If a hostile nation were to attack the U.S., would they do it on a nice day with pleasant weather?
If your neighborhood was affected by an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack during a particularly harsh winter, can your family survive?
EMPs are "powerful bursts of energy." They can occur naturally because of "space weather" events, like the sun blasting charged particles toward Earth, or they can be triggered by man-made sources (e.g., a nuclear explosion).
There are two types of EMPs that you need to know about:
In this hypothetical situation, an EMP would be effective because it would inflict the most damage with minimal cost and casualties on the enemy's side.
Another thing you need to ponder is this: Despite all of the technological advances mankind has access to, how can something like this happen in this day and age?
An EMP attack could be staged if a hostile force fires missiles from an anchored ship in a bay that's close to the center of the country. This gives the missile plenty of time to reach its detonation height before authorities could tell the public to prepare for an attack.
When SHTF, things could get ugly, especially if coupled with extreme weather. To prepare for this scenario, you should help your family get used to life without modern comforts like gas heating, which requires electricity to function.
Most families also rely on modern electronic systems and computers to control the flow of gas. But without electricity, you won't have access to gas for your heating system.
If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you would also be facing the problem of a finite fuel source. Unless you prepared in advance, you would eventually run out of wood to get you through the winter as you cook food and heat your home. When you do find a good source of wood for your fireplace, you need to figure out where to store the fuel.
During a winter EMP attack, people who didn't perish because of the cold might die due to disease, starvation, or violence. This is the reality of prepping, and it is something you need to remember to help your loved ones survive.
As you plan your preps, don't get excited for something like an unplanned outdoor picnic. Brace yourself for hard times and learn how to defend your family.
Here are some tips that can help you prepare for various SHTF scenarios.
Hope for the best but prepare for the worst to improve your chances of survival if and when SHTF.
Remember, a disaster scenario isn't going to be a fun holiday with your loved ones. However, if you prepare the necessary tools and supplies that you might need when the time comes, you might just make it out alive.