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One Second After by William R. Forstchen
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Aug 04, 2011

Depressing, yet informative. Perhaps we are burying our heads in the sand. One Second After has caused me to start thinking about survival in the face of a major US disaster. The premise of the book is that the US is struck with an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that disables all computer devices and essentially shuts down the electronic and communication grid. The book focuses on the Black Mountain, NC community and how they handle the disaster. Starvation, vandalism, illness, and panic are huge threats to this small town. The local college students are mobilized to protect and serve the town and community leaders are proactive and do an excellent job of pulling the town together. Many difficult decisions are made and still, 80% of the town does not survive. As I read the story, I realized how unprepared I am for a major disaster. As a society, we need to become more self sufficient and rely less on all of our creature comforts.

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