John Jacob Schmidt from Radio Free Redoubt blog had this to say:
1. Medical Skills
2. Food & Water Production Skills
3. Communication Skills
MEDICAL SKILLS: In nearly all disasters, collapses, civil wars, etc. the cry that heard the loudest is “We need medical personnel and supplies!” Usually those are some of the most strained resources. While supplies are currently abundant and accessible, STOCK UP! And get training! Take courses on emergency and alternative medicine or learn the skills yourself from youtube, books, the internet, etc. No prepper library would be complete without the Red Cross First-Aid manual, Where There Is No Doctor and Where there is no Dentist.
FOOD & WATER PRODUCTION SKILLS: Food storage is great! But one day it will run out, or could be stolen, confiscated, or destroyed in a fire. Have a mindset that your food and water storage is only there to keep you alive until you can begin producing your own — that your stockpile is there to help get you through a winter if you had a bad crop one season. Start developing gardening skills NOW. Even if it’s a small raised bed on your back patio. Don’t depend solely on wild game for your protein source. Millions of others in your situation will also become hunters overnight. Finally, set yourself up to collect and purify water yourself if your city, community, or personal wells stop working.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: (www.AmRRON.com) Monitoring the radio for information and being able to communicate with others for mutual support, assistance, security, and information saves lives! Buy the best communications equipment you can afford and learn how to use it. Most common are FRS and CB radios for two-way communications, but they have limited range. More and more preppers are getting their Ham licenses, especially now that Morse Code is no longer a requirement. Getting a Ham license is inexpensive and easier than ever before. If you can’t get your license right away, get a Ham Radio so you can at least listen and familiarize yourself with the equipment. You don’t have to have a Ham license to use a Ham Radio in an emergency. A Scanner (for local information) and/or a Short Wave Receiver (for long distance) is a must, and the SWR NEEDS to have Single Side Band capability, so you can listen to all the Ham Radio traffic. Ham’s are very dedicated radio operators and will make sure they can get emergency information transmitted, even if they have to use their last dying breath to do it.
As with anything else related to prepping, you must acquire certain skills and equipment, but equally important is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Do NOT buy a gadget that you just put up on a shelf, never opening the box. You MUST train with your equipment and DEVELOP your skills, or you’ll lose them. All of the above is perishable knowledge, so practice until you can do it in your sleep. If you can’t take courses for all of the above, then Google it, Youtube it, Read it, Library it, whatever it takes!
John Jacob Schmidt
Radio Free Redoubt