EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse. What happens is this burst of electricity wipes out all the electronics that it comes into contact with. (I'm sorry for people with pace-makers). There is a way to protect this from happening to your most valuable electronics. It's called a faraday cage. When you encase a space with a mesh container, it will work as a lightning rod, and prevent the inside from being effected. There are some very important items that you should keep in such a cage.
- HAM Radios- COMMUNICATION IS KEY!
- Laptop- This is where so many of you are thrown off, I know. The big part of a laptop is seeing what is going on in other places. With so much of our media being technology based, it's very hard to know unless you have a bit yourself.
- GPS- Yes, always have a compass and map, but a gps is a wonderful tool for seeing where you've been.
- Generator- The ability to keep these things running is key!
When we survived the great power-outage of 2011, there was looting, crime, and a bit of panic. Here's what we did to survive:
- Communications- We were both on different parts of the base, and since we didn't live there and didn't know what it was like on the way, we took as many surface streets to get home as we could. We also continually listened to the police stations to check our status.
- Fine-tuned our plan. - No matter how much you plan, you need to make sure that you can do what you need to. Roads are blocked? Water leaks? Find out what you need to do in order to continue forward.
- Alerted the team- Now that we're home and with our closest stash, we need to make sure everyone knows what is going on, and what we need. Since our team was currently unaffected by the power-outage, we had to make sure they knew that we were, and what it was like in our area.
- Bugging in- We decided that trying to get out right then while everyone was panicking was a bad idea, so we filled up the bathtubs with water, decided what was perishable and tried to eat it, and armed ourselves.
- Bugging out- although we never actually got to this stage, we were waiting to make sure the roads were clear enough for us to head out.