An HEMP (High-altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse) attack is usually a nuclear attack detonated above 25 miles. It will disable all unprotected electronic equipment over a wide area depending on the size of the pulse. A nuclear weapon detonated at an altitude of 200 miles could affect all unprotected electrical equipment within the continental United States.
There is a danger that there will be more such attacks, particularly over large cities. Survival will depend on your level of preparedness. Your family’s chances of survival will increase if your survival plan includes sheltering away from populated areas. A single Scud missile, carrying a single nuclear head,detonated at the right altitude and location could knock out the entire power grid across the United States for months or even years.
Normal information channels such as news updates and emergency broadcast warnings, will be affected when the HEMP attack is triggered.
Plan to evacuate to a rural area if at all possible.
Prepare and practice evacuation plans and secure your safe location. The supplies that you purchase for long-term survival (see below) should be stored at this rural site unless you are uncertain that you will be able to reach that site in time.
Purchase supplies needed for survival.
Firearms and ammunition should be stored under lock and key, with everyone in the family trained on their safe use. At least one silent weapon, such as a bow and arrow, should be included for hunting. Other supplies to purchase include: food and water, water purification tablets, medicines, garden seeds and supplies, and first aid equipment. Keep a well-stocked supply of batteries for flashlights as well as some easily accessible backup generators.
Prepare your home for safety.
Establish safe places to hide your extra supplies, weapons and ammunition. If possible, plant a garden and stock supplies for next season. Create strong but portable shields for your windows and doors as protection against possible violence outside. Ensure you have a sufficient amount of plywood sheets or other boards to cover all glass openings around your home to deter and prevent looters or other nefarious characters from entering your house. This increased level of security will keep you from becoming an easy target if looting becomes prevalent. You need to make sure certain redundancies are in place and that you always have a backup plan.
Protect your electronic equipment.
Plug the electronics you use on a daily basis into good surge protectors. Store other electronics that you don’t regularly use, like generators, in a Faraday cage or similar container. (A Faraday cage is a metal box made of conductive material).HERE you can find the best Faraday cage DIY. The Faraday box is a great solution assuming that you aren’t using the equipment when the event occurs. The only two requirements for protection with a Faraday box are:
(1) The electrical equipment inside the box can’t touch the metal container. Insulating with cardboard, rubber, plastic or even wads of paper are acceptable methods.
(2) The metal shielding must be continuous. There can be no large holes or gaps in the shielding.
Other items that could protect your equipment in the same way as a Faraday cage are old microwaves and metal garbage cans. Make sure you have adequate alternative backup power for the electronics that still work.
Plan for a barter economy.
Emergencies and other unexpected situations may arise causing a need for a supply of something you don’t have. Paper money will have become almost worthless within weeks of the pulse so barter will likely be the method of exchange. Some of the more popular barter items to stock for emergency needs include: food, water, water purification tablets, alcohol (the drinking kind), garden tools and seeds.You can read an entire article about the best items to hoard for bartering after a long term grid down scenario HERE.
Learn safe behaviors.
Knowing how to keep a low profile is the safest behavior all around, and will be even more critical in the cities. Survival will depend on staying clear of crowds and not revealing information about your family’s level of preparedness.
Preparedness is the key to survival after an HEMP attack. Life and survival in the city will be more difficult than in rural areas. Cities will have more violence due to people living closely together with limited resources. They will also be targets for additional attacks. If you live in a city, begin to make evacuation plans now to take your family to a safer area.
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