North Korea Ready To Nuke America … “World Should Be Ready” Warns High-Level Defector Who Confirms Nuke Launch Plans With NBC News

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A high-level North Korean defector has just dropped a bombshell in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News, explaining that his former country’s crazed dictator Kim Jong Un not only has highly capable nuclear weapons, but that he’s ready to use them to nuke America. [Read more…]

EMP Proof Generator: Two Kinds You Can Build Yourself

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EMP Proof Generator

If you’re like me and seriously concerned about the threat of an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack taking out your ability to generate enough electricity to:

  • Charge Radios
  • Keep Weapon Optics Running (with rechargeable AA’s)
  • Power Perimeter Security Equipment
  • Run Small Refrigerators
  • Keep the lights on at night
  • Or run ANY key piece of electronic equipment…

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As Civil Unrest Brews, Wealthy Go Underground in Luxury Bunker Community: “Safest Places on Earth”

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Wealthy Go Underground in Luxury Bunker

Don’t just survive when the world burns, but survive in style.

The election of Donald Trump signals a revolutionary fervor among a large segment of the population that is simply fed up, though it is isn’t just his supporters. The economic realities of a stagnated economy are weighing heavily upon the masses, and they are looking for outlets to address their anger. [Read more…]

BREAKING – General Warns “End Of Life As We Know It”- I Warn You Again That Russia Plans An Attack Upon The United States. RUSSIA Is Almost Ready To Drop Nukes From Space With Supersonic Bomber

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I Warn You Again That Russia Plans An Attack Upon The United States.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Tom Bearden is the foremost Nikola Tesla researcher…
A nuclear engineer, war games analyst, and military tactician, Lieutenant Colonel Bearden has over 26 years experience in air defense systems, tactics and operations; technical intelligence, anti-radiation missile countermeasures; nuclear weapons employment, computerized war games; and military systems requirements.
He is currently with the Alabama division of a large aerospace company where he is involved in determining the future requirements for laser weapons. [Read more…]

EMP Rumors of War – How A Successful EMP Attack Could Bring Down America

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EMP Rumors of War – How A Successful EMP Attack Could Bring Down America

An EMP attack is a terrorist’s dream. But it’s also a U.S. nightmare and one that may be unavoidable and coming at some point in the near future as rogue nations and well funded terror groups seek nuclear weapons. Are you prepared to survive the first week, let alone year, following an Electro Magnetic Pulse attack? [Read more…]

EMP Attack How It would Affect Us. What The Government Is Not Telling You!

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EMP Attack How It would Affect Us. What The Government Is Not Telling You!

The EMP effect is not rare. One occurred in Canada in 1989, knocking out Quebec’s electric transmission system. And North Korea is reportedly testing a device to attack the U.S. with an EMP attack.
North Korea tested its so-called Space Launch Vehicle which could deliver a stealthy nuclear attack on the United States by orbiting a nuclear weapon over the South Pole where the U.S. has no radar or missile interceptors facing south. North Korea, he said, apparently orbited a satellite over the south polar region on a trajectory and altitude consistent with making a surprise nuclear EMP attack against the United States. [Read more…]

EMP Nightmare: How Iran or North Korea Could Destroy America with a Single Bomb

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EMP Nightmare: How Iran or North Korea Could Destroy America with a Single Bomb

“We have asked you in the past and your present time to pray for the conversion of Russia. Too few have come forward to pray for this conversion; therefore, their errors now have been spread throughout your world.
“Your country, America the beautiful, is being prepared now for complete capitulation. Now you know, My children, and now you must act upon this knowledge, or you, too, will feel captivity and slavery and the closing of My houses throughout your country. You have blindly walked right into the trap of enslavement set upon you through devious infiltration of your government, your schools, and your medias of communication.

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The Multi-Fuel Generator: Don’t Depend on Just Gas…

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The Multi-Fuel Generator: Don’t Depend on Just Gas…

Having a generator for back-up power is great – unless you don’t have the fuel to run the generator. The irony of the portable back-up generator – most of them, at least – is that they run on gas. And what’s the item that’s usually hard to get when the power’s down?

Gas.

About two weeks ago, a violent storm line called a derecho passed through our area; thousands of people lost power – not for a few hours, but in some cases, for a week or more. The lines queued up real fast at local gas stations – the ones with still-operable pumps, anyhow. You could not even buy a portable five gallon (or 1 gallon) gas jug at any Lowes or Home Depot in the area.

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‘Mature’ EMP Weapon Ready for War: “Render Enemy’s Electronics, Data Systems Useless”

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‘Mature’ EMP Weapon Ready for War: “Render Enemy’s Electronics, Data Systems Useless”

While governments and the Pentagon are increasingly talking up the need to protect the sensitive power grid and brace for the impact of a potential electromagnetic pulse (EMP) incident, which could come naturally from a solar flare or via an attack by a foreign entity, the Air Force is ready to embrace EMP as the status quo of future warfare.

The Air Force Research Laboratory has been working with Boeing for several years on the perfection, miniaturization and deployment of its Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), which has already been in the arsenal, but which will become increasingly central to the armed forces.

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The U.S. Air Force’s confirmation that they and Boeing are developing the Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP), an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) weapon, that essentially uses microwave energy to render useless all electronics in its “blast” area without causing structural damage, trended all over the Internet last month

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“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, Boeing Phantom Works’ CHAMP Program Manager in a Boeing video on the CHAMP test in 2012. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.”

Here’s a video simulation of CHAMP in action, including proud statements from its creators on its powerful effect during tests to use directed energy to neutralize a modern urban environment:

In their test, the electromagnetic attack took out all the computers and other electronic equipment in the office without creating any structural damage, which would have rendered most populations and many enemies helpless in a real world conflict scenario.

In 2012, CHAMP lead test engineer, Peter Finlay, said, “Today we made science fiction science fact.”

Though there are ways to guard against an EMP attack, it essentially amounts to an instant checkmate for anyone who is not prepared.

Lights out may largely translate to game over in future scenarios… bringing the masses to their knees.

That is what the Air Force is eyeing, and why it is (pardon the unfortunate pun) championing CHAMP in its public relations efforts.

Miniaturization and stealth deployment will give U.S. forces the edge, while similar weapons are already in the hands of rival powers and even rogue players.

[Flight Global reporter James Drew] reported that Masiello said the technology is mature and will be miniaturized for the JASSM-ER.

CHAMP is “an operational system already in our tactical air force, and that is really what will make us more operationally relevant.

There is little doubt that such an attack could be crippling, as many experts in the U.S. have warned. As the Inquisitr reports:

United States EMP Commission statement about the domino effect an EMP attack would have on the United States.

“The primary avenues for catastrophic damage to the nation are through our electric power infrastructure and thence into our telecommunications, energy, and other infrastructures. These, in turn, can seriously impact other important aspects of our nation’s life, including the financial system; means of getting food, water, and medical care to the citizenry; trade; and production of goods and services. The recovery of any one of the key national infrastructures is dependent on the recovery of others.”

But are its devastating effects against civil populations – even in declared wars – fair game? And how long until such an attack threatens the population here at home?

Other useful resources:emp_100-d4d0288

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

 

SOURCE : shtfplan.com

POSSIBLE EMP Attack / False Flag IN TEXAS – DALE LEWIS

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POSSIBLE EMP Attack / False Flag IN TEXAS – DALE LEWIS

When you think about terrorism, you think about a bomb going off in a crowded area. You think about what happened on 9/11. You don’t normally think about an electromagnetic pulse targeting the civilian power grid. But Houston area Congressman Mike McCaul says you should.

“The damage that could be caused would be catastrophic,” McCaul said at a hearing in Washington. “All these things would actually pale in comparison to the devastation that an EMP attack could perpetrate on Americans.”

The experts say that an attack could kill nine out of ten people. Joan Neuhaus Schaan of the Texas Security Forum says the consequences would be devastating.

“Most people would not be able to turn on their car. You would not be able to get gas. You would not be able to get money out of the ATM machine. Credit cards would not work,” she explained to KTRH.

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Military Readies Mountain Fortress to “Shield Against EMP Attack”

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Military Readies Mountain Fortress to “Shield Against EMP Attack”

They are ready. Are you?

The government powers that be are preparing for continuity under any conditions.

The potential for an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event that could wipe out the electric grid, and with it, the society that is dependent upon it is considered by security experts to be inevitable and perhaps likely in the short term. [Read more…]

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW ABOUT THE THREAT OF AN EMP ATTACK?

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WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW ABOUT THE THREAT OF AN EMP ATTACK?

These two sites provide excellent scientific studies about the potential threat of EMP weapons, along with a history of EMP testing done in 1962, the last time a nuclear weapon was detonated in space.

Any who are reading this who live along the Southern coast or in “Tornado Alley,” already know the basics.

Every American should consider doing the same in case we are ever hit by an EMP attack.

Safe water and food are your starting point.    If you already buy bottled water, save the bottles and recycle them.   Simple enough, just refill with filtered water, seal, and put in the basement or a closet so that you have at least a week’s worth on hand, though the more you have stockpiled the better off you are.   Canned food is great, just remember to check expiration dates, I tend to buy an extra few cans of soup etc. now whenever I am in the market.    If you have friends who are Mormons, ask them, they’re the experts on what to buy and how to safely store it!     Do not use recycled milk containers, unless you sterilize them, otherwise you’ll have problems.

The longer you stock pile for, the better off you will be, though even a week or two of supplies could be crucial.   Again, this is something anyone in a hurricane, earthquake, or tornado zone is already aware of.

You can also reference numerous websites for survival packages.   Just be aware that much of it is overpriced and with a little research and effort you can make your own at a fraction of the cost.

Medication.    The usual first aid kit supplies for common injuries.  Infection and infectious survivalmd_newcoverdiseases which the day before an EMP were trivial concerns now could be deadly.    Downloading from your computer NOW and learning basic survival treatment skills is essential.   There are numerous websites devoted to what I would call the “Boy Scout Level” of First Aid training we should all be familiar with.      For any of us on necessary medications, the collapse of a national infrastructure could mean that you might be cut off for weeks at absolute best, most likely far longer, maybe forever.

If you have life threatening concerns, NEVER let your med supply drop down to only a day or two before refilling.    If there is a way for you to safely and legally have a supply of several months on hand of crucial medication, do so now.   It just might buy the time needed for survival.

Climate survival.    This is a tough one.   I live in a rural community, have the wood stove and wood supply in place  and extra propane tanks for cooking.    I realize that is impossible for most, especially in urban environments.    Safety is a key thing here with heat sources such as kerosene space heaters.   Study up on it before preparing.    A darn good investment is Coleman or propane fueled lamps, along with candles and old fashion kerosene lamps.     The more on hand, the better.

Other survival needs.    Sanitation produces from anti bacterial soap, to knowing how to set up a portable toilet with household items, to, embarrassing as it might be for this guy to talk about, feminine products. . . (you don’t want to be facing some of the issues your great grandmothers dealt with, including possible infections).   Again, the more you stockpile the better.

You are on your own. . .for weeks, maybe months.      Those of you living in Louisiana, Mississippi and coastal Texas know what I mean.   Don’t count on the government to come to your rescue in a post EMP America.  Consider yourself on your own from “one second after,” the event.   Those who realize that now have the greatest chance of survival.

Personal Security.    This is a tough one to discuss.    In 1999 I kinda chuckled at some friends who were convinced Y2K was going to wipe us out and I think were slightly disappointed when it did not.   I am not some right wing gun fanatic who sees conspiracies lurking round every corner, but I do take personal security seriously.    This is a personal choice you will have to make on your own, I can’t advise other than to say this:

There is a percentage of our population who will view a post EMP world as a paradise, where their system of survival, their personal greed, their willingness to use any means possible to survive will come to the fore.   Yes, it is a plot point of the novel, but it is also a harsh reality.    There are places in this world, at this very moment, where someone would kill you for a can of food.   Someday, that could be America.

If you do not own a gun but should decide to do so now, please get the proper training.   I was fortunate in that my father was a firearms instructor during WWII and my training from him was the best, a training I have passed on to my daughter.   Always remember the valid statistics that a weapon in your house is an increased danger to you and your family, especially without proper training of all family members and not just yourself, but on the other side, it might be the crucial factor of survival in a post EMP world.   If you are unfamiliar with firearms but decide to purchase one, talk to the experts, you will find your local police are great guys to point you in the proper and safe direction.   I have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.   I know that in some areas you can not obtain that.   If you can, the training to get the permit is superb and again crucial to your own safety and that of your family and does insure that your having a loaded weapon on you is legal.

If you live in a community or on a street where neighbors know and trust each other, do not hesitate to talk about “what if this happens?   What do we do?”    A few hours conversation before hand might be the crucial difference between your living and dying.    Who on your street understands personal security and can offer solid advice?   Who is the person who is the gifted “tinker” who might get some things running again?  Who has special needs that others can help out with?    Who can you trust?   And sadly, who can you not trust?   It is better to know now rather than later.    A street or neighborhood plan can make all the difference in who lives and who dies.

Personal Health.   Do your own personal assessment now.   Realize you will be living in a world without automobiles, without electricity, without infrastructure or any kind of immediate medical aid.  Are you fit enough to survive?   If not, take a serious look at this for your own sake and that of your family.    Friends of mine who read this will shake their heads because I am in a constant struggle against smoking.   Could I walk ten miles hauling a twenty pound sack of rice?   Frankly I have to get my act together as should all of us.

Plan as a Family.     Think about how far you commute every day.  How far away is your child’s school?   It might be daunting when you realize it.    If we are hit by an EMP, you might have to walk home.   How does your child get home?  Do you have an elderly parent living close by?    How do you pull your family unit back together and then survive.   Talk about it now and lay out plans.  . . .”I will walk from my office and pick up our youngest at her elementary school on the way back, while you go to grandma’s place and get ready to move her. . .” is crucial now, rather than trying to figure it out when all communications are down.    Most of all, everyone should be able to recognize, IMMEDIATELY, if we have been hit by an EMP.   The signs are obvious.  Power goes off, but beyond that nearly all cars will no longer start, your cellular service is dead, there is a complete blackout.   Know the signs and react.   He who reacts swiftly and logically stands a far better chance of survival then those who will wait for “them” or “the government” to sort it out.

 

This might seem off the wall but I’m a dog person.   OK, I even lean towards PETA on some issues.    In a harsh post EMP world, your dog might help you survive, it is a point in the novel that when writing it, struck me one night.   While doing the first draft of the book my yellow lab came out and assumed his usual spot. . .curled up by my feet and I suddenly realized. . .”what happens to him?”   How will he and my other dogs survive?   Keeping several months of food for them on hand might save you from a very horrible choice.  If nothing else on this page motivates you, but a love of your pet or companion hits close to home and starts you thinking about the broader issues here, then let it.

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Communications.    A simple thing called a “Faraday Cage” is nearly a fool proof protector of electronics from an EMP.   You can find the plans on line and purchase the material to make one for just a few dollars from any hardware store.   Make sure it is properly grounded.    If you then buy a couple of simple hand held two way radios, plus a good short wave radio and place them inside the Faraday Cage  (make sure they rest on a non conductive surface such as a ceramic bowl) they will survive even the worst EMP hit.   In your family survival kit be certain you have plenty of batteries to support them since you might be relying on these things for months.    You now have communications with your family, or neighbors and news from the outside world.

If you are one of those types who is a “handy-person” think further.  You have an emergency generator.   Don’t plug it in to your home because the “surge” will blow it out.  Instead, disassemble any delicate components and put them in the Faraday cage.   If a regular emergency such as power failure due to a storm happens, you can always pull them out, reinstall and you’ll have power anyhow.   In the event of an EMP, that generator might be a life saver.   What about an old moped, or even extra parts for an old car?    The few real life experiences of EMP, dating from nuclear tests in 1962 showed that even then, car ignition systems burned out.    If you know how to repair these components, get the parts now and just store them away.   You might be the only person driving in your community the day after we are hit.

LOCAL ACTION AND POLITICAL ACTION

So far, the national government reaction in relationship to EMP is abysmal.  One of the few shining lights is Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (Republican—Frederick, MD), who headed up a Congressional Committee on EMP.    He too believes this is our number one threat.    If you read this and agree, send an email letting him know of your appreciation and support, no matter where you live.   Check out his testimony on line by just simply going into Thomas.gov        Then contact your own Congressional representative.   In some ways government is very simple. . .the squeaking wheel gets the oil.  Right now, concern about EMP has no “constituency.”   You and I could name a hundred “causes” which on a daily basis get national attention and national funding, and which pose a threat to only a very few in our society as compared to over 300 million Americans.     If over a span of several months a local Congressional representative starts getting letters, emails and phone calls saying “hey I’m concerned about the threat of EMP, you should talk to Roscoe Bartlett,” believe me, they really do check.   Remember they need your votes come 2010.   All Congressman Bartlett needs is the support of a couple of dozen Congressmen and women from both sides of the aisle and his hope to get this issue off center, and out of committee, and into the reality of planning and funding on a national level will happen.

Talk Radio.   What a powerful vehicle for getting out the message.   I know because I hosted my own show for a couple of years.  My radio show was once a week and just a fun show about history.   It amazed me how sometimes months later I’d be talking to someone in a store and a stranger would come up, ask if I was “the history guy,” and then want to talk about some issue I had raised.     Nearly every community has a well known talk show host.   Call in.  Talk about this issue and voice your concern.   Chances are your host might not know about it, but your voice will be heard.    This is not some advertising on my part but tell them to read my book and darn it, the hell with the royalties, get it out of the library if need be or find it in a used book store.    Tell folks to go on line, get to this site, then go to the links and study up on the subject.  Your one call might trigger dozens more and in the end, action.

Local Action.     In researching for this book it would have been impossible to pull it together without the help of a lot of people.    The scene in the novel set in the nursing home came out of direct experience when my community was hit by a hurricane, my father was in a nursing home and I was asked to come in and help out because most of the nurses could not get in due to the storm.   In fact that night was one of the major triggers for this novel, because I knew help in terms of emergency water, medical supplies etc., were on their way thanks to the fact that a great local talk show host stayed on the air all night giving us updates.   But I did wonder. . .suppose this had been an EMP instead and no outside help with water, food, and medications would be here for weeks, months, maybe never?

I’ve interviewed a number of local law enforcement officials for this book.   A couple were caught off guard by the topic and I had to bring them up to speed.   Several though, the moment I mentioned EMP all but grabbed me, ready to exclaim “thank God someone else is thinking about this,” and the conversation would then go on for hours, both of us expressing our worst fears.   In the book I acknowledge Jack Staggs, my local police chief.  My hat is off to him again, he is a guy who on a local level is already thinking about EMP and planning for it.

If you know a local police official, first responder, your mayor, whomever, talk with them.   You might be surprised that they too are deeply concerned.   They will tell you, and this is frightening, that there has been almost zero preparation and training for this kind of threat.   Hundreds upon hundreds of hours of training and funding  have been allocated on your local level since 9/11 on the “standard” scenarios of terrorist hitting a local school, a chemical or bio attack, a “dirty bomb” even a suitcase nuclear device being detonated, but nothing on EMP.

If local officials know that their citizens are concerned, they will definitely respond.   A minimal investment of a few thousand dollars at a local level could prepare your first responders with communications equipment properly stock piled in EMP proof storage areas, an operational plan as to what to do in those crucial first hours after an attack, and how every “first responder” should recognize an EMP strike and then how to report in and start organizing your community to survive.

There is a lot more than can be said on this topic.   This is only cracking the door open for you to think, talk, and even reply on this site if you should wish to.    In closing consider this story from history.   At around 7:00 AM on the morning of December 7, 1941, a new technology, radar, was being used atop a mountain peak on the northern tip of the island of Oahu.   The two men manning the radar unit started to pick up a huge inbound “blip.”   Their shift was just about over, it was a Sunday morning, a day on the beach beckoned but they decided to call in to headquarters with a report.   The officer in charge there. . .well God save and forgive him. . . he shrugged and told them not to worry about it, it was most likely some of our own planes anyhow, so close up their unit and call it a day.   They did as ordered.     Fifty minutes of warning time was lost.   How different history might have been if that officer had reacted, said the hell with “channels” and called for a full alert

 

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Other useful resources:

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : onesecondafter.com

10 Primary Threats to the Power Grid (and how you can prepare for the worst)

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10 Primary Threats to the Power Grid (and how you can prepare for the worst)

It’s winter again and it makes me chuckle inside when I see people that are taken by surprise. Some people aren’t like you and me.

Power outages are a real threat in winter weather – there are ALWAYS power outages with any snow storm.

We have Winter Storm Kari bringing even more snow to an already battered New England. And, Kari comes on the heels of Winter Storm Juno. (Yep, Juno wasn’t nearly as strong as they predicted but it still put snow on the ground.)

Now, I don’t know much about naming snow storms but I can tell you when one hits, I’m ready for it and you should be, too.

Let’s look at some other major threats to our delicate power grid.

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Prepare For a Grid Down Event. How Vulnerable is the US Power Grid?

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Prepare For a Grid Down Event. How Vulnerable is the US Power Grid?

Being a prepper means trying to become more prepared for every possible situation that we can. While for most of us being completely prepared is physically or financially impossible there are some things we should all be doing. So in this article I ask how vulnerable is the US power grid? Because a grid down event could be the primary disaster, or the secondary event caused by any number of disasters.

We can prepare for a terrorist attack, we can prepare for an economic collapse and we can prepare for Natural disasters, but just about every one of these events could include some sort of grid down event.

Imagine how you would react if all the modern conveniences you depend on day in and day out were all taken away. I’m not just talking about your cell phone and the lights in the house not working, I’m talking about everything we need to survive and don’t give a second thought.

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A nuclear device detonated above the U.S. could kill millions, and we’ve done almost nothing to prepare.

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A nuclear device detonated above the U.S. could kill millions, and we’ve done almost nothing to prepare.

In a recent letter to investors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer warned that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is “the most significant threat” to the U.S. and our allies in the world. He’s right. Our food and water supplies, communications, banking, hospitals, law enforcement, etc., all depend on the electric grid. Yet until recently little attention has been paid to the ease of generating EMPs by detonating a nuclear weapon in orbit above the U.S., and thus bringing our civilization to a cold, dark halt.

Recent declassification of EMP studies by the U.S. government has begun to draw attention to this dire threat. Rogue nations such as North Korea (and possibly Iran) will soon match Russia and China and have the primary ingredients for an EMP attack: simple ballistic missiles such as Scuds that could be launched from a freighter near our shores; space-launch vehicles able to loft low-earth-orbit satellites; and simple low-yield nuclear weapons that can generate gamma rays and fireballs.

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EMP Understanding and Practical Countermeasures

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EMP Understanding and Practical Countermeasures

by OhioPrepper

This article will address a much misunderstood subject, the effects of EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) and some practical countermeasures against the damaging effects it can cause. When a nuclear weapon is detonated in the atmosphere, gamma radiation travels in all directions (spherically) and ionizes the air molecules around it, stripping the electrons in a cascade effect.

The interaction of these electrons with the earth’s magnetic field then generates EMP, which is actually three components. We will not go into the physics here, bit a search of EMP and Compton Effect will bring you all of the heavy-duty reading you can handle.

I am a degree electronic engineer with nearly 40 years in practice, and worked as a volunteer amateur radio operator in the MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System) from the early 1980’s into the mid 1990’s, a time in communications when we were migrating from vacuum tubes to solid state electronics and the military communication planners were well aware of the EMP issue, and produced quite a bit of documentation and training material on the subject.

EMP produces high voltages and currents via induction from a magnetic field across a conductor. If we think of the conductor as an antenna, then the smaller the antenna, the smaller the induced power will be.

What this means is that many small electronic items, from FRS radios, to cell phones may be untouched, because the voltages induced internally are small. Nearly any item plugged into the power from the electrical grid, will however most likely be compromised, because of the vast array of antennas (i.e., power lines) stretching across the country.

Nearly all modern electronics are hardened against induced voltages from things like static electricity and tested using both contact and air gap discharge tests with a minimum voltage in the range of 4000-8000 volts or more. Unfortunately, most devices connected to the power line will suffer damage, up to and including complete inoperability, due to the induced high voltages on the power grid, which then are presented to the outlets in your home. There is however both good and bad news here.

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While your cell phone may be undamaged, the cell towers, and interconnections to the normal telephone network will most likely fail, leaving you with a rather useless communications device with perhaps a working mp3 player and camera. Keep in mind however that you may have antennas on some of your equipment that is not connected to the power grid.

A large solar electric panel has a large surface area and wiring, and makes a pretty good antenna for induced power, and I’m not sure you can really do anything to save them, other than a duplicate set stored in an EMP proof manner. In short, anything not connected to the power grid that has its own extended wiring (antenna) is vulnerable.

An analogy for this effect would be the following thought experiment. Take a collection of containers, from shot glasses, coffee cups, 5 gallon buckets, kid’s swimming pools, and the rain barrel attached to your downspout, and set them all over the yard. Lay some of them on their sides, and place some of them upside down.

Now imagine a heavy thunder shower coming over the area that lasts perhaps for only 15 seconds. Now walk amongst the containers and see how much water (i.e., damage) each received. Those that are upside down are probably dry inside, and represent equipment that was oriented with the smallest cross-section toward the oncoming storm front (e.g., EMP pulse wave). Those on their side are similar, but some of them nay contain water, based again on their orientation to the storm.

Of those that are upright, some of the smaller shot glasses may have a little water, or even be dry, but the buckets, pools, and especially the rain barrel, contain a lot of water. This is because they provide a larger surface area to collect it. The way EMP affects metal work similarly.

The larger the surface area of the antenna, and the more directly it faces the pulse wave front, the more energy is transferred and the more current gets induced. To some extent this may affect things in a seemingly random fashion, because it depends on a lot of factors that cannot be known when the event occurs.

In 1962 the United States detonated a 1.4 Megaton nuclear device in the upper atmosphere 250 miles above the earth’s surface in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about 900 miles from Hawaii. The EMP effects damaged about 300 street lights. The lights were damaged precisely because they were part of a large antenna system which allowed large voltages and currents to be produced.

It is generally true that an EMP event will not harm most humans; the power induced by an EMP event can possibly harm someone with a pacemaker, the lead wires of which may make a good set of antennas. Even here, the location of the person and orientation to the pulse will have an (unpredictable) effect.

Mitigation: So what can we do to save at least some if our equipment if an event occurs? There are several things, a few of which will be outlined here.

Old stuff: My 30+ year old Stihl chainsaw and my 40+ year old generator both use magnetos and no electronics for the ignition. Keeping additional spark plugs, etc. is a good thing to do regardless of an EMP event, and is simply good practice. The same would also apply to older vehicles with carburetors and standard points & condenser, or maybe some of those old tube based radios. You get the point here. Use old stuff and keep critical spares on hand.

Spares: Keep EMP protected spares of equipment or repair components for newer equipment that you have decided is required equipment.

Naturally shielded Equipment: whenever possible, purchase electronics in metal enclosures and not plastic. While not perfect, the metal enclosure will provide some amount of faraday shielding to your device. All of my Yaesu radios are build this way using heavy cast aluminum for the main body, although those connected to a power supply or antenna during an event would most likely be damaged.

Natural Faraday Shield: Storing equipment in naturally shielded enclosures can provide protection to varying degrees depending on the enclosure, and can make a good place to store commonly used devices. Metal desks, filing cabinets, metal storage boxes (tool box with tight-fitting lid), or even a 30 gallon metal trash can with a tight-fitting lid, can be convenient and are a better place to store things than laying out on the countertop or table. Make sure to remove paint and rust so the lid and the container have a solid electrical connection. When possible, line the edges of the container and lid with copper or other electrical braid to act as an electrical gasket.

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Faraday Shielded cage or box: A Faraday shielded container is simply one that is completely covered with, or constructed of a conductive material (e.g., metal). Any metal will do, and although commercial cages are generally constructed with copper mesh, copper is not required. The problem with constructing a single Faraday Cage is that everything must be stored there, and may not be easily available for everyday use.

Also, since the container cannot have any holes in it, the only way to really be sure it is always protective, is to have an airlock type door system, ensuring that one of the two doors is always closed when accessing the contents. The simplest way to provide protection is to keep things in their original boxes, and wrap the boxes like Christmas or Birthday presents with several overlapping layers of aluminum foil, being careful not to tear the foil on the corners or any sharp edges.

Storing devices in anti-static bags is not a bad idea, but is unnecessary when the device is encased in foil. Additionally, you can store these wrapped (mini Faraday cages) in your other cages (e.g., trash can, filing cabinet, etc), to provide layered protection. BTW, the copper mesh is generally used due to weight concerns and to allow external light to penetrate the cage, since having anything but a battery-powered light in the cage would represent a break of the cage integrity to the outside world.

To ground or not to ground: There seems to always be heated discussion on whether or not to ground a Faraday cage. The short answer is that it isn’t necessary and indeed may be harmful in some configurations. Assuming the cage is constructed properly, which can be tested by placing a battery-powered radio inside (the radio should stop producing sound when the cage is closed). The magnetic field gradients within the box should always cancel out to zero, regardless of whether or not the cage is grounded.

Once you get the radio to stop, add, and remove a ground and you’ll see that the radio is not affected. If the cage is physically close to earth ground, a heavy breaded ground may not hurt anything, but is not required. Connecting a lighter (single copper wire) more than a few feet, may seem like a ground connection, but in reality can act like an antenna.

While this in itself won’t hurt anything, if it is long enough and enough power is induced into it, you could see arcing, in, around, and possibly through your cage barrier. The only real danger of leaving the cage ungrounded is that if you are touching it at the moment of an EMP event, you will likely receive a nasty shock.

If a ground was required to be functional, then is would not be possible to protect aircraft from EMP. Some people confused grounding for lightning with grounding for EMP. Lightning is generated as a high voltage differential between the upper atmosphere and the ground, and the lightning strike is natures attempt to bring the differential to zero. In this case, the electrical path is to ground, and a ground rod for lightning is useful

Final (random) thoughts: Keeping things protected from an EMP event isn’t all that hard, and dealing with individual items may provide some security, that may not be provided with a single large storage container. If 50% of your mini aluminum foil wrapped packages fail, you lose half your stuff.

If your Faraday storage room fails, you may lose all of it. Keep in mind that the LED’s in flashlights are solid state devices, and although superior in almost every way to the older light bulb based lights, may be susceptible to EMP when those old light bulbs are not. Keeping additional supplies (like the diodes for the vehicle alternator) wrapped in aluminum foil and tucked in the bottom of the drawer, will give you the ability to fix the broken things if an event actually breaks them.

Another event generally lumped into the EMP discussion is that of an EMP type event due to a solar storm. The good thing here is that NASA keeps a pretty close eye on the sun and we generally get some warning on future events. If this concerns you check out: http://spaceweather.com/ for forecasts and other interesting information.

Hopefully this information will give you a starting point to think about countermeasures for an EMP event, and give you some ideas on how to secure equipment in your own situation. The effects of an EMP event are in many ways theoretical, and all we can do is the best effort based on what we do understand if the physics involved. So, get some cheap aluminum foil and look around the house and I suspect you’ll find a lot of potential hidey holes that will fit the bill.

Good luck.

 

Other useful resources:darkest_days_product

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : www.thesurvivalistblog.net