If you’ve been in the prepping world for any length of time, you’ve likely heard of the term “EMP.” But what is an EMP? How can you prepare for it? And, most of all, how will this disastrous scenario affect your quality of life?
These are all good questions. And, by knowing the answers ahead of time, you can better prepare for this SHTF scenario. After all, adequate disaster preparedness is the key to success in nearly every survival situation!
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Why EMPs Are Such A Big Deal
What Is An EMP?
First off, it’s important to know what this acronym stands for. The term EMP stands for ElectroMagnetic Pulse. This is when magnetic fields interact, and swiftly change. This causes a violent surge of voltage to all electronic devices.
Common Types Of EMPs
For instance, one of the most common EMPs humans experience is a bolt of lightning. So, if you’re listening to your survival radio when a lightning storm hits, the static you’ll hear every time lightning flashes is from an EMP.
Another common form of EMP comes from an internal combustion engine. Before newer ignitions were under mandate, the radios in cars were causing interference from the engine itself. For instance, whenever the driver revs the engine, the radio would buzz. This is evidence of an EMP.
However, smaller forms of EMPs can also occur. For instance, simply shuffling across the carpet in socks can cause a static spark. These sparks emit a very mild (but very real) EMP. Or, if you’ve ever touched your computer and experienced a mild shock, you’ve experienced a small EMP.
Now, all the EMP types in the list above are fairly common, and don’t seem very scary. However, the EMP most preppers are worrying about is nowhere near this tame. In fact, the BIG EMPs that have preppers so fearful are those that are generated by a nuclear explosion.
This type of EMP is so dangerous because it’s extremely strong, and can cause incredible damage to all electronic devices in the surrounding area.
This has happened in our nation before. For instance, in 1962, the U.S. was able to detonate a nuclear device while they were at high altitude over the Pacific Ocean. The EMP that came as a result of that explosion then took out the street lights of Hawaii… more than 1500 miles away.
So, think about it. What if a similar device was detonated over the U.S.? In an instant, this kind of EMP would drastically change Americans’ lives. Think about all the electronics and cellular devices we have now. Think about how drastically different our lives will be if we can no longer call for help, use GPS, drive our cars, or do anything with an electrical device.
More than that, think about how the world will be when the power across multiple U.S. states has been knocked out. No street lights, no lights shining out from business windows… nothing. When we are left in total and complete darkness. This a terrifying reality for many.