I just finished Neil Strauss's book Emergency.....and I must say.....I am impressed.
Take a guy who was a music journalist and author.....who new nothing about survival and taking care of himself and his loved ones.....and took on the challenge of preparedness.
This is a guy who thought that survival meant fleeing to another nation [with a second citizenship] was the key to emerging from a national meltdown of man-made or natural disaster. This is a guy who [although receiving St Kitts and Nevis citizenship] realized that becoming certified and trained in how to respond to disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks....along with hunting, tracking and wilderness/urban survival skills......made him realize that survival didn't necessarily mean moving thousands of miles away.
Not that I'm jettisoning my Costa Rica fallback plan....but stay tuned as I investigate becoming certified in Virginia Emergency Management.