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Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby HopeImReady » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:48 pm

I realized that it's been exactly 3.5 yrs since I started prepping, and while I always feel I can do/learn more, I know I've come a long way. I made a list of what I have learned / done / set up, and what I still need to do, or do better. Any suggestions/feedback/resources are welcome. My background: I don't have a rural "homestead" or livestock, and likely won't for several years due to commuting constraints. I live in the Ottawa 'burbs and subscribe to the "bloom where you're planted" philosophy ;) I am a pescetarian. I'd rather be a generalist on many skills, but if something interests me, I can develop expertise.

Learned / established
Medical:
First aid certification
Extra supplies, dental, antibiotics, hard copy references
Nuclear incident measures

Self-defence:
Shooting/firearms, esp target shooting/accuracy, ammunition
Krav Maga
Knives/spray
Hardening windows/doors

Food/water:
General food storage
Dehydrating / curing
Pickling/canning
Cheese making
Making everything from scratch: bread, crackers, broth, seitan
Kombucha, other fermentation
Herbal uses
Water storage, purification methods, filters, rain barrel
Firewood, cooking tools for fireplace, axe
Foraging, gleaning/food tree locations
Sprouting
Water source locations

Gardening
Container gardening
Natural fertilizers
Seed saving

Sanitation:
Making soap
Luggable loo & supplies
Feminine hygiene

Misc Preparedness
BOB for home, work, car & EDC
Solar power charging methods, lighting
Alternative power/fuel/lamps/stoves/fire starting
Safe walking route work>home
EMP protection for critical items
Document backups
Insurance changes
HAM Basic radio licensing
Local natural hazards info/awareness
Crocheting, paracord use
Hand laundry
Debt reduction
Basic plumbing, home repair & tools
Stockpile barter items
Sewing

Pets
Carriers/supplies/doggie pack
Document/vaccine copies
Animal first aid

Want to learn
Fishing
Hair cutting
Knitting
Orienteering
Candle making from natural/found materials
Ham advanced licensing
Pottery making

Need to improve / obtain / research
Improve physical fitness
Improve stockpiles: TP :D , pet food, litter
Pet friendly evac options, supports for senior dog
More regular food rotation
More advanced first aid
More productive gardening options/pest protection against greedy squirrels :(
MAG options
Solar panels/options
More firearm maintenance, additional ammunition, farther distances, shotguns
Run another session of local emergency preparedness workshop
HF Ham radio (have UHF/VHF)
Retirement location(s)
Knife sharpening
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby Odin Gray » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:39 am

An impressive resume for 3 1/2 years into the journey, HIR!

While I subscribe to "bloom where you blossom" bug-in for most scenarios, I would suggest that your list needs a bug-out plan should you need to evacuate from your present location.

Learned skills are easiest to transport: hardware and stuff needs a little more planning.

Just a thought.
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby DJPrepper » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:35 pm

HopeImReady wrote:
Self-defence:
Shooting/firearms, esp target shooting/accuracy, ammunition

Misc Preparedness
Debt reduction



1. Firearms : how did you find a local Test Facilitator

2. Debt Reduction : how did you manage that (spend less than you earn is easier said than done ...)
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby HopeImReady » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:43 pm

Firearms - I joined a local range and they have competitions monthly, as well as various provincial and nationals. The only drawback is that the ones with longer distances tend to be further drive out of the city

Debt - still a work in progress heh heh, as I am sure it is for many. Just limiting my urge to shop (including on prep stuff!)
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby PrepHer » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:28 pm

HopeImReady, good for you for recognizing and taking action on debt reduction! It's the key to sustainability.
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby Adagio » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:05 pm

Good for you hopeimready. Target shooting is a great skill but have you ever considered taking this to the next level and trying a hunt? It's one thing to be able to hit a target but shooting a live moving object is another skill all in itself.
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby HopeImReady » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:06 am

Adagio wrote:Good for you hopeimready. Target shooting is a great skill but have you ever considered taking this to the next level and trying a hunt? It's one thing to be able to hit a target but shooting a live moving object is another skill all in itself.

Probably sounds weird to some, but I actually am a pescetarian and have no desire to hunt. I would like to learn to fish, though. I have also been looking at some of the "practical" shooting disciplines which involve moving (fake human) targets and where you are timed...
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby Adagio » Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:34 pm

It doesnt sound weird at all. Hunting is definitely not for everyone.

Whats important is that you have accomplished alot in a short time and that you continue to amass other skills. Kudos to you..
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby scrounger » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:55 am

Hope,

You should try bowfishing.
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Re: Assessing skills & readiness - done / to do

Postby jonesy » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:03 am

Sounds like an impressive amount of prep work for 3 + years. Well done!

It does seem like a never ending list though, doesn't it:)?
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