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The one book you should read *before* you get hit by a catastrophe, storm, or cataclysmic event.

What will it tell me?

That the government expects citizens to be able to survive on their own for up to 30 days.

That means one needs *at all times* access to supplies or a system that would last for 30 days. That is the key thing to keep in mind. That means:

1. Access to clean drinking water; either bottled water, or a solution to purify distilled or running water.

2. Access to food and/or cooking utensils e.g. non-perishable items, an ice box, or a grill/fireplace to cook food.

3. Access to toiletries to take care of basic necessities and hygiene, principally -- if there's no running water, where will you go to the bathroom?

4. Access to sustainable heat source; e.g. cold-weather blankets, sleeping bags, warm *and* dry clothing.

If you are really ambitious, he suggests for those who believe in the "wtshtf" model of post-apocalytic or cataclysmic events

5.. Acquiring a gun license. For game and for fire superiority in the event of a crisis.

6. Learning first-aid and emergency medical training.

7. Having a backup location in another country that can grant a secondary citizenship.

8. Fixed or rotary wing pilots license.

Most people are woefully underprepared for a crisis, even after they clean out their local Walmart and Sam's Club or Cosco.

The book is so entertaining, it would even make a great movie.

You're right, most people are very unprepared.

Thanks for the summary!

Katrina was a prime example; I believe the author was prompted by those events to spend a couple years exploring the survival community.

Neil Strauss is hilarious funny, but also deceptively immersive; I think only he could make such an admittedly drab topic seem entertaining. While my summary was not in any way entertaining, I do encourage a read -- if even only for the joy in reading a master storyteller.

Survivalists are a community?

This book does sound like a good read.

Apparently so. He begins the story, I believe, with a group of them. Look at the header: . I was not kidding about how they all talk about "wtshtf"

Here's the author/publisher description:

?Terrorist attacks. Natural disasters. Domestic crackdowns. Economic collapse. Riots. Wars. Disease. Starvation.

What can you do when it all hits the fan?

You can learn to be self-sufficient and survive without the system.

**I’ve started to look at the world through apocalypse eyes.** So begins Neil Strauss’s harrowing new book: his first full-length work since the international bestseller The Game, and one of the most original-and provocative-narratives of the year.

After the last few years of violence and terror, of ethnic and religious hatred, of tsunamis and hurricanes–and now of world financial meltdown–Strauss, like most of his generation, came to the sobering realization that, even in America, anything can happen. But rather than watch helplessly, he decided to do something about it. And so he spent three years traveling through a country that’s lost its sense of safety, equipping himself with the tools necessary to save himself and his loved ones from an uncertain future.

With the same quick wit and eye for cultural trends that marked The Game, The Dirt, and How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, Emergency traces Neil’s white-knuckled journey through today’s heart of darkness, as he sets out to move his life offshore, test his skills in the wild, and remake himself as a gun-toting, plane-flying, government-defying survivor. It’s a tale of paranoid fantasies and crippling doubts, of shady lawyers and dangerous cult leaders, of billionaire gun nuts and survivalist superheroes, of weirdos, heroes, and ordinary citizens going off the grid.

It’s one man’s story of a dangerous world–and how to stay alive in it.

Before the next disaster strikes, you’re going to want to read this book. And you’ll want to do everything it suggests. Because tomorrow doesn’t come with a guarantee"

And apparently, they *are* developing it into a movie, possibly: although one never knows with movie projects, budgets, and hollywood in general.

So he'd be great in a Zombie Apocalypse, too. :)

Actually, any apocalypse.

Basically. Like the one that might happen on Nov. 7 if [person] is elected where person = ...

538 says Obama now has a 73% chance of winning.

86.3% now. If they don't intimidate people from voting like some backwater third world country!