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What Should I Store in a Faraday Cage in Case of an EMP
In the event of an EMP attack or a naturally occurring EMP, having a Faraday Cage can save your electronic devices from frying. You might think that just disconnecting electronics from the grid could be enough, but you’d be wrong, especially if you’re located closes to the source or center of the attack. While some of the blast of energy hits the main power grid, being absorbed and distributed throughout the line, destroying everything plugged in to the grid, it also affects electronics not on the grid.
Why might a meltdown occur when electronic aren’t plugged into the grid? It’s simple. Electronics that use semiconductors have transistors and transistor junctions. These melt when the invisible energy wave hits them. One way to protect these devices is by defusing the wave with a Faraday cage. A Faraday cage is nothing more than a box or other type of container made from conductive metal grids or solid metal. It absorbs the wave and protects the electronics it contains.
If there is an EMP, the power grids will go down and many electronic items will be destroyed. Electronics with an antennae are particularly vulnerable, which includes walkie talkies that you might have available for communication after the EMP wipes out the internet and cell phone communication. Walkie talkies are items you’ll definitely want to store in a Faraday cage.
While you may not have the internet available, you still will want a laptop with stored information and extra USB with information to help you survive and personal documents. Store them in a Faraday cage.
Also store solar battery chargers such as a solar panel with charging stations or phone chargers. Power strips are other important items.
If you’ve purchased any solar powered devices, you’ll need to store those in your Faraday cage until the danger has passed. It may not need a normal power supply, but the circuitry will fry just as easily. Solar calculators, watches and clocks can be useful for a number of reasons. There are so many different solar powered devices, from solar computers to solar air conditioners and fans, which you should consider for protection. Even solar forms of transportation, such as cars or scooters can be kept in a Faraday cage, which is basically a large metal building when you’re discussing large items.
Cordless power tools and their batteries can come in handy in the aftermath of an EMP. Store those and any medical devices you need, such as portable oxygen generators or testers used for blood sugar. Rechargeable flashlights, ham radios and CBs are also possibilities. If you have extra electronic components, capacitors or other parts, store those for future repairs if the EMP causes massive disruption and damage that takes years to return to normal.