Episode 121 – EMP and EMP Protection Part 2






Be sure to listen to Part 1 of the EMP and EMP Protection and EMP Preparedness podcast first.

Continuing the podcast on EMP Preparedness, in Part Two, we look at some common EMP Myths.  While there are many more myths than just the few I go over, these are some of the more common ones.

Be sure to check out the videos I did that demonstrates shielding against a 50,000 watt AM signal, and the Surviving EMP Mini-Guide:

Some people are making the assumption that if we are hit with an EMP attack, it will only be a matter of weeks or perhaps a few months before the power grid is restored.  Unfortunately, the reality is much worse.  The main reason it will take a long time is due to the amount of large transformers that will be completely destroyed by the E1 pulse. These transformers aren’t made here in the US, they are special order only from overseas.  They can take years to obtain under current conditions, and will be far more difficult after the power grid is toast.

I spend a lot of time covering how to protect your electronic devices in Part Two of the podcast.  There is an accompanying article, called EMP Preparedness, that also goes over these things. I then covered some of the things you should consider storing in your Faraday cage and a which checklist on how to tell if a power outage was caused by an EMP or CME event.

I conclude the podcast with some considerations for immediate action and what to consider for a prolonged existence in an post-EMP environment.

Because there is no direct effect to humans from EMP or CME, it will be unlike any other disaster that we have faced in this country. Literally, we will go from the most over-fed people on the earth to the least fed in only a matter of months.

An EMP event is survivable, but only if you plan. Storing your electronics in Faraday cages is, truly, only a very small part of what you would need to do in order to survive.  Without the basic utilities of daily food deliveries, water pressure and running sewers, life as we know it will change in the blink of an eye.

The answer is communities. Not in an urban sense, but in a rural sense. Groups of people that can rally around each other and support each other. As you’ll need to grow your own food and provide for your own defense, the farming communities will have the best chance of surviving this nightmare scenario. Those stuck in the cities will most likely perish a cruel and cold death.

By making your plans now, you and your family will have a much greater chance of surviving.



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8 Responses to Episode 121 – EMP and EMP Protection Part 2

  1. Rob,
    What are your thoughts on the possible damage to solar panels?
    Most of them have a back flow diode..
    I’m only talking about the panels..not the other pieces..

    • Rob Hanus says:

      All of the data on EMP is still classified, so all we can do is make guesses based on what we know. There are basically two schools of thought on this, and of course, they’re contradictory. The “old school” opinions say that panels are susceptible, but more recent data suggests they should withstand an EMP. Check out the results of this search and you’ll see what I mean:


      Personally, I think that they are probably susceptible, at least partially. If you have plans to use solar panels after an EMP event, you should probably put them into Faraday protection, just to be on the safe side. This is, of course, problematic for large panels or panels that are currently in use.

      Unfortunately, there is no simple solution here, other than to A) keep all of your small panels wrapped in foil when not in use, and B) have spares of large panels wrapped in foil while in storage.

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  6. Donald Adams says:

    If the power is out for years why protect anything electronic? There will be no power for it and it will be useless. Batteries will wear out even with solar panels to recharge them. I’ve stopped buying anything electric. Dumped the TV too, great move!

    • Rob Hanus says:

      You can make your own electricity in so many ways, why not harness the force-multipling power of electronic devices? Books, music, pictures, video, survival info, gardening info, medical info… the list goes on and on. Digital information has become very integrated with our daily lives and will continue to become even more so as the years go on. Assuming that you can easily drop access to this kind of information is as foolish as thinking you’ll easily be able to switch to a electricity-free lifestyle (note that I refer to people as a whole, not one specific individual who may be currently living like a hermit).

      And that’s only referring to computing devices. Think about all the functions we get from electronic devices; everything from well pumps to security systems.

      If the power does remain out for years, yes, these devices will cease to function eventually. However, until that happens, providing your own electrical power to run devices and machines will help ease into a 100% electricity-free life.

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