What is an EMP?

EMP stands for Electro Magnetic Pulse. Essentially, it is an intense burst of energy or electric current that follows the path of least resistance to ground. A common example of this would be a lightning bolt. Much more destructive, however, are two other types of EMP’s: nuclear explosion or a solar storm. These surges are released into the magnetic field in the earth’s atmosphere called the ionosphere.  As they travel downward, they create massive electrical currents that are searching for a path of least resistance. Power lines act as antennas, and the massive surge enters the power distribution system, destroying power grids, transformers, and electrical dependent equipment. All devices that are exposed will potentially be destroyed as that current passes through their circuitry.

What can cause an EMP?

As stated earlier, the two most destructive types of EMP’s are a nuclear weapon or a solar storm. 

The detonation of a nuclear EMP would be abrupt and damaging. The technology is already there to create one of these devastating weapons, designed specifically for this purpose. If put into the wrong hands, the U.S. could face catastrophic consequences. Experts agree it’s not a matter of what if, but when this will happen.

There is also the possibility of a solar storm or coronal mass ejection (CME). This occurs when a burst of plasma is ejected from the sun and enters the earth’s atmosphere. Such an event occurred in 1859. The surge was so destructive that all of the electronic components of that time were affected. Compared to today, this was very minimal, but with the electrical dependency we now have, a CME could be devastating.

How could an EMP affect me?

In either of the scenarios stated above, electrical power would be lost for months. Widespread panic would quickly cause shortages in food. Travel would come to a standstill, as vehicles and aircraft with electric panels would no longer be serviceable. In addition to this, many unprotected electronics will be destroyed as the magnetic surge passes through their circuitry. This includes laptops, cellphones, radios, hard drives and key fobs. All data could be erased, rendering them useless.

What can I do to prepare myself for an EMP?

Some of the effects of an EMP would be unavoidable, however, there is a way to protect your essential electronics. Faraday Defense is proud to introduce the NX3 Faraday Bag. The bag is made with 3 layers of our CYBER fabric, guaranteeing complete protection against an EMP. The bags come in various convenient sizes, safe-guarding your electronics from a destructive surge. A generator is also important in order to charge your devices and provide electricity to your home. Other essentials are food, medicine, sanitary items, flashlights, batteries and a two-way radio. Having these items along with your electronics safely guarded in your NX3 Faraday bags will empower you and your family to face the devastating consequences of an EMP.

What is unique about the NX/NX3 Faraday Bag?

The new NX3 Faraday bag, unlike anything available in the past, offers 100% protection against an EMP. The bag is designed with 3 layers of our specialized, metal-plated CYBER fabric, containing nickel and copper shielding elements. The bag also features a double, fold-over velcro seal for enhanced blocking. Each layer of fabric is 4 mils thick, giving a total thickness of 12 mils, resulting in unsurpassed protection and durability. Due to nickel plating, the fabric also offers superior tarnish and corrosion resistance.

The NX3 Faraday Bags are multipurpose. Not only do they give EMP protection, they also provide excellent EMF protection. The bags block cell towers, GPS, RFID, Bluetooth and WIFI. They dissipate signals from both exterior and interior sources, effectively blocking communication of signals to and from your device with 85-90dB attenuation. 

With such unsurpassed performance, the NX3 Faraday Bag is suitable for countless users and functions, including military, police departments, forensic investigators, government and executive travel, personal data security, signal isolation, EMF reduction and EMP protection.

The NX3 Faraday bag is offered in various convenient sizes for all of your electronic devices, including phones, laptops and radios. The bags are also sold in cost-saving kits, formulated to ensure optimum protection. Sizes offered (in inches) include: 5×7 (Phones), 8×10 (Tablets), 12×18 (Laptops), 16×20 (Radios), and 18×28 (Solar panels). Of course, the bags can be used for other purposes as well, but these are just some examples of the items that they protect.

In compliment to this line, Faraday Defense is also offering the NX Faraday Bag. Much like the NX3, this bag reduces EMF and also protects against an EMP. The NX is constructed of 1 layer of the CYBER fabric vs. 3 layers in the NX3. Even with 1 layer, the NX Faraday bag acts as an excellent shield and still surpasses the quality of most bags marketed.

Once I’ve taken precautions, what should I do in case of an EMP?

In the occasion that an EMP does hit our country, you need to know what to do first. Do not immediately open all of your bags. The enemy could issue a second, more devastating attack a few days later. Consider opening one bag with less important items, if necessary, and leaving the most valuable items sealed in the other bags for a time. When necessary, hook up your generator and start communication with your radio. Experts say 70-90% of Americans could die within the first 12-18 months of an EMP attack due to our dependency on electricity and the resulting shortage of water, food, sanitary items and medical supplies. With these tips, you can do your part to help prevent a devastation such as this from harming you and your family.