Are You Ready for an EMP Event?

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An electromagnetic pulse or EMP, is an abrupt burst of electromagnetic radiation.

What causes an EMP?  To start with, certain types of high energy explosions, such as a nuclear explosion, will surely cause an EMP.  Likewise, an EMP can be the result of a suddenly fluctuating magnetic field.  Or, as I have mentioned before, it can be the result of Coronal Mass Eject (CME) from solar activity.  But perhaps most sobering of all, is the possibility of a man-made EMP weapon that is purposely deployed in order to wreak devastation on our planet.  Scary stuff.

Regardless of the trigger, an EMP can be devastating to the power grid, resulting in rapidly changing electrical fields that can create fluctuating electrical currents and wild voltage surges.  Bottom line?  The electronic gizmos we have come to rely on would be toast.  The microchips would be fried or so severely damaged that they would become useless.


So what would life be like following a massive EMP event or episode?  There would be no power, no transportation systems, no communication systems, no banking, no internet, and, no surprise, no food and no water delivery systems.  This would truly be an End of The World As We Know it situation.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What if the power went out and never came back on?  Could you fend for yourself?
  • Could you keep yourself warm in the winter and cool in the summer?
  • Where would you find food?
  • What would you use for money if credit cards and ATM’s no longer worked?
  • How would you get from one place to another without transportation?
  • How would you wash your clothes?
  • How would you keep yourself healthy if sanitation systems were no longer functional and medicine could no longer be manufactured.
  • And the biggest question of all, how would you communicate with the rest of the world?

An electromagnetic pulse could potentially fry the vast majority of all the microchips in the United States. In an instant, nearly all of our electronic devices would be rendered useless.

Back in 2004 the Wall Street Journal wrote:

“No American would necessarily die in the initial attack, but what comes next is potentially catastrophic. The pulse would wipe out most electronics and telecommunications, including the power grid. Millions could die for want of modern medical care or even of starvation since farmers wouldn’t be able to harvest crops and distributors wouldn’t be able to get food to supermarkets. Commissioner Lowell Wood calls EMP attack a “giant continental time machine” that would move us back more than a century in technology to the late 1800s.”

Now you know that I am not a doom and gloomer.  Quite the contrary.  I am an optimist to the nth degree.  Yet even the optimist is sobered at the ramifications of an EMP and especially at the prospect of a weapon-based EMP.

And so we prepare. And we prepare some more.  It quite possibly could  be an obsession.  But we just can’t stop since the ramifications of not being prepared could mean sickness, starvation, and even death.  Most certainly the government will not be there to take care of us and even if they tried, well, let’s just say that the power dudes will be so busy protection their own that there will be little attention paid to the blokes in trenches.

This is a call for Prepper’s to unite in spirit!  Here is what you can do:

  • Learn to  grow food in whatever area you have available.  Try hydroponics or a  square foot garden.  They work in limited spaces.
  • Create multiple backup water systems using a combination of stored water and filtration systems.
  • Learn to cook outdoors over an open fire.
  • Seek out like minded folks that will barter for things they need in return for items that you have available.
  • Put up defense systems to protect your homestead.
  • Take up hobbies that require no money and no electronic do-dads to keep you entertained.
  • And, for goodness sake, store away at least year’s worth of basic, nutritious foods that will get you by while you are learning to survive under the most trying of circumstances.

The prepper movement is exploding and if you are reading this article, you are either part or that explosion or getting ready to hop on board and hit the ground running.  Educate yourself, stock up on essentials, learn to be self sufficient, and prepare for the worst with a positive mindset.

I hope an EMP never happens.  But if it does, I want to be ready to fend for myself and to continue to live a rich and rewarding life in spite of it all.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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Are You Ready for an EMP Event? — 8 Comments

  1. Other than maybe a viral epidemic, I can think of no other quickly devastating and silent event for modern society. I would like to recommend two fiction books regarding this subject; “Lights Out” and “One Second After.” Thanks for reminding us.

    Happy Veterans Day and Thanks for your service!

  2. EMP is right up there in my top 5 list of dreaded events. Good list on how to cope; not sure I am even close to ready for this type of situation. Being in the city would be an issue as things get worse, but without transportation there may not be a choice of location. I am going out to get some more water and food for storage today.

  3. Howdy Gaye,

    Good for you in making this posting. We have been like a voice in the wilderness preaching to folks to do some basic EMP preparedness in our local community prep group. It is great to see you also trying to awaken folks to probably the biggest potential threat we may face.

    We have had classes on building EMP protection via Faraday cages/boxes and EMPP rooms. On our blog/forum, I’ve posted detailed instructions on how we built our EMPP room where we store gobs of back-up electronics, from computers, TV, DVD player (to watch “how to” videos), ham radios, spare electronic control modules for our heating system, extra power inverters for our off-grid power system and drawers upon drawers of diodes, resistors, capacitors, etc., etc. We also have an extra printed circuit board for our back-up generator.

    I would highly recommend you have some of these spare parts for your most needed items to store in a Faraday box or EMPP room if you have capabilities of building one. This will enable you to easily get back in operation after an EMP. We are also EMP proofing vehicles since all modern computer managed vehicles would be dead in their tracks. We have posted some info on this as well on our blog/forum.

    If any of you should have any questions on EMP protection that are not covered on our blog/forum, we will be happy to do our best in answering those for you.

    Happy Preparedness Trails,


  4. Good article. All the facts are “right on target”. Recommend, also, the book “One Second After”. Scary, but as the maxim goes “history repeats itself” if the lessons learned from mistakes are not followed. Another book is “EMP Survival” which is based on the study done on emp by a govt committee. It says it all.
    One thing: don’t depend on Faraday cages and spare parts to resolve the problem. The Indian Govt, who have a more realistic view on nuclear weapons and their effects than we do did a study, which is on the internet, saying a Faraday cage doesn’t guarantee the components won’t be damaged. Also, too, per the study, after the initial effect, is a secondary effect which causes a power surge inside electronics when the magnetic field collapses. If a person has the technological know-how to rewire around the damage or, in the case, of a vehicle re route around the electronics well and good. If you don’t, write off the appliance or the vehicle. I’m a firm believer in “Murphy’s Law”, meaning expect the unexpected to happen to the best laid plans. Answer: a backup or contingency plan. The thing to realize is, the primary thing is: don’t depend on your local, state, or federal govt to provide help. Note: check the news on Iran’s nuclear weapon program. The weapon(s) are patterned along the lines of a max EMP type of weapon so the possiblility of EMP damage/threat is even greater.

  5. Dr. Peter Vincent Pry and Prof Cindy Ayers are going to be on a radio show, on Wednesday the 28th at Noon to have a 2011 in review show. They are going to be covering huge topics like nuclear EMP-related events and other threats to our nation and way of life. They’re also going to talk about mainstream national security current events and discuss unclassified CIA, National Security Agency (NSA), and other intelligence agencies matters. It’s going to be a great show to listen to; I’m looking forward to it. Here’s the link for more information and to listen to it tomorrow:

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