Throw Your Electronics in the Trash

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.

— T.S. Eliot

Maybe you’ll be in your car when it happens.

Sitting in traffic, listening to the radio or speaking on the phone…

When all of a sudden… silence.

Your smartphone… the radio… your car… all quiet.

And not just your car. All the cars around you, for miles in every direction — dead.

Most of the folks standing around on the asphalt, scratching their heads, will have no idea what’s going on… or what to do.

But you will immediately recognize the signs of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack.

If you’re within a few miles of the blast, you’ll probably see a bright flash of light in the sky.

But for the rest of America, the only sign of an attack will be the silence of every piece of electronic equipment in the country.

That’s the terrible genius of an EMP attack.

The initial electromagnetic pulse only has a radius of a few miles… but the EMP will be absorbed by the national electric grid… which will carry the pulse nationwide.

America’s leading experts on the EMP threat have pointed out this critical flaw in our grid system to our government…

They warned Congress that a successful EMP attack by Russia or North Korea would result in the death of 90% of Americans within a decade — “through starvation, disease and societal collapse.”

Naturally, their warning fell on deaf ears… and America is more vulnerable as a nation today than ever before.

Just yesterday, Russia unveiled its brand-new arsenal of nuclear tech — including a ballistic missile that can strike any point in the world… and can’t be tracked or shot down by any anti-missile system.

And North Korea is just a just a handful of months from being able to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S. mainland…

But just because our government isn’t ready for an attack doesn’t mean you can’t be.

You can protect critical, potentially lifesaving electronics with an easy-to-make homemade device.

DIY EMP Shield

Without a doubt, the best way to protect your electronic items from an EMP attack is with a simple Faraday cage.

One of these bad boys will absorb the incoming energy and disperse it harmlessly, protecting any electronics you have stored inside.

Now, a Faraday cage may sound like a complicated piece of scientific equipment… but it’s actually pretty simple.

You can cobble one together from any number of simple household items — as long as you keep these two rules in mind.

  1. The outer layer of a Faraday cage must be made of a conductive material (like steel, aluminum or copper) and must be sealed off.
  1. The inner layer must be made from a non-conductive material (like wood or cardboard) and prevent your electronics from touching the outer layer.

There’s a whole bunch of science behind this… but all you really need to know is that it works!

Of course, you can buy premade Faraday bags online, but they’re a bit too small and expensive for my taste.

This is going to be a much more cost-effective way to store a large amount of electronics… and the money you save can be used to pad your emergency savings:

1) Start with a large, metal, outdoor trash can (steel, aluminum or copper).

This is going to form the frame of your cage.

There’s not much work to be done here. You don’t even have to lift it up in the air to unground it, like some folks recommend.

A Faraday cage will work just as well even if the outer layer is grounded.

2) Next, you’ll need some cardboard, tape and scissors.

Cut up the cardboard and use it to line the interior of the can.

One large rectangular piece should be folded into a tube — slightly smaller than the trash can — and used to line the sides of the can.

Line the lid and the bottom of the trash can with two circular pieces of cardboard.

3) After you’ve filled your cage with electronics, rechargeable batteries and anything else you want to protect from an EMP, you need to seal the lid. Use aluminum tape.

It’s as simple as that. You now have a fully functioning Faraday cage. Anything you put inside will be safe from an EMP attack.

As always, we welcome feedback from our readers. If you agree, disagree or have questions or a topic you’d like us to tackle, you can email me right here.

All the best,

Owen Sullivan

Owen Sullivan
Editor, Money & Crisis

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