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THREATS TO USA - ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND
ELECTRONMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP)

Electromagnetic Pulse

 

 

 

Click above for stories on Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
This includes description, Faraday cage protective devices,
potential impacts of an EMP (or "E-bomb) bomb.

EMP News Articles and Commentary
EMP Background and Terror Threats
EMP and Faraday Cages
EMP and Other Practical Advice
EMP and Senate Hearings (March 2005)
 

Electrical Blackout and Grid Press

Diagram showing the main interconnections of the U.S. electric power grid and the ten North American Electric Reliability Council regions.

 

Click for Time magazine stories on Electrical Blackout:
  -- Lights Out
  -- Trouble All Down The Line
  -- Getting By Without The Grid
  -- An Invitation To Terrorists?

  -- Be Prepared: 10 Handy Tips

      By Jeffrey Kluger

"1. CARRY CASH. Well, don't carry it, but keep it around. A couple of hundred dollars--some at home, some at work--can be priceless when ATMs go off-line and no one is taking credit cards. A roll of quarters for pay phones also helps. It's hard not to spend it when you know it's there, but the cache of cash you don't touch today can be a lifesaver tomorrow."

"2. STAY WET. Buy bottled water, and put it away. No matter how much you think you'll need, you'll probably need more, so go for multigallon jugs. After the power fails but before water tanks run dry, it's also a good idea to fill your tubs. (Just remember to keep the bathroom doors closed for safety if you've got young children or pets in the house.)"

"3. STAY DRY. You know all that stuff you try not to eat too much of--peanuts, granola bars, crackers, cereal? Stock up now, and set it aside. Well-packaged dry foods can have the life span of trees--and they don't give a hoot when the fridge goes down."

"4. POWER UP. Batteries, batteries, batteries. And don't forget batteries. Lay in a supply now of all you will need to run flashlights, radios, handheld fans and anything else that takes portable juice. Remember to reverse the position of batteries stored in flashlights to prevent them from accidentally switching on and losing power. If you don't have a portable radio, buy one, but first check your clock radios and plug-in CD/radios since some of them also have battery capability."

"5. CHANGE YOUR DIAPERS. Keep an extra supply of diapers, formula and baby food around. (And remember to update your diaper stash as your baby grows. It happens fast, and a year-old baby in a 3-month-old's diaper is not a pretty picture.)"

"6. STAY CLEAN. Any survival kit should include a toothbrush, toothpaste, antibiotic ointment, bandages, baby wipes, tissues, tampons or sanitary pads, shaving cream, a razor, mouthwash, deodorant and anything else that keeps you feeling human. (A pair of sneakers can also come in handy. And don't forget prescription medications and an extra pair of glasses.)"

"7. MOOD LIGHTING. Keep candles and matches handy, but use them judiciously to avoid fires. It's best to rely on flashlights."

"8. KEEP IN TOUCH. Have at least one phone that plugs straight into the wall jack without the need for a power outlet."

"9. GAS UP. Get into the habit of not driving around with less than half a tank of gas. In a crisis, that half goes quickly."

"10. TAKE DEEP BREATHS, AND TRY TO LAUGH. It can't hurt."