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15 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF

15 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF
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15 Rare Skills That Will Come In Handy When SHTF
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If you’re familiar with the world of prepping for natural disasters and other life-changing, cataclysmic events, you probably have some provisions. You’ve decided that having a bug out bag is a good idea; you’ve stocked up on nonperishable items; you have a plan for where to go and what to do when the SHTF.

But at some point in a survival scenario, there will be a big difference between those who can simply survive and those who can thrive. Skills that are more complicated than foraging for food or building a simple shelter will be highly sought after.

If you can develop a proficiency in any one of the following rare skills, you’ll not only be able to help yourself survive comfortably, you’ll also be able to trade your skills for other people’s resources.

Here are 15 skills you should consider learning while you still can, along with resources to get you started.

1. Animal Husbandry

Animals are more valuable when they produce more meat, more milk, or can be harnessed to help you get more work done. Those who are skilled at animal husbandry will have the knowledge to make these resources more productive.

This means people can do more with less and can breed strength into their animals and weakness out. It is also a skill worth paying for. If you love animals but won’t get too attached to the ones you raise for meat, here’s a great book you’ll want to get:

2. Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the more underrated homesteading skills. While not the easiest to start (particularly with modern regulations and a fading bee population), a skilled beekeeper can have honey flowing at an extremely low cost.

It is relatively easy to study up on how to manage bees, but the education is definitely necessary to keep your bees alive and your person protected from bee stings. Here is a great introduction to beekeeping:

3. Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing is one of the most useful skills anyone could have for long-term survival. The ability to shape metal is what separates successful civilizations from stone-age ones. Not just anyone can smith well, however; there is quite a bit of science to learn and much trial and error for anyone to master the craft. If you’re experienced, you can expect the majority of your community to be needing your skills. If you’re curious about this particular skill, here are some blacksmithing basics you should know, and here is the book you need:

4. Butchering

If you are one of the few people that can quickly and efficiently butcher an animal, consider yourself a shoo-in for every hunter’s favorite trading partner. Skillfully dividing an animal into edible proportions is harder than it looks, and it may be so valuable that you’ll never have to do any of your own hunting and could instead take a percentage of your customer’s kills. Bonus points if you can utilize the firs and skins of the animals as well.

If you want to learn how to butcher animals, I highly recommend this book:

5. Carpentry/Woodworking

Technically, these are two separate skills, but they both involve the manipulation of wood, something that will be an incredibly useful skill when the SHTF. Unfortunately, most people haven’t the slightest clue what to do beyond the basic shop class birdhouse. Anyone with any carpentry or woodworking skill, from framing houses to building furniture, will be extremely handy in a survival situation.

In addition, many survival locales involve wooded areas—places where carpenters can truly use their environment to their advantage. Here’s a carpentry book for beginners:
And here’s a woodworking book for beginners:

6. Dentistry

People forget how important it is to take good care of your teeth until they get a horrific toothache and call every dentist in town, hoping to get in the same day so they can stop the pain. Imagine how many people will have teeth problems when the grid is down or dentists close shop due to an economic depression.

If you can learn how to treat tooth pain off the grid with things like clove oil and temporary fillings, people will be so grateful, they will share their supplies (or you can charge them up front). Here are a couple of resources to check out:

7. DIY Household Items

In a long-term disaster, basic household items like soap, candles, and cleaning supplies will be in high demand. If you know how to make these things from basic ingredients, you can trade them for supplies your family needs.

Here is a basic soap-making tutorial, here is how to make candles. You should also check out this book:

8. Dressmaking

No, I don’t literally mean making dresses. Dressmaking is the term for making clothes of any kind. If the grid goes down, clothes won’t seem like a very high priority at first. But if it stays down, eventually clothes will become very valuable as people’s outfits tear, wear out, or don’t fit anymore. If you know how to sew and making clothes, not only can you dress your own family, you can sell your creations to others.

This is a great hobby even if the grid never goes down as it is relaxing and will save you money. Here’s what you should read:

9. Gunsmithing

As with any piece of machinery, firearms won’t operate forever without maintenance. The elements take their toll on guns, and in a long-term survival scenario, society will need people who know how to make, fix, and improve weapons and ammunition.

Gunsmiths are what will keep a post-apocalyptic group on the cutting edge of weapons technology, preventing the world from sliding back to smoothbore weapons and worse. Here is a great introduction:

10. Home Brewing

In a survival scenario, home brewing will no longer be an illegal moonshiner’s game. While dabbling in making your own alcohol is a good way to make yourself sick, skillfully brewing a vat of delicious spirits just might save your life.

Aside from the sanitation benefits of making your own alcohol, you can trade it for resources and ingratiate reluctant group members with it. And as long as you don’t abuse, alcohol is a great way to take the edge off in the stressful world post-collapse. Here’s what to read:

11. Masonry

Masonry is a triple threat when combined with smithing and carpentry. Find a mason in a survival group and you will discover the best planned, best-built shelters and structures around.

Anyone can stack some rocks together for a temporary shelter, but a mason has the knowledge and experience to truly fortify any place they choose, and as such would be a valuable asset to any survival team. Start with this:

12. Mechanics

Any machine more complicated than a lever and pulley usually requires at least a little bit of expertise to repair. This will be even truer in a post-apocalyptic scenario, when good mechanics will be hard to find and wear-and-tear is expected to be more severe.

If you specialize in repairing any type of machine, you may be the only one you know who can do it after the SHTF. This is such a huge topic that it’s hard to recommend just one book, but this might be a good place to begin:

13. Plumbing

Plumbing may not sound glamorous, but it is one of the most essential needs of a healthy society. Sanitation is vital to community health, and a plumber specializes in making sure the unhealthy stays separated from the clean.

A fair amount of physics knowledge, mechanical ingenuity, and problem-solving is necessary for anyone to be proficient at plumbing. With this in mind, many plumbers can repair just about anything, from fixing pipes to fine-tuning complicated pressure systems. Here’s a detailed guide:

14. Welding

If your post-apocalyptic society has found a way to generate electricity, those who can weld will have job security for the rest of their lives. Welding will be needed for almost everyone, from farmers to mechanics to soldiers to homesteaders.

If you put the time and effort into learning how to weld, you’ll be a cut above most and in a key position for your community. Here’s where to start:

15. Medicine

People with medical skills will be hard to come by after a worldwide disaster. Because of that, they will be extremely valuable in their communities. Doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, veterinarians–all of them will be in high demand.

Even people with knowledge of medicinal herbs and how to turn them into teas, salves, and tinctures for common ailments will do well for themselves because they can share their knowledge in exchange for supplies or services.

If you live in North America, you can find literally hundreds of useful herbs growing in the wild. There are medicinal herbs growing in parks, antibiotic weeds growing by driveways, and back-pain relief plants growing in backyard.

Bonus Skill: Off Grid Cooking

Obviously, cooking isn’t a rare skill. There are foodies and wanna-be chefs everywhere. What is rare is the ability to cook food without electric ovens and appliances, not to mention the knowledge of how to cook long-lasting survival foods.

After the SHTF, it won’t matter if you can make croissants, bearnaise sauce and creme brulee. The question is: Can you make a hearty, nutritious meal with emergency food and a camp stove?

Also, can you make foods like hardtack, bannock, and pemmican? If not, it’s time to learn. One of the best books for learning how to make survival food is The Lost Ways.

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4 No Cook Meals For Surviving The Pandemic And Food Supply Shortages

prosciutto avocado sandwich

When it comes to your food supply, you just can’t risk not having enough. These no cook meals will be a great addition to your food supply planning. Check out the recipes below!

No Cook Meals to Help You Through the Pandemic

As of the writing of this article, there are 20 meat processing plants that have been shut down due to COVID-19 infections. We have been worrying about these types of effects on our food supply for months now, and this is the first real sign of how infections can affect the food supply.

When you walk into a supermarket, you might not see all the choices you had in the past. An empty meat case is a humbling thing for your eyes to fall upon. It’s the shocking realization that the seemingly infinite supply of chickens, pigs, and cows that are butchered for us has begun to run dry!

To deal with this issue, we are going to present four no cook meals that will help you create dinners at home that will feed your family without worrying so much about what’s available, or unavailable, in the meat case.

1. Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches

Smashed White Bean, Avocado and Salted Pork Sandwiches | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

As preppers we get beans. There are a bunch of ways to use beans and this a great example of how you can pack a sandwich with great nutrition and protein.

Serving: Makes 4 sandwiches


  • Can of White Beans
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  • 8 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
  • 8 Slices of Salted Pork (Prosciutto, Ham, Virginia Ham)


  • Begin by draining your beans in a colander then smashing them up in a bowl add a few glugs of olive oil, salt, pepper. This little mix is delicious. If you add some minced rosemary, you can even turn this into a delicious dip.
  • Pit your avocado and cut it in half and then quarters lengthwise. Leave the skin on.
  • Lay the bread out on a clean work surface for assembling the sandwiches.
  • Spread your mashed bean mix onto one side of the bread.
  • Peel your avocados and slice 1 quarter for each sandwich. Spread slices over the bean spread.
  • Add a few slices of your pork to over the top of the avocado.
  • You can finish this sandwich with some lettuces, fresh sprouts, or just eat it as is.

2. Delicious Crab Salad

Canned crab is a protein option that will likely be around through much of this meat crisis. It does have to be kept in refrigeration, but it’s delicious and this chipotle mayo salad is great in the spring and summer.


  • 1 Can of Crab Meat
  • 1 Bunch of Asparagus
  • Chipotle Mayo
  • 1 Bunch of Green Onions
  • 1 Bunch of Cilantro


  • Drain your crab in a colander and set it in the sink.
  • Slice your asparagus into 1-inch pieces. Throw them into a bowl.
  • Thinly slice your onions and your cilantro and throw that into the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss in the crab meat.
  • Squirt on enough Chipotle mayo to coat everything and toss gently not to break up the crab meat.
  • Chill in the fridge and serve.

3. Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek Salad | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

The combination of simple summer ingredients makes for an incredible quick salad that you could add other proteins, too, if you wanted. These could be canned meats.


  • 2 Large Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Red Onion
  • ¼ Cup of Feta Cheese
  • A Few Sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • ½ Cup of Kalamata Olives
  • Balsamic Dressing


  • I like to cut the tomatoes in large chunks and have them kind of be the main course in this salad. Peel and slice your cucumber in half. Remove the seeds and either dice or slice in half-moons.
  • Peel and slice your red onion in half. Julienne your, or thinly slice, your half onion.
  • Add all these ingredients to a bowl. Finely slice your mint.
  • Add your olives, crumbled feta, and mint to the bowl and add enough dressing to coat everything.
  • Stir it up and allow this to chill for at least an hour for the flavors to really blend.

4. Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Mediterranean Tuna Lettuce Wraps | No Cook Meals for Surviving the Pandemic and Food Supply Shortages

Using some similar ingredients and adding a protein like tuna, you can create some delicious lettuce wraps. The key to a good lettuce wrap is to have most of the items around the same size. So, consider that when you are preparing this dish.


  • Iceberg or Butter Lettuce
  • Canned Artichokes
  • Canned roasted Red peppers
  • Fresh Cucumber
  • Feta Cheese
  • Minced Olives ¼ Cup
  • 2 Cans of Tuna
  • Green Onions
  • Basil


  • Start by peeling all the full leaves from your lettuce. Set them on a plate either cover them with a wet paper towel or put them back into the fridge.
  • Dice the peppers, artichokes, and cucumbers into cubes. Go no larger than ½ an inch.
  • Thinly slice your green onions and basil and add them to a bowl with your diced vegetables. Add your loves to this bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  • Crumble your feta cheese over the mixture.
  • Drain your tuna thoroughly and then add that to the bowl, as well.
  • Gently toss this mixture. Try not to break up the tuna and the cheese too much but incorporate it thoroughly.
  • If you want, you can add some olive oil to the mix or a few glugs of balsamic vinegar. It’s also delicious just how it is.
  • Scoop a few tablespoons into a lettuce leaf, wrap it up and eat up!

These no cook meals should help lessen the stress you feel when thinking of what to feed your family. If you don’t have the specific ingredients, use your creativity, and use what you have. You might discover a new recipe while you’re at it!

What’s your favorite no cook meal recipe? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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Billionaire Whistle Blower: Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Is Over 50,000

  1. Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000.

A Chinese billionaire and whistleblower who lives in U.S. exile says Wuhan crematoriums have burned 50,000 coronavirus victims. | Credit: Chinatopix via AP

  • The official coronavirus death toll in China is a little over 800. But an exiled Chinese businessman says crematoriums are leaking the real figure.
  • A billionaire whistleblower alleges Wuhan has crematoriums working 24/7. He claims they’ve cremated some 50,000 coronavirus victims.
  • Guo Wengui is a Chinese billionaire living in exile in the United States.

The official coronavirus death toll is some 800 people in China. The current official death toll worldwide, outside of China, is 774. But a Chinese billionaire with a history of blowing the whistle on his former government says the real figure is much higher.

Exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui recently revealed leaks from Wuhan crematoriums. He claims based on the number of bodies their furnaces are burning, the death toll could be as high as 50,000. Wengui made the bombshell allegations in an interview with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Whistleblower: 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases In China, 50,000 Coronavirus Deaths In Wuhan


He also claims to have inside information that there are 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in China. Wengui is emphatic that these are not merely quarantined or “under observation” but confirmed cases of coronavirus infection:


China has struggled to contain the coronavirus. But it has also struggled to contain public outcry against censorship and tight control of information. Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about the disease, succumbed to an infection and died this week. The Chinese government arrested him for blowing the whistle.

Then officials tried to suppress news of his death. Afterwards, millions of Chinese citizens saw the hashtag #IWantFreedomOfSpeech on Mandarin language social media. But the Chinese government censored that too.

Are Wengui’s Crematorium Claims Credible?

Watch VICE’s 2017 profile on Guo Wengui. At the time, he published bombshell documents alleging corruption in the Chinese government. He got the attention of the media and reportedly the U.S. State Department.


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5 Types Of Ammunition To Stockpile For A Collapse


Every prepper knows it’s a great idea to stockpile ammunition when preparing for a major disaster.

You can use it for hunting, self-defense, or barter.

But which types of ammo should you stockpile?

If you plan on bartering, then you don’t want a bunch of calibers that nobody wants. And that’s just one consideration.

In this video, Reality Survival & Prepping talks about what he thinks are the 5 best types of ammunition to stockpile for a collapse.

Here are his picks:

  1. .22 LR – Very common, good for hunting small game, very light and small.
  2. 9mm Luger – Great for self-defense, fits in a wide variety of handguns.
  3. 5.56×45mm or .223 Remington – Also very common, cheap and effective.
  4. .308 Winchester – Widely used, works in AR10 and bolt-action platforms.
  5. 12 Gauge – You can do a lot with it — hunt, defend yourself, etc.

In the video below he makes a much more detailed case for each caliber. What do you think of this list?

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