An EMP attack is a catastrophic event that can have devastating consequences, causing electronic components, machines, and generator controls to stop working temporarily or permanently. It is essential to be aware of the potential damage that an EMP attack can cause and take steps to mitigate it. Fortunately, there are now technologies available that can help protect against the effects of an EMP attack. CenterPoint and Siemens have developed solutions to reinforce the electrical network at a fraction of the cost, which can be adapted to existing infrastructure. The armed forces have the responsibility to establish an electrical parameter barrier reinforced with hemp for mission-critical military operations, which guarantees the survival of the system during an event related to HEMP.
This barrier should provide an attenuation of at least 80 dB in the planar wave field of 10 MHz to 1.5 GHz and a magnetic attenuation of 2 dB at 1 kHz that rises to 80 dB at 10 MHz, in accordance with MIL-STD-125-1 and -2 standards. In addition, Faraday cages can be used to protect electronic devices from an EMP attack. These cages are made of metal and act as a shield against electromagnetic radiation. They are commonly used in microwaves to protect people from radiation, but they can also be used to protect electronic devices from an EMP attack. The recent earthquake in Haiti serves as a reminder of the potential destruction that an EMP attack could cause across the United States. An EMP attack would shut down electronic data recovery systems, making banking transactions impossible.
It would also make it impossible to move to FEMA housing or undertake a massive national recovery effort. It is essential that we take all possible measures to protect and defend our nation against a ballistic missile attack that could be used to launch an EMP attack, as well as take aggressive anti-proliferation measures against states that develop unscrupulous nuclear weapons. We must also be aware that line-of-sight exposure and residual radiation will degrade satellite performance after an EMP attack. In conclusion, it is important to understand the potential damage that an EMP attack can cause and take steps to mitigate it. By taking proactive measures such as reinforcing electrical networks and using Faraday cages, we can reduce the devastating effects of an EMP attack.