We all know that most vehicles will not survive an EMP attack. The ones that will survive will either be really old vehicles or ones that have been modified to survive an attack. These EMP ready vehicles will have been rigged up ahead of time to make sure that when an attack did happen, they were ready. Here’s a list of some that will survive and can be modified to survive an attack:
- Toyota 4×4 Trucks 1985-and earlier – The keys that make these types of trucks EMP ready are they solid front axle and a carbureted 22R motor. It’s a simple setup, but when it comes to withstanding a pulse, these will do it. And the best part is, these trucks are known to perform better under pressure.
- American made Pre-1980 trucks, SUVS, and commercial vehicles – American truck motors were built very simple pre 1980. When it comes to choosing the right type of truck to use after an EMP, follow this rule of thumb: The simpler the motor, the better. American trucks can withstand and handle the duty of a bug out vehicle.
- Dune Buggy – These are not on fun, but they are awesome bug out vehicles that will withstand an EMP.
- Pre-1980 Jeep – Jeeps are iconic for survival. They will make great bug out vehicles and can double as daily duty vehicles.
- Pre- 1980 Land Rover – Like the Jeep, Land Rovers have their place in the survival game and for a reason. They are efficient and they can handle off road situations when getting you from point A to point B.
Dirt Bikes and Off Road Motorcycles
Certain types of motorcycles may survive an EMP. Those would be the off road kind, those designed to trek through the back country and over rough terrain. Motorcycles are excellent choices for surviving an attack. If you plan to use a motorcycle for a SHTF type of situation, chose one that is definitely off road and one that can be converted to diesel. Converting a motorcycle to a diesel and using it as a survival vehicle is highly recommended. A couple of favorites among preppers are the Kawasaki KLR 650 and the ROKON 2×2. The Kawasaki can be converted to fit your needs. The ROKON is a bike that is design to go everywhere and do almost everything. It’s designed to handle everything from escaping to scouting.
Solar Panels – Solar panels absorb nuclear radiation from the sun on a daily basis. An EMP will only affect these slightly. They’ll suffer a small decrease in power output. They’ll still be able to power. If your home or bug out shelter is powered by solar panels, you can rest easy knowing that an EMP will not wipe out your power source.
People – We put people on the list because overall humans as a whole are unaffected by EMPS. However, some will not as seen in the list below of things that will not survive.
Any device (including means of transportation) that is mechanical. I.e. mechanical watches.
What Won’t Survive
The Main Power Grid – The main reason why enemies launch an EMP attack is to disable the power grid. Without power, there’s no computers to maintain the military defense system, there’s no communication between law enforcement or emergency personnel and without power and communication, the land is sure to descend into chaos.
Shutting down the main grid, puts everyone in the dark. Literally. Radio darkness occurs, causing confusion and panic everywhere. Without some type of emergency generators of some kind, if the EMP attack is bad enough, it could cripple the affected area for a very long time and thus give an enemy the upper hand.
Most Cars- This is a known fact that most modern cars will not survive an EMP attack. The sad part about newer and smarter cars is that once an enemy decides to launch an attack, these smart cars will be useless. The super-efficient computers that manufacturers boast about now will be useless to their owners once a pulse has been unleashed. If you have a car that is computerized in any shape or form, it will not work.
If your car has any of the following features, an EMP will render it useless: electronic fuel injection, anything computerized that controls your vehicles main systems, a PCM also called a powertrain control module, ABS (Anti-locking Brake Systems) electronic ignition or keyless ignition, or a negative battery terminal that is grounded to the vehicle frame.
Eco-Friendly Electric/and Hybrid Cars – Electric? Forget about it.
Upgraded Computerized Motorcycles – We love our Harley’s and our touring bikes, but if you have a motorcycle that is computerized and 21st century fancy, you can forget about getting the heck outta dodge on it when an attack happens.
Homes that are computer operated – In the 21st century we have all these great new and innovative home appliances. They call them appliances for the home of tomorrow! You must admit, some of those gadgets are pretty cool. The touch screen refrigerator or the voice activated oven. They’re cool, but will they survive an EMP attack? Most likely not. Why?
Because of the solid state components that they’re made up of. These “smart homes” may be smart and innovative but they’ll be shut completely down during an attack. Can you imagine spending all your prepping budget to build a smart computerized home, only to fall victim to an EMP attack and get stuck inside your house?
Computers –These are a given. Computers are getting faster and more complex these days but they cannot withstand an attack by an electromagnetic pulse. Most of us are aware that you can’t put a magnet on a laptop because it’ll mess up the hard drive. Likewise, just imagine what will happen when a gigantic magnetic wave hits the region. Everything computerized within the affected area will flat line.
People with pacemakers – It’s a sad truth. The electromagnetic pulse that is released during an attack would no doubt kill a person with a pacemaker. That all depends on how close they are in proximity to the initial burst.
How to Prepare for an EMP Attack
When an enemy decides to unleash an EMP, it’s usually when no one is expecting it. And when it does happen, even the ones who are prepared are caught off guard. The best way to make sure that even if you’re ready for an EMP is by preparing ahead of time and routinely practicing drills. Practice a drill of what to do if an EMP attack happens:
- At home
- At work
EMP attacks are nasty and will cripple an entire city and its population. Imagine the state of panic that will arise if an EMP hits New York City. That’s a city packed full of millions upon millions of people. They don’t call it the city that never sleeps for no reason. If an EMP hits the Big Apple, it will immediately descend into darkness. If it happens during the day, the inhabitants of the city will not be prepared, and they will panic and panic quickly.
Once night falls on the city and all the lights are out, chaos will reign. That’s the main purpose for the design of the EMP. To knock out the communication. A breakdown in communication lends to a breakdown in society. Turning out the lights will only make the matters worse. o
If you live near a densely populated metropolitan city, understand that cities with huge populations are prime targets for EMPs. Enemies want to hit hard and hit fast, disabling as many section as possible, so they can confuse the population and cause widespread panic and mayhem.
Plan Ahead Now
If you don’t want to get caught up with the rest of the general population then the time to prepare is now. The key to moving quickly right after an EMP attack is to be familiar with the signs of an EMP and be prepared to act immediately when you discern a threat. Quite obviously, the lights will go out, and everything that is electronic will cease to function. If you’ve practice your escape plan, you would have already put it into action, especially if you are caught in the city when it happens.
Dan’s note: What you can do, though there’s no guarantee it’llwork is to build a Faraday cage to keep some of your electronics.
The last place you want to be is in the city when it strikes and get stuck there after nightfall. You’re chances of survival are lessened the longer you stay in the city. It’s best to get out of the city and as far out as possible so you can implement your other plans of action.