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8 Essential Things You Should Be Doing NOW to Prepare for an EMP Attack

North Korea's nuclear missile testing is certainly on everyone's mind these days. The tyrant Kim Jong-un continues firing these things and threatening to blow the U.S. — or Japan or South Korea — off the map. Further, they've threatened an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. An EMP would instantly fry all electronics in the U.S. Anything that is run by a microchip (which seems to be almost everything these days) would be destroyed in a second. The next second, the U.S. would be sent back to the 1800s. Think about that for a second —about what that would mean in your life.

After an EMP attack, planes and helicopters would be immediately disabled and tumble out of the sky. Hospitals would be paralyzed. Without electricity there would be no life support for patients, no mass communication (all cell phones and computers would be destroyed), nuclear power plants would not be able to continue running (let's hope they have plans in place to make sure they don't turn into another Chernobyl). Large cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., would be instantly paralyzed, with large numbers of people trapped in subways and elevators. Cars (which operate through the use of computers) would immediately shut down in the streets. Water treatment plants would cease to function.

My guess is that it would not take long for people to get overwhelmed and violent. How long before "law and order" break down entirely and there is widespread anarchy? How long could YOU and your family last if all electricity is shut down throughout the entire country? No one has any idea how long it would be before power is restored. Without fresh water, access to food, medicine, and transportation, Americans could soon face riots, starvation, and/or epidemics. What if you or some of your family members are far away from home (at school or on a business trip) during an EMP attack? How will you get home?

Get the picture? It is a pretty serious scenario.

Here's what you can do NOW to prepare for the possibility of such an attack. These tips might just help you survive an EMP. 

1. Have the right attitude

Those who have the will to survive have the best chance at survival. Those who stay calm, have a plan, and are determined will do much better than those who have no clue (or always have their nose in their phone or computer) and have no idea how to survive a disaster.

You must assume that no one is coming to save you. Get it out of your head that the National Guard or the Coast Guard (as wonderful as they are) will rescue you. They will be paralyzed as well. You must prepare now to have a plan for what you will do. Then carry out the plan to the best of your abilities. Without fresh water, a resupply of vital prescription medication, and a probable shutdown of hospitals, expect a large number of people to die. You cannot save them all.

2. Shelter in place or bug out?

I recently wrote about how to prepare for disasters. These are the "typical" disasters we have heard about all our lives (hurricanes, tornados, chemical spills, etc.). We all know that within weeks (or at the most, months) under normal circumstances, we would all be back in our homes or some kind of shelter, with hot and cold running water, indoor plumbing, and electricity giving us power for lights, computers, cell phones, air conditioning, or heating, etc. After an EMP attack, we may very well exist without any of those things for years. Prepare now for that day.

You should be prepared to "shelter in place" when/if it happens, or to "bug out." If my family is at home, we will stay at home. If they are nearby shopping, they will have to hoof it home (not a bad idea to stash a good pair of walking shoes in the car...it's tough to walk for miles in stilettos or cowboy boots). Our home will be our base of operations. If someone is far from home, their best bet would be to stay where they are if it is safe. Wherever you are, shelter is priority number one.

Have in each car a small tarp that can be carried in a bug out bag. You can make a quick "lean-to" shelter with a tarp to protect yourself from the rain.