EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse and an EMP episode could come from a hostile foreign government or from a natural occurrence, but in either case it is really really bad news if it should ever happen in our lifetimes.
In May of 2015, I had the honor of meeting and briefing candidate Donald Trump in a backroom at a National Security Summit in Iowa. See here. Of course, my portion of the briefing was on the US Refugee Admissions Program, but Dr. Peter Pry briefed the President on the danger of EMP and how we as a country are not prepared for such a catastrophic event.
Trump was extremely interested in what Pry had to say and was shocked to learn that the federal government was doing little to get ready for what might be the worst destructive event to hit America and the world.
Oh, and btw, for preppers this is the ultimate nightmare.
My view is that it is futile to think regular Americans like you and me would survive an EMP attack (read the novel!), so don’t let the ultimate nightmare stop you from prepping for smaller disruptions to our comfy lives, like rioting Leftists, food supply chain disruptions, storms, fires and, as in California, mismanagement of the electrical supply.
I’ve been busy with my own issues since the Iowa summit, but I see this morning that the Department of Homeland Security is working on the problem after the President issued an Executive Order in 2019.
Here is the entire press release from DHS which is lost in the muddle of news about the election and the Marxist-generated chaos on American streets.
DHS Combats Potential Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare against ever evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics. Today, the department is releasing the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report as part of an update on efforts underway in support of Executive Order (E.O.) 13865 on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses. E.O. 13865 establishes resilience and security standards for U.S. critical infrastructure as a national priority.
EMP weapons have the potential to disrupt unprotected critical infrastructure within the US and could impact millions over large parts of the country. Since the President’s signing of the E.O. in March 2019, DHS, through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has taken key actions to address known EMP-related vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The EMP Program Status Report highlights efforts taken across the public and private sector to foster increased resilience to EMP events. Through data analysis, vulnerability and risk assessments, testing and pilot programs, and government and industry engagement, the department is identifying critical infrastructure and associated functions that are at greatest risk from an EMP, and developing and implementing best practices to reduce the risk.
“EMP attacks are part of the emerging threats against our nation and demand a response,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. “That is why DHS is taking these contingencies very seriously, working diligently to mitigate our risks and equipping our state and local partners with the resources they need to do the same. We’ve made significant progress and look forward to the work ahead.”
“As the Nation’s risk advisor, one of CISA’s priorities is understanding and mitigating threats associated with EMPs,” said CISA Director Chris Krebs. “Over the past year, we have worked with interagency and industry partners to identify the footprint and effects of EMP threats across our National Critical Functions, and are developing sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to EMPs.”
In 2018, DHS released the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD), which was the Department’s first articulation of a holistic, long-term, partnership-based approach to protecting critical infrastructure and preparing to respond and recover from potentially catastrophic electromagnetic incidents.
Add this to the extensive list of things the President said he would do if elected in 2016. I highly doubt the Dems will continue this work if Biden wins in November.