Power Outage: Normal, EMP or CME

Know the difference between a normal power outage and one that’s caused by an electromagnetic pulse or coronal mass ejection event.

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:

Here are some quick and easy ways to tell if the power outage that just happened is caused by EMP, CME or a normal power outage.

Normal Power Outage: Outage maybe localized or widespread. All electric gear that runs on batteries will be working. Your cell phone should still work (cell towers have battery backups) and there will be radio stations on the air.  There will be no trouble with vehicles.

CME Induced: Widespread power outage. Most electronics are still working, though some connected to the power grid might have fried.  No vehicles are having problems.  All or nearly all radio stations are off the air due to the voltage that was induced into their power systems.  Some stations may be able to get their backup generators working and start transmitting again, even if on their backup transmitter.

EMP Event: Total outage of power. All or most of your electronics don’t work. Cell phones are either inoperable or can’t get a signal. Lots of vehicles with problems dying or not starting. No radio stations on the air, assuming you have a radio that works to check with.

Be sure to check out the two-part podcast series on EMP and EMP Protection:

  1. EMP and EMP Preparedness, Part 1
  2. EMP and EMP Preparedness, Part 2

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