Tuesday, November 27, 2012

EMP Alert!

Bum bum BUUUUMMMMM. The government has successfully tested the use of EMPs! This is a part of what our family has been prepping for! Now that America has the technology, it shouldn't be too long before other nations follow suit, especially since it is a devastating non-lethal force. This is a wonderful time to talk about how an EMP could effect the US and what you can do to protect yourself..

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.

  2. 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.
  3. GPS- Yes, always have a compass and map, but a gps is a wonderful tool for seeing where you've been.
  4. Generator- The ability to keep these things running is key! 
Another great idea is to have a car that is older than 1974. These cars are EMP proof, so they'll still run even after we've been attacked.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Had it been an EMP, it would have been very different. It would have taken me a day or two to get back by walking. Luckily I was working at a military general store on base, and could easily grab a military backpack, water, food, and anything else I'd need to hike out.

I've been writing this post on and off all day, so if there's anything I forgot to mention, please let me know!



  1. Thank you for making the EMP threat an issue. This really is the most important thing to prep for.


    The 2012 non event is nothing in comparison to this. To bad everyone knows about the mayan calendar but some people don’t know or understand the EMP threat.

    Thanks again.


  2. We are on the same page I think. This really is the reason to prep. If you don’t prep for it and it happens I suppose you will be dead in a few weeks.