A couple of years ago I spent a few months researching how an EMP would affect the average household. It wasn’t an easy task since much of what I tried to involved scenarios that have never happened, or have happened only in third world countries. It’s been challenging to apply those scenarios to the world in which I’ve grown up.
In a weird way, this research was fun. I feel a bit like Dr. David Livingstone venturing into parts of Africa that had never been imagined, much less explored.
Will my lovely next door neighbors really turn into cannibals, given enough time and lack of food?
Will the gangs and violent predators in the big city nearest me really begin going door to door, as a sort of perverse version of the Jehovah Witnesses, robbing, raping, and killing or will they end up killing each other first?
If well-prepared preppers have the perfect bug out location, equipped with every survival supply possible, how will they get there if the electromagnetic pulse has destroyed the electronic-based engines in their vehicles?
What if you are far, far from home when the worst happens and there is no way to get home, ever? Or what if it’s a child or your husband? What options would you, or they, have?
The approach I took to preparedness and survival in my first book, Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family For Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios, was all about common sense. My goal was to equip the average mom and household with information, checklists, and strategies for surviving the typical natural disaster, medical emergency, or job loss.
My EMP research was different. It contained a lot of doom and gloom because of the nature of a post-EMP world — months and months of life without the power grid and, for the most part, permanently damaged electronics. Eventually, the information I learned and the conclusions I came to made me think twice about the predictions found in most EMP survival novels. Books like One Second After are compelling stories but contain scenarios that not all EMP experts believe will happen.
I believe that desperate times encourage and, in fact, create just the type of environment that breeds innovation. In a post-EMP world, many communities may never need, or want, to go back to old systems once new and better ones have been devised. Time and again we’ve seen communities and entire civilizations rebound after major catastrophes and long-term disasters, such as droughts and years of warfare.
Human beings are damn smart when they need to be.
EMP Survival for moderate preppers
That’s where, you, the moderate prepper can play an important role. Take practical steps now to prepare for everyday emergencies but also keep in mind that worst-case scenarios are entirely possible. Here are a few suggestions:
- Each month, you can add new skills and knowledge, which is why there is a Survival Mom Skill of the Month! Just pick a skill for the current month, read a few related articles here on my blog, search out YouTube videos for more instruction, if necessary, and get going.
- You can save money toward buying the gear and supplies that are truly necessary. (Have you joined my 52 Weeks Savings Club on Facebook?)
- Prepare your body with exercise, training, and healthy eating so we are physically ready for difficult tasks, regardless of the crisis. (If you need a support group, join my Skinny Survival Moms group on Facebook!)
- Take the Nuclear Survival Intensive class over at Preppers University. One of the effects of a nuclear blast is an EMP, and this class provides 3 video lessons that will help you prepare for a post-EMP world.
I don’t believe that only Green Berets, Navy SEALS, and the most vicious, lawless predators will be the ones to survive. In fact, moderate preppers already have many advantages over these groups. We recognize warning signs that have led us to take proactive steps to prepare. We’ve incorporated both the mindset and lifestyle of preparedness into our daily lives and, by doing so, blend in with every other household around us.
The “Gray Man“? Yeah, that’s us.
Survivors of a worst case scenario will need to think on their feet, quickly adapt and improvise, and be willing to connect with others to form communities. Moderate preppers who continue to refine their skills and supplies, connect with like-minded people, and stay up to date with the world around them are excellent candidates for EMP survival.
Here’s an EMP Survival tool I have for you
My EMP researched resulted in something longer than a typical blog post, so I am providing here a link for you to download the 41-page ebook.
As a mom, and knowing the fears that moms have for their kids, I’ve included information for when and how to retrieve your kids from school. I’ve listed items that should be in everyone’s Get Home Bag, tips for informing neighbors about what has happened and why this is a vital thing to do, and specific places to shop for last minute supplies, even if you’re already well-stocked.
Learn even more about EMP preparedness
- Another Look at Faraday Cages
- The Basics of EMP: What is it? How likely? How to Prepare?
- EMP Survival & The First 15 Things You Must Do Immediately After an EMP
- How to Make a Faraday Cage
- Post-EMP Survival: What if you can’t get home?
- What’s in Your Faraday Cage? A Common Sense Guide to Preparing For an EMP
- Why and How to Protect Your Gear From EMP
- Would a Long-Term Blackout Mean Nuclear Meltdown
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