Excerpt from the Introduction:
This book was written to provide well-researched insight into two very
real threats: the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack and the solar
storm. Many people mistakenly believe that these threats were dreamed up
by overzealous survivalists who are always panning for the end of the
world. On the contrary, both threats are not only viable but arguably
certain. It is only when that remains in question.
there are numerous countries and terrorist groups that could initiate an
EMP attack. A single nuclear warhead detonated at the right altitude
could cause more than a trillion dollars in damage (both to personal
property and infrastructure) and leave much of our nation without
electrical power. That is a temptation that would be difficult for our
enemies to pass up given the right opportunity. High-level politicians
have been briefed on the threat through councils and official inquiries,
but they have, as of yet, taken little definitive action to protect our
Likewise, solar storms are happening every day. The
Earth was recently missed by a couple of very large coronal mass
ejections that could have severely disrupted our electrical grid.
Imagine trying to live in our country without electrical power for
months while repairs are being made. Power companies are keenly aware of
their vulnerability, but the costs are simply too high to make the
necessary improvements. Instead, they are hoping that the early warning
satellites that NASA is putting into place will provide ample time to
shut off the power grid before extensive damage can occur. According to
most experts, however, current satellite systems may not provide
Now is the time to give serious thought to these threats.
There’s nothing to suggest that either will occur tomorrow—then again, I can't
say that they won’t. My suggestion is to include these threats as part of your
broader disaster preparedness (DP) plan. Specifically, think about how you can
establish micro-infrastructures (e.g., food, water, power, fuel, communication,
etc.) to replace those that would likely be lost. Rolling those preparations
into a broad DP plan will make you better prepared for a wide range of threats.