Gun Confiscation Is Not About Guns | Freedom Outpost

Alas. It is scary how close we are. We are literally walking along a razor blade every day. I have been saying it for awhile now, we are one leader away from being in the midst of another civil outbreak. If someone big enough takes a stand and makes a loud enough clap of thunder, all hell is going to break lose. And when it does, this country is going to see violence that it never dreamed possible. But it will be all to late. If you think a kid with an AR 15 shooting up a theater was scary, wait until you have tomahawk helicopters and tanks coming into your neighborhood with tactical teams of troops kicking in doors for food and ammo. America, we ain’t seen shit yet. Get ready.

The Grey Enigma

Obama and the democrats want to confiscate guns not because they care about them, but because guns are a footnote in their plan of Complete Political Control.

The plan goes like this. Since absolute control can be achieved only through military insurrection or the political process, i.e., votes, and since there are enough patriots left in the military to forestall a military takeover, the only possibility for usurping control is through some form of vote fraud.

The country is evenly split between socialists and non-socialists, and all that is required to gain complete control is a few more socialist voters. How about twenty million illegals who are grateful to be let into the country and ultimately made citizens?

  1. FIRST STEP. Open the borders and bring the wrath of the federal government against any group or state (Arizona) who seeks to limit the influx of illegal aliens.

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25 Things That the SHTF Doesn’t Care About | Organic Prepper

SHTF doesn’t care that you don’t know how to provide, fire, water, food, shelter, and navigational skills for yourself and loved ones. S doesn’t know royalty, from poverty, it’s not particular. When SHTF it sticks to everyone in its range.

The Grey Enigma

SHTF doesn’t generally drop by at the best of times. In fact, SHTF thrives and grows exponentially under more adverse circumstances.  So, suck it up, put on your boots, and power through it – SHTF doesn’t care and neither can you!

  1. SHTF doesn’t care about inclement weather – snow, hail, tornadoes and hurricanes all just add to the party atmosphere for SHTF.
  2. SHTF doesn’t care that you sprained your ankle, broke your leg or are otherwise less than ambulatory. If you have to bug out without a vehicle, you have to bug out, regardless of your injury status.
  3. SHTF doesn’t care that you decided to start prepping after the trip to Disneyworld (because that trip is expensive)

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Starting a survival journal, things to have access to.

When things get serious sometimes conditions can fluster your memory and make you wish you had paid closer attention to minor details, or details that you don’t use every day. This is why keeping a journal in your bug out bag or rucksack is not a bad idea. So what information is worth having access to if things go bad? Start playing the what if game. Think about things you might want to be able to look up on the internet in a trying situation.

What if there was a fire?

What if there was a nuclear catastrophe?

What if there was a terrorist attack?

What if there was a hurricane, tornado, earthquake?

What if there was an outbreak of disease?

What if there was a shortage of food or water?

What if you were stranded on an island, or in the woods, or in desert?

What if GPS or cellphone or ANY PHONES no longer worked?

What if there were no more hospitals, pharmacists or doctors to go to anymore?

What if the State or Country you currently reside in suddenly wasn’t safe anymore?

Do you know everything you would need to know?

Surely there will be something you wish you had researched more, took better notes on or paid closer attention to in class or training.

Things you might want to have include:

Names and doses of any medications, antibiotics, or prescriptions you have needed in the past, or may need in the future.

Original or copies of certain legal documents, identification, educational documents and certifications, titles/deeds, account numbers/balance sheets(if money is still relevant)

Maps, printed out directions to places of importance, such as friends & family you don’t visit often. Addresses and contact numbers. Know more than one way of getting to them in the event one way is no longer valid or safe. This is crazy to some but know things like where bridges are over major waterways, passes through mountains etc and it cannot hurt to know where the shortest distance across or through would be in the event all of them are being patrolled, demolished, washed out, flooded or not accessible.

Mathematical formulas with examples. There are lots of these that are helpful in a survival situation. One of the more important ones for example, how much chlorine or iodine would be needed to make x gallons water drinkable.

How-to-Guides. Obviously you are not going to tote around the whole library of the “for Dummies” guides but you can find many useful resources online that are a couple pages long. Such as How to survive a nuclear attack, an anthrax outbreak, biological warfare, etc. These are things that we don’t like to think about but are still a possibility.If there were a nuclear war, there are serious things you should understand about fallout and radiation sickness that will help you survive if you are not in the immediate death zone. Or how to treat certain individuals who are under these conditions. Other guides that might prove helpful How to purify water, grow sprouts, butcher game, grow vegetables, reload empty ammo shells, preserve foods, Send Morse Code, and decipher other radio lingo.

Take notes when learning things like natural remedies, medicines, cures. Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist and doctor questions regarding doses, side effects and names of alternative or generic remedies in the event your prescription is not available.

Caloric intake and values of foods you might be forced to eat in the event of a disaster. This will help in the event you are having to ration due to shortages. How long it may take for certain foods to provide edible fruits or produce, and the seasons for their harvest might prove useful. Recipes never hurt either!

Magazine clippings or articles with useful information or tips or visuals are helpful when trying to explain to others.

Start your own journal and see what you come up with. Everyone’s will be different depending on lifestyle, memory, and importance to the individual. It would be pointless for me to tell everyone to have the same things in their journal. Think of your journal as your resume or profile. If you were having to show the guard at the gate what you have to offer and bring to the village, what are you going to know about and will you remember everything there is to know or will you need some footnotes along the way? Feel free to share ideas of useful notes, printable links or information by posting them below

2nd Amendment and a reminder of why its so important and why you should care.

I have been watching the crap on the media and I cannot take it in anymore. Its so damned obvious what the liberal media is hoping to accomplish its repulsive. Hearing the President saying that he is going to do everything in his power to take away one of the most important parts of the Bill of Rights. Seeing the media paying extra special attention now to anything involving people being hurt with firearms. Here is a wake up call America. People get hurt with guns every day. Just because we were not hearing the horror stories doesn’t mean they are not happening. Every day there are bank robberies, public shootings, car-jackings, and holdups that result in some unlawful, heartless bastards shooting someone. That is never going to change for the better by taking firearms out of the hands of the law-abiding citizens of our Country.

Let us not forget about 9/11 and how hauntingly close the threat came into our lives when we were put in the crosshairs publicly. Let us not forget about Pearl Harbor when Japan decided it was a good time to “Awaken the sleeping giant.” If we allow the government to take away our 2nd Amendment rights, there is not going to be a “sleeping giant” to wake up anymore. Which will make us a huge, sitting duck for oh hell I don’t know a smaller country across the Pacific called China, who could already out man us currently.

Kind of strange how our Government owes them all this money and now they want to take away the only thing preventing them from taking a stand against us. “Oh but we are allies with China, we don’t have to worry about that.” Uh huh. Our good Communist, male breeding, friends the Chinese who send all their exports but hardly take any of our goods in trade, that put lead and other harmful elements in everything from children’s toys, paint, cookers, dishes and who the hell knows how many other items? America WAKE UP!

I saw something today while reading online that was disturbing as all hell. Mexico is asking the U.S. Government for a list of U.S. Citizens who own guns along the border. Keep in mind this is after the whole Fast and Furious scandal. You know where our trusting President sent those same “assault weapons” he wants to take away from us, to the Mexican cartels shortly before he started pumping his fist while saying we no longer can own them because they are not needed for hunting and hurt people? The only reason they would be asking for this is because they know there is such a list. And it would be easy to victimize those people without them, and have a leg up on the ones that do. There is something big about to happen here America. We are merely pawns in this match. But if we have arms capable of defending against the government when the shit hits the fan we have a chance to go down or come out standing like knights and rooks.

Back to the What if game. The military is practicing suburban warfare on US soil.  What if “Operation: Garden Plot” like “tactics” combined forces with armed Mexican cartels all of a sudden made a march for Texas?  It would be a bloodbath and possibly spark the second Civil War, and if that happens there might not be the happy ending this time where everyone is free. What if we find ourselves as Americans being bound in shackles once more and shipped off to foreign lands to pay off national debt once the dollar collapses? Conspiracy Theory you say? Do you think the government is just going to spell everything out for you? If you think Obama is serious when he utters this crap about transparent government, ask him how much the government spent in ammunition during his last term? And if he plans on disarming us why does the government need 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition? That seems to be the final jeopardy question of the day in a category nobody has even heard of. And surely there were more purchases that are untraceable information because of all the $1000 “hammers” and “screwdrivers”  the government buys.

I am saying this now because we still have the freedom of speech and expression. But history shows that if the guns go away that freedom is the next thing to go. Obama, our “President” who doesn’t know how to properly salute our flag or say the full pledge of allegiance has already showed signs of getting butt hurt when people talk against his ideas since this second term took place. (Just research what rights went away in Austria when Hitler took the helm.) Truthfully if freedom goes away, I’d rather die fighting than be some spineless, obeying, sheep, bastard without a purpose and control of my own destiny.  Know that while this post might come back and bite me one day, I will bite back. And I refuse to go down without taking a few teeth out first.

Here’s to Liberty America, may she forever stand and prosper, because if she ever takes a knee to tyranny or terrorism, we will all be dead already, or wishing we were. Don’t forget the cornerstones and foundation that started this country. These principles and practices were put in place, because our founding fathers had already gone through the smoke which we are about to enter into. They did not face the Atlantic and risk everything to start this Country just so we could turn it into what they left behind. If anyone thinks UK or any other Country has it better I challenge you to go live there for a couple years. Find out just how green the grass isn’t.

Selecting a place to set up your base camp in a survival situation

It is looking like you could be here awhile and a base camp is going to be necessary. You are in a position that is going to take some time, thought and consideration but you have to have some basics before sundown. The main thing you need to evaluate is the condition and security of the location you are in. You will want to look for signs of past events as well as habitual visitors. Other things you will want to consider is resources that are nearby. How long might you be staying there?  Starting out you have to get at least a micro-environment, fire set up, and drinkable water. While food is important it will come later.There are things to look for that will benefit you, save you time and make your job easier.

Depending on the environment and season, nature always has a way of telling us what has happened here before. Sometimes you have to know what you are looking for. For instance if you are in the a wooded area, some things to observe would be:

  • Water lines on tree trunks. These look like white rings somewhere along the trunk. This is a good sign that where you are standing was probably under water  at some point. If there is fresh mold below the waterlines it was probably recent.
  • Animal trails and droppings. While not all animals are aggressive or a threat there are some that could pose big problems for you if you are caught off guard. Bears, boars, cougars, coyotes, bats, poisonous snakes, alligators just to name some that you may want to avoid if it can be helped. look for trails or tunnels in brush, tracks, droppings, and bored holes in the ground.
  • Clearings and thick. Clearings in a wooded area have certain benefits over thick overgrown areas in certain situations.  For instance you can save yourself some time of having to clear a spot for your fire without having to worry about it igniting a canopy. Rescue planes will be able to see your signal if you are lost. Clearings are usually surrounded by wood that can be used for fire and shelter.
  • Bigger trees.While bigger trees like oaks an camphor trees are probably not going to be cut  down and used for shelter, they are good for what I like to call “Climbing trees”. Trees that you would probably look at as a kid and want to have a tree house in it. Sometimes a raised shelter has certain benefits. Especially if there are large animals in the area. And if you are scared of heights they are still provide shade, cover and branches you could hoist your pack up on to prevent scavengers from taking advantage of you. *remember, lightning usually strikes the highest point*
  • Distance to water sources. Water is something you will not want to be far from. If possible look for running streams, springs, large lakes. Try to avoid drinking from small ponds, flood zones, and runoff areas if possible. Also be concerned if you see dead animals, fish, bodies, or algae over the surface. If fish are swimming in it, and it isn’t salt water, there are signs of animal tracks nearby, you can more than likely boil it for drinking water. And fish can provide a decent food source.
  • Learn to read trees and surrounding nature. Trees have been around a long time and they have much to show and tell us in a survival situation. Besides telling us what has happened (such as flood, fire, drought, travel, animal habits), they are also a wonderful navigation tool. Helpful things to know about trees, birds, and nature.
  1. They work like sundials every day.
  2. Since the sun is usually travelling from the south east to south west, most trees will sprout branches towards the sun(south).
  3. Trees usually look faded towards the south because they form a natural “sunscreen” to protect themselves from the suns heat. 
  4. Trees junctions or Y’s in the trunk can sometimes hold rainwater, signs it might hold water are bird droppings around the junction. 
  5. Trees tend to “lean” towards the north east due to prevailing winds from the south west.
  6. Certain trees bear seasonal fruits, cones, blossoms and nuts which are edible. Learn them.
  7. On clear nights learn how to tell direction using the North Star and Orion’s belt which rises close to true east and sets close to true west.
  8. Birds of prey often build nests in large tall trees close to bodies of water.
  9. Birds are natures security system, when things are normal they are normal. When movement or noises spooks them they either fly noisily or become quiet.
  10. Birds flock south for the Winter and return north in the Spring.
  11. Rocks become faded by the sun on the southern side. For that reason, snow will usually melt around the southern edge first. 
  • Use Navigation and wind to your advantage when building your camp.
  1. Using navigation will let you know where the sun will rise/set and how to position your camp accordingly.
  2. It will also let you determine how winds might play a factor when building your base camp.
  3. If you know where civilization lies you can build defenses (walls, fences, traps) accordingly.
  • Things to remember:
  1. Clear areas around fire pits, and make sure trees are not where flames will reach them.
  2. Water runs downhill, stay away from slants and craters.
  3. Waterways are not only good places to find your drinking water for boiling, but they also attract wildlife, and house fish which can mean food.
  4. While around waterways look for tracks. Animals usually have habits and patterns they follow.
  5. Pay attention to the direction birds travel, they usually drink early in the morning.

“Bug Out Bags” and what to bring and other considerations when home base is just not safe or reasonable anymore.

So here you thought had it all figured out. You hunkered down and the supplies you hoarded away didn’t quite last as long as you had hoped, or something has happened where you need to get the hell outta dodge. You have questions that hopefully you have already thought through by now and have the answers.

Where is plan B going to take me/us?

How am I/we going to get there?

What do I/we need to take?

The answers to the first two questions are going to play a big part on how the 3rd is answered. Things that need to be taken into consideration are:

  • Distance between you and Plan B. 
  • Time frame it will take you to get there.
  • How you will get there.
  • How many are in your party?
  • What to take?
  • “What If?” (The car breaks down, gets a flat tire, someone gets hurt and can’t walk, detours take you off the beaten path and on foot.)


  1. How far are you going? (Are you simply relocating by moving to a neighbors house? or traveling to a different town, state, country to escape further dismay?)
  2. What type of roadblocks may be in your way?(Police or military checkpoints, gangs/hoodlums, fallen trees, power lines, poles, forest fires, floods, radiation, collapsed overpasses, bomb craters, sinkholes?) Stay alert with your eyes far ahead on the road and have a backup route planned ahead! Remember in the event of disasters there are many people who don’t evacuate soon enough and this usually bottlenecks main highways out of the danger zone due to cars and vehicles either colliding or running out of gas like we saw with Hurricane Katrina.
  3. Are there any immediate threats? (Weather, elements, gunfire, mobs, etc.)Does this need to be a covert operation or is the environment still in a state you can safely make your way there without being stopped? In the event of shit hitting the fan try not to stop moving for any reason if you can help it. Who knows who might have hijacked a police car to set up a roadblock and confiscate weapons, ammo and supplies from people who didn’t know any better? Think outside the norm!
  4. Do you have the resources to get there? This is something you should have planned ahead for. If you know it takes 3 days to get to Plan B, don’t wait until all your food and water is depleted to make the move. And make sure you have enough fuel to make the trip. Are you traveling in a convoy or going at it alone?

Time frame

  1. Are supplies realistic to make the trip? Again as just mentioned make sure you have ample supply to make the trip. if it is more than one day away have scheduled stops planned out ahead if possible where you can replenish supplies safely. you might make the situation worse if you run out of fuel before you get there.
  2. Expect delays and detours. Being from Florida, and having worked in emergency management, I have seen what disasters can do. It isn’t pretty. Interstates can be blocked due to fallen signs and power/light poles,debris, flooding, or washouts which could bring your trip to a screeching halt. Try to avoid main highways take smaller streets in higher areas.
  3. Never assume you will get to your backup destination. After seeing the miles of cars trying to escape Hurricane Katrina at the last minute it was a scary reminder that not everyone will make it. Sure this was a storm and not all of the owners of those cars might have died, but what if it was something more like a radiation leak, or outbreak of disease? Survival is based around planning, so plan ahead and know when its time. Don’t become a statistic. The further the distance the less likely you will get there under extreme circumstances.

Method of travel

  1. Transportation mode– Will you be using your own transportation or relying on other means? Are you sure those means are available? When Hurricane Sandy hit Up north, subways were disabled for days. When Katrina hit  mass transits were disabled for weeks. When 9/11 happened all planes were grounded nation wide. These are scenarios to learn from, that transportation cannot be taken for granted. Always be prepared to hike it and make sure your shoes (and shoes of those who are with you) are fit for the trek should worse case scenario come along. Bicycles are another mode of transportation but will limit what you can carry,make you an easier target, and debris can sometimes be a problem for certain tires. Be prepared for this!
  2. Bring tools, fluids and parts– Kind of a “no-brainer” but you would be surprised how many people have no tools in their car/truck. Have spare tires, fix-a-flat cans/tire plug kit, a spare battery, spark plugs, gas, oil, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, if the distance is long.

Party size

  1. Groups/convoys-Traveling in groups has its pluses and minuses. Greater in numbers, together we stand, all that jazz. Benefits being if something goes wrong hopefully they help you out and don’t leave you for dead. But if someones car overheats, or breaks down and they can’t leave it due to room in the convoy or don’t want to leave it behind, things can go south fast. Especially if time is a factor.
  2. Traveling solo– Well the benefit of going solo is you are in charge of your own destiny. You can travel lighter at your on pace without having to waste time worrying about losing someone else, and get farther on the extra resources along the way. But if you are going to  go at it alone, learn to be subtle and stealthy.
  3. Family-You may have people of all shapes sizes an ages traveling with you that are blood relatives and not separable. While you are in survival mode it is important that they all understand their contributions and efforts are going to make the difference between failure and success. Young children may have a harder time grasping this depending on age and intellect. But they will have to learn fast or die trying. There will be times being silent is crucial, as well as times they have to help with certain tasks. the whole “We’re not in Kansas anymore” is happening now. And the Wicked Witch and her flying monkey’s could come take you all away at any time.

What to take

  1. If you are going to another home or foundation you want to contribute as much as you can to the “new village” so to speak. Bring things you know will be appreciated in the long run such as:
  • Food(Empty the pantry, anything dry,dehydrated,canned,boxed,bagged, if you still have back up power anything still frozen will still be good hopefully for a day or two so use it or lose. If you already lost power it was probably used at this point right?)
  • Water(if you still have running water count on a gallon per person per day. you can never have enough water who knows if they have it where you are going. If no running water boil any water you can find including toilet tanks, hot water heaters, in large pots over fire, melt ice in freezer if water supply is low.
  • Tarps
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Propane
  • Blankets/Pillows
  • Salt
  • Soap
  • Guns/Ammo
  • Tools(If power is an issue think primitively, hammer,ax,saw,knife, awl/drillbits/axel,shovel,rake, screwdrivers,pry bar, chisels)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Camping Equipment
  • Canned heat
  • Hardware(nails,screws,bolts/nuts,wire)
  • Oil
  • Hygienic products(toothbrush/paste, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitzer, wipes, toilet paper)
  • Cooking spices
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Containers, zip locs, jugs/jars
  • Candles/flashlights
  • Changes of clothes
  • Medications
  • First Aid (Empty your medicine cabinets you never know what will be needed)
  • Communication devices

If you are truly “Bugging out” aka falling off the grid, this list will be reduced drastically. Bare basics you will want if you are going to try to survive in the wilderness:

  • A good quality, fixed blade, knife
  • Different methods of starting fires
  • Tent/tarp
  • Metal water bottle and cook pot
  • Bank line/ Paracord
  • 100% cotton cloth
  • Duct tape
  • A good quality sewing needle
  • Headlamp with different settings
  • a good quality compass
  • a good quality carbine clip
  • Saw
  • Ax/tomahawk
  • Sharpening stone
  • Water purification tablets
  • Iodine
  • Gun(s)
  • Ammo
  • Sleeping bag

Other useful items to take:

  • a survival fishing kit
  • Silent weapon(s) such as a blowgun, slingshot, bow, crossbow,stars, throwing knives
  • First aid supplies
  • Snare wire
  • Small notepad/pencil
  • Head net
  • Clothes for the climate
  • E-tool
  • Salt

What If?

Always remember to play the what if game. I cannot over emphasize this point enough. No matter where you are at, where you are heading, or what you are doing, who you are doing it with, or how you are doing it ask yourself “what if?” Some people give me hell for this and you will always hear non believers say things like “That will never happen.” Or “What if a black helicopter drops napalm on the woods your in?”  or “You are such a pessimist!” Sorry my friends but I beg to differ. There is a huge difference between being pessimistic and being a sheep that doesn’t know any better and trusts the wolf in a sheepskin and someone who was smart/creative enough to expect the unexpected.  This is part of the reason we are talking about this right now. It is why I am typing it, and why you are reading it.  Not enough people asked “what if”.

What if the government takes away our guns? What if the government controlled the ammunition released to the public? What if the government decided who gets medical treatment? What if the government wanted people to have to rely on them? What if the government ripped the rug out from under you once you solely depended on them?  What if food was as hard to get as ammunition is right now? What if the only way to get food was to hunt or fish or farm? What if you were to wake up one day and all the rights and freedoms you once had, were gone?

Another question to ask often is “why?”

Why did the government buy 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition?(enough to shoot every American 4 times) Why did the government buy out a rationing food company’s supply on Cheaper than Dirt? Why does the government want to take away our weapons? Why was the military witnessed practicing suburban warfare in over 20 American cities? Why does the government want the military, national guard, and police to be trained for “tactics and techniques” of “civil disturbance suppression”? Why are so many Americans blind to the operation “Garden Plot”? Folks, as Buffalo Springfield once sang ” There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there, telling me I got to beware….”

Honing your skills and why they are useful

This section is just to touch base a little more and save anyone who is interested, just saving them some research time.

  • More than one way of starting fire.
  1. Lighter
  2. Matches
  3. Char cloth
  4. Block n’ Bow
  5. Magnifying glass
  6. 9 volt battery and steel wool
  7. Flint and Steel
  8. Feral Rod

Just to name a few, I gave you the seeds, now get the knowledge!

  • More than one way to make drinkable water.
  1. Boiling
  2. Water Purification tablets
  3. Iodine
  4. Chlorine Bleach
  5. Rock Boiling
  6. Filtering
  7. Irrigation
  8. Natural springs/ wells
  9. Cactus
  10. Dew collection
  11. Condensation

Just to name a few, I gave you the seeds, now get the knowledge!

  • More than one way to provide food.
  1. Trapping
  2. Hunting with guns
  3. Hunting with bows and crossbows
  4. Hunting with knives and spears
  5. Hunting with slingshots
  6. Hunting with blowguns
  7. Hunting with tomahawks
  8. Fishing with rods
  9. Fishing with nets
  10. Fishing with a trot line
  11. Fishing with spears
  12. Fishing with bows
  13. Fishing with poisoning(toxins to fish and humans may not be the same)
  14. Falconer
  15. Foraging herbs
  16. Farming fruits and vegetables
  17. Animal husbandry
  18. Sprouting

Just to name a few, I gave you the seeds, now get the knowledge!

  • More than one way to make simple shelters.
  1. Lean-to
  2. Tee Pee
  3. Micro-environment
  4. Thatched roof
  5. Snow Hole
  6. Fox hole

Just to name a few, I ave you the seeds, now get the knowledge!

  • More than one way to communicate.
  1. Verbally
  2. Written
  3. Sounds
  4. Signaling mirror
  5. 2 way radio
  6. Morse Code
  7. Ground to air symbols
  8. Fire/smoke signaling
  9. Sign Language
  10. Drawing

Just to name a few, I gave you the seeds, now get the knowledge!

These are just basic skills that can be expanded on. More complex skills you may consider learning include:

  • Fishing– gathering of food leftovers can be used for fertilizers, animal baits, and fish bait
  • Hunting/Trapping– gathering of food and pelts for making clothing and shelters, bones,teeth, antlers can make tools and weapons & furniture.
  • Tracking– Makes hunting and trapping easier also lets you know when you are not the only human in the area.
  • Herbalist– Herbs have been used in cooking and medicinal purposes knowing how to find them has been a skill for centuries.
  • Farming– growing food and cultivating the land for next season
  • Canning– Lets you stockpile your harvested goods making them last longer.
  • Cooking with fire– Knowing how to cook and smoke food with fire will make you very popular when the farmers, hunters and fishermen come back home.
  • Brewing/Fermenting– Beer, Wine and Booze have always been an important part of the barter system when times were tough. If you can make it you will always have a place in the group.
  • Tailoring– making clothes, linens, packs, pillows,etc
  • Leather working– Making shoes, clothes, tack for horses, sheathes, quivers, straps and cordage, belts, etc.
  • Metal working– weapons, tools, containers, chains, hardware, arrowheads, repairs, armor,utensils, Fish hooks and tackle
  • Blacksmith– horse shoes, heavy hardware, forms and molds,reshaping, repairing tack
  • Gunsmith– cleaning, repairing, calibration, customization’s
  • Medical/Therapeutic– basic self aid to serious surgery, docs always find their place.
  • Carpentry– Building and repairs
  • Masonry– Building and repairs
  • Engineering– Concepts and Construction always good to have around
  • Surveying– Plotting and mapping
  • Navigation– Locating and traveling
  • Martial Arts– Last resort protection methods, fisticuffs has worked since Cain killed Abel.


Skills are going to be what makes you a valuable person in any survival situation. While it seems broad, a story my grandfather once told me made me think about this at a young age. The quick version was there is starving traveler and a village. He walks up to the gate and knocks saying “Please help me I am a starving traveler.” The guardsman says “Yes we get many starving travelers, what can you do for us?” The traveler says I am a carpenter. The guardsman replies “We already have a carpenter. what else can you do?”  The traveler replies “I am a chef. ” The guard says “We already have a chef.”  What else can you do? “I am a fisherman.” The guard says “We have plenty of those.”  Anything else? “I am a skilled farmer” The guard smiles and opens the door saying we have been needing  someone to work for them all on their days off.”  So the moral of the story is the more skills you have the more valuable you are.

Don’t be the person with only one skill unless you are THE absolute artisan that stands second to none when the time comes to prove yourself.  If you woke up one day and the power and water were not working there would be  many every day tasks that would prove more labor was needed to get them done. How would you do things like wash the dishes, wash your clothes, forage food, butcher meat, farm vegetables, catch fish, make cheeses and even more importantly get basic needs like fire, water, food & shelter?

Skills that everyone should already have in the event of a disaster include:

  • More than one way of starting fire.
  • More than one way to make drinkable water.
  • More than one way to provide food.
  • More than one way to make simple shelters.
  • More than one way to communicate.

These are just basic skills that can be expanded on. More complex skills you may consider learning include:

  • Fishing
  • Hunting/Trapping
  • Tracking
  • Herbalism
  • Farming
  • Canning
  • Cooking with fire
  • Brewing
  • Tailoring
  • Leather working
  • Metal working
  • Blacksmith
  • Gunsmith
  • Medical/Therapeutic
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Navigation
  • Martial Arts

There are many more I have not mentioned but the list goes on and on. Just remember that the more skills you have, the less you are depending on someone else, and the more they will have to depend on you. Knowledge is power. So start reading if there is something you enjoy doing start there and who knows what you may take up along the way. You may even surprise yourself!




When things look bad like you might be away from home or awhile, shelter is going to play an important part of your piece of mind. Protection from the elements has always been a key factor of survival since the first cavemen. We need a place we can feel safe and secure from predators and weather.  One of the most valuable things you can probably learn and practice is how to make shelters. I am not saying everybody should start building log cabins in their back yard. But knowledge of how to construct simple lean-to, micro environments, tee pees, could mean the difference between getting a good nights sleep or waking up the next day with hypothermia.

The Native Americans were very advanced for their time. It impresses me the more I research about their living habits and what they learned in their habitat. Many people forget about the basic ways of living because we have surpassed that point in time. But tee pees are not just one of the only portable structures that can house a fire safely, they also cannot blow down if built properly, and they also make excellent water collection devices. Knowledge like this can help you out should the time ever come where you are stranded somewhere without a permanent structure to keep you safe. I plan on having a section that goes into the details of making shelters for long and short term situations in the future. But I encourage you to read up and do your own research to find ways that you think you would be able to make walls or a roof should the time ever come.