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  • U.S. Remains Vulnerable to an EMP

    An article recently published by the Los Angeles Times discusses how solar storms pose a grave threat to Earth. Mike Hapgood, a space weather scientist in England, says that the world is unprepared for such a storm, and one is likely to occur soon.

    The Heritage Foundation has led a vital campaign aimed at informing the American public about the seriousness of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks. An EMP is typically described as occurring when a nuclear weapon is detonated at a high altitude, resulting in a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of charged particles. The second scenario involves massive explosions on the sun’s surface (“space weather”).

    Society is becoming increasingly more dependent on electrical devices, and this leads to greater vulnerability to space weather and EMP attacks. These charged particles, if strong enough, cause the destruction of electrical circuits. This would affect cell phones, computers, vehicles, airplanes, and even the power grid. In the case of an EMP, from “space weather” or a high-altitude nuclear detonation, transportation systems would be halted, communications would be rendered useless, and grocery stores would be unable to preserve or restore food supplies. As observed in 33 Minutes, a successful EMP would send the United States spiraling back to the 18th century.

    Despite the severe ramifications of such events, the U.S. is unprepared to deal with either. Fortunately, the United States can still make the necessary preparations to protect its vital infrastructure. Hardening provides resiliency and resistance to vital infrastructure against extreme space weather or EMP effects. Developing a national plan to respond effectively to EMP emergencies is a necessity. This would involve educating federal, state, and local officials along with the public about the risks and response options. Finally, the U.S. should continue to invest in missile defenses to protect against ballistic attacks aimed at achieving high-altitude nuclear detonation or EMP attack, especially against ship-launched missiles off the U.S. coast. The threat of space weather and EMP attack deserves proper planning and robust defenses.

    Bryan Kimbell is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    10 Responses to U.S. Remains Vulnerable to an EMP

    1. willowa says:

      If my info is correct, the last time there was 'space weather', ie solar storms, of the magnitude that is predicted to be coming, was in 1859. There were no electrical devices, but it 'fried' most of the telegraph line in the US!

    2. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      All the more reason for us to adopt a strategy against it.

    3. Bobbie says:

      As long as America's unconstitutional administration prioritizes social engineering above their constitutional duty, we will be forever vulnerable in all areas. When will this administration focus on their vowed duties to their oath of office?

    4. donttreadonvets says:

      Better to prepare now and smile to yourself later if nothing happens, than to be caught short and put yourself and your entire family in peril…

    5. Guest says:

      Check out "A Distant Eden" on Amazon. A hybrid survival manual/novel that describes the aftermath of a Carrington Event size CME in today's vulnerable world.

    6. David says:

      To anyone who might know the answer's to these question's.
      1. Will an EMP damage an electrical item if it is NOT connected to any power source? ie: Auto if battery disconnected, solar panel if not connected to power source, radio/electronics if no battery installed, cellphone if no battery installed?
      2. If an EMP hits, will the transformers blow before damaging the appliances or IF you have a power surge suppressor, will that help?
      3. Battery- will an EMP damage a car battery or batteries you have in storage?
      Thanks for ANY help

    7. SAC_Crewdog says:

      Will anything be done to forestall the consequences of an EMP? It all depends on the answer to one question: Will it help Obama to get himself re-elected? As time is short and he'll have no worries about anything but his personal agenda after November, the short answer is NO.
      God save the USA.

    8. Mike says:


      1. Yes, any electronics will be fried if the blast is large enough, whether plugged in or not…
      2. No, it is a pulse burst, all electronics will be damaged at approx. the same time, it does not matter if connected to a grid or not, or if something else on the grid goes first. Your only help will come from a faraday cage.
      3. Most sources suggest the batteries would not be affected, but you won't have anything to put them in afterwards.

    9. DBrosan says:

      Keep electronics in an old microwave oven. This improvised Faraday cage will keep your toys in working order. However the infrastructure needed to run these items will have been destroyed. So, I would suggest the basics, walkie talky, Ham Radio, radio.

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