Author Bio

Raised in a small town in Michigan, my parents taught me the basics of self-sufficiency. From early on, I helped with our substantial garden, household maintenance and remodeling, and community service in our church. It’s no surprise then that I’ve always tended toward a do-it-yourself lifestyle.

However, it wasn’t until September 11, 2001 that I gave as much thought to my country or my disaster preparedness. The subject continued to come up as disasters occurred around the world, especially with the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Nevertheless, it was Hurricane Ike, 3 years later, that brought the point home.

A long ways inland, Ike still slammed the Ohio area where we lived, leaving thousands without power. My family was without electricity for 4 days, but that was a far shorter outage than in many surrounding areas. We came through the experience unharmed, but I realized that it could have been much, much worse.

Not long afterward, I read One Second After, which deals with the aftermath of a single terrorist attack on the U.S. that instantly destroys the entire nation’s technological infrastructure. Inspired by actual government analysis and reports, the book is terrifying for the simple fact that it could happen. We really could be reduced, en masse, to a nineteenth-century level of technology.

That realization was a defining moment for me. I realized that we needed to be prepared for the loss of electricity and modern technology, whether it was for days, weeks, or years. Of course, the best way to do that is for my family to become as self-reliant as we find practical, and to take control of our own needs wherever we can do so. However, realizing that we are not an island, I feel it’s necessary for me to do what I can to help others too.

I'm glad you're here!

- Atticus Freeman

PS: I welcome your constructive feedback. If there are topics you'd like to see addressed, or suggestions you have for improvement, please let me know in the comment section below. You may also e-mail me at selfreliantinfo at gmail dot com if you prefer. Remember, self-reliance isn't about isolation; we need a dialog with others to improve that quality in ourselves.