Survivalists talk a lot about EMP attacks and how to prep for them, but one topic that’s rarely discussed is how to tell the difference between an EMP and a normal power outage.
Rolling blackouts and power outages are surprisingly routine in America. So much so, that the average citizen usually isn’t too surprised when all their lights go out suddenly.
Instead of panicking, they simply hunt around for a flashlight and maybe check their power company to see when the outage is expected to end.
This response is fine assuming that you are dealing with a regular power outage. In the event of an EMP attack, such a delayed reaction is risky, to say the least.
So, how do you tell the difference between to a power outage and an EMP? Keep reading to find out.
Is It A Power Outage? Or An EMP Attack?
For those of you who may not be up to speed, the video below offers a quick overview of what an EMP is.
How to Tell the Difference Between an EMP Attack and a Normal Power Outage
One way to tell if you are dealing with a minor EMP is to use the Three Radios Method.
As the name implies, this will require the use of three short-wave, emergency radios.
One radio (Radio A) should be stored in a Faraday cage. A Faraday cage is a container that blocks out electromagnetic fields. When properly constructed, a Faraday cage can protect devices from the effects of an EMP.
Radio B should also have the antenna extended, but this radio will be run off battery power.
Radio C should be plugged into a power outlet with its antenna fully extended.
When the power goes out, check Radio C. If you can tune into your local radio station, then you are most likely dealing with a normal power outage.
If Radio C isn’t working, check Radio B. If that radio works, it’s possible there’s been an EMP attack nearby. If the issue is just a blackout, you should still be able to listen to radio stations with Radio B. If the radio comes on, but you can’t listen to any stations, then you can assume that an EMP is the cause.
If the second radio isn’t working, there’s a significant chance that your area has experienced a nuclear EMP.
In that case, check Radio A. If the Faraday cage provided adequate shielding, then this radio should still work.
Just note that it will take several hours for shortwave transmissions to return and that there is the possibility of subsequent EMPs that could destroy this radio, too, if it isn’t in the cage.
What to Do After an EMP Attack
If you can confirm that an EMP attack has occurred in your area, it’s important to act quickly. Here are some steps you should take immediately after an attack.
1 – Fill Your Bathtub with Water
A down grid means that fresh water will stop flowing to your house soon. Fill up any bathtubs or water bricks in your home as soon as you can.
2 – Start Organizing
Most people are going to want to sit around and wait for someone else to fix the problem, but you need to be proactive.
Start by organizing your family, then branch out to your neighbors. One of your first priorities will be to set up a neighborhood watch as a defensive measure.
Take an inventory of the supplies everyone has, but take caution not too reveal too much about your own situation if you think that may cause issues.
3 – Hygiene Considerations
With no power, you’ll have to take steps to make up for the eventual lack of indoor plumbing. As soon as you can, dig a pit that can be used to dispose of human waste.
Also, make a plan for what you and your family will do with other garbage.
Tips for Dealing with Power Outages
- As always, planning ahead will give you an advantage in this situation. Stock up some emergency lighting like candles and solar lanterns.
- Take time to unplug major appliances during a power outage. When the power is restored, there’s a risk of electrical surges that can damage items.
- Use a radio to get updates on the situation.
- Avoid unnecessary travel if possible.
An EMP attack cannot be compared to other crises like earthquakes or floods.
Those events are certainly dangerous and potentially deadly…
But a powerful EMP can be apocalyptic.
Once it hits, life as we know it will be altered forever the affected areas will be jettisoned backward in time all the way to the Dark Ages.
So, unless you feel comfortable with the idea of leaving your family defenseless against this all-too-real threat, you need to start prepping for an EMP attack now.
And you can do that with the EMP Survival Guide.
We wrote this informative guide so you can get the truth about what to do in an event of an EMP happening. You’ll learn how to best protect your family against this looming threat, along with what do after one hits.
Click here or on the image below to learn more.