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EMP or Solar Flare? What Happens to Your Electronics? (by Casey Mullis)

With all the things going on in the world today, how many plan for all things? How many think about the things to come and wonder, what can I do to protect myself? What about your electronics? You never heard of a solar flare? It has happened before and knocked out all the telegraph lines. Then what? What about a nuclear attack? Chance of that is slim as no one wants to turn the world in to a waist land. What about EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse)? Many claims Russia has a large one to use as I am sure many other countries do as well.


We are not here to tell you that things are to come. We are here to give you a cheaper way of protecting some items in case of an EMP or Solar Flare. Most do not think about these things as we live in a world that everything is at our finger tips, by a phone call or internet. What happens when you do not have any of that? How will you call for help? How will you charge your device or feed electricity to your fridge?

There are many devices out there today that will run off solar panels. What if they get fried in one of the two ways listed? How can you protect some things to make it through the other side of one of these disasters? One cheap and easy way is a steal trash can. Line it with cardboard, from top to bottom. Make sure the lid seals tight and maybe take some HVAC tape and seal the lid to the can. You can order a case for several hundred dollars that will protect a couple items at most. You want something bigger get ready to spend thousands.


The other option is to make your own. Copper mesh or screen, with ten foil over top will block all signals to your electronic devices. The issue now is copper mesh or screen is not cheap. What I found is copper coated brillow pads work great. You can get two for less than two dollars at the dollar store. Ten foil is still cheap also, get the heavy duty. The other things you will need are spray glue, to stick the brillow pad and ten foil to the inner box or case. What do we plan on protecting in our box?

  1. 35 Mile Radios for 109.95
  2. Power All Delux 99.99
  3. Solar Kits Price range from high to low
  4. Some cheap form of laptop and or tablet (Check Pawn Shops)
  5. Watch with spare batteries

The other thing you can do also to keep cost down is to leave items in their box and wrap with ten foil before putting in your created faraday cage. Governments and military are ready, are you? Many will say but why, I will not need it. You do not need car or home insurance all the time but you have it. It is called being prepared. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. The world will not stay the same as you know it today. Be prepared!

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Author - Emory Mullis has been in Law Enforcement for roughly 19 years including military and civilian law enforcement. He started learning about computers back when Gateway 266 MHz was the top of the line and cost about $2000.00.Right out the box, I was compelled to take my new found 266 apart. Why I have no idea other than pure curiosity. Once I had the computer out the box and on the floor in pieces, my wife walked in. Trust me people; this was not a good thing! Either way I got a good understanding at this point on how a computer is put together and / or the components inside. This was my starting point with computers and I still hear my wife in the back ground “It better work when you put it back together!” That was my humble beginnings as a Cyber Investigator. Now with many Cyber cases under my belt, I have learned that you must question, challenge and test almost daily to keep up with all the new tools, software, computers and cell phone formats to be able to forensically acquire evidence and it is a real challenge. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to learning more every day!