Do you know what you should put in your Faraday cage before an Electromagnetic Pulse attack takes place? Many people forget crucial items/electronics that are critical for survival. So in this article, we’ll talk about what essential electronics and survival items you should put in your Faraday cage to protect them from the coming EMP.
First though… Why You Need A Faraday Cage Now
For decades the possibility of an EMP attack has posed a huge threat to the infrastructure of the United States. On a personal level, an electromagnetic pulse poses a significant threat to your home and personal electronics. One EMP could wipe out the entire US power grid as well as most modern electronics. Fortunately you can build a faraday cage to protect your electronics from an EMP to help prepare yourself for what seems like an inevitable attack as some point.
Build a Faraday Cage
A Faraday cage is a simple container that is designed to protect electronics from an EMP. It is made up of a an outer layer of conductive material, such as metal, and an inner layer of non-conductive material like foam, rubber, wood, or plastic.
You can even use an old trash can or dumpster as long as you line the inside with non-conductive material, and as long as it can be properly sealed.
What to Put in a Your Faraday Cage
Unless you have a really big Faraday Cage, you need to think carefully about what you will need after the attack. This is a list of the most basic (but crucial) items that you should store in your Faraday cage.
- Flashlights- Since there is a still a chance that the power grid will be taken out during an attack, you need flashlights, preferably LEDs, so that you can see and safely move around in the dark when you need to.
- Portable T.V.- During a disaster it’s important to know what is going on in your area. Store a small battery-powered T.V. in your cage so that you can tune in to the local news.
- AM/FM Radio- During national emergencies or during disasters, the government will often broadcast advisories on the radio. You can also use the radio for listening to the news.
- Batteries- It is widely debated online whether or not batteries will be affected by EMP. Due to insufficient research and the fact that there are so many different brands and models out there, it is better to store a few back-up batteries in your cage just in case.
- Small Generator- If the power grid goes down, it might take awhile before it can be repaired and be made fully operational again. If it will fit, keep a small generator in your cage so that you can power your home temporarily. That way, you will be able to use appliances that don’t run on battery.
- External Hard Drive- If your computer gets damaged during an EMP attack, it can be extremely difficult — if not impossible — to get it back to working condition. This is not a problem if you get an early warning, but if the attack occurs suddenly, you might end up losing all of your data. In case this happens, you should store an external hard drive with all of your important files in the cage.
- Cell Phones- If possible, store an old cell phone in your cage that you can use to contact loved ones.
- Chargers- If you have a generator, you should charge your devices and keep them fully charged as much as possible.
Since you can’t store everything in a Faraday Cage, the best you can do for the rest of your appliances is unplug them and hope for the best.