The importance of having basic survival skills: even if you don't plan on bugging out!

And, an important announcement!

A man in the woods opening a tin can with a knife

It seems that since being a prepper has become a little more socially acceptable and more popular, a lot of new preppers tend to primarily focus on putting together a 72 hour emergency kit. And, that's a great place to start! But should we stop there? Is there more we should be doing to be prepared for a disaster/emergency, SHTF (Sh*t Hits The Fan) or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) situation?

Some people (like myself) strive to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. We know that there could very well be situations that could happen that would cause us to be without power/electricity for very long periods of time. Such as a nuclear EMP attack on our nation, or a large solar flare (CME) being thrust down to earth. Not only that, but there are many other things that could happen that would cause widespread chaos and reek havoc. There is a pending threat of an economic collapse. The number and intensity of natural disasters have increased over the past few years. There's even speculation there could be another civil war or world war III. And these are the reasons most of us have become preppers.

Most of us have thought about the possibilities of those things which I mentioned in the above paragraph happening. Most preppers/survivalists refer to those types of incidents as SHTF. Some of those incidents would be so devastating that they would throw us into what is commonly referred to as TEOTWAWKI. Hopefully, you've already made a decision as to how you will prepare and are preparing for any or all of the above. There are those who will "bug out" and go to a place (bug out location) they have prepared in order to survive. Others have decided that they will "bug in" or "hunker down" and stay in their homes and do what they can to survive. Either way, it is a personal decision and we need to make that decision based upon what is best for us, our families, and our loved ones.

So, what does all this have to do with the need to have survival skills? Well, no m