For preppers, the prospect of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a worst-case scenario. With the potential capability to knock out virtually all electronic devices, a severe EMP can put a damper on even the best-laid emergency preparation plans. Here are four of the steps you can take to prepare for an EMP.
Build a Faraday Cage
Faraday cages are enclosures built out of metal that will conduct electromagnetic energy away from the space inside of them. Building a home Faraday cage in a closet or other small space will allow you to store essential electronic items like an emergency phone or portable solar panels safely away from the effects of an EMP. Small Faraday cages are fairly easy to build, and several plans for them can be found for free online.
Have Non-Electric Backup Plans
If an EMP strikes, you need to have non-electric backups for your most essential needs. Keeping candles in addition to flashlights for emergency lighting, for instance, will ensure that you are prepared for the potential effects of an EMP. The more redundancies you can build into your prepping supplies that don’t rely on electricity, the better prepared you’ll be for a situation in which electrical devices simply won’t work.
Have an EMP Surge Protector Installed
To protect your home’s power supply against an EMP, you can have an EMP power surge protection device installed. This device will help to prevent your power from going out if your home falls within the affected area of an electromagnetic pulse. If your home is shielded with a proper surge protector, you will likely not experience any significant disruption in power.
Have a Good Store of Batteries
Contrary to popular belief, batteries that are not actively having power drawn from or supplied to them are extremely unlikely to be affected by an EMP. As a result, one of the best things you can do to get ready for one is to have plenty of battery power and battery-powered devices to use them in on hand. In the event of an EMP-induced blackout, batteries may well end up being your only viable source of electricity for a prolonged period of time.
By taking these four steps, you can put yourself in the best possible position to ride out an EMP with limited difficulty. While an electromagnetic pulse will cause major problems in any event, proper preparation now can tilt the odds in your favor later.
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