‘Being prepared’ is an enormously general statement. While most people think first of food storage with regards to preparedness, there are countless additional categorical ambitions that one might choose to venture…
Many such categories involve a set of practical skills – likely having to do with increasing one’s self-reliance and independence from some of the external systems which keep most of the modern world ‘alive’.
With that in mind, each skill set requires some of their own unique tools – of which many require electricity to operate. A significant challenge arises when there is no electricity. Could today’s skilled craftsman (for example) successfully perform their craft without the aid of electricity? Would it require additional hand tools (albeit a much slower process)?
Having basic categorical groups of hand tools (and of course the skills to use them) could be an asset to one’s overall survival preparedness. Fewer people today know basic trades and fewer have the ability to use and apply basic tools than years gone by – particularly since the country as a whole has moved away from manufacturing (and the jobs and skills that went with it).
In a SHTF world, those who have the tools, the skills and the ingenuity to perform the basic tasks of building, repairing, modifying and adapting to circumstances which require ‘do-it-yourself’…those people will be better off.
With that said, it might be advantageous to consider the tools (hand tools?) which might become significant assets in such a world…
A few categories which come to mind include the following:
Clothing, Sewing, Textile Tools
Livestock & Animal Husbandry Tools
Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Tools
First Aid Tools
‘Moonshine’ Tools ;)
There certainly are many more, however the intent is to get you to thinking about it – perhaps as it relates to your own current skills. Do you have supplemental hand tools, just in case? Leave your comment and add your own thoughts about categories and/or their hand tools for survival preparedness…