The Question Of An EMP Attack
With all the talk about a possible war with Russia and rogue countries like North Korea and Iran having Nuclear capability . This last week we have heard the phrase EMP Attack . And the question how do you prepare for an EMP Attack probably 10-15 times. So I thought we would address the issue here. Because we are not experts in the field, we have researched the subject providing links for your further research. Red links are posts from our blog.
What Is An EMP Attack
An EMP Attack or EMP is a short burst of electromagnetic energy. Such a pulse’s origination may be a natural occurrence or man-made and can occur as a radiated, electric or magnetic field or a conducted electric current, depending on the source. For this post, we consider an EMP Attack to be. A nuclear warhead detonated hundreds of kilometers above the Earth’s surface is known as a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device.
As a result of an EMP Attack, we would experience a long-term loss of the power grid, and that means no communications. If you have not prepared for the EMP there will be a very short window of time before SHTF.
What Will Effect Of An EMP Attack Be?
If you have not prepared life as you know it will cease to exist. Cell phones, radio, TV will not work. In addition, vehicles may or may not run. Banks and other financial institutions will not function your ATM and credit cards will not work. Transportation will slow or shut down and what does that mean to you? No food delivery to the grocery store, if you are lucky enough to have a vehicle that still operates no fuel deliveries. And no police or fire protection even if you could call they will be more than a little busy.
So How Do You Prepare?
The first thing you need to do is accept the fact that an EMP Attack can happen. The problem is that most people think the government will be there to help, THINK AGAIN. How is the government going to distribute food, water, and medicine to a few million people? No, they will be busy trying to survive themselves.
The second thing you need to do is PREPARE.
Begin with a Bug Out Bag and keep it with you at all times.
If you haven’t already begun building a food storage stockpile now is the time to begin. Start with some basic supplies like rice, beans, and pasta, add some canned vegetables and meats. You may also want to read this post on freeze dried meals.
The next thing you will want is water. A minimum of two liters per day per person and that is just drinking. You need to consider cooking and personal hygiene when thinking of water. If you are on the municipal water you will either need to store water or find another source. water will cease to flow to your tap. No matter where you source your water be sure it is potable. You will need to filter and treat your water. We did a post on Water Purification and Filtration.
You may say I have my house or apartment why do I need shelter? What happens if there’s a fire or you need to leave for safety or security reasons? You will need some type of shelter once again we will refer you to the post on Bug Out Bags.
Personal Protection and Security
Yes, this means some type of weapon it could be a rifle, shotgun, handgun, knife, or a sling shot. Without a way to protect you and your family all the preparations in the world won’t help. At some point, someone is going to want what you have. The type of weapon you choose is your personal choice. Up here where we are we carry handguns everywhere, there is usually a rifle or shotgun in our vehicle. What ever you choose get to know it learn everything about it, how to use it, how to clean it. It will be your best friend when SHTF after an EMP Attack so you will treat it like a best friend.
Learn to Grow Your Own Food
Being able to grow your own food could make the difference between life and death. If you have a green thumb that is great if not start now to learn how to grow your own food.
Build A Faraday Cage
A faraday cage can protect sensitive electrical items from the effects of an EMP Atack. What is a faraday cage and how does it work? Read about them at Faradaycage.org for an explanation.
Make Faraday cages from galvanized trash cans, ammo boxes, wrap a cardboard box in heavy duty aluminum foil.
How to make a simple trash can faraday cage
- You will need first a new galvanized trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
- Metal tape
Line the metal trash can with cardboard making sure there are no gaps so no items will touch the metal part of the can. In addition to the cardboard, we used spray foam insulation to fill around the bottom gap.
We would suggest some added protection when adding items to the faraday cage. Small items like radios, cell phones, and laptops can be left in the original box and wrapped in heavy duty foil or put into anti-static bags.
Put your items in the faraday cage put the lid on tight and wrap with metal tape so it seals the lid.
One Last Thing
In any situation, you are going to need a way to purchase supplies because cash will be worthless. If you don’t have something to trade or barter with as a result you could be up, the proverbial creek.
The valuable items will be ammunition, food, medicine and toilet paper yes toilet paper also alcohol . stock up on these items. You also want to have tobacco even if you don’t use it yourself it will make a great barter item.
Gold, Silver and other precious metals and stones will also be in demand as payment for the things you will need.
Suggested reading for more information on surviving an EMP Attack.
Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from EMP — download and read the entire, official report