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Recently, I finally had the chance to watch 11 episodes Doomsday Preppers. A recurring theme on there was the possibility of an EMP shutting down the grid all over the world. For those of you that don’t know, I’ve recently started taking the subject of prepping a little more seriously than I use to, so the idea of an EMP taking out the grid is both interesting and scary.
Why An EMP Is Very Likely
Doomsday Preppers is produced by NatGeo, and one thing that was mentioned on the show was an EMP from a solar flare that happened in 1859. I decided to do some digging and here is what I found just on Wikipedia:
“On September 1–2, 1859, the largest recorded geomagnetic storm occurred. Aurorae were seen around the world, even over the Caribbean; those over the Rocky Mountains were so bright that their glow awoke gold miners, who began preparing breakfast because they thought it was morning. People who happened to be awake in the northeastern US could read a newspaper by the aurora’s light. Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed, in some cases shocking telegraph operators. Telegraph pylons threw sparks and telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire. Some telegraph systems continued to send and receive messages despite having been disconnected from their power supplies.” – Wikipedia
If it happened in 1859, it could very well happen again. If you are interested in tracking current solar activity, please visit Space Weather.com.
Why Does This Matter?
At the time, not much was running on electricity other than the telegraph system. Today, the world is a much different place and runs mostly on electricity. If a similar event were to happen today, the following luxuries that we take for granted would soon disappear:
- Cell Phones
For many people, this would cause chaos and panic because Facebook and Cellphones are how they contact everyone in their life. Dependency upon electricity has put us in a very vulnerable position and according to NatGeo, it would take the government 6-12 months to restore the grid after an EMP.
What Happens After An EMP?
First and foremost, we would lose power and most of our communications. This would cause a panic, but probably not as much as we might think. Most people assume that the problem is being handled and that everything will be up and running again shortly.
After a few days without power and communication, food supplies will begin to be targeted, especially by those who are hungry or have hungry kids. Grocery stores, convenience stores, and businesses will likely be the first things raided.
After 2-3 weeks, people will begin to turn on each other, rob, and kill to get their hands on food and other necessary supplies. Neighbors, friends, and even family could potentially become a threat to those that have been prepping and haven’t already bugged out of the city.
Sometime within the first month, law enforcement would be almost non existent, gangs would rule the streets, new gangs would begin forming for survival, violent crimes would be through the roof, and chaos would reign.
How Do We Prepare?
Many people are already preparing for this very big possibility by storing food, water, and medicine, but those are not the only way to prepare. Survival preparation isn’t complicated. In fact, there are only four basic things needed for survival.
If you have never prepped a day in your life, but can cover the above four basics, you will survive. The next item on the list would be security. That means have anything from a heavy tree branch to a fully automatic weapon as a means of protection.
Knowledge Is Power
The opening of Isaiah 4:6 reads, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, so one of the best ways to prepare is by learning. One website that is a good place to start is my personal site, Indoor Survivalist.com. There are videos and articles there that will teach you the essentials of prepping as well as some of the more complex aspects. If you’d like to be notified of updates, put your email address in the box below.
Another great source of prepper information is YouTube, followed by the prepper and survivalist forums. If you’ve never thought about preparing, there are a couple of reputable sources with information on where to start and what you should have at the MINIMUM:
Feel free to chime in and let us know if you think there is a reason to prepare or should we just continue about our day to day lives as if all things will remain the same as they have been since the beginning of creation.
This post is meant to address a POSSIBLE future event. I am in no way saying that this will happen on December 21, 2012.