When it comes to prepping and overall awareness of the many possible crisis situations that lurk in the 21st century, a lot of people disregard state-wide, EMP blackouts. With most of us largely depending on modern electrical appliances we often fail to see how vulnerable we are to the possibility of an EMP attack. That’s why we need to dig deeper into all the scenarios that arise after such an occurrence and shed some light on the best tips to take into account in an eventual EMP Blackout.
Recognizing the Dangers
An EMP is short for Electromagnetic Pulse, which can both occur by natural causes or be artificially generated as a military attack. In either case, such a pulse is disastrous for any electrical appliance and short-circuitry, and because of this it is used as an effective, non-lethal weapon that can easily put the adversary’s populace “out of action”. Which means that in the wake of such a disaster most modern homes will suffer a blackout and all the problems that arise with it. You will depend on yourself and any non-electrical supplies you have stored in case of emergency. The best choices for this are of course all those tools that don’t rely on batteries, electricity or radio signals. Your options vary between the old-school, traditional items such as candles and lanterns, matches and lighters, firewood stoves, and solar or hand powered (induction) tools. In these situations, looking back to the past is often the most reasonable choice.
But just exactly should you deal with first? In a blackout we quickly lose the commodities that are essential to us. That’s why you should take care of them first, and think in advance for things less important. But here’s just a few important tips to turn your attention to:
- Begin Dealing with the Problem
Sitting idly and waiting for the issue to resolve itself will do you no good. Instead, being prepared as you are, you will need to promptly get your wits about you and deal with the problem at hand. Think of the priorities and consider your options. Emergency source of light, proper ventilation and emergency way of communication should all be taken care of and always be close to hand, if we consider that food supplies are prepared beforehand. Afterwards, deal with one thing after another until you’re certain your family is taken care of for the time being.
- Consider the Water Sources
Following an EMP blackout, sources of water might soon go dry. Make this a priority on your list and take care of it as soon as possible. Fill any large container with tap water before it’s cut off. Also consider filling your bath tub with water. No matter the situation, you want to have whatever source of water possible, in summer months especially.
- Take Care of Your Own
Your family first. Make this your rule. In many cases, for men especially, you will be the refuge for your wife and children, seeking your guidance and protection. This is partly a natural order of things. Remember that they depend on you and act accordingly. Only after you took care of your own and are somewhat sure of their immediate safety, may you get in touch with your neighbors or the rest of the family, trying to help them and work together towards a solution or collective safety.
- Wait it Out and be Patient
The Final step you might need to take is to simply wait it out. With the immensity of such a wide spread problem, you partly depend on the collective, the state. You can only go as far as to take care of your own family and their safety. If you think in advance you would have stocked up on food and water supplies, as well as non-electric light sources. With these things under control, you need to wait for the further instructions by the government.
Assess and Deal With the Situation
Remember that in these situations, patience and composure are essential and can only work to your advantage. As we wrote before, panic has no place in a crisis or in survival situations. So this is why it is imperative to retain your composure, keep your wits about you and start thinking in a rational and logical manner. Only that can get you in a positive position during a dangerous situation. By following logical steps, one by one, you can ensure safety for your family and yourself. Descending into panic, disorganization and irrational decisions will only lead to more problems and deepen your current predicament. So keep in mind – take a deep breath and take matters into your own hands.
EMP Blackouts are by no means a small threat. They can be a large-scale non-lethal attack that stops an area dead in its tracks. Often neglected by the prepper communities, we should take care to shed more light on these interesting and certainly possible dangers. We hope that in our small, basic article you can draw some conclusions on the nature of such a crisis, and will think in advance, making sure you are always prepared for and danger coming your way!