First let me start by describing what an EMP is. I am sure most of tou already know, but for guts and grins, why not?
EMP stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse. or a short burst of electromagnetic energy. In this thread we will be talking about the type and
characteristics of the EMP associated with nuclear detonations.
Electromagnetic energy is a form of radiation that is basically electric energies and magnetic energies oscillating together. there is a wide range of
frequencies ranging from the microwaves that cook your dinner to the x-rays that show doctors your bones.
when used in this manner, they are mostly harmless and very helpful.
But when you detonate a nuclear device at altitude there is a strong associated EMP that has the potential to fry electronics and the like for hudres
to even thousands of miles depending on the altitude of detonation.
Now, this means that lets say some rogue nation decides to send a satellite into space and orbit it at about 300 miles above the earth, and on this
satellite there lies a large nuclear warhead. and this nation hates the US. So now this nation detonates the bomb at 300 miles above the ground
directly over... say... kansas.
the effect from the EMP would be felt across the entire continental US. every single man woman and child here and alot in canada and mexico too would
find that... umm... honey the lights arent working!
funny thing is that it wouldnt just be the electricity. all electronics are likely to be effected. battery operated toys, flashlights, even cars would
be useless. (well most. some of us with our love for old muscle could probably just change some wires and get a new battery).
Now, i have thought about this overnight here at work and i have decided to pose a few things that could mean the difference between stranded and
mobile in the event of an EMP.
first, a grounding device for your vehicle. it would be so simple to install and super cheap as well. just drive a bit of rebar deep into the ground,
sodder one end of a jump cable to it, and drive up next to it when you get home. then just attach to frame of vehicle and be at ease.
also, you could help by disconnecting the battery cables, but that becomes bothersome and can cause problems if done day in day out. but if you have a
spare vehicle that you dont use much, ground it, and disconnect the battery when not in use.
make sure that your house is not electronic dependant. As in, know your area, where you can access clean water. Keep alternate ways to heat water such
as a kerosene stove or at least an oil lamp and some candles. these items were once considered basic emergency stuff, but was replaced with
flashlights and battery stoves. but be sure you understand. modern emergency kits will not be fully operational in the case of the EMP.
Of course there is basic first aid kits, and one should always take a refresher course on the application of first aid.
but most imprtantly. ground any large electrical equipment that you have when not in use. generators, sump pumps, etc;
the EMP is probably one of the quickest ways to send the US back to the middle ages. The effects of the EMP would probably be as much as or more
impacting than the nuke iteslf.
open for debate and additions, and sure, i even got time for an argument in good taste