Kathy Harrison doesn’t believe the zombies are coming to get us. But she does believe in being prepared for the worst.

Harrison, of Cummington, just wrote her fifth book, called Prepping 101: 40 steps you can take to be prepared. Stocking up on necessities might seem obvious, but another thing Harrison takes pride in is stocking up on the good will of her neighbors. “I’m not food secure unless my neighbors are food secure,” she says, explaining that’s why she puts aside some extra and is sure to get to know those close to her.