DHS Warns EMP Attack Could Take Down America’s Power For 6 Months
A new Department of Homeland Security report says that most Americans are drastically underprepared for threats against our nation’s power infrastructure. Officials, via the report, are warning Americans to make preparations for up to six months without electricity, water, food, and even healthcare.
DHS officials responsible for the new report say that our power grid is now considered a “prime target” for international terrorist groups.
“People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness.” The report, which is titled “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage,” states.
“Long-duration, lasting several weeks to months (at least 2 months, but more likely 6 months or more) due to physical destruction to equipment, such as transformers or transmission lines; or the severity of the event resulting in limited workforce to repair damage, or inability to create or transport replacement parts,” the report continues.
The authors of the report recommend a minimum preparation standard of two weeks. But it is important to understand that America’s power grid is sorely lacking in its ability to defend or thwart the serious consequences that could result from an EMP attack (both intentional and natural).
EMP Attack Threat Increasing
The threat of an EMP attack is not new to America, nor is it new to government officials. Just last month, military officials (the Electromagnetic Defense Task Force) warned that an EMP attack could threaten America’s world dominance.
The authors of the report warn that an EMP attack could cause meltdowns of nearly 100 domestic nuclear reactors. Due to this, population displacement would cause mass migrations and chaos across America (clearly, you can’t live near a reactor that’s melting down). Being that most of the country’s electrical grid would be compromised, the movement of people into new territories could create dire consequences.
Additionally, the authors of the report believe that many large-scale military jets could malfunction. An EMP attack could compromise military bases, leaving America completely defenseless to foreign invasions.
All of our technological devices which we rely upon would likely malfunction, as well.
“An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices.” The report states.
“An electromagnetic spectrum attack may be a threat to the United States, democracy, and the world order.” It continues.
Most Americans Don’t Believe In EMP Attack Potential
Most people don’t believe in the threat of an EMP attack. I don’t need to provide you with statistical proof to back up such a claim, you can prove it yourself by bringing it up to friends and family members. Most won’t know what an EMP attack is, while others will write it off as “conspiracy theory,” clearly unaware that our nation’s government does not share such a sentiment.
And due to this, most people don’t follow prepper news, nor care to create a full-scale preppers list for fulfillment. Instead, people remain largely dependent on the government to protect them. As a society, we’ve been lulled into a feeling of eternal protection. Our technological devices have enslaved us. We are dependent on big tech and big government, two entities that won’t be around if the power grid fails.
The power grid is vulnerable beyond just an EMP attack. The New Madrid fault line is one of our nation’s biggest earthquake threats. And it runs right down the middle of America’s heartland. If and when it does slip, the quake’s shaking will be amplified by grounds that simply aren’t readied for such trauma. This means a larger span of shaking away from the earthquake’s epicenter. The power grid, at least in certain areas, is certain to absorb damage.
When/if SHTF does happen, you can expect that most people won’t survive the initial catastrophe. As is the case with the New Madrid fault line, you’d be looking at 12 million likely deaths immediately.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.