If an EMP was to ever strike the United States’s grid our dependence of electronics would instantly turn the country into a raving mad house. We would have rioting, panic, and looting as the phone lines shut down, planes would fall from the sky, and emergency services wouldn’t last the afternoon. Preparing for such an event is quite hard to do, of course you can do your normal everyday preps, guns, bullets, beans and band aids. While we can only theorize the true effects of emp we know it will be devastating.
To properly prepare for an EMP attack on the us’s grid there are a few steps you can take to protect and prep yourself. The biggest is a Faraday cage. A Faraday cage is a very simple device designed to protect your items from most EMP issues. Of course some some pulses may overpower a Faraday cage, the majority cannot.
A Faraday cage can be made quite easily from some basic materials. One can build a Faraday cage with a military ammo can, a non conductive material, and some aluminum tape. The non conductive material can be non conductive plastic, rubber mats, or even newspaper, although plastic and rubber work a bit better due to their nature. Once you have whatever electronics you want to store wrap aluminum (duct tape can substitute, but aluminum is better) around the outside edges where the box seals.
In a pinch a microwave oven can protect most items. However, make sure the microwave is unplugged. A broken microwave can be purchased for next to nothing, so if the opportunity arises pick a few up and you have an instant faraday cage.
What Items Should I protect?
Now we aren’t focusing on protecting useless items like video games or cell phones. Survival items to store include, flashlights, AC/DC converters, extra batteries, rifle optics that rely on electronics, radios for communication, night vision optics, the list goes on and on of the potential useful electronic items. A Faraday cage is so easy, and cheap to build there isn’t a reason to have one.