I am no science major, but researching electromagnetic pulse and it’s potential to take down the grid tells me that we should be worried, and of course prepared. “What is an electromagnetic pulse?” you ask? To put it simply, “an intense pulse of electromagnetic radiation, especially one generated by a nuclear explosion and occurring high above the earth’s surface.” Thanks Wikipedia!
Types of EMP’s
Not every EMP is dangerous, or has the capability of doing serious damage, in fact, they happen each and every day. Some examples include:
- Power Line surges
- Solar magnetic flares
Even electric motors and gas engines can produce EMP’s with little effect. Some safety measures like surge protectors can help with these smaller scale EMP events.
We hear about solar storms all the time, but sometimes they get so big that they can cause damage. Back in 1989, Quebec was the lucky recipient of a large scale EMP that took out the entire electric transmission system, and Earth has had a few near misses of massive solar flares and other spacey occurrences that could have potentially done significant damage to our grid. In fact, some experts are saying that there is a 1 in 8 chance that a significant solar event could cause a major EMP by the year 2020. Kind of scary, huh?
EMPs in the News
EMPs have made headlines recently as military data on this issue became declassified in the U.S. and experts in the field have been demanding government take action to protect us from these events.
The world is kind of a crazy place right now and the Western world has some pretty nasty enemies that could potentially have the technology to cause a serious threat to our wellbeing. If the grid goes down and we are without power for one year, 90% of our population could experience starvation, disease and death.
Civilization would basically collapse and the world as we know it would be a very different place. Imagine having no electricity, access to clean drinking water, toilets, no cell phone network or internet. It would be like going back in time!
Man Made EMPs
These are in my mind the most dangerous EMPs because to build an electromagnetic bomb requires relatively unsophisticated technology and can be launched anywhere, including on some non descript boat near our shores, or even from space. Countries like North Korea, Iran and Russia are thought to have this capability right now.
The World Goes Dark
Whether an act of war or a lovely gift from our sun, there are ways to be prepared for an electromagnetic pulse. Like in any manmade or natural disaster, you should have a supply of water and food to get you through a long term blackout. Remember what happened in 2003 when a big chunk of North America went without power for a week? I fondly remember having a big bbq, warmish beer, and looking up at the stars with friends. I also remember having no water, AC or supplies of any kind in the middle of a heat wave for a whole week.
Stockpile, Stockpile, Stockpile!
In previous posts, I have discussed what items you will need for 3 days in an emergency, a pandemic lasting 6-8 weeks, and now I want to encourage you to work on building your food and water stores to last for one year. Yes, one year.
That is a lot of food, water, batteries and toilet paper, and it will take time build, but you can significantly increase your chance of survival in a catastrophic event if you have access to these items. If there is no power, there is no clean water, or grocery store, or $4.99 “walk-in” special at the local pizza place. Resources will be in short supply, and accessing government support will increasingly become difficult.
Want to know how to build your stockpile and prepare for the worst, while hoping for the best? Keep checking in as I will be posting strategies and products that can help you achieve success in preparing for a large scale disaster.