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What Educational Path Would be Advantageous for a Die-Hard Prepper Family?

You and your family work to be prepared for anything. If you hope for the best and prepare for the worst, you should coordinate your efforts for the greatest chance of success. Consider how successful organizations from governments to militaries function. For every necessary or probable task, there is an expert available to get the job done. When it comes to your family, diversifying education to have experts trained to survive the scenarios likely to occur where you live is the wisest course of action.

Gaining Medical Expertise

In most disaster and other survival situations, the first thing many people need is someone with medical training. Everything from bandaging wounds to setting bones and controlling infection requires knowledge and skills to a greater degree than it requires equipment and supplies. The best medical equipment is of no use to you unless you have someone with the skills to operate it.

Every family member should, at a minimum, have advanced first-aid training along with certifications for performing CPR and using AED defibrillators. At least one family member should advance to EMT or paramedic training, and it never hurts to have a certified registered nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or medical doctor in the family. Also, if protracted survival scenarios are probable, skills and knowledge in dentistry can be a lifesaver.

Engineering Skills Can Save the Day

Broad knowledge in what makes things work and how to make things with materials and tools that you have available can be taught. Comparing the skill sets you are looking for here to TV characters, you want someone who was like the professor on Gilligan’s Island or MacGyver in your family.

You do not just want someone who can weld, turn a wrench, or swing a hammer. You want someone trained to understand things such as structural engineering, material tensile strengths, and how much fuel it will take to run a generator at 50 percent capacity for six months. A family member who earns a master’s degree in safety adds in the necessary understanding of how to keep people alive and thriving. They will know how to keep people safe concerning everything from structural collapse dangers to nuclear fallout threats.

Water and Food Growth Expertise

In a protracted survival situation, you will owe your life to family members who can make water potable and grow food that can be stored. These are not skills you want to learn when you need them. There is no room for error as bad water can disable or kill quickly, and grown food requires precision skills for planting at the right time, fertilizing, harvesting and storing for later use.

Animal food sources are likely to be limited in a protracted survival situation, and even livestock cannot be replenished at the rate your family would need to survive. To make it after your stored food runs out, you need to have someone trained to plant and successfully harvest crops in a quantity to feed your family and animals until the next harvest. Even if you have knowledge of how to grow a garden, do you know how to get seeds for next year’s crops?

Many prepper families focus on acquiring gear and making elaborate plans and preparations for security. The fact is that the disaster your family could face may require that you abandon your homestead at the beginning of the catastrophic event with little to none of the gear and supplies you have been putting away to survive on. Skills are something you can take with you anywhere, and having each person in your family pursuing an educational path that would be of benefit in survival situations is a wise choice for the die-hard prepper family.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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