What Would an EMP Do?

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in prepping and homesteading topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Five days a week (Monday through Friday) I will get up at 6:00 o'clock, drink a cup of coffee, eat breakfast, pour another cup of coffee and then head to my home office where I will scour the internet for the most 10 recent and important news and happening from around the world and post those in a ten-point list with my thoughts and options. Hope you enjoy.

30 Responses

  1. Josh from WI says:

    Long time reader, first time poster

    There is a company that did extensive testing (Sol-Ark) and created videos of the testing. Very interesting watch. Yes, part of the video was to show and market their hardware, but the real world testing using an EMP generator is still worth the watch. I am no way affiliated with sol-ark but have been following their products for a while. Basically what you are going to get from these videos is there is a good chance that as long as the electronic item is not physically connected to the electrical grid during an EMP, there is a good chance that it might survive.


  2. Lou in Molino says:

    GREAT article! Like the man said: “An EMP will send all of us from 2019 to 1850 in a flash!”
    Just imagine the chaos in the country… no electricity, no phones, no computers, no nothing!
    And when you have eaten all the food in your cupboards, what then? Indeed….
    That’s why they call us “Preppers.” We don’t want us or our families to suffer because we
    thought it could never happen here. It can and it will! Here’s what I’m doing: I bought 5 galvanized garbage cans at Home Depot, lined them inside with cardboard
    from boxes and then placed them inside the cans to put in all my electronics. Oops! no more space. Anyhow, that’s also a good Faraday Cage.

    • Sarah Querry says:

      AFTERNOON FROM A VERY WET SEATTLE AFTERNOON! My son says I live in a”FAIRADAY CAGE” because I have a steel roof on my house + steel siding The bad part is my cell phone in my house does not work well ! THE cell work just fine before !

  3. Dave says:

    How about a micro-wave oven, unplugged ?

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      We tried the microwave unplugged and IMO it’s a no go. The way we tried it was to put a cell phone in it and call. If it rings then is it really a faraday cage?
      I’m not sure if this is exactly a scientific method but ……..

  4. Gordon Rottman says:

    I’ve only scanned the article and will read it in full so I many have missed something. From what I understand is that not one or even a large number of detonating nukes will wipe electronic devices throughout the country. There’s no way to calculate the coverage of an EMP. It depends on the device’s size, altitude upon detonation, number of them if multiple devices, and some degree of blockage by large buildings within and around a city. That includes mountains, hills, ridges, and even forests. Nor will there be an equally effected radius around a donation. It will be very irregular as there are so many obstructions and variables. I’m just saying the one big nuke or a number of them will not cause the whole country or even a large region to be effected.

  5. Oren Player says:

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    And by the way, I did not receive anything for this recommendation.

    • M.D. Creekmore says:

      Oren Player,

      I’m glad you liked the CD – thank you! As you can tell I don’t really do a lot to promote it on the blog but I really should because more people need it.

  6. Axelsteve says:

    It would get people off of facebook which would be good.

  7. Elizabeth A says:

    What happens if you are a person who can’t normally have an MRI because of an implant? What would an EMP do to you? Thank you for the informative article.

  8. David says:

    Elizabeth A… An EMP will have no affect on you or your implants. The implants have no electronic components. There are other reasons why an MRI, especially of your knees, is contraindicated.

    David, a former MRI Tech

  9. Jose says:

    Okay, on the fence here… read https://www.theorganicprepper.com/emp-hoax-or-threat/

    and this http://highfrontier.org/may-22-2018-what-me-worry/

    All in all, being a believer that the group funding the research will get the results they want, I’m on the fence.

  10. Survivormann99 says:

    At times, it is very annoying to read articles that discuss EMP protection. Many authors assure us that a ground wire connected to the Faraday Cage is necessary, other authors calmly dismiss the need for a ground, saying that having a ground wire is actually counterproductive.

    Of course, no atmospheric test in the real world is possible. All too often the conclusion reached about the actual effects of an EMP attack is, “Nobody really knows.”

    • M.D. Creekmore says:


      So best to ground it… just to be on the safe side.

    • americuh says:

      Survivormann99, I can attest to the effectiveness of a different type of grounding during a lightning EMP ( LEMP). An impressive strike hit outside the house. On the side of the house facing the strike, the electronics above ground level were ruined (the other 3 sides seemed to show no effect). In the lower level, facing the strike impact, the electronics below the ground grade were fine (computer, phone, printer, dvd player, clock, etc.) those above the ground grade were junk (TV, modem, router, direct tv genie, etc.). These ruined items shared surge protectors with the below grade items that were fine. There was no loss of electricity to the home, no flickering of lights, or any damage done to the home’s electrical system. I do not know how similar a LEMP is to an EMP caused by a sun burp or a bomb, but I wonder how much protection might be offered to electronics if they are kept below ground level.

  11. Gulo says:

    An EMP sends us back to 1850? ROFLMAO. We should be so lucky. How many people have horses and the requisite tack or the knowledge and skills sets to put on horseshoes ? How many people know how to make bread from scratch or mend their clothes, let alone make their own clothes? How many woodworkers have the necessary hand tools to keep doing their thing? How many people know howto garden and can their extra harvest? How many people know how to hunt, butcher and preserve their meat or make mukluks from the Hides? An EMP or CME won’t send us back to 1850, it will send us back in most ways to the stone age

    • M.D. Creekmore says:


      You seem to have missed the point and that is that it would send us back to 1850 technology.

      • Gulo says:

        No you missed my point. What I discussed IS 1850 ‘s technology, i.e. hand tool wood working, clothing repair with needle and thread, making horseshoes by hand, tanning hides, butchering and preserving game. Shall I go on?
        The fact that the majority of people in modern western civilization are clueless as to how to do any of that means that we won’t get to 1850 until these knowledge and skills sets are revived and practiced across society as a whole. Ergo we will generally be in an era that predates the 1850’s by hundreds of years until technology evolves to that of the 1850’s.

  12. ShirlGirl says:

    Actually speaking about the needed skills of 1850 was a great encouragement to me as the only thing I cannot do from your list, Gulo, are shoeing horses- I’m too old, but I can show someone younger and brawnier how. I cannot sew the hides from the steers we butcher because my fingers are not as nimble at 68, but the rest of your list we do and we have supplies for on a regular basis. When I first started prepping (in 1998), I felt learning skills were more important than stockpiling food. 20 years later, not only am I “older” but hopefully wiser and better prepared with friends who have knowledge and skills that I don’t have.
    Here is hoping that I won’t need to use all of these suddenly in 2019!

  13. Prepared Grammy says:

    I can’t imagine how bad it will be if this ever happens. The children so know who are dependent on insulin are the first ones I think of.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I can’t imagine how bad it will be if this ever happens. The children I know who are dependent on insulin are the first ones I think of.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      @Prepared Granny it’s bad. I’ve seen those who go down quickly just due to lack of climate control. The heat seems to be harder than the cold. Insulin is another that’s fairly quick as is many others like kidney diseases.
      Once people stop eating normal the brain cognitive functions slow way down and they can’t stay focused. Many die from mistakes like drinking bad water at this point or starve with food around them but they weren’t able to resource.
      I hope never to see it again.
      My wife herself has lupus. I’m guessing we’ve got months.

  14. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    @Gulo y’all are both right and I understand what you are saying. It’s one of the reasons I’ve surrounded myself with critical thinkers.
    I’ve got a lot of those skills as does my family. I lack some of those resources though.
    If there is one thing I’ve learned from good folks like MD, my Grandfathers and military leaders is that you can think and come up with solutions.
    I’ve taught my children and can’t wait till the grandkids grow outta diapers to start with them. My son has greatly surpassed me in this thinking/doing. My daughter is at least my equal and might be more.
    Best thing we can do is continue to learn new (old) things.

  15. lonewolf says:

    not only will you be back to 1870….perhaps earlier, but you’ll be back to 1870 populations too.,
    i’m in the UK, the population here is the mid 18th century-when the Industrial Revolution began -was about 6 million, or one tenth(10%) of what it is in 2019.
    have a think about that.

  16. KittyMom says:

    I am having a problem with the copper wire. All electricity runs thru copper wire. I know some of the old houses have aluminum wire.
    We have a microwave oven that we removed the cord from, put the cell phone in and called it. At first it rang but my son worked his magic (I don’t understand) but when we called the cell again we did not hear it ring until we opened the microwave door.
    Now we are moving on to the galvanized trash cans.