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When the lights go out forever, then what?

Prepper's EMP Survival Guide:
Within three weeks of an EMP, as much 90% of the population
will start to die. Experts agree that it's not so much a question of
if an EMP will happen, but when an EMP will happen. An EMP is
imminent. Are you prepared to be the 10% of the population who
will live? What will you be doing one second after? Immediately
after an EMP you'll soon know what to do by reading this guide.

If a nuclear explosion sets off above the atmosphere it can
destroy or disrupt the electrical power grid and thereby take down
anything electronic ~ computers, cars, communications ~ as well
as anything attached to the grid, including the food and water
supply, sending civilization back to the 1800s. It could happen as
a result of a solar flare or cyber attack, too.

How to Survive an EMP
When the lights go out forever, have a plan. The U.S. has a plan,
but it's too little, too late. We must harden our infrastructure to
withstand electromagnetic threats," says the U.S. News and
World Report. Indeed
the EMP threat is real and growing.

When the grid goes down, will you be prepared?
Let's be honest: preparation for an EMP isn't easy. No one really
knows how things will go down following the catastrophic event
of an EMP. Whether it's the result of an attack or a solar flare,
there are many unanswered questions. Will the devastation last
a few weeks, a few months, a few years? It depends.

Preppers have an edge because they know:
  • Have a prepper's pantry
  • Know how to live without electricity

Where will you be when an  EMP happens?
An ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP) is imminent whether as an attack
or as a result of a solar flare. An attack is particularly concerning
as it means an enemy could kill millions of people without
sending troops and all without making a sound. Certainly we can
anticipate the danger...

Top Ten Most Dangerous places to be during an EMP:
  • in flight of an airplane or helicopter;
  • trapped in an elevator;
  • belted in a ride in an amusement park;
  • trapped in the subway system;
  • on vacation away from home or your bugout location;
  • at school tens or hundreds of miles away from parents;
  • in your car in the desert tens of miles away from water;
  • hanging on to life support in the hospital or a nursing home;
  • locked in prison or jail (or living anywhere near a prison or
  • anywhere near a nuclear plant!

EMP Survival Tip #1. Never underestimate danger.
Your survival depends on fully understanding the psychological
effects of an EMP. Study the rules of
survival psychology and
have an immediate plan of action following an EMP. If you
hesitate, you may be dead. Don't spend time contemplating.
You'll know by the telltale signs of an EMP (cars do not operate,
phones will not work, and all the lights are out).

In an ordinary blackout, cars will operate and cell phones will be
unaffected. Take action on the plan you've orchestrated by
reading this article. Be swift, but honorable as you will certainly
be held accountable for your actions the day society is restored.

In the movie,
The Trigger Effect, pictured right, a mysterious
power failure leads to the social breakdown of a major city,
where ordinary rules no longer apply. It gives a glimpse into
what could happen in the first few days of an EMP.

Expect anything to happen:
No one knows what lies ahead, though you hope for the best,
you've been preparing for the worst:
  • Airplanes may fall in your path and further impact the
  • devastation.
  • Loose wires may cause shock to individuals in your group.
  • Fires may spark from the surge.
  • Carbon monoxide poisonings may happen.
  • Pathways may become impenetrable and you'll need to seek
  • alternate routes.
  • War, Martial Law and rioting may be in progress.
  • Prisoners may break free from their cells.
  • Children may be used as decoys.
  • Disease may spread rapidly.
  • Food may be confiscated.
  • Dogs may be on the loose and turn rabid.
  • People may eventually eat pets, and later humans.
  • Swimming pools could be the location for mass graves.
  • Nuclear plants won't be able to stay cool and as a result will
  • detonate.
  • Kindness may emerge from strangers.
  • Someone may save your life.
  • Anything is possible! In the Black Out of 2003, a massive
  • power outage impacted tens of millions of people from New
  • York to Canada. The outage lasted just nine hours.
  • You will likely need to learn how to live without electricity.

EMP Survival Tip #2: Fill up with water.
Immediately following the EMP event, fill the bathtub with water
and use every glass, pot or container in your home to store fresh
water in preparation of water mains loosing pressure. The
WaterBob, pictured right, is an excellent device to maximize
water storage for an EMP, earthquake or other disaster.

Filling up with water is critically important to your survival as you
wait out the event. Instruct the entire group on the procedure in
case you are not home during the event. Children and teens
should know their duties in this regard. Make it part of the drill.

If you have a shower that's not occupied with a waterbob, take a
shower, which may be your last for some time to come. And while
you're at it,fill up the solar showers, too.

EMP Survival Tip #3: Use up all your cash.
Realize that cash has a very limited shelf life! Cash will be
useless. Preppers know this, but the masses of people unaware,
will not even consider this possibility. If you can safely purchase
food and supplies with the cash you have on hand, then do what
you can to spend every last dime! (Keep the pennies as the
copper is valuable).

Money has always been an illusion, and at the very point of crisis
is where you will have the most leverage with what you have. If
you have any paper money within your reach, cash out, if you
suspect a major EMP! Spend your cash. Buy anything and
everything you are able to buy with the possibly worthless bills.
The masses will be unaware of the breakdown of society that
lays before them.

The masses will hold onto the illusion of money, but you are
smarter because you've been planning for this. Take action to
buy, but only if it is safe to do so. For example, if the EMP event
happens and you are in the vicinity of merchants who have the
power to negotiate, do what you can to get them to sell to you
even though their electronic registers do not operate. By all
means, offer merchants $20 for a loaf of bread or a brick of
cheese if you must. They will think you are crazy, but in a few
days or hours, they will understand the depth of your wisdom,
and they will wish they had the material goods in your
possession. One caveat, is to steer clear of looting and rioting
situations. At the point rioting happens, you should be well away
from the danger and with your family or group to protect your

EMP Survival Tip #4: Rely on your surge protectors!
Did you know that during the Solar Storm of 1889, telegraph
operators suffered electric shock? You don't want to suffer an
electrocution when a surge protector is the solution!

Surge protectors should be installed at every opportunity in your
home. In the event of an EMP, do not immediately unplug or plug
in your generator and light up the house! Even if your generator
works, you won't want to alert and attract those around you to
your preps.

EMP Survival Tip #5: Don't tell the neighbors!
Play it cool with the ordinary folks around you. Do not alert
neighbors to use their cash to buy groceries. You should not
create panic or concern. Instead, show your poker face!

Pretend to "be in the dark" about the whole situation. If your
friends are your allies, then you will know it well in advance of an
EMP. This is not the time to make nice-nice, give warm fuzzies
and tell the others about what lies ahead. It is not your place to
evangelize prepping, nor to educate. The people around you will
find out soon enough. The time for survival is upon you and you
must now leverage the knowledge. While everyone is on
"vacation" from the routine work week, you will be following
through on a planned course of action for survival.

EMP Survival Tip #6: Gorge on the contents of your
Limit opening the refrigerator to keep items as cold as possible,
but do open it for consumption. Eat first the foods in the
refrigerator, then eat foods as they thaw from the refrigerator:

  • Enjoy ice cream! As silly as it may seem, you must enjoy
    the last ice cream in your refrigerator. You may never have
    the opportunity to savor this treat again! Watch the opening
    scene of Revolution and you will understand how the
    significance of this simple act.

  • Ice cubes. Think of ice cubes as potable water. Transfer
    bagged ice cubes into a container before they melt away
    immediately following an electromagnetic pulse.

EMP Survival Tip #7: Begin rationing food and water.
It almost goes without saying that you must ration the shelf-
stable food and water in your control. The only exception is to
gorge on foods that will spoil.

Food: As gruesome as it is to think about, know from all the
prepper movies you've watched and the prepper fiction books
you've read, that cannibalism may come The dark age of
mankind is upon you. As happy as you may try to be, food
will be scarce because humans require machinery powered by
electronic to generate food and to distribute it. The grocery
store shelves will be empty in three days.

Water: There are several things you can do regarding water:
Store water ~ as mentioned above, get all the water
you can before it's gone.
filter water ~ make sure you have enough water filters
and water purification tablets on hand and that you
know of the watering holes in your area.

EMP Survival Tip 8: Make the decision to survive (and
always have hope)!
Realize that you are living in a world without infrastructure and it
is every man, woman and child for himself. Every hour of your
prepping has come to this very moment: and you have already
decided to live, and so you must commitment now (more than
ever) to have hope for the future no matter how bleak things may
get. Hope must be your survival vision! Have hope for a world
that gets back on the grid. Realize also that you will be held
accountable for your actions in a world that has recovered. Make
the decision to live as honorably as is feasible for your survival.

Read Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook, pictured
immediate right, to learn more about the importance of
having hope in survival.

How to prepare for an EMP (well BEFORE the event):
There is a long list of TO-DOs in preparing for an ElectroMagnetic
Pulse, but below is the short list...

EMP Preparedness Plan #1. Go Analog.
Think deeply about your needs in a world without digital. In part,
this means you'll need to go analog:

  • Analog radio. Get a hand crank solar powered AM/FM
    weather band analog radio.

  • Analog thermometer. Digital thermometers will be useless!
    Get yourself an old-fashioned way to measure temperature
    with the analog mercury-free thermometer, pictured right.
    It's non toxic, but works just like the traditional shake down
    thermometer and is as accurate as the toxic mercury

  • Analog clock or watch. An analog clock or wrist watch won't
    save your life, but it will get you back to thinking of your day
    in terms of routine in an off-grid world. Time will still be of
    importance as it was in the 1800s.

EMP Preparedness Plan #2. Consider buying a
The time to buy a generator is before you need one. A generator
is extremely important in frigid areas of the country in Winter to
help you stay warm. A generator is generally safe to use in the
country; however, a generator will attract too much attention in a
city during an EMP! You won't want to invite thugs and intruders.
how to buy a generator that's right for your needs

EMP Preparedness #3: Plan your fuel needs now.  
Learn how to store fuel. Have a backup plan to go beyond the
fuel you can store, because eventually your supply will either
expire or run out. Stockpiling wood and souring new may be the
essential part of your plans!

Don't be fooled to thinking that going solar is the answer. Going
solar or using wind power are both admirable goals of any
prepper, but an EMP is an overheating of microchips and
components, which are present in solar equipment as well any
electrical equipment. An EMP would disable solar panels because
of the diodes they contain, which control the flow.

In other words, your equipment will fry (unless you have them
contained in a Faraday cage)! You will, however, be wise to have
solar batteries and a solar battery recharger on hand for your
small communication devices.

Plan for an off-grid life to include solar power you've stored in a
Farady cage. Solar equipment should be securely stored in a
Faraday cage. In the event of an EMP, your solar equipment
otherwise will be fried. A solar cooker, pictured right will be
extremely useful after an EMP. The luxury of taking a shower with
a solar shower, also pictured right will boost morale.

  • Get cranking! A hand crank radio and flashlight is a
    necessity. The hand-crank emergency survival radio, right,
    provides radio, light and recharge!

EMP Preparedness Plan #4. Plan a strategy for your
car (in case you are in it when an EMP strikes).
There are 90 microprocessors in a typical car, which means it will  
likely fail. Here's what to do:

  • Stockpile car essentials. Always bring food and water with
    you on your journey. Stash food and water at the entrance of
    your home, so you'll remember to bring it. Another good
    option is  Datrex food bars and Emergency Drinking Water
    Pouches, pictured right. They can withstand temperature
    fluctuations. A vehicle first aid kit is of paramount
    importance. Here is a complete list of car essentials.

  • Have an escape plan for your car. Keep a sturdy pair of
    shoes for every member of the family in the car case you
    must head home on foot. Have an escape vehicle for your
    vehicle (a fold-up bicycle) or even a skateboard would help.

  • Invest in a classic car. Consider buying a pre-1965 Mustang
    or Volkswagon. Classic vehicles might run if they have an old
    fashioned carburetor, so if you have the ambition to own a
    classic car and have spare parts for it, the go for it.

EMP Preparedness Plan #5. Develop a family plan.
Talk with the kids about an EMP scenario and discuss a realistic
plan of action on where to meet and have a contingency plan if
the first location is not available. Schools likely will not release
children. Be sure to discuss your course of action and include the
details in your personal survival manual. In advance of an EMP,
your family should recognize the signs and take immediate
action. Siblings in school could band together with an approved
family plan of action, which may at one point include a secret
evacuation from school officials. Every family plan is different,
and depending on location, it may not be appropriate for children
to wander the streets of chaos. Pack a letter with children on the
approved plan of action, which would include meeting locations
and alternatives. Children should know to reference the letter in
the event of an emergency.

Discuss medicines as part of your family plan. If you take
medicines get extras now, while you can. Asthma, diabetes,
heart disease... Whatever medications you require, you must
stockpile as best you can. Unfortunately, those with diabetes will
have a more difficult consequence as the shelf life is rather short.

Have a plan to take care of your family's sanitation needs.
What's your family plan for off grid sanitation?

  • Mitigate your fire risks. Plan to risk of fire: own several fire
    extinguishers. A fire blanket is another good prepper find.

EMP Preparedness Plan #6. Make changes in your
daily routine.
Do things differently starting today. For example:

  • Use the stairs: why not take the elevator to not only b
    ehealthier, but to avoid getting trapped. Take the
    escalators, if they are available over the elevator.

  • Stay away from the crowds. Avoid big cities, lest you get
    stuck there during an EMP catastrophe!

  • Have a means of foot powered escape. It doesn't matter
    whether it's by skate board, Razor scooter or bike. Have an
    alternate means of transportation. Buy a fold up bicycle for
    your car to bug out or get home.

EMP Preparedness Plan #7. Read more about EMP.
Get Fictional. Go to the movies.Read books on EMP prepping
(fiction and non fiction).There's a long reading list of good books,
including "EMP Survival: How to Prepare Now and Survive, When
an Electromagnetic Pulse Destroys," available at the top of the
page. Also, read "Solar Flare Survival" immediate right.  Solar
Flare Survival discusses what scientists know about the Sun and
how it affects our planet, and how it can wreak havoc on
worldwide national power grids,
spacecraft, and electronics. Get fictional:

  • One Second After.  One Second After, a book by has
    already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all
    Americans should read, a book already being discussed in
    the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a
    weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United
    States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the
    Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America.

  • Jericho. Jericho, the television series, is a fictional account
    of how an electromagnetic pulse fries everything with a
    circuit board at 9:02 pm, plunging the town into darkness.

Doomsday preppers. Learn more about a Geo Magnetic storm
from Doomsday Prepper Captain Bill Simpson.

EMP Preparedness Plan #8. Build a Faraday box or
cage (or not).
A Faraday cage is shielding device intended to protect electronic
equipment from an intense interruption of solar radiation.
Consider building a Faraday Cage, box or other container, which
aims at preventing the electromagnet pulse from destroying your
electronic equipment. This shielding device will protect your
communications essentials.

You won't currently find a
Faraday cage available for sale on
Amazon or eBay, but construction of plans is attainable however.
Sooner or later all preppers want to learn how to build a Faraday
cage. Perfect for a rainy day project,this is something to get
started on before it's too late.

Do you know how to build a faraday cage? You can build one out
of a garbage can or an ammo can!

EMP Preparedness Plan #9: Move to the West coast,
away from all nuclear reactors.
If the grid goes down, every working nuclear reactor is a time
bomb: there will be no power to cool down the reactors! The
United States has 100 commercial reactors, most of them
concentrated on the East Coast. The West Coast is looking pretty
good as a location. California has just one nuclear power plant
operating, since the San Onofre power plant was shut down in
2013. Unfortunately, it lies in the center of California, in beautiful
San Luis Obispo. This means you mus prepare for radiation and
warfare. A Nuclear blast produces three waves of pulses. Wind
currents can carry fallout from a nuclear explosion for hundreds of
miles if certain conditions prevail. If there are nuclear explosions,
the threats toward humanity are much more severe than just the
power grid.

  • Get a Radiation Water Filter. The Flip-top Portable
    Radiological Radiation Water Filtration & Purification Bottle
    is a necessity if you live close to a nuclear reactor. Removes
    100% of Gross Beta, Radium 226, Uranium, Cesium 137,
    Strontium, Plutonium, Radioactive Iodine B1, and Radon 222.

  • Learn if you live near a nuclear reactor.

EMP Preparedness Plan #10: Continue Prepping.
Prepper's hope for the best and plan for the worst. Hope alone is
not a strategy, which is why preppers must plan for food and
water, despite the odds or circumstance. An EMP is perhaps the
most horrible of all catastrophic conditions in which preppers
face, and yet there is always hope as a cornerstone of survival.
Do all your favorite prepper things:

Farm at home! Become a home agrarian because only 2% of
the population in America currently grows food. Tractors
would not work in the event of an EMP, so the farms would
not be able to produce. Even if they could produce food,
trucks would not be able to deliver. Stock survival seeds and
equipment to grow food and sustain livestock.

Gather water. Set up rain harvesting systems to maintain
the water supply. (Water may pump for up to a hundred days, but
eventually the remaining water systems will become

  • Learn to live without electricity. If you simply shut off the
    power for a weekend and see how you get around your daily
    life, you will learn a lot. You may not have enough food in
    your garden to even make a salad for one night!
  • Develop your prepper skills.
  • Stockpile food and supplies.
  • Plan your home defense strategy.

Questions about an ElectroMagnetic Pulse...

What is an ElectroMagnetic Pulse?
An EMP is a silent shock wave, a surge of electrical energy that
could destroy the power grid. Quietly it would wipe out every
electrical appliance in it's path! Every unprotected battery and
electrical device would be rendered useless. Circuit breakers and
surge protectors won't work. An EMP could be triggered by a
geomagnetic event (solar flares) or a nuclear event (either an
attack or a meltdown from a natural event).

Not such a big deal, you say? Well, then imagine this very real
scenario: you're driving along to the tune of your favorite song
and suddenly there is no radio as you flip stations and your car
powers off, you assume your car has a major problem. You slam
the breaks as you notice the immediate traffic jam of other
vehicles experiencing the same problem. Everyone whips out their
cell phones to the shock of silence.

  • Stage one: People get out of their vehicles and talk with
    others. Speculation sets in about what has occurred. Within
    minutes everyone knows something is seriously wrong.
    Roads are blocked.

  • Stage two: Panic sets in. It's every "man for himself!"
    People head to the stores for food, water, fuel and survival
    essentials on bicycles and by foot. Unfortunately, without
    power the stores will be unavailable to calculate receipts or
    process money. Clerks, managers and shop owners take
    defensible actions as looting sets in.

  • Stage three: Mass hysteria ensues, true madness as
    starvation escalates.

  • Stage four: Survivors form gangs, start ruling and
    conquering. Murders begin happening for resources. Mass
    starvation sets in. Death tolls mount.

  • Stage five Nearly all resources are gone and canabilism sets
    in and surviving communities collectively band together to
    forage and grow food.

What are the first signs of an EMP?
You may notice a burst of light in the sky. If you are touching
anything metal, such as your car keys, you may get scorched.
Cars will cease to work because an EMP would effect engines.
Airplanes would fall from the sky. All electricity would shut down,
which would in turn affect the water flow. Your cell phone won't
work. The lights may go out for good.

According to this USA today article "One EMP burst and the
world goes dark," "The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils
and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses."

Consider that Flight 370 could have fallen because of an EMP
and you'll soon realize that we don't really know the first
signs of an EMP.

Watch the Discovery Channel as they explain an EMP bomb.
Here is an introduction to the EMP documentary:

Want to know the first signs of an EMP? Get a RADSticker
Dosimeter! What is a RADSticker? This postage stamp sized
dosimeter, pictured right becomes darker as it is exposed to
radiation. This invaluable instant color developing dosimeter is
always ready and with you 24/7, stuck onto the back of your
drivers license or anything you keep close, for any future
radiation emergency.

The most important thing to remember is to always have hope.
Ultimately your survival demands you hold an openness to the
possibilities! Open your mind to the idea that you will survive.
We're happy to provide guidance on how survive and EMP attack
is possible, by providing dozens of preparedness tips.

First, we'll show you the things to do immediately following an
EMP, then we'll tell you the steps you can take now to prepare for
the years following the catastrophe, which will surely devastate
mankind. It sounds rather drastic and it is, but now you knowthat
you must open your mind to the possibilities. Your survival is

How to set up your home to prepare for an EMP  

Who has the power to make the U.S. grid go down?
The following countries have the power to decimate the
population in a slow death of starvation and disease resulting
from an EMP:

What to do immediately following an Electromagnetic
Pulse (EMP):
Learn how to prepare for and survive an EMP attack!

#1: Steer clear of electronics upon impact.
Be nimble. If you see a flash of white light, steer clear of
anything electronic. Anything that can conduct electricity will be a
deadly force

After you see the telltale and foreboding white light signaling
impending destruction, beware of power lines and circuitry, and
don't touch metal pipes to avoid electric shock. Even your
cellphone will have massive amounts of electricity racing through

As mentioned in our
previous article on EMP, you should already
have a surge protector for the electronic equipment in your home
as a way to shield your devices from EMP. This should provide a
layer of protection.

  • Fill up the bathtubs with water! Americans take it for
    granted that when we turn on the faucet, the water will
    come out, but after an EMP the horrifying truth is that the
    water will eventually run dry and more quickly than you may

    Every prepper home would be well equipped with waterBOB
    for each bathroom with a bathtub. Fresh water is a priority
    because lack of it will be among the first killers following an
    EMP attack. The waterBOB will get you through the worst
    and help you to survive when the others will perish. It is
    only part of your plan for water, which should also include
    filtration devices, such as:

  • Keep your Faraday box intact for the short term. Don't
    open your Faraday box immediately in case of geomagnetic
    storm. Like an earthquake, there may be waves of
    destruction, whether man made or from the solar system.

  • Beware of Endemics! Do you know the difference between
    and endemic and a pandemic? An epidemic is the rapid
    spread of a localized disease; while a pandemic strikes in
    world-wide proportions. Whatever localized infection is
    taking place, there will be fewer resources with which to
    handle. An endemic of one sort or another is inevitable. As
    the gravity of the situation sets in, you'll need to consider
    that illness can strike more quickly and without help from
    doctors or hospitals.

  • Keep your important gear in check. If you've followed our
    first article on EMP, then you've amassed the things you
    need (and now you must fight for your life to keep them).
    Here is a list of basic EMP survival supplies:
  1. alternative refrigeration, including making a homemade
    zeer pot.
  2. firearms
  3. Off grid ovens, including Solar oven, volcano oven
  4. Off grid lighting, including oil lamps, soil
  5. Manual kitchen tools, including wall mounted can
    opener, and grain mills
  6. Water filtration and storage systems (and a well water

Master List of Essentials for an EMP
  1. Food. One-year food storage, including ready made canned
    foods, just add hot water meals; grains (wheat and rice) and
    beans; and dehydrated foods; and long term freeze dried
    foods which last upwards of 25 years.
  2. Water. Waters storage for three to six months and means
    to filter water for years to come.
  3. BIC lighter (and other firestarters). A BIC lighter is more
    valuable than a thousand generators.
  4. Several ways to light the night (lamp, flashlight, candles).
    A good option is a solar lamp as it is renewable energy.
  5. Fuel (wood, charcoal, propane, rechargeable batteries).
    Biomass material is good, but you'll also need fuel for
  6. Rocket stove (and other alternative cooking methods). A
    rocket stove efficiently.
  7. Sanitation. Method to safely dump bodily waste. A way to
    do the laundry and a way to bathe and keep clean.
  8. Garbage and compost. Method for dealing with trash,
    potentially also to bury the dead.
  9. First aid, dental and medical kit.
  10. Refrigeration. Zeer pot, root cellar (for storage of root
    vegetables). Solar refrigerators are available.
  11. Faraday cage and communications. A two way radio, and a
    HAM radio protected in a Faraday cage potentially could help
    unveil the aftermath of an EMP attack to fully assess the
  12. Firearms to defend and protect what is rightfully yours.

Now at least you have a chance for survival. The poor fools who
haven't read up on an EMP attack haven't got a chance.
Prepper movie: American Blackout
EMP 333 Days
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