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Kevin Cogan is an independent consultant who spends a significant portion of his time as a Rotary International volunteer involved in providing clean water and sanitation to third world countries, primarily in Central America.
His observation is that following a catastrophic loss of the electric and information grids, society as we know it in the U.S. becomes like the villages he visits in the mountains of Honduras. Daily life there today is an arduous search for water and cooking fuel. Sanitation systems are mostly non-existent.
When that time comes for us, the table will be turned to where we have a lot to learn from pre-modern societies in order to sustain ourselves without advanced infrastructures. What should we know now to prepare? How will we purify water? How can we efficiently cook our food and dispose of our waste?
Kevin Cogan is a retired 30-year Army communications officer and holds a masters degree in electrical engineering. Following his military career, he taught emerging technology courses at the U.S. Army War College where he held the General Broehon Burke Somervell Chair of Management. He is a certified Department of Defense project manager.
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