Before the age of electricity, people did not have the internet, cell phones, calculators, or GPS navigation devices. If a region of the U.S. ever loses electricity for even a short period of time, however, preppers will have to communicate, calculate, and navigate by using the old fashion methods. This article will discuss how to prepare for this possibility.
Without electricity and a large supply of batteries, preppers will not be able to use the internet and cell phones. That means they will not be able to communicate by email, voicemail, or texting. Thus, the bygone methods of communication, such as notes on the family refrigerator or bulletin board, might become necessary until the electricity is available again.
The problem with these methods of communication is that some people have handwriting so bad that they cannot always read it, even though it is their own handwriting. Other people, for obvious reasons, have even more trouble reading it. Furthermore, the stress of a disaster can worsen anyone’s handwriting.
Printing probably will be a more legible method of communication than writing, but even printing can be so bad that important messages could become unreadable or misunderstood.
Some examples of bad printing might occur when the letter:
- “b” is mistaken for the letter “h.”
- “e” is mistaken for the letter “c.”
- “f” is mistaken for the letter “t.”
- “u” is mistaken for the letter “v.
To reclaim this lost art of communication, preppers might do well to communicate with family members by using notes on their family refrigerators or bulletin boards. Preppers should ask for feedback on their writing and make specific handwriting improvements as needed.
Another lost art could very well be basic math skills. We have become so dependent upon pocket calculators that our basic math skills might be less than optimum, especially when we are under stress. It is important to practice our basic math skills occasionally.
Yet another lost art could be map reading, especially among the younger generation that has known only GPS navigation. During a disaster, off road navigation might become necessary. Preppers should use maps for such navigation practice before a disaster strikes.
What other lost arts do you think will be important during a disaster? Why will they be important? How can preppers relearn those lost arts? Please comment below.