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What To Store In Your Faraday Cages? — 28 Comments

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  2. Yes, but they also had horses, wagons, and commerce, even though it was slower than now.
    Also we must remember the ebola that is coming to add to the mix of panic and need. No one is mentioning the natural health necessary to address these problems and how/what is needed for that. Vitamins are not all. Herbs are the best and immunological.

  3. My gosh, then how do you keep things charged up ready for use when ya need them. You put all of that stuff in a box to save you better be prepared to purchase this all again so you can continue to live, work, play and survive just daily life. These are all things we use, all the time. Not just once in a while or once a year or two. We are all electronically “hooked”. If I have to seal my radiation monitor in the cage, then what good is going to do me? When and if I need it, I will have to unseal the cage, which will contaminate all that is in the cage, dig thru to find the meter, and then see if I am contaminated. Gotta rethink this stuff. Might need several EMP cages all around everywhere. Thanks for the ideas though. Just opens up a whole new world of other options.

    • Well, I think you should look further into EMP and radiation. EMP causes no radiation, though the reverse isn’t necessarily true. Batteries need to be recharged. Figure out a schedule that works for what you have and make it a part of your semiannual routine. You shouldn’t be allowing any of your preps to sit too long without inspection anyway.

  4. The more I think about this, if you are prepping and preparing properly, then you are preparing to survive! Preparing to be without the biggest majority of this stuff. Cause if this does happen, these things are just useless stuff.

  5. Here’s how I’m surviving an EMP, preparing to live without electronics PERIOD. Learn NOW to live without should the need arise. It’s great to have electricity and all sorts of electronic devices at your disposal, but in my opinion, it also make’s you a target to those who lack those things and WANT them.

    As the article mentions, an EMP attack would throw us back to the 1800’s, and THAT is how you prepare, you learn NOW how people lived back then, you learn those skills, you practice them as much as possible. Ditch the tablet and kindle idea and stock up on REAL BOOKS.

    Yes, having a kindle or tablet filled to the brim with tons of information is great to have, especially if you have to be on the move, but the truth is, American today are NOT conditioned to hike long distances even carrying a kindle. And great, you got your kindle going along with you on your journey.. What about food? Water? Do you have the endurance to lug along a weeks worth of both? Do you know how to procure it from the wild if necessary? Do you know what plants are safe to eat? Do you know how to clean and dress animals you’ve hunted/trapped? Do you know how to make water safe to drink?

    Carrying your kindle with you and ‘learning’ on the run is DUMB, you’re going to be dead in a week. Most people don’t have a bug out location, if you’re home is compromised, then what? Where do you go? Run to the hills with the thousands of other’s who had the same stroke of “genius” to live off the land after the read how on their kindle or watched a couple downloaded youtube clips on their tablet?

    The author is correct, information is POWER and that POWER is needed NOW, not after the fact. Prep with your brain, not with stuff. Learn to build, learn to make things by hand, learn to hunt and forage, even learn to eat insects. The more primitive in mindset and skills you can get, the GREATER your chances of surviving an EMP is going to be. Get to a point where you can go on a week long ‘camping’ trip into the woods with nothing but a good knife.

    The industrialization of civilization has weakened the human intellect and body, once you break that bond, only then do you have a chance of survival.

    • Excellent book, One Second After… recommended read if you are serious about this topic. I agree with simplifying and accepting life will be better with NO electricity or electronics. Non-hybrid seeds will be much more valuable and better weight to carry when hiking, rather than a kindle. Think organic, natural and holistic. Live like the Amish – better sooner than later… my two cents.

  6. Think about bicycles with basket or paniers, tools, hand tire pump, inner tube replacements and yes of course a heavy duty lock.

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  9. “Repair parts for cars, trucks, tractors, ATVs,” I am not a mechanic. i would like to ask what specific electronic components there are from vehicles (cars, planes, boats, etc) that are vulnerable to an EMP attack. Also, is there an organized network of preppers which could share responsibility for storing high value items which could be used in rebuilding, such as parts for trains, trucks, factory machinery,etc.?

    • That’s a difficult question to answer. For one, I have no idea which parts are susceptible and which aren’t susceptible to EMP. Secondly, I have no idea which specific vehicles you’re referring to. However, even if I did, it’s really beyond my ability to answer this for you. You’ll need to do your own research and determine which parts you need to store.

  10. Solar panels have a junction box with 3 diodes that increases the energy efficiency and may be damaged during the normal use. I don’t know if another parts can survive an EMP event, but this component certainly not and fortunately it can be replaced. So a good practice when using solar panels would be to store one or more junction boxes into the Faraday’s cage.

  11. hi, and thanks for useful list; however am confused: you keep saying wrap things in foil. but shouldn’t I wrap them in something to insulate them from the foil first? otherwise am I not just making them a more attractive surge atractor!

  12. I’m curious if anyone has thought of using a old refrigerator as a faraday cage, with it’s corners /seams sealed with foil tape? And which vehicles are least likely to get zapped? Or is there a way to protect your vehicle again from being zapped?
    And would a external hard drive be a good save?
    Any suggestions or ideas is better than none.

  13. If you build your own faraday cage, you need to constantly keep opening it to change out batteries, let things recharge, and things like that? So don’t just seal it up and leave it, you have to keep reopening, taking care of everything, then resealing?

  14. What should you keep stashed away in case there is a total blackout? Sometimes we get so used to having electricity around that we simply cannot picture ourselves without it. Also, batteries are slowly becoming a thing of the past, unless maybe you want to travel. It is a good thing that this article gives you an extensive list of the things that you should keep in a faraday cage, and this way you will not leave anything out. While some people might think of entertainment and communication first, things like a digital camera and night vision devices might come in handy

    • Total blackout? Whether caused by EMP or not, the same list of gear would apply.

      Batteries a thing of the past? Not really. Batteries are in just about everything and the technology has improved greatly over the last few years and we continue to make strides in battery tech. If you haven’t upgraded your rechargeable batteries and chargers lately, you should look into doing so.

  15. Harbor Freight sells a simple and economical ($25 and $14) Faraday cage (aka aluminum tool case) in 2 sizes (18″ x 13″ x 6″ and a smaller one). It is all aluminum with doubled edges and corners, insulated inside and, best of all, the hinged lid is constructed as a male/female aluminum-to-aluminum engagement around the entire case.. (picture a tongue and groove joint). Handy size, easy to access contents, no need for foil tape, light, and portable…

    • Hmm… you would need to test it (as described on this site). Looking at the pictures of these cases, they have rubber or plastic on the corners, making for an entry point of RF (EMP). The are also pretty thin. I’d put foil tape around the edges and test when sealed. My guess is this might make a good inner box, but probably not going to be good for the only layer of EMP protection.

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