EMP Survival

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Why and how to protect your gear from EMP

One of the scarier survival events that preppers need to be concerned about is an attack involving a High-altitude ElectroMagnetic Pulse, also called HEMP.  All nuclear weapons create EMP, but when detonated high in the atmosphere, the EMP generated is so massive that it can destroy electronics and permanently knock out the power grid across the entire country. Because of this, many preppers are interested in EMP protection measures for their electronics. While there have been several venues of entertainment …

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15 Things I learned from One Second After & My Survival Tips

I didn’t want to read One Second After by William R. Forstchen.  I knew it was a dismal and depressing book, so I procrastinated. I read rave reviews of the book, I knew the general storyline but hesitated because the book reflects one of my deepest fears — trying to survive longterm without a power grid. The book describes life in a North Carolina town following an EMP attack. This permanently destroys everything that relies on electronics: cars, airplanes, all communication, …

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How to Make a Faraday Cage

When it comes to worst case scenarios, it’s hard to beat the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and many people wonder how to make a Faraday cage to protect their electronic devices. From my book, Survival Mom: I’m not ashamed to say that reading One Second After by William Forstchen scared the living daylights out of me. For weeks, I didn’t want to travel more than 15 or 20 miles from home. The novel details life in a small North Carolina town …

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Worst Case Scenario Plans From Real-Life Preppers

Ask an intriguing question, get intriguing answers. That’s what I did a couple of weeks ago to my email audience. (By the way, if you aren’t getting my weekly, exclusive articles and updates, you really should sign up here.) I posed a worst case survival scenario and simple asked, “What would you do?” Here’s the scenario: What if you knew from a 100% source that the power grid would fail in 7 days? What would you do? Where would you …

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“American Blackout” Tips & Tricks for Survival

In honor of National Preparedness Month, here’s a look back at a popular NatGeo special from 2013. When it first aired in 2013, NatGeo’s survival show, American Blackout, was a hot topic around the country. It definitely caught the attention of non-preppers from coast to coast. More recently, Ted Koppell wrote about the strong possibility of cyberterrorism taking out our power grid in his book, Lights Out. In our current fragile economy with unrest in so many different sectors, the last …

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7 Reasons to Protect Your Devices Against Electromagnetic Pulse

Definition: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): A burst of electromagnetic radiation that can damage electrical and electronic devices, observed as a byproduct of a nuclear explosion. EMP risk Could an atmospheric nuclear explosion in just the right place over the U.S. cause massive damage from the ensuing EMP pulse? Absolutely, the evidence is strong that potential EMP effects would be wide-ranging and would be very difficult from which to recover. When many people first learn of this potential, devastating disaster, they often …

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Another Look at Faraday Cages

There is a great deal of confusion about Faraday cages. Not only about how to build them, but also what they actually protect against. In this article, Dr. Arthur Bradley, author of Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms, answers a few basic questions and perhaps debunks a few myths. His aadvice may be contrary to what you’ve read about how to make a Faraday cage. What is a Faraday Cage? A Faraday cage (a.k.a. Faraday shield) is a …

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LIGHTS OUT by Ted Koppel REVIEW

  I hope you had a chance to read about Ted Koppel’s newest book, Lights Out, and maybe you’ve already purchased a copy for yourself. I have found it to be an excellent, foundational book for anyone new to the idea of a power grid failure but with a lot of new information for us EMP veterans. For several years, thousands of experienced preppers have focused on the collapse of our power grid system, whether by EMP, cyberterrorism, or a coronal mass ejection. …

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Post-EMP Survival: What If You Can’t Get Home?

One of the most haunting emails I’ve received this year is from Mallory: I recently started reading your blog (love it!) and have your EMP First 15 Steps PDF. I have a couple more business trips planned for the rest of 2015, and some are quite a distance from home. I wondered if you could give any advice at all on what I should prep for, gear-wise or even mentally? The thought of an EMP happening when I am NOT …

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The First 15 Things You Must Do Immediately After an EMP

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 …

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