Survive EMP

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Solution

Increasing the odds to survive EMP

 The description of  “EMP” can be found under “Why be prepared”

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Prelude

Despite the living conditions imposed upon recipients of a catastrophic EMP this is a situation that can be prepared for. It is not such a big deal for those who practice self reliance and a survival like independence from the "Grid". For those who are dependent on the grid of electricity this can present itself to be a difficult situation and can be unforgiving for most people. Learning new skills can make the difference between surviving and perishing. It is a massive misconception that governmental agencies will be there for us all if such a scenario occurs. It is also a suspected belief that our prepping neighbor will lend a hand and provide the food and sustenance we will need to survive until "the government" or "someone" does something to fix the problem. That sort of thinking is self destructive and could be our UN-doing. Restoration of the power grid, ... if at all, ... is subject to the conditions, availability of equipment and schedules. With that being said it is reasonable to assume that life without electrical power may extend for a great deal of time. The aim is to have the skills and supplies as well as the discipline and determination to make it through the restoration period for the electrical grid or create a grid for ourselves using the appropriate skills we have. This will present many challenges which include the implementation of security measures as well as being faced with moral dilemma's when turning people away for what ever reason we may have at the time. We cant feed or sustain everyone but generosity does breed a healthy community spirit within a group or gathering of like minded people. It is a human instinct to survive therefore it is possible to make it through an EMP type event. Survival minded people benefit from being prepared for this type of event.

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The following information has been provided with the intent to assist survival minded individuals in preparation for the possibility of enduring an EMP (Electromagnetic pulse) and the results which follow.

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Social adjustments

As with any disaster it is always prudent to be alert and aware of social changes as a result of any disaster. Most situations classified as a disaster have a degree of social repercussions associated with it. Some of those changes are good and some are bad. This is where the rubber hits the road as they saying goes. Regions that stand the potential for the highest impact are those with the heaviest population. Too many people in a geographical area severely impair bug out plans and present a huge variable that should be considered. The social implications for such an event occurring in a largely populated area can be relatively vasts and quick to transpire. As a resident of a heavily populated region we may be faced with choosing to align ourselves with one or more specific groups or personalities as the situation continues to spiral out of control. This is when self reliance becomes important. We have seen it too many times in all those disaster movies where groups of people forming small lawless type communities make an attempt to conquer with force and fear. It will be advantageous to have a plan in place and resources available. Defending those resources may also prove to be a challenge during and after such an event. It is always important to consider ourselves as a target for those who know we have those resources. During these times a heavy degree of discretion is advisable. The best way to avoid social upheaval as a result of any disaster is to get out of the way of chaos. To live and work in regions with less activity and congestion is strategic and advantageous. If not than be sure to have a bug out plan that is conducive for escaping the social implications resulting from an escalating situation. The duration of such an event will most likely be undetermined so sticking around in a densely  populated region may not be the best course of action. If Bugging out is not an option than having a plan to "Hunker down" should be strong and support a reasonable duration due to the unknown factors associated with an EMP disaster.

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Hunker down or bug out 

The decision to  hunker down or bug out can be a gamble especially when the decision is based solely on emotional conditions. Making an educated guess is still better than following someone else without assurance of the outcome. Awareness, preparedness and education are key to making these kind of decisions. Each person has specifics in their lives that will likely require a tailored plan of action. Some people have children or take care of elderly family members while others are responsible for only themselves. These conditions are huge factors in decision making. Some situations and conditions prompt those with survival like instincts to leave their area at once while other occasions support hunkering down as a better option for survival. How do we know when to do one or the other?

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Hunkering down

If the decision has been made to hunker down than take in consideration that the duration of holding up in your chosen location may be of long duration or potentially indefinite. Some resources advise to have a minimum of 7 to 10 days of supplies. This type of plan may require a back up option for bugging out. Hunkering down involves more than having enough supplies to glide past a calamity. Resources eventually become depleted and run out. It may be prudent to learn skills that can provide or create those resources ourselves. Gardening has always been a favorite of true preppers. Educating ourselves on survival and self reliance techniques can offer the very highest degree and chances of survival. Be alert of infection and illnesses in the area. Implement infection control measures with the aim of preventing contamination. Charcoal filter media or other filtering materials can be applied to air intake vents with the attempt to scrub incoming air. Water catch systems are good to consider for the chosen hunkering down location accompanied with methods of filtering processes. With the understanding that municipal water systems may stop functioning it is also important to consider relocating. A property with a hand driven well pump is highly advantageous. It is also important to consider storing long term foods like dehydrated and freeze dried provisions. Some of these provisions can be stored for years but require a fresh source of drinking water to bring the food to a usable status. No-one wants to eat powder for a meal. Rationing can have its difficulties as well,.... especially when we are hungry and our stomach hurts. Hunger can make the most civilized people do unspeakable things to survive. Having people to take care of makes it even harder to manage. Having some batteries is not a bad idea but it is far more advantageous to consider making electricity in a larger capacity so as to aid in alleviating the discomfort of losing the grid. Having a radio protected from the event will allow contact with the outside world offering additional information on the status of the situation or calamity. Security is last to mention here. Be aware that there are those without a plan who will act on desperation and spontaneity. That means that we all become targets. Protection and surveillance is paramount.

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Bugging out

It has always been advantageous to have some sort of bug out gear and supplies as well as a few potential locations to run to. If the choice has been made to bug out than it has hopefully been done as an educated, well informed decision. Bugging out can have it's share of difficulties which should be considered. Each region of population has inherent obstacles and challenges to deal with. Knowing our surroundings and what those conditions are at all times is a key factor in bugging out successfully. The intent may be to escape but the conditions may prohibit a hasty departure. Congestion and grid lock should be expected if traveling by automobile. Public transportation may come to a halt altogether so careful evaluation of those systems can add to the knowledge base for realistic decisions. Sometimes walking is the best way to get out of the area. As with hunkering down having supplies is important. Consider that our automobiles have electronics now days so keeping a few components cant hurt. It has been noted by a few resources that our cars metal covering will do the trick but should not be relied upon as factual. Having alternate forms of transportation such as a bicycle aids in the backup plan. Stashing resources in a few locations along the way to your bug out location may make the difference between living or not. These are commonly referred to as a"Cashe". Always have a few locations to bug out to with known or stashed resources near by. Keep the popularity down of the bug out location. The fewer the better. Be safe,... stay alert and initiate protection protocols. Final note on bugging out. The best informed decision will prompt the quickest and wisest course of action as to when to go. Getting a jump over others may make the biggest difference of all. Getting out of the area before the chaos begins.

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Protecting electronic equipment

Remember those TV shows and movies where someone is caught wearing a foil hat over their heads with the aim of disrupting or blocking unwanted signals from entering their brain? Seems kinda funny but claimed as true by many survival enthusiasts as to its effectiveness. The Faraday Cage is one apparatus that can be made at home and be used to block EMP waves from rendering our electronic equipment UN-usable. A simple metal garbage can provide a degree of protection against electrical pulse wave events like an EMP.Despite what so called "experts" say, ... it is smarter to error on the side of caution and protect sensitive electronic equipment accordingly. Why take chances.

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Creating electricity:

There is another way to exercise independence from the electrical grid. Electricity is certainly a component of modern day living and humans all around the world have become dependent on its delivery and presents. Most everyone who has become accustomed to having electricity in their daily lives has experienced the loss of electrical power a time or two. Power outages can last a few hours or even days. In some regions power outages occur often enough to prompt survival minded people to provide their own electricity. Gas powered generators can be stored in a Faraday cage and used to make power later. Unfortunately these sorts of generators rely on conventional fuels which will eventually run out. Some extreme survival type folks build wood gasifiers to make their generators or vehicles run after the conventional fuels have been depleted. Solar cells and battery banks are also a good source of generating electricity. Another option to be considered is in the world of wind power. An old automobile generator can be affixed with blades to force a rotation causing electrical power to be generated and functional used to power home devices. Some additional resources for creating electricity have been claimed by some as free form type or over unity devices requiring very little input yet return a high level of output. WITTS Ministries is one such organization to research on such claims. These guys are said to have invented those hover boards seen on the "Back to the future" movie #2. Apparently the technology is very real. Just not available for the general public.

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Living without electricity:

Here's a thought which may provoke fear and uncertainty. Try living a life without electricity. Not a big deal for those who practice such a life style however a culture shock experience for those who have lived their lives dependent on electricity. Living off the grid does not mean living without electricity but planning to survive under such conditions is advantageous and conducive for survival.

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Surviving a massive EMP may be subject to adjustments and acclimation. To be prepared and ready for any such calamity makes it easier to make that transition.

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Videos

 

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Resources

http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/07.09/onesecondafter.html

http://graywolfsurvival.com/3761/survive-emp-attack-emp/

http://www.happypreppers.com/EMP.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-an-EMP

http://www.witts.ws/

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