Prepper Book Festival: EMPulse by Deborah Moore

I have said this before but one of the pleasures of holding these Prepper Book Festivals is that I get to work with a number of fantastic authors that not only write about survival and preparedness but also walk the walk.  One of those authors is Deborah D. Moore.

Her cookbook, A Prepper’s Cookbook: 20 Years of Cooking in the Woods, has been especially valuable to me personally and is something I consider a must-have addition for every survival library.

Today I am presenting one of Deborah’s newest books of fiction, EMPulse.  It is the story of what happens to a woman, Adele Michaels, who flees her old life and starts anew. The problem is that something happens along the way.  That something was an EMP.

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With no lights, no heat, and no electricity, life, as we know it, has stopped.  Although this is a work of fiction, what Adele must deal with is educational as well as entertaining.

Sound good?  I have 10 copies of an eBook version of EMPulse up for grabs in another fantastic Prepper Book Festival giveaway. Enjoy the interview with Deborah then check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Deborah D. Moore, Author of EMPulse

Given your background, knowledge, and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1. FLEXIBILITY! Not one person knows what it is that will happen that we will need to draw on our Prepper mindset, so we must remain flexible. We might have a good guess, but we really do not know.

I’m always prepping for a blizzard because those are common here. We never have tornadoes … but what if one happens?? I certainly would have a different plan for that.

2. Range time and a steady hand.

3. Leadership skills, patience and a sense of humor.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

$500 would get me quite a few Berkey filters, and canning seals.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

No one is 100% prepared, but I do feel as close to that as I’ve ever been. The only area I’m concerned with is enough range time, even though I have my own range.

Life has a way of throwing us curves. Here where the snow is deep for 4-5 months at a time, all else needs to be crammed in during the warmer months: work, gardening, canning, family, friends; it’s all too easy to let some things slide without even realizing it.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

The only thing my family helps me with in my preparedness efforts is exercising my patience.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

Alas Babylon is one of the best, although I do highly recommend my own series, The Journal.

Even though Alas Babylon is a bit dated with the disaster side of the story, human nature –in all its darkness- doesn’t change.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

I think the Where There is no Doctor and Where There is no Dentist, would be the first two I would grab. Then A Prepper’s Cookbook: 20 years of Cooking in the Woods, and next would be my Master Gardener’s manual (a great reference book!)

Gaye’s Note:  Read about A PREPPER’S COOKBOOK here.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers of Backdoor Survival?

Wow… how do I put this…from personal experience, the thing I learned the most living off grid is it’s hard to have a goal that takes two, when only one is committed to it.

Whoever you have in your circle, you need to trust them, 110%. I thought I had that with my companion. I was wrong, and it almost cost me my life.

As for announcements, I’m always in some stage of writing something. Please check my website: //deborahdmoore.com for all my current books. Also my author Face Book page, The Journal, for progress reports and to ask questions.

Of those I’m sure about, EMPulse the print version comes out mid-April into bookstores, and The Journal: Martial Law (book #6) the print version comes out in mid-May.

And I’m happy to announce I’m about to sign a contract with my publisher, Permuted Press, for my latest book, Time Shadows. Now, Time Shadows isn’t a disaster book; it’s more along the lines of a fun read fantasy, but I had a wonderful time writing it.

The Giveaway

Deborah and her publisher are offering a whopping 10 copies of the eBook version of EMPulse in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

A special word about the giveaway question/comment:  Please read the question and respond accordingly, even it the answer is “I don’t know”.  This week’s question is:

If an EMP took us back 100 years, what do you feel would be your biggest hardship?

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The deadline is 6:00 PM MST Tuesday with the winners notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winners must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  Because this is an eBook, this giveaway is open to everyone, regardless of where they live.

The Final Word

With the past few book festivals, I have made it a point to seek out titles from authors who write from a woman’s point of view.  That is not to say that reading from a male point of view is bad, but rather there are a lot more male authors in the niche than female.  Sometimes a change in perspective is good.

EMPulse is a quick moving read that I am confident you will enjoy, regardless of your gender.  Be sure to enter the giveaway.  With ten winners, this time you might just get lucky!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival 14: Books to Learn, Prepare, and Be Ready for Anything.

 

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Spotlight: EMPulse by Deborah D. Moore

Adele Michaels is an artist well known for her unusual style of painting. After her fairytale wedding to multi-millionaire Kyle Polez, she stopped painting and no one knew why, but broken bones and paint brushes don’t mix well.

After divorcing her abusive new husband, he continued to stalk her, finally landing him in a posh Texas mental hospital. With him safely locked away, Adele fled the area for a remote lodge in the Rocky Mountains, where she was finally safe … until the world changed.

A month after finding solace at the Geo Dome Resort, the country was thrown back a hundred years as the result of a nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse. No lights, no heat and winter fast approaching. And that was just the beginning of her problems.

Also check out Deborah’s cookbook:  A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods

Bargain Bin: For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival #14.

Non-Fiction Books

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness
Watch Your Back: How to Avoid the Most Dangerous Moments in Daily Life
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded
Survive in Style: The Prepper’s Guide to Living Comfortably through Disasters
Centerfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide: Special AR-15 Section Included
The Prepper’s Canning Guide: Affordably Stockpile a Lifesaving Supply of Nutritious, Delicious, Shelf-Stable Foods
Life on a Mountain Farm
SmartMom’s Guide to Essential Oils: Natural Solutions for a Healthy Family, Toxin-Free Home, and Happier You

Survival Fiction

Brushfire Plague Retribution
EMPulse
Alone: Beth Ann’s Story of Survival
Without – A Survivalist Novel

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Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

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    1. Books. The Foxfire series is quaint…..but ALL of them are very useful. Start collecting medical books from thrift stores….books on survival, food preparation, wild food gathering. Very useful! You might not have google….but you’d have a BOOK!

    2. Biggest hardship for me would be potable water. I live about 1/4 mile from a man made lake, but the dam would probably not last long after an EMP and the resulting stream would be about 1/2 mile from me. I would have to transport water to my house to be filtered and purified.

  1. For me – it is scary all the way around. I am new to prepping and I am on my own in my family. That responsibility is sometimes overwhelming. I look forward to moving into the country and not having to struggle with urban survival.

  2. I think preserving food would be hardest, from growing and raising all the way to the actual preserving of the food. Also, finding a network of people that are likeminded to work with.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  3. Gaye, you are the best. Thank You! I think my health would be one of my biggest concerns. While on regular meds now, I can only prepare so far in advance for enough to do me for a long period of time. I am preparing for all other areas that I have control of.

    1. Start learning about herbs and essential oils. Stocking up on oils is very useful! Make sure you get a good book to guide you! “The Complete Book of Essential Herbs and Aromatherapy” by Valerie Worwood is my go-to guide!

        1. Awesome!!! I LOVE her book…..there’s so much information! I get my oils from Piping Rock….great company! Lots of other companies, of course….:)

        2. I’d like to ask now, Gaye, how does one keep EOs vital for a long time? Will they eventually evaporate, turn rancid, etc? I have a list of EOs I’d like to purchase in a larger quanity, and these are the questions I’m concerned with before I commit to the larger sizes.

          1. With the exception of the citrus oils, most oils should keep for a long time if kept in a cool, dark environment. I have oils that are 5 years old and they are still good. The enemies of essentials oils are the same as the enemies of food storage and, for that matter, prescription drugs. Valerie has addressed this in her interview as has Kimble Smith (the owner of Spark Naturals) who I also had in my backlog of unpublished interviews. I hope to get those online soon.

            1. “With the exception of the citrus oils, most oils should keep for a long time if kept in a cool, dark environment.”

              I was hoping that was the case. I have Valerie’s book, and have apparently missed that bit of info. It’s time to reread line by line. Looking forward to the interview!

  4. I feel my biggest struggle would be keeping my family healthy. So many thing would change that a lot of the things we thought we knew about staying healthy would be null and void. What diseases are going around, keeping clean, treating even minor wounds, etc. Eventually stockpiled items , if you do stockpile, would run out; and we don’t have the knowledge past down from great grandparents anymore, many people don’t even have paper copies of things to refer to anymore.

  5. Wow – Everything!!! Food, water, cleanliness and on and on. Protection for my family. It would be very difficult to transition.

  6. My greatest hardship would be doing anything to survive, be it food, water, protection, shelter, etc. That is why people did not live as long in the 1800’s.

  7. Making sure our kids get my preps. My wife and I have medical issues that will probably ensure our death within a few months of an event of EMP magnitude. I have been preparing and teaching our granddaughter with this in mind.

    1. Wow Jeff that is really a honest answer. I to have some medical issues, I agree my goal would be to live long enough to make sure that the next generations survive based on what I know and could teach them. Not just practical stuff but the mental wherewithal to do what needs to be done. Good luck to you, I pray we are never tested like this. You must be a amazing grandparents.

  8. Preserving and keeping food safe. I am always worried about getting sick from food not being stored safely. Also concerned about keeping a garden going and having enough to feed my family while keeping it safe from scavengers

  9. I was going to say not having electricity but after reading a few of the others I would almost have to agree with the whole health thing. Having no access to modern medication, doctors, equipment ext… with things concerning health.

  10. I first was aware of the IMMENSE danger of EMP by reading Lloyd Tacket’s “A Distant Eden”….and started to get serious about what to do to prepare. I was struck by how many people have NO IDEA what an EMP is….or how serious a danger it is. One nuclear bomb, exploded over the atmosphere, can destroy local power grids, telephone, etc. We must ALL be aware that “tech devices” might not work….probably won’t! I’m doing everything I can to avoid electric appliances…..when purchasing new. Yes, I still have a mixer and a blender and a coffee maker….but I’m also acquiring those things that don’t require a plug. This information is VERY valuable!

    1. Start reading the Foxfire books! Our grandparents (well, maybe your Great-grandparents) didn’t have electric hot water, and they did fine!

      1. When my grandparents had running water ran to their home, they thought they were the top of the heap. About everytime I go to shave now my mind roams and I hear my grandfather say, “Maggie. Heat up some water for me to shave”. She would put a big pot of water on the stove. Ah the good ole days.

    2. Tom, having lived in the woods, off grid, I understand the desire for hot water. For me, it was a constant rotation of a pot of water on the wood stove at all times. You get used to it.

      1. Like you, Deborah, I lived off grid, but for 3 years, and it IS hard work. I’ve been blessed to have had many experiences (life lessons), being alone, to learn ‘what I’m made of’. As hard as they were, I consider every one to have been for a good reason. Luckily too, my maternal grandparents taught me from an early age to be frugal in all my ways and it carried over during those times, and is too far in my DNA to be any other way.

  11. Keeping my sanity while my boys complain about their “stuff” not working! 🙂 But, on a serious note, it would be staying healthy and warm since we live in the north.

  12. I like the idea of seeking out more female authors as it gives a perspective of how they would handle things in a grid down senecio and maybe there are those who are single with no family who are currantly living off the grid who can give dome of us an idea of what’s it’s like

    1. well, S Johnson, that would be me. My two sons are grown, and I’m single, living alone, in the woods. And while I am connected to the grid, the power goes out often. It takes some planning, but it can be done!

      Deborah

  13. Perhaps being able to grow enough foods to put up.. Very little water in the area, except for Spring storms. Gardening has not been too successful. And also, not panicking!!

    Finding enough money to get supplies that ( hopefully) may never be needed– like a sun oven or Berkeley water system. Of course, cooking on a Sun Oven may be fun!!

    How can I build one—- Any ideas???

    1. I have a free solar cooking webinar coming up early next month. You can register here: //www.eventbrite.com/e/uncover-13-ways-sunlight-saves-you-money-while-being-prepared-tickets-33636953032

  14. I agree with the others that are concerned about their health and medications. Herbs and oils go only so far to improve our health.

  15. If an EMP took us back 100 years, what do you feel would be your biggest hardship?

    Exactly what Deborah said: “The only thing my family helps me with in my preparedness efforts is exercising my patience.” One can’t possibly do it all themselves. ” it’s hard to have a goal that takes two, when only one is committed to it.” and is totally dependent on everyone else to ‘do’ for them. I’ve battled this for so long I’ve actually given up at times, sooo, like Jeff’s thinking, my prepping is done with my children and g’children in mind.

    I would really like to ask her, and you, what is the solution when your significant others refuse to participate in what I consider their future existence. Our preps alone would be depleted within 3 months due to excessive waste. Frugality is a word no one knows except me, much less the initiative to practice skills, or to learn anything new. A small example of dependency: The means (materials, instructions, list of items to go in) for a Faraday cage have been sitting in the same spot for 5 months after I asked hoping to get them involved. If an EMP was to happen tomorrow, oh well, too bad, so sad for them. I have made a small cage for my own personal items.

    Gaye, you got more than you bargained for with this comment, but I’m seriously thinking of giving up entirely.

    1. It is very easy to become burned out and tired of prepping given all of the effort involved. At some point, you need to decide how much is enough and take a break. Cover local weather risks and health care needs, have some way to store and purify water, then stock up on rice, beans, and canned goods that are easy for to deal with if the worst should happen. Then take some time for yourself and come back to it later. The most important thing is to have a good mindset and adequate shelter to weather the storm in whatever form in manifests itself.

      And yes, on more than one occasion I have taken a break and focused on something new and, for the moment, more interesting. A good example is essential oils. Making my own beauty serums and products have nothing to do with survival yet I find it fun and relaxing and also frugal. I am learning as I go and some of what I learn may get applied down the road, but for now, I have a hobby I enjoy.

      Find something like that and take the time to enjoy life a bit more. That is what my new site, //www.strategiclivingblog.com will be about.

      I hope this helps.

      1. ” Then take some time for yourself and come back to it later.”

        I have, even though I continued learning and prepping on a smaller scale, and took time away from all social media. I think with Spring here I’m feeling more rejuvenated since I can get out more with my nature which is a first love. I spent the colder months with the EOs and your recipes.

        I was pleased to see you were #2 on the Top Prepper Sites.

    2. Tricia, ah this isn’t easy to answer. Once I realized that my SO was not helping, but hindering, I had to make the hardest decision of my life. We split up. Okay, so it wasn’t all that hard, when I really, really thought long and hard about where our life was going: nowhere. We did NOT have the same mindset, and it became more and more evident that we had very little common at all!!
      We sold my beautiful home (long story there), he moved away, I stayed here. It’s been 15 years, and I’ve stayed single. Truthfully, I’ve never been happier.
      *I* have sole decision on what I spend and on what… I don’t think I really answered your question though.. good luck.

      Deborah

      1. You did answer my question, but rather than splitting up I’ve been living as if single. Before him I WAS single for 18 years. Oh how I miss those days. Now I’m a caregiver. I’ve made my bed and will lie in it, albeit singleminded.

  16. If an EMP event were to set us back 100 years, my biggest problem might involve convincing teenagers there is life without having an object to constantly stare into. And get that dang earbud out of your head.

    1. My husband figures a cool stream or in our swimming pool in some type of container that will fit in with the look of the area. He normally has between a six or twelve pack in the basement fridge so I don’t have to worry about large amounts of beer.

  17. Medicine and medical care will be the toughest. Everything else we need to learn to do like our ancestors. They survived and so can we. Will I miss our current conveniences, of course, but we will just need to be re-trained in how to do things without electric power.

  18. As a senior, one of my problems would be the day to day energy to continue to do EVERYTHING without modern conveniences. But long-term clean water and off-grid heating would be up there too.

  19. I think my biggest hardship would be keeping my healthy and safe. I have a husband who is not at the mindset that anything can happen but who is very good at country outdoor survival halleluYah for that, a 16 year old girl, a 10 year old boy, a 16 month old baby and I am pregnant 21 weeks. Idk what I would do. My family is not completely prepared to handle something like this right now. The older children have an idea about disaster preparedness and are very good natured. My 10 year old has cystic fibrosis and requires pancreatic enzymes that I have yet to figure out a way to replicate naturally to the strength he needs. I know Yah will prepare a way but I want to be like the virgins with lamp oil waiting for the bridegroom. I want to be prepared.

  20. I think my biggest hardship is keeping the positive attitude now, while preparing but also what/if something happens. I am single and the list of things to do and maintain on my own is overwhelming when faced with life as we know it ending.

  21. My first concern would be meds and medical care for my hubster, who is not supportive with my prepping. Transportation and growing food, followed by long term
    Clean water and need for energy for all the physical work necessarily required are also topics that worry me. I’m reading, gathering books and supplies as I can, and relying on websites like this to inform and prompt me towards being prepared as I can. My kids are getting the preparedness test when we gather on Sunday, in hopes to move them to be better prepared!

  22. My biggest concern are ALL the people who did not prepare, the hordes, the masses… they will be starving quickly and will try and take from those of us who are preparing!

    1. Tracie… yes, that is a concern ALL preppers have. I have no answer for that other than to be far away form those masses, and to keep what you have a secret from those who are close. I know that may be difficult, but you can’t save everyone.. and quite frankly, it’s not your job to even try.
      Remember the Survival Creed:
      The well prepared are under no obligation to endanger their own survival to assist those who have refused, for whatever reasons, to provide for their own welfare!
      Poor planning by you does not constitute an emergency on our part!

  23. scary indeed to think about what life would be like, but I want to know – better to know beforehand than 1 minute after, so I do hope I win a copy!

  24. I would have to agree with growing food in my yard. I can get seeds to start….but then they die. Still learning.

  25. Mine is and will be staying positive (along with all the others have listed) Keeping on with what I am doing as DH doesn’t think ANYTHING will happen. This is what he said to me a while ago “Nothing is going to happen, the government won’t let it happen and if there is a problem, we’ll just go to the shelter” I have a VERY limited budget to work with so it is hard to believe at times that I will get things accomplished. I keep doing a little at a time though. The children think I’m crazy but my son did give me a Life Straw for Christmas last year so I’m hoping he coming around to getting on board more. Sorry for the rant but the sump switch went out and now we are waiting for the new control board for the oven. It just seems like I get 3 steps ahead, I get kicked back 2. By the way the stove is only 4 years old .

  26. I am starting to feel my age for the first time in my life… Aches and pains I never had before and restless sleep and waking up tired is a bummer… I’m 72 and hanging in there best I can… Still 18 between the ears! Cheers!

  27. I too would say health. From food distribution for diet variety to medicines to hygiene. There would be the biggest impact on the deaths and illness from secondary impact of no electronics.

    1. Robert, health is a big issue, yes. I truly think that many don’t realize that once you are off the junk food, the prepackaged, chemical and sugar laden foods, your health will begin to improve. Without autos and industry, the air quality will improve.
      Growing a garden isn’t that difficult, but it does take practice and patience. I grow 90% of the food I eat, all but lettuces in the winter and meats. I’m VERY healthy because of it. I take/need zero meds; I look & feel many years younger than I am. It can be done with some effort.

      Deborah

  28. I’m still building up to have enough stores to last three months, so I’m a long way from having the skills I would need. But…it’s a start.

  29. Getting home to my family. I travel A LOT for work. I have quite a few items that always fly with me, but I dread the trip home.

  30. Living in Texas, I think my biggest hardship (at least to begin with) would be dealing with the heat. And bugs (allergic reactions to most).

  31. I have gathered my things to make a Faraday Cage – a couple of extra ham radios and some other sensitive things, GPS etc

  32. I think her greatest challenge would revolve around potable water. Even those with wills will find it difficult to get the water out of the ground. It’s something we are wrestling with now… Finding the money to put in A back up hand pump which given the depth of our well will cost us nearly $3000.

  33. It sounds like a very interesting book. I think the challenge would be having enough food and uncontaminated water, but also not being able to communicate with my family and friends that live across the country.

  34. My biggest hardship would be accepting and moving forward. For me, preparing is easy-doing it and living it will be the hardship!

  35. Having enough water readily available for cooking, cleaning, canning, watering the garden, etc. and having it sanitary when you need it.

    1. Christine (and others who have expressed concerns about water)
      Seriously consider a rain catchment system. The water can then be filtered. Yes, a good filter system, like a Berkey, is pricey, but if you purchase bottled water to drink, the system will pay for itself in a year!

      I have a private well. To be 100% about the water quality, I filter it for consumption. I haven’t purchased a bottle of water in YEARS.
      I also have a rain catchment from my barn. It fills a 300 gallon ‘tub’/cistern. Although this is primarily for watering the garden, I could easily run it through the Berkey for clean, drinkable water. My brother has a system well hidden behind his house that is a tier of trash cans (when the top fills, it spills over to the next). If your state forbids collecting rain (which is stupid IMO) remember: when TSHTF, there will be no more enforcement of certain laws.

  36. My son is in a wheelchair. I think that would be the biggest hardship if something happened and we had to bug out.

  37. I think it would be food. I don’t currently have the seeds to grow food for a extended period, nor do I have the means to preserve it if I could grow it. But I hope to remedy both of these in the near future.

  38. I have chickens, ducks and quail so I’m good for meat but growing enough veggies and fruit and preserving enough of it to last till the next summer would be a struggle for me.
    Also, I better think of how to feed the birds too!

  39. Keeping safe would be of the most concern. Having enough variety of food to sustain health long term. I have water somewhat taken care of, but would still be a hassle.

  40. Living off the SE corner of Lake Michigan we’re in an area that gets plenty of snow . 3″ to 3′ in a single storm. And freezing temps or well below “0” in some cases for days or weeks at a time in Winter and don’t forget the tornados in Spring and Summer. I think these coupled with no advance warning would be the toughest to get by.

  41. The 2 biggest problems I would face are age & dealing with people who have done no prepping at all. I am fairly self sufficient & prepared. An EMP would be my biggest nightmare as it would affect my solar power .& therefore my well & outdoor furnace

  42. I am prepping alone but don’t have enough of everything. My biggest concerns are water, freeze dried food and medications. Still working on all of it. Makes me feel a little frantic at times.

  43. I am prepping alone but don’t have enough of everything. My biggest concerns are water, freeze dried food and medications. Still working on all of it. Makes me feel a little frantic at times. Also when I try to post this comment I get a message that it’s a duplicate but I don’t see where it posted. Trying again.

  44. Having the strength and stamina to do everything that would need to be done by hand. As a senior my physical health isn’t the best.

  45. Refrigeration, transportation, and communication (personal and knowing what was going on in the world) would be my areas of greatest concern. We have made fairly good preparations for many of the other areas.

  46. 1. I would truly miss toilet paper, since we no longer have Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward catalogs to put in our outhouses (which would have to be built).
    2. I am on thyroid meds, which would run out in less than 90 days and am also highly susceptible to infections caused by bug bites, cuts, etc., life would be a more physical challenge.
    3. It would be really tough to keep living in Florida with no a/c, so I would really regret moving from Northern New York State where I am at least familiar with dealing with wood heat in the tough winters.
    4. Without pest control here, our houses and yards would soon be overrun with all sorts of bugs and critters that we are not used to dealing with.
    5. Lack of transportation, since the supply of horses, oxen, mules and other draft animals is very small and, let’s face it, few of us know how to hitch a wagon to an animal, let alone coax the beast into going where we want it to. And who has a wagon anyway?
    6. Grocery stores, since I haven’t had a garden or canned any food since I moved to Florida 25 years ago.
    7. The only things that would be familiar are the lack of electricity and using an outhouse, two things I had to do at camp in the summertime in years past.

    You are doing great work Gaye! Thanks for all of your thought-provoking topics!

  47. My biggest challenge would be mental – dealing with the day to day problems, big and little without loosing hope. Also keeping my family that live close by safe and healthy, but the uncertainity of not knowing what has happened to people I love that we will lose contact with – perhaps for a very long time. I worry about what will happen to them.

  48. Itching the biggest issue would be food production. Anyone who thinks they are going to hunt for food, is probably overestimating their chances. As a serious hunter, the odds of providing for self or family, are a bit slim.
    The other thing people fail to realize is that once the gas runs out, we will be back to felling trees by axe, and hopefully blocking them up with a crosscut saw, before splitting with a maul… People will be doing firewood for months, in preparation for winter.

  49. I think my biggest hardship would be losing my connection to my support groups online and not having access to the wonderful information I have digitally saved. Guess I might should start printing some of it.

  50. My son has epilepsy and not being able to get his medication would be our biggest problem. I’ve saved up an 8 month supply but after that we would be out of luck.

  51. My biggest concern would be keeping warm during winter. We have made some plans but not for long term. I am also worried about safety from looters as we are one of the first farms outside of the nearest town. We have livestock so may be a prime target.

  52. While I am prepared at home, my biggest hardship (and fear) would be getting back home if we were traveling when an EMP happened. We are snowbirds and live in our RV four or five months each year. It is difficult to prep in our limited space but I am trying to figure it out.

    1. YES! there will always be those who will take from you what THEY want. New line from my latest book, EMPulse2:
      “We scare them. They know only what can be given to them or what they can take – not what they have earned.”

      Deborah

  53. We haven’t figured out the drinking water situation. Our well is more than 430′ deep and is powered by electricity. We are also in a new climate and gardening is a challenge!

  54. I suspect my biggest hardship would be my own inertia and sense of denial. “Surely this is only a speed bump in the traffic flow of my life.” “The power will be back on soon; it always is.” “Well NOW what??” I never seem to adjust to new conditions as fast as might be warranted. I think about planting AFTER the rain has come and gone, not before it falls. Lately, my stitch in time to save nine never seems to get off the spool of thread.

    But, my husband and I live in a temperate climate, so while we might get a bit chilly, we won’t freeze. We might be uncomfortable in the summer, but we’d learn to adapt. In my neighborhood, I suspect there would soon be chickens/eggs, and rabbits, and maybe a goat or three. It wouldn’t take long for a barter system to be set up and I have skills I could share in exchange for things we’d need. I’d be able to get a garden in, eventually, and with luck I could even keep it producing past the first batch of heirloom seeds. Water would be a concern, and sanitation, and getting enough food. Either we’d adapt or we’d perish, but the human survival instinct is too strong to discount, even in dire times.

  55. My largest hardship would be gathering the family. My adult children and their children live between 70 to 200 miles from me. They are working on biking and trailers for the kiddos.

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