We often take for granted the ability to flip a switch and instantly have all these services. When you walk in to a room you hit a switch and have light. You have a control to heat your house or to turn on a burner to heat your food. You hit a button and instantly have access to global communication. You already realize this though don't you? You want to know how to prepare for an EMP attack.
After an EMP Attack Every situation is slightly different, knowing the unique differences for each possible disaster will allow your to cross-prepare for each situation. Don't neglect in one area thinking you will be alright. Make a plan for each situation, have checklist on hand, and make sure your family knows what you plan to do beforehand. When SHTF, every second counts, and every minute spent trying to decide what to do could mean your life.
As in all situation's shelter is your first priority. As I mentioned in Home Survival During Civil Unrest it's vital to fortify your home should you choose to stay in town. Make sure your and your family have a plan in place to make this process as quick as possible. The faster you get this done, the quicker you can focus your time elsewhere.
Food and Water
You already know how important it is to stick to a healthy, well rounded diet. This is even more important when a disaster hits. You will be using far more energy than your probably used too on a regular basis, and not eating properly can extremely degrade your quality of thought. My favorite technique for storing food is canning. Canning Food – The Basics has some great information if you have never canned food. Keep a large store of water, and learn more about Water Storing and Filtering
Once you have your shelter situated, your going to need heat. You need a way to prepare your food, and you need warmth to keep your body warm. Remember when I said go old school? One of the most effective ways of heating your food is with fuel. Propane and Kerosene are the two most popular methods, but propane is bulky to store and doesn't last nearly as long.
Something as simple as a Kerosene candle can be enough heat to prepare your meal, but they make some pretty sweet pressure stoves that run off kerosene. Kerosene is cheaper than propane, lasts a lot longer during use, and can easily be stored safely. If your trying to keep warm, I recommend you wear more cloths or wrap your self in blankets. Try not to waste resources just to keep warm unless you absolutely have too.
Lucky for us, in most EMP type conditions, basic small equipment like flashlights will most likely still work. Unless you are relatively close to the EMP's effective radius, technologies like flashlights should still work (They generally have very simple designs and minimal friable components). A great fix to lighting is going to be solar powered flashlights.
Avoid the ones you shake, as these generally are more vulnerable to failure during a blast. In going old school, something I really enjoy using while camping is my Kerosene lantern. Not only do they look cool, they can last a very long time and are cheap to maintain. If you really want a flashlight and your concerned about it getting fried, build your self a Faraday Cage
Hopefully you have been able to get a better idea on how to prepare for an EMP attack. Although this is one of the most unlikely event's to happen, it can still be a very scary thought and would probably cause the most harm to our standard way of living. Start thinking about the things you do every day that rely on technology. What would you do if you no longer had the technology to support this requirement, and how would you manage without it?
I still appreciate the technologies of the past, non-dependent on electronics and simple in nature. Going old school is the best way to prepare for an EMP attack in today’s world.