It’s Time To Take Action. Because a massive electromagnetic pulse attack is a very real possibility. That’s why you desperately need an EMP protection plan.
Don’t believe everything you’ll hear. Kim Jong Un will continue his North Korean nuclear tests. Meetings and fake handshakes will not change the collision course we’re on. And if it’s not North Korea, it will be some other terrorist organization or country.
That’s why it’s long overdue to protect yourself from a massive EMP attack.
- But what would an EMP attack really look like on United States soil?
- How bad could the destruction be?
- What are your EMP protection and survival options?
- What’s the best EMP Emergency Management Plan?
- What the heck is an EMP anyways?
In this guide, we’ll answer all these questions and more.
Specifically, I want to educate you by discussing the following EMP topics:
- Electro Magnetic Pulse Explained
- The One Weapon That Can Produce A Massive EMP Attack
- Introducing High Altitude Detonations
- So What Kind Of Damage Are We Talking?
- An EMP Protection Plan To Protect Your Electronics
- Introducing The Faraday Cage
- Massive EMP Strike – The Worst Case Scenario
- Your Two EMP Preparation Options
- The Best EMP Protection Plan
Electric Magnetic Pulse Explained
When a conductor moves through a magnetic field it produces an electrical current.
This useful technology is how generators work at your local power plant.
Likewise, when a moving magnetic field passes a conductor, it creates current.
This phenomenon is called Electro-Magnetic Pulse, or EMP for short.
Sounds technical; seems complicated.
But at first, it doesn’t really sound all that scary.
Sounds like something you’d hear a boring physics professor talk about.
Not a serious national security concern.
But don’t be fooled, it’s real and it is scary.
Because what happens if the magnetic field produced is much stronger when it passes through a wire?
Perhaps a pulse large enough to damage the wire.
A pulse so intense that it could fry the microscopic wiring in small circuitry.
Given a strong enough magnetic field, microelectronics are destroyed by an electrical burst.
By destroyed, I mean entirely burned out.
Destruction of electrical components in this manner is called an EMP attack.
The One Weapon That Can Produce A Massive EMP Attack
One way to create a broad-scale EMP pulse is to detonate a nuclear warhead like a hydrogen bomb.
The energy release of a nuclear blast creates a sizeable electromagnetic pulse. This pulse radiates outward in all directions.
Any electrical wiring in the path of the pulse will burn out.
The nuclear explosion does not have to be very large to generate a dangerous EMP. At least one hazardous for our computer friends, not so much for us.
Unlike the radiation from a nuclear explosion, an EMP is not dangerous to people. Unless you have a pacemaker installed.
But it will destroy most unshielded electrical components.
A nuclear EMP pulse is fairly complex and is often broken into three component pulses:
The E1 pulse is the fastest component of nuclear EMP. It’s brief but intense.
As the E1 pulse moves through the earth magnetic field, it creates microwaves. These microwaves strike the surface with an intense surge of power.
It induces high voltages in electrical conductors. Thus causing significant damage by electrical breakdown voltages.
The E1 pulse can destroy computers and communication equipment.
The E2 pulse is comparable to the pulse created during lightning strikes.
Fortunately, our national infrastructure is (for the most part) already prepared for an E2 pulse.
The E3 component is different from both E1 and E2. E3 is a much slower pulse.
The E3 component has similarities to a geomagnetic storm caused by a solar flare.
Like a solar flare, E3 can produce powerful currents. Intense enough to damage power lines and transformers (i.e., critical infrastructure).
Introducing High Altitude Detonations
An EMP pulse travels line of sight. So it can cover a vast area if the nuclear detonation occurs high in the atmosphere.
Most nuclear military weapons are not intended for high altitude detonations. Because high altitude detonations do little damage to the enemy and less fallout.
However, at high altitudes, the EMP would travel towards everything in its line of sight. Covering thousands of square miles!
It’s true that an EMP diminishes with distance. But it may still be strong enough at thousands of miles to fry most microelectronics.
Making the nuclear EMP a near perfect weapon for a terrorist and rogue nations.
Here’s an interesting question.
If you were a terrorist organization and could only lay your hands on one nuclear weapon. Would you want to blow up one city? Or detonate it high enough to wipe out the electrical systems for thousands of cities?
Aside from nuclear weapons, there are EMP-generating devices. These are called “explosively pumped flux compression generators.”
These use electromagnetic physics to generate large pulses of electromagnetic energy.
The basic idea is to generate an electromagnetic pulse in a coil surrounding a metal core. While at the same time compressing the coil into the core using explosives.
This change in core geometry causes a compression of the electromagnetic field.
EMP’s (whether nuclear or flux compression) has the potential to change the world.
So What Kind Of Damage Are We Talking?
Any devices not shielded against a large EMP attack is likely to be damaged or destroyed.
We’re talking damage to the following:
- Power Grids
- Smart Phones
- Cell Phone Towers
- Desktop Computers
- Mainframe Computers
- Automobile Engine Management Computers
- Jet Aircraft Systems
- Air Traffic Control Systems
- Banking Systems
- Hospital Diagnostic Machines
- Internet Servers
- Plus Anything Else With A Micro Chip
Which is damn near everything these days.
Can you imagine everyone within a thousand-mile radius losing all power and technology?
How about a city like New York or Los Angeles? We are talking 8-10 million people finding themselves in a pre-industrial world without power!
The only things that still work are mechanical in nature (i.e., guns and bullets).
Near instant anarchy.
An EMP Protection Plan To Protect Your Electronics
There are several ways to protect against an EMP attack.
One EMP protection technique is known as electrical shielding.
If an electrical cable includes a grounded shield, the electromagnetic pulse won’t penetrate the shield.
It will induce a current in the shield and release that current harmlessly into the ground.
This is great for cables, but what about smaller devices, such as microelectronics?
Introducing The Faraday Cage
You can shield entire devices using something known as a Faraday Cage.
Named after Michael Faraday, an early scientist in the field of electromagnetics.
Faraday discovered electromagnetic fields won’t penetrate a container made out of certain metals.
Instead, the field impinges on the exterior of the cage. Since all sides of the cage are electrically connected, there’s no induced electrical current.
For current to flow, there must be a differential in electrical potential.
It’s as if there is a short-circuit before the current even begins to flow.
Devices held inside the cage are then protected from damaging currents.
Nested EMP Faraday cages are even better for EMP protection. Essentially, nesting is a cage within a cage.
You can buy a faraday bag or build your own.
You can build a simple Faraday cage by covering a box in aluminum foil. If you want to protect your devices, wrap them in a layer of aluminum foil.
But take care, they must be completely covered with no gaps in the foil.
Also, if you wish to use multiple layers of foil, place a layer of insulation between them. Insulation is any material that won’t conduct electricity – like cardboard.
Adding the extra layers of thickness to the foil means nothing. The only reason to double wrap is to prevent gaps in the foil.
A galvanized trash can is also a great solution to store several devices.
Or use both foil and a trash can. Just put your electronics inside a foil-lined cardboard box and place the box inside a trash can.
Ensuring the trash can lid closes entirely and creates a perfect seal.
Massive EMP Strike – The Aftermath
Now that you have all your devices protected when the terrorist EMP event strikes you’ll be ready.
Assuming you knew in advance an attack was coming and took these defense precautions.
So let’s say you did.
The “Event” Happens, And The Lights Go Out
You quickly retrieve your fully functional cell phone from your foil lined trash can, a.k.a. Faraday Cage.
And presto, you have one of the very few functioning cell phones in the Northern Hemisphere. Congratulations!
- Did your EMP protection plan pay off? Yes and no…
- How many bars do you have? None?
- Can you hear me now? No?
- You pull out your protected laptop or IPad and boot up. Internet connection? Nope.
You’ve got a four-hour charge on the device, great.
Now, where are you going to plug in your charger (because you remembered to add a charger to your Faraday cage, right)?
- No sweat. I’ve got a home generator – nope – it’s fried by EMP.
- Oh, but I have home solar panels (or a solar phone charger) – nope – fried by EMP.
- I installed a windmill – nope – the inverter is fried.
Bottom line: The power is out, and it’s going to stay out for a very long time (maybe even years).
- The utility distribution system has been fried.
- Cell phone towers are fried.
- The water company’s filtration and pumping systems are fried.
Food will quickly begin to spoil, and we just lost a war without firing a single bullet.
Your Two EMP Preparation Options
So the way I see it, you have 2 EMP protection options:
EMP Preparation Option 1
Plan for an Amish future.
Plan to revert to an 1860 agrarian society. One with the same survival skills our great-great-grandparents lived by.
The sort of skills our modern society has long since forgotten.
EMP Preparation Option 2
Store a disassembled home electrical power generation system inside a huge Faraday Cage.
Solar and wind are your best bet – since you won’t be able to get gasoline or natural gas.
So those are your two options, but most people will end up choosing option two.
Why? Because most people can’t afford to drop $10,000-25,000 on a home generation system.
Especially a system that you won’t immediately use and will remain in storage.
Most people don’t have funds for a grid-independent electrical system today. Let alone one kept stored in Faraday Cages!
However, if you do end up going with EMP Preparedness Option #2, you’d better be ready to defend it.
You’ll likely be the only one on your block (maybe your town) with any electrical power.
By the way, you Option #2 guys, I would wait until long after the attack before assembling your system.
Any good terrorist will be smart enough to allow time install backup systems. Then pop us again to destroy the rest of it.
An EMP blast from a single nuclear device at 20 miles altitude will cover a significant portion of the US with an EMP.
An enemy doesn’t have to destroy the entire nation to destroy its society. It only needs to kill off large portions of the population!
Even the US Government admits as many 9 of 10 Americans could die within one year of an EMP attack on our homeland!
There are too many people, with too few survival skills. The majority of the US population would quickly perish with no power for a year.
Looting, rioting, and murder will be rampant – everywhere. Epic chaos.
That’s why it’s time to take EMP protection seriously and learn some real survival skills.
The Best EMP Protection Plan
EMP Protection is like most other long-term emergency disaster preps in many ways.
You need to have a massive stockpile of prepper food and lots of water. And the self-reliance survival skills to continually replenish your stocks.
Throw in some defense skills as well – to protect your resources and some basic medical supplies.
Food, water, and medicine.
Yes, it’s really as simple as that, but just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.
The best way to describe the survival skills you need to learn to prepare for an EMP attack is this:
The skills our great-great-grandparents called everyday life we now call survival and prepping.
So look backward in time for inspiration via The Lost Ways.
That’s how you prepare for life without power long term.