New EMP Commission Report Detailing Threat to the U.S. Now in Paperback

by Ranger Man on August 10, 2008

If you haven’t seen the news reports yet, the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack has issued its report to Congress. This report has been covered by The Wall Street Journal (“The EMP Threat”), the World Net Daily (“Surviving EMP to depend on preparation”), and numerous other news outlets. These news articles may be fine for the masses, but us SHTF folks, noooo, we need the real deal, we need – the full report!

“EMP?” you scoff. “Bah, that’s cold-war era.” Think again! You don’t need an inter-continental ballistic missile to make it happen. A lousy scud missile launched from a freighter could do it. No need to be accurate, just let the missile get really high and – boom!

Have you read this thing!?

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It may be the scariest book you ever read!

This report is not your typical, boring congressional report. Oh no, not with chapters like these: Electric Power, Telecommunications, Banking and Finance, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Transportation Infrastructure, Food Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, Emergency Services and Government. Chapters are then broken down into sweet details. For example, Chapter 7 Food Infrastructure includes these sections: Dependence on Food and Other Infrastructures; Making, Processing, and Distributing Food; Vulnerability to EMP; Consequences of Food Infrastructure Failure; and Recommendations.

The folks developing this report did more than just write – they went out and tested equipment, power systems, and such. As an example, they tested 37 cars in an EMP simulation laboratory. The car years were 1986 through 2002. They tested them with the engine on and off. Quoted from the report:

No effects were subsequently observed in those automobiles that were not turned on during EMP exposure. The most serious effect observed on running automobiles was that the motors in three cars stopped.

Not so bad, you think, but think again. How many vehicles are on the road right now? How many of those running vehicles would suddenly stop? How many accidents would happen? Reach for the cell phone and call 911? Ha! Think again. The roads would be completely clogged, communications would be down. Got that “get home” bag in your car? That’s just automobiles for transportation. The report also discusses airlines, rail, and maritime shipping.

Your cell phone is dead, your computer is dead, you can’t go to the ATM, electrical power is gone, food in freezers goes bad, replacement food doesn’t come in, and the ENTIRE country is HIT! Egad! Another quote:

Infrastructure failure at the level of food distribution because of disruption of the transportation system, as is likely during an EMP attack, could bring on food shortages affecting the general population in as little as 24 hours. Massive traffic jams are most likely in large cities, the very areas where rapid replenishment of the food supply at hundreds of supermarkets will be needed most urgently. Significantly, recent famines in the developing world have occurred, despite massive relief efforts by the international community, in large part because food relief could not reach victim populations through their underdeveloped transportation infrastructure.

Buy the book today and scare yourself shitless. Buy one for your neighbor or anyone else you’ve been trying to get to open their preparedness mind.

- Ranger Man

Rushman August 10, 2008

I believe this is one of our biggest threats for SHTF as far as attacks go. Not much you can really do except try to prep the best you can. Older cars and trucks that do not have computers might be a good idea with some extra ignition parts stored against EMP.

theotherryan August 10, 2008

Very interesting, I think the part about vehicles is awesome. All of those folks who got old rigs so they could survive an EMP will be bummed. I might have to pick this up.

SurvivalTopics.com August 11, 2008

This is an example why I maintain your survival should not be totally based on anything that can break down and not easily be fixed. For example, if your only mode of transportation is a car in this situation you could be reduced to walking. As part of your preps, have bicycles and the physical fitness level to use them. Other machines may be problematic also: but a hand pump at the well always works, a man-powered bucksaw for cutting firewood, a woodstove for heat.

3rd man August 11, 2008

theotherryan just down load it. So what it is saying most modern vehicle will only experince minor problems if any at all. I guess just like with a blast distance from the EMP equals protection for our vehicle.

Grey April 29, 2011

Part of the reason even more modern cars aren’t to badly hurt by EMPs is ’cause they’re big steel boxes. Most of the energy of the EMP gets grounded out before it can hit the electronics. Get enough steel between you and an EMP, and even running electronics will continue uninterrupted (assuming they’re not hooked up to the grid). So as long as your walls are lined with layers of conductive metal, you won’t even notice! (Note to self – stock up next time the cost of metal isn’t sky-high)

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