People in the prepper community are divided about what they think is the most likely disaster scenarios. Some people think that it will be terrorists with nukes. Others think that it will be a weather disaster caused by climate change. Still others think that we’ll be invaded by another country. And other think that our infrastructure system, including water supplies and sewage management, will simply fall apart.
And all of these scenarios are, to some extent, plausible. But what is the most likely disaster scenario to happen? That’s hard to answer, but there may be one scenario that we are the least prepared for: and EMP attack. Offthegridnews notes the following from a recent op-ed piece:
The United States has no defense against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon that can knock out the grid, blackout the country for a year, and kill millions of Americans. Those were the conclusions of the Congressional EMP Commission.
“The federal government has taken no action on several recommendations for responding to an EMP from a nuclear blast or a solar storm,” wrote Peter Pry in an op-ed for The Hill. Even though Pry and the commission made the recommendations in 2016, nothing has been done. An electromagnetic pulse is a burst of radiation generated by a Solar Storm or a nuclear weapon. An EMP can destroy most electronics by frying them. Experts think that a giant EMP burst would knock out the entire North American power grid and send the United States and Canada back to the dark ages.
“The government is doing little to nothing to protect America from an EMP,” Pry concluded.
Think about that. All of your electronics fried. That means no television, no radio, no microwave over, no computer, no smartphone. Nothing electronic. Are you prepared to cope for that? Certainly, most Americans aren’t, and the government doesn’t appear to be helping the situation.
This means that you need to look for other ways that don’t require electronics to take care of your family, to cook your food, to protect your family (yes, your home security system, depending on the central hub of the system, might be affected by an EMP). You need to begin thinking about low tech solutions so that you aren’t dependent on something that won’t be there when you need it.