Prepare Yourself To Survive Doomsday By Learning “Old” Skills

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Skills To Survive DoomsdayIf you’re interested in preparing for emergencies, one of the most important things you can do is develop skill sets that other people don’t have.

I’m not talking about learning how to repair computers or television sets here, I’m talking about getting back to basics and spending time learning skills that you can use during a major disaster or emergency when electricity and many of the other modern conveniences that we have become so accustomed to may not be available.

One of the things that many of us who live in the boonies have in common is that a lot of us are quite resourceful. When you live forty miles from town, it’s not easy to just hop in the truck and run to the hardware store when you need something. As a matter of fact, even if the hardware store was only five minutes away, many of us would still prefer to do our own repairs and make things ourselves instead of paying for someone to do our repairs or purchasing store bought tools and supplies.

A perfect example of this was when my husband was recently doing some repairs on a small two stall barn that we have here at our place. When we purchased the house, the barn was in horrible condition and not suitable for much more than keeping the rain off the dirt that’s inside it. My daughter really loves hanging out in the barn so my husband has been spending some time working to fix it up and make it more usable space.

Whenever possible, we try to use recycled building materials and this project was no exception. Several years ago, we had the opportunity to pick up hundreds of sheets of galvanized roofing material for free. All we had to do was load it in our trailer and take it home. As part of this in barn reconstruction project that my husband and daughter are working on, they’ve decided to cover the outside with this corrugated roofing material. It’s perfect for this use and because we didn’t pay anything for it, it’s like getting free metal siding.

While working on the project, they realized that there would be many sharp edges that the horses might catch themselves on and get cut so my husband took about 5 minutes and made a clever little tool that he uses to roll the edges on the tin to eliminate any sharp points. All he had to do was heat up the end of an old screwdriver with a MAPP gas porch and carefully bend it over with a hammer on his anvil. As a matter of fact, the anvil that he used to make this little tool was also homemade!

What’s The Point?

The point that I’m trying to make here is that because he has the mindset that he can and will make anything that he can himself instead of purchasing it, he has developed skills that could be very useful during a major emergency. I would like to encourage all of you to get into the mindset of developing these types skills yourself. I promise you that you won’t regret learning them!

What Are Some Skills That Would Be Useful To Have For Surviving Doomsday?

I have a really strong feeling that those who take the time to learn the following types of skills will be much better off when we have to find ways to survive a doomsday scenario.

  • Blacksmithing
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Mechanical Repairs
  • Canning vegetables, meat, and fruit
  • Butchering and preserving meat
  • First Aid
  • Farming and gardening
  • Raising and caring for livestock
  • Training horses and oxen to pull wagons and plow fields
  • Using herbs for medicinal purposes
  • Soap Making
  • Sewing
  • Spinning wool and other fibers into yarn
  • Weaving yarn into fabric

What Are Your Thoughts?

I’ve provided a very short list of skills that could be useful after doomsday. What do you think are some skills that should be added to this list? Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment at the bottom of this page to share your ideas with all of us here at

3 Responses to “Prepare Yourself To Survive Doomsday By Learning “Old” Skills”

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  1. Sheila says:

    Hi Patty…was thinking about how to turn a modern day sewing machine into a treadle. Don’t know if it’s possible but it seems to me that it could be. I just don’t know how to do it. If the power grid goes out if you don’t already own a treadle it sure would be handy to make your own from something already in the house.

    Also know how to cook without electricity or gas for a gas range would be extremely helpful. I’ve asked several people of a younger generation if they know how to cook. If they can’t microwave it or put it in a toaster many would be in serious trouble. Many don’t have any cookbooks whatsoever. Those that do cook generally get their recipes off the web or from a family member.

    Foraging skills would be helpful also. Being able to identify edible plants, etc,, jsut makes since.

    Those are my thoughts.



  2. Charlene says:

    I think your list is very inclusive. The only things I might add are higher level nursing skills (learning how to insert an IV and give shots properly) I would also add learning how to play an instrument, particularly an instrument that is easily portable. Knowing both these skills would allow you to bring comfort to family members and restore some semblance of “normalcy” to every day life.

  3. Jannifer says:

    Off the top of my head I would add, how to find and treat water, fire-making without matches, tanning, navigation, and reading maps etc.

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