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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

An EMP – a nuclear electromagnetic pulse is a burst of electromagnetic radiation from a nuclear explosion. A nuclear weapon that is detonated hundreds of kilometers above the earth will produce an EMP which will produce damaging and likely catastrophic current and voltage surges to electrical / electronic equipment and systems.

While exploring the possibilities of protecting such equipment from an EMP, I discovered that a nuclear EMP consists of three parts, three components, or three pulses (not just one…).

I thought I would share with you some of the basic detail, and to identify which of the three pulse components is the most difficult to protect against…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Nuclear EMP Components E1, E2, E3, and what they mean…

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

What would you do if the power grid went down and never came back up?  One of these days, and it could be a lot sooner than most people think, we will all wake up in a country without electricity.  And considering how utterly dependent we have become on technology, that is a very frightening scenario to consider.  How would Americans react if nothing worked?  Just imagine a world where everything electronic is dead.  I am talking about lights, cell phones, computers, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc.  When the power goes out for a few hours, that can be a major inconvenience, but what if it went out all over the nation and it didn’t come back on for months or even years?  This is one of the greatest potential threats that the United States is facing, and yet very few people are even talking about it.

An electromagnetic pulse attack could potentially send our nation back to the 1800s in a single moment, but very few of us are equipped to handle life without technology.  Tech guru John McAfee recently wrote an article in which he expressed his belief that 90 percent of the population would be dead within 2 years of such an attack

Experts agree that an all out cyber attack, beginning with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack on our electronic infrastructure, would wipe out 90% of the human population of this country within two years of the attack. That means the death of 270 million people within 24 months after the attack.

You may think that is an unreasonably high estimate, but it turns out that it is the exact same number that the EMP Commission used in their report to Congress back in 2008

What would a successful EMP attack look like? The EMP Commission, in 2008, estimated that within 12 months of a nationwide blackout, up to 90% of the U.S. population could possibly perish from starvation, disease and societal breakdown.

In 2009 the congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States, whose co-chairmen were former Secretaries of Defense William Perry and James Schlesinger, concurred with the findings of the EMP Commission and urged immediate action to protect the electric grid. Studies by the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Intelligence Council reached similar conclusions.

So what has Barack Obama done to protect us from such an attack?

Absolutely nothing.

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: Electromagnetic Pulse: One Day We Will Wake Up In An America Without Electricity And Society Will Totally Break Down

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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By  – SurvivoPedia

Most cars created in the last few decades have computers integrated into just about every system in the vehicle. No matter whether you are talking about exhaust systems, fuel systems, or any other part of the car, rest assured there is at least one chip based sensor that leads back to a main computer.

So you can say that just about every vehicle on the road today would stop running during an electromagnetic pulse, aka EMP.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 5 Ways An EMP Could Kill Your Car

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By Daniel Jennings Off The Grid News

With very little attention, the federal government is preparing for the possibility of a man-made electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack or a solar geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) that potentially would create a nationwide blackout for weeks or months.

Recent news reports indicate that at least three federal agencies are making contingency plans for such events.

The EMP Commission to Congress reported that if the power grid was down for a full year, upwards of 90 percent of the population would die, either from starvation, sickness or civil unrest.

The most public action was taken by the Pentagon, which has decided to move its command center for North America into an EMP-proof bunker. In April it was revealed that the headquarters for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the US Northern Command were moving back into an underground facility inside Cheyenne Mountain outside Colorado Springs.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: Feds Quietly ‘Prepping’ For the Big One

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By Lisa S. – The Bug Out Bag Guide

An electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, may sound harmless enough but its effects can be devastating. An EMP is essentially an intense burst of energy (for instance a lightning bolt, which is simply a highly concentrated EMP event that is very localized) that, depending on size and intensity, could potentially wipe out electrical and information systems across vast areas.

EMPs can occur naturally, as with lightning and a case we will explore later in this article, as well as through man-made sources such as nuclear or radio-frequency (non-nuclear) weapons. In order to properly prepare for such a phenomenon – whether to defend against Mother Nature or technological warfare – it is imperative to have a clear understanding of what exactly an EMP is in order to properly prepare yourself to defend against it.

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Modern day reliance on the power grid leads many preppers to classify EMPs as a serious threat.

The following article will teach you the basics in understanding what an EMP is, how it can be caused, and the short and long term effects. This article also explores Faraday cages and how they can work to protect you against EMPs, discussing the features that are most important and various types you can purchase and build yourself.

Continue reading at The Bug Out Bag Guide: Preparing for an EMP Attack – Can Faraday Cages Help?

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

They are ready. Are you?

The government powers that be are preparing for continuity under any conditions.

The potential for an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event that could wipe out the electric grid, and with it, the society that is dependent upon it is considered by security experts to be inevitable and perhaps likely in the short term.

An EMP can be caused by a solar flare or by a rogue nation using a single nuclear bomb, and it could happen at virtually any time. This makes the threat strong enough for Congress and Homeland Security officials to acknowledge and plan for – while acknowledging that the general public are completely vulnerable:

‘The grid is utterly unprotected from an EMP attack. It’s not adequately protected from cyber or physical sabotage,’ Pry told FOX. ‘It’s why North Korea and Iran want the bomb, have the bomb. North Korea has actually practiced this against the United States.’ (source)

Now, the military is making preparations to spend more than $1 billion to move vital equipment and personnel back to the Cheyenne Mountain bunker-fortress. Essential to Cold War contingencies and operations, today, the facility offers a place for continuity of government (COG) to take hold in case of the worst.

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According to Fox News:

New concerns are being raised that the nation’s electrical grid and critical infrastructure are increasingly vulnerable to a catastrophic foreign attack — amid speculation over whether officials are eyeing a former Cold War bunker, inside a Colorado mountain, as a “shield” against such a strike.

North American Aerospace Defense Command is looking for ways to protect itself in the event of a massive electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, attack — a deliberate burst of energy that could disrupt the electrical grid and cripple NORAD’s ability to defend the nation.

“What it could do, these various threats, is black out the U.S. electric grid for a protracted period of months or years,” warned Peter Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force, a bipartisan congressional commission. “Nine out of ten Americans could die from starvation, disease and societal collapse, if the blackout lasted a year.”

The Pentagon has downplayed the idea that it is ‘moving back in,’ but nonetheless, the focus is revealing about what forecasters see coming. It is being officially recognized as an alternative command center, but that has been going on for years.

“We are not moving back to the mountain,” Davis told Fox News. “The mountain’s ability to provide shield against EMP is certainly a valuable feature, and that is one reason we maintain the ability to return there quickly if needed — but we aren’t ‘moving back’ per se.”

“My primary concern was, are we going to have the space inside the mountain for everybody who wants to move in there?” Adm. William Gortney told reporters. “I’m not at liberty to discuss who’s moving in there, but we do have that capability to be there.”

NORAD spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis pushed back on the idea that NORAD is relocating its headquarters, but acknowledged its advantages in the case of an EMP attack. And he did say Cheyenne has served as an alternate command center since 2006.

The military is putting particular focus on protecting its operations in computers and communications equipment, as the Daily Mail reported:

‘A lot of the back office communications is being moved there,’ said one defense official.

Officials said the military’s dependence on computer networks and digital communications makes it much more vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse, which can occur naturally or result from a high-altitude nuclear explosion.

Under the ten-year contract, Raytheon is supposed to deliver ‘sustainment’ services to help the military perform ‘accurate, timely and unambiguous warning and attack assessment of air, missile and space threats’ at the Cheyenne and Petersen bases.

Meanwhile, the government has yet to commit to plans to reinforce, replace and/or protect the grid, leaving everyday people more vulnerable than ever to losing everything – if and when a hostile entity in any form takes aim at society.

But there are many things individuals can do to shield their home, get off the grid and protect their electronic equipment. Even the government security experts are making this point.

SHTF has covered this extensively:

Congressman Urges Protection for Power Grid: EMP Attack “Could Bring Our Civilization to a Cold, Dark Halt”
“Super EMP” Capable of Disabling Power Grid Across Lower 48 States
EMP Threat: ‘Within One Year 9 Out of 10 Americans Would Be Dead’
What Are You Going To Do When A Massive EMP Blast Fries The U.S. Electrical Grid?

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Military Readies Mountain Fortress to “Shield Against EMP Attack”