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Posted: May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

How to differentiate yourself in this new post-apocalypse age

We all know how hard it is to try and stand out among the nameless desperate hordes outside the cities gates. Brute labor just isn’t enough in these hard times.  It is only natural. No person can live alone. There is simply too much to do. We all need help. Society must progress.

But for a tribe to accept you, you need to stand out,   Why are you worth more than the countless barbaiaran hordes? You need to stand out.  So pick one of these skills below to help makes yourself a “Survivor.”

Below is a list of the skills one should have to survive after the Apocalypse.

The lists is loosely organized around Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, starting with the most fundamental.  Within each sub-category skills needed for the short-term (or immediate survival) are listed before skills needed for more long-term survival. Pick one or two from each larger need and no tribe will reject you!

(Here I basically improv based on this list.  Instead of powepoint, someone behind a table is putting items on table as I speak of needs. All very post-apocalypse.)

Physiological Needs


How to purify water

Get water out of a cactus

How to gather rain

How to dig a well


How to start a fire without a match

How to pick a survival knife

How to skin an animal

How to hunt an animal

How to shoot an arrow

How to make a bow and arrow

How to use a gun

How to pick a gun

How to clean and maintain a gun

How to make a bullet

How to trap an animal

How to track an animal

How to make beef jerky

How to gather food

How to raise an animal

How to grow corn, beans, squash and other southwestern foods

How to can foods

How to dry beans

How to dehydrate food

How to read the weather


How to build a shelter

How to use a leatherman

Basic construction knowledge

Basic electrical knowledge

How to raid a home depot store


How to sew a button

How to repair shirt/pants

Safety Needs

Personal Security

How to use a gas mask

How to swing a golf club as a weapon

Same weapon skills needed for hunting listed above

How to build/repair a fence

How to build a perimeter

How to make a cannon

Basic chemistry

Financial Security

How to raid a pharmacy

Bargaining skills

How to siphon gas

How to start an abandoned car

How to build a solar power system

How to build a wind system

Health and well-being

How to fix a wound

Basic medical care for the short and long term

Basic psychology or counseling skills

How to swamp cool the natural way

Love and belonging needs

How to build a commune

How to make a plan

How to communicate long distance without power

How to play the harmonica

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