This is a discussion on CME, EMP, magic wand - all electrical power is gone! You ready? within the General Prepper and Survival Talk forums, part of the Survivalist, Prepper, Bushcrafter, Forest Rangers category; Originally Posted by Back Pack Hack They're made to disperse static electric discharges. Yeah, they might work in an EMP, but I'd add a couple ...
Well, for starters, I'd go in the garage and dust of my boxes full of prepping supplies.
I'd first focus on finding the candles and getting the different stoves prepped.
Then I would bring the food, oil, and fuel into a more secure location... guarded
After I set a ration schedule for the family, I would plot the areas on my mountain to forage prickly pear and mesquite beans. I'd get ahold of them first while everyone else is raiding the grocery stores.
Then, I'd have to set up the pool in the back yard to catch rain runoff but, the water tank would suffice until the next rain storm.... if not, I know where all the reservoirs are located. I would make it a priority to conduct a recon to determine if they have increased security... if not, I would take as much water as I want and treat it accordingly.
Once I feel the situation is beginning to destabilize outside, I would begin pulling night shift guard duty.
After the first few weeks of no food / lawlessness / riotous behavior, the pirates are going to have a hard time keeping their identity hidden. My team will then work diligently hunting them down to bring harmony back to our town.
And they all lived happily ever after, The End.
I'm curious about this: "Once I feel the situation is beginning to destabilize outside..."As dependent as the sheep are now - I think panic would happen pretty fast...
How will you know? I mean, what signs will you look for or see?
Obviously, there will be panic and riots... maybe some damage to commercial properties and places of business in the city, but to me, I would not consider that "destabilized" so long as law enforcement is still around and acting in an official capacity.
Now, the threshold is crossed when the following two situations occur:
1. Organized groups begin killing / attacking innocent civilians
2. Law Enforcement no longer operates
By definition, a "failed State" occurs when a government can no longer provide goods and services to their citizens.. the main service I'm concerned about here is protection / law enforcement. At that point, I consider the situation "destabilized" and it then becomes my groups responsibility to enforce justice for the innocent.
But, you also asked "How will you know?" and "What signs will you look for?"
1. I will know from simple observation of the activities going on in the surrounding area. I also have friends all over the city that will keep me informed.
2. I will look for the following signs:
a. Police are not showing up to work because they are either afraid or not getting paid
b. Murder / mugging is occurring at an increased rate within the city.
That's pretty much it.
"10-8"'s of the deputies reporting in for duty anymore, we're going into full lockdown mode.
I keep some radios and force multipliers in EM shielded containers as Elvis described in post #117. Motion sensors, police scanner, CB/GMRS/ham radios, and some other electronic goodies I wouldn't want to be without.
Thank you too, @Crunch - for your contribution to this thread.
I know the topic is about EMPs - but, imo, it's impossible to not keep the backdrop of Virginia in mind as well.
Thanks again, all.
And... you'll obviously need a way to generate electricity....
Having at least some ability to recharge batteries would go a long way towards improving life quality and security.
Some battery powered items that would be wonderful to have and be able to power.
AM/FM/shortwave radio receiver,,, CD or digital music player,,, 2 way hand held radios,,, flashlights,,, LED lanterns,,, driveway alarms which can be used for perimeter security around your property,,, nightvision or thermal vision.
Depending on the strength and wavelengths of the EMP many small items may still be functional if you can keep them powered.
So you've spent $1000+ on other preps. Maybe it's worth spending $100 for a 15 watt solar panel with USB output, a USB powered battery charger, and some Eneloop rechargeable batteries.
Was messing around with a solution like that last summer, small 10 watt solar panel, cigarette lighter voltage adapter, and a Energizer battery charger (that runs normally off a 'wallwart' converting 120 VAC to 12 VDC, but powered by the battery in this case).
If you just need to charge a couple of AA batts each day, it'd work.