An electromagnetic pulse is caused by the detonation of a nuclear device at high altitude over the target area. An EMP can also be caused by a solar storm. The electromagnetic pulse generated by such an attack or event can destroy electrical power infrastructure and electronic devices, knocking out the power for hundreds of miles.
An EMP attack may not wipe out all electrical appliances at once. Some electronic devices will be destroyed, but others will not. Power will be out in some areas but may remain on in others. Some experts say vehicles won’t be affected, while others say they could be. Small electronic devices not switched on and not connected to the power grid may not be affected.[1]
The reason an EMP could potentially be the most harmful weapon is that it has long term effects. It doesn’t wipe out your food. It wipes out your ability to make or acquire food. It doesn’t wipe out emergency medicine, it wipes out the ability to administer emergency medicine. It doesn’t wipe out our military, it destroys their ability to communicate. The effects are multi-dimensional because of the inter-dependency of so many electronic parts of our lives. Survivors will need to know basic skill sets and have some simple tools. Expect the same types of hardships as would occur during any natural disaster:

  • Loss of electrical power, water and heat
  • Temporary social disorder
  • Temporary unavailability of food
  • Temporary breakdown of emergency services[2]

To be prepared for an EMP, set up a Faraday Cage to contain some electronic devices.

Life after an EMP will require the acquisition of water and it’s purification, food supplies should have been thought of in advance, first aid supplies especially medications for persons with complex medical situations, self defense needs to protect what you so carefully accumulated, communication equipment, transportation and clothing.
If you are not prepared for an EMP, you will find yourself in a world falling apart around you. The things you do in the first five minutes can save your life.[3]

  • If you have advance warning, unplug all electronic devices and shield them. Every home with a microwave has a Faraday Cage. Put your devices there.
  • Make sure family and friends are where you can protect them. Get inside into the center of your home where multiple walls can act as barriers.
  • Lock your doors and secure your home. Watch for looters. Establish a rotating watch. Someone should be awake at all times.
  • Keep an eye out for fires. Electrical sparks may start small fires which if un-checked can become big fires.
  • Listen to a portable AM/FM radio to keep up with what is happening in your area.

Many experts have reviewed the possible scenarios for an electromagnetic pulse and predict that within a very short time 90% of the population will be dead. You don’t have to be one of those statistics, if you are prepared.

References
[1] http://www.survivopedia.com/emp-survival-study-guide/
[2] http://www.happypreppers.com/EMP.html
[3] 5-minute-survivalist.pdf

Billie Nicholson, Editor
May 2017

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