Sara's Column: Survival skills becoming obsolete

I wonder if it’s too late for me to become a Girl Scout. I’ve realized that my education to date is sorely lacking in one key aspect – What do I do if I were suddenly stripped of all my lovely technology? I’m reading a novel right now, CyberStorm, by...
Jun 27, 2013

I wonder if it’s too late for me to become a Girl Scout.

I’ve realized that my education to date is sorely lacking in one key aspect – What do I do if I were suddenly stripped of all my lovely technology?

I’m reading a novel right now, CyberStorm, by Matthew Mather, that offers a kind of stark look at how dependent we, as a society, are on technology for our basic survival.

Our electric grid relies in large part on the internet; our banks rely in large part on the internet; our supply chain relies in large part on the internet.

And we rely on electricity for almost everything, even our money. How many people never even handle cash nowadays?

As I was reading the slightly doomsday-ish scenario, I realized I would be up the creek if I had to suddenly go old-old-school.

I need a BIC to light a fire. I’ve never hunted a day in my life. I wouldn’t know an edible wild plant if it jumped up and bit me. I have a healthy fear of all snakes, simply because I also wouldn’t know a venomous snake unless it bit me…And that’s one trial and error I’d prefer to avoid.

In short, I’m a suburbanite.

And I’m really regretting not becoming a Girl Scout when I had the chance.

I’m not saying we need to start training and stockpiling for some sort of New World Order.

I’m saying it might not be a bad idea to learn skills needed for basic survival self-sufficiency if you don’t already have them.

You never know when they might come in handy, and it doesn’t even have to be some sort of global crisis.

How long were victims of Hurricane Sandy without electricity, shelter and possibly even food?

In my opinion, it’s just wise to be prepared.

When I was a teenager and I got my first car, the first thing my dad – a retired military pilot and veteran of two wars – did was hand me a heavy blanket.

“Keep this in the trunk in case you ever get stranded in the snow,” said my dad.

I learned early on how to change my own tire, and to this day I keep a roadside emergency kit in my trunk.

I’m set if anything should happen while I’m driving.

Not so much, if anything should happen at any other time.

I think I know what my weekends are going to look like for a little while…

 

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