All preppers should incorporate a post-disaster plan into their overall preparedness activities.
Making sure the basement is stockpiled with heirloom seeds, hand tools, advanced first aid equipment, ammo, and other various survival gear is obviously extremely important. However, more can be done to ensure the long-term well-being and prosperity of the family or tribe - my favorite term for mutual assistance groups.
Stockpiling items that make "good barter" during and after a disaster is a routine task for nearly all preppers. By taking the concept one step further and opening a trading post, you could have both a lucrative and fulfilling SHTF business on your hands. If the power grid goes down, the nation (or the entire world) will suddenly be thrust into an 1800s existence.
Virtually any type of massive man-made or natural disaster can end life as we know it for an extremely long time. Surviving is the first goal, but once that is achieved, thriving should become the new focus for the family or tribe. We only have to think back to the formative stages of our nation to brainstorm for ideas about the types of goods and services that will be needed and can be accomplished without the aid of modern technology.
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Honing your homesteading skills and survival or learning new ones will likely offer you some job security after the SHTF. Blacksmithing, horse-shoeing, sewing, and medical care for both humans and animals are but a few examples of TEOTWAWKI career options. Click here to read the rest of my how to start a trading post after the SHTF on Survival Based.