Upheavals to life as we know it lurk at every angle. Financial collapse, nuclear attack, pandemics (peretrated or natural), mass crop failures, etc. In my book, the 2nd most devastating occurrence (besides a nuclear holocaust) would be an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) which would fry all of the electronic circuitry that it comes in contact with. The hit area would be instantly paralyzed electronically – no phones, no lights, no computers, no vehicles*, no trucks to ship food to grocery stores, no security systems, etc. For an easy-to-read explanation of the social and economic impacts of high-tech societies when hit with a “super solar flare” [which shoots out a CME (coronal mass ejection)] followed by an extreme geomagnetic storm, click on this NASA article: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/21jan_severespaceweather/
While I personally think that a naturally-occurring EMP (from the sun) is more likely, there is another source of an EMP – the detonation of a nuclear bomb at a high-altitude. I would be without warning. There are warnings, though, of solar EMPs. NASA and I’m sure other agencies and individuals around the globe are watching our stormy star to study solar flares and their effects. Even main stream media outlets are giving some face time to this threat: http://video.foxnews.com/v/1187493136001/how-dangerous-are-solar-flares/?playlist_id=87485 and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1313858/Solar-flare-paralyse-Earth-2013.html
To get an idea of what life might look like after an EMP, read the novel One Second After by William R. Forstchen. If you live in the city, here’s where y’all need to start paying close attention. After an EMP, the city will disintegrate quickly into a living hell. The masses will be cut off from food, clean water, and the police. After the initial confusion passes, roving gangs will use their power to kill, steal and destroy.
You must get out of the city immediately. Unfortunately, if you are like the vast majority of your fellow city dwellers, your car or truck won’t start or run. Your electronic ignition and fuel pumps will be toast.
If you like gasoline engines then you need to find a vehicle with a points ignition. It will most likely be a 1975 or early vehicle. But be careful to first ask if the points ignition was upgraded to an electronic ignition. Even if the seller says that it does still have a points ignition, ask them to allow you to pay for a mechanic to inspect it (find one beforehand who is familiar with points ignitions – ask if they could tune one up). This is to make sure that the points are actually still being used. Some sellers have no idea what you are talking about and will be curious about why you are so interested in the ignition system. I just them that it is a project of mine. I thought that I’d be nice and explain about solar flares and EMPs but most people don’t have the mindset to look out for black swan events. One guy asked if I was also looking out for aliens. I gave him a dirty look then explained about the Carrington event of 1859 (http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2008/06may_carringtonflare/). He was still an @&& hole and I didn’t buy his vehicle.
I ended up going with an older diesel truck with a huge cab and dually wheels that will be able to plow through stalled cars. If you like diesel engines then you will need to find a vehicle made before 1986. See if the owner knows if the fuel pumps are mechanical, not electronic. Again, I recommend finding a diesel mechanic to check it out before you buy it. Try a dealership of the car/truck manufacturer.
Finding your EMP-proof BOV will likely take a while so get used to dialing the phone to call sellers.
If an EMP were to occur due to a CME, then the good news is that the solar flare watchers and satellites will receive advanced warning. There is no warning for a nuclear EMP. Since the sun is 93 million miles away, we will have between a few hours and a few days before the billion-ton cloud of electrified gas reaches earth (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stereo/news/stereo_astronauts.html). If you are looking for word that an X-class solar flare has occurred, then you have a little bit of time to still use your late model vehicle to get home from work, pack your BOB and other gear and get as far away from the city as possible – hopefully to your pre-arranged bug out location or retreat (BOL). I have my doubts that the government or the main stream media would put out an urgent warning to the public that a massive CME is headed toward earth but spaceweather.com has a subscription available in which it will text subscribers if anything “interesting” is happening in the skies.
Unfortunately, if a nuclear bomb explodes over the US and induces an EMP, there will be no advance notice. So, if your primary vehicle is not EMP-proof, then you better start mentally and physically preparing to hoof it home from work to get to your BOV. Be sure to keep a bug out bag, running shoes, seasonal sturdy clothing and a detailed map of your city with various routes mapped out to get home. Don’t forget to get your concealed carry permit and start carrying to and from work.
For those of you who want more easy-to-understand articles and sources about CMEs, EMP and your BOV, see below.
Here is a discussion on survivalist boards dot com, regarding EMP proof BOVs: http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=3464
My handle on survivalistboards.com is (surprise) crunchyconmama.
Keep your eyes to the skies, be mentally and physically prepared, and God speed.
For some great additional comments by some in-the-know folks re: EMP effects, please visit this article which I have cross posted at: http://dont-tread-on.me/cmes-emp-and-your-bov/
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