Preparing to Survive the Sun’s Next Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

“This is clearly not something you ever want to experience.”

John Kappenman, Owner and Principal Consultant for Storm Analysis Consultants, graduate in Electrical Engineering, and expert in space weather and EMP impacts on electrical power grids, has issued his warningbeware the sun’s next, inevitable, large coronal mass ejection (CME)!

What are we talking about? We’re talking about an eruption of sun power (or from a nuclear-triggered EMP wave). (Get the EMP threat report.) Kappenman explained in an interview that civilization as we know it has never been faced with a problem of this magnitude. It’s not if – it’s when.

First – what IS a coronal mass ejection? According to wiki:

Coronal mass ejections release huge quantities of matter, magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation into space above the sun’s surface, either near the corona or farther into the planet system or beyond (interplanetary CME). Current knowledge of coronal mass ejection kinematics indicates that the ejection starts with an initial pre-acceleration phase characterized by a slow rising motion, followed by a period of rapid acceleration away from the Sun until a near-constant velocity is reached.

….. huh? Who cares? What matters is we’re all gonna die! Well, not everyone, but MILLIONS (actually, we WILL all die, being mortal and all, but that’s a subject for another day). Large CMEs have hit before – and will hit again!

“But wait” you say, “why didn’t millions die before, Ranger Man, or shall we call you ‘Mr. Man’ – hmmm? Hmmm!?”

Don’t ask me, ask Mr. Kappenman, he’s the all knowing EMP/space weather guru. Wait, someone else already asked him. Here’s his response:

Never before has civilization faced what could be coming, because historic storms hit before people were so dependent on electricity and all that it does, from turning on a cell phone to powering the pumps fueling the transportation system to keeping food from spoiling.

In other words, when it happened in the past, it didn’t matter. People were farming, canning food, not reliant on computers, vehicles and refrigerators (keep food cool after doomsday). He goes on:

“The severity of the storm we’re talking about here [could produce] widespread massive damage to the power grid,” he said. “That could cause maybe a four to 10 year sort of damage to the power grid … and an inability to restore that power grid. This is clearly not something you ever want to experience firsthand, it could lead to millions of casualties,”‘ he said.

“Within a matter of just a few hours, you’d worry about the loss of potable water for major metro areas. You’d lose the ability to pump and treat sewage. Within a matter of a day or so you’d be concerned about the loss of perishable foods. With a few days, you would have exhausted the food supplies available.

“Then within a matter of three days you have probably lost total ability to maintain any sort of telecommunication infrastructure,” he said. “We could be looking at a scenario here that far exceeds the casualties of any war, any natural disaster that humanity has ever experienced. And it may not be limited to North America.”

Four to ten years!? DUDE (or dudette)! How the hell am I supposed to prepare for that!? Yes, I know the theoretical answer: live on a farm with a spring, save seeds, gather all of your friends and have enough munitions to color North Korea green with envy. That’s the theoretical answer, but …. c’mon ….

– Mr. Man

BTW: Don’t believe it didn’t happen before? Witness the Carrington Event of 1859. Quote:

Telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.

4 comments… add one
  • No Me Preppy August 17, 2010, 9:25 pm

    Really makes you think about things. Makes alot of sense to do as much as you can to prep that involves not having electricity. I’m not talking a couple candles and a hurricane lantern with a quart of fuel. I’m thinking a case of candles and a half dozen lanterns with a few gallons of fuel. Make sure you have that farm land plowed and tilled up before the bursts come, that tractor will just be a good source of scrap metal afterwards, unless it’s really old and doesn’t need electricity… If you have horses that are trained to pull a cart, they can cross-train, so-to-speak, to pull a plow, cultivator, harrow, etc. A spring is a good idea for water, as is a HAND PUMP, and a rainwater collection system.

    The munitions are a good idea. DO what you will here, but remember, if a part breaks on your AR, you’ll have to field-rig a replacement, or be very patient with the files to make a new part. Remember, most gunsmiths today have electrical power tools that they use. Keep a stock of spare parts for all your firearms. Even if that means buying an extra copy to use for the parts.

    During the Depression, agricultural communities fared a little better, provided they weren’t in the dust belt. The ONLY reason for that was due to the way they raised food. Most family farms raised several types of plants, and animals. Today’s agricultural giants grow one or two crops. They MIGHT have 3 or 4 (including grass/hay) if they practice rotation. If the Mega-EMP happens, they are in trouble, as are the multitude of the country. there are uninterrupted square miles worth of a single strain of wheat or corn or soybeans in the midwest and plains. if those communities lost the ability to transport food, they’d be in big trouble. yes, they would have the food in the stores (for a couple of days), and some of them might have vegetable gardens, and backyard flocks of chickens, but that only lasts so long, and wouldn’t feed everyone. Not to mention the hordes of people leaving population centers, looking for food. Some of these people might be alright, but then again, some of them are dastardly at best. The problem with that is you don’t know who is who……

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. August 18, 2010, 7:14 am

    Not sure you mean an ‘extra copy’ as an entire spare firearm. Buying KEY parts that are known to fail I think would be a better option.

    To me, the big killer will become water procurement and sanitation. You need water to live and lack of it – well, preps were bought for naught. Germs kill too – dysentary and a whole host of illnesses from sanitation will kill you just as dead as a bullet, just take a lot longer to do it.

  • No ME Preppy August 18, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I know that key parts (springs, pins, etc.) are what should be massed up, but I was referring to some cold-war models where parts might not be available, but a second piece could be had for cheap, if that’s what you had and could afford. IN addition, it still would be a good idea to have “2 of everything,” so to speak, that way magazines, ammo and the spare parts were more adaptable, not to mention, it is easier to have 3 1911’s as opposed to a 1911, a Ruger, and a half-moon S&W revolver all in 45 ACP. If you have 3 of one item, you don’t need to learn the intricacies of all 3 different firearms. Despite the fact that consecutive serial numbered pieces might have some differences between the two, they still are identical arms, and team training is much easier as well.

  • Bailey April 28, 2015, 8:14 am

    So let’s say we get the earning somehow, whether through an emergency system announcement or tv or some police officers blaring it from microphones from the roofs of their cars… What do we do first when we hear it?

    Like, do we immediately turn off and unplug all electrical appliances? Make sure none is near us when the blow hits? Immediately go grocery shopping for long-lasting apocalyptic ready foods? For an average citizen who just received this terrifying news, where, for basic things, should we start first? Where should we go first?


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