3 Things You Need to Know to Survive an EMP Event

Have you read Ted Koppel’s book about an anticipated EMP event? In the past, almost all the warnings about an electromagnetic pulse – whether from a massive solar storm or a terrorist attack – have been voiced by conservatives.

That’s fine for us, but roughly one-half of the population considers us alarmists, and so they put little credence in our warnings. But now that Mr. Koppel – a well-respected newsman and trusted anchor of Nightline for many years – has made his opinions known on the subject, more people are sitting up and taking notice.

In his book, Lights Out: A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, Koppel proclaims that an effective cyber attack against our electrical grid is not just a possibility, but a probability.

He also states that it will be a devastating attack that will plunge America into darkness, not just for hours or even days, but rather weeks and months. He adds that the U.S. is woefully unprepared to deal with it.

What would it be like? Well, it’s possible that some or perhaps all of the country will be thrown back into the 1800s. That’s actually even worse than it sounds because people back then knew how to live without electricity. We don’t.

People will find themselves without running water, sewage disposal, refrigeration or indoor electrical light for an extended period of time. Food and medical supplies will be cut off. Previously clean water will become contaminated. Banks will cease to function.

And as soon as martial law breaks down, lawlessness featuring marauding gangs will rule. It will be nothing short of chaos, and only those who have fully prepared will have even a chance of surviving.

How easy would it be for a terrorist to wreak this kind of havoc on our country? Global investment strategist Richard Young points out that a terrorist with a short-range missile containing a nuclear payload could pull up to a U.S. shore in a fishing boat and launch the payload into the atmosphere above the country.

This could cause an EMP that would seriously damage communication systems, computers, electrical appliances, and automobile and aircraft ignitions systems within 1,000-plus miles of a high-altitude nuclear detonation.

Now, for the “3 Things You Need to Know to Survive an EMP Event,” I could list the most obvious ones, such as how to stockpile food, water and other essential items, including weapons. But as a reader of this blog, you already know all that stuff.

So, I want to mention three things that perhaps you have not thought about. They are currency, information and fiber optics.

  • Currency. This will be crucial after an EMP attack because people will not have access to funds cataloged in electronic databases. So, keep a good supply on hand. It’s also a smart idea to have as many bartering items around as you can.
  • Information. This will also be key for you. Those who are able to stay tuned into announcements regarding where aid is available and other emergency information will have an advantage over those who can’t. Owning a reliable battery-powered radio is essential.
  • Fiber Optics. Networks such as AT&T U-verse and Verizon are likely to return to service sooner than copper line systems because copper wires act like antenna, drawing in electromagnetic energy and multiplying effects of the waves. The sooner you can start communicating after an EMP event, the better.
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