One Second After: Group Book Discussion

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ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? It’s time for our Group Book Discussion. We are going to be discussing the book One Second After. We are hoping to get a good dialog going about the story itself, as well as some discussion about EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attacks and how we can prepare for such a scenario. While there are many reasons “WHY PEOPLE DO FOOD STORAGE“, we can’t ignore some of the more difficult and scary reasons.


One Second After: by William R. Forstchen
Every modern electrical device is dead, destroyed by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States by unknown attackers. The United States has, in an instant, been thrown back into the 19th century; but the narration in the book points out that 21st century people do not have the knowledge or tools to live under 19th century conditions. The story shifts quickly to how the community reacts, and depicts some horrifying realities we may face in such a scenario.

In case you didn’t have a chance to read the book, here is a link to the wikipedia page on the book. You can get a quick summary and still join us. We do however recommend reading the book. It was incredibly eye-opening for us, and taught us a lot about different areas of weaknesses we may have.

Before we get started on the discussion we are kindly putting forth this


We encourage everyone who participates to do so in a very respectful manner. As we read the novel, we soon became very aware that the discussions around this book could become very political, and personal. Such topics have a tendency to bring out strong opinions. Please share your opinions in a kind, and mature way. We reserve the right to, and will delete any comments that may be considered offensive or encourage illegal or unethical activities.

Ok now that THAT’S over…


Later today, and for the next few days we’re going to be adding topics as posts to discuss. As we add the posts, the topics found below will be linked and open for discussion. We will announce on facebook when a new discussion has opened. Please only use the comment sections for each post to discuss so people joining in later can be sure to find all the information and we wont have it scattered across multiple areas.


We’ll be posting the first few discussions sometime today, so check back and we can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks. We hope we can all learn from each other and think about things as to be better prepared for any type of situation that could arise.

  • eva

    In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s worldview?
    Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?

  • LNsGirl

    I read this not too long ago and let me tell you, it scares me half to death, and I’ve been storing foods for a while now. Now I am finally getting my husband into it, too. I love being able to look in one of our food storage areas and seeing that we have plenty to eat. Now I want to can some meats for long term storage. And next month I will be ordering some dehydrated items, such as whole eggs.

  • TK

    Thank you Julie & Jodi for putting together this book read for us. Great info to be gleaned from each discussion topic. 🙂 Yes, Keep tissue close by.

  • so does anyone have ideas about storing medications?

    I’ve already added in D3 to our food storage plan (we take it as a preventative and have stayed remarkably well in the past 15+ months), but I’m trying to figure out how to store the one prescription I take.


  • Bill J

    I read the book some months ago. At 73 I see it coming and the scary thing is that it would not have to be an EMP to kick it off. Our society is like an ice cream cone propped up with toothpicks. Remove one (economy, strikes, OPEC, plague, terrorists, etc) and we as a nation will topple. Scary.

    I started stocking after I found you and feel much more at ease knowing that I have at least 2 years of food and supplies.

    Thanks girls.

  • Santafe7712

    I read the book in June and am still haunted by it. It was the catalyst for our family going from food storage for a couple of weeks to working hard on a two year supply.

    • I am rereading the book hoping to get more out of it this time. Yes, the whole thing is haunting. Thankfully I am now canning my own food and sealing stuff in Mylar and buckets. I like the community and how they pull together. I wish we had more interaction with our neighbors like we used to when I was a kid and the kids ran the neighborhood. Doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Everyone seems so insulated in their own lives and online or at-work world that there is no interaction here.
      My original aim was a 3 month supply, but, now, I am thinking of upping that. Not sure where to put it all. Sure wish we had a bug out location, but I think we will be bugging in here.

      • Npp1966

        I’d also like to be able to bug out but if an emp does happen whether from natural or man made causes there will be no warning what so ever. Would love to talk the hubby into getting more into the country. Our city is not like downtown New York but, the violence I think in the cities will be worse than in a smaller “hometown” type community. There are just so many gangs and really bad people in this world it almost makes you afraid to walk out your door now when everything is “normal’. It’s hard to imagine how it would be if tshtf tomorrow.

    • Bonnie Morse

      Me too! I had food storage for a couple weeks, and thought I was good. Untill I read One Second After. Then I got busy increasing my food storage.

    • Anita

      Santa Fe, I was just in Santa Fe, and it scares me how close the housing is to one another, lack of water resources, etc… I love 2 hours from there and was actually wondering how the majority would do. Have you given great thought to personal protection? It is a much larger city than most would expect in such a small remote area.

  • Jcarroll

    Christine, know what you mean about the crying.

    FWIW: check out — a good resource for people who are trying to become prepared for whatever may come.

    Also, check out — they’ve got wood gassifier kits that will provide 10, 15, or 20Kw of electricity.

  • Pandabingham

    I’m so glad I started teaching myself how to bottle my own food at the beginning of summer so I don’t have to rely on the “older generations” to teach me, but I never thought about not having access to new lids! In the last few weeks I’ve definitely increased my bottles for canning, as well as the number of lids I’m storing!

    • There are reusable lids on the market now….might make more sense in the long run 🙂

      • Pandabingham

        hmmm…sure would be interested in finding some of those reusable lids!

        • I believe the website is, in any case they are tattler lids and apparently there is a bit of a learning curve with them, but several people I chat online with have used them and like them. They are more expensive though so most people just buy a few dozen at a time.

      • Terry Menger

        I’ve heard about them but have never seen them. Where can you find the reusable lids, Darcy?

  • Nancyjharris

    I haven’t read the whole book but have been moving toward sustainable living for about 10 years. We have some land and water sources and wood for heat. I think that if this happends, our grown children and grandkids will come visit even though they don’t have time to now! Hey……’s not ALL bad news!!

  • Sue Madsen

    Shows the value of knowledge waiting to be tapped from our senior population. We need to learn how to do more than program our microwave to heat a prepackaged meal from a grocery store.

  • I finished reading, finally, about an hour ago. I still have ice packs on my eyes to help with the swelling, from all the crying! I’m not sure the puffiness will ever go away at this point, nor the red spot under my nose from the broken blood vessel from all the wiping. Good gracious. Thought provoking book, scary book and wow, heartbreaking book.

    I look forward to the discussions even as I start thinking about what more we can be doing – I definitely can see a run on manual tools.

    • Stacid55

      Ok, I’ve been wanting to read this book, but I’ve heard that it is rather depressing. I’m pregnant and not sure I can handle it. Do you recommend it to an already emotional mommy, or is it going to send me into a depression?

      • faith

        I don’t recommend it to an already emotional mama! Even though the author does a good job of not dragging one thru every emotion of the depths of the depravity of mankind, it is still very sobering. I would wait until you feel emotionally stable and if you are prone to fear, I would not read it. One can still get the gist of the message and know the importance of preperation with out the emotion that getting involved in the story line produces. But, I would also get other opinions, as others may feel differently. Congratulations on the new wee one 🙂

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