One Second After: Group Book Discussion

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness
**CHECK OUT THE TOPICS BELOW, NEW ONES ARE OPEN EVERY FEW HOURS FOR DISCUSSION** 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. SUMMARY 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…
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One Second After: Rebuilding Society and Moral Questions

Book Reviews
This is the eighth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, the community had a lot of tough questions to ask when it came to morals and rebuilding some form of a society. Some of the major leaders died, and new order and structure was needed. Decisions had to be made on who to give extra food rations to, and who to let become part of their society based on their knowledge and skills. After the battle with the looters, medics had to prioritize who to give medical attention to and who to just "let die". There were some very emotional and thought-provoking moments throughout the book. QUESTIONS TO PONDER Do you share…
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One Second After: Storing Non-Food Items and Medications

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness, Non-Food Items
This is the seventh topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, one of the most tragic situations was the main character's daughter had Type 1 diabetes and required insulin. The supply was short and they ran out before more could be located or shipped in. While some health issues simply could not be treated, others could have been managed much better were there proper supplies on hand. Some other thoughts mentioned in the book are the logistics of feminine hygiene products, personal hygiene in general, and the health risks associated with the lack of hygiene. QUESTIONS TO PONDER What medical conditions do you have that would be affected by no new medicine? How…
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One Second After: Protecting Family and Food

Book Reviews
This is the sixth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, panic set in within a day or two of the EMP occurring. People started looting stores and just taking what they wanted. Later people's personal homes were broken into in attempts to find food. There was also an incident with a large gang of people crossing the landscape and terrorizing small towns along the way. The main characters in the book were able to work together and put up a strong defense that protected their town. QUESTIONS TO PONDER What do you do when people come knocking on your door for food? How do you sleep at night when the threat of…
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One Second After: Heating and Cooling

Alternate heating/cooling, Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness
This is the fifth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, heating and cooling did not appear to be too much of a concern for the characters as they lived in a moderate temperature area. However, it is mentioned that in other areas people were suffering severely from heat due to living in areas and homes not meant for no central air conditioner. The story skipped over the winter months but did mention that many more townspeople died during those months. QUESTIONS TO PONDER What times of year and temperatures would be a concern for you? What modifications could you make to your home to improve heating/cooling? What would you use to provide…
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One Second After: Food Preparation

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness, Long Term Food Storage
This is the fourth topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, the people were forced to eat all sorts of food like squirrels, rabbits etc. They made soups with grass and dandelions. They used up, and wasted a lot of the freezer foods in the first few days. Two big concerns were how to have enough to last through the winter, and how to save enough for spring planting, etc. QUESTIONS TO PONDER How would you cook your food? How would you make your food stores last longer if the situation lasted for a very long time? How would you create, or replenish your food stores with new food? Do you have gardening…
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One Second After: Transportation

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness
This is the third topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, virtually all vehicles were rendered useless as soon as the EMP occurred. Older vehicles that didn't have electrical systems in them were the only ones that survived. Mechanics were able to modify some vehicles and get them running again, but it was slow work. Fuel was also a concern for the few vehicles that were actually running. QUESTIONS TO PONDER Do you have a vehicle that would survive an EMP? What could you purchase that would provide transportation? (bikes, roller blades, old cars, etc.) How will you deal with the issue of fuel? Would you give up your vehicle to the "community"?…
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One Second After: Actions to Take Immediately Following an Attack

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness
This is the second topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, immediately following the attack, the main character had enough of a sense about what was going on, that he quickly stocked up on insulin for his diabetic daughter. He also hurriedly stocked up on cigarettes- he regretted not stocking up on other items, or taking other actions immediately following the attack. QUESTIONS TO PONDER Do you try to evacuate? Do you stay with your community? What stores do you go to, to try and stock up on stuff? What last minute items are you going to try and stock up on? What items will be bartering tools that you should have stocked…
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One Second After: Family Plan / Communication

Book Reviews, Emergency Preparedness, Family Plan
This is the first topic for our Group Book Discussion of the novel One Second After. To return to the main discussion page click here. In the story, many people were at work, living away from home, out of the country, etc. Communications were entirely shut down and the only way to find out if loved ones were ok was to walk to wherever they were. For several weeks there wasn't any radio communication for news/help outside of their local community. QUESTIONS TO PONDER Does your family have a set meeting place thought of beforehand? Think about your daily work commute, what route you would take home? What should you keep in your car to help you make a long walk home? What plans could you make in order to…
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Group Book Read – DETAILS

Book Reviews
We announced in our October Newsletter that we are going to be hosting a group book read of 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. Even if we don't experience an EMP we think the book will provide a lot of food for thought on ways to prep for other emergency situations too. 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…
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