There is an old saying “every tool kit needs a Hammer.” A “hammer” is a tool that helps break something loose that is stuck. Rusted bolt, put a wrench on it, then hit the wrench with a hammer.
How can we take that saying and apply it to survivalism?
What would be an item in our survival tool kit that can help get things unstuck?
Stuck in a food production groove, what would help you increase production?
Need to clear a tree after a hurricane? Break out the chain saw.
Need to make sure looters steer clear? Break out the AK-47.
The three key issues after SHTF will be water, food and personal hygiene. There are other things such as security, cooking, livestock, bartering, hunting, fishing, foraging,,, and other odds and ends.
What items can we add to our survival tool kit to make sure our water production, food and personal hygiene keeps going?
Safe drinking water
My hammer for water production is my Royal Berkey water filter. In a worse case situation I can get water from a creek, run the water through my Royal Berkey, then my family and I have safe drinking water.
My hammer for food production is either my seed stockpile or my chickens.
For the past few years I have been stockpiling all kinds of heirloom / open pollinated seeds. Some of my seed stockpile includes corn, squash, spinach, peas, beans, onions, zucchini,,, just all kinds of stuff.
Chickens have a production lifespan. After a few years hen slow down on their egg production and roosters have a prime of their life for breeding. My hammer would be a rooster that would produce chicks. The problem is, I do not have a rooster.
After my wife and I get moved to the homestead we will get at least one rooster. This would help provide a couple of generations of chickens.
I have a cousin that lives a few hundred yards from where my wife and I want to move to. Maybe my cousin and I can exchange roosters and hens? Exchanging roosters would help keep fresh DNA in the gene pool.
Personal hygiene after SHTF
One of the big issues after SHTF will be disease prevention and personal hygiene. How do you build a tool kit for disease prevention during a long term SHTF survival situation?
We can stockpile hand sanitizer and hand soap for the short term, but what about the long term?
The key to personal hygiene after SHTF is having access to safe drinking water.