The third point we at Tri-Point outfitters believe are essential to being truly prepared is Training.
Once you have the knowledge of what it is you may encounter you’ll need to begin to apply that knowledge. Applying that knowledge in a non-emergency scenario is training at its essence. This training needs to be done at all levels from battening down the hatches to taking to the road, and should encompass all facets of each plan. Further skills training needs to be added as well, like first aid, map reading, and firearms. I guess you could look at all of it as skills training, as even being able to lock down your house could be considered a valuable skill.
Of course, there are many ways to attain this training. The most rudimentary is practice. This can be done by yourself at your own pace, or even with friends. Practicing with those affected by the skills you are training to use can sharpen the edge you have should you need to utilize those skills in a real world scenario.
Sometimes we don’t have the basic skills that would allow us to practice on our own, or we want to progress our existing skills and knowledge to the next level. The best way to do this is to seek out people who have attained more knowledge and skill through training and research of their own, who can provide you with skill specific classes. In almost every aspect of our training there will be an individual or group who specialize in the skill we’re trying to attain. First aid training is a perfect example of this.
One major thing we need to keep in mind is that our skills and abilities tend to atrophy over time, and without routine training, we may lose the ability to function at 100% when necessary. Sure, we’ll be able to preform the task, but will we be able to do it at the level that we need to, with the speed and accuracy that can help us survive? It may be like riding a bike, but if you haven’t been on a bike for quite some time you’re probably not going to perform with the same efficiency that you did during the previous session.
So far we’ve focused on the skills, but we think it’s important to elaborate on this. For most of the gear we purchase, point 2, we will need to hone our skills in their use as well. To maximize the efficacy of said gear requires training.
While this is true of all gear, we think it’s important to state that this couldn’t be more true than with firearms. From safety, to use, to accuracy, if you’re going to own and utilize a firearm within your preps you should be well trained in its use. Take the time and you won’t regret it.
While some may suggest that one of the three points is more important than the next, we believe that it take a combination of all three to be truly prepared. It’s with this in mind that we urge each of you to apply the three points to your preparedness in an effort to allow you to have peace of mind that you’re prepared to handle any issue that may arise to the best of your ability.
“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”