EMP Protection And Why You Need It
Electromagnetic Pulse or EMP is a blast of extreme energy that comes after a detonation from a nuclear bomb. Many people do not know the risks EMP can do to their devices. It may be true that a nuclear attack would be unlikely to happen but there are still many causes of EMP interference that can damage devices. EMP has various sources including from lightning, electrostatic discharge, meteor EMP, coronal mass ejection, power line surge and from nuclear and non-nuclear EMP. In modern times, war analysts have now that any foreign belligerent attacking the US would likely target power lines and electronics first as a means of initial attack. Even a single small nuclear warhead detonated in space can affect devices in a hundred mile radius. An electronic device that is inside the area of effect would be get damaged due to the electronic current fluctuations. As of the moment, the United States being embroiled in a near pear rival is highly unlikely, however, no one really knows for sure if it never does happen since a lot of foreign militaries right now have developed their own EMP based weapons to knock down potential adversaries.
If an EMP attack does happen, the US would likely suffer a lot of damage in terms of its vital systems including communications, electrical grid, air ports, train stations, appliances, vital medical devices, stop lights and industrial facilities. The Graham Commission was created by the US congress in order to research the vulnerabilities of the country from these kinds of attacks. They have concluded that the vital electrical services should be stored in protective installations in order for the country to remain functional even after a nuclear attack. They found out that there would be immediate and complete breakdown of the existing infrastructure if an unlikely even such as this would happen. The commission also found out that the civilian population is also woefully unprepared for such a disaster. There are still some ways you can do in order to protect your electronics from EMP attacks. Using Faraday container made of aluminum or copper would protect any device from EMP damage. The use of galvanized metal trash coated with thick cardboard could also become protection from EMP.
An interesting way of protecting your electronic devices from EMP and electrical interference is by using EMP resistant bags known as Faraday bags. Faraday containers were originally an idea of protecting vital electronics such as laptops, phones and tablet computers from the devastating effects of EMP. You might think that getting one would make you look paranoid but in fact, having such as bag in the event of an EMP calamity would make you become more prepared than everyone else. It is always better to be one step ahead of the rest by being prepared with a Faraday bag.