About four years ago, my husband and I read William Forstchen’s novel, One Second After. It was recommended to us by one of our neighbors, and boy, was it eye-opening! Not being preppers at the time, we really hadn’t given much thought to any kind of emergency preparedness beyond the typical flood or heavy snow. But this terrifyingly realistic fictional account about what a family experiences after the grid goes down due to an EMP (Electro-magnetic Pulse) made us sit up and take notice—and our preparedness journey began!
For the record, William Forstchen is not some kook. He has worked in Federal Government agencies that deal with this topic and has extensive knowledge. The introduction was written by Newt Gingrich who discusses (among other things) the fact that the electronics grid in our country has not been “hardened off” adequately since the years of Ronald Reagan in the early 1980’s. Frightening stuff, especially after reading One Second After and obtaining a glimmer of understanding of the potential ramifications of this kind of catastrophe.