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The Panhandle Rancher speaks…..EMP and Caching

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How has it not happened? Perhaps some mad version of submarine launched mutually assured destruction could be part of the reason. Each day, I am grateful that our comfortable, convenient, existence continues unabated.

 

I have authored a couple of posts regarding EMP with Modern Survival, one had to do with protecting electronics and the other with vulnerabilities of tractor and UTX diesel engines. [Readers - see articles HERE and HERE....Rourke] Some readers may have read TM 5-690, chapter five on electromagnetic pulse protection, the Metatech report to Oak Ridge, Meta-R-320, “The Early-Time (E1) High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and

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EMP preparation efforts

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I have been hearing more and more about a possible EMP attack and have decided to start specifically preparing for such an event. Preparing for an EMP event has not been a major part of my preps. My emphasis has been putting away food, water, firearms, ammunition, etc. to prepare for what is most likely. I am now reaching the point in my preps that I have started putting a few things away in case of a solar or EMP event.

 

I already have some steel ammo boxes of varying sizes and have started securing

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Utility Vehicles, Tractors, and vulnerability to Electromagnetic Pulse

Utility Vehicles, Tractors, and vulnerability to Electromagnetic Pulse

 

Rourke:

 

Having just completed one of the many EMP event scenario/nothing runs novels, I decided to delve into my John Deere tractor and Kubota UTX. Both are diesel powered. I perform my own maintenance and shop manuals are part of the negotiation package when buying new equipment.

 

The maintenance manuals for the Kubota are very detailed and complete. I searched the electrical section in order to verify what the dealership told me regarding the lack of computerized engine control. I found a handful of relays (small rectangular

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Could “Red Dawn” really happen?

With North Korea rattling its sabers and making threats against the United States – I wondered….“Could Red Dawn really happen?”  For those who may not know what I refer the remake of the 80′s classic Red Dawn features an EMP riddled north-western United States being invaded by North Korea.

I have watched the movie several times and from what I could tell there was some kind of preliminary strike which killed the power to much of the West Coast – then several hours later North Korean bombers and planes arrived in the state of Washington. Troops parachuted to the ground and began taking control of

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PREPPER FICTION – Solar Storms 2012 Part Four

Solar Storms 2012

 

by Ted Howe and Shirley Swift

Part IV

 

  A week later there was the usual January thaw and Frank came over and helped R.J. and Ralph bury the bodies.  “By the way,” Frank started, “I came upon that guy we let go lying face first in the snow.”

“You mean he was dead?” Ralph asked.

“Yup. Too bad. Those fellas probably weren’t thieves before this whole mess.”

“Desperate times,” R.J. answered.

“The National Guard seems to have gotten more under control. Some of the places east of here have their

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PREPPER FICTION – Solar Storms 2012 Part Three

Solar Storms 2012

 

by Ted Howe and Shirley Swift

Part III

 

Frank showed up at the crack of dawn with a large wild turkey. He and Sally, much to everyone’s surprise, cleaned it in the basement. Every once in a while their laughter drifted up the stairs and Gert kept winking at Nancy.

The women outdid themselves in baking breads and pies with only a wood stove to use. Gert made her famous turkey stuffing and the children decorated cookies. Hank and Tom had gone hunting and had bagged a deer. They hung it in

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PREPPER FICTION REVIEW – Those Who Live By a Code – Solar Storms 2012 Part Two

Solar Storms 2012

by Ted Howe and Shirley Swift

Part II

 

“Hey! Wouldja’ look at this!” One of the men yelled from the window.

Most everyone crowded toward the window, some of whom were eating snacks while they waited. Three men with rifles were nearing the gas supply tank.

“Now what?” cried one of the women.

Jim said quietly, “Now nothing. We can’t shoot at them. They’re too close to the tank. We might miss and the whole tank would explode.”

Bill shook his head. “We shoulda’ kept watch after sun up too.”

Sally’s eyes were

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PREPPER FICTION – Solar Storms 2012 Part One

Solar Storms 2012

by Ted Howe and Shirley Swift

Part I

                                                                       

North Liberty, Iowa - November 1, 2012   “Damn” Frank said forcefully turning the radio off and standing up. “Sounds like those solar flares are gonna’ happen after all.”

“R.J., you got your ears on!” Frank excitedly yelled into the CB mike trying to get his neighbor.

“What’s got you riled up today, Frank?” came the reply.

“You hear anything about these solar flares?”

“Yeah. Haven’t had any since July but it’s gonna’ happen again sometime soon, Frank, from everything I’ve heard. Don’t tell me

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Special Event: PREPPER FICTION – Solar Storms 2012

Starting tomorrow, December 27th and over the next four days ModernSurvivalOnline will be hosting a 4-part fictional story written by Ted Howe and Shirley Swift.

 

The story follows a family that has strong survivalist skills. The issue they are dealing with is having a wide-spread electric power grid damaged by solar storms. Part of the family was unprepared and had to count on the younger generation’s help. A battle scene with strong language and death is a part of the story. It hopefully is a guide to be prepared. It is current – the story line begins in November of 2012 and ends

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EMP protection examples from The Panhandle Rancher……

From some recent correspondence with the Panhandle Rancher. Published with his permission. Thanks Panhandle!!

- Rourke

I performed a biennial check of  H/T’s and marine VHF base units stored in the family bunker the other day and am enclosing a couple of photos of how they are EMP shielded (double ammo boxed, insulated inside the first box and outside with cardboard and metallic taped. I metallic tape all seams and weld points on the ammo boxes. Big electronics are stored in original packaging inside ammo boxes and smaller H/Ts are first packaged in foam bags wrapped in aluminum foil that in turn is

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Re-post: Imagine for a Moment – The Reality of an EMP Event Part One AND Two

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Author’s Note:  Rourke has been a good friend of our team at SurvivalWeek.com and is aware of the tremendous research we have done on the topic of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).  Since he receives numerous questions each week regarding this topic, he asked us to put together a two-part article to provide some clarity on the EMP topic to his Modern Survival Online readers and hopefully clear up some common misconception and myths about EMPs that pervade the internet. 

 

In this first part, we will explore some of the first-person effects of EMP and define the two major causes

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Infographic: Tips for EMP………

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Special Guest Post: Imagine for a Moment – The Reality of an EMP Event Part Two

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Author’s Note:  This is the 2nd part of our EMP guest post. Here we will break down the myths surrounding EMP and hopefully separate the facts from the fiction. For further details and a much more in-depth report on the topic, please consider ordering a copy of Thinking the Unthinkable—EMP Attack! available by clicking HERE or coming to our site at www.survivalweek.com. 

 

If you use the Coupon Code: Rourke you will receive a 20% discount off this 80 page report!

 

 

Imagine for a Moment – The Reality of an EMP Event

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Special Guest Post: Imagine for a Moment – The Reality of an EMP Event Part One

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Author’s Note:  Rourke has been a good friend of our team at SurvivalWeek.com and is aware of the tremendous research we have done on the topic of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).  Since he receives numerous questions each week regarding this topic, he asked us to put together a two-part article to provide some clarity on the EMP topic to his Modern Survival Online readers and hopefully clear up some common misconception and myths about EMPs that pervade the internet. 

 

In this first part, we will explore some of the first-person effects of EMP and define the two major causes

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Guest Post: Protecting electronic devices from an EMP attack

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What is an EMP?  EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse.  An EMP is typically generated by the detonation of a nuclear weapon.

 

According to a US Army report from 1994, one single high-altitude detonation has the potential to generate an electromagnetic pulse capable of covering the entire continental United States.

EMPs are not harmful to humans, but have the potential to disrupt and destroy electronic devices such as radios, cell phones, digital cameras, computers, tablet PCs, and e-readers.  Medical devices such as insulin meters and injection systems are also susceptible.  In addition, an EMP will most likely

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Video of the Week: EMP Nightmare

EMP is something that is often in my thoughts when it comes to preparedness.

Check this out.

Take care all -

Rourke

Guest Post: A Prepper’s Nightmare

Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan.   Mental rehearsal is important.  As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education.  In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination.  If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare.  You most likely woke up sweating and your heart beating fast.  It was only when your brain entered the fight or flight response that you woke up and realized you weren’t in your dream scenario.  If your imagination can seem so real in your dreams, it can be

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Small step in EMP preparation….

An EMP event is one disaster that I am not very prepared for – and is one of the most difficult. Being that my son is a diabetic – I have taken some steps to protect his insulin pump and testing equipment.

Unlike many other diabetics – I have managed to come into possession of a spare insulin pump – which is extremely expensive. Here is what I have put together. Sorry – not the best pictures -

I have taken a .50 cal ammo can and assembled the following contents:

insulin pump,

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EMP Weapon developed by North Korea?

Fellow blogger over at ModernSurvivalBlog wrote up a post about the following -

An EMP attack is one of the most feared methods of TSHTF for me. Unfortuately – I also believe it is one of the most likely. Imagine a total collapse of the power grid along with most all electronic equipment ceasing to funtion. Got those fancy GMRS radio’s? – don’t work. Got that 4 wheeel drive bug out vehicle? – don’t work. Of course – there would be no grocery stores open, no fast food drive thru’s, banks would be closed, and life

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