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What Will Survive an EMP Attack
Even though the power grid may not survive an EMP, there are many electrical items that will. Destruction of an item comes from the damages to the circuit boards inside it. The circuitry can’t handle the pulse and is particularly susceptible. The older technology will most likely survive because they aren’t solid state technology. There are a number of items that are electrical, but won’t be damaged in an EMP attack.
Some Types of Appliances Will Survive
You’ve probably already guessed your gas stove with the pilot light will survive unscathed, but there are other appliances that don’t use the solid-state technology that is subject to destruction. For instance, your washer may not have a problem, but only if it’s not turned on at the time. The keywords are “may not.” Some of the newer models have moved toward more technology in the controls and the more bells and whistles they have, the more the potential for damage. One amazing fact is that your microwave can actually be a Faraday cage, since it’s designed to keep the energy within the oven, it also keeps energy pulses out. Some people use broken microwaves for storage or unplug their own and store phones and small electrical devices in them overnight.
Solar Panels Will Have Minor Damage at the Most
Even though regular solar panels may not be damaged, those with charging stations will be. If you have a panel stored away or even in use, you probably will notice some minor damage but it still will continue to work for years with just a five to ten percent reduced output.
Your Car Will Probably Still Work
An EMP commission tested cars to see if an EMP damaged them. They used a wide selection of models and makes, which included older vehicles and the latest high tech ones. In most cases, they found few problems with the worst problem stalling, which can be a severe problem if traveling at high speeds. It eliminates the power steering and brakes and can cause accidents if you’re the only car that stalls, while others are still traveling at high speeds. After the initial stall, the car restarted with no problem.
With all the high technology used in cars today, you might think they’d suffer worse problems. One reason they don’t is that they’re actually giant Faraday cages, since they’re made of metal. Of course, the grid will be down, so gas pumps will be down too. In order to operate your car, you need a source of gas.
Older Electronics Will Most Likely Survive
If you have a radio with vacuum tubes, it will probably work, based on whether it worked in the first place before the EMP attack. However, it may not receive anything—since radio stations will be down—and would require a power source. Older televisions with tubes will also work if they have vacuum tubes. Even some older transistor radios and ham radios are far more durable in the event of an EMP attack and MAY survive. At least, they will survive better than newer more modern models.