EMPs and Solar Storms
You can kill two birds with one stone and be ready for solar storms by preparing for an EMP, thus shielding sensitive equipment and the like and protecting it all from both events. The big event associated with the sun that we must be aware of is the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME. These CME’s are huge heated plasma eruptions from the sun that are highly magnetic in nature, “vomited” into space by the sun. These flares are no light, laughing matter: the “vomitus” is equivalent to hundreds of millions of megatons being detonated…picture a 1 megaton nuclear warhead…multiplied 200 million times!
Power Grids Will Cease
The power grids (almost all of them) have no protection from such an onslaught. Catastrophic damage can be rendered to the transformers with an overload, causing overheating and even explosions to those without the proper shielding. In the fairly recent past, the U.S. experienced the Carrington Storm of 1859 that gave rise to the name of a CME-precipitated storm as a Carrington Event. If such a storm occurred today, the entire grid system of the U.S. would be wiped out. In fact, in recent years, a U.S. Congressman urged protection for power grids stating that an EMP attack “could bring our civilization to a cold, dark halt.”
In October of 2011, the NOAA instituted a program named Enlil that can give at least 6 hours of warning before a solar storm hits the earth. In addition, SOHO (the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) has 6 detectors that measure everything from solar winds to movements and oscillations on the surface of the sun. These early warning devices are mostly managed by NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.
The Carrington Event-class super-solar storm occurs usually only once every century or so. Back in the 1859 storm, people saw the aurora’s of earth’s atmosphere so charged up that they thought the land was on fire and that cities were burning. Power and telegraph lines were completely knocked out of commission. More recently, in March 13 of 1989 the Quebec, Canada blackout occurred where 6 million people lost power in less than two minutes. That storm was not even 1/3 as powerful as the 1859 Carrington storm.
The Time To Prepare for Solar Storms and EMPs Was Yesterday
Faraday cages and grounding rods for large room-sized cages are the way to go with protecting electronic equipment. Should you have it protected for the likelihood of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse), it will be more than sufficient to shield the equipment from a solar flare or Carrington Event. The time to prepare is yesterday! There are many books and resources that will help you to be able to shield the electronic devices you wish to save. Solar storms are no joking matter; however, with the proper precautions you can protect against them as you protect your home, family, and supplies with any other disaster, be it natural or man-made. Understanding them is the key, and I encourage you to research the topic continually, as new information always comes to light with time. Have a great day, and keep up the fight!