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Seven Useful Skills Every Prepper Forgets to Study

We all like to think we’ll be ready for the zombie apocalypse if it were to happen tomorrow. We have studied at least seven ways to purify water. Learn how to identify edible plants, leaves, and mushrooms. We can even build three types of lean-tos or other emergency shelter options. Some preppers have even gone as far as to learning homestead skills like agricultural farming and precious metals bartering. Unfortunately, these are the seven most overlooked, undervalued skills we think has no place in a zombie world.

 

7. Engineering
This skillset is more than just computers and robotic technology. Engineering is a very important applied scientific study. Without it, we wouldn’t have physics, astrology, and many other fields of scientific fields. Knowing this can help you get a better understanding of fortification, establishing renewable energy sources, implementing agricultural and other manual labor strategies, and other valuable problem-solving skills. Studying engineering can provide your team with long-term survivability beyond any other group.

 

6. Business Administration
Yes, businesses will have a place in a zombie-fueled society. They have a wide range of skills that can be used to benefit the new world. Core skills they can provide to the team are general leadership, operations management, logistics, and other trades. Your vast business knowledge gives you the ability to manage the needs of the group and assign the right people to the right tasks.

 

5. Criminal Justice
Zombies aren’t the only threat to your group’s survival. Chaos and warlordism are going to run rampant across the undead landscape. Not only will this be going on outside, but there’s a good chance it will happen within your compound’s walls. Upheavals and protests happen daily and zombies aren’t going to stop them. There will always be one person who thinks they’re better than whoever is in charge. Someone studying this has the knowledge needed to administer justice, create and enforce new laws, and exercise mercy when needed. Essentially they are responsible for the safety of the community.

 

4. Human Services
They are responsible for an array of civic functions we take for granted every day. They work alongside many agencies from community outreach to afterschool programs to trash pick up. Somebody has to do the little tasks we don’t have time/want to do. They are in charge of opening lines of communication between the general public and the leaders running the show. They also make sure the needs of the people are met and valuable resources aren’t wasted.

 

3. Physical Education
We all remember the first rule of a zombie apocalypse according to the zlassic film Zombie Land. Staying fit and active is critical to your survival because your health is more important than ever. Their job is to train your team members and help them work towards fitness goals. They also can motivate them to new heights of strength, speed, and endurance. The foundation of this study is based on general human anatomy and muscle development. Some are trained in basic first aid which will be helpful in a hospital/medical setting.

 

2. Sewing
In an undead world, there will be no more Targets or Walmarts, which means the clothes on your back have to last. To protect your garments you’ll need to learn how to hem, repair a seam, replace a missing button and fix a broken zipper. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to learn how to make clothing items like shirts and pants to keep your team warm and well-dressed. Knitted and crochet goods would also be in high demand and will give you something to barter with for goods you and your family need to survive. Quilts will also be good for bartering if you live in cold climates.

 

1. Paragliding
Jumping off tall buildings or other enormous heights isn’t exactly something we plan for in the apocalypse. But, as we have learned from countless zombie movies the hero/heroine always gets stuck on a roof of some skyscraper with undead pounding on the only escape door, that’s barely being held together with a sliding chain lock. Paragliding teaches you the skills of how to glide from point A to point B safely and without causing yourself too much injury. Knowing this skill also allows you to fly above the heads of an approaching undead horde, which would be a lot easier, and safer, than slathering yourself in rotting goo and trying to walking through them.

 

In conclusion, there is a lot of research that goes into planning and building a city. Take a minute and think about the resources we take for granted in our communities every day. Who is going to re-setup the water lines? Who’s going to restart the power plants? Who’s going to dispose of all the corpses littering the streets?

M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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