by Damian Campbell
Imagine a day when the United States of America goes dark.
Cars, stores, trains and planes stop. The computers we’ve built our lives around shut down – and won’t ever turn on again.
One minute everything is fine, and the next…
The power goes out.
You’re in complete darkness…
Every household across the country is shut down. The fact is this isn’t some myth or bad sci-fi movie. An EMP isn’t science fiction to China, Russia or terrorists. It’s a very real thing, and could destroy our way of life. That said, you may be wondering…
What Is an EMP?
Any dictionary will tell you that EMP stands for ‘Electromagnetic Pulse.’
But what they won’t say is that an EMP is like a tidal wave of radiation that destroys every electronic device in its path. And again – it’s not some space age weapon. Both the US and Russia started testing them back in the 60’s…
The truth is, EMPs can come from almost anywhere.
Essentially they’re caused by a high-energy blast. But the most common way you’ll see them is a nuclear explosion.
See, when a nuke goes off it causes massive disruption in the magnetic fields. And when you add electrical systems to these lightning-fast changes in magnetic fields, you get bigger voltages surges than any piece of electronic equipment is meant to handle. Think trying to fit a tsunami through the five inch city water pipes – it’s gonna blow!
And there’s NOTHING you can do about it.
If China, N. Korea, Russia or even a terrorist group like al-Qaeda wants to launch an EMP, there are a slew of ways they could sneakily send it off. But, there is some good news. If you use a few simple tricks, you can protect your stuff from an EMP. That said, you should understand some basic background to really get what’s going on here.
Myth #1 “Turning Off Your Electronics Will Protect You.”
You never know when an EMP may hit.
If and when it happens, it’s going to be nothing more than a massive wave shutting down and frying your equipment like a punch in the gut. Thinking that just turning it off and moving it away from windows will protect them just won’t work. Remember, this isn’t like unplugging your computer in a thunder storm…
However, you should know damage to your electronic device will depend on several things:
• The intensity of the EMP
• Sensitivity of your electronic device, and
• The amount of shielding between the electronics and the EMP source
There is some truth to the myth that devices are more vulnerable while you’ve got them powered on. Here’s why: When an EMP hits, it pushes huge amounts of electricity through the device, the same way a power plant does. So when the device is on, you’ve got the power already flowing through it plus the power the EMP generates. But the reality is that there’s not going to much (if any) difference between having your device on or off.
When an EMP hits, that’ll be it. All of your most valuable electronic devices…Will become the world’s most expensive doorstops.
Myth #2 “An EMP Is Like a Bolt of Lightning.”
Sure, it’s similar to a lightning strike—
Frying electrical equipment with a hard-hitting electronic surge…But EMPs are actually more like a super-powerful radio wave.
They’re quiet. They’re invisible. And they’re highly destructive.
Everybody usually tries lightning arrestors or lightning-rod grounding techniques…But these strategies are destined for failure in protecting your equipment from electromagnetic pulses. EMPs will travel through the air in a straight line, while a second, delayed pulse navigates the power, phone and cable lines. Power and telephone wires would absorb a ton of EMP energy because they act like very long antennas.
This energy gets dumped it into your power outlets and phone jacks, destroying most of the electronics connected to them. And then you and your family will be left in the Stone Age.
Myth #3 “EMPs Are ‘No Problem’ Since There Are Lots of Ways to Protect Yourself Against Them…”
Yep, there are many methods of protection against an EMP. But the fact is they’re rarely used, especially by civilians like you and me. An EMP protection strategy is like locking your doors are night.
You don’t need to lock your doors… as long as you don’t care if you’re robbed. But if you live in a dangerous neighborhood and you’ve already been threatened…
You need a plan to protect yourself. You may not have been affected by an EMP yet, and maybe you won’t be tomorrow, but the more you procrastinate, the more you gamble with your life.
Tips to Get Started
One way to protect your precious equipment is a Faraday box. It’s a simple metal box designed to divert and soak up the EMP. As long as the electronic device is insulated from the inside walls of the box, no EMP will touch it. And they’re easy to make.
Lots of containers can be used as make-shift Faraday boxes:
Metal filing cabinets, ammunition containers or even cake boxes will do.
To make one, just follow two basic rules:
1. The device inside must not touch its metal container. (You can use plastic, wadded paper or cardboard to insulate it from the metal.)
2. The metal shield has to be continuous, without any gaps between pieces or extra large holes.
And here’s what’s cool; despite what you already may have heard, a Faraday box does NOT have to be airtight. The long wavelength of an EMP wouldn’t be able to break through your box. The Faraday box is a simple and cheap—an elegant solution for protecting your belongings against an EMP.
Information That Will Save Your Life
Do yourself a favor. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family from a crisis. Where lots of people fail is by not preparing for the coming disaster. With the right information, you can ensure your survival and beat this thing head on.
Prepare Now, Survive Later!