Build an EMP Box (not a Faraday cage)

EMP Box or Faraday Cage?

A lot of preppers are looking for ways to protect equipment from EMP /CME /E-Bomb events. Discussions on-line almost always devolve into a moray of opinions on how to build a “Faraday Cage” to provide this protection. The assumption is that such a barrier will block all effects of the three events mentioned previously.

Faraday cages are good examples of the perfect conductor, in that the conducted charge is equally spread over the outer layer

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Some Civil Defense Films for You

Just outside of ground zero, nuclear weapons kill with blast, heat and radiation. The results are destruction, fire or incineration and fatal illness. Go a bit further out, the effects dilute, and one’s primary concern is the blast wave. The blast wave can be understood as the pressure from the explosion moving outward, losing intensity and velocity as it expands. As far as surviving the initial event is concerned, the old Office of Civil Defense /Civil Defense Administration focused on

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Old Civil Defense Planning Films

The “Nuclear Effects Tools” page has a scenario building update to help you with evaluating your own vulnerability.

In my search for information, I came across, and reviewed, some old Civil Defense films from the 50s and 60s. One of them draws quite a bit of negative commentary, and those complaints are based on the “If a bomb hits, you are dead” crowd-think. I must agree on one point – if the bomb hits near enough, you are dead. Make

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The Effects of a Nuclear Explosion - Study and Preps

The missiles are launched, the reentry vehicles do their job, and mushroom clouds rise over metropolitan America. Could you survive? How? Would it even be worth it?

Recently, I watched a video wherein an individual made certain claims. He was describing the effects a nuclear detonation would have at various distances from ground zero. As I watched, I heard a few points made that didn’t sound right. Now, the effects of a nuclear explosion vary quite a bit from device

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Effects of Nuclear Detonations - Study

I recently received a challenge to present information specific to the effects of nuclear detonations. To the point, it was a challenge to present data sufficient to confirm or deny my own assertions, regarding the accuracy of specific claims made by another.

The source material for the data presented to, well, basically the entire Twitterverse, was a video posted on YouTube by an M.D, who has very strong feelings about the results of a nuclear exchange. While I keep certain

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Nuclear War, Personal Considerations

In 1983, we were well within the danger zone of a nuclear exchange with the USSR. Reagan’s presidency was in its second year, and the man was still fighting the demons of nuclear holocaust. So was I. Standing in a line at the administration building of my local university, I heard a conversation behind me between two smartly dressing young men. Their subject was the choice of an eventual major. The first student had no clue, but the second –

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Nuclear Effects Tools - a new page added

We just added a new page to A Survival Plan that shares several web based tools for simulating nuclear attack conditions (EMP not included). If you ever had questions about how big a nuke it would take to reach out to your location, this is the page for you. Nuclear Effects Tools. (The picture to the left is of the Castle Union test of April 26, 1954. Yield = 6.5MT)

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