Dan Vergano had an interesting piece in USA TODAY called One EMP burst and the world goes dark regarding the threat of electromagnetic disaster that hangs over us, like a pendulum over a condemned man in the past.
The sky erupts. Cities darken, food spoils and homes fall silent. Civilization collapses.
End-of-the-world novel? A video game? Or could such a scenario loom in America’s future?
There is talk of catastrophe ahead, depending on whom you believe, because of the threat of an electromagnetic pulse triggered by either a supersized solar storm or terrorist A-bomb, both capable of disabling the electric grid that powers modern life…
In large part Vergano is correct in his assumptions, but there are a few points many, myself included, differ with. As to the probability of one type of event over the other, odds suggest it far more likely that we will face a definite electromagnetic pulse from the sun before we suffer a strike from some terrorist attack via an ICBM with a nuclear warhead. There are several reasons for this feeling, many of which are not being discussed in most of the conversations I’ve been involved in.
For one, there are few countries in the world with the actual wherewithal to accomplish such an attack in the scope needed to sufficiently silence our infrastructure. Secondly, the US military has known of this problem for decades, and because of this builds their equipment to be hardened against such an attack. That being the case, an attack of this stature may cause the civilian world distress, but it will not prevent the military powers from returning an attack, decimating the initiating country. That’s not something anybody wants to see, especially those countries that do have the capabilities to launch such an attack.
China could hurl a couple of warheads at us, destroy our power grid and infrastructure, and place us into a third world status, but they won’t. Why won’t they? The simple answer is because if they destroy our economy, who will buy their goods? We are their economy, and we both know it. If we were to stop buying from China’s manufacturing sector, they also would suffer a catastrophic blow to their economy. North Korea has yet to develop an ICBM capable of delivering a warhead over the US to the altitude, as well as latitude and longitude necessary to create such an event as Vergano talks about. Who else is there that may want to destroy us through a high altitude EMP (HEMP) burst? Certainly the Muslim extremists may wish to attack us in such a manner, but they haven’t the infrastructure to accomplish the feat.
They could attack us by subterfuge, but they cannot create an event that would cripple the entire nation. As I’ve written before, they could utilize a fishing vessel with a South American registry, conceal a containerized missile system and launch a small nuclear warhead, but to be successful they would require at least five separate teams at a minimum to cause minimal damage. That’s five large fishing vessels, fully equipped, five crews of sailors, five containerized missile systems, plus missiles, and five launch crews. That’s a lot of money, and a lot of equipment. But they still would only be able to affect a small area of this nation, relatively speaking.
No, the real threat is more likely from natural causes. And from what I have been able to glean from sources, there is a definite probability of a coronal mass ejection (CME) causing more damage around the entire planet than we realize. Only by taking precautions and preparing now can we be ready to survive the times we are to face when this eventually happens.
But a bigger danger that I see happening, based on past experiences is the adjunct effects that will be created as we draw closer to 2012 and the beginning of the next solar cycle. While there is no way to predict a CMEs occurrence ahead of time, we can detect its occurrence as it erupts, giving us a couple of heartbeats worth of warning. But that doesn’t help much. We need to have our homesteads hardened against such an occurrence now, not when we hear from NOAA or NASA that it’s on its way. Install a grounding grid around your home, and build some Faraday Cages to store your electronics in when not in use to be safe from harm. We can protect ourselves, and we can survive, and in fact thrive when everyone else is floating in the middle of the lake with no gas for the boat.
More importantly, as we get closer to 2012 we will likely see an increase in panic buying of survival and preparedness supplies, driving the costs up beyond reason. People will become incensed with the need to prepare for this event, and in so doing will likely destroy their hope for survival because they will not take the time to learn about the threat. They will not ADD to survive. You can learn more about ADDing to survive in my book “Surviving the Times” available at the top left of this blog.
After the elections are over and I have some time to devote to the issue I’ll lay out an EMP survival plan that you can follow to safeguard your property and equipment from most destructive events, whether natural or manmade. I’ll also devote an entire episode of my radio show to the same topic. Stay tuned for the solutions you need to survive the coming times.