Resourcefulness–A Key to Your Survival

An item about dumpster diving caught my attention the other day. In case you’re not aware of it, many people get by from day to day on what the rest of us throw out. This includes food from restaurants and grocery stores. However, in today’s security conscious environment, some big box stores are discouraging dumpster diving by placing surveillance cameras near dumpsters, which alert security staff who shoe off the would-be recycler.

Having said that, my topic today isn’t dumpster diving. Rather, it’s the value of resourcefulness for survival. We live in a wasteful society, and I admire anyone who is resourceful enough to make the most of it. They put thought to action and take certain risks, whether by choice or of necessity.

While such people may not be perceived as being in an enviable position, they demonstrate that survival is possible under extreme adverse conditions.

I’m reminded of a friend who came to the U.S. in the 1990’s from the former Soviet Union. He was an amateur radio operator and knew a great deal about computers. He learned much about appropriating and using technology the hard way while growing up in the old USSR. He was a true scrounger. Deprivation and lack of freedom didn’t stop him and his friends and coworkers from making the best of an ongoing bad situation. We would do well to profit from such an example.

Thankfully, preparedness for survival doesn’t mean we must wait to be in a desperate situation before we apply life-saving resourcefulness. Ron and Karen Hood are proof of that. They have produced a number of videos and DVD’s on everything from wilderness survival to urban survival. The first in the Urban Master series, entitled The Home: UrbanMaster Volume 1, gives practical instruction that can be put to use in your home. You’ll discover how to prepare your home and family for disaster. You can be ready for earthquake, fire, terrorism, loss of job or other catastrophes. The information in this video could save your life and the lives of your loved ones and family.

Here’s just a sample of what you’ll find on this DVD. Discover easy and inexpensive ways to stock up your pantry. See how some dry ice can help you store food and grains for up to 20 years. Discover how almost all houses already have many gallons of water stored, how to access that water supply and how to protect it from a little known threat. Discover the primary steps to create a Disaster Plan for your family and how it can save your life. Find out what not to do as well.

It doesn’t matter whether you live in the city or in a rural area off the grid. The tips and techniques in this DVD will not only be instructive, but may spur you on to a new level of resourcefulness to improve your survival chances in difficult times.

To get your copy of The Home: UrbanMaster Volume 1, click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. Place your order there.

Prepare now. There’s no need to wait to glean insights from the Hoods, a couple of the masters of resourcefulness.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.