Electromagnetic Pulse, also known as EMP, is not a new phenomenon; it had been in existence since the very beginning of the whole universe. As our world has become more and more dependable of technology and in the end electricity, also dangers of EMP has been grown from nothing to total catastrophe.
The natural or man made EMP is capable of destroying the earth, and it’s modern civilizations as it’s capable of rendering virtually everything that uses electricity useless. It can transform the earth as we know it back to the stone age. Therefore emp preparation is essential for surviving an EMP.
What kind of damage EMP causes?
Let´s find out what is going to happen when strong enough Electromagnetic Pulse hits the earth. The pulse could come from the Sun or it could be caused by EMP attack.
- You will see everything that uses electricity stopping function. Cars does not work anymore and helicopters and planes are going to fall down.
- Phones, and cell phone networks stop working. It’s impossible to call 911.
- The police as well as the firemen, and paramedics will be disorganized. Emergency services are going to be required at virtually everywhere, but because of communication networks are down there will be full chaos.
- Power grid is going to be down, transformers and lines are damaged. There’s no electricity anymore. Even emergency generators gets damaged. It’s full power off.
- Also whole public internet is going to be offline, there’s no more wireless or cable connections, and most servers are damaged.
- Your money at bank account is not anymore accessible, ATMs are not working. Furthermore it’s very likely that large amounts of financial date gets damaged, which might wipe out your entire balance including securities etc.
- Anarchy and chaos spreads. It may start slowly, but you can expect it to grow and spread through entire country.
Checking the points above, you will agree that Electromagnetic Pulse Blast is undoubtedly something frightening.
What is an Electromagnetic Pulse?
It is simply a burst of electromagnetic energy. It has the capability to destroy all equipment depending on electricity. It can get rid of the entire power grip. It is going to damage lines and transformers, and power stations. Nothing that uses electricity is safe from the pulse, it can be a plane, train, satellite, light, any engine, computer or car etc.
What causes EMP?
Solar flares are good examples of Electromagnetic Pulse. Flares happens continuously, but luckily most of them are small enough and directed away from the Earth. However, if solar flare is powerful enough and it’s directed straight towards the Earth, it will create the scenario described above.
Lighting strikes are another example EMPs. Luckily those are very local, and does not affect whole country. However, lightning strike could cause very strong local EMP, that could cause similar damages. That’s the one reason why planes avoid thunderstorms.
Another source of EMPs are nuclear weapons. It’s very effective way to cause wide spread damage to infrastructure and immobilize areas.
Electromagnetic Pulse survival plan
The propose is not to frighten you but keep you informed about these dangers, and help you to get prepared for EMP survival. There’s no doubt, it’s going to happen sooner or later. It happened almost last time as recently as July 23, 2012, when huge solar storm caused one of the largest solar flares ever recorded, luckily it was not directed towards the Earth. Before 2012 event the largest solar storm was the Carrington Event of 1859, which destroyed telegraph networks in Europe and North America. In 1989 coronal mass ejection (CME) caused Quebec blackout.
What you need to survive is an Electromagnetic Pulse survival plan. Proper preparation will help you limit the damage caused to your equipment, and enable you to continue live in the world without electricity. Depending on the situation, it could last years or damaged could be repaired sooner, but there’s no doubt when big pulse hits, it’s going to take time to repair power-grids and other infrastructure.
Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) survival preparation
The experts are not entirely united about the outcome of an Electromagnetic Pulse. While some say that everything depending on electricity will be rendered useless, some others are of the opinion that the EMP will not cripple everything electrical. They say that few electrical gadgets will still function. However, it is sure that big EMP will cause remarkable damage, and after all what matters is your ability to survive when the pulse hits the Earth or if it’s caused by attack.
Nonelectric gadgets and goods to the rescue
Though the experts differ a little in their opinion about the post-EMP earth, they all agree that electronic gadgets would be negatively affected. One of the best ways to prepare for the EMP survival is to start collecting non-electric gadgets and goods. Just use common sense for planning. Everything is good that does not need electricity. You can think how things were done before electricity was even invented. Those are the things you are going to need.
Some cars may survive the Electromagnetic Pulse, but don’t count on that. It is good idea to get bicycle, and if you are living at country side, consider getting horse. Those can be used for traveling longer distances and for transportation.
What about kitchen appliances? All of them relying on electricity will also be useless. You might want to get a meat, and grain grinder, manual can openers, a hand-powered water pump, solar oven, and gas grill etc. things essential for cooking.
All the important tools you use that rely on electricity needs to be changed for something operating manually. Look through your appliances and equipment and brainstorm on their non-electrical alternatives.
Stockpile non-perishable foods
After an EMP, there will be no electricity for your refrigerator. Consequently, those items stored in the fridge may get spoilt after few days without power. The best way to prepare is to start collecting dehydrated foods, and canned foods. Stockpile any food with long shelf-life to get ready for the unknown.
It’s also possible that there will be severe troubles in food industry. Foods available on earth might reduce in quantity if the effect of the Electromagnetic Pulse blast lasts for a very long time. So, it’s better to build food stockpile more likely for two years than for two weeks.
Water scarcity is another possible problem. Water usage will be cut short since machines for pumping fresh, clean water will probably not be working anymore. In preparation, you should store up water as much as you can, and get water filters and purification tablets. It’s essential to have enough water to drink & cook food and use for washing.
Prepare a Bug our Bag
A Bug Out Bag will be your best friend when things start to get ugly. With a Bug Out Bag, you can have all the essential things you need packed, making you ready to go at any point in time.
Organize Bug Out Group
It could be also a good idea to organize a Bug Out Group in preparation for the aftermath of an Electromagnetic Pulse. It makes it possible to share responsibilities, and in long lasting situation you are going to need all available help. However, make sure to include only useful individuals, and not those who will only end up as a burden to the group. As a result, you can have an A-Team ready to go at any time.
If you are living in the urban area, it might be essential to leave as chaos and anarchy could take over cities. Furthermore, it’s much more easier to store essential survival items at countryside. It’s also easier to live countryside when electricity is not anymore available. For example, think about cooking. How you are going to cook using fire in a flat? How are you going to use solar oven in apartment? Or where you are going to store water?
If you have organized group, it’s important to decide where your Bug Out Location will be. The Bug Out Location does not necessarily have to be your the final destination; it can be nearby the area you live and serve as a rendezvous for members of your Bug Out Group. Remember, most likely all communication methods, such as phones or chat apps are not going to work. You all need to know where to meet each other when it’s time to evacuate.
A prominent, well-known building in the city can serve as your Bug Our Location. You can also choose to meet in the house of one of the members. Also, you can plan your Bug Out Location on the outskirt of town. It is important to consider privacy and convenience when choosing the right location.
Ultimately, you need to decide what is the final destination. It should be are where you and your group could live, and where you could stockpile food & water etc, essential things. You could even consider purchasing farm etc. place together with your group.
Prepare for self-defense
If you want to be secure after the Electromagnetic Pulse blasts the Earth, then you need to prepare for self-defense. When there is no authority, chaos and anarchy could take the streets. It will become survival of the fittest.
Any item that can prove useful in a skirmish should also be acquired and stocked, like DIY survival weapons, gear, baseball bats, guns, hatchets, axes, swords, ammo, and knives.
You should not be economical with your ammo collections. Stockpile as much as you can. Also, do not forget that you need to clean the guns on a regular basis. Your knife blades too can get rusty and become dull over time. So, prepare to keep them clean, sharp and ready at all times. You might need them not only for self defence, but also for hunting & getting food. You need to get for yourself whetstones, gun oil and adequate supply of ammunition. Your weapon is your life during this period; it, therefore, must be kept in good condition and protected from decay.
Prepare a first aid bag
While making the above-outlined preparations, never forget also to build or buy yourself a first aid bag. You can go for trauma bags, over the counter meds and personal meds all stuffed in a highly personalized medical bag.
Its good idea to also learn basic of wilderness emergency first aid as there might not be ambulance or other emergency services available.
Collect various building tools
Building tools might be essential in many situations, including fortifying your home against intruders, repairing things etc. You can also use them to build new homes, and maintain your old home f there is any damage the needs quick fix.
Prepare for light and heating
As we have learned the Electromagnetic Pulse could get the Earth back to the Stone Age. Virtually all the sources of light used in the modern home will not work. The situation is the same with electric heating.
Get flashlights, wood ovens, oil candles, gas fireplaces and heaters etc. Get lighters and matches, and learn how to make fire. You need also to stockpile fuel.
You need barter items
Electromagnetic Pulse blast could render virtually all the computers useless, including bank systems. The EMP could also wipe out data, including financial data, and money in your bank account. This could lead to the crash of the economy like never before.
Even cash transaction might become irrelevant as money loses it’s value. You will need to be prepared go back to the trade-by-barter system. In a such situation, it’s essential to have valuable barter items.
Items like cannabis, alcohol, cigarette and candy might become very scarce, which will qualify them as barter items. A barter item is an item people see as very essential and can, therefore, act as means of exchange. Gathering alcohol or cannabis is not necessarily for your consumption; it is just to serve as means of exchange.
Some other items that can serve as means of exchange are canned foods, weapons, ammunition, lighters, and matches. Since this latter set of items are also essential for your use and survival during the post Electromagnetic Pulse Blast, it is better only to use your “wants,” and not your “needs,” as barter items.
Collecting all of the required items will take time. Furthermore, you will need to pace to store them. So, it’s good idea to start preparation asap. When the EMP hits, it’s already too late.
Do not forget that motorized vehicles may not be working, that includes cars, trucks and trains etc., making it difficult to travel long distances or transport things. It might be hard to move all of your items to the new location, if you need to evacuate or change place when the EMP hits. It’s better to determine final evacuation location beforehand, and move the most of stockpile there already. However, don’t forget to keep essential survival items also at your home, as staying holed up in your home during the initial period could be the safest decision.
You need to make your plans based on your very own situation since no single plan can work for everyone. Also, make sure your plan is very flexible. Never forget to make Plan B and Plan C.
Life after the blast
Once the Electromagnetic Pulse blast happens, you should not just rush out of you home in a panic. First, find out if your vehicle is still working or if it’s dead as most likely it will be. Find out if there is electricity, if lights are working, and if the phones and phone lines are still on. How about computers, and internet? Does your TV or radi0 work? Find out if the flashlights are in working condition, and so on. Most likely, they are all useless.
You should also talk to your neighbors, but try to keep the panic out of your tone, and express the situation without showing depression.
The next step
You can decide to hole up in your home all through, or you can decide to dash into the wilderness to seek sanctuary and protection. If you decide to stay in the city, chances of hunger are very high since grocery stores will become targets for pillagers. People will turn dangerous, making city dwelling an unwise place to stay. The drawback of the wilderness is that you may have to leave certain essential things behind at home.
The preparation is essential. The good planning is essential. If you have already bug out bag packed, and food & other items stockpiled at evacuation location, and maybe bug out group arranged, you need just decide when it’s the time to move out of the city.
An full scale massive Electromagnetic Pulse blast coming from the sun or caused by attack is undoubtedly the most fearful thing considering its extended effect on human society.
For you to survive it all through, you need to plan and prepare for the worst. Start preparation today. This is not science fiction, it’s a reality that colossal EMP pulse could hit earth at any day. There’s no way to avoid it, even it can be detected few minutes before it hits.
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