There are all sorts of degree programs that preppers can take to become better prepared for unexpected catastrophes. Classes on architecture could teach you the strengths and weaknesses of modern buildings and how to stay safe during different disasters. Nearly any applied science, such as electrical engineering or biochemistry, could be useful in a crisis. Have you ever wondered about Social Work?
Even business management might provide you with experience in organizing and leading groups of people to accomplish goals. Probably the last degree program you would consider helpful would be social work ― but you’d be wrong.
Social workers know more about the best and worst aspects of humanity than any other group, which means they are well-equipped to handle themselves and others in a disaster scenario. If you don’t believe me, read on to learn how taking courses in social services is uniquely beneficial.
There are many types of disasters, from a single-home accident to a worldwide cataclysm, and smart preppers are ready for anything. Though the most-likely disasters might not see the breakdown of established social structures, it isn’t unwise to be prepared for the worst, which means expecting an end to law and order as we know it ― but not necessary people as social workers know them.
Social workers are devoted to serving under-served populations, which means they typically encounter individuals and families who lack what most people consider necessities in our civilized society: a stable home, a living wage, etc. It isn’t absurd to claim that these populations closely mimic the conditions of people in a post-catastrophe environment. Social workers dedicate their lives to helping these people, so social workers have much education and experience in coordinating and aiding the same type of frantic, disadvantaged people you will likely find after a crisis.
This is beneficial in dozens of ways, but most importantly, the profound understanding of human behavior that is necessary for social work will keep you and those around you calm and collected during a disaster. With an advanced degree in social work, you will have the knowledge and skill to coordinate groups of panicking individuals and reestablish the broken-down structures humanity requires in order to thrive.
Perhaps more importantly, you will have the patience necessary to save larger groups of people, which both bolster’s your likelihood to survive and ensures the restoration of a structured society.
There are dozens of reasons why preppers prep, but typically, the desire to gather supplies for an unknown crisis stems from the belief (and likelihood) that in an emergency, supplies will be limited or distant, and having extra resources on-hand will improve your chance of survival. This is as true for preppers with simple bug-out bags as it is for preppers who have built well-stocked bunkers.
It isn’t a secret that social workers often have little to work with. Ignoring their generally meager salaries, social workers receive precious little in state and federal funding, which means they must carefully allocate their resources to continue performing their good works. The resources they conserve aren’t terribly different from those preppers tend to hoard for the coming apocalypse; both preppers and social workers tend to focus their efforts on managing resources unrelated to money: goods such as food, medical supplies, and individuals’ abilities.
The practice of rationing is relatively the same regardless of the goods you control, but responsible resource restriction is complicated and usually takes months if not years to master. In an academic social work program, you can learn the basics of smart resource management, so in a disaster scenario, you won’t be left starving or freezing thanks to imprudent usage of food, water, or fuel.
What’s more, social workers are adept at petitioning others for their resources to benefit the group as a whole. Social workers keep relatively nothing for themselves ― partially because they understand how to thrive on limited budgets ― but they are constantly bargaining for better resources for their clients. In a catastrophe, the ability to reach out to others for aid and obtain the resources you and your loved ones need will be invaluable.
For an unseen portion of the population, today is the apocalypse. Millions of people are already suffering from a lack of living essentials, and the established social structures do little to help. Social workers understand not only what it is like to work in such dire situations but also how to work toward a better society where everyone can get what they need to survive.
Emergency workers are truly a different breed. Bravery, leadership, critical thinking, a calm demeanor in crisis, compassion, and empathy are all in a day’s work. Here are a few more emergency skills that can be used at any time.
Firefighters handle a wide range of emergencies. When they’re not containing fires and assisting victims, they respond to car accidents, natural disasters, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and incidents involving hazardous materials. They make water rescues as well as assist in evacuations. Most are trained to perform lifesaving procedures before paramedics arrive. Firefighters need the physical strength to work with heavy machinery. Like all emergency responders, urgent-duty driving skills are a must. Firefighters do a lot more than put out fires and rescue kittens from trees. If you’re considering this career, make sure you can handle the heat.
Paramedics work within impossible time constraints to sustain life until a patient reaches the hospital. They are jacks-of-all-trade when it comes to knowledge of the human body. Paramedics are extensively trained in cardiac support, triage, burn treatment, airway management, bleeding control, obstetrics, and many more emergency procedures. Keeping the wounded immobile during transport, especially when spinal injuries are involved, is an important part of the job. They aid victims of accidental poisoning and prevent drug overdoses from becoming fatal. They must also be proficient in their knowledge of medications and how they are administered. These dedicated caregivers are adept at making life-and-death decisions.
Police work is not for the faint of heart, and keeping a cool head might be the hardest part of the job. Officers of the law must identify and defuse potentially volatile situations. They must be good at conflict resolution and have the ability to quickly decide if someone is aggressive or merely uncooperative. They are skilled with firearms but trained to use minimal force. Integrity and restraint are attributes that often go unnoticed. Most are trained in more than just the academy. Some even get degrees like a masters in safety online or paramedic training as well. These added credentials give them a boost in their career and make their jobs a little easier.
Other Unsung Heroes
Aside from lawmen, paramedics and firefighters, many others work behind the scenes to keep the public safe. 9-1-1 operators sometimes have only seconds to make critical judgments. It’s up to them to calm those in distress and inspire confidence. Degrees and careers in occupational safety are on the rise. Occupational specialists identify hazards in the workplace such as toxic materials and dangerous equipment. There are many more unsung heroes like forest rangers, public utility electricians, and mine rescue workers.
A lot can go wrong in this world – hats off to the champions who put their own lives on the line every day.
~ by Bobby Akart, Contributing writer to the American Preppers Network, host of the Prepping for
Tomorrow program on Prepper Broadcasting and nine-time best selling author of The Blackout Series,
The Boston Brahmin Series and The Prepping for Tomorrow Series.
I have written about the importance of prepper fiction as a tool for convincing the non-prepper family member or friend to consider a self-reliant and preparedness lifestyle. A well-written story may be fabricated but it helps us comprehend the world nonetheless. As Stephen King once wrote – Fiction is the truth behind the lie.
After my success with The Boston Brahmin Series, readers and friends within the American Preppers Network encouraged me to tell the story of a non-prepping family. Those of us within the APN family become used to interacting with like-minded individuals. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that the vast majority of Americans are not only unprepared, but they have no idea of what prepping entails. I wrote The Blackout Series for this purpose.
What would you do if a voice was screaming in your head – GET READY – for a catastrophic event of epic proportions, with no idea where to start, or how, or when.
This is a true story, it just hasn’t happened yet.
A catastrophic solar flare, an EMP – a threat from above to America’s soft underbelly below is hurtling toward our planet. In book one, the Ryman family has never heard of prepping. But they learn while they run out of time. An EMP, naturally generated from our sun in the form of a massive solar storm has happened before during the Carrington Event of 1859, and it will happen again.
The Blackout Series is a story of how our sun, the planet’s source of life, can also devastate our modern world. It’s a story of panic, societal collapse, and the final straws that shatter an already thin veneer of civility. It is a warning to us all – never underestimate the depravity of man.
What would you do when the clock strikes zero?
I’d be honored if you’d give my new post-apocalyptic fiction series a try. Here is a link:
Enjoy this video trailer produced for The Blackout Series.
Because you never know when the day before … is the day before.
Prepare for tomorrow.
Bobby Akart is a Contributing writer to the American Preppers Network, host of the Prepping for
Tomorrow program on Prepper Broadcasting and nine-time best selling author of The Blackout
Series, The Boston Brahmin Series and The Prepping for Tomorrow Series.
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