Korea and their aggressive and forward leaning hostility toward the west has dominated the news and the national rhetoric lately, promising numerous times to use an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapon to take out our grid and send us back to the 1800’s. Certainly if it were to happen and the United States electrical grid were to go down for any length of time – our life changes!
The early bottom line here is to ask the question, what would you do if you received a cell phone alert that a ballistic missile was inbound to your area and you had 38 minutes before impact? Are you ready for that? This actually happened in Hawaii recently. Although it was a false alarm, its impact on our psyche and how it challenges us, is real. The emergency notification stood for 38 minutes. Can you imagine what people were thinking and doing?
Korea is now telegraphing that they can reach the continental U.S. – which if true should cause some concern for people in or near large metro areas and military bases. That said, there is another angle to this that most people don’t take into account. And that is while a direct strike on a US city would be catastrophic for that city, the damage is nonetheless localized to that region. Targeting specific locations requires more sophistication in targeting mechanisms, guidance systems and re-entry technology. We’ve had some reprieve because that has been the bottle neck in their weapons development, notwithstanding their rhetoric.
However, the far more catastrophic event would be a high-altitude nuclear explosion – at 300 miles up in the stratosphere. At that altitude, nuclear fallout is not a concern for anybody – but paralysis and destruction of the electrical grid, is!.
Obviously this changes the strategy for everybody. The perpetrators don’t need a re-entry vehicle and don’t need to be very accurate in targeting. They just need to get it up high enough and roughly over the target country, to detonate a blast at 300 miles. If they wanted to do maximum damage – that’s the way to do it.
It is estimated that 90% of our country population would be dead in 12 months. You can do numerous internet searches and learn why. But everything comes to a grinding halt without transformers, electrical grid, major electronics and electricity.
People worry about whether their car will get fried or if it will survive an EMP blast. In some respects it is a moot point. If there is no electricity, there is no gasoline. The pipelines stop flowing, trucks won’t move and gas pumps won’t pump. After your current tank of gas is gone – the car is immobile! You walk everywhere or ride a bike or horse.
The experts talk about the progression down the path from loss of the grid to complete societal breakdown and chaos. Roving gangs, release of the nation’s prisoners, no food supply chain, no flowing water or flushing toilets, little or no hospitals or nursing homes, no or restricted life-sustaining medications … do you get the point? And that point is – what are you doing about it – to get ready. For the prepared these disasters are a major inconvenience. To the unprepared they will be a disaster. And it doesn’t really matter if there is 10% or 70% (best case, worse case) impact – life changes!
Smart people are starting to ask questions and to put resources together to help us. One of these is Mr. Dennis Walters, a semi-retired electrical engineer living in SE Washington who is now consulting with the government and private entities. He knows a thing or two about EMPs and how we can get better prepared to minimize the consequences to our family, home, and local government.
If you want to learn more, Mr. Walters would like to hear from you. Or speak to your group. His contact information is on the EMP handout available in the download section on the right side of this website.
Doing nothing is not an option – although many seem to be choosing that path. The EMP threat is in the news and seems to be real. It it is providing a lot of motivation to an increasing number of people who are becoming more “awake”. It’s another reason why it makes sense to increase your preparedness and self-reliance, and to begin working with like-minded people to better prepare your neighborhood and community.