Skill Set That’s Beneficial to Readers in a Homestead or Survival Situation

 by C.M.

          As a single mom of two children, I had never thought about preparing for any type of disaster. During Y2K, I was young, in love, and newly married. During 9/11, I found myself newly divorced and raising an infant and toddler by myself. Prepping was the last thing on my mind. I was happy just to get by day by day. In the years since, I realized the awesome responsibility of raising children. I am not only responsible for their physical well being, but their emotional and spiritual well being as well. During a church service, the pastor spoke about the difference between the “wise” and “foolish” bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13). He said that the only difference was that one group was prepared and the other wasn’t. Having no real “skill” set, I realized that one of the most important skill sets for newbie preppers to acquire is the willingness to learn.


I began reading a variety of websites and blogs about prepping. As an amateur gardener, I was already able to grow certain vegetables. I learned about canning, bought some fruit trees and bushes, and obtained a small greenhouse. Since my son was in Boy Scouts, I decided to take a couple of NRA classes, and now have learned to shoot with a handgun and shotgun. I also got a fishing license and am beginning to learn how to fish from a friend of mine. It’s very important to get over any “reservations” you may have- such as touching and filleting fish, as is in my case.


In speaking with my neighbor, I learned that they are preppers too. We were able to learn from each other – well, mostly I learned from them, but there is strength in numbers.  I now have six months of food stored, a bug out bag for me and each of my children, a small water filtration system, and a short term alternate heating system. This summer, another neighbor and I are going to try to “live off the land” and try out my gear for a week. This means to purify our water, fish and forage for food, start a fire without lighter fluid, and experience what it’s like to live off the grid. My guess is that a lot of people have done this while camping, but not being a camper; this will be a whole new experience for me. My next goals are to be able to hike 10 miles with my pack on, to have a fall/winter garden, and to acquire a generator.


For newbie preppers I would suggest the following steps:

  • Start browsing the web, visiting websites and reading blogs.
  • Take an NRA class. They’re relatively inexpensive and provide excellent training.
  • Learn how to garden – you can even grow food in containers.
  • Initially, get yourself and your family prepared for common disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, tornados, earthquakes, and the like.
  • Keep learning – many things come and go in life; people come and go, things come and go, money comes and goes, but an education can never be taken from you.




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7 thoughts on “Skill Set That’s Beneficial to Readers in a Homestead or Survival Situation”

  1. sounds like she is on the right track, much smarter than I, I always thought I could get by with my hunting skills.its just been in the last year and a half ,{watching survival programs} that I see the bigger picture now. if I could only get my wife on board.

  2. CM-thanks for the great post. I admire your honesty and common sense and willingness to learn.I sense that you will be a prepping mentor to others very soon. Your children are blessed to have such a fine woman as a Mother. I hope your camping-off grid experience goes well.Its a great way to learn and then compensate for
    whatever issues you may find that need fine tuning. PR offered good advice to always remain anonymous.
    I am so happy that you have a neighbor thats into prepping .
    Please write again.If I can be of any help to you just ask Rourke to give you my e mail. Arlene

  3. I’ve always believed that medical education is vital in any survival or long term crisis situation. In event of a “grid down” disaster, disease will expand dramatically due to poor hygiene. Injuries will be more frequent as well, even without considering the “Wild West” scenario of defending your assets from gangs and robbers. I recommend purchasing some reference material like The Survival Medicine Handbook, Where There Is No Doctor/Dentist (2 separate titles), Special Operations Medical Handbook, Merck Medical Manual, Emergency War Surgery and Wilderness & Travel Medicine. Rourke may have some of these books in the MSO Store! Also, check locally for Red Cross First Aid training. Try to recruit a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse into your group. Last advice on medical, have ample supplies and obtain some antibiotics.


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