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Vote -1 Vote +1Patricia Leonaitis
August 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I have a pacemaker for my heart rhythm problem. Will this do anything to electronic devices such as this? If so, I really don’t know how to shield it anymore then it already is, do you?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

There’s a lot of speculation, but not much in the way of recent scholarly work on the topic that I’ve been able to find. I have not read this particular article, but it is a report on government testing of the effects of EMPs on pacemakers. You can read the abstract here: http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA242990

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Vote -1 Vote +1Robert Black
August 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thanks Dave,

None of the News Media Has not Said Much Of this ,
(Could Be a Goverment Hold of Info )

I guess some Would See it as A Beutiful Sight ,Not Knowing the Potental Threat,
That could be Happening………

Thanks once again Dave,
Robert Black, Illinois

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dave
August 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

The retreat has a shallow well and I just need a pitcher pump to reach the 20′ to water. Until then, It’s bucket power. Camp stoves and camp lanterns will have to fill the bill. Food is good for a couple of weeks. Cars are always at least 1/2 full and spare gas is in the shed

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Vote -1 Vote +1Daryl
August 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

David,
It’s so interesting how difficult it is to try and discuss disaster prep. with regular, intelligent folks. Katrina, Phuket, Thiland, Mt. St. Helens, even a local fire in you neighborhood ( 2 houses burned this week right behind my Step-Grandaughter’s house – the fire dept. foamed their house) doesn’t seem to get through to most people. I’ve given up trying, and have concentrated on my own home. I’ve gotten most things in order, but even have to push my wife to be aware. I guess that’s the way it’s always been. Preppers are always thought to be paranoid until disaster strikes. Op/Sec is now my by-word. I refuse to be a victim. Life is all about choices, isn’t it?

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Vote -1 Vote +1Louise Wilson
August 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Thanks, Dave, for the heads up. We’re prepared with water, food, fuel and medical. Our only limitation is guns and ammo. Both my husband and I are handicapped and couldn’t shoot straight if we wanted too. We have heeded your alternative methods of self defense and are ready.

Even my granddaughter (23)talks about preparedness to her friends and the reason it is so important.

In God We Trust!

Louise in MO

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Vote -1 Vote +1Lee
August 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Interesting how cable tv has a bunch of new survival programs, like Man vs Wild, The Colony and Dual Survival, yet nobody sees that as a suggestion to prepare for possible problems. They just see it as entertainment. Am I reading too much into this, or is everyone simply ignoring the obvious?

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Hey Lee,

You might want to see my article on survival shows on TV from a couple of weeks ago. > http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/313/urban-survival-lessons-from-tv/

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Kuykendall
August 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Great information, and great idea to bring it up to friends/relatives this way. Life without pumps for gas and sewer and water and refrigeration would be nasty indeed.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Glenn Winstead
August 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Great article as always. You can see the logic in everything you print here. Thank you for being in the front lines for the forgotten civilians.

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Vote -1 Vote +1BJ Abbs
August 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

How about the backup generators. We have up to 1 year worth of food, just the stuff we eat all the time, we just rotate. We have 1000 rounds of defense ammo for every caliber I own. We are getting ready to purchase a Generac Liquid Cooled Backup Generator set up with propane. We would rather be comfortable during a disaster. So does this have enough shielding or is it something we have to bulk up with shielding and if so, what do we have to do. How about all our electronics inside of the house. would that all be safe. Just not something I have thought about.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
August 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Good for you on the preparations!

If your generator is not attached to anything metal, then you will only need to put a Faraday cage around it to protect it from EMPs/CMEs. The faraday cage can be a grounded metal roof, a metal garden shed, or a cardboard box lined with aluminum foil mylar and grounded.

Depending on the strength of the EMP/CME, you might need multiple layers of conductive materials or a layer of copper foil. The ground rod might also need to be much deeper than you think. While uncommon, ground rods for radio station towers can be 40-50 feet deep. In college, my engineering building had a 3 ton chunk of copper buried in the ground to properly ground the building.

The point of telling you this isn’t to scare you off, it’s to tell you that while shielding equipment from EMPs/CMEs is a good idea, it’s not foolproof.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Penny Riley
August 5, 2010 at 1:49 am

Dear Mr Morris,

I am sure I can speak for all the other folks who happen to have stumbled across your website, as to thank you over and over for your diligent effort with all of the very helpful information you freely give.

However, I don’t think the Lord let me stumble across your website. It is obvious that you care a lot about others and want to help as many people as you can and I have always wanted to help others as well. The crisis situations that will most likely occur regarding the shorting out of municipal electrical grid systems is a very real possibility. It’s ironic that it will be done by Mother Nature, or would that be “Father Nature” The Sun’s flareups that due happen fairly frequently, and not by humans. This of course is of my own opinion.

One of the last solar flare ups I experienced happened in Manti Utah, May 2005. I witnessed the craziest light show in the sky the second weekend of May that I had ever seen. The episode even knocked out my camera’s battery that day. I saw a double rainbow but completely circular. The 2 rainbows looked like halos and not half moon shaped from the ground , but completely in the sky. I had been on vacation and learned about it 2 days later. I found out it was due to solar flares directing this energy to earth.I also experienced the taste of metal while traveling thru the Capital Reef National Forest in Utah a day after the flairs. It was all really strange and scary and fun all at the same time.

Anyway, thanks for the truth.
Penny in Texas

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Vote -1 Vote +1joseph lee morehouse
August 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Mr. Morris
I try to discuss issues of being prepared before a disaster happen,nobody in my family want to listen.How long do you think it will take them to start eating their young?
Joe

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Vote -1 Vote +1John
August 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Fortunately, this solar event didn’t amount to much, at least not that I know of. Some people saw Northern Lights in Michigan and maybe elsewhere. Plus, ham radio communications were adversely affected, but that’s not unusual.
Keep prepping, no matter what everybody else is doing.

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Vote -1 Vote +1JarHead
August 11, 2010 at 3:49 am

I have been preparing for worst case situations and I truly believe that a Solar Flare is going to be the end of the world as we know it, not the end of the world all together. I have been wondering though about how much radiation these solar flares produce. I have read other places that you should try and shield your body i.e. hips, shoulders and other larger body parts as much as possible due to the radiation from these flares depleating your bone marrow which creates blood. Is there any truth to this. If so then what is a good way to shield yourself.

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