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How To Survive For Years In A Post-EMP World

How To Survive For Years In A Post-EMP World

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The United States has received threats from North Korea ever since the Korean War came to a stop. While those threats have varied considerably, the most common has been for them to destroy us with nuclear weapons.

In recent months, those threats have become more and more serious. Just this year, North Korea succeeded in testing their first multi-stage missile, with the range to reach the United States. Within weeks of that event, they tested their first hydrogen bomb, proving that they are much closer to having the capability of raining nuclear fire down on the United States, than anyone would have believed.

But we may not have to worry about nuclear bombs taking out our cities, as North Korea has changed their tune. Now, for the first time, instead of talking about blowing up our cities with nuclear weapons, they’ve started discussing using one of those bombs to create a high-altitude EMP and take out our energy grid.

This would be a much more devastating attack than any attack on our cities by nuclear-tipped missiles. While such a conventional attack could kill several million people, an EMP exploded 250 miles above central Kansas could ultimately kill somewhere around 300 million people, simply by taking out the power grid for months and months. Most people would die of starvation and lack of modern medicine.

This is the great risk of our time. Whether or not it actually manifests itself is something we won’t know until it’s too late. Personally, I’d rather not wait until then. So, the big question facing you and I is: Are we ready for an EMP?

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We must assume that North Korea is close to being able to launch such an attack and that they will do so sometime in the near future. We also need to assume that our anti-missile defenses, which were not designed to deal with a high-altitude EMP, will not stop the attack. Any other assumption is too much of a risk to take. While I hope they won’t attack or if they do, they won’t be successful, I’m not going to wait to find out.

With that in mind, what should we be doing in the limited time we have available? If we assume that the attack will happen in 30 days, what final preparations should we make in that time?

Stock up on Food and Other Essential Supplies

The only food that you’re going to have is what you have in your home and what you can grow. So if you don’t have enough food (and none of us do), now is the time to buy some more. Stock up on non-perishable foodstuffs, especially the staples. And learn to garden!

But don’t just stock up on food. All other expendable supplies are going to be in the same boat as food. So be sure to buy toilet paper, soap, medical supplies and anything else you are going to need for the next 20 years or so. While local manufacturing will begin to kick in after the first year of a downed grid, it’s going to take a long time for supplies to be readily available again.

You won’t need to worry as much about tools, clothes and other non-expendable items. As people start to die off, those items will become readily available. One of the important skills in a post-EMP world will be scavenging, which will become the main source of supply for many years.

Buy Gasoline

How To Survive For Years In A Post-EMP World

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Many people are saying that cars will not be running after an EMP, but the report of the EMP commission says otherwise. Cars will most likely run, but gasoline will be a problem. Even worse than being a problem for cars, we’ll need gas for lawn mowers, chainsaws, roto-tillers and other power tools.

Unfortunately, gasoline doesn’t store well, especially in plastic gas cans. However, if you can put that gas in a full, sealed metal drum (55-gallon drum) it will keep considerably longer. There are also additives which you can add to the gasoline, extending its shelf-life.

Make Sure You Have a Water Source

Clean water will be one of the biggest problems in a post-EMP world. City water supplies depend on electricity to pump the water in almost all cases. Unless you happen to live downhill from a reservoir that is providing your water, your city water will dry up.

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Rainfall, local rivers and lakes or a well are your best sources of water. But make sure that you have plenty of capability to purify that water, as you may need to be purifying it for many years to come.

Get Some Solar Panels

If you don’t already have them, it’s a good time to invest in some solar panels. While much of our electronics will be fried by the EMP, that won’t really be the big problem. The loss of the grid will be. You can always put away some electronics, safe from the EMP, and use them afterwards.

A typical solar power system is used to charge 12-volt lead-acid batteries and then the power from those batteries is boosted up to 120 volts AC through a voltage inverter. While the batteries and the solar panels will probably survive the EMP, the solar charge controller and the voltage inverter probably won’t. So, make sure that you have spares, hidden away in your faraday cage.

Buy Spare Electronics and Store Them in a Faraday Cage

Speaking of a faraday cage, if you don’t have one already, now is a good time to create one. A galvanized trash can works well, although a metal filing cabinet, storage cabinet or toolbox can work just as well. The only thing you need is an enclosed metal container, with the ability to insulate the contents from the walls of the container.

Besides your spare solar charge controller and voltage inverter, you should consider having spares for other critical electronics, such as a computer or tablet filled with useful survival information, medical devices, a pump for your well, a grain mill and even a CD player. Whatever electronics you think you need for survival should be in that cage.

Get Cash and Silver

Most of the money in the world is nothing more than electronic money. What that means is that once the EMP hits, most money in the United States will be gone. While I’m sure there are secure copies of all banking records somewhere, it will probably be years before anyone can get into them. So, the only real money that will exist is either paper or precious metals. Of the two, precious metals are much more secure.

I make a habit of keeping precious metals in the safe, just in case. That way, when some form of commerce starts back up again, I’ll be able to take advantage of it. I suppose the little bit I have will make me into a rich man for the first time in my life.

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7 comments

  1. A Faraday cage is a great advantage to house electronics from harm. It is one of the first things I incorporated into my homestead

  2. Unfortunately the idea of creating a device that can allow an EMP to be of significant damage to infrastructure would take a considerable amount of resources and would be considerably larger then most ICBM’s. In addition while it is possible to make a generator that can create EMP waves, actually creating a self contained system that can be activated by exploding from a missile is simply based in theoretic. Quite simply, no one has the technology currently to create a massive generator capable of knocking out hundreds of square miles, as it would have to be a HUGE generator.

    In addition too, we have been hit by cornea mass ejections that do carry EMP waves. If I recall in 1859 the US, and Canada were hit with one of these, and power was knocked out for a considerable time, but the people bounced back from it.

    We are more likely going to kill ourselves because of our own negligence of the planet, rather then a foreign power. At least with foreign powers, they eventually crumble, and a new power takes over. If the planet itself dies though, then no more people at all.

    • The missing J. Seriously? You might want to do some more research. A nuclear weapon detonated at high altitude creates its own EMP effet. Look up the test that the U.S. did called “Starfish Prime”. An EMP is not a theory and doesn’t require a massive generator. And, the Carrington event that occurred in 1859 was a totally different era. People weren’t dependent on electricity like they are now. Most people would lose their minds because they couldn’t get on social media or use their debit card at the fast food drive through. People are so dependent on the power grid and the government they would be lost and probably starve to death.

  3. I wish people would wake up about how fake the EMP test for cars was. It was ridiculous. They were given a limited budget which forced them to avoid damaging the cars if possible.

    Their solution was to incrementally increase EMP forces until a fault was found in the cars. So, many of the cars were fine after turning off the key or disconnecting/reconnecting the battery. However, this is not the reality of an EMP attack. Instead, the cars should have been hit with the maximum EMP forces expected in this type of attack.

    Until they repeat the tests under realistic conditions I (and I wish everyone else would) choose to ignore the results.

  4. Being disabled and not able to get around easily I am curious if a dishwasher or clothes dryer could be used as faraday cages because they are pretty air tight.

  5. Storing food is a good idea, but being equipped to grow and preserve your own food is also very important, especially for a very long term power outage. A well equipped hand gardening tool and maybe animal drawn-implement shed is a must.. along with seeds or an already working garden from which to save your own seeds, cuttings, etc. This is something to be doing even if there is no current crisis.

    “Gasoline doesn’t store well” and even using a preservative, it’s shelf life is limited.
    Propane stores indefinitely, so at least having the components to convert your internal combustion engines from gasoline to propane makes sense for a long term no-more-grid event. Storage tanks are available in a variety of capacities, up to as much as 20,000-30,000 gallons, but that a bit much for a homestead.

    I would also consider keeping a pair of donkeys as backup to plow, pull a buggy, or breed the jack to someone’s horses to produce mules.

    As for water, don’t forget that rain can produce more water than you realize for storage and use. Study up on it as I did, even in relatively dry regions, it is a viable source.

  6. As to gasoline, it is difficult to store. However, something often overlooked is aviation gasoline. Unlike the gasoline sold at gas stations, it is very stable over the long term. It does not need fuel stabilizers. Its drawback is price, about $5 per gallon. Not practical to store enough to run a generator over time, but a half dozen 5-gallon cans will let you run a rototiller and chainsaw for years.

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