I promised to tell you how to build a Faraday cage with the foil and mylar blankets we are adding to our General Store this week. To be adequately shielded, electronics must be kept inside a completely enclosed metallic structure known as a Faraday cage. Items to place in your cage may include, HAM radios, battery powdered radios, fuses, batteries, spare parts for tube radios, replacement components for your generator, and any other item which will be able to work separate from the electrical grid.
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Static Shielding Bags "Faraday Cage" The manufacturer of these bags claims they work as a Faraday Cage. The small EMP Protection Faraday Bag provides an EMP shield to protect sensitive electronics during an electro-magnetic pulse. Faraday Bag utilizes the most current metalizing technology and its moisture barrier performance exceeds foil laminates for low Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR), particularly after flexing.
Just to spook you here is some history about an event that has come to be called the Carrington Event. Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases giving telegraph operators electric shocks. On Saturday, September 3, 1859, the Baltimore American and Commercial Advertiser reported, “Those who happened to be out late on Thursday night had an opportunity of witnessing another magnificent display of the auroral lights.
Ice cores contain thin nitrate-rich layers that can be analyzed to reconstruct a history of past events before reliable observations; the data from Greenland ice cores was gathered by Kenneth G. Electromagnetic pulse is commonly abbreviated as EMP and pronounced by saying the three letters separately (E-M-P).
In military terminology, a nuclear warhead detonated hundreds of kilometers above the Earth’s surface is known as a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device.
A high-altitude nuclear detonation produces an immediate flux of gamma rays from the nuclear reactions within the device. The pulse can easily span continent-sized areas, and this radiation can affect systems on land, sea, and air.
The altitude indicated above is greater than that of the International Space Station and many low Earth orbit satellites. Typical nuclear weapon yields used during Cold War planning for EMP attacks were in the range of 1 to 10 megatons (4.2 to 42 PJ) This is roughly 50 to 500 times the sizes of the weapons the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. The EMP at a fixed distance from an explosion increases at most as the square root of the yield (see the illustration to the right).
In nuclear EMP all of the components of the electromagnetic pulse are generated outside of the weapon.
For high-altitude nuclear explosions, much of the EMP is generated far from the detonation (where the gamma radiation from the explosion hits the upper atmosphere). In other words, the electric field strength in the entire area that is affected by the EMP will be fairly uniform for weapons with a large gamma ray output. The Faraday cage is named after Michael Faraday, the scientist who discovered its properties for shielding against electromagnetic waves, including electricity. A Faraday cage protects its contents by preventing electromagnetic energy from getting inside.
There are lots of places on the Internet claiming that all you need to do is put your gear into a microwave oven or Mylar bag and it will be protected from EMP.
This is important to know because you will see videos online where people put their cell phones into a microwave, Mylar bag or some other type of “Faraday” protection and demonstrate the effectiveness by showing how the cell phone loses the WiFi and cell tower signals.
There needs to be a minimum of 3 layers of aluminum foil completely surrounding the device.
Use a minimum of 5 layers if you’re not going to be using a second layer of shielding, e.g.
In order for the Faraday cage to be effective, the metal needs to completely surround the device being protected. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Foil or metal should not touch the item placed inside or the EMP will be conducted back to the item you are trying to protect, destroying the electronic components.


You will have no warning of an EMP attack so items will need to remain in the cage until needed and should be returned immediately after use.
Adding more layers of foil or metal will do no good unless there is a layer of a non conductive material between the layers of metal. The cage lid can be hinged for access but remember the mesh must to touching everywhere to provide protection. Remove the power cord completely, place items inside and seal the vents and hole where the chord was with foil, mylar or metal mesh. You just need to be sure you have a good seal and there is metal touching metal all the way around the opening. There is no way for us to test these bags to verify this since we cannot generate a "worst case scenario" EMP (electromagnetic pulse) type charge or large solar flare which would be our main reason for having these in your prep plans. These types of multilayer static shielding bags are used to package and protect sensitive electronic devices from electrical discharges such as a static electrical shock. Just before noon on September 1, the English amateur astronomers Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson independently made the first observations of a solar flare. Worldwide reports on the effects of the geomagnetic storm of 1859 were compiled and published by Elias Loomis which support the observations of Carrington and Stewart. Aurorae were seen around the world, even as far south as the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. The phenomenon was very similar to the display on Sunday night, though at times the light was, if possible, more brilliant, and the prismatic hues more varied and gorgeous. Nuclear explosions create a characteristic pulse of electromagnetic radiation called a Nuclear EMP or NEMP. The specific characteristics of any particular nuclear EMP event vary according to a number of factors. Effects of a HEMP device depend on factors including the altitude of the detonation, energy yield, gamma ray output, interactions with the Earth’s magnetic field and electromagnetic shielding of targets.
These photons in turn produce high energy free electrons by Compton scattering at altitudes between (roughly) 20 and 40 km. Large weapons could have a dramatic impact on satellite operations and communications such as occurred during Operation Fishbowl. Within the range of gamma ray deposition, simple laws no longer hold as the air is ionised and there are other EMP effects, such as a radial electric field due to the separation of Compton electrons from air molecules, together with other complex phenomena. Physicists have testified at United States Congressional hearings that weapons with yields of 10 kilotons (42 TJ) or less can produce a large EMP. In the thermonuclear Starfish Prime the fission yield was less than 100% and the thicker outer casing absorbed about 95% of the prompt gamma rays from the pusher around the fusion stage. The geomagnetic storm-like E3 component of nuclear EMP is more closely proportional to the total energy yield of the weapon.
You can build simple Faraday cages at home at a very low cost that will work just as well as the expensive ones that the government uses. Put it into the Faraday cage you’re testing and listen to see if the radio station is still being picked up by the radio. The inside of the can should then be lined, completely, with a non conductive material such as cardboard or foam. You cannot just staple the mesh to the wooded frame, it must touch metal to metal or a pulse can get through. Naturally, this is a microwave that is already dead as once you remove the chord it is no longer good for cooking.
In the event of an EMP I will be able to communicate with the outside world to let them know if we need help and also to understand what help may be coming and when to expect it.
You have probably seen things such as computer memory chips, hard drives, and other similar electronic items packed in these.
It caused a major coronal mass ejection (CME) to travel directly toward Earth, taking 17.6 hours. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light.
Some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies. The light appeared to cover the whole firmament, apparently like a luminous cloud, through which the stars of the larger magnitude indistinctly shone.


These show evidence that events of this magnitude—as measured by high-energy proton radiation, not geomagnetic effect—occur approximately once per 500 years, with events at least one-fifth as large occurring several times per century.
These electrons are then trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field, giving rise to an oscillating electric current. For a surface burst, absorption of gamma rays by air would limit the range of gamma ray deposition to approximately 10 miles, while for a burst in the lower-density air at high altitudes, the range of deposition would be far greater. Thermonuclear weapons are also less efficient at producing EMP because the first stage can pre-ionize the air[33] which becomes conductive and hence rapidly shorts out the Compton currents generated by the fusion stage. A food grade Mylar bag won’t even stop 11 watts of WiFi signal (a 2.4 GHZ frequency) from reaching my iPhone when it’s right next to the wireless router.
Simply adding more layers is not as good as adding clothing that is larger and allows air to become trapped between the layers. If it does layer some more cardboard or place your items into a heavy duty plastic bag before placing in the box. Also, when to expect the grid to be back up and where I can go to evacuate where they may still have power. The light was greater than that of the moon at its full, but had an indescribable softness and delicacy that seemed to envelop everything upon which it rested. These similar but much more extreme cosmic ray events however may originate outside the solar system and even outside the galaxy.
This current is asymmetric in general and gives rise to a rapidly rising radiated electromagnetic field called an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). In the Starfish Prime nuclear test, most damage was to the satellites’ solar panels while passing through radiation belts created by the explosion. Hence, small pure fission weapons with thin cases are far more efficient at causing EMP than most megaton bombs.
By the way, Faraday shielding doesn’t actually have to be a cage, it’s simply anything that blocks electromagnetic radiation. Anything that can block strong AM and FM radio signals would probably make a good Faraday cage.
Large Faraday cages to protect computers and even power stations, are possible but more complicated and very expensive. Once that is done the items can be placed inside, the lid closed and latched, and you are good to go.
You should concentrate your preparation where you see the greatest need but I believe it is my responsibility to discuss all the possible scenarios. This second CME moved so quickly because the first one had cleared the way of the ambient solar wind plasma. Less severe storms have occurred in 1921 and 1960, when widespread radio disruption was reported.
Because the electrons are trapped essentially simultaneously, a very large electromagnetic source radiates coherently.
Keep in mind, though, that the power of these signals in your home are relatively weak (unless you happen to live under a radio tower). If you have not followed the posts about EMP and Solar flares you may not realize that countries such as Iran and terrorist groups have already made threats to use these weapons so it is worth consideration. Then Put something around that such as a piece of foam cloth or a similar insulator then place that in a larger size bag. As with every aspect of preparing we must all do the things we feel are the most important and we all must pick and choose. We then recommend storage in a metal box, old microwave oven (if they keep the some energy waves in, maybe they will also keep it out), or your metal safe. We feel a multi level or protection is warranted on electronic devices you will be depending on. Secure static-sensitive items quickly with double-track zipper closure.



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