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Learning Basic Skills

When people talk about prepping for survival, you usually hear about purchasing guns and lots of ammunition in case of emergency.  You may need to protect your family or utilize the skills involved in gun use for feeding yourself and your family.  That is very true and a good idea to incorporate into a survival situation, but it seems that many people overlook the necessity of having knowledge of  basic skills once the initial SHTF situation occurs.  If you survive the originating calamity, whatever that may be, you will still need to learn basic day-to-day survival skills.

What are the most important skills that you need to learn for long-term survival?  We know that there are basic skills that anyone who wants to survive independently will need to know and develop. What each person considers to be the most important skills however,  will vary widely from one person to the next.  What is important to you and your family may be very different from the skills your next door neighbor would find important.  When looking at both survival and homesteading skills, I tend to follow the three important life needs to determine for myself and my family what would be the best skills to focus on first.  The three most important needs for survival are water, food and shelter.  You can learn many skills based on those three things, and just looking at those three will help you determine where you need to be to survive as well as what you need to know and learn.

In future articles, I will delve into skills that can be built in each of these areas.  Right now I would just like you to think about what would be the most important skills to start learning first.  For each survival area, you will also want to make sure you have tools and supplies in your homesteading arsenal to learn the skills you will need, and to have the ability to replenish supplies as you need to over time.  We are looking at day-to-day survival here, not bugging out.  Hopefully, if you are bugging out, you will be able to get somewhere that is safe, secure and also has the possibility of being able to become a working homestead instead of just a temporary hideout spot.

I will begin this series in the next article with the subject of water.  This is a very important survival area to begin with.  We can survive much longer without food than we can without water.  This alone makes water and its’ availability top priority in both a survival and a homesteading situation.  My challenge to you this week is to find out all you can about how to obtain and make water safe to drink and use in all of your survival and homesteading tasks.  Just grabbing some water out of a nearby stream and using may not be your best option.  More on all of this later, in the meantime enjoy your week, keep preparing for survival the best way you can and have fun doing it!


Carrie Ann



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Emergency Preparedness: How Ready Are You?


Basic Sewing Skills

Nothing makes you realize how prepared you are for an emergency better than having an actual emergency.  If a real emergency hit you today, would you be ready for it?  Are you sure?  What are your plans in the worst case scenario?  Sometimes life has a way to show you whether you could make it through or not, and it doesn’t have to be a huge natural disaster to consider it an emergency either.  Sometimes the daily decisions we make are enough to create your own emergency.  How prepared are you to deal with something like that?

We have always ‘put away’ food and supplies ‘just in case’.  The reasoning behind our preparedness was never much more than because of the region we live in.  Winters can get bad out here some years and you may not be able to leave your home for a week at a time if the weather gets really dismal.  That being said, we never really had a goal for much more than a weeks worth of supplies in the house to get us through a storm.  Not really what I would call preparedness for an emergency.  Of course, a week is longer than the suggested three day supply, so maybe we weren’t doing so bad with a weeks’ worth of planning after all.

Recently, our preparedness has really been put to the test.  I’m happy to say that the supplies we did have put back have lasted much longer than the week we usually prepare for.  We have never been able to put back the three months worth of emergency funding that you should have, and I have regretted that horribly of late.  Once I am able, that is one of the first things I am going to be putting into play.  Big advice here for you…pay attention here….that three months of emergency funding is drastically important no matter what the emergency is!  If you don’t have that now….go build it!  Start today!

The rest of the food and supplies we had put back lasted us not three weeks, but much longer and still going strong.  I will start working on building our supplies back up again, but with what we have had to use I am still very happy with what we put up.  What a blessing they have been through tough times.  Just make sure you put back things you will eat and that you like. If you’ve got a bunch of food in there that you can’t stand, it really doesn’t help you much.

Being able to have those homesteading skills are also very helpful in some situations and can save you a ton of money as well.  Try learning a few of them now, before any kind of emergency hits you.  You will be glad you did.  Basic cooking from scratch and sewing skills are a lifesaver in an emergency situation.  Another tip that I found to be extremely helpful is to gather non-electrical appliances so you can use them if your electricity is out.  We have these throughout our home, again more because of winter storms, but I’ve been so glad we had them throughout many situations.

Included in this list is a washboard to wash clothes with when needed.  A hand mill to make flour to cook with (I’ve used mine for wheat, barley, oats etc.), a hand meat grinder which I use for many  things than as well as meat.   A non-electric can opener is a must, and not thought of much until the day you find out you need it.  A camping coffee percolator is a godsend to be able to continue to have your morning coffee.  Lighting shouldn’t be forgotten either.  There are probably quite a few more things that would be extremely helpful in emergency situations, but these are the top ones that I use.

Are you completely prepared if something happens in your family?  Do you already have your emergency fund put up?  How long can you live comfortably without utilities?  Do you have any tips that the rest of us would appreciate?  I would love to hear about them.  Let me know in the comments section below and have a wonderful week!


Carrie Ann