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Preparing for the Ultimate Disaster

An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a prediction that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013.




The 1859 geomagnetic storm, the Carrington Event, electrified transmission cables and set fires in telegraph offices. The National Academy of Sciences concluded that if a similar storm happen today, it would damage the US Power Grid, blowing out transmission substation transformers requiring 4 to 10 years recovery. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/29may_noaaprediction/ Reading the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electronic Pulse Executive Report, all electronics will fry; including vehicles.


FEMA and nonprofit organizations have warehouses full of MREs and supplies, but the majority of the citizens will not have a way to get the needed supplies. FEMA should bring the supplies out of the mega warehouses and start storing them closer to the living and working communities; perhaps non-profit organizations like churches. FEAM should also supply information on how to grow food and be self efficient.



If we get hit with a direct Class X CME, I see mass death by famine and dehydration; in a matter of weeks. I would like to help store shipping containers underground full of MREs, water, blankets, seed, tools and other supplies; to help out my local community when the power grid and all electronics stop working. I need some shipping containers for starters.

Submitted by in Feb 2012

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  1. dr. weblog, given the current financial crisis I don't see much help coming from government agencies. Individuals, families, and businesses will need to prepare ...but they must first be persuaded that the threat you mention is real. It is too easy to ignore this type of threat as part of ignoring all the other threats.
    in Feb 2012
  2. The very thought of an EMP incident of any magnitude, either natural or due to a nuclear detonation, sends Mitigation planners and anyone with a true grip on what this all entails , screaming out of the room. I do firmly believe that IF (Big IF) you can take this scenario, and find a truly workable plan to mitigate it, the entire world of Emergency management could be addressed in just one plan.

    While there is great debate on the extent of the damage from an EMP pulse, the one thing that is the 800 pound gorilla in the room is, given the worst case, can we as a people recover when the clock rolls back 500 years, and 75% of the knowledge and wisdom is lost in the die-off that would follow.

    Have to give credit to William R. Forstchen's, who in his book, ONE SECOND AFTER, just scratches the surface of one of the biggest threats we could ever encounter.
    in Feb 2012
  3. You’ll need a spare radio transceiver to be adequately shielded, it needs to be kept inside of a complete metallic shielded enclosure, commonly known as a faraday cage, and preferably inside nested faraday cages. A faraday cage is an total enclosure made out of a good electrical conductor such as copper or aluminum. (Steel also works well, but it is more difficult to make a total enclosure with steel.) A galvanized metal trash can, though, can be a very effective electromagnetic shield. The interior of the body of the galvanized metal trash can should be lined with some material to electrically insulate items stored inside the container from the metal exterior. (Cardboard probably works better than any other inexpensive material for this. Do not place any insulation at a point where it would interfere with the electrical connection between the metal lid and the metal body of the trash can. It would be wise to wrap each sealed package of batteries in a layer of aluminum foil. Many people don't realize that most vacuum tube radios still in existence have an early solid-state device called a selenium rectifier that is quite vulnerable to EMP damage. One important misconception about electromagnetic shielding is the common belief that it should be "all or nothing." When it comes to critical small spare items like an emergency radio, it is important to go to some extra trouble to insure the best shielding possible. A nuclear EMP will severely disrupt the upper atmosphere, so it could be several hours after an EMP before you get decent shortwave reception with any radio. For shielding small items like radios and other electronics equipment, use the nested faraday cage system of alternating foil (or screen) and plastic, and don't bother with the ground connection (unless you plan to physically bury your equipment). Hopefully this information may address some of you concerns about EMP.
    in Mar 2013

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