One of the most powerful points of this series is this one: Develop items/skills for barter.
Items and skills for trade suggests the idea that in the event that you have no access to your own water supply, at least having items and skills of value, will allow you to barter items/skills that you will need such as water. It also allows you to grow in previously undiscovered areas of talent and interest. As you discover and develop a skill, you will eventually be able to build a network of contacts who share the same interest and varying skill levels. This will also position you to leverage such skills to instruct others and help them on their way to stronger self-reliance.
If you have doubts about areas that you immediately are uncomfortable considering, relax. You don't have to become the world's foremost expert on tracking, or be able to kill a deer using dental floss and a magnifying glass…unless that's something you really do want.
But seriously, here are some ideas that will help you develop areas that are beneficial:
- Learn about pathogenic microbes & how to avoid the most commonly acquired illnesses
- Take a course to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
- Read some books on negotiation strategies & techniques
- Learn how to sprout
- Learn the basics of gas-powered engines & the most common causes of engine failure
- Learn about the edible plants in your neighborhood…and the poisonous ones you should avoid
- Take a CPR course
- Learn to cook on a camp stove & dutch-oven
- Learn the basics of welding
- Get your HAM Radio License
- Learn Morse Code…yes, Morse Code
- Learn about emergency signals for hikers/trail-walkers
- Take a CERT class (Community Emergency Response Teams)…they're FREE!!!
- Learn about Incident Command
- Start gathering data from your local city/town, county, and state on their anticipation for natural disasters and other potential threats/risks
- Volunteer your time to help others in some way
There is a whole world of opportunity for us to get involved in new areas and become more rounded-out individuals. The endeavor in becoming more self-reliant not only prepares us for emergent events, but most importantly it allows us to develop relationships with others with whom we can learn and grow.
Have a skill or post that you'd like to contribute and share here? Let us know…we'd be glad to hear about it & post-it.
Monday's Post (July 18, 2011) will begin another 5-Part Series: Food Considerations in Times of Crises
-The Berkey Guy