Articles and books about EMP risks often contain inaccurate or misleading information because empirical data isn’t readily available. Proposals have been presented for protecting the infrastructure, technology, and our people from EMP, but little progress has been made—at least publically. Almost a million people will immediately implement survival plans to operate off the grid making their own electricity, heating, cooling, and using stockpiled food, water, medicine, and normal household items. Many communities have already planned for massive outages and within hours after the EMP strike, they will start restoring power and repairing damage. Defense systems that depend on the commercial electric grid are vulnerable to electromagnetic pulse attacks and solar storms that could seriously damage the nation’s infrastructure, experts from the Homeland Security and Defense departments told a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Major military weapons systems and nuclear assets are hardened against EMP events, but “DOD is heavily dependent on the commercial electric grid,” Michael Aimone, director of DOD Business Enterprise Integration, told the subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies. Current processes for creating industry standards are inadequate to address such threats to national security, said Joseph McClelland, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Electric Reliability.
DOD currently relies on on-site and mobile back-up generators to protect against disruptions from outages in the commercial grid, and also is developing next-generation microgrids to enable local generation and storage of power on bases.
There is a way to protect your electronics in an EMP event, the Faraday bags from the WND Superstore. The importance of this problem became apparent after some members of Congress had been told by Soviet Duma, or parliament, members that the then-Soviet Union could “bring America to its knees” with one EMP nuclear device exploded at a high altitude, destroying the U.S. In a 2004 preliminary finding and again in a 2008 final, more in-depth report, the EMP Commission showed in considerable detail the catastrophic impact an EMP would have on such critical infrastructures as telecommunications, banking and finance, petroleum and natural gas delivery, transportation, food and water delivery, emergency services and space systems. In issuing the 2008 report, which made a series of recommendations, the EMP Commission chairman, William Graham, said that an EMP event, whether natural or man-made, would cause “unprecedented cascading failures of major infrastructures.” In that event, he said, a regional or national recovery would be long and difficult, and would seriously degrade the safety and overall viability of our nation.
Given the prospect of an EMP event over a wide geographical area of the country, it could push the nation back virtually to the 19th century, with our urban environment being the most severely affected. What countries are developing EMP capabilities, and would the movement of nuclear warheads onto ships and then to the U.S. Maloof: All countries with nuclear weapons are very aware of the effects of an EMP and know their nuclear weapons create an EMP effect.
Not only China and North Korea know about EMPs, but also Russia, Israel, Iran, Pakistan and India and have incorporated the concept in their military doctrine.
Given these possible scenarios, it is all the more reason why it is imperative that the United States, in cooperation with the states and the local utilities, undertake a priority effort to harden all electronics and the national grids. While some $2 billion would go to harden the major critical infrastructures, it will mitigate greatly the impact of an EMP event, but it won’t be totally foolproof.
Maloof: The fact that the federal government has been aware of the effects of an EMP event on our critical infrastructures but has done nothing it, has placed the burden of preparation on individual citizens at the state and local level. I have outlined in my recent book on EMP what individuals need and can do to prepare for such an event. Since the time of the EMP Commission’s revelations of the impact of an EMP event on those technologically based critical infrastructures, the federal government still hasn’t treated it as a national security issue. Congress once again has introduced the SHIELD Act to give the federal government more authority to require hardening of the national grid and electronics that affect those critical infrastructures, but, to date, it hasn’t been able to pass the Senate, even though the House in previous Congresses did pass it.


Consequently, individual citizens need to take the initiative from the ground up rather than wait for decisions to be made at the national level.
Reliance on state initiatives, however, will vary according to location, a development which requires the federal government to have someone within the National Security Council who can coordinate all federal, state and local preparations to lessen the impact from an EMP event.
Also, emergency services at the local levels need to determine whether they can respond if an EMP is to occur.
In the case of an EMP, people need to place themselves into a 19th-century existence and figure out what they will need in a household, such as a supply of stored food, water and medications on which they may need to survive for weeks, months and possibly years.
WASHINGTON – China, Russia and North Korea have electromagnetic-pulse, or EMP, weapons with the ability to cause mass casualties and catastrophic damage to the U.S. Critics say the EMP threat has taken a financial backseat to the Obama administration’s climate-change and first-responder priorities.
Pry said an EMP attack presents an opportunity for a rogue nation to devastate the entire U.S. He said that Iran, estimated to be within two months of nuclear weapons by the administration, has a “demonstrated capability to launch an EMP attack from a vessel at sea” and that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy commenced patrols off the U.S. China’s military doctrine openly describes an EMP attack as the ultimate asymmetric weapon, striking the foundation of the U.S.
He emphasized the need for a timely, concerted, “two birds, one stone” multi-agency effort to harden the grid and said putting such a program off until later will only prove to be even more costly.
In an interview with WND, Pry said the revelations in the suppressed DHS report are only the latest indications of the North Korean EMP threat. He and committee members say that if Americans want EMP to be a national defense priority, the best course of action is getting involved and writing their local congressmen.
Policymakers testified that it is not a matter of if a natural or manmade EMP attack will occur but when. WND reported last year that NASA estimates a direct hit to Earth from an enormous flares would have a catastrophic impact on the nation’s critical infrastructures over a wide geographical area. Some EMP experts say that such a catastrophic event could wipe out America’s urban centers, due to their total dependency on critical infrastructures for electricity, communications, food and water delivery, oil and gas, transportation, automated banking, financial institutions and even emergency services.
Automated control devices that regulate the flow of oil and natural gas through the hundreds of thousands of miles of pipelines that crisscross the nation would be tripped, causing geographically widespread secondary fires and explosions. We really don’t know how bad a massive EMP strike will be because testing has been restricted for years.
The damage from a massive EMP strike from a solar super storm with corona mass ejections (CME), or a powerful EMP from a high altitude explosion can be great. Studies by the congressionally established EMP Commission and by Oak Ridge National Laboratory have concluded that in a worst-case scenario a serious event could leave large portions of the nation’s power grid out of service for four to 10 years by causing physical damage to transformers and other equipment.
668), introduced last year by Franks, would enable FERC to establish reliability standards for the bulk power system to protect against EMP attacks.
Michael Maloof: Scientists generally are in agreement that a natural or manmade electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event can be devastating to our unprotected electrical grid, electronics and automated control systems.
Some EMP experts suggest the urban centers of the United States could become extinct, given the high potential for disease as a result of a buildup of garbage and sewage due to the breakdown of sanitation, as well as other secondary effects, leading to the prospect of death and starvation to some 90 percent of the U.S.


Nevertheless, it was during those tests that EMP was first detected after a test explosion affected communications some 800 miles away in Hawaii. East coast to a high altitude of some 50 kilometers would knock out at least the eastern grid, which services some 70 percent of the U.S.
There are three – Eastern, Western and Texas grids – to mitigate this potential, catastrophic outcome on our technologically based critical infrastructures. The nation would be in a far better position to sustain an EMP, whether from natural or manmade events, if the national effort to harden all electronics is undertaken now. Department of Homeland Security still does not regard an EMP event as one of its 15 National Planning Scenarios, which offer procedures to be implemented in the event of a catastrophic emergency, such as floods or terrorism. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., that the EMP threat is a matter of national security that should be void of partisan politics and be addressed immediately. The project is seeking to increase grid resiliency through more mobile and modular transformers. 12 hearing, said Russia and several other countries are developing an offensive EMP capability, but there is little protection against such attacks on the commercial grid.
A side effect would be a solar electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would affect everything from communications to vulnerable electrical grids. Depending on its intensity, an EMP can have a catastrophic, cascading impact on all of the electricity-dependent critical infrastructures on which we rely for survival. As a consequence, Congress in 2000 mandated the creation of an EMP Commission of prominent scientists to look at the effects of an EMP on our national grid and all of the critical infrastructures that depend on it. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, for example, has projected the cost from a direct hit from a solar flare would cost some $2 trillion in the first year, take four to 10 years to recover and affect the lives of more than 160 million people, meaning that they would either die or starve. Testimony in Maine from emergency responders revealed that emergency vehicles could be taken out of the game because of an EMP.
Civilization as it is known would come to a grinding halt in a nation where few have adequate survival skills.
In seeing this result, further tests were conducted by the British and then Soviets and determined that the potential impact of an EMP on electronics, communications and the grid was dramatic.
In knowing what the impact of an EMP would be on electrical grid systems and all electronics, these countries are undertaking efforts to harden their own electronics to mitigate EMP effects on their technology-based systems.
The EMP effect from a high-altitude nuclear explosion, however, could be worse, since it is more intense than the impact of a solar flare. Because our electronics today have become more sophisticated, the likelihood of an EMP event on them will be even greater, if left unprotected.
Law enforcement will arrest and remove any and all criminals so law-abiding citizens can deal with EMP damages in safety.
He met a number of people worried about having sustainable electricity if the power grid goes out for an extended period.



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