It’s hard to imagine what life is like in Syria, which has torn itself asunder thanks to a punishing civil war that has more factions joining in every month, it seems. If you take a look at recent photos of the country’s major cities, you will see that they have become bombed-out, burned-out shells with no supporting functional infrastructure.
Still, various factions continue fighting over ground, over cities that are no longer capable of producing anything – except misery. And yet people still live in these destroyed cities, even though there is no economy and no prospects. So, how are they surviving?
Many Syrians are bartering in order to stay alive. They exchange goods for goods, but also services for services and skills for skills. You can imagine that anyone with medical training is probably in a great position to barter that skill for pretty much anything he or she would need to live.
And when war finally does subside in Syria builders, construction workers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers and civil engineers will be needed to rebuild the destroyed cities; as long as the infrastructure remains non-functional, people with these skills will probably be able to trade their labor for food, medicine, clothing and other items when they become available.
One glimpse at what is happening in Syria should give you pause – and the shudders – because what is going on there will happen just about anywhere in the developed world, should something cause a societal collapse. Now, we’ve discussed items that will become invaluable as barter bait in such situations, but what kind of skills do you think would be necessary in a post-apocalyptic world.
Let’s examine 10 of them.
First aid/medical training: As mentioned above, anyone who has any medical training at all will immediately become an asset. Doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners will be in high demand, but so, too, will nurses, paramedics and EMTs and even nursing assistants. If you don’t have any medical training at all, you should consider taking an EMT course or just learning basic first aid and CPR.
Police officer/security: In a collapsed society, persons with law enforcement experience and/or training as a security guard will be ideal when it comes to providing security and safety for groups. Being a police officer entails much more than simply pinning on a badge and target practice; cops are taught how to handle suspects, angry crowds and arguments, all skills that will be put to good use in a SHTF scenario
Military personnel: Current and former military personnel have a whole host of skills beyond simple soldiering; many have a military specialty that will come in handy but all of them have “basic” military training they’ll be able to parlay. Plus, they are much more disciplined than the general public and that in and of itself will be useful.
Hunters: Food is going to become a constant need, but the vast majority of people shop for their food. Hunters, on the other hand, not only know how to kill or capture game, they know where to look for game and how to clean and prepare it for cooking. Finding someone who knows how to use a bow to hunt is a plus (guns make noise, obviously, and there may be times when you don’t want to draw attention to yourself). Understand that once the short-term consumable items found at stores and in warehouses are gone, you’ll have to find a way to sustain yourself over the long run.
Gardeners/farmers: It’ll be a bonus to find some fresh tomatoes or other produce from time to time, but seeds, not actual food, will become more important. A seasoned gardener or farmer will have the knowledge to plant and grow food and how to care for crops as they grow, as well as how to harvest seeds for next year’s crops. You can hone these skills simply by planting your own garden now and learning how to harvest and store seeds.
Foraging: People who know how to forage and gather edibles in the wild will prove to be some of your best assets. Which mushrooms are and are not poisonous? Will these berries feed me or kill me? Pick up a reference book on wild edibles to put in with your bugout supplies and on weekends, go out to the woods and look for edibles so you can become more familiar with the process.
Radio operators: Anyone with a citizen’s band radio (and the power to run it) should be of some use, but the real need will be for someone with the knowledge and skill and equipment to communicate long-range, and for that you’d need to be a ham radio operator. You have to be licensed to operate a ham radio, but the process will be worth it if you can communicate or at least monitor radio waves for information.
Homesteaders: These folks already know a lot of things about living frugally and simply. They are gardeners, farmers, rancher, carpenters and craftsmen who can raise animals, grow and store food, fix things and use whatever is available to make something you or your group might need.
Sanitation experts: Think about it – you’re going to need to know how to best deal with waste, including human waste, to maintain proper health. The last thing you will want is to get sick or develop some sort of infection in a post-apocalyptic world, especially if you’re short on medical supplies and don’t have a No. 1 above in your group.
Pest control: As evidenced by the spreading Zika virus, which is transmitted primarily by mosquitos, having some knowledge about controlling insects and other pests will better protect you and your camp.
You’re a damn fool if you forget to plan for the long term.
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Small farming is taking off in Russia, thanks to sanctions
The growth of small entreprenurial farmers in Russia is a real phenomenon, as evidenced by natural food stores popping up everywhere, offering small farm produced natural food.
They have received a massive boost from the sanctions war.
A very well known one is called Lavka Lavka. (See video below). They have 100+ profiles of the small farmers which supply them on their website. To get a sense of this new generation of small farmers, it is interesting to scroll down the list. They are also featured in the video.
This article originally appeared at Russia Beyond the Headlines
Planet Earth and it’s life support systems have been severely damaged from countless forms of human activity. The greatest single source of damage on so many fronts is climate engineering. Agricultural collapse is not somewhere out on the horizon, it is here. According to reports just published, Mongolia has lost 80% of their crops due to unprecedented drought and harsh conditions, yes, that’s 80%.
The crisis in Mongolia is not at all unique as similar scenarios are unfolding around the globe. In Thailand drought has been so severe that the country’s military is being used to keep farmers from any unauthorized pumping of the water they need to keep their crops alive as the last remaining irrigation canals continue to dry up.
KTVZ, Jul 16, 2015 (emphasis added): Restricting fishing in Oregon streams and rivers for the first time ever… Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife announced it’s taking drastic measures… they’ve never had to do this before… ODFW: “We’re starting to see fish kills in more places than we typically do. This is a pretty extreme set of conditions.”
Statesman Journal, Jul 16, 2015: [ODFW is taking] an unprecedented step… The move comes on the heels of multiple fish die-offs… “We’ve never had to do anything like this before — we’re in new territory,” said [ODFW’s] Bruce McIntosh.
Mail Tribune (Oregon), Jul 16, 2015: Emergency fishing closures go statewide
Spokesman Review, Jul 17, 2015: Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers… emergency rules take effect on Saturday.
Read more:Unprecedented emergency statewide fishing closures enacted in Pacific Northwest — “We’ve never had to do anything like this” — “Very alarming” mass die-offs linked to disease outbreak — Nearly 100% infection rate in some areas — Rotting gills, distended bellies — NOAA: It’s a ‘head scratcher’.