In this video posted by Canadian Prepper, NASA engineer and author Arthur T Bradley discusses some grid down and other SHTF events about which he is concerned. Dr. Bradley also has his own video channel (and website) where he discusses preparing for EMP and other preparedness topics. The video below is supposed to be the first of a three part series.
From Air Force Magazine, Air Force Researchers Call for National Electromagnetic Attack Preparation.
Everyday Americans aren’t worried enough about the threat of a massive electromagnetic attack, according to a new, 130-page Air University report on electromagnetic spectrum vulnerabilities.
During the Cold War, the public was aware of the threat of nuclear attack and took it seriously, participants in the Electromagnetic Task Force’s 2019 study said. They concluded the US should mount a similar national campaign encouraging individuals, the military, and industry to adopt electromagnetic protection and resilience plans, just as citizens built bomb shelters during the Cold War.
An electromagnetic pulse attack is essentially a surge of energy, caused by a nuclear detonation or a solar storm, that could overload electronics and cause them to fail. While national leaders and industry are more aware of the potential impacts, the Air University study said, an effort akin to the “Smokey Bear” wildfire-prevention initiative could better alert the public.
The second annual study, undertaken by hundreds of scholars, industry experts, and military officers earlier this year, argued that the proliferation of “efficient but delicate” computers, networks, and other electronic infrastructure leaves the US particularly vulnerable to electromagnetic attacks on a grand scale…
- Patrice Lewis of Rural Revolution
- John Jacob Schmidt of AmRRON and Radio Free Redoubt
- Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series
- Shelby Gallagher, author of the A Great State book series
- Rep. Matt Shea from WA district 4 and the Liberty state movement
- K from Combat Studies Group
- Brian Domke from Strategic Landscape Design
- Ranger Rick
- Dennis Walters from Dana Engineering
- Kaery Dudenhofer of Kaery Concealed
as well as other ham radio operators, herbalists, survivors, precious metal investors, beekeepers, and government emergency management planners.
The DoD unclassified the final three EMP reports from the EMP Commission at the end of January. Michael Mabee, the author of The Civil Defense Book, has copies of the new reports as well as the previously released reports on his website.
The last three unclassified EMP Commission Reports were finally approved for publication by DoD on Monday
- “Nuclear EMP Attack Scenarios and Combined-Arms Cyber Warfare”
- “Political-Military Motives for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack”
- “Foreign Views of Electromagnetic Pulse Attack”
There is a disingenuous note by the Department of Defense (DoD) that states that the reports were “cleared for open publication by the DoD Office of Prepublication and Security Review on July 16, 2018.” The truth is that the EMP Commission fought DoD since 2017 to get the unclassified EMP Commission reports published – and this finally happened on January 21, 2019.
According the EMP Commission Chief of Staff, Dr. Peter Vincent Pry:
The military doctrines of Russia, China, Iran and North Korea view nuclear EMP attack as the ultimate “cyber-weapon” that can deliver the decisive blow on the battlefield or against entire nations or alliances. For example, a single EMP attack on European NATO could destroy electronic systems crucial to military operations and black-out electric grids and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures (communications, transportation, industry and manufacturing, business and finance, food and water) crucial to national survival. A nuclear EMP attack would be executed, and perhaps be preceded, by such cyber operations as computer viruses and hacking, and selective sabotage, the synergistic effects of which would virtually guarantee the collapse of electric grids, critical infrastructures, and adversary military power.
Links to 10 new unclassified EMP Commission Reports
Below are links to all the unclassified EMP Commission Reports and other
EMP Commission documents.
- EMP Commission Chairman’s Report
- Risk-Based National Infrastructure Protection Priorities for EMP and Solar Storms
- Examination of NERC GMD Standards and Validation of Ground Models and Geo-Electric Fields
- Electric Reliability Standards for Solar Geomagnetic Disturbances
- Assessing the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Executive Report
- Recommended E3 HEMP Heave Electric Field Waveform for the Critical Infrastructures
- Life Without Electricity: Storm-Induced Blackouts and Implications for EMP Attack
- Foreign Views of Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
- Political-Military Motives for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
- Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Attack Scenarios and Combined-Arms Cyber Warfare
The Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) council’s second annual Earth Ex is coming Wednesday, August 22nd. You can submit an email address to get exercise notifications.
Our integrated world – and the “catch” that comes with it
In the modern world, everything we do depends on nationally and globally interconnected utility, infrastructure, resource and service networks. Together, they are much like our bodies – a fully integrated, interdependent organic system.
But there is a catch. Like our bodies, this integration – while critically important – brings with it a unique vulnerability. If any major piece fails, the whole system can collapse. Six “Black Sky” hazards represent particularly serious concerns for such vulnerabilities.
What can be done?
Sector by sector, nation by nation, leading government organizations and corporations are beginning to make investments and develop plans to build resilience against these “Black Sky” hazard scenarios. With EARTH EX, they are joining together to evaluate those plans.
But government organizations and corporations cannot do this alone. Resilience – at the level that will be needed for these extreme hazards – begins with individuals, with families and with neighborhoods.
The Individual and Family EARTH EX Experience
Individual and Family participants in EARTH EX will have an opportunity to experience the same full-scale video “injects” used by their corporate and government colleagues, as an introduction to a special, animated, interactive learning experience.
In the exercise, you will learn some of the most important preparatory steps you can take to prepare for extreme hazards:
To protect yourself and your family, and prepare to help your friends and neighbors to get through an unprecedented crisis.
Who is participating?
Professional sectors are participating in six categories:
- Utilities (electricity, water and communications providers)
- Government (all levels of government, law enforcement, finance and emergency responders)
- Non-profits (both local and international organizations)
- Health (health services of all kinds)
- Cyberworld (cyber response and forensics)
- Private sector providers (transportation, retail, factories, agriculture, finance, food and pharmaceuticals)
- And for the first time … individuals and families, adults and children
This evening Dennis Walters gave a talk on the threat of High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. For more information, you can visit his reference site at http://danaengineering.org.
Click here to download a pdf of the slides of a similar presentation that he gave earlier this year.
We hope to be able to post this evening’s slides soon.
The threat of a rogue nation or a well-funded and supported terrorist group detonating a small nuclear weapon at a high-altitude would have devastating consequences to the United States. The consequences threaten to cause the loss of millions of civilians who rely on the infrastructure to live in urban areas. In the aftermath of an attack, electrical and electronic component failures would potentially be wide-spread and long lasting. The initial response to this type of event is time critical to maintain civil order and begin the process of recovery.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, BUSINESS, AND COMMUNITY
Until local emergency plans are put into place and/or our infrastructure is hardened against these threats, the public remains unprotected and unprepared to deal with an existential threat that, at this time, has an unacceptably high probability of occurrence. The existing infrastructure allows us to live in densely populated areas that will not be able to meet minimum survival needs (Food, water and septic, medical). Experts estimate that up to 90% of the population in America would die if the electrical grid was out of service for a year. With adequate preparation, you can improve the survival of your family, business, and community by reducing the risk of a breakdown of social order. The first step at home is to assess your ability to adequately provide food and water for your family if there is extended power outage. The first step in your business and community is to identify and assess mission critical equipment that are needed to assure continuity of operations after an EMP attack.
And here is a link to a blog post with instructions on how to make simple faraday cages at home from foil and metal containers. In that post it says to use heavy duty aluminum foil. Mr. Walters said that in his testing regular aluminum foil actually made a better RF seal around items, but heavy duty foil can be used if you need more abrasion resistance. The blog post also does not mention using metal foil tape to seal your seams.