I don’t want to be a book spoiler, so I’ll try not to give away the ending, but I do want to share some parts that stuck out to me! He hoped he was wrong, he longed for his theory to be completely wrong but knew he was right. It’s fascinating to me when IA read survival books because I likeA to take note of the first things peopleA do when disaster strikes. As she thumbed through the magazine to find the article, she passed over ads promoting health-care products, pet medicine, makeup, real estate in Tennessee, and insurance.
The post The New World Series: Surviving an EMP Attack (Book Review + Giveaway) appeared first on Prepared Housewives. In layman’s terms, it is an intense burst of electromagnetic energy caused by an abrupt and rapid acceleration of charged particles.
There are three things that we know cause EMPs: a bolt of lightning, a nuclear explosion (or EMP type weapon), and solar storms. EMPs by high altitude detonation or CMEs are caused by the release of charged particles within the Earth’s ionosphere.
Anyway, a huge downward surge in particles in the ionosphere would create massive electrical currents which could “short out” all sorts of electrical power grids, transformers, and other equipment dependent on electricity.
The first is the Carrington Event of 1859, which was the first documented event of a solar flare impacting Earth. What is known is that the EMP from Test 184 knocked out a 600-mile underground power line (shielded) that was buried 3 feet underground. For the record, the nuclear warheads used in both above mentioned tests were not designed for EMP-related events.
According to NASA, the CME disrupted electric power transmission from the Hydro Quebec generating station and even melted some power transformers in New Jersey. Scientists from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have classified EMPs into 3 categories. For the record, E1 type pulses are released by other stars in our galaxy and throughout the universe, but the chances of our planet being struck by such a pulse from another star are BEYOND MINISCULE.
The other main difference between a nuclear EMP and a solar EMP, is that while a nuclear EMP may never happen, it is only a matter of time until a solar EMP does hit Earth. This book will help you to prepare for two end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (TEOTWAWKI) events: the EMP attack and the solar storm.
Fuel, communications, power, water, and food will be unavailable within hours when emergency fuel runs out.
Over the course of a decade, a stream of credible scientific reports from various government agencies, congressionally-mandated commissions and federal research organizations have warned of the grave vulnerability of our nation’s most important asset: the electric power grid. There have been warnings from scientists and other experts for years that the Nation’s electrical grid system and other critical infrastructures that have almost complete dependency on electricity and electronic components are highly vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event either from natural or man-made causes. However, Congress and the administrations of previous and current presidents largely have ignored those warnings. The threat from an EMP attack on our critical infrastructures either from an impending solar storm of serious intensity – expected between 2012 and 2014 – or a high-altitude nuclear explosion are threats that could have long-term catastrophic consequences for our society and our way of life. In 2008 a congressional commission studied the consequences of an EMP attack not only the power grid itself but also the consequences to every sector of our economy: telecommunications, banking, transportation, food, manufacturing, construction, and energy. While these critical infrastructures continue to face such an impending crisis, Congress has basically ignored its own commission report and instead has treated the threat of an EMP event as a political football to be punted whenever expedient for their own gain. While an EMP event on our civilian infrastructure could be serious, it can be managed if government at the federal, state, and local levels gives a high priority to undertake preventative action to lessen its impact to recover from such an event. About James LA police officer in Oklahoma, James is a gun enthusiast and certified police instructor.
I have worked in the IT industry for many years and some of that time was spent servicing government contracts. The government has put a lot of money into research in this area and as a result there is a lot of information available. While my work mostly consisted of TEMPEST certified systems, many installations combine TEMPEST and EMP requirements together for obvious reasons. Personally I believe that this is a variant of Stingray being run in a general surveillance mode (As opposed to the way the FBI uses it) by some government agency like the NSA in cooperation with the military (most of them are near bases). Yeah, I’m actually writing an article on exactly that right now, to include those cell towers, stingray, and personnel-worn IMSI fakers. Yes the CME that hit Canada was a third of the size of the Carrington one but it didn’t knock out power lines all over North America did it?
Oddly enough we’re about to get hit by a CME that was ejected yesterday when a Solar Plasma Filament was ejected in our direction. Here is an example of history of how auroras played havoc with wires from a site that archives solar flare news. February 25, 1927 – In Geneva, villagers asked fire department to extinguish the aurora. April 14, 1927 – Aurora borealis isolates West from Eastern Canada [The New York Times, April 15, 1927 p.
October 13, 1927 – Freakish currents slow wire service [The New York Times, October 13, 1927, p. July 8, 1928 – Telegraph lines are tied up by aurora borealis [Chicago Daily Tribune, July 8, 1928, p.
I think that *terrorism* is why the government is so ultra paranoid on spying that they feel all Americans are suspicious. Eventually it will be to the point that there won’t even be parts for home computers so once yours breaks down you have to get either a smart phone or a tablet. The possibility of an EMP is increasing now that we are in contact in the Mid East with Russia.
Former Counterintelligence Special Agent, US Army Chief Warrant Officer, and Combat Veteran. Everyday carry (EDC) gear – what I carrySo what do you really need to carry every day? Top 10 best selling prepper gear you should considerOccasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. What you need in your bug out bag – a comprehensive lookA bug out bag is critical but what do you put in it? My personal go bag contentsThere are a lot of different things you can put on your bug out bag list and there’s not really one list of contents that you should follow. In Part One of this series, I looked at what an EMP is, and the 3 types of EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse).
Before I begin, I want to note that it has been pointed out to me that there are some technical differences between a nuclear E3 pulse and a solar storm. As I explained in the first part, a high altitude nuclear explosion or weaponized EMP would most likely contain all three types of pulses, where as a CME would only contain the characteristics of an E3 type pulse. The E3 component will geomagnetically induce currents in long electrical conductors, which can then damage or destroy components such as power line transformers and burn out power grid transformers by inducing DC-like currents.
What this means is, the E1 pulse of a nuclear EMP has the potential to damage electronic equipment, computers, communication equipment, etc. The E3 type pulse would primarily affect the power grid, and is not likely to harm things like cell phones, computers, or vehicles unless they were directly connected to the power grid.
If the CME was large enough, it could induce geomagnetic currents that could destroy a substantial fraction of the very largest transformers on the power grid (possibly over much of the world in a solar EMP). Basically, a large solar storm (think Carrington event or larger) could knock out the power grid. Where and how much it takes out would depend upon the size and strength of the storm. Keep in mind that while your cell phone or Ipad would still function, the communication systems would go down. The US has about 2100 electrical transformers, with about 370 (rough estimate) of those as high voltage (HV) transformers. Compounding this problem, these transformers are NOT one size fits all. The rule of thumb is that for every 13 transformers, there are 10 different designs. Graywolf wrote some exceptional articles on the dangers of planning for worst case scenarios only and not knowing what will happen if SHTF.
Scientists have tried to simulate what would happen using computer models, but the hard data they have to base their calculations on is from the last high altitude nuclear EMP… in 1962.
And of course much of that data, and the resulting computer simulations and theories are highly classified.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of data available to the general public on what all might be effected by an E1 pulse. For example, scientists are not sure if airplanes would be able to stay in the air after said pulse. Things such as the strength of the E1 pulse, the altitude and angle of the detonation from your vehicle, the current strength of the Earth’s ionosphere at your location (it fluctuates), the direction your vehicle was facing in relation to the denotation, etc all factor into the equation. As mentioned previously, the last nuclear EMP test was in 1962 and the details released have been minimal.
Those vehicles were tested up to the level that some sort of upset occurred, then further testing was stopped on that vehicle. Also, it is widely believed within the scientific community (though not proven) that several nations have the ability to produce EMP weapons AT LEAST 4 to 5 times greater strengths than the test limits of the simulator. I’m not saying older model vehicles won’t work after an E1 pulse, rather that we cannot be 100% certain they will.
Even if the nuke EMP doesn’t kill the electronics in all vehicles, there still would be problems. A third problem is the fact that as vehicles die or run out of fuel, those remaining that are drivable suddenly increase in value exponentially. Scientists are beginning to study the correlation of solar storms to migraines and disrupted sleep cycles. I know I’m jumping the gun here but I wanted to give you a takeaway on some things you can do now and what you should start looking into doing. There are come critical items that you might want to consider putting critical items such as a ham radio in Faraday bag things get real bad.
James will be going into much more detail on this in the next article, and this may turn out to be more than one article because it’s not a simple idea.
Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

Maybe I am jumping the gun and this will be in part 3, but are there any applications or notification groups that send out information about upcoming CME events, and things of that nature? I wish I could tell you of some way to know about solar storms weeks or months in advance, but if I could do that I’ll be working for NASA making A LOT more than I am now.
It’s also kinda scary how exposed our power grid really is, and the fact that it could be protected if the power companies really wanted to. James and Greywolf, thank you for putting together an informative series of articles and links.
I watched the events unfold after hurricane Katrina, as the looting and lawlessness played out on national TV.
After the tornadoes took out Moore, Oklahoma last year, my department sent me there to help. The BIG differences between the two, is that those who went to help after the tornadoes knew their families were ok. Order wasn’t restored in New Orleans until people from outside the affected area (whose families were ok) arrived to help. Really, this is no surprise, what is surprising however, is the fact the project is plastered all over the news. The plans were either hacked as they were being developed, or someone on the inside leaked them, sold them, or the government just decided to share the project with the world for humanitarian reasons (sarcasm is so hard to portray with words). It could be used to isolate areas under siege and other areas like airports, train stations, communication hubs, even servers for the NSA, Pentagon, and military units on the ground, for example.
You would assume that certain sensitive equipment like NSA servers would be shielded, but as we have been finding out logic and common sense is not sprinkled liberally throughout governmental agencies. We have to assume the worst, because we never assumed someone like Snowden, for example, could walk out the front door of the NSA with classified information tucked under his arm.
Hong Kong welcomed him with loving arms, food, and lodging and then immediately transferred all the information from the NSA hard drives on to their very own well protected systems. The Chinese and the Russians it seems have ramped up their aggression towards the United States and other countries as Snowden plays the so-called whistleblower that just had to reveal NSA secrets to the Chinese and the Russians. One has to ask themselves what made the two countries believe they could get away with what they were, and are currently doing.
Well they are getting away with it, so there is the likely answer to the question as to what Snowden shared. The point is you have to assume an EMP attack will happen, and the way we as a country respond lately to any crisis would lead any country to believe they could get away with it.
It could happen at any time, and the average citizen would not know it until the Internet went dark, your cell phone stopped working, and only after hours of sitting on the tarmac wondering why your flight is delayed.
Essentially you would prepare for an EMP attack as you would any crisis, with a few caveats however.
Freezers and refrigerators will cease working, for example, so even if you managed to protect a generator or wind turbine to produce electricity, you would have nothing that would operate presumably unless it too was protected. You probably could not build a Faraday cage big enough to protect everything you have, so you would have to decide what is vital to your survival. The obvious answer is to learn to live without electricity all together, but that is much easier said than done. The resultant high-energy wave could damage the nation's electrical grid, telecommunications systems, food and water production plants, government satellites, as well as nearly every computer, cell phone, and television for hundreds of miles in every direction. Michael Hopf, has us follow a family attempting to survive afterA America has been crippled by an EMP attack!
He thought that for too long many Americans had taken everything for granted and assumed life would continue on uninterrupted. I think you can learn a lot from those 1st few days and reflect onA how wellA you could weather a similar storm. The magazine was so full of advertising for things that everyday people thought were important then.
Even though the biggest disaster I’ve ever had to face pales in comparison to anA EMP attack, I remember thinking how quickly the things that used to consume my world no longer mattered. It was important for him to control the last thoughts and words that his loved ones would read from him. The internet is filled with web pages telling you want you should or should not do in case of one.
I’ll tell you what we know about them, and more importantly, what we DON’T know,  how a nuclear EMP is different than a solar or CME (coronal mass ejection) EMP, and try to dispel some myths surrounding them. Such a pulse may occur in the form of a radiated electric or magnetic field or conducted electrical current depending on the source, and may be natural or man-made.
The ionosphere is the shell of electrons and electrically charged particles surrounding Earth.
The four that will I mention here (2 from CME and 2 from nuclear detonation) are usually the most referenced. In 1962, the US government launched a 1.4 megaton nuclear warhead about 250 miles into the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
A powerful solar flare set off a major power blackout that left six million people without electricity for about nine hours.
The Earth has a better chance of being hit by a large asteroid than it does an E1 pulse from another star. In part two of this series, I will look at what these types of pulses mean to us, what they are capable of doing, and what all we still do not know about them. What about if the Sun emitted a large coronal mass ejection that resulted in a damaging geomagnetic storm?
Each threat is carefully studied with analyses of its likelihood and potential impacts on our nation’s critical infrastructures.
The shielding effectiveness of homemade Faraday cages is measured and compared, including metal garbage cans, foil-wrapped boxes, fire safes, static bags, ammo cans, and microwave ovens. For millions of us, life in 21st Century America would be all but impossible without access to electricity. Events such as the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States and then the devastating Hurricane Katrina that revealed vulnerabilities to those infrastructures heightened that concern. He even outlines how our own military is similarly vulnerable to an EMP event due to its 99 percent dependency on the nation’s electrical grid system for electricity and communications, raising the high prospect that it may not be able to function to defend the nation in its time of greatest need. In his off time, he is a single father who enjoys playing with his kids and watching football. I have been following these stories since I first became aware of the possibility some years ago. If that is the case then whoever is on the opposite side of the globe would be left pretty much untouched. The Earth’s own magnetic field has an affect on where and how much Solar events penetrate. I get about 50-100 spam comments per day so I have to use a program to filter out those or I’d be on here all day just reading comments.
They probably think for whatever reason wheather real or made up that there is some kind of *movement* going on against them so all Americans are to be spied on as a result and what better way to do it then to push smart phones and tablets to kill the home computer! Most websites are designed to be dumbed down for smart phone viewing anyways and Google has made it a rule too or your site won’t be ranked which is why sites are small and narrow to read. If they use an orbital EMP weapon, the primary target would, in all probability, be Cheyenne mountain, at enough altitude to induce a secondary desired effect in the collapse of the national grid. I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I'm here to tell you what I know.
When considering disaster preparedness, keep in mind that what survival gear and emergency supplies you add to your bug out bag and then pack for your survival kit can mean the difference between life and death, or at least affect your level of comfort if SHTF and you had to get outta dodge.
Each item in your kit will depend on your skill set and what you’re trying to prepare for. Your cell phones and computers would most likely work…until they ran out of battery power, or unless they were directly connected to the power grid. So services that your Iphone and laptop are used for, ie the internet and cell coverage, would most likely be out.
Should that happen and the grid across the planet is gone, it could take a lifetime to come back. Also, these different transformers are designed to handle different amounts of electric currents based upon where they are located. Scientists point out the fact that the Soviet EMP tests burned out many military grade diesel generators that did not have the solid state electronics.
Even if an E1 affected only 10% of  vehicles, imagine that one out of every ten cars on the road right now suddenly stopped. But without any sort of actual tests, scientists do not know the full extent that the damage would cause. It has been over 50 years since the last actual tests, and most of the data and simulator tests remain classified. I try to stay current on what new products have been introduced and look for the old and trusted. Neither is expected to be a Carrington event or anything, but it’s a timely reminder that this stuff can and will happen eventually. They have have two other satellites in Earth’s orbit but several months behind which help trianglate the solar weather. The question is how resilient and resourceful people will be in working around the problems. As more and more emergency personnel (and people who provide important services) leave to go protect their families, people will be left to fend for themselves. We all know cyber espionage is ongoing, so it is just a matter of time before some hacker is scrolling at will through so-called secure servers taking notes.
The device described above can apparently target small areas, so this means a city block can be shut down, or even a single structure without interrupting the area as a whole. Once out the front door he casually gets on a plane with his bag of goodies and jets off across the big pond. The Russians were giddy with anticipation as they waited to swaddle him in their loving arms as well.

However, for most of us we can only speculate at this point whether we could or not in fact live without electricity.
Once again, you may not have any means of generating electricity on your own, because the components needed to generate electricity could be damaged by an EMP.
Arthur Bradley, a NASA engineer and the author of Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms, an EMP is a broadband electromagnetic wave of energy resulting from a nuclear detonation in the atmosphere. The government's EMP Commission estimates that a nuclear-generated EMP over the eastern seaboard would cause a trillion dollars in damage. The widespread consensus is that our government has already taken steps to harden many critical military systems, details of which are understandably classified. VIDEO: Kelly Clarkson Performs Amazing Medley of Hits on AMERICAN IDOL Series Finale Second Show Added to Hollywood Bowl's LITTLE MERMAID LIVE Due to Popular Demand VIDEO: Idols Unite! In some cases, it can even cause physical damage to things such as buildings, airplanes, power lines, etc. This surge of electricity can damage your electronics that you may have plugged into the wall sockets of your home. EDT on Sept., 1 and is named after Richard Carrington, the solar astronomer who witnessed the event through his telescope.
Practical preparations are outlined, including steps to meet the fourteen basic needs in the absence of modern utilities, and the use of Faraday cages and uninterruptible power supplies to protect personal electronics. Mob violence from mass evacuation of uninhabitable metropolitan areas will be a significant security issue within days. As this compendium of the government’s own studies makes clear, the protracted unavailability of the power required for all of our critical infrastructures poses a truly existential threat to our country and its people—unless we take practical and relatively low-cost steps to prevent it. Due to the lapse of time and a relatively calm period since those disasters, policymakers have been lulled back into complacency rather than take preventative action against what could be the biggest threat to US national and economic security in our lifetime. The Snowden revelations have served to confirm what many people in the IT industry suspected for years. I understand it would cost (only) about 2 billion (the amount we give to Pakistan) to fix this problem. Maine and Florida may escape unscathed, but we all need to prepare in every way possible, from whole house surge protectors to faraday type shielding. Here’s what Graywolf from Graywolf Survival carries and why, as well as some suggestions on how to plan your EDC kit. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each. In that case, I hope you know how to farm because the planet just went back in time to the 1800s.
Even some older planes that don’t use computers for basic flight controls still require electronics to assist with things such as the hydraulics. In addition, newly unclassified reports state that some of the vehicles in Hawaii at the time of the Star Fish Prime test had their non-electronic ignition systems damaged by the EMP. And even if you stockpile fuel, in optimal conditions, gas won’t keep from more than 6 months, 1 year max. The more current simulations and some theories on this remain highly classified as I mentioned previously.
In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.
Many EMP articles conflate E1, E2, and E3 pulses and don’t provide many clues on how one would deal with them. For example, the guys who used a car battery, an automotive fuel pump, and rubber hose to access stored gasoline at gas stations when Hurricane Sandy disrupted electric power to the pumps.
It may be chaos for a short while but there are always enterprising and charismatic people to take the helm and start rebuilding with whatever’s available.
Medical care would be limited to what could be done without electricity, life support systems would not work, and dialysis machines could not operate. Certainly in a conventional or nuclear war, the United States would soundly defeat such an enemy. An attack of that magnitude would cripple the United States financially and introduce widespread hardship for tens of millions of people.
The electrical grid and telecommunication systems, however, remain extremely susceptible to an EMP.
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For years he has studied and researched the effects of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack on the United States. The size of the ionosphere can fluctuate some based on varying factors I won’t get into here. Although the warhead was not as powerful as the one from Star Fish Prime, it was exploded about 180 miles over the populated area of Kazakhstan. But these may or may not be strong enough to have dire consquences for Earthlings.) Most are usually pointing off in a direction that does not effect Earth.
While you could technically argue that I drove a pickup and not a car, the end result is that I’m in Houston and I drove there. Because devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, and remote-controlled toys, can emit electromagnetic radiation that could adversely affect an aircraft’s navigation and communication systems and actually endanger a flight. But in Part III, we will look at some general things you can do to try and be prepared should we ever experience an EMP. Here is a copy of the Report of the commission to assess the threat to the united states from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that you can download and read for yourself: Report of the commission to assess the threat to the united states from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack.
However, in the end they’re electromagnetic energy at power levels not normally experienced except near a lightning strike. Anyone who says that their number one priority isn’t to their family needs to reevaluate their life.
No one has lived through a targeted EMP attack on this country, so it is conjecture, educated guesses, if you will, as to what the damage would be.
The point is it would be very difficult to live without electricity for an extended period.
There is, however, a well-known vulnerability that could be exploited as a part of an asymmetric attackthe electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
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As a result, much of the protection that equipment has against an E2 might have been damaged from the initial E1 pulse in the event of a nuclear or weaponized EMP. They have different impacts on technology and are affected differently by the Earth’s magnetosphere. The main difference between E1 and lightning is pulse rise time is much faster so there is more energy in the HF and VHF region where relatively short wires are efficient antennas. A widespread power outage could take years to restore because the EMP destroys electronics including circuits and transformers. Blocking all means to escape the zone and later bio weapon the empty cities, swamps, forest, mountain areas and etc. My gut feel is that the Engine Control Module in cars is robust enough to handle lightning, but the car wiring harness will pick up more energy from an E1 pulse. Hospitals and emergency services would struggle to meet demand as they operated on backup generators. But basically, the E1 pulse could NOT directly hurt someone physically except in a very specific set of circumstances. It would be a good idea to have one in storage and wrapping the spare in aluminum foil before putting it on the shelf is probably more than adequate protection. Millions of automobiles would also be damaged, leaving roadways clogged with abandoned vehicles.
So you can see from this overview they have no plans to harden from an EMP and etc on the inside. From his research he was shocked by the level of devastation that would befall the country. Michael Hopf saysJanuary 13, 2014 at 10:39 pmPreparing for an EMP is a question I receive quite a bit, obviously.
An EMP is just the instrument in an arsenal of things that could do large scale damage to our country. Having adequate water, food, medicine, firearms, ammunition and equipment is important, period. But I would add an item, buy or build a faraday box to hold equipment that would be necessary. One has to think that if our world is plunged back to a pre-industrial age what else besides what you have in your cache is important and valuable? Preppers are smart by stockpiling and equipping themselves but what happens if you lost all of it, what could you offer to a group to secure food or safety? And knowing how to shoot or looking after children is not one, learn how to hunt, tan hides, preparing foods from seed to plate, be a mechanic, an engineer, etc.
While your preparing your bug out location with supplies, prepare yourself with a skill set that will keep you alive.Reply12 Jamie S. Michael Hopf saysJanuary 13, 2014 at 11:09 pmThank you Jamie for reading the books and for the nice review, Jamie.

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