Faraday "Cage":

Protecting Electronics and Digital Data from EMPs or Solar Flares

The full spectrum of results from an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) or Solar Flare are not actually known because of testing restrictions and there is little [known] progress for hardening the public infrastructure.

It's believed that an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) or Solar Flare or other Space Weather could take down the electrical grid of the United State and that it would take 6 months to a year to restore the grid to some level of its previous self. Furthermore, the feds have warned that a nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill up to 90 percent of the American people through societal collapse and starvation.

To try and put things into perspective regarding the affects of Space Weather, the Gamma-ray burst of March 5, 1979, had it originated from the Milky Way Galaxy (closer to the earth), would have vaporized the earth instantly.

With these potential losses in mind, it would be a good idea to have a personal plan in place prior to any disastrous event and understand and apply the principals of a Faraday "Cage".

A Faraday "Cage" is a container or room or covering used to protect your important electronics from an EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) or Solar Flare or other Space Weather. All metal surfaces inside the "cage" must be covered or lined (or the contents covered) with a non-conductive material, like cardboard or plastic, so the contents, within the "cage", are not in direct contact with the outer metal shell of the "cage". A microwave oven, metal lunchbox or even aluminum foil are other "Faraday Cage" alternatives.

Remember that the Electronic Grid will, likely, be down if an EMP or Solar Flare hits, so solar or manual powered devices will be your salvation.

This Guide to Preparing for an EMP will provide some direction regarding the possible contents of your Faraday Cage. But, basically, any electronics you don't want fried should be stored in the Faraday Cage and, especially, electronic data storage devices (thumb drives, laptop computer, external hard drive, etc.) with important information and digital photos. Other things to consider are a set of walkie-talkies and Ham radio equipment, old cell phone, Battery/Solar/Crank powered AM/FM/Weatherband Radio, Mp3 player filled with music, digital camera, solar battery charger, E-book device with useful books loaded, digital or wind-up watches and clocks, portable DVD player, portable power generator, Inverter, LED flashlights, calculator, electronic medical equipment and any other solar or manual powered electronic devices you can imagine.

To test your cage, turn on and tune a portable radio to your favorite station and place it inside your cage. Close the cage. If the radio goes silent (except for static), chances are your cage is working to keep out radio signals which is said to be an indicator that the enclosed electronics are protected against EMPs, Solar Flares and Space Weather. You can perform a simliar test with 2 active cell phones by placing one in the Faraday Cage and using the other to call the one inside the Faraday Cage. While they should communicate outside of the Faraday Cage, they should not while one of them is secured inside the Faraday Cage.

Videos with more information:

Effects of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) on Humans:
Some research suggests that strong EMP may have a substantial effect on the cognitive processes of the left hemisphere of the brain. This research suggests that it can temporarily short-circuit the logical circuitry. Read more . . .

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