What was "doomer porn" is now at the door. It is quite conceivable that we (in the U.S.) might face an EMP attack in the near future. By near future, I mean possibly before the end of the year. So, how do we prepare for such a thing in a PRACTICAL manner? The best way to prepare for losing all electrical / electronic conveniences is by remembering the Survival Rule of 3's: You can survive for 3 Minutes without air (oxygen) or in icy water You can survive for 3 Hours without shelter in a harsh environment (unless in icy water) You can survive for 3 Days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment) You can survive for 3 Weeks without food (if you have water and shelter) So, assuming we still have air / oxygen to breathe, shelter is the number one priority. With winter coming on, even those of us in the South will need to give this some thought. SHELTER -- In the event of an EMP, you probably will not have car, electricity, Internet, cell phone, electric heat or cooking. You probably won't have landline phone, either, because even if your phone company has back-up generators, those probably won't last more than the first day. Even if your city water comes from a tank on a hill by gravity-feed, how long will that last? If you have a well, do you have a back-up plan for when the pump goes out? Toilets should flush, if they go to a septic tank. But if you're on city sewer, even the toilet won't last long. So, the question becomes: Will you shelter in place or bug out? If you plan to bug out, is that BOL prepared for your arrival? WATER -- As already mentioned, you may have trouble with your water supply, if we are attacked with an EMP. Well pumps won't work. City water won't last for long. The first thing to do, when you realize you are completely grid-down, is fill the bathtub with water. And then, you need to have back-up: A well bucket or hand pump that can quickly and easily replace the pump, and the knowledge of how to do that. A spring nearby that can be used. Year-round streams are okay, but the water will need to be purified, by bringing to a hard boil for one minute, with a water purifier, or with purification tablets. Remember to have BUCKETS. You can never have too many 1-gallon or 5-gallon buckets. They're 2 bucks at the hardware store. Buy some! FOOD -- Anyone on this forum surely has more food in their cabinets than the average middle-class American. Surely. But how much do you have, and in what form? In a grid-down situation, the frozen food should be used first. I realize this is likely to be virtually meat-only for a week, followed by a vegetarian diet, but it's food. Do NOT open the freezer except to remove food to eat. Even now, it's helpful to put bottles of water in the freezer. The frozen water will help keep things cold if the power goes off, and you can always drink it later. Canned foods are simple and cheap to buy, and they'll usually keep a year or two. Figure two servings per can. Rice, beans, and pasta have servings listed. Calculate at least 5 servings per person per day. Try and have at least 6 months of food put up. SEEDS AND ANIMALS: Try to have some sort of renewable food -- garden seeds, small livestock, etc. Your 6 months storage should get you through until you can grow or raise something else to eat. SECURITY & MEDICINE -- At minimum, have a first-aid kit and a gun. Secondly, have some back-up prescription meds and plenty of extra ammo for that gun. If you have food, water, and shelter, but lack the means to keep it, what good does it do? Notice I did not mention your car or gasoline. Gas pumps will not work in a grid-down situation, but neither will your nice, shiny new, computer-operated car. Unless you have an old, pre-1972 clunker with no computer chips in it, you're not likely to ever drive your car again after an EMP strike. Get used to walking.