EMP Commission Warns Of Year-Long Blackout And A Massive Death Toll

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

A federal EMP commission report warns that even the smallest EMP attack on our grid system would down it for about a year, if not longer.  A year-long blackout would certainly be coupled with a massive death toll that would devastate entire populations.

The so-called EMP Commission report said that this threat is very real, jeopardizes “modern civilization,” and would set back living conditions to those last seen in the 1800s. As a result of the chaos, millions would likely die, according to the report titled “Assessing the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP),” from the recently re-established Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.

“The United States — and modern civilization more generally — faces a present and continuing existential threat from naturally occurring and man-made electromagnetic pulse assault and related attacks on military and critical national infrastructures. A nationwide blackout of the electric power grid and grid-dependent critical infrastructures — communications, transportation, sanitation, food and water supply — could plausibly last a year or longer. Many of the systems designed to provide renewable, stand-alone power in case of an emergency, such as generators, uninterruptible power supplies, and renewable energy grid components, are also vulnerable to EMP attack,” said the 27-page report.

“A long-term outage owing to EMP could disable most critical supply chains, leaving the U.S. population living in conditions similar to centuries past, prior to the advent of electric power,” said the July 2017 report provided Secrets.

In the 1800s, the U.S. population was less than 60 million, and those people had many skills and assets necessary for survival without today’s infrastructure. An extended blackout today could result in the death of a large fraction of the American people through the effects of societal collapse, disease, and starvation,” added the executive summary.

Three reports on the issue of an EMP attack have been declassified by the Pentagon and seven more are awaiting clearance. Among those declassified documents, was a report from Peter Vincent Pry, who served on a prior EMP Commission and is executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, spelling out the human toll of an EMP attack on the electric grid. He also advises the current commission.

In “Life Without Electricity,” he said the results would be horrific for most, as the vast majority of Americans have virtually no survival skills. He believes the whole year would look something like this:

  • Social Disorder: Looting requires a dusk to dawn curfew for those not wanting to risk their lives. People become refugees as they flee powerless homes. The workforce becomes differently employed at scavenging for the basics, including water, food, and shelter.

  • Communications: No TV, radio, or phone service.

  • Transportation: Gas pumps will be inoperable. Failure of signal lights and street lights would impede traffic and all traffic would cease after dark, but not many would even have a functioning vehicle anyway. No mass transit metro service and all airlines will be stopped.

  • Water and Food: There will be no running water. Stoves and refrigerators will be inoperable. People will have to melt snow, boil water, and cook over open fires. Local food supplies will be exhausted. Most stores will close due to the blackout.

  • Energy: Oil and natural gas flows will stop.

  • Emergency Medical: Hospitals will have to operate in the dark. Patients on dialysis and other life support will be threatened. Medications administered and babies will be born by flashlight.

  • Death and Injury: Casualties from exposure, carbon dioxide poisoning, and house fires increase.

All of these should be kept in mind when prepping for the worst.

Since it’s hard to take that first step and prepare, especially for a year-long power grid failure, a handy guide we’ve often suggested is called The Prepper’s Blueprint.  Written by Tess Pennigton, it’ll walk the reader through a prepping regimen with a guide and easy to follow instructions.  It’ll give beginning preppers a foundation to build on.

Read the entire EMP Commission report below:


JohnG Kafir Goyim Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:13 Permalink

I need to inventory my tuna salad sandwich making supplies.

My theory, is that if I am prepared enough to make a high quality tuna salad sandwich at all times, I will be prepared to survive whatever zombie apocalypse may come.

The yummy tuna salad sandwich has much nutrition, and tuna as well, so it is good.

And lots of ammo.  Crates of the stuff.

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mkkby MrSteve Fri, 05/11/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

EMP threat is seriously exaggerated.  Probably nothing would happen.  Perhaps some random power outages in small areas.  It is a myth that large sections of the country would black out.

Another myth is your household electronics/appliances/car would short out.  No.  It only affects very long power lines that can act as an antenna.  Short lengths of wire/circuits would not be affected.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Miffed Microbi… Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:49 Permalink

Damn MM, nothing has happened but you are ready to quit. That sucks. A lot of people would do that in the first few weeks. Just give up and quit trying to live. It's hard when you have to everything by hand.

Me? No way am I quitting. No way in hell. I plan on surviving no matter what it takes.

Oh, there was a typhoid infection in Massachusetts. It was on Drudge earlier today.

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South Pacific Miffed Microbi… Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:34 Permalink

It may be painful, but it's certainly doable. It would be fair to say those of us who visit the Hedge (bar the trolls) have a more open mind than most and therefore a better chance of not just surviving but succeeding in such a situation,  so don't sell yourself out before you try, you might just surprise yourself of what you are capable of in a pinch. That said, no man or woman is an island, so long term survival in said scenario definitely depends of having a core group of like-minded individuals to ride the storm out with. It is the isolation, not the deprivations of such an event that would break most people over a longer period of time. On a personal note, its good to see you still show your face around here once in a while, your contribution is valued. This site has fallen far from resource it once was,so don't go leaving us like many of the earlier bright minds have. You have mentioned in the past that you keep company with Tall Tom, Although he no longer contributes here, his input is greatly missed, personally i have learned a lot from him. If you could somehow convince him to show his face here again even under a different alias, those of us who appreciate his insight would recognize him soon enough and welcome his return.   

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waspwench HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Sat, 05/12/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

This had occurred to me also.   It would not be impossible or unaffordable to harden the necessary infrastructure, so why is it not being done?   Who is preventing it from being done?   Cui bono?   If it is not being done then there is a reason.   Hmmmm.....   Our own government could even do it and blame some other group or country.

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hedgeless_horseman JohnG Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:06 Permalink


For me it is crêpes.  

As long as I can produce a quality savory crêpe with at least some cheese, spinach, ham, and a decent hollandaise,  then my family stands a chance.

And of course a bottle of chardonnay, which goes without saying. 

On a side note,  I did construct one hell of a spicy Thai beef salad tonight.  I paired it with a margarita,  of all things.  Lime and lime.  Life is good.


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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 hedgeless_horseman Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:34 Permalink

It isn't one particular food for me. I would hate having to eat the same old crap every day. The great thing about living in an empire is the variety. If you can afford it, or time your purchase wisely, no food is out of reach.

Lucky for me I enjoy game meat and can make anything taste good. Wood smoke helps. I guess if there was anything I couldn't live without it would be onions and mushrooms and garlic. Life wouldn't be the same.

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trulz4lulz a Smudge by an… Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:27 Permalink

As long as you have some grapes, allow a few pounds to slightly vinegar, mix with another few pounds (50/50), smash and conserve juice. Begin a 12-16 hour slow reduction, while every once and awhile straining out the pectin and fiber of the grapes. Eventually, you will be left with nothing but vinegared grape sugar or Saba, as it's called in Greek. Stores exceptionally and I promise you it makes a candied pulled (or long) pork. Plus I got wild food, asparagus, pine needles for teas (vitamin C), running water, game and acres of berries, which also store very well. Bring it on bitches. I'll eat 5 hemp seeds a day just so I can live to watch this go down. Fuck it 

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 I am Groot Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:11 Permalink

If you have the ingredients, sure, no problem. Not a fan of those kind of sauces. Usually too sweet or too much vinegar, for me. I prefer a good brine, a marinade, or a basic dry rub.

If I am going to make a sauce it is going to be hollandaise with fresh lemon and unsalted butter or a bearnaise made with fresh lemon and thyme in place of tarragon. Believe me, even a roasted rat will taste amazing with either of those sauces poured on top. Vinegar in place of lemon would be a poor substitute but it would work. Stock up on peppercorns, too.

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