Thursday, June 2, 2016

EMP. Mass Casualty Event.

While it wouldn't be an immediate mass extinction event, or extinction level event, an EMP would have catastrophic effects on our way of life.  This would take us back to lifestyle that used to be enjoyed 100 years ago.  While some of the peace and quiet would be nice, why isn't our country taking more of a proactive stance regarding this type of event?  After all, there will inevitably be millions of casualties directly and indirectly from the effect of this EMP event.


Even the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that work to mitigate the danger of an EMP and other threats to the electrical grid needs to have more attention, much more attention right now. More threats to the electrical grid include

  • EMP
  • Solar Storm
  • Large Space Objects Colliding with Earth (Asteroids, Alien Ships:)
  • Terrorism
  • Cyber Attacks
  • The Age of Our Electrical Grid (and expense of rebuilding)
  • Squirrels (true)
  • Nuclear Attack
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Energy are not doing anything towards reaching a safety goal or plan for the impending event, as recommended by the EMP Commission.

Communication is more important than much of what our technology is used for, other than for medical.  Without communication methods, there would be no news on what happened to cause an event or how big the event was.  There would be no leaders to gather people even at the city level (in most cities).  The communication would have to start from scratch from the natural leaders within various neighborhoods. 



After all, most of the things listed as threats to our electrical grid would cause permanent damage. In the case of an EMP caused by any of those threats that can cause an EMP, there will be widespread (even country-wide and further) damage. Even telephones would not function (except for the antique ones with the ear piece that you take off the hook and the mouth piece that you speak into).

EMPs have been a concern of Presidential Administrations since George W. Bush. Estimates say that a large scale EMP there cause at least 2/3 of the population to die within the first year.  If that doesn't say concern, look into the details and into whether your family and friends are dependent on technology to live.

Who do we rely on in an emergency that would not be able to respond?

  • Police
  • Fire Department
  • Hospitals
  • Paramedics
  • Doctors Offices
  • Etc
The GAO has put together a plan, as of March of 2016 to protect critical infrastructure in the case of an EMP. The document is here. In this document, there are strategies regarding the possible causes of EMPs, but the strategies are a paragraph long at best with basically statement reaffirming that an EMP is possible in those scenarios, therefore offering no real strategy.  This is due to the fact that the fixes to prepare for any of the possible scenarios is extraordinarily expensive and time consuming. Few security exercises have been performed to prepare as well.  In other words, we are on our own to rebuild society if there is a large-scale EMP.

Any country with nuclear capability can hit us with an EMP, or hit any other nation with an EMP. This would completely bring our nation to its knees.

Just days ago was a Hospital Emergency Response Training exercise for mass casualty events, run by FEMA.  The document is here. I don't see EMP as part of the exercise topics, so I hope what they taught covered emergency for mass casualty without electricity. What they really should mandate is localized training on how to build communications and electrical, as well as transportation from scratch, because that is what it will be.

The bill (H.R. 1073) shown below has yet to pass through Senate, after passing through the House last year.  I think more priority needs to go into our nation's military defense.  This EMP issue is a straight forward one that can come from most of our enemies with the touch of a button.  Talk about a "reset". I don't want to wake up one day to a literal do over.  I think I can speak for most out there when I say that it's time for the powers that be to wake up and get ready for what is around the corner.


Shown Here: 
Passed House amended (11/16/2015)(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on August 4, 2015. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Critical Infrastructure Protection Act or CIPA(Sec. 2) Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to define "EMP" to mean: (1) an electromagnetic pulse caused by intentional means, including acts of terrorism; and (2) a geomagnetic disturbance caused by solar storms or other naturally occurring phenomena.

Directs DHS to: (1) include in national planning frameworks the threat of EMP events; and (2) conduct outreach to educate owners and operators of critical infrastructure, emergency planners, and emergency response providers of the threat of EMP events.

Directs DHS to conduct research and development to mitigate the consequences of EMP events, including: (1) an objective scientific analysis of the risks to critical infrastructures from a range of EMP events; (2) determination of the critical national security assets and vital civic utilities and infrastructures that are at risk from EMP events; (3) an evaluation of emergency planning and response technologies that would address the findings and recommendations of experts, including those of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack; (4) an analysis of available technology options to improve the resiliency of critical infrastructure to EMP; and (5) the restoration and recovery capabilities of critical infrastructure under differing levels of damage and disruption from various EMP events.

Includes among the responsibilities of DHS relating to intelligence and analysis and infrastructure protection, to prepare and submit to specified congressional committees: (1) a recommended strategy to protect and prepare the critical infrastructure of the American homeland against EMP events, and (2) biennial updates on the status of such strategy.

Requires DHS to report within 180 days after enactment of this Act on the progress made in meeting, and on an estimated date for completing, the requirements set forth under this Act.



Monday, May 30, 2016

EMP. Series of Events. What Will You Do?

What would you do if there was an EMP? What is that?  An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse. Still confused?  Let me tell you a little about it.

Hypothetical situation:

Russia, who emphasizes its space weapon program as a crucial component of their defense strategy, detonates nuclear weapons 100 -200 miles over the United States of America.

The ripple effect causes a pulse of energy that wipes out anything that has electrical components. The ripple covers the nation, causing the nation to fall to its knees.

There would be no fallout with this attack, at least no nuclear fallout. No explosion will be seen.

At first, cities will think it is just a localized power outage.  Citizens will wait for the electricity to come on.

Denial.

Airplanes will fall from the sky, literally.  They will fail and fall, killing all on board and anyone who is below and in their path. The only airplanes that will work are the early models and those who are stored in a place that acts as a Faraday cage.

Cars will all roll to a stop, lining the highways, freeways, interstates, city and country roads. The only vehicles that will work will be early, early models without the computer components and those few that are stored where there is a facility that acts as a Faraday cage.

Shock

Next, citizens, medical facilities, infrastructure facilities and others will try to turn on their backup generators. None will work, all will have failed.

Panic

The first to die will be those with pacemakers, those in intensive care and other facilities, those who rely on dialysis and other life sustaining processes, and other like situations.

Survival

Once people start looting and gathering things they think they need to prepare for the end, bank vaults will be emptied because there is no access to digital records, there will be opportunists who rob stores of their money, thinking it will prepare them for what is to come but it won't.

Those with medications that they take for maintenance will go through withdrawl and some will die. Many will have psychotic breaks, creating a real zombie apocalypse.

Reboot

Martial law will be implemented across the states and in communities.

Trade and bartering will be the only way to get what you need, unless you beat and kill others for it.

Violence will take place as death, fire, shortages begin to ripple across the nation.

The end of the United States

Russia comes in with troops once the ripple has flowed across the country, once the death and destruction has brought the U.S. to its knees, starting to roll back to primitive behavior.

There will be pockets of organization where the constitution is still being held onto. The U.S. Constitution will be fought for once again, from the beginning, or is it from the end?!



Here are some links to sink your teeth into.

"The EMP Commission reports that: "China and Russia have considered limited nuclear-attack options that, unlike their Cold War plans, employ EMP as the primary or sole means of attack." The report further warns that: "designs for variants of such weapons may have been illicitly trafficked for a quarter-century."
During the Cold War, Russia designed an orbiting nuclear warhead resembling a satellite and peaceful space-launch vehicle called a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. It would use a trajectory that does not approach the U.S. from the north, where our sensors and few modest ballistic-missile defenses are located, but rather from the south. The nuclear weapon would be detonated in orbit, perhaps during its first orbit, destroying much of the U.S. electric grid with a single explosion high above North America"  CLICK HERE FOR MORE
"The EMP Commission was established pursuant to title XIV of the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (as enacted into law by Public Law 106-398; 114 Stat. 1654A-345). Duties of the EMP Commission include assessing:
  1. the nature and magnitude of potential high-altitude EMP threats to the United States from all potentially hostile states or non-state actors that have or could acquire nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles enabling them to perform a high-altitude EMP attack against the United States within the next 15 years;
  2. the vulnerability of United States military and especially civilian systems to an EMP attack, giving special attention to vulnerability of the civilian infrastructure as a matter of emergency preparedness;
  3. the capability of the United States to repair and recover from damage inflicted on United States military and civilian systems by an EMP attack; and
  4. the feasibility and cost of hardening select military and civilian systems against EMP attack.
The Commission is charged with identifying any steps it believes should be taken by the United States to better protect its military and civilian systems from EMP attack."  CLICK HERE FOR MORE



"A few seconds after 11 p.m. on July 9, 1962, streetlights on the Hawaiian island of Oahu blinked out. About 300 went out in total, but, happily, it didn't matter. The skies over Hawaii were lit up nearly as bright as day for the same reason that the streetlights stopped working: The test of a thermonuclear weapon nearly 1,500 kilometers away over Johnston Atoll." CLICK HERE FOR MORE



"“Furthermore, they are exploiting what they perceive as space vulnerabilities – threatening the vital, national, civil, scientific, and economic benefits to the U.S. and the global community.”
Talking about Russia, the admiral notes:
Russia’s 2010 military doctrine emphasized space as a crucial component of its defense strategy, and Russia has publicly stated they are researching and developing counterspace capabilities to degrade, disrupt, and deny other users of space. Russia’s leaders also openly assert that Russian armed forces have anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, conduct ASAT research, and employ satellite jammers.
“China, like Russia, has advanced ‘directed energy’ capabilities that could be used to track or blind satellites, and like Russia, has demonstrated the ability to perform complex maneuvers in space,” he added" CLICK HERE


"Uploaded on Oct 24, 2010
Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming."

IMPORTANT!!
"Russian generals have previously warned the EMP Commission that a top-secret design for a super-EMP warhead was accidentally leaked to North Korea in 2004. 
Now intelligence experts have warned that North Korea’s launch of the KSM-4 satellite on February 7 may be used to “practise” an EMP attack on the United States – potentially causing a blackout on the national grid, killing millions.
On Oct. 8, 2015, NORAD Commander Gortney told the Atlantic Council, “I agree with the intelligence community that we assess that they [the North Koreans] have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the [U.S.] homeland.”
On April 7, 2015, Gortney said NORAD is moving back into the underground bunker inside Cheyenne Mountain, spending $700 million to further harden the bunker against nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from North Korea and others."