Survival basics: 8 Things that will still work after an EMP attack
By HRS Editors // May 13, 2024

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is a strong burst of energy that can destroy electronic devices. An EMP can be caused by a natural event, such as a lightning strike, or by man-made means, like a nuclear explosion.

If you're worried about the possibility of an EMP attack, you can start preparing by learning which items will and won't survive it. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)

Appliances

Appliances with a simple electromechanical motor, such as a refrigerator, washer, or dryer, will probably survive an EMP with little to no damage.

Some exceptions include appliances with solid-state electronic controls. For example, a fridge with a digital display panel telling you the temperature might be destroyed by an EMP.

Generally, newer appliances are more likely to have complicated control circuits and other electronic trickery. This means older appliances have an advantage.

The simpler their internals, the more likely they are to keep working after an EMP event.

Batteries

Primary cell and rechargeable batteries are likely to survive an EMP because the chemicals inside them are not affected by electromagnetic fields.

One exception to this rule is batteries that are still connected to an electrical grid. This means if your battery is plugged into a charger, the surge of power could destroy it.

Dirt bikes and off-road motorcycles

Off-road motorcycles may survive an EMP, especially those designed for driving through the backcountry and over rough terrain.

If you plan to use a motorcycle in a post-SHTF world, choose one that is off-road and can be converted to diesel. (Related: Prepper essentials: Tips for building an emergency prepping kit.)

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Manual tools

Stock up on useful manual tools like a hand-operated can opener, manual mixer and Zeer clay pot fridge.

After an EMP causes an extended grid-down scenario, you will need other hand-powered items like a hand-operated grain mill, meat grinder and pasta maker for your kitchen.

For house repairs, get hand tools like:

  • A block sander
  • A hammer
  • A hand drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Saws
  • Screwdrivers

These hand tools will ensure that you can accomplish basic carpentry tasks and make repairs after SHTF. You might also want to get a brace and bit for drilling holes and driving screws.

Non-electric appliances

Appliances such as a solar oven for cooking and a wood stove or fireplace for heating will still work after an EMP event.

Without power in your home, you need a manual method for washing clothes, such as a hand plunger and buckets. You can also use a washboard with a tub and a hand clothes wringer.

Older electronics

Older electronics, such as tube radios and CRT TVs, are more likely to survive an EMP than newer appliances.

Older electronics do not have solid-state components that are vulnerable to electromagnetic fields. Vacuum tubes and other obsolete electronic components are highly resistant to EMPs.

Power tools

Corded or cordless power tools can still be used after an EMP. These tools have electric motors that are simple enough to be unaffected except by the most intense EMPs.

However, there are two exceptions:

  • Any solid-state switches will probably be destroyed outright, requiring a replacement or jury-rigging to fix.
  • Any tool or battery connected to the electrical grid through its charger. The surge of power that will flow into the tool or its power pack will fry it.

Some vehicles

Most vehicles won’t survive an EMP because of the number of delicate electronics that are in almost all modern cars.

According to a 2004 study by the U.S. EMP Commission, in the event of an EMP, an estimated 10 percent of the vehicles on the road will stop and "most likely cause accidents."

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SHTF bartering must-haves: 13 Things that will be in demand after an EMP attack.

An essential guide to storing organic foods for survival.

EMP survival: Follow these tips to survive the first 72 hours after an EMP event.

Unlocking the mastery of bucket food storage: Essential for complete preparedness.

Sources include:

SurvivalSullivan.com

EMPCommission.org[PDF]

HealthRangerStore.com 1

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Brighteon.com



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