Experts agree: Americans are not prepared for an EMP attack

Last October, TheBlaze’s investigative news magazine For The Record asked the following question: What weapon could wipe out food and medicine distribution, force America into a slumber for decades, make planes fall from the sky, permanently shut down the U.S. electrical grid, sever communications systems and lead to the deaths of millions? The answer, as For The Record: Blackout exposed, is an electromagnetic pulse weapon – or EMP. On radio this morning, Glenn discussed a new report from Josh Peterson of Watchdog.org in which experts agree the American citizenry is not prepared for an EMP attack.

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“This is from the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. He is an expert on electromagnetic pulse and updating the electric grid,” Glenn said. “It’s going to blow you away. He says Americans are not prepared for an EMP.”

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), told Watchdog.org the technology to avoid disaster from an EMP exists and upgrading the nation’s power grid is financially viable.

So what is the problem?

“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.”

According to Pry, the Congressional EMP Commission estimated you could protect the entire United States for about $2 billion. To put that figure into perspective – it is equal to the foreign aid the U.S. gives to Pakistan each year.

Watchdog.org reports:

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.

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The scenario sounds like something in a Hollywood film, but the U.S. military has been preparing its electronic systems for such an event since the Cold War. The protective measures taken to harden facilities against a nuclear attack also help in some cases to protect against EMPs.

The civilian world is another story.

“Think about it. Everything we depend on depends on power,” Pat said. “If you don’t have power, you are not going to have medicine. You won’t have food for very long. You are not going to have transportation.”

“How are you going to pump the gasoline, pump the water,” Glenn added.

When you hear someone like Pry say the only thing preventing the implementation of technology that would potentially save millions of lives is politics, you can’t help but wonder what the role of the federal government is anymore.

“The government’s one stated duty is to protect us and to make sure that our system of life goes on. But… they marginalize anybody who says an EMP [is a threat]. Our Pentagon is more afraid of an EMP or electric grid going down on us through terrorism than anything else. They believe that this is a real possibility,” Glenn said. “You launch two EMPs – one from the east, one from the west – you knock out every electrical device in the United States of America.”

“People don’t understand: If you have a pacemaker, your pacemaker stops. If you have insulin, you have no refrigeration. There’s no banking, no ATMs, no gas stations,” he continued. “There’s nothing. You are back to 1850, which means we would all have to learn how to survive like they did in 1850, [and] we have no idea how to do that.”

Read the full report from Watchdog.org HERE.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you’re reselling us fear we’ve heard for years. Try making this an interesting discussion by finding out what politicians are against such protection and why.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Davenport

    Well it can come from the sun more than anything. This needs done. Instead of demanding people to buy healthcare propping up dying banks with funny money we should be protecting ourselves from EMP burst.

  • Deckard426

    Unless the EMP can screw up my wood stove, fishing hole, and bucket, I’ll be okay.

  • Tony Viscardi

    When the system that processes EBT cards at a handful of Walmarts went down for a few hours a short time ago, the Lifelong Welfare takers were ready to riot because they could not get their FREE stuff. Can you imagine what the grid going down would cause? Millions in the inner cities would be wiped out in just a short few days as they are clueless on how to take care of themselves. Maybe a thinning of the herd would not be the worst thing that could happen.

  • Tony Viscardi

    Because you are of a dying breed. Those that actually know how to take care of themselves if the need arises. Your (and my) problem will be protecting what we have from those who have failed in life and rely on others to provide for themselves and their families.

  • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

    While I’m all for spending the $2 billion, we shouldn’t fall for the notion that it would accomplish what needs to happen. I’m not sure we can adequately protect ourselves by taking defensive actions.

    The $2 billion makes sure your lights can go on. But it doesn’t clear the roads of all the traffic jams from vehicles whose electrical systems are fried. (Tow trucks will also be fried along with all the rest of the vehicles.) The $2 billion also won’t unfry our refrigerators or air conditioners.

    IOW, we won’t be able to have our food supplies restored. In short, almost everyone starts going hungry after about three days with blocked roads and dead vehicles.

    If the commercial jet industry isn’t hardened, we’ll also have a few thousand plane crashes that will bring fires and no truck able to respond to the fires.

    The way to stop an EMP attack is to prevent the usual suspects from being able to deliver an EMP attack. Trying to recover after the fact is not an option.

  • Anonymous

    How many of these EMPs happen from the sun all the time? How much damage has been predicted over the years? I’ve read threats that all communication would be disrupted so many times now and am still waiting. It’s high time for scientists to look into ways to get us off the grid dependency, I would think.

  • Dan Heizinger

    Whoop de doo. Some of us are hoping for such an attack. It gives the opportunity for power to be seized, and rest-assured, thats the only way the godless left will be stopped.

  • Dan Heizinger

    That’s why you buy guns. When the time comes, we’ll have to purge the libs anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone aware that an EMP attack by our own government was thwarted by 3 military heroes last October?

  • Anonymous

    Vacuum Tubes. They might glow a little from an EMP but they keep right on going. 100-year-old technology.

  • fire lion

    I always find it funny that christians are so worried about attacks and death. I see them so full of themselves in self glory, I was sure they were going to heaven.

  • fire lion

    Just like conservatives during the 70′s screamed murder because Jimmy Carter didnt invade the middle east, kill all the brown people and take the oil.

  • landofaahs

    In the days before electricity they used to butcher in small towns once a week and people could purchase enough beef for a day in the summer and even more in the fall and winter. Many people ate fish caught that day or chickens raised on the farm. Everyone could sport a crude root cellar that might only be hand dug hole in the garden with straw on the bottom and on top the vegetables covered by some covering and straw over that topped by slue grass which was grooved to drain the water away from the core. Pork rendered down was put into crock jars and covered with rendered lard in layers and a lose cover over top and stored in the basement and would keep for over a month. Of course fruit was boiled down and put into jars and covered with melted wax and placed in the basement also. Apples picked green could be wrapped in newspaper and stored in the basement until Christmas. Tomatoes plants could be pulled by the roots and the plant hung upside down off of a floor joist in the basement and provide tomatoes up to close to Christmas. These are just a few ways they used to operate and it would be easy to do now if you were preparing it in season. Just a thought.

  • Anonymous

    Learn from the Amish. Do what they do.

  • landofaahs

    I don’t have to, I was raised with this stuff and I’m not Amish.

  • landofaahs

    I’m going to heaven on God’s schedule and time line but not yours;)

  • landofaahs

    Who will you listen to? Get yourself a CB radio (base) preferable. It gives you a good local range but then you have to make sure that those you communicate with have them also.

  • landofaahs

    I have a short wave radio triple Faraday caged. Plus I have a bunch of regular am radios all protected in triplicate.

  • Anonymous

    You have been deceived again and miss the point. I can’t presume my own Final Judgement and am instructed to guide those seeking or inquiring about salvation — I cannot presume their Final Judgement as well. The battle for souls is ongoing and the battle goes on until one dies. What I won’t do is mock those seeking salvation and discourage them. If you have genuine, constructive concerns about Christians and self-righteousness, express them.

  • Anonymous

    That should do OK if it’s a solid-state unit. The cages should also help with receiver *emissions* thus making receiver detection and location more difficult. Read up on “Tempest Qualified” if you havent. Just make sure that the antenna input is strongly protected. I have an R-390a — it’s incredible. It is a design from the 1950′s and most production was ended in the late 60′s, but several were overhauled and used in Desert Storm. Why? Because the RF inputs of the solid-state gear kept blowing out due to static electricity from sand storms. The R-390a just purred along.

  • Anonymous

    Vacuum Tube CB radios can be found on ebay. 23-channels or less, crystal controlled.

  • Anonymous

    Secrecy is one of the best defenses. I feel sorry for the “Doomsday Preppers” who sink and enormous amount of money and time into a bunker or fortress AND advertise it — a large, determined mob can, with time, do much damage. And if one manages to dispatch them *all*, then there is the cleanup.

  • Anonymous

    Guns AND ammunition. The question to ask oneself: Do I have more ammunition than there are bodies? Think Iwo Jima.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    unfortunately, if we stock up too much, some of it may loose its efficacy, aspirin, advil, etc. iodine and antibiotic as well.

  • ken.

    you can also store equipment in a container completely wrapped in brass window screen, it blocks everything. you can also use it to block gps and other devices from sending or receiving signals. you should have all necessary equipment like radio’s, cb’s, tv’s, generators in storage so if an attack happens you have it available. also get rid of bank accounts and credit cards or you will not only have no access, you will lose everything in it.

  • ken.

    i only use cash, i have no bank accounts or credit cards. don’t let them fool you into thinking they are easier then cash, they are actually harder to maintain then cash and not worth the hassle.

  • ken.

    i also don’t have to mess with identity theft,

  • landofaahs

    I’ll have to check into that. Thanks

  • landofaahs

    I’m thinking of the Army hand crank generators too.

  • James Stanford

    This is the plan of the NWO. It’s gonna happen, people. It’s gonna happen, in the USA. If I had the money, I would be living in Australia, right about now.

  • smokehill

    The “cleanup,” as you call it, is my alternate means of feeding my first line of defense — two dozen dogs. I keep about one ton of dog food, rotated regularly, but it won’t last forever if there’s an extended emergency.

    Since none of my neighbors are prepared for anything & will not survive long, my little 5-acre farm (with stocked pond & a fair amount of deer & small game) will in effect expand to about 100 acres, with an additional larger pond where 4-lb bass lurk, unfished for the past ten years (when I sold the property).

    However, even for those of us who have planned ahead, our stock of medications & basic supplies will eventually run out, so I continue to regularly buy ammunition, HTH (to purify pond water), duct tape, fishing tackle, vitamins, seeds & stable food items.

    I just hope all those apple & pear trees I planted mature before this all happens.

    I don’t advertise my preparations or my large supply of guns & ammo, either, so I don’t expect a massed attack. Eventually, though, the piles of picked, bleached bones near my boundary fences might give some predator pause, also.

  • smokehill

    I’m been preparing against this type of emergency (as well as most others) for over 10 years, since I left the military — where we planned for contingencies like this in strategic exercises. I know all too well how real the EMP threat is, and I doubt that half the U.S. population would be alive 45-60 days afterward.

    This has nothing to do with religion. I’ve been an atheist since I was 15 or 16, and about half the “preppers” I know passably well, I doubt that even half have any religious beliefs at all — just common sense.

  • smokehill

    Good luck with that.

    If the US is crippled by an EMP of this magnitude, it will be only a matter of time before the entire Pacific Rim is under the Chinese thumb. Australia & its neighbors have zero ability to stand up to the Chinese military for any length of time, and will fold without a shot being fired once they’re blockaded by sea & air.

    Don’t look to Europe for any help, either. They’ll be too busy worrying about how to stall off the Russians and won’t give a rat’s a$$ about the other side of the world.

  • smokehill

    The shelf life of medications is mostly nonsense. The Army tested it back in the 50s & 60s because of its huge stockpile, and (at the time) the Civil Defense stocks, and found that almost all medicines were good for many years beyond that EXP date as long as the temperatures were stable and light & moisture were kept out. I keep it in some sock drawers, each bottle wrapped in tinfoil & labelled. Insulin & some antibiotics DO lose effectiveness, but in good conditions should well outlast that EXP date. That is a “worst case” date. Fortunately, I could see the problem and stocked many years’ supply of my diabetes control pills before I agreed to switch to insulin. I still have two yrs supply of insulin built up, but once the fridge dies I’m not sure how well it will keep wrapped tightly in “root cellar” temperatures. Even if it loses 50, 60 or 90% effectiveness, I can still monitor it & adjust accordingly. And since I’ll be living primarily on fish, venison, rabbit & vegetables, my need for insulin should be much reduced anyhow.

    Incidentally, I am using painkillers (Hydrocodone & Codeine) from back in ’99 & they seem to be only about 10% “reduced.” I stocked up during some long, painful infections & seldom need them now, but they work fine. Ditto for Morphine. Dry, dark, temperature-stable storage is the key, and Reynolds Wrap is definitely your friend here. It’s also a great thing to stock for SHTF. I think I’m up to 40 rolls now, buying one every trip to the food store..

    Your basic First Aid concerns should be for aspirin, alcohol, HTH (for purifying water & disinfecting) and vitamins. Tubes of Triple Antibiotic ointment, stored carefully, should have at least a ten-year shelf life. I have personally used ones that were 5 yrs past due date (donated by my vet years ago).

    Also, Consumer Reports did a similar examination of medicine shelf lives over twenty-five years ago & found the same result as the Army’s earlier tests.

  • smokehill

    Haven’t had a credit card for 15+ years, but I do have a debit card for my business account, and the debit card that Social Security now forces on us.

    I figure that when SHTF money won’t be worth much anyhow & there’ll be nothing to buy either.

  • Oscar’s Wilde

    Reject the tyrant’s designs for absolute despotism: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    thanks for your good advice.

    i was, as in most things, skeptical about the expiration dates they set thinking they just want you to keep purchasing product.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Everyone, and you too Glenn Beck, please help us build the power supply of the future. Its called focus fusion and the crowd funding project started on Earth Day. Go to http://www.focusfusion.org and http://www.lawerncevilleplasmaphysics.com and learn about it. The plan is to have many smaller fusion reactors creating it close to where the power is used. They want to build up micro-grids to distribute this and its a great idea.

  • smokehill

    I just ran across this article from Harvard Medical School, which basically says the same thing (for most medications).

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1103a.shtml

    You are correct, though, that there is a tremendous push by the drug companies for doctors, veterinarians & pharmacists to stick to the old party line about expiration dates. The smart ones take the expired ones for their own home use rather than destroy them.

    And the really great veterinarians quietly pass them out the back door to dog rescues that they know very well.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    doctors invest heavily in meds. i went to a dermatologist once who asked me if i needed a valium for my fruit peel. a fruit peel is a like a facial — you get it on your lunch hour.