The Paranoid Dad will be the first to admit he’s more of an action man than a reader. However, once he started reading One Second After, he was transfixed. I asked him what he learned from the book, and here is his list.
- You cannot totally prepare for every possible disaster. There are too many variables: weather, where you are at the time it occurs, who you are with. You never know how those around you have prepared or how they will react — where will they be mentally, emotionally, and physically. Being prepared, at whatever level, just gives you better odds of survival.
- Eventually you will have to kill somebody.
- Eventually someone will find you no matter where you are. All you can do is pick the most strategic location possible.
- Disease will become a part of life.
- You’re going to run out of bullets, eventually.
- If or when the government comes to help, they may not be very helpful, and you won’t be anywhere near their top priority.
- Any gun is better than no gun as long as you have ammo.
- Having an understanding of military battle tactics would be a good idea.
- Children need to learn how to shoot and defend themselves early on.
- Some medical training and knowledge would be beneficial, even if it’s just first aid.
- Big cities will become kill zones.
- Build a privy in your yard and use it for a week. See how bad it can get!
- Buy an extra dose of medication whenever you can.
- Evil people without any fear of authority or restraint will become more evil.
- If you have more food than everyone else, stay on near-starvation rations so you don’t appear to be more healthy and become a target.
- Be one of the first ‘looters’, but pay for what you can, however you can.
- Having to move from one safe location to another safe location, remember you’ll be in danger the entire way. Movement is dangerous.
- White collar skills will be worthless. Blue collar skills will be more valuable.
- People who rarely or never do any strenuous work will be in big trouble.
- Survival will become a fulltime job.
Learn more about EMP (electromagnetic pulse)
- Another Look at Faraday Cages
- The Basics of EMP: What is it? How likely? How to Prepare?
- EMP Survival & The First 15 Things You Must Do Immediately After an EMP
- How to Make a Faraday Cage
- Post-EMP Survival: What if you can’t get home?
- What’s in Your Faraday Cage? A Common Sense Guide to Preparing For an EMP
- Why and How to Protect Your Gear From EMP
- Would a Long-Term Blackout Mean Nuclear Meltdown
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