As we mentioned last month, in September we hosted a Seven Day Challenge on our blog where each day we all "lived through" a different emergency situation. One of the days was an EMP (ElectroMagnetic Pulse) attack. It was a little bit difficult to find solid information on exactly what happens in an EMP and how we can protect ourselves from it. We had the book One Second After recommended to us several times so we decided to put out a group challenge to read the book and come back and discuss it together. Hopefully you will join us in this first-time event on our blog.

One Second Afterby William R. Forstchen

This thriller walks you through a fictional story that demonstrates what life would be like if an EMP were to occur. We don't want to get people too worried about this type of scenario, but instead want everyone to analyze their long term priorities should such an event occur that basically left you to fend for yourself for an extended period of time.

Purchase or borrow a copy of One Second After this week and aim to have it read by early November. We will announce when the group discussion will take place in a blog post a little later this month.

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The Seven Day Challenge
What's Coming Up Next - What we'll be working on after the challenge
Challenge Day 1: Water Contamination
Challenge Day 2: Dietary Limitation
Challenge Day 3: Terrorist Attack
Challenge Day 4: Economic Crisis
Challenge Day 5: Natural Disaster
Challenge Day 6: Everyday Emergency
Challenge Day 7: Everyday Emergency

Parade of Giveaways
Parade of Giveaways Introduction - A look at all of the exciting prizes
Parade of Giveaways WINNERS - See all the winners announced

Pre-Challenge Education Posts
How To: Change a Tire - Another installment in our How-To series
Powerless Cooking - General overview of some great options on cooking without electricity
Bread-Making - A hint at one of the tasks in the challenge and part of our Grandma Lori series

  • Lots of RECIPES
  • Financial reserve help
  • Group book discussion
  • Heating/Cooling methods
  • Powerless cooking
  • Canning adventures

Even if you don't use a skill on a regular basis, it's still important to learn how and make sure you are comfortable with it. You don't want the first time you make homemade bread to be in a powerless emergency situation.

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