No one really wants to say: “I told you so.”
When it comes to the grid going down and the people of the world being paralyzed with indecision, just seeking out food day to day will be a chore. It will take everyone, their unique gifts, to make the world great again. And here are some of the people that will do it:
1. Doctors / Medical Experience
This could be one of the most valuable skills to have, sometimes we can diagnose a problem, but sometimes it goes beyond our skill level and we need to ask advice from someone more knowledgeable than us. There could also be some sort of outbreak and we will need someone with the skill to diagnose it.
Just like the wild wild west guns and ammo are going to be in great demand. A blacksmith will be good for not only making new guns, but fixing existing guns and reloading ammo. Ammo could even be a good bartering tool, but I don’t think I would want to give someone something they could possibly kill me with, and ammo could be a precious commodity.
For obvious reasons a community is going to need farmers, someone knowledgeable about how to maintain a food source for an entire community. Most people will probably have their own gardens but having a large food supply would be needed if your crops did not yield enough to feed your family.
4. Construction Workers
Most of us can build something that resembles a house with 4 walls and a door, but if you want to have a solid homestead you will need a good home. While over time we can learn this skill we might need to barter for a carpenters service.
Architects might not be very important in the early stages of post collapse life, but their skills will become more valuable as the community grows and expands. When it comes to protecting your preps and your family you will want to have your home as fortified as possible…just ask the architect.
6. All Around Handy Man.
A handy man might not have the expertise that the blacksmith or the architect does, but a handy man could do odd jobs for a lower price than it would take to hire a more skilled person.
7. Wildlife Experts
Anyone can grab a rifle and go out in the woods and hunt, but the trick is to actually come back with something. Having a skilled woodsman or two will help train the community about trapping, hunting, tracking and all around survival skills. A wildlife expert would also be able to barter with fur and meat from a kill.
8. Self Defense / Trainers
Protecting what you have will be just as important as having it in the first place, learning how to defend yourself might make someone looking to loot you look in another direction.
9. Auto Mechanic
If a biologist could figure out a way to create a combustible fuel automobiles and farm equipment could make life much easier post collapse, but you need a mechanic to make sure these machines continue to run.
Just because the grid will be down does not mean we need to go back to the stone ages. we have technology in place and an electrician would be able to find a way to harness solar power, and fix some of the basic items like short wave radios, cars, lights etc.
There are others skills and trades to read up on Survivalist Prepper, including police, biologists, and even politicians! And do not forget those people lacking skills. Someone will have to do the dirty work and “on the job learning” will be in the cards for many of us!
We can always hope, in our lifetime, that the grid will not go down and that life, as we know it, will be maintained. However, in our children’s time, many suspect this world will be in for a lot of strife.
Prepare them for what may very well follow, give them the skills to survive, and one day they may be the ones who will save the world!