EMP On America: Preppers Vs Non-Preppers- Who Will Live, Who Will Die in the 1st 72 Hours

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In May of 2014, experts testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, on what the “catastrophic” effects of an “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)” would be for Americans.

According to Dr. Peter Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an EMP event could wipe out 90 percent of America’s population.

In the article below we are going to take a look at the the first 72 hours after an EMP attack on America and the difference between the 90 percent that could be wiped out and the ten percent that will survive, and why.

The Heritage Foundation explains “an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack represents one of the greatest threats imaginable—to the United States and the world. An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is detonated high in the atmosphere—a phenomenon of which America’s enemies are well aware. The electromagnetic discharge can permanently disable the electrical systems that run nearly all civilian and military infrastructures. A massive EMP attack on the United States would produce almost unimaginable devastation. Communications would collapse, transportation would halt, and electrical power would simply be non-existent. Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine.”

The bottom line is that Earth would most likely recede into the “new” Dark Ages.

The difference between life and death after an EMP attack on America can be summed up in one word – Preparedness.

We are talking no power, no food, no banking, no transportation, no radio, television and no Internet…. people completely cut off from the very basics they depend on to survive in the technologically advanced world we live in, and cut off from each other.

Lets look at a conversation between a couple preparing for either an EMP, economic collapse, a natural disaster or any other event that would force them to survive without the basics, who we will call Mary and John in comparison to a non-prepping couple who think people like Mary and John are paranoid, so they haven’t prepared, who we will call Beth and Tim.

In the first 24 hours directly after an EMP attack, people would find they have no power. No transportation because their vehicles electronics were fried. No phone service. No Internet. No access to cash because even if they walked to their bank they would find the systems down and wouldn’t be able to withdraw any cash. Even grocery stores depend on computers to run their cash registers, so getting food would be difficult.

Now imagine the difference in the conversation between a couple who have prepared for the worst in comparison to a couple that didn’t…..

Lights Out

Preppers, Mary and John – Mary: I have been listening on the short wave, it isn’t local, power is out all across the country. Cars won’t start, landlines are out, cells phones are down … they say it is an EMP attack and grids are down all over. John: I’ll get the portable generator hooked up, keep the food in the fridge good. Mary: I’ll grab the flashlights and some extra batteries and a couple cans of Sterno and some extra blankets. John: Then we’ll sit down and list what we need to do, don’t worry, this is what we have been preparing for.

Non-Preppers, Beth and Tim – Beth: We lost electric and the phone isn’t working to report it. Tim: Use the cell. Beth: Cell isn’t working either?!? Tim: I’ll check outside see if it is just us or if the whole street is down [….] Looks like the whole street, I am going to drive up to the store and see if I can use their phone to report it. […] Car won’t start, phones are down, no power…. something is going on. Beth: How do we find out what is happening?? Tim: I don’t know, let me think!

Power – Mary and John prepared by purchasing portable manual generators, kept them unplugged until needed, so chances are they would still be able to keep their stock of perishables from going bad. They stocked up on batteries, flashlights so they don’t waste generator fuel or solar capacity. Beth and Tim are stuck in the dark, literally, until they learn from others that did prepare that their power isn’t coming back on….. perhaps for a couple of years at least, as is explained below.



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