We talk about gear, we talk about kits. What about skills? When it all falls apart, what do you know how to do? I have a pretty good set of skills, and many of them will allow me to trade and participate in an EOTWAWKI society. I am certified or skilled as:
- a nurse and paramedic
- an electrician, having been trained to do so in the military
- an electric motor repairman. I can rebuild, repair, rewind, and completely overhaul electric motors and generators. Again, military.
- A master SCUBA diver
- I can maintain and perform simple to moderate repairs on a variety of firearms.
- I can do simple machine work.
- I can do simple auto and machinery repair. (Things like power transmissions and gear boxes)
- a HAM radio operator
- I can do simple welding, brazing, and cutting, along with some metal work.
- I can perform simple electronic repairs
I am always looking at adding to my skillset. Be as widely skilled as you possibly can. Everything that you learn is something else that you know. You never know which skill it will be that saves you or your life.
- I have a great set of tools, measuring equipment, and a pretty well equipped workshop.
- I am planning on buying a MIG welder in the near future.
- I have spares in stock for firearms like sights, springs, and other parts. Electrical parts, magnet wire, bearings, brushes, switches, light bulbs, and other parts.
- Parts for the cars like brake pads, fuses, motor oil, and spark plugs.
- Spare radios, antennas, and coaxial cable.
All of this puts me in a great place to be an asset to my neighbors and community. Don’t be a sponge, be a contributor. Be the person that others want on their team.