Survival Scout Tips — EMP

The Science Behind Solar Flares and the Grid

Understanding the facts and history behind solar flares will help you and your family know how to prepare for a worst-case scenario. A handful of solar flares over the last century have resulted in well-documented disruptions to Earth’s electromagnetic field. 

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Most-Read Preparedness Stories of 2018

While we’re only halfway through 2018, this volatile year has already seen significant developments that seriously affect folks like us who prepare.

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Starfish Prime: The First Major, Observable Man-made EMP in History

Just 5 days after Independence Day in 1962, our military put on its own show in the sky across the Pacific. In a project code-named Starfish Prime part of Operation Fishbowl, the Atomic Energy Commission launched a thermonuclear warhead on the nose of a Thor rocket, detonating 250 miles above the ocean. People from Hawaii to New Zealand witnessed a sky illuminated with rainbow stripes and artificial auroras. These auroras, we now know, are caused by pulses of electromagnetic radiation, or EMPs. Solar flares cause the natural auroras like our Northern Lights, and can occasionally cause massive EMPs. This was...

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More Volatility Means Increased Urgency to Prepare

2017 was a record year for natural disasters. The US experienced 15 billion-dollar in disasters as of October and must better prepare for more emergencies in the future.

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A Discovery Older Than America Might Help Protect It Today

A DISCOVERY OLDER THAN AMERICA MAY HELP PROTECT IT TODAY To start today’s discussion of EMP shielding, we are going to go back to 1755. As you may know, our polymath founding father Benjamin Franklin conducted many experiments with electricity in the mid-18th century. Franklin’s kite experiment is perhaps the most iconic, but in 1755, he discovered a way to shield objects from electrical charges. He did this by lowering an uncharged cork ball suspended on a silk thread through an opening in an electrically charged metal can. In his words: The cork was not attracted to the inside of...

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Forming a Personal Plan for Nuclear Fallout

First, let’s take care of some basic terminology. Fallout can be the result of any nuclear event, meaning it could be from a weapon or a nuclear plant meltdown. Nuclear fallout is produced when a nuclear burst takes place sufficiently near the Earth's surface that dirt and dust are ejected high into the atmosphere and become mixed with the nuclear fireball. Generally, depending upon the weapon yield, this includes bursts below 5,000-foot elevation. The debris lifted by the nuclear burst drifts with local wind and the "fallout" is a visible return of this plume to the Earth’s surface. Fallout particles...

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Update: Get the Latest EMP News

Interest and feedback on the topic of EMPs have pushed us to dig deeper. Even national, mainstream media is chattering about it. Let's dive in for the latest news about EMPs and preparedness. Plus, we'll share some great tips from readers like you, as well as answer some frequently asked questions. Before we get started, I wanted to give any readers who haven’t read our series of EMP-related articles a chance to catch up. You can read (or re-read) them here: A Primer on EMPs Solar Storms and the Carrington Event of 1859 Would My Car Survive an EMP? What...

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Would my vehicle function after an EMP event?

Last month, we received a number of similar questions in response to a Survival Scout article. The question: "Would my vehicle function after an EMP event?" It's something we haven't really gone into in our articles, so I thought now would be as good a time as any to discuss it. BUILDING AN EMP-PROOF TRANSPORTATION PLAN ALL QUIET ON THE AMERICAN HIGHWAYS Many of our Survival Scout readers think alike. When we ran our story on the "Black Sky" events many governments were secretly preparing for, many of you asked about how EMPs might affect our automobiles. In case you...

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Daily Bread: A Show About Thriving, Not Just Surviving

“A SHOW ABOUT THRIVING, NOT JUST SURVIVING” Debuting September 8th, Daily Bread is a series we can truly get behind, for a number of reasons.You can watch the trailer below: Recently, I got to pick the brain of the creator and showrunner of Daily Bread, Nina May. MPS: Thank you for taking the time to speak with our Survival Scout readers, Nina. Introduce us to the show… Nina May: Thanks for having me! Daily Bread explores the possibility of a large solar storm completely knocking out the grid, our cars, and devices. Instead of just focusing on one group, there...

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The "Black Sky Event" No One’s Watching

“A Grim and Difficult Dilemma” When I first heard the term “Black Sky Event,” I was a tad unsure as to the meaning. In the past, we’ve covered “ Black Swan Events,” in our Survival Scout articles. To paint with a broad brush, these kinds of events effectively “freeze” systems of commerce through hacking, being overwhelmed, or as a result of those systems going offline. A “Black Sky Hazard” then, is the Black Swan’s bigger, meaner brother. As the EIS (Electric Infrastructure Security) Council – who coined the term – defines it: A Black Sky Hazard is a catastrophic event...

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