My question is, wouldn't a gun safe provide the same level of protection a metal garbage can would? Although not an expert, my brother seemed to think the seal on the gun safe door would be tight enough to protect from an EMP blast. The issue with EMP damage usually (not always) revolves around wires acting as an antenna to collect the charge and zap the electronics in question. Originally Posted By aeropilot4fun: Seems to me that a gun safe is an expensive way to store things against EMP.
Originally Posted By mylt1: you and your brother actually believed that putting your stuff in a trash can and hooking it up to a car battery would simulate an EMP? Originally Posted By 4v50: I think more concern should be about Fukishima fallout especially if No.
One of the scarier survival events that preppers need to be concerned about is an attack involving a High-altitude ElectroMagnetic Pulse, also called HEMP.  All nuclear weapons create EMP, but when detonated high in the atmosphere, the EMP generated is so massive that it can destroy electronics and permanently knock out the power grid across the entire country.
However, unlike EMP, a CME event does not destroy electronic devices, unless they happen to be connected to the power grid or long lines that will collect the induced current.  For more on the differences between EMP and CME, you can read about it here. One test involved being on top of a mountain that was filled with radio antennas.  The collective power of all these radio towers was 9,000,000 watts of RF (Radio Frequency) energy!  Another test was standing at the base of a 50,000 watt AM station.
This means that you should be able to easily protect your electronic gear from EMP simply by wrapping it in aluminum foil.  I also found that placing the foil-wrapped radio inside a galvanized steel trash can greatly increased the effectiveness of the shielding. There needs to be a minimum of 3 layers of aluminum foil completely surrounding the device. When you wrap your electronic device, it’s important to prevent it from touching the foil. If the device has a removable battery, remove it and store it separately.  The last thing you want is to find out that the batteries leaked and ruined the equipment that you went to so much trouble to protect. There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. I know a guy that insists that simply disconnecting a cars battery will protect the cars computer from an EMP. For Anne, battery backups, solar power tied to battery banks and generators will still run a lot of electronic equipment. First of all, no one really knows what will or will not survive a massive EMP such as the type in the hugely popular book, One Second After.A  Second, and more to the point, I am not well versed on the technical side of electronics even though I am a techy nerdy type when in comes to computers. A· Upper left:A  Solar panel to battery including the wire run from the panels, DC disconnect switch, wiring to the charger controller. A· Lower left: From the battery to the inverters (which turns the DC into useful AC power) and the inverter output wiring. Now, as to whata€™s going to a€?givea€? first (in the event of an actual emergency, eh?) that becomes anyonea€™s guess. You talk about turning ola€™ George into a True Believer in the best surge protection you can afford!A  Making a major commitment to solar and keeping it online during [whatever] involves a number of subtle design attributes and your readers are wise to think of these up front.
If youa€™re looking at a couple of discrete panels and a small $200-class inverter and a few car batteries?A  Simply keep the charge controller in your metal (Faraday cage) garbage can and short the solar panel leads (not in bright sun, of course!) and dona€™t worry.
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Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. It is no secret that with the cost of fresh vegetables, I have been using freeze dried in my day-to-day meal planning.A  It makes it easy to throw together a soup and there is no waste. Your own answer to these questions will then lead you to the proper level of preparation and protection needed to support your planned usage. For starters picture thousands of commercial jetliners falling from the sky and starting fires when they crash. The water facilities will also become dysfunctional if they haven’t been hardened against the EMP attack.
The car batteries for these were actually in my car at one time and were replaced because they could no longer start a car (hundreds of amps) but they work just fine to run some LED lighting at night or a small DC fan. EMP & Solar Protection Technologies specializes in products that offer EMP Protection from solar storms, electromagnetic disturbances and wireless identity theft.
Emergency electric generators may provide the only source of electric power for days, weeks or even months following an EMP Catastrophe.  Protecting portable electric generators should be a national priority for every household and business. The fact that the electric power grid began as a convenience, but has become a necessity for sustaining life, is both one of the most beneficial, and one of the most dangerous, facts of 21st century existence. Of course, any antennas or power cords need to be either disconnected or contained completely within the faraday cage. For more about shielding from someone who has spent his career doing electromagnetic shielding, see Donald R.
Also see the new Directory of EMP Protection and Solar Rooftop Products now under development by Don White.
Many people have legitimate complaints about nearly any shortwave radio that can be purchased for less than 300 U.S. I expect to have some better recommendations for radio receivers on this page by early in 2015.
A related popular myth is that there is a sharp and well-defined boundary between what is protected from EMP and what is not. Remember that in a complete solar photovoltaic system, the inverters and battery chargers, as well as the solar panels, need to have proper shielding and transient protection. For information about the EMP sensitivity of solar panels, and more details on the shielding of solar panel systems, see Donald J. I was more concerned with the protection of the 4 Aimpoint, 2 Eotechs, night vision, and some hand held radios (expensive work Motorolas) that I store inside. When it comes to expensive optics, I would think its pretty safe from EMP, though I'd might inquire with Aimpoint as to any testing with regard to effects. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, your brother might want to get his money back for that "electrical engineer" degree. The guy put some electrinics into a metal garbage can and tested the protection with a car battery. What I have been able to glean from talking with people who actually do know what they are talking about, and reading up on it some is that the common conception that an EMP event will kill anything with wires in it is just plain false. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, your brother might want to get his money back for that "electrical engineer" degree. Re-read the post, his brother did not do it, the people on the show Doomsday Preppers did. I think the risk of damage to the grid is much higher, but I don't know how to quantify that. As someone who has made a near incredible living designing, mfg'ing, and marketing RF equipment based on 'radio waves' , I'm very curious. the methodology is conducted RF applied to the chamber sidepanels, versus radiated RF illumination of the chamber via an external antenna. I'm a farmer & don't understand 90% of this technical stuff, but hopefully you guys can help me with a couple pointers, if that is possible.
Because of this, many preppers are interested in EMP protection measures for their electronics. Followed closely, I think, by how to manage those devices that don’t have removable batteries, but you want to store anyway.


There has been no hard-core conclusive testing on vehicles, so a lot of what scientists and engineers talk about are only educated guesses. The problem arises in the fact that I am not so sure modern day gasoline pumps have manual capabilities.
What I can tell you is that lightning plays havoc (and is a very likely enemy of any off-grid installation, particularly in the South during spring tornado and thunderstorms). Always, start with food then branch out from there.A  Here is a list of some gear to help you along the way. This unit will charge up to 2 pairs of AA or 1 pair of AAA batteries via USB or solar power. My guess is that I have 8 or 9 of these Tripp Lite SUPER7 Surge Protector Strips scattered throughout the house. Until you garden kicks in and you have your own home-canned goods, this is definitely the way to go. I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. If you have a functioning solar system, you should have a very good rifle or pistol and a lot of ammunition to defend it with. Granted, these are very educated guesses, but there’s enough dispute among them to be able to derive a conclusive answer from it. If you are really worried,keep a standby inverter and controller inside an old microwave oven. However the charge controllers, voltage inverters and any peripheral electronics are subject to damage from an EMP. I keep my radios disconnected when not in use and try to keep them stored in a manner that gives them protection. For these devices, I think it’s just a matter of having to have the discipline to take these out every 30 to 60 days and charge them up. Every circuit board trace, electrical circuit, and wire in your car will act like an antenna and must be enclosed in a Faraday cage to protect from EMP. Even if not in the safe, the rifle can act as an antenna, though the electronics are already isolated from the optic case metals already. Lightening strikes power lines on a regular basis and the effects vary widely. Think of an EMP event as something akin to a lightening strike that hits everywhere at the same time.
There are a LOT of lightening strikes that do limited or even no damage at all to electrical equipment.
Even a direct strike close to your home can result in almost random like damage inside. As a practical matter, you can reduce the risk of damage to your electrical equipment by not having it plugged in at the time of an EMP event.
Definitely have hurricanes foremost in my mind My plan is to frame out of steel, but use a new sort of ICF between the I-Beam "posts".
Over the years, I've seen & heard of tons of lightening damage & seen failure of lightening arresting equipment & expensive devices. None of these solutions are perfect, but if you can reduce the risk by a couple orders of magnitude by simple and cheap methods, you are way ahead.
I learned people in Peurto Rico laugh at hurricanes because they basically build concrete pill boxes made to look like houses. Going w steel exterior because they faired better than anything else thru the hurricanes. Trying to set it up for natural ventilation if energy prices go too hi to run AC, or have hurricane-induced power outages, etc. Cistern, solar hot water, geothermal, compact fluorescents, hi efficiency DC ceiling fans, vaulted ceilings with cupola thingie w screened windows at top to let hot air out, etc, etc.



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