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When The Grid Goes Down: 15 Tips to Get Home Safely Following an EMP Attack
This guide was originally published by Jeremiah Johnson at
Let?s just say that the unthinkable becomes the real and happening.
Let?s take this article and go over it. This will be a segment in three
parts, the next ones being immediate actions taken at work and at home.
I?m hitting on traveling first, as there are so many vacationers
jaunting around happily over the landscape. All kidding aside, traffic
is congested during the summer, extending traveling time on the
commutes. Let?s game the scenario, and here it is.
Here?s the scenario:
You?re cruising down the highway in your 2013 four-door sedan,
having just dropped the kids off twenty minutes ago to the swim club.
Now you?re on the open highway with a heavy traffic flow?about 5 miles
from the edge of town and 7 miles from work. You?re listening to the
radio, when suddenly it crackles and goes dead, along with your engine.
You look around and pumping the brakes manage to slow down and then
drive off the road onto the shoulder, just feet away from the back
bumper of another vehicle.
The vehicle comes to a stop, and you try the ignition again. You
look at your watch, a Casio G-Shock, to find there is no display. You
reach for your cell phone. Nothing. It?s dead. There are perhaps a
dozen cars around you?half to your front and half to your rear. All of
them have stopped, and most of the drivers have gotten out. You hear
the sound of an engine, and looking up, see a ?58 Ford pickup truck
weaving in and out of the stalled traffic, moving toward your rear, away
from town. The book ?One Second After? has just played out in real
life. The United States has been attacked by an EMP (Electromagnetic
Pulse) weapon. You?re 15 miles from home, and the ?S? has hit the fan.
On Friday 7/29/17, North Korea just successfully tested an ICBM
(Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and experts from four different
countries including the U.S. have determined that they have the
capability of striking the U.S. anywhere. That means the optimal point
for an EMP strike (dead center of the continental U.S., at 300 km above
ground) is not only their prime target but also attainable.
15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP
Back to our scenario. Most will be clueless and unprepared. Let?s do
it up, down and dirty with the steps that you should take if you are
?Citizen X? outlined in the scenario:
1. Have a plan already in place: That means to formulate one right now,
if you haven?t already done so.
2. If there are a lot of people around, such as in the scenario, then
immediately grab your gear and get out of there. What gear, you may ask?
We?ve ?gamed? much of this to the point of nausea, but let?s list out
?Go/Bug Out Bag?: This guy already needs to be packed and ready, in that
vehicle that will become a 3,000-lb. paperweight. Three days? supply of
ready-to-eat food, one day?s worth of water and the means to filter
more. Compass, flashlight, knife, first aid kit, poncho,
jacket/sweatshirt, extra socks, map, light sleeping bag, fire starting
material, small fishing kit (hooks, line, bobber), sewing kit, MSW
(Minor Surgical Wound) kit, extra cash ($20 denominations and smaller),
ground pad, extra clothing (hat, OG bandana, etc.), and ammo. An EMP may
be followed by radiological and nuclear consequences. Having an NBC gas
mask and anti-radiation pills in your vehicle could be a lifesaver.
Weapon: Please don?t feed me ?legal information,? or ?I can?t do that in
my state.? These are ?sink or swim? rules. If you don?t have a weapon
now, you may not have one later. If you don?t have the fortitude to
take that weapon and be ready to use it when the time comes, then you
probably won?t survive this or be able to help your family. One rifle,
one pistol, with ammo for each.
Grab that bag and put it on, securing your weapons. Then secure the
vehicle, closing the windows and locking it up. If nobody is around,
throw it into neutral and push it off the road. Camouflage it with
branches and leaves?taking care not to cut them from the immediate area
that you stash it. Most likely it?ll be ?violated,? so now is the time
to take the stuff you need and get it out. If the scenario above
applies, just secure the vehicle and get out of there.
3. Traveling: Do not walk on the roads. Skirt the road with about 50
meters (that?s about 150 feet) between you and the edge of the road.
Stay away from people unless you know them and trust them?both qualities
4. For metro people: If you are out in the suburbs or open road, and you
must return to the city? It may be better for you and your family to
arrange for a rallying point outside of the city. If that isn?t
possible, then you should exercise extreme caution. Allow the nearest
family member to secure the home and then wait for you. Travel when
it?s dark to be on the safe side. Your visibility is cut down, and so
is the visibility of those who may be hunting you.
5. Long distance to go? Forage along the way. Refill your
canteens/water bottles whenever you?re able, and take note of any
freestanding water supplies or ?blue? features (that?s the color of
water on a military map) for use in the future. DON?T MARK YOUR MAP!
If someone gets a hold of it, you do not want them to be able to find
your home. You must commit the route to memory and adjust your steps
6. Dealing with the Stress of the Event: The power is not coming back
on?ever?and it really has begun?the Day After Doomsday is here. Take a
deep breath and concentrate on your training, your preparations. If you
don?t have any, then this piece is a wake-up call to get moving! The
best way to do it is immediately accepting what has happened without
dwelling on it. Concentrate on the tasks at hand: navigating home,
scouting what is in between, and foraging for anything you need. You
have a job to do! Reconnaissance! We?ll go over that now.
Reconnaissance: You must see on the ground what is in between you and
the happy Hallmark home you?re returning to. You should take note of any
places that hold medical supplies, food, or anything you may need for
yourself or your family. You should take note of possible refuge sites
to hide if you and the family hightail it out of the home instead of
having a ?Walton Family Homecoming.? You must take note of water
features, danger locations (cliffs or impassable terrain features), as
well as dangerous individuals. Yes, the ones who were jerks before all
of this? Wait until you see how they?ll be now, with no controls
exercised over them.
7. The best advice I can give: Travel at night. This may be impossible
for several reasons. Firstly, if it?s an all-out nuke attack, there may
be the problem of radiation for you, in which case you?ll have to either
reach home immediately or seek shelter immediately to remain in place
for several weeks. Secondly, you may have other family members that
need to be attended to and cannot wait for a long time. The kids in the
scenario are a prime example. If it is an EMP only, there will be a
?quiet period? of about 6 to 12 hours before everything breaks loose and
the sequel to the movie ?The Road? begins in real life. Darkness is the
best time to travel. It hides you and helps you to cover your tracks
until the morning light.
8.The rest of the family: They must KNOW THE OVERALL PLAN AND HAVE A
PLAN OF THEIR OWN TO FOLLOW UNTIL YOU GET THEM OR UNTIL THEY REACH HOME.
This is all going to take some preparation on your part and remember the
saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Don?t put it off!
9. Avoid people, families, and groups of people. Your goal when
traveling is to be invisible. I wrote some articles on how to hunt and
how to avoid the manhunt. You may want to refresh yourself on those
points, and follow a few basic rules I keep in my own mind and heart:
When a disaster occurs, everyone is your ?friend? even when they
There is no interest but self-interest outside of you and your
Whatever you need and have, they also need and want
They will kill you for the barest of essentials of what you?re carrying
Don?t talk to anyone: don?t exchange information, pleasantries, and
do not tell anyone anything about yourself, your family, your general
destination, or your home?it can be used against you later?and it will be.
10. Coming home: Don?t walk right on in. Use a roundabout route, and go
to a spot where you can watch your house for at least half an hour or so
before making your ?triumphant return.? The S has hit the fan, and this
is not the return of the Prodigal?you?re just going to tiptoe in. But
before you tiptoe through the tulips and the window, keep in mind that
Tiny Tim and his gang of marauders may have done it before you. That is
why you want to watch the house closely. Best Advice I can give: Have
your kids/spouse put up a long-distance-visible sign/signal so that you
know everything is either OK or that you?ll have to come in and rescue
the family. For example, if the birdhouse is still on the corner of the
porch, then all is well. If the birdhouse is gone, or if it?s sitting
on top of the post that holds the mailbox?well, time to play CQB (that?s
Close Quarters Battle) and clear the house of the rats.
11. Never underestimate anyone?s ability to take your family members
hostage: That goes for the ?friendly neighbors,? most of all?the biggest
rats on the block. If that happens, guess what? You?re now the HRT
(that?s Hostage Rescue Team), or you better have a couple of guys such
as this in your survival group/pod/neighborhood unit. The hardest guy
or gal in the world will ?cave? when their son or daughter is being held
at gunpoint by some goon.
12. You?re home?Now, it?s time to fight! That?s right! Just when you
thought it would be cozy and comfortable?just you and the family and
your happy supplies?here comes a whole bagful of ?Gummi Bears? down the
block?only these bears are armed with baseball bats, zip guns, chains,
and crowbars. Armed also with about a week of BO (that?s Body Odor),
all twelve of them combined still have an IQ of 50, tops?and here they
are, at your door. They don?t want Halloween candy, by the way. You
just walked twenty miles. Say, remember that article I wrote
about using ginseng, and drinking coffee to help you keep alert and
awake? I hope that one comes to mind because it?s about to become a
?festival? at your house. We?re going to cover more on this in the next
13. Obtain that ?second set? of electronic equipment. Oh yeah, the one
JJ continuously warns about! Well, now that all your electronics that
were exposed are junk, I hope you made some Faraday cages and stashed an
extra one of those radios?or even several, for those of you who thought
long-term. You need to find out what?s going on. Ham radios may help
if you shielded them. So may CB?s and satellite phones.
14. Arm the whole family: by the time you reach home, every family
member either accompanying you (small children and toddlers excepted)
should be armed. Time to really see how tight and full of solidarity you
are as a real family unit?one that must fight in order to survive.
15. Exit stage left: You may just find that the homecoming isn?t; that
is, you must write it off as a loss and get out of there?it?s either
destroyed and burning or occupied by the marauders. Unless you have the
skills and the ability to deal with all of them, it is better to retreat
and stay alive. You need a plan in place in order to make this work.
We?ve covered a lot of information here. This is all designed to
stimulate those creative thought processes. The thinking alone is not
enough: you must formulate a plan and then implement it. A plan without
action is of no use. A plan executed too late is a tragedy: a funeral
dirge getting ready to play. Don?t be too late to formulate your plan
for you and your family. If the lights go out, it doesn?t necessarily
mean that the party?s over?and the party may be one that never comes to
an end. Fight that good fight each and every day! JJ out!