Thanks to all who participated in this latest book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of The Darkness After.
I received some excellent submissions from those who participated by sending in their personal list of what they consider the Top Ten Essential Skills that any prepper/survivalist should possess or attempt to master.
As you would expect, there was a lot of overlap in these lists, as most of us can agree on at least five of the top ten essential skills, especially: finding and purifying water, fire making, shelter making, navigation and food gathering (including foraging, fishing and hunting). Other commonly mentioned skills included the use of firearms for hunting and personal defense, knowledge of first aid, use of camouflage and stealth and hand to hand combat skills.
One of the lists submitted had an interesting and probably overlooked skill set that most people should pay more attention to: mechanical skill to maintain gear, firearms and mode of travel. People who like to work on things as a hobby or have jobs that require mechanical skills may be all set in this department, but in today’s society, fewer people do their own repairs or use their hands at work. If you are among them, you can begin by doing small, routine maintenance jobs on your home, vehicle and other items. As you gain proficiency in this, your confidence in your ability to keep everything you need going after the SHTF will be much greater.
As stated in the last post announcing the book giveaway, the five winners were chosen at random by a drawing, not based on the quality or content of their Top Ten List. To those who didn’t win, I still appreciate your participation and contribution. As Scott Finazzo and I put the finishing touches on The Prepper’s Workbook, these lists will be taken into consideration as we complete the final section of the book, and you may see one of your ideas published there.
So, here are the five winners of a copy of The Darkness After:
J. Miller of Chesapeake, VA
J. Guerra, of McAllen, TX
H. Coulter, of Prentiss, MS
T. Cleveland, of Savanna, GA
D. Baldwin, of Ft. Collins, CO
The winners have also been notified by email and the books will be sent out today.