Out of all the different potential disasters to prepare for, there is perhaps none that people are as ill-prepared for as an EMP attack. The reason why is because an EMP attack is the one disaster that will literally change the way we live in an instant. It is no wonder why so many people researching about EMP attack survival
We take so many things for granted in today’s post-modern world: Food at the grocery store. Running water. Power and electricity. Heat. Air conditioning. Internet and Wi-Fi. Cell service. Restaurants. TV’s. Smartphones. Laptops and computers. Tablets. Electronic banking.
Each and every one of those above items will no longer be available after an EMP attack has struck…and it won’t just be over a slow passage of time that those things will no longer be available. Rather, those things will no longer be available in literally the blink of an eye.
The Effects of an EMP Attack
Because once the EMP hits, the entire power grid literally will go down. We will be reduced to living in the 1800s all over again. The looted grocery stores, the abandoned vehicles lying on the side of the road, and your disabled smartphone will remind you of when times were normal. Only things will never truly be the same again.
When it comes down to it, EMP attack survival is all about doing one thing: staying alive. And there are steps you can take to ensure that happens. This is exactly what we’re going to talk about in this article.
Here are the top ways to prepare for EMP attack survival:
You Need All Your Basics Covered
Your ‘basics’ refers to everything including food, water, medicine, extra clothes, survival items and everything else you think or know you’ll need.
Here’s the truth: an EMP attack is not a short-term event or even a medium-term one. It’s a long-term event that will last ten years or longer by even the most conservative of estimates.
This is why you need to have a very healthy stockpile of food, water, and other items in your home at all times if you’re serious about your EMP attack survival efforts. Even if you’re not able to stockpile a full ten year supply of everything, at the very least you can store as much as you can.
Specifically, you’ll need one gallon of clean drinking water per person per day (store indoors out of sunlight), food that is long lasting and doesn’t require refrigeration (think beans, white rice, canned meat and vegetables, pasta, etc.), a large shelf of medications (especially prescription meds), and plenty of spare clothes and warm blankets.
You’ll Have To Make Your Home More Defensible
The average American house is not easily defensible and is quite simple to break into. This is unfortunate because desperate people are going to do extreme things following an EMP attack. About 97% if not more of people are not prepared at all for an EMP. So you can fully expect once nice people to turn on one another like savages for food and other necessities.
And once word gets out that your home is stockpiled with supplies, or even if people just suspect it, an attack is inevitable.
Harden Your Home
Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take right now to defend your home. The first is to beef up the entry points. All wooden doors leading outside should be replaced with steel doors using heavy-duty bolts and hinges. All glass windows should be replaced with acrylic glass. It looks the same but is far more durable and resistant to shattering.
You should also begin stacking sandbags in your basement so you can use them to further barricade your home once the EMP attack hits. Investing in barbed wire and some wooden posts so you can create a perimeter of barbed wire fence around your house would also be a wise move, in addition to creating nail boards.
Stockpile Guns and Ammo
Finally, you need guns and ammo. Guns are the great equalizer and without them, your chances of successfully defending your home drop significantly. At the bare minimum, you’ll need a handgun that you keep strapped to your hip at all times and a shotgun. Also investing in a semi-automatic rifle and a longer range rifle would be a wise move as well.
As for ammo, plan on storing at least one thousand rounds per caliber. That may sound like a lot, but it really isn’t. Remember, this has to last you for at least ten years potentially.
You’ll Have To Become Your Own Doctor
One reason why EMP attack survival will be so difficult is that you’ll no longer have access to doctors and medical professionals. Instead, you’ll have to be your own doctor.
Is your stockpile of medications healthy? Do you know how to treat infections or a bullet wound? Is your knowledge of how to take care of a broken limb or a torn tendon sufficient? What would you do if someone in your family got seriously ill and had trouble breathing?
If your answer to these kinds of questions is no, then you definitely need to change that by A. Investing in medicines and a complete first aid kit, and B. Signing up for a first aid class so you can learn more knowledge and get hands-on experience.
You Can’t Rely On The Woods To Feed You
Many preppers have this dream that they’ll be able to sustain themselves after an EMP attack just by hunting down big game and going fishing in the woods. In reality, this concept that the woods will be abundant with wild game, fish, and plant edibles following a disaster is a huge myth and one that needs to be dispelled. Guess what, you’re not the only person who is thinking about hunting, fishing, and foraging. Literally MILLIONS of other people will be thinking the exact same thing!
What does this mean? It means that the forests are literally going to be crawling with millions of other hunters. Regardless of how experienced those hunters are, the simple fact of the matter is that the population of the wild game is going to drop dramatically. Deer may seem plentiful now, but they will become an endangered species after an EMP attack once people begin flooding the woods. The same can be said for other kinds of game as well.
In short, it’s sad to say that your EMP attack survival efforts cannot be reliant on the idea of you feeding yourself with edible plants, fish, and game animals like deer and elk.
You Need To Learn How To Negotiate
Once the stores are looted, the days of you heading into a store to get what you need will have officially come to an end. It will likely stay that way for several years.
From that point one, there will only be two ways to get more of what you need:
Scavenging is not a reliable method because you really have no idea about what you’re getting into or what you’ll find. What you find is what you get. Bartering on the other hands means that you can tell other people exactly what you want and they will respond to you if they have that item or not.
Post EMP Attack Bartering Tips
The issue is that most people have no idea how to barter or negotiate. Fortunately, bartering for survival items in a post-apocalyptic world won’t be that much different than negotiating for a car at a dealership. For example, you must always be prepared to walk away. If you’re not, the opposing party will sense it and they’ll take advantage of your desperation.
Another bartering tip is to never show up alone…or unarmed. As a rule, have a minimum of two other adults with you to back you up, and all three of you should be armed with guns regardless of whether you choose to conceal them or not. You should also have one or two more people watching the barter go down a ways away…and hopefully through rifle scopes, so they can give you supporting fire if things really head south.
A third and final bartering tip that we will discuss is to never give your highest offer first. If you have one hundred rounds of ammunition available to trade, for example, DO NOT tell the opposing party that. Instead, say you have ten or twenty rounds available.
And remember, in order to barter, you need to have items to barter. This is why your EMP attack survival stockpile really needs to be divided into two parts: the stockpile for yourselves, and the stockpile for bartering.
What to Stockpile for EMP Attack Survival
Specifically, your bartering stockpile should focus on items that will be in high demand after an EMP attack. After all, these items will essentially be the new currency.
Examples of items that will be in-demand following an EMP attack will include:
- Birth Control Items
- Coffee (and coffee-related items)
- Gardening Seeds
- Gold and Silver
- Personal Hygiene Items
- Tobacco Products
- Toilet Paper
That’s a small list, but it gives you an idea of the items you’ll need to have set aside for bartering with others as those kinds of items will be at the top of everyone’s minds.
You’ll Need To Become More Resourceful
One positive thing that will come out of an EMP attack is it will teach you how to become more resourceful. In fact, one of the best EMP attack survival preparation tips you can know is to look at the random items that are lying around your house right now and think about how you can use those items for your survival.
Take aluminum foil, for instance. You can use it for so much more than just for wrapping food. You can also use it to keep your sleeping bag dry, to create a solar oven, to reflect heat back to you from a campfire, to signal for help, or to even create a Faraday cage to protect certain electronic items from an EMP attack.
Another prime example is garbage bags, which are one of the most versatile items ever devised by man. Besides using garbage bags for their intended purpose, you can also use them as makeshift toilets to dispose of human waste, to hoist food in the air (with the aid of rope), as ponchos as emergency blankets, as mattresses (stuff them with leaves), or to cover your windows and warm your house with the aid of the sun. The list goes on.
The point is there are a lot of things that you have in your house now that can be used to help make survival easier for you after an EMP attack. Don’t neglect those items and be creative.
Hopefully, this article has given you a basic understanding of the steps you need to take to survive an EMP attack. EMP attack survival is going to be difficult no matter how you slice it, but guess what, it’s not impossible. And furthermore, since the overwhelming majority of other people are not going to prepare for an EMP attack at all, the very fact that you are aware of these tips and will hopefully apply them means that you will be way ahead of the game.
Do you have what it takes to survive an EMP attack? If you apply each of these tips and strategies that we have just gone over, the answer is yes.