EMP: CAN IT HAPPEN?
What are the facts?
Can a catastrophic solar flare--a pulse--really happen?
It already has. In 1859, Richard Carrington, a British amateur astronomer witnssed an enormous solar flare. According to history.com,
"That night, telegraph communications around the world began to fail; there were reports of sparks showering from telegraph machines, shocking operators and setting papers ablaze. All over the planet, colorful auroras illuminated the nighttime skies, glowing so brightly that birds began to chirp and laborers started their daily chores, believing the sun had begun rising. Some thought the end of the world was at hand, but Carrington’s naked eyes had spotted the true cause for the bizarre happenings: a massive solar flare with the energy of 10 billion atomic bombs. The flare spewed electrified gas and subatomic particles toward Earth, and the resulting geomagnetic storm—dubbed the “Carrington Event”—was the largest on record to have struck the planet..."
So PULSE is not broad science fiction like, say, War of the Worlds. The United States government is concerned that a grid-down event could occur, due to either a solar flare of the right intensity, or a terrorists' bomb. A strong enough solar flare (which becomes a tidal wave of electromagnetic energy, as described in the book) or a terrorists' nuclear weapon, striking at the right distance from earth over the center of the country, could take down most or all of the electric grid of the nation. Both (sun flares or bombs) can cause a PULSE of energy, a powerful electromagnetic force that travels along our own grid structures, wiping out most electronic components--including the huge transformers that the country depends upon to power our system. (These would likely be the first to go.) If cell phones and tablets or computers are protected during the event, they may survive intact--but there won't be much use for them when everything else is toast.
There is more about this in the book, but to get a quick grasp of the situation, take a look at the clip, below..
What Should You Do?
At the very least, follow the guidelines that the government recommends for preparing for an emergency. Real "preppers" consider these guidelines to be terribly inadequate for an actual grid-down event which, if you read the book, you'll see why. But a little preparation is better than no preparation. And, if a lesser disaster occurs near your home (which is far, far, more likely) you'll be better prepared.
Only one family was ready.
...Which one are you?