Whether you’ve long been an avid prepper, or if you’re new to the prepping world, you’ve likely come across concerns regarding an EMP attack.
While there isn’t much we can do to prevent EMP attacks and events, there is a lot we can do to be properly prepared. One of the most important steps to take now is to purchase an EMP bag.
These bags will help to protect your electronics after an event, in both your home and your workplace.
But what is an EMP attack, and how can you make certain you pick out an EMP protection device that works for you?
Keep on reading this post to find out.
What Is an EMP Attack?
Before we get into what you should look for when buying protective EMP devices, let’s first make sure you understand what an EMP attack is.
“EMP” is short for “electromagnetic pulse.” In the vast majority of cases, an EMP attack refers to a nuclear attack, a solar flare, on EMP weapons that aren’t specifically nuclear weapons.
It’s pretty scary stuff.
So, what exactly would happen if we suffered from any one of these kinds of EMP attacks?
The main concern is, of course, your physical safety. Many preppers have bugout sites, stockpiles of supplies, and underground/shipping container homes for this purpose.
But when it comes to prepping, the main focus is less on running away from a nuclear bomb — which, let’s be honest, isn’t attainable — and more on protecting your electronics.
Plus, many EMP attacks won’t actually harm humans. Instead, the largest threat (despite what those terrified of nuclear war might try to tell you) is really a complete loss of the energy grid.
You want to stay “on the grid” in the aftermath of any kind of EMP attack to get information, alerts, and so that you can communicate with others/pick up signals.
EMP attacks can take down the Internet, your GPS and cellphones, radios, your cars, and pretty much everything else that uses electricity.
Many people believe that this loss of the power grid could easily last for an entire year. That’s why it pays to be prepared — just in case.
Now, let’s move on to talking about how to protect against EMP attacks and threats.
What Is an EMP Bag?
One of the most popular ways to protect your electronics in the event of an EMP disaster or attack is by using an EMP bag.
These are special bags that can actually block electromagnetic signals completely. This means that EMP attacks would not damage/destroy the functionality of any electronics contained inside the bag.
It can also block out cellphone signals, Bluetooth, WiFi, and even satellite signals.
They’re also incredibly affordable, even bags that are large enough to hold your solar panels and home generators.
As an added bonus, EMP bags (also referred to as Faraday bags) don’t just protect you against EMP attacks.
Many people also use them to prevent scammers from stealing/reading their credit card strips and other data.
While you should exercise caution when online shopping, remember too that criminals have devices that can read your credit card information as they walk by you.
An EMP bag also offers you this level of protection.
What Are Faraday Cages Used For?
As you look into your EMP protection options, you’ll likely come across information about Faraday cages.
These are much larger, as the name states, cages that can both reflect and absorb electromagnetic pulses.
These two layers work together to cancel out any electromagnetic pulses released during an attack.
In some cases, people can even stand in Faraday cages to stay safe during a lightning storm or other EMP exposure. However, they’re expensive, bulky, inflexible, and simply not always necessary.
You should make sure to read a more detailed comparison between Faraday cages and bags to ensure you make the right buying decision.
What to Look for When Buying an EMP Bag
So, what should you look for when you’re buying an EMP bag?
First of all, make a clear list of all the electronics you feel you need to protect. You’ll likely need to buy bags in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Secondly, many people shop by price when getting an EMP bag. While this might sound good in theory, you’ll get protection that’s pretty much akin to wrapping your electronics in tin foil.
Make sure that your device has at least 80dB of protection.
To test your bag once you have it, place your phone in the bag and try to call it. Then, see if the signal still comes through.
Invest in an EMP Bag Now
We hope that this post has helped to convince you that an EMP bag is something every prepper needs to have in their toolkit.
Of course, it’s far from the only thing you can start doing now to prepare for any kind of worldwide disaster.
You should develop an escape route with your family members and neighbors. You can learn how to can and pickle food so that it last as long as possible.
Even if you’re not a full-time prepper, you still want to keep your family safe.
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