An EMP attack would have “catastrophic effects” on American civilians, according to statements made by Peter Vincent Pry. The executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and US Nuclear Strategy Forum Congressional adviser feels the technology necessary to avoid such an apocalyptic disaster exist. Pry also maintains that upgrading the power grid to protect life and property from an electromagnetic pulse is fiscally viable.
The EMP expert had this to say about the protective measures which could be taken to secure the power grid:
“The problem is not the technology. We know how to protect against it. It’s not the money, it doesn’t cost that much. The problem is politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way. If you do a smart plan, the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion. That’s what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year.”
Renowned One Second After author and EMP advisor Dr. William Forstchen estimated that approximately half a million people would die in just the first few moments after an EMP attack on the power grid. Fires caused by bursting power grid transformers, downed power lines, gas line eruptions, and falling airplanes could likely cause a massive loss of life.
Massive fires after an EMP attack are rarely ever factored into either FEMA planning or even discussions by preppers themselves. I had the distinct privilege to interview Dr. Forstchen, also a college professor, about the grim reality of life in the United States after a power grid failed by an EMP attack or solar flare. After speaking with Bill Forstchen, I realized just how divorced from reality the FEMA estimates could actually be when it comes to the potential death toll after an electromagnetic pulse.
According to the FAA, there are about 7,000 types of aircraft flying over the United States at any given time. In addition to the thousands of passenger and crew deaths, the fires which will occur during the crashes could destroy entire communities. Air Force One and Strategic Air Command used to control nuclear-tipped missiles are the only aircraft which are supposedly EMP proof.
Various states have been attempting to fill the regulatory and legislative void created by the inaction on the EMP and power grid security left by Congress. Private companies have also reportedly been developing and investing technologies which would help protect against an EMP attack.
Do you think Congress should spend more time and taxpayer money focusing EMP attack preparedness and harden the power grid as a matter of national security?
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The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready.
Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation's electrical grid is financially viable.
"The problem is not the technology," Pry said. "We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way."
He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets.
"If you do a smart plan - the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion," Pry told Watchdog.org. "That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year."
In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated in 2011 would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid - whether by an act of God, or a nuclear missile detonating in Earth's upper atmosphere.
In this article I will identify what I feel are the 3 biggest mistakes that people make in survival situations. Before you read on realize that the term “Survival Situation” does not mean a Collapse scenario, it means a Collapse scenario, lost in the woods, a gunman in your building or even a burglar in your home.
STAY WHERE YOU ARE OR RUN AWAY
This can also be phrased as “Wait for help or not wait for help”, I also realize that this seems like not the greatest advice since I am telling you two opposite things; let me elaborate.
Every situation will dictate your reaction to it, so there is NO real silver bullet for every survival situation.
Take for instance a Shooter in your building. Say you work in a large office building selling insurance, there was a big set of layoffs 3 weeks ago and many people left with chips on their shoulder. You start the day as you normally do, but a few hours after you get there you head 4 loud bangs on your floor, people start to scream in the hallway and your coworkers begin to freak out. Months back your company had passed out a paper for what to do during emergencies, they recommended that in the case of a gunmen in the building that all workers were to shelter in place, that is to stay where they were get under their desks and hide. The closest worker to the door was to lock it and then go to their shelter in place area.
In this scenario someone does lock the door to your area of cubicles, the gun shots get closer and then the door handle jiggles, then the door hand is shot out and the door swings wide open and you hear the shots begin to ring out every few seconds as the steps go from one cubicle to the next….
Now we saw how Shelter in Place did not work during the Navy Yard Shooting, as people made themselves non moving targets, the one thing you dont want to be when someone has a gun.
Anyone who has ever been trained to deal with being shot at knows that the best defense against a gunmen is having a gun yourself, the second best thing to do (and sometimes in conjunction with the first) is to make yourself a moving target away from them, zig zagging in different directions to complicate their ability to use accurate fire upon you. Sheltering in place is not a good idea. In reality shelter in place is more for the Cops than for you in my opinion, in a mass shooting scenario if everyone is sitting still then whoever is up and moving is more likely the target, and this way cops can more easily engage the target without having to pick them out of a crowd, this is fine for the cops and makes their job easier, but not for you as you hear the gunmen moving towards you as (s)he shoots everyone in the cubicles as he moves your way.
You need to identify exits wherever you are at all times, especially in places you spend a lot of time like work, have exit strategies.
However on the flip side, say you were traveling in a small commuter plane going fishing in the back country, the plan loses power and you crash land, you survive the crash however you are 100 miles from the nearest town. Now many people would instinctively think they should get up and start walking to find someone to get help. In this case however your best chance of being rescued will be to stay with the wreckage; search planes will be dispatched once family and friends and the pilots company realizes you never came back, never checked in, etc. Search planes will more easily see the wreckage than you walking through the woods.
As I mentioned in the beginning every scenario will give you this decision to make, stay or go, and each will have a different correct decision to make.
There is no silver bullet decision, one size fits all, however the silver bullet to make that decision is available and it is simple.
“What will increase my survival” once you figure this out your decision can be made.
When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order.
It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario.
Survival Blog founder James Rawles calls them the golden horde:
Because of the urbanization of the U.S. population, if the entire eastern or western power grid goes down for more than a week, the cities will rapidly become unlivable. I foresee that there will be an almost unstoppable chain of events:
Power -> water -> food distribution -> law and order -> arson fires -> full scale looting
The number one threat that I concentrate on. It’s not terrorism, it’s not natural disaster, it’s not even government or war.
The major threat is population density.
Because every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis…
So, where should you be when it happens?
To find the answer, let’s consider where we shouldn’t be.
Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146.
If you want to have any chance of surviving a wide-spread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from.
(Click here for larger image)(For a complete list of the counties highlighted on this map click here)
When considering your retreat locations or emergency evacuation routes, be familiar with the population densities of the area you’re headed to, as well as those counties in your immediate vicinity.
In his book Patriots, James Rawles specifically points out that Highway 80, running through California, will be one of the busiest evacuation routes in the country as millions of people pour out of major cities to flee disaster or in search of food.
So, no matter where you are located, consider your proximity to high traffic thoroughfares going in and out of the city. During Hurricane Rita, which hit Houston several years ago, every major pipeline out of the city was jammed for hundreds of miles. Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas was bumper to bumper traffic. Normally a 4 hour trip, those who didn’t evacuate in time were stuck on the highway without food, gas, sanitation, or potable water for upwards of 15 hours.
This is why Joel Skousen suggests that those looking for strategic retreat locations or homes outside of major cities consider highway proximity. Be at least 5 – 7 miles away from any major thoroughfare, which is generally outside the range people want to venture off familiar roads, and far enough away to make any ‘walkers’ too tired to attempt the trip without ample clean water and food.
If you have no choice but to be in a major metro area during a serious emergency situation, consider strategies that can help you remain sustainable in the city even in the midst of panic.
Hat tip Satori
Missoula, Montana Avanlanche
AmeriCorps members with the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) responded to a deadly avalanche that occurred outside of Missoula, MT on February 28, 2014. AmeriCorps members were a key part of the full response effort, working alongside hundreds of volunteers assisting with debris removal. Check out the latest news coverage on ABC FoxMT and KPAX.
Flowood, Mississippi Flooding
AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region deployed a composite team of 7 AmeriCorps members to work with the American Red Cross Capital River Chapter. They are working out of the chapter office in Flowood, MS, performing disaster assessment, client casework, and other support in several small communities throughout central Mississippi affected by last weekend's floods.
Oso, Washington Flooding/Mudslide
CNCS continues to be represented by local AmeriCorps program Washington Conservation Corps (WCC), which is housed within the state’s Department of Ecology. The state has deployed 45 AmeriCorps members and 9 staff members to assist with resource delivery and base camp operations. FEMA has also deployed 42 AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps members to support administrative operations. In addition, 4 AmeriCorps members with the American Red Cross have deployed.
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