The Five Skills Every American Should Develop

Preppers tend to think of themselves as being part of a counter-culture movement, and many blogs and video channels are written with that club in mind. There’s very little attempt to reach the average American who thinks that all of this prepper stuff is the product of mass delusion.

That probably needs to change. This sense of “Well, I’ll be ready, so I’m not going to worry about everyone else” is foolish. The truth is that our communities and our country will be a better place after a catastrophe if more people are prepared for the worst. In a chaotic, desperate environment, a manageable crisis can soon become an unstoppable collapse. Even if you could survive in that world…would you want to?

With that in mind, we’re proposing these five skills for every American to learn, no matter how seriously they take the prospect of a major societal disaster. These skills are fun to learn, adaptable to the modern world, and…they just might come in handy one day.

First Aid

You don’t have to be a prepper to recognize the value of a thorough education in first aid. Accidents happen, and they don’t always happen with a paramedic standing by. Supplement a basic understanding of first aid with a good course in CPR, and you’ll know what to do when calling 911 isn’t enough.

Hunting, Fishing, and Gathering

Evolutionarily speaking, we simply weren’t meant to live this way. The more our society moves away from nature, the more we see depression and despair across the nation. Our primal selves are crying out for something real in an artificial world. Learning to hunt, fish, and gather nutrition from the land can do wonders for your well-being, even if you never have to rely on the skills themselves.

Building a Fire

Even with the help of matches, building and tending a fire can be a frustrating experience for beginners. And that doesn’t even get into the thorny problem of building a fire without said matches. But the ability to build a fire can come in handy if you ever find yourself in a prolonged, no-electricity situation. Plus, if you ever want to go on Survivor…


As much as you might like to believe otherwise, you could be physically attacked by a hostile assailant before the day is through. Are you confident in your ability to fend off such an attack? Self-defense capabilities will be a necessity in a catastrophic scenario, but their importance shouldn’t be dismissed even in a nice “safe” society like ours. Even a few basic skills could mean the difference between survival and tragedy.


As a whole, our society is becoming way too dependent on technological crutches. One can easily imagine a nation of drivers utterly unable to find their destinations without GPS services. If you need your phone to guide you to the mailbox, make it a point to learn your city, learn how to read a paper map, and improve your ability to find your way around without Siri’s help.