To raise public awareness, William R. Forstchen wrote a book called: "One Second After". As he wrote in his acknowledgements, the hope is that a "vigil is kept" and nothing comes from the fictionalized version of events that could take place at any moment.
I don't mean to scare you with this post and yet I do seek to raise awareness. An EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon. This weapon could be used against us at any time. It would bring life, as we know it, to a halt. Everything we know, and count on, would be forever changed.
I've never been a fan of horror movies. For me, it is because horror is something that truly surrounds us at all times. I suppose movies and t.v. shows that frighten are a good form of escapism for those that become intrigued by plot lines, twists and turns that hold their attention; easy to be frightened by watching the events of others lives unfold, while at the same time knowing you are safe and secure in your own home, providing you with just enough distance to keep the startling moments "fun" instead of truly terrifying. For me though, all of it is just too real and so I forgo causing myself nightmares and simply don't watch it.
Being exposed to Stephen King's "IT", once upon a time, via t.v., was enough for me.
Haven't been a fan of clowns since.
A book like "One Second After" is all the nightmare I can handle.
So, for those who like horror, this book is a must read!
The forward is written by former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, the afterword by Captain Bill Sanders, U.S. Navy. As Newt wrote: "Though this book is a book of fiction, it is also a work of fact". As Captain Bill Sanders explains: Although an EMP does not damage the human body "our technologically oriented society and its heavy dependence on advanced electronics systems could be brought to its knees with cascading failures of our critical infrastructure. Our vulnerability increases daily as our use and dependence on electronics continues to accelerate".
This will not happen out of the blue but be a "bolt from the gray";
"It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when", General Eugene Habiger,
USAF (Ret.) Former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Strategic Command, May 2002.
I have not been one to prep for a future war-torn society; however, this book has made me re-think my position. As one reader wrote: "One Second After is a blood-chilling wake-up call that chaos and death are but a power plug away... Stock up on food, water, medicine, and batteries now. This horror could happen tomorrow" (William B. Scott). After reading the book for myself, I say take the above a step further than that, stock-up on livestock, i.e. seriously, raise those chickens, and keep seeds, for vegetable gardens, on hand.
Be prepared to be self-sufficient; stock-up on ammunition and know how to handle a variety of guns. Seek out cars that don't run via computer components; old-school models, of just about everything, is how you will be able to stay above the fray, out of the chaos and have some semblance of safety. However, even old-model cars won't last forever when your gas is gone... enter in horses and mules.
I know, I know, now I'm starting to talk about all of us having hobby-farms. And, if you're like me, I don't have the money, means or land for that at the moment. (Nor do I really want to clean-up, or re-purpose, all that poo)! However, it just might be something you want to save for, and begin preparing for, by envisioning yourself living life in a completely different manner. And, unfortunately, I'm not joking. "One Second After" you'll be required to get your hands dirty.
How can one book trigger a prep-per mentality in someone that formally didn't have that type of mind-set? I urge you to read it for yourself to find out:
I cannot make my words strong enough here. Just as the Bible foretells us, with prophecy, of things to come, (prophecies that we have been seeing come true in our lifetimes), this book may very well be fore-telling us of something that will happen in the near future too. We all hope it doesn't; however, it's best to be prepared.
And, to be the safest one can truly be, the most important thing, the only thing, that will save?
Belief in Jesus Christ.
"Choose life, that you and your offspring may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19b).
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead,
you will be saved".
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9,13).
"You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (II Timothy 2:1).
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