Imagine what could happen if your city or town was devastated by a EMP blast? Cars would die on the road, smartphones would be dead too, police forces would not be able to communicate, and the internet would be no longer accessible (oh, the horror!)
An Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) is a blast of energy that can disrupt electronical equipment. Depending on the size of the blast, entire power grids can be destroyed. Anything that requires electricity will no longer be able to be used.
If something like this was to happen, chaos would ensue, and we know that you don’t want to be one of the helpless individuals worried about their survival, so here are some important preparation steps to make sure you are ready.
- Collect non-electric essentials.
Again, your car won’t work, so having a backup form of transportation such as a bicycle is an excellent idea. Other helpful items include propane stoves to cook food, manual can openers and hand powered water pumps.
- Stockpile canned-foods and water.
Start collecting canned-foods with a long shelf life and a ton of water. You will always need these to survive, so you can never have enough.
- Be prepared to protect yourself.
You never know when things may get dangerous. You should have some weapons to protect yourself, if needed, such as knives, swords, baseball bats, and guns. Keep in mind that guns will need extra ammo.
- Have your first aid kit ready.
Having access to a doctor or medical professional won’t be easy. Prepare for the worse with a badass medical bag full of medicine, bandages, scissors, tweezers, a whistle, etc.
- Build up that tool collection.
You never know what you may have to fix when a disaster hits. Make sure this kit is stored in a place that is easy to find.
- Start hoarding candles, matches, etc
With no electricity, you will have to rely on fires for cooking and staying warm. If you don’t have a collection of matches, lighters and candles yet, there’s no better time than now to start one.
- Assemble trade goods.
Money may no longer be important. Items like candy, alcohol, cigarettes, and other vices will become rather valuable, since they won’t be as accessible. These will be great goods to offer as trade for something you may really need.