An EMP, or Electromagnetic Pulse, is a strong burst of electricity that burns out or breaks most electrical circuits in modern electronics. An EMP can occur both naturally and man made in the form of a military weapon. Naturally, solar flares from the sun could cause an EMP, and depending on the size, it could affect most of the world at one time. A nuclear weapon detonated in the upper atmosphere could also produce an EMP, which could affect an entire continent at a time. The immediate result to an EMP is that airplanes would fall from the sky, cars would crash into each other without the ability to stop, and essential medical devices such as pacemakers would fail. After that, the nights would be pitch black and the days would be spent looking for food once the supermarkets get picked clean. Here are 5 tips to surviving an EMP:
- Unplug electronics or take batteries out of devices when done using them. Sometimes an EMP won’t damage electronics that aren’t on or connected.
- Create an EMP proof box often called a faraday cage. This box will protect anything in it from the effects of an EMP. Good things to include in here would be flashlights, medical devices that require power, and a satellite phone.
- Stock up on candles and propane lanterns. Candles burn for hours while providing necessary light. Propane lanterns won’t be effected by the EMP and are capable of producing over 1000 lumens of light.
- Stock up on basic supplies. Food and water should be stockpiled, even starting slowly with an item at a time. For example, every time you go to the store, grab an extra can of beans or an extra gallon of water. In addition to basic supplies, a gun would be essential to guarding your family in the darkness.
- Have a get home bag. If an EMP strikes, chances are most modern cars won’t work, so having a get home bag will help with getting home safely from work or wherever you happen to be.