3 Crucial EMP Survival Strategies


There has been much speculation regarding what the next major terrorist attack in the United States might look like and when it might occur.

Will it be a vehicle used as a weapon, à la 9/11, or perhaps a series of bomb blasts in highly populated areas such as what we’ve seen in the Mideast? Or might it be a cyberattack such as what has been aimed at Iran’s nuclear development facilities?

Fortunately, the United States is devoting significant resources to thwarting potential attacks by our enemies, and we’ve been successful at stopping a number of them before they’ve reached fruition. But we all know that an attack is likely to happen at some point, and we should be prepared to protect ourselves and our families as best we can when the inevitable occurs.

One potential concern that has not gained as much attention as some others is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. As much as the United States has moved to secure airports since Sept. 11, 2001, we’re woefully behind on protecting our electrical infrastructure against an EMP.

The fact that this potential weapon is so easy and inexpensive to construct — and so potentially devastating to our society — means that its attempted usage is a distinct possibility. If a terrorist were able to approach a U.S. shore in a seemingly innocent boat and launch a short-range missile containing a nuclear payload into the atmosphere, it could cause an EMP that could wreak considerable havoc on our society.

Now, that’s a lot of “potentials,” “possibles,” ‘ifs,” “coulds” and “mights.” But we know that an EMP could seriously damage communication systems, computers and electrical appliances within more than 1,000 miles of a high-altitude nuclear detonation, and it might also mess with automobile and aircraft ignition systems. An E-bomb, which can be built for less than $500, could throw civilization back by 200 years, at least temporarily.

Why do I think a powerful EMP attack would be devastating? In 1859, a solar flare crashed into Earth’s magnetic field, causing the global bubble of magnetism that surrounds our planet to shake and quiver. Turning skies all over Earth red green and purple, it disrupted telegraph systems, shocked telegraph operators and set telegraph paper on fire.

A deliberately created EMP could produce similar power. But in a society dependent upon electronics, the effects would be much greater than they were in the 19th century. Hundreds of satellites in orbit would be at risk, not to mention power grids on Earth. Plus, if terrorists were to go to the trouble of creating an EMP, they would probably have specific plans for hitting us where it hurts during the immediate aftermath when we’d be vulnerable.

As with most disaster preparation, food and water would be crucial for survival following an EMP attack, but below are three tips that might not come to mind quite as quickly:

  • Currency will be crucial after an EMP attack because people will probably not have access to their funds that are currently cataloged in electronic databases. Keep a good supply on hand, as well as some silver and gold coins.
  • Information will also be key. You’ll need to stay tuned in to emergency announcements that could include where aid is available and where to stay away from. Have a radio stored away in a Faraday box (read more about an EMP-proof Faraday box here) that you can access quickly.
  • Fiber optic networks (AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOs, etc.) are likely to return to service sooner than copper line systems. Copper wires draw in electromagnetic energy, so they would multiply the effects of the electromagnetic waves.

–Frank Bates

Personal Liberty

Frank Bates

is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a new website featuring 100s of articles on how to be more self-reliant. Frank is also the founder of Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Some other things preppers (EMP) may need to know.
    1. If not in a Faraday cage those fancy lasers scopes and night vision gear will be useless, so will those 800 dollar walkie-talkies. – plan accordingly you will need them. Own the night.
    2. Buy a pre 1987 (not sure about this date) Jeep, 4 wheel drive, and have the extra parts to replace burned out ones — you can look this up. You are now mobile, if you know where to get fuel, even better. Another solution is a small motorbike.
    3. Buy a still and learn to make 180 proof — a great fuel. (long term)
    Rule #1 — NEVER EVER GET ON THE FEMA TRANSPORT Rule #2 See rule 1. Rule 3 — No other rules.

    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • StarfishDefender

    @f560e39016066a5beec82c2d5b89c465:disqus Actually, I’d like to comment on a few points.

    Point 1 actually depends. You have to be within the E1/E2 radius, and your electronics must be on/connected to lines, in order for an average EMP at the 50,000 volt/meter level to cause damage. As long as your electronics are off at the moment of detonation and aren’t connected to long metal cables (think of a wired mouse as a cable) then they should survive an E1/E2. Would I bet my own electronics and leave them outside? Nope. I’d still use a Faraday cage – just in case. But my product testing at an EMP simulator showed that computers were fine IF turned off and not connected to anything.

    Point 2 can’t hurt. EMP testing by the Congressional Commission on EMP showed that vehicles that were off at the time of testing were fine. Of the active vehicles, some had errors, but only a few were critical. Relatively fast repairs at a shop could be done. The main problem is that the very small number of affected cars, translated across a large region, mean an unheard-of level of car crashes. Additionally, at higher levels the traffic control systems will experience major malfunctions as well.

    I’ll be posting an article on EMP preparedness on my website at http://www.mobilesecsolutions.com – check in next week! It has a few practical tips to help you get ready. Sales pitch: I also sell the world’s first laptop EMP shield that lets you view your computer, type, USE WIRELESS (mouse and WiFi), and still protect vs. EMP – at $89. Also cell phone blockers.

    What I’m concerned about is the cooling systems for nuclear power plants. Almost 200 simultaneous Fukishimas will be a bad day for the Northern Hemisphere.

  • RatedBestComment

    Another thing to do is make printouts of all kind of instructions that you saved for fixing or preparing things, like manuals, recipes, survival guides, etc.

    And isn’t it funny that EMP occurred just before the American Civil War which almost split this nation asunder and pitted brother against brother. Will another be a harbinger for the Tribulation or destruction of America?

    And funny how the Civil War was basically fought over Negroes, and now we will have another fight over Negroes again?

    I guess the next EMP event is a signal the same thing will happen again?