucial. ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ as a “great” man once said. It is never enough to know how something is done alone. I’d dare say the real-world experience and application of any knowledge trumps simple smarts and fact memorization. Finally, the willingness to accept that some ideas may not seem ‘palatable’ to each person in the same manner; but nevertheless, there is truth to be found in most any opinion.

    But back to the one asset most needed – trust. Without trust, a cancer exists within the group that is deadly.

    • Eric

      Real friends.
      Real skills.
      Real assets.

      Good point on trust. If you have quality people around you that you can trust, the rest can be figured out. One toxic person can ruin the entire batch.

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