Prepper Skillsets & Assets


Prepper Skillsets:

  • Skillsets
  • Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
  • Most Basic Survival Skillsets
  • More Advanced Skillsets

Prepper Assets:


If you have experience as a Boy Scout, member of the military, police officer, firefighters, or in the medical profession then you are fortunate to have experience with first-aid, self-defense, survival, using tools, etc.


Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills:

Soft skills are skillsets that will most often keep you out of trouble. Think awareness and observation. Soft skills are passive in the sense that no one will ever know that you are practicing them.

Hard skill are used when the situation gets loud and painful (shooting skills, combative skills, etc.).


Soft Skillsets:

Mundane soft skills might include:

  • Understanding the OODA Loop and Cooper’s Color Codes
  • Thinking proactively when it comes to simple equipment and travel plans
  • Comprehension of the Attack Cycle
  • Risk midigation
  • Ability to perceive improvised weapons — where they are and a willingness to use them.
  • A basic understanding of surveillance (so that you will know when you are being watched).

More esoteric soft skills might include:

  • Establishing multiple rally points (RP) and counter-surveillance measure with your whole group.


Hard Skillsets:

Basic Skills:

You should attempt to master the items on the following basic prepper skills list:

  • Basic first-aid and CPR
  • Drive a vehicle with a manual transmission
  • Basic self-defense
  • How to use a fire-extinguisher
  • How to read a map
  • How to change your car tire
  • Jumpstart your car battery

Advanced Skills:

The following skillsets will make you a valuable to any prepper group.

  • Advanced medical training
  • Advanced self defense
  • Mechanical, plumbing, or electrical
  • Speak another language
  • How to grow and can food
  • How to raise livestock
  • How to communicate with HAM radio equipment
  • Gun-fighting and security tactics
  • Wilderness survival
  • How to drive a boat
  • How to drive a motorcycle
  • How to fly an aircraft

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Assets — Tactically Squared Away:

Coming soon.


Assets — Order of Importance:

Rule of Three: “You can survive three minutes without oxygen. You can survive three days without water. You can survive three weeks without food.”

Based on the Rule of Three I would recommend that you base your preparations in this order:

  • water
  • food
  • shelter
  • medical
  • shelter
  • security


Assets — Magnitude of Asset Allocation:

Three days, one week, one month, three months, six months, one year.

FEMA recommends that each household have enough supplies to last three days. This is an absolute minimum, but it is where you should start. This would include bottled water, canned food or MREs, flashlight(s), first-aid kits, etc. A 72 Hour Bag / Bug-out Bag Checklist can be found on the Savannah Arsenal Checklist Page. Pack the items in backpacks so that if you have to leave in a hurry (“bug-out”) it will be easily portable. Once you have a three-day kit assembled, start working on assembling enough supplies to last you one week without a trip to Wal-Mart. Gallon jugs of water, canned food, Sterno or camp stove and fuel to heat it…more later.


Basic Assets:

  • everyday carry gear (EDC)
  • home emergency kit(s) and supplies
  • bug-out bag and go-bag
  • first-aid kits
  • car emergency kit
  • tools
  • stored water & food
  • vehicle(s)


Advanced Assets:

  • fuel & generator
  • self-defense gear
  • medical supplies
  • swimming pool and method to clean the water
  • well
  • gardening & canning equipment
  • livestock

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Related Savannah Arsenal Pages:

Coming soon.

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