How Will We Survive an EMP from a Nuke?

Around the time of this writing, I heard author Bill Forstchen interviewed on the Neal Boortz sho discussing his book One Second After. Apparently Boortz didn’t have on many guests, so catching this interview was meant to be.

The book is a novel speculating on a scenario that could occur after an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) caused by a nuclear bomb, knocking out the infrastructure we depend on.

Though the book is fiction, Forstchen and Boortz were agreed that an EMP isn’t a matter of if, but when. Though they discussed it in the context of a nuclear blast high in the atmosphere, similar damage and destruction could be brought on by a massive solar flare. You may already be aware of the predictions for such a solar outburst.

Regardless of how an EMP might occur, it could wipe out the power grid in part or all of the world. Not only would electricity go out, but cars and phones will fail. Water would become unavailable because it couldn’t be pumped. ATM’s would be out. You couldn’t fill your car with gas if it starts up, since the pumps wouldn’t work. Hospitals would be adversely affected, since backup generators wouldn’t be able to get fuel after a while. On it goes.

Remember the scenarios proposed for Y2K? In a nutshell, life as we know it would be over.

Forstchen said his research indicated that 90% of Americans would die in the first year after an EMP. He says he’s not into conspiracies, but he takes the threat of an EMP very seriously and believes people should be preparing for survival. He recommends having food and water on hand at home, making sure you can defend yourself from looters, and learning first aid skills, as well as survival skills in general.

Often it takes a fictional approach to introduce people to a serious subject, and that’s what One Second After does.
You can get your own copy by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured.

How about buying it as a gift to introduce a friend to the subject of preparedness and survival?

Also, if you’re curious, you can click here to view or download a government report on the anticipated impact of an EMP from a nuclear attack.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

6 thoughts on “How Will We Survive an EMP from a Nuke?”

  1. No one thinks of the clean up. I saw this product in Hawaii while on vacation called DeconGel. The government uses it to clean up their nuke sites, but nothing for the masses – but it turns out that anyone can by it. The website is but I don’t know what it costs.

  2. I’ve been looking into EMP and the dangers of one for a little while now and I’ve found several great sites with good information on them. One that I am constantly going to is actually a Radio Blog Show held by EMPact America. They have guests on their show weekly, on Wednesdays at Noon (Eastern Time). This Wednesday (tomorrow) Lt. General (retired) Thomas McInerney is going to be on the show. If you want to listen to the show, here’s the link:

  3. I have read the book. Excellent teaching lessons. Also read “Patriots” by James Wesley Rawles and “Dies the Fire” by S.M. Stirling.

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