If you’re a prepper, then I’m sure you know all about an EMP attack (Electromagnetic Pulse) and how great a threat it poses to us. Without a doubt, it’s one of the world’s most dreaded disaster scenarios that would make Hiroshima and Nagasaki look like child’s play in comparison. Experts have suggested that it would send a country clear back to the dark ages while wiping out 90% of its population in less than a year. Unfortunately, there are a few countries that have this weaponry capability, and they’re not considered our allies. Let’s talk about surviving an EMP encounter and what that may look like.
Surviving an EMP Encounter
Just a single EMP event set off miles above the earth would be enough to entirely wipe out all three power grids in the United States. It would cut off all forms of communication, commerce, and transportation to our country in a single hour. Please get this book if you don’t have it, “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel.
Grocery shelves would be empty in less than a day, planes would literally fall from the sky, and you’d be left with no way of communicating with your loved ones. Pretty scary, huh? But that’s actually not the worst of it. It’s the people around you and how poorly they would react should a situation like this ever happen. Here are critical tips on how to survive an EMP encounter.
Food Production Supplies
Let’s be honest for a minute. If an EMP event was ever to occur in our country, it could take one or two years before power (this is way too optimistic for me) is restored in your region (I really believe 15-20 years but I will leave it at that). Eventually, your stockpile of non-perishable food and your stash of MREs will come to an end. About that same time, game and other wild animals will probably be hunted to near extinction. How will you then provide for your family?
It will be vital that you have land that you can use, along with the knowledge of how to grow your own crops. This includes having the seeds already on-hand along with the experience before this type of event takes place. Livestock would be another important asset that you would need. Chickens would be able to supply you with eggs and cattle for meat, but you would have to know more about livestock breeding.
You’ll need to have several good quality flashlights and a large arsenal of batteries to see your way around in the dark. Candles are another lighting option, but they’re dimmer and not favorable in windy conditions if you’re outdoors. Camping lanterns, as well as oil lamps, will also do the trick during an EMP, but you’ll need thousands of hours’ worth of oil to keep it going. You will need solar lighting or hand-crank flashlights the very most.
Related: What to Use for Emergency Lighting
Non-Electric Appliances and Tools You Will Need
With no electricity for your power tools and kitchen appliances to cook your meals, you’ll be needing a couple of different manual tools to get you by. Here’s just to name a few of them:
- Manual Can-opener
- DIY Solar Oven Use the sun to cook and boil your food when you’re not able to have a fire.
- Meat Grinder
- Solar Powered Flashlight This multi-purpose flashlight will not only light your path extremely well, but also comes with a compass, glass breaker, and rope/seatbelt cutter.
- Battery-operated lights for your home.
- Multitool carrying all the tools you need can be heavy, but not with this 12-1 tool.
Items You Can Barter
Since you will no longer be able to depend on cash and credit cards to buy what you need, people will resort back to the bartering system like the good old days. Think about what items people would consider valuable following a long-term power outage. Batteries, flashlights, lanterns, and canned food would be like gold.
Gasoline, ammo, blankets, hygiene products, cigarettes, and alcohol would also be extremely smart supplies that you could stock up on in order to barter. Even chocolate, board games, and playing cards for entertainment wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Build a Faraday Cage
If you were to build a Faraday cage, you’d be able to protect your electronics from an electrical pulse. You’d want to put your walkie-talkies, shortwave radios, electrical parts for your car and generator, and important medical equipment in them so that they’d still work afterward. As it turns out, they’re actually very easy to build, while some preppers even use an old microwave oven to build one. Here’s how.
The bad thing is if your “stuff” that can be damaged is not in the Faraday cage it will be fried. I can’t picture putting my laptop, cell phone, etc. in a Faraday cage each night. It’s not going to happen. I admire those who may do it. I won’t do it, I have to be honest, here.
Your cell phones will no longer be of any use to you following an EMP attack, so you’ll need other communication options ready to go and stored in your Faraday cage. You’ll want to get your hands on a CB or ham radio for longer distances, and a pair of walkie-talkies for closer communication. That way you can stay in touch with your loved ones that live within a reasonable distance, as well as your own family if you are separated for some reason.
I know for some of you reading this, that you feel strongly against owning, let alone, bringing guns and other types of weapons in your home. I totally get it. But an intruder isn’t going to feel sympathetic to your beliefs, especially when they realize that your home has everything that they need in order to sustain them.
Chances are, there will be numerous visitors who come a-knockin during this time. You’re going to need arms to defend yourself, whether you decide on a handgun, shotgun, or a rifle that you can also use to hunt wild game. You certainly don’t want to go light on ammunition.
Having a dog will also be helpful so that they can alert you of anyone lurking on your property in the dead of night. Homemade booby traps that you can strategically place around your home could also be a deterrent.
Being prepared for an emergency by stockpiling food, water, and supplies will be absolutely necessary, but you can’t survive for a long period of time on these alone. You’ll need a handful of survival skills so that you know how to collect fresh water, build a fire or a shelter, outdoor cooking, along with hunting and gathering your family’s next meal. This is an important step in surviving an EMP encounter.
Draw Less Attention
Following an EMP encounter, you don’t want to paint a big red target on your back so that people start to become curious. By this point, many of them would turn savage towards humanity, and would closely resemble characters from The Walking Dead.
I would encourage you to use the least amount of light at night and as little noise as possible so that you aren’t drawing attention to yourself. A bug-out location that’s further away from civilization would be a necessity if you’re living near a highly-populated area. Please note, I do not have a bug-out location and I will be staying put in my home. It’s how I roll, I have everything I need right here.
An EMP encounter is just one more thing we need to prep for. No one reads this information to scare themselves, but to be more aware, and thus, better prepared. Make sure you are trying your best to prep for even the craziest scenarios. What tips would you add to this list of suggestions to help you survive an EMP encounter? May God Bless this world, Linda.
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