An Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack is becoming a scary possibility.
Such an attack could do unthinkable damage to the country.
Here are the steps you need to take in order to prepare yourself for an EMP attack.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that instituted readiness protocols for an EMP attack.
Both North Korea and China (who economically props up North Korea) have tested EMP weapons, and China is growing more belligerent.
The threat of an EMP blast has perhaps never been higher.
Also, FEMA is similarly preparing for potentially damaging space weather events, one of which is an EMP storm.
The EMP threat is unique because it’s both man-made and a natural disaster.
An EMP blast powerful enough to shut down the entire power grid would need to be delivered with nuclear missiles, so that’s highly unlikely.
It would also mean the United States is engaged in a hot nuclear war.
However, smaller, more targeted strikes could devastate cities and regions.
One study showed that an EMP attack on the East Coast could kill 90% of the area’s population within a year.
For these reasons, you need to be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
Here are the steps you can take to improve readiness.
- Get a Faraday cage
Faraday cages are enclosures that block electromagnetic fields.
They can be purchased in various shapes and sizes, and they can even be built from scratch if you know what you’re doing.
A Faraday cage would be a good way to protect the electronic contents in your bunker or safe room.
- Keep a robust supply of batteries
You will need plenty of flashlights and batteries.
Even if a Faraday cage preserves your electronics, the power grid would be down, so an alternative power source like a generator would be powering your devices.
In order to preserve power, you should use flashlights as often as possible.
And make sure you have primary flashlights and backups for everyone in the family.
- Get a backup generator
A backup generator with a healthy stock gasoline is a must.
It will allow you to operate at near normal levels.
However, be wary of the challenges generators present.
The gas must be stored properly, and the generator needs to be far enough away from the house so the fumes don’t become noxious to the people in your household.
Also, generators produce noise, which could invite looters.
- Solar panels
Solar is not a realistic substitute for fossil fuels, but it’s a great backup power source.
If there’s an EMP attack, you will need to ration power smartly, and solar power is a good way to make sure you’re not depleting other resources such as gasoline.
- Buy candles and lanterns
These traditional lighting methods still work, and they can be very cost-effective.
However, watch out for candles containing paraffin, which is mostly found in scented candles.
Candles with paraffin produce smoke that’s carcinogenic.
Also, if you go with lanterns, avoid the ones that are gas-based because of the ventilation problems they can create.
- Don’t forget the basics
It goes without saying that you’ll need a deep supply of food, water, first-aid supplies, cleaning supplies, prescription medicine (if necessary), and analog entertainment to tide you over during such a scary time.
Regular services won’t be operating, so you won’t be able to make a quick dash to the convenience store for these items.