Dear Fellow Survivalist;
With the first presidential debate behind us, we can finally breathe a sigh of relief and look to the future. Unfortunately, that future holds more debates, campaigning, political commercials and pontification, until we all get to the point of wanting to throw up.
But something came out in the debate, which I doubt many people heard. Amidst all the lies and avoiding answering questions, Hillary Clinton admitted that the Iranians were “weeks away from completing a nuclear bomb.” If that statement were true, and you never know with Hillary, it would mean that our old enemies in Iran are almost at the point of launching a nuclear attack against either Israel or the United States.
Satellite photos have already revealed that Iran has missiles with at least regional range. Whether they have enough range to make it to the United States is still debatable. But even if they aren’t, those missiles, tipped with nuclear warheads, could be used to launch an EMP attack from a ship.
To put the cherry on top of the cake, Iran has also sent warships into the Atlantic Ocean, trailing down our Eastern coast, in what could have been a practice run for making such an attack. While they stayed in International waters and obeyed all maritime law, launching such an attack from outside our territorial waters wouldn’t be much of a technical challenge.
While this reopens the debate about whether or not Obama should have brokered his nuclear deal with Iran or not; in reality, that debate is already over, and we’ve lost. The deal has been signed and Iran is doing exactly what they want, thanks to their friend in the White House.
The question now isn’t whether Iran will have nuclear weapons or not, but how soon they will use them and what form that attack will take. From a strategic point of view, the most sensible attack for them to make would be an EMP attack, as that would greatly reduce our chances of retaliation. It would also cause enough problems here at home, to prevent any sort of response from the United States to support Israel.
With this in mind, I’ve been thinking a lot about EMP attacks lately. As with any other risk that pops up on the radar scope, I’ve been evaluating my preps, with an eye towards determining if I’m ready, should the risk take place.
As I see it, an EMP is a TEOTWAWKI event. I say that because of the total destruction it would cause to our power grid. While people talk about rebuilding and recovery after an EMP, the truth is, there is no plan for that. With as much as 90% of the population dying in the first year (according to the report of the EMP Commission), we might not have enough skilled people alive to effect the necessary repairs, and that’s assuming that the transformers could be built that fast (which they can’t).
So, more than just about any other disaster that can strike, an EMP attack would mean a total change of life, for those who survive. That’s what we would have to prepare for. What does that mean?
First of all, it means coming up with a renewable means of producing our own food. I don’t care how much food you’ve got stockpiled, unless you have enough to get you through till the end of your life, you don’t have enough. You’re going to have to have a means of augmenting those food stocks and providing enough for your family once they run out.
That means homesteading. While I wouldn’t totally discount hunting as a source of food, the truth is that the game will be all but exterminated in short order, as people who are not prepared seek to put food on the table. Later, after most of the population has died off and the wild game population has had a chance to recover, game will be a valuable source of food. But that won’t be until several years after the attack.
You’ll need to raise your own food, growing fruits and vegetables, grains and some sort of animals for protein. That’s a tall order and one which will require more than just a 12 foot square vegetable garden. You’re going to have to make every square foot of your backyard productive, either growing food for your family, or feed for whatever animals you are raising for food. You’ll also need to protect the food you’re raising from others who aren’t as industrious and who want to take what you have.
You’ve probably seen the articles about people who raise all their own food in their backyard, just like I have. Well, if they can do it, we can too. We just need to get ready, so that when the time comes, we won’t be starting from scratch.
The other area we need to prepare for, is doing everything we need, without electricity. Remember now, your stock of candles and lamp oil wont’ be able to be replenished after six months or a year. If it will be able to be replenished, it will probably be because you’re raising bees or you’re pressing your own oil. The same can be said for pretty much everything else. Resupply for everything from toilet paper to hardware will be years down the road; not just a year.
So you’re going to have to become self-sufficient in as many things as you possibly can. For those you can’t, you’ll either need to have enough of a stock to get you through the rest of your life, or have someone you can trade for those things. While scavenging will become common and may become a useful source of supply, once people start dying, off, the things you really need won’t be available to scavenge. They will have already been used up.
So, take a good look at your preps. Will they get you through the rest of your life? Or like many, have you only been prepping for a shorter-term disaster. An EMP attack is one of the biggest and most serious threats we face today. So if you’re not including it in your prepping plans, you’re taking a huge risk. As for me, I take an EMP very seriously.
At least in part, that’s why I always keep my powder dry and y survival kits close at hand.
-Chris and Dr. Rich