Off the Grid-EMP Communications- Hands on Preparedness

Off the Grid by Tim Ralston
Hands On Preparedness
EMP Communications

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There are numerous events that could occur, which would have a devastating effect on life as we know it. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is surely one of them. Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, the resulting affect on magnetic fields can be strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines. An EMP would take down the power grid in an instant.

In recent news, Arizona (Gear Up Center’s home state) passed a bill requiring the state to educate their residents on how to prepare for an EMP. They will provide tips on water, food storage, and the medical supplies that would be needed during this type of catastrophe. While they are the first state in the country to do this, it is hopeful that it will open the doors for more to follow. After all, with the number of unpredictable disasters taking place in our country every year, it is vital that everyone adopts the principals of
preparedness.

We applaud Arizona for taking steps in preparing for the effects of an EMP. Yet, the thought of the grid actually going down is an unbelievably hard concept to swallow, and would mean intense lifestyle changes in addition to acquiring various survival skills.

In the United States, we are reliant on electricity for really EVERYTHING. This is an overwhelming truth that can’t be denied. For this reason, it is important to break down the areas of your life where you use electricity, and learn how to replace them with more primitive but reliable solutions.

I would like to provide some creative tips on what would be important skills, products and resources to have in case of an EMP. As a topic of such great magnitude, let’s break it down into smaller categories and relay them in the preparedness series beginning here.

The first area I would like to address is communication. In our society, we spend so much time communicating with each other. Whether it’s on social media or through cell phones, everyone is more connected than ever before. By clicking onto Face Book, you will learn just as much about the girl that sat behind you in math class, as you do your actual
real life best friend. This accessibility has lead our generation to interact largely with each other through the use of computer and screens.

If an EMP were to occur, it would propose a problem to those who prefer technological communication, forcing people to actually “Laugh Out Loud.” In fact, this limited mobility
would also drive people to interact not only in person, but also in smaller radiuses than we are currently used to. In this type of dire situation strong communication skills are most essential, not just for your entertainment, but indeed would be necessary for your very survival. Here are some important ways that words may be just what keeps you alive.

Read more of the article where Tim Ralston covers bartering, hostile situations, and leadership here (Pg.46)

-Tim Ralston

Tim Ralston
Author Tim Ralston is an international spokesman and recurring featured survival expert on National Geographic’s #1 rated program DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. Tim owns the survival brand Gear Up, exclusive manufacturer and provider of cutting-edge survival gear and apparel. Contact Tim on Twitter: @gearupguy-tim Gear Up Center: (480) 306-4945 Scottsdale, AZ.

Hands on Preparedness-Campfire in a Can

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Improvised Survival Tools- Hands on Preparedness

As an advocate for preparedness, I believe there is nothing more valuable to survival than the knowledge that you possess. If the “it” were to hit the fan, it is crucial that your family be
prepared with the vital essentials. Yet, without really knowing what the “it” may be, it is also of great importance to be educated in ways of resourcefulness!

One reason to prepare is due to the world-wide rise of natural disasters. Unsuspecting cities have been turned to ruble because of storms, etc., leaving families desperate with the
limited supplies available during the aftermath. This is where the benefit of being able to improvise your own survival tools may come into play. Learning how to take the most common objects and turn them into essential and useful emergency items can be a critical lifesaving skill to have in times of devastation.

There are many other motivations behind my efforts in encouraging these do-it-yourself projects. Beside heightening your chances of survival if the “it” were to ever happen, they are also a fun way to bring you back to the basics. There is nothing more gratifying than being able to depend on your own abilities, not only in necessary times of trouble, but during fun family outings as well.

One of my favorite homemade survival tools is the campfire in a can. This project requires very few supplies and is effective in multiple applications. You can use the campfire in a can for warmth, cooking, or illumination, all without the need for fuel. This mini campfire is also portable and easy to extinguish when you are on the move. Cool to the touch, you can quickly cover the can with the lid and be on your way!

Campfire in a Can Supplies Needed:
• Tin with a lid
• Paraffi n wax or old candles.
• Corrugated cardboard

Assembly Instructions:

1. Cut the piece of cardboard ¼ inch shorter than the length of the can.

2. Tightly roll the cardboard and place it inside the can. Be sure to use a piece large enough so that when coiled, it fills the can in its entirety.

3. Melt the wax in a pot and slowly pour into the can until it is filled.

4. Let wax set inside of the can until hardened. There are many other great tools that can be improvised from common household items. Follow my column for more fun and resourceful ideas, which
will allow you to rise to a new level of preparedness whether for fun or survival!

Tim Ralston
Author Tim Ralston is an international spokesman and recurring featured survival expert on National Geographic’s #1 rated program DOOMSDAY PREPPERS. Tim owns the survival brand Gear Up, exclusive manufacturer and provider of cutting-edge survival gear and apparel.
Contact Tim on Twitter: @gearupguytim
Gear Up Center:(480) 306-4945
Scottsdale, AZ.