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Massive solar flares have been in the news recently, along with vague warnings of how a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) might affect us here on earth. The dangers of a man-made Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) was outlined in excruciating detail in One Second After by William Forstchen.
We rely on electronics way too much to ignore the potential of these events, and although even the experts aren’t always in agreement where details are concerned, it makes sense to have a plan to protect important electronics in either event.
What experts do agree on is that many items with any type of electronic component may become inoperable by either a CME or EMP. From Survival Mom: How to prepare your family for everyday disasters and worst-case scenarios:
An EMP can be caused by the detonation of a large bomb, nuclear or otherwise, in the atmosphere, miles above land. Its pulse wave can easily cover a continent and destroy electronic components in computers, engines, power plants, and solar panels alike. An event like this has never happened on a large scale, and there are differing opinions as to the exact consequences, but one thing is certain: In a matter of moments, life as we know it would be gone forever. Our closest star, the sun, could also do extensive damage in the form of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The results would be similar.
I don’t have a plan to turn my garage into a giant Faraday cage in hopes that our vehicles would be spared, but I have made plans to protect other, smaller items that would make a huge difference in our survival following a CME or EMP. Here is a list of some of those items.
- Mp3 players filled with music. also, every spare set of earphones I can scrape up around here.
- An old laptop computer with downloads of ebooks and stored personal information
- One or more digital cameras
- A set of walkie-talkies that run on rechargeable batteries
- Solar battery chargers
- A Kindle containing more than 150 books, many of them reference and survival books but also dozens of classics and a couple version of the Bible
- One or more digital watches and clocks
- Small DVD player (a backup player would be good also)
- Any and all digital photos stored on a DVD and/or a thumb drive
- Scanned documents stored on a DVD and/or thumb drive (See Grab-n-Go Binder.)
- Computer hard drives
- Ham radio equipment
- A small generator
- LED flashlights
- Shortwave radio
- Electronic medical equipment