Once an emergency hits, and the world as we know it has collapsed, you may have what you need to survive if you've done your due diligence as a prepper; that you have enough food and supplies to keep you going for at least five years.
What if the world and society doesn't recover? What if people have to start all over and live as they did in the 1700s when pioneers moved out west or as the first settlers had to live in 1492? How long will you be able to survive especially as your supplies begin to dwindle? Think Little House on the Prairie.
So you say that you can wait until the government gets back on their feet again. That’s a nice sentiment, but what if what they recreate isn't like it once was? What if it takes 20, 30, or even 40 years for them to recover from a collapse?
As the reality of life sets in, people will find ways to survive and to even thrive. People are good like that; they tend to be resilient when they have no other choices. However, in order to prosper and to carve out a living, there are some skills that you should acquire before a collapse hits.
Gardening and canning are excellent skills to have. They will come in handy for your own survival, but you'll be able to can enough items to sell. To be fully prepared, stay away from purchasing equipment that requires electricity or has any computerized mechanisms to it. You can also purchase a book on Amish canning since they manage to live without today's modern conveniences.
Blacksmiths work with iron and metal. This skill is needed for tools to be made, making horse shoes as well as farming equipment. They also make gates, railings, light fixtures, cooking utensils and weapons. For more information on learning blacksmith skills, please go to: www.olddominionblacksmith.com/.
Carpenters are in demand now, but after a collapse they will be even more so. Carpenters will be needed to build or repair houses, make furniture, and anything else that requires something to be constructed out of wood. Although, historically, the field of carpentry has been inhabited mostly by men, it’s a good skill for women to learn as well. To learn carpentry skills in Philadelphia, please go to: www.carpentersofphila.com.
Laugh if you want, but moonshiners will also be in demand because, in Philly, people love their alcohol or their homemade hootch. Although moonshine is currently illegal, who’s to say what will be legal or illegal once a collapse hits? In the absence of modern medicine, there may be a demand for it as painkillers. It’s important that you develop the skill correctly because making moonshine can also be dangerous. For more information about moonshine, please go to: www.ibiblio.org/moonshine/make/make.html.
Animal breeding will be essential because people will need animals like chickens, goats, fish, cows, pigs, dogs and even cats for their survival. Preppers who live in the country can just get their rifle or fishing rod to go out and catch their food supply. In an urban environment such as Philadelphia, that’s not possible. Sure, you may be able to go into Fairmount Park and snag a deer, but that supply isn't as plentiful as it is in the Pocono Mountains.
Animal breeding is ideal if you live in the city and have a large backyard or live next to a vacant lot that can be purchased from the city before the collapse hits. For more information on raising animals as a food source, please go to: www.frugal-living-freedom.com/small-animals.html.
In addition to animal breeding, you may also want to develop butcher skills as well. For information about learning this skill in Philadelphia, please go to: www.livingsocial.com/gourmet/213772-butchery-class-and-six-course-meal.