The first step in preparedness is to assess what skills you have and can use in emergency situations of all sorts, determine what areas you are still weak in, and work to make up the difference. Practical skills are learnable; with the proper practice and training your can make up the deficit in your knowledge and stand an even greater chance to come out ahead when it’s most important.
These skills involve knowledge essential to life-and-death scenarios such as first aid and self-defense, but also practical life skills including outdoor skills, financial management to avoid debt, the ability to use tools, and situational awareness. Here at BugOut MAG! we don’t find any practical skill beneath learning; the more practical skills you have under your belt, the more capable you will be when a crisis occurs.