This week Pakistan declared that when we, the U.S. ever pulled a stunt like the one we pulled the week earlier, we would be in big trouble. What is that mean? Pakistani D-Day on a beach south of Los Angeles? Probably not. I guess they are referencing their nuclear aresenal. They probably don’t have a delivery system that could drop Nuclear-grade Weapons directly on top of us, but perhaps they do. Maybe? You can never tell. Especially if a person’s thinking outside the box.
I believe a good deal of us consider that. Children who grew up under the threat of an impending Soviet First Strike. Everything doesn’t get murdered outright. In reality plenty of stuff survives. Major metropolitan areas may be destroyed but there is a great deal of an in-between. People have thought about this so much that there are games such as Fallout and Metro 2033 that envision the big what if of life after Nuclear War. Ther’s a genre of fiction named Post Apocalyptic Fiction, or PA fiction.
I think one thing everyone can agree on in this situation is that society, national and international, will collapse for awhile. It has happened before. Think about the Dark Ages. Most do not expect much beyond the most powerful i.e. motorcycle gang, local warlord types keeping control over a limited area the size of state a town. Society collapses pretty quickly when people have firearms and resources are scarce. Especially when there’s no recognized authority figure to enforce social contracts you are probably looking at some hard times what with the bike gang and all.
So let’s say your one of those few who create it. You are far enough away from the devastation which you may collect some supplies and endure. But what abilities do you require? I have a friend who spends his entire life training for the apocalypse. He is always teaching himself new skills and knowledge so he will actually be ready in case of. . .whatever. He is not crazy. The truth is it’s really only his own syllabus as he continues to improve himself post-college. It is the way he spends his weekends.
And perhaps it is not so startling. Society goes sideways pretty quickly. When it is a flood. An earthquake. The government can not pay its bills. Even if you’re on holiday and the country you are staying in collapses economically. These skills can come in handy.
A list of items you may want to begin learning. Danger abounds. Stuff happens.
Learn to purify water. Get comfortable with understanding how to locate and identify drinkable water. Chances are the stores will be looted and vending machines operate on power. But there’s a crowbar for it.
Learn to shoot a gun. Guns are complicated pieces of equipment. From the security to the cleaning and maintenance aspect, guns can be complicated. Not all ammunition matches all firearms. Some firearms perform specific actions. Taking a basic gun safety course is a skill even people who oppose firearms should think about. The reality is, due to their very nature, firearms need a healthy amount of respect. Plus you may want to eat something.
Which brings us to another ability. Sure you can take an animal and eat it. However, you may make yourself sick. An animal has to be field dressed until it could be skinned and then ready for dinner. What’s field dressing? It mainly involves removing the bladder and various other parts so the meat does not get infected with waste and feces. Weird huh? A course in basic first aid is most likely great no matter what. A friend may not go into shock as soon as they see downtown being burnt to the ground, but they may have a heart attack in a restaurant or during a struggle. Understanding CPR and other first aid skills is likely handy now or following the collapse of society. Here you may want a craft. Being handy at a craft based ability generally allows a certain amount of familiarity at working with your hands and problem solving. Plus if society does start to rebuild your work at writing code may not be there for another hundred years. Understanding how to bake or make leather products is something people will exchange goods with you . Watch they were right in camp once you learned to make leather wallets!
There are quite a few different skills you may learn. The majority of them end up being fun and you will probably never ever have to use them in an emergency, but they are good to have. You can justify learning how to sail and other experience skills in the interest of being ready.
I have thought about this subject and survival skills for quite a long time. In the course of my search for the novel I learned about how to live in the desert, flora an fauna of the South West and how to create traps. Look at making this the year you attempt to learn at least one ability you may need if everything goes Ka-Boom.