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7 Actions to Take Immediately Following an EMP Strike

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Editor’s Note: A huge EMP is like opening a Pandora Box:

1 – At a community level because we haven’t experienced one yet and we don’t really know how bad it can get. Frank Gaffney – president of the Center for Security Policy predicted that:

“Within a year of an EMP attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity. And that is exactly what I believe the Iranians are working towards.”

Experts also agree that the next nuclear war will start with at least an EMP. If one of the nuclear powers blasts a nuclear weapon 275 miles above the US it will produce an EMP that will basically send us, the Canadian and the Mexicans back to the Dark Ages. Can we fight back (after an EMP) or we will be nothing more than sitting ducks for Russian’ nukes? 

2 – At an individual scale because you don’t really know where you’ll be when it happens. There won’t be any kind of transportation or telecommunication. You’ll have to walk your way home. If you work 40 miles away from home, you better have a plan. If your car gets stuck with your family on the highway on a cold winter – you got to have a back-up plan. If your child is at school you got to get him… and so on.

Of course it’s imperative to have (at the back of your mind) a list of things to do immediately after an EMP. But just like in an economic collapse, you won’t be able to do a lot of things after the crisis begins. The information you’ll find bellow it’s good to know and should be considered as a plan. But it’s not 100% prepping. If you want to prepare for an EMP you need to have some things ready in advance. 

by P.J.

So what actions should you take immediately following an EMP strike? Remember that time will be critical, the first few hours (days at most) will enable you to get a jump on everyone else and set the stage for your success. You will immediately know that an EMP, be it from a nuclear weapon or massive solar flare, will have struck your area. Your car will no longer work, your cell phone won’t work, the power will be out everywhere, planes will have fallen from the sky. You will know it was an EMP but the vast majority of the public will not, they will be quite literally sitting around waiting for someone to tell them what to do.  You won’t know how large the scope of the strike is but you will have to assume the worst, which would be a nationwide outage.

First things first, if you are at work, get home.  Your boss no longer has authority over you, your co-workers no longer are a priority. They will be trying to restart a computer that will never again work, trying to restart their smartphone, sitting in the break room trying to call 911 and saying things like: “This is ridiculous, I’m going to miss my 3pm sales call!” You on the other hand will go to you car and change into the extra set of clothes and shoes you keep in the trunk. You will don your “get home bag” and start walking, hopefully your walk will not take more than a day.

Once home it is time to start implementing your plan. Remember time is absolutely critical and you only have a small window of it in order to set yourself up for success.  During these initial hours and days people will still have faith that some sort of government agency will come in to make everything better.  They will expect to see the power come back on any minute because someone will surely do something. They will tell each other to sit tight, just hold on for a day or so because eventually the HMMWV’s will roll in loaded with supplies and some military officer or government official will explain that this is merely a temporary problem, nothing to worry about, sorry for the inconvenience. You know better because you realize just how devastating an EMP strike is and the reality is that it could be months before systems start to come back online. It will only take a week or two (at most) before things start getting really ugly because people start going hungry.  With all of that that in mind you take these 7 actions because you were prepared for this to happen.

1 – Use your cash. In the first few days after an EMP strike cash will still have value.  Take all of your cash and that radio flyer wagon your kids have and walk down to the corner store.  Avoid the big retail stores, I suggest finding the corner gas station or local drug store.  The owner of the store will no doubt be there, concerned that the items in the store are unprotected during a power outage.  Explain to the owner that you are in need of some supplies, can pay cash and do not require change.  Tell him/her that you will give them an extra $100 to allow you to “shop” for a few minutes.  Load up your wagon with anything you can find to include medication, candy bars, water bottles, pop tarts, lighters, hand sanitizer etc etc.  Of course you should be well stocked at home but you might as well get rid of your worthless paper money in exchange for any amount of extra supplies you can get your hands on.  In a week (maybe less) most stores will be completely looted so you need to take advantage of this moment.

2 – Fill up the tub(s) with water. Hopefully you have a water bob for each bath tub in your home in addition to several other water storage devices and water purification/filtration devices.  Remember a down grid means that fresh water will stop flowing to your home very quickly. Fill up your tub as soon as you can, that extra hundred or so gallons could prove invaluable. If you are concerned about the quality of the water remember you can add 8 drops of regular Clorox bleach per gallon to help purify what you have in the tub.

3 – Talk to your neighbors. This step is absolutely critical, you have to get out and talk to your close neighbors and explain to them what is going on.  They will be in denial for the most part, hopefully you have copies of the EMP report printed off which you can distribute as you go door to door.  Explain to them what is going on and that time is critical, let them know a worst case scenario means that there will be no help coming for quite a long time.  Additionally mention the following to them.

a. Discuss a neighborhood watch.  Tell them that in a few days or weeks things will get dangerous with hungry people roaming the streets.  It is essential that you define your neighborhood’s boundaries and set up a neighborhood watch of sorts, assigning people to different shifts.

b. Offer to hold a meeting.  Set a time that you will have a meeting at your home, say every day after sunrise in your garage.  Tell them they are invited and that every day you will be there passing out information.  At first you might not have anyone attend these meetings, in a few days there will be a handful and in a week you might have 50 or more hungry, scared, tired people demanding answers.  If you are going to assume the role of a leader, be prepared to do just that.

c. Tell them to use their cash.  Much like you should have already done, tell them that their cash will soon be worthless and that they need to get down to the market to spend it.  Most people have no cash on hand, so this probably won’t be a real issue.

d. Tell them to inventory their supplies. Most people have 3 to 5 days food on hand in their home. You should mention that they need to start rationing what they have, and taking inventory of everything else.

e. Start identifying those with skills. I wrote about how to organize a survival community as well as what skills will be valuable after T-SHTF in a few recent articles. While making the rounds in your neighborhood you should start identifying who has special skills and make note of it. Cops or military personnel could help with security, doctors have obvious value, and so on and so forth.

4 – Start rationing food. Hopefully you have at least a 1 year supply of food for your family, if not more. Start rationing immediately because more than likely you will have to share some of your food with your neighbors. It will be unavoidable, you will need their help to survive as a community and there is absolutely no way that they will starve while watching you and your family live high on the hog. This doesn’t mean that you cannot oversee how some rations are distributed, or seek out other sources of food, but just remember nobody gets through SHTF alone.

5 – Hygiene preparations. Consider where you are going to dispose of your human waste, it might be a good time to start digging that pit. Also consider where you will dispose of your trash and if you will bury it or burn it. Remember the trash man won’t be around next Sunday and your toilets will stop flushing very quickly.

6 – Listen to your weather radio. Prior to the EMP strike you had a small solar/hand crank weather radio secured in an old microwave in the basement, it still works. You should monitor NOAA Weather Radio frequencies throughout the day in case there is information being published which you can use to stay informed. Maybe the strike only covered 500 square miles and help will be on the way in a week, or maybe there is nothing but static…not a good sign.

7 – Consider your own security plan. Despite all of the actions you are taking, trying to help those within your community by reaching out to organize them, realize that not everything goes to plan. There could be dissenters within your neighborhood or those outside of your community who might choose to take advantage of the situation. Looting will become prevalent very quickly and no neighborhood will be immune. Consider your security plan, this is no time to rely on the charity and goodness of mankind.  Remain suspicious of all activity and never walk around unarmed. Never allow your family members to venture out alone and remember to stay in after dark. All of that said I would caution against using deadly force unless absolutely necessary. Protect yourself and your family but remember that there will come a time when the power does come back on and people will be held accountable for their actions.

An EMP strike on our nation will be an absolutely catastrophic event and while I’m sure all of us hope that something like this never happens, hope is never a course of action.   Despite our best efforts to prepare for such an event there is a good chance that many will not survive.  Some have predicted that within a year of a strike, 9 out of 10 Americans would be dead. In sports success or failure on the field of play is determined months before the actual game by how much dedication the athletes displayed during practice. In much the same way success or failure following an EMP strike will have been determined by how seriously we took our prep strategy in the months or years prior, as well as actions which we take immediately after. Life isn’t fair, plan accordingly.


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    • Redlist Renegade

      Good article but I would add to it : “First thing to do immediately following a major nuclear war”….Bend over and kiss your sorry ass goodbye !!!

      • Dumass

        Nah, I got through that hell hole called Vietnam. (1st Div.) I [we] sure as hell can survive in a grid down situation. We didn’t have power in the field [ Nam] and we won’t need it in a down sit. The Army field manual actually is a great read for surviving, really. Peace Kiss my ass goodbye, no way jose.

        • Equalizer

          If you have less than 30 minutes to get to a safe were rural location on foot or by bicycle. You will require defensive/survival firearms clothing and shelter. Ceramic H2O bacterial filtration system will be imperative. Nothing else will matter at this point except solar flashlight, fire starter and plenty of bullets.

          • b4

            i lived down range of the Nv test site where they tested all the nukes 50ties/sixties–know lots of people who died from cancers but my family so far so good-the sierra’s had nuke montoring devices on the tops of mountains and they knew there were hi radiation readings but never told us–2500 bombs were tested above ground thruout the world–maybe similar to a nuke war–survivable —it takes a foot of dirt or 6″ of concrete for 10 days to get thru the worst–the newer nukes are much cleaner today–breathing thru a bag of charcoal helps–i live in a rural area 260 miles north of LA–protected by the two biggest mountain ranges in the usa–going down to LA twice a week bothers me–could be nuke war,earthquake or just a stupid car crash!–something is on the verge–can feel it in my bones

    • David Gordon

      #8 – Wish you had one of these:/self-sufficiency/2015/09/fema-proof-2-0-2494848.html Rather than spend your soon useless cash on junk-food and junk medicine at the corner store. Get ahead of the problem. Also one-in-one hundred of your neighbors will hear you out on a pre-EMP plan. You are alone.

    • Pilgrim

      Interesting, but as to the first 2 parts of this story I have to question:
      Who could come up with Russia or Iran as a possible threat?

      • Anonymous

        :idea: :idea: Right! Everyones #1 enemy is the US Gov itself, as they will kill and murder its very citizens for those in power. I learned back in 1980, from inside the US Gov itself, to 99% of the time do OPPOSITE what they tell you. You all were taught to do and follow them blindly. That is your 100% real enemy that will be knocking on your your and taking you and your childrens lives.

        If you honestly want to be free once something starts, who is your #1 enemy that each of you will face in your community? Do you honestly think your Local Police are they to help you, or unknowingly protecting the system they are trained to do? You see, Ground Zero for you will be your very home and community, regardless where you are. So do you have a honest plan to break free from the criminal US Gov control?

        I promise you, this is your #1 guide to help your very own community because if you don’t already know who your #1 enemy will be the instant the power goes off, you are already dead. But knowing who and what to do will give you your one and only chance at saving your childrens lives. Pass this on to everyone you know because if you don’t know this before, you and your family and children are dead.


    • Redlist Renegade

      Pilgrim the reason that Both Russia and Iran ARE a very real threat is that they are both allied with China and North Korea as well as other minor countries! These are the new Axis powers and not IF but WHEN the third world war comes (which I would be willing to bet will be VERY soon the way that things are going now) we will be fighting ALL of them together ! Especially because of the current actions of NATO on Russia’s western border as well as the aggressive push against China for their man made islands in the south china sea by our navy . Iran because of the size of their military , their strategic location in the middle east , their large oil reserves and their allegiance with Russia , China and North Korea .

    • darlin51

      DA! Water system’s pumps/faucets will be dead too, except for what is in the pipes and can be gotten by gravity flow, if water is upstairs and also you can empty the water heater, which is unsuitable for drinking. :cool:

    • Thane36425

      If this happens, life is going to suck and the longer the power stays out, the worse it is going to.

      Talk to your neighbors. That’s a good idea. However, how many of them are going to make preparations? How many of them are going to have more than a couple of days of food in the house, not counting that most of it will be in the fridge. How many of them will be elderly with special needs or have children who will only understand “I’m hungry and can’t watch cartoons?” The elderly might not be much threat, but the others, if they know you’ve got food you can expect them to try to get it somehow. Say you’ve got your year’s worth of survival rations. You won’t have it long because they’ll either force you to share it out, and feed the lot of them for maybe a week, or they’ll straight up take it. People will also be trying to feed their packs of big monster dogs, which are common these days, so the food will go even faster.

      Water supplies will be a problem since even with gravity feed systems, the purification stations need electricity to work. Most places need at least some pumps, so the water will run out fast. Food won’t matter much then. People will probably start drinking from any watersource they can find like creeks and ponds, which will lead to disease outbreaks. Then it will be people starving and dying of thirst in a miasma of diarrhea funk.

      Don’t forget also the special powers this president has given himself and government to go around and forcibly redistribute supplies some people may be “hording.” Don’t think the cops and all being what they are won’t keep most of it for themselves or that local politicians won’t take their cut and handle the distribution in a way to maximize their political gain.

      Unless you are way out in a rural area with solar and/or hydro and all of it survives the EMP, and you either remain unnoticed or can kill enough of the people who bother you that the rest leave you alone, and you don’t get injured of sick, chances aren’t good.

    • JohnDave

      I’ve been talking/thinking about this for years. Iran or N. Korea sending a nuke over the S. Pole would do us in.
      ‘Allegedly we have no defense again that direction. I hope that’s wrong. Either one of the SOB’s should be nuked immediately. :!:

    • Eggzactly

      2-3 months ago coast to coast am did a emp show. A guy called in working at the hoover dam power station and said all electric utilities from east to west have been preparing for this for the last 10 years and when it happens, it will kick circuit breakers and switch over to repower the lines within 2 minutes. Take it for what its worth, the guy knew what he was talking about and sounded credible and believable. For what its worth. :idea: :idea: :idea:

    • VirusGuard

      Did my post get deleted here because i am sure i said something about wanting an EMP attack so we won’t be watched by the machines like we are being today.

      Going back to the 1980′s sounds a good plan to me as it means scrapping 4 million CCTV’s from the UK and thats just near London.

      Tourists come here not to take pictures but to have their pictures taken these-a-days

    • Didianna

      ETs have prevented decades any nuclear attacks, so I think they would also prevent this kind of attack. They are telepathic they know what humans are planning, so they can act accordingly and they have technology to do it.
      It is good to be prepared for some crises, but this preparation sounds a bit overwhelming effort.

      • jonesy

        …didi…Now is the time when they (nephilim), show us they no longer need us. That they have their hierarchy in place and are ready for the take-over. that’s why they have stopped hiding.

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