An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is a sudden burst of electromagnetic radiation that can be caused by natural events or human-made weapons, and can potentially damage or disable electronic devices, including vehicles. While protecting your vehicle from an EMP can be difficult, there are several steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage:
- Park in a garage or other shelter: Parking your vehicle in a garage or other shelter can help protect it from an EMP. The walls of a building can help to absorb and disperse the energy of the EMP, reducing its impact on your vehicle. What the garage is made out of for example. A solid concrete underground parking garage offers much more protection than the garage on the side of your house that is primarily made of wood. However, entrances to larger parking garages may end up with disabled gates, so knowing how to open a gate without electricity will be important.
- Use a Faraday cage: A Faraday cage is a metal enclosure that can help protect electronic devices from the effects of an EMP. You can purchase a pre-made Faraday bag or cage, however, creating a Faraday cage for your entire garage will be a costly undertaking and there may still be problems – you could be outside the house when an EMP goes off, or the angle of attack leaves weaknesses in your garage, such as near the garage door opening.
- Install an EMP protection device: Some companies offer EMP protection devices that can be installed in your vehicle. These devices work by diverting the electromagnetic energy away from your vehicle’s electronic components. There are mixed reviews on how effective these are.
- Keep spare parts and tools: Keeping spare parts and tools in your vehicle can help you make repairs in the event of an EMP. This may include spare fuses, a battery charger, and other basic tools. If you are a mechanic and able to replace the electric components, and have been able to protect your electric components from the EMP, such as by storing them in a Faraday cage, you could be able to have an up and running vehicle, even if it isn’t a pre-electronic vehicle.
- Learn to drive without electronic systems: If your vehicle’s electronic systems are disabled by an EMP, you may need to learn to drive without them. Practice driving in a parking lot or other safe area without using your vehicle’s electronic systems, such as the GPS or dashboard display. However, many vehicles will be completely disabled due to the extensive electronics in vehicles today.
- Consider an older vehicle without any electronic components.
While it may be difficult to completely protect your vehicle from an EMP, taking these steps can help minimize the risk of damage and ensure that you are prepared in the event of an emergency.