We are going to take a unique look at what happens when EMP strikes but we also will be looking at some of the worst places you can be when this attack happens. Since this is dealing with the electricity of the country and everything that is connected with it, there are a lot of possibilities that can occur. We will take a look at why it is a bad idea to be in an elevator, airplane, buses, and so much more.
When a strike seems imminent and you are worried about where you need to hide, just make sure it is not in one of these places.
1 – Commercial Airplane
The worst place you can be when an EMP hits is a jumbo jet, or any other type of flying plane that you may be in. Once the EMP starts, the plane you are in is basically going to be in limbo on how well it is going to do. It is said that the planes that are able to make an emergency landing on the land will have a lot better chance of those on board surviving compared to when the airplane has to try and stop on water. The pilot is still going to have to do a lot of guessing when they land at night because all of the lights at the airport will be gone. If this happens during the day time the pilot will at least be able to take a look and kind of see what is going on. You might not have the luxury of guessing though and it could end up in a disaster. Basically the problem with being on a commercial airplane when EMP strikes is that the plane is not going to be able to control its onboard maneuvering. The airplane is not going to be able to remain in the air and the pilot is not going to have the greatest time controlling the airplane to make it go. An emergency landing is the only way for survival of everyone on the plane and this is not always a surefire thing. It is estimated, by current air travel, that there will be about 4000 planes in the air when an EMP strikes. When this occurs, most of them are going to end up ending in a disaster because the EMP will not be expected and it is so difficult to perform an emergency landing when it does occur. Only a few of the planes will have their passengers make it to safety. Since you are in the air, you are basically just leaving it up to fate about whether you will make it through. You cannot just get off the plane and since you are at a high altitude, you are going to be plunging to your death in most cases. This is why it is best to just stay off planes when the EMP occurs.
2 – An Elevator You might be thinking, what is the big deal about being stuck in an elevator when everything goes out. At least you will not be plunging to death like with the airplanes (unless your building is really outdated and has not installed the safety features in their elevators; you should really move either way if this is the case). If you think that being in an elevator is not a bad place to be stuck, you are not thinking about it the right way. For some people, just the thought of being in an elevator makes them start to shake and get nervous. They might not like the tight space of being packed with other people. They might not like to be confined and not able to get out when they want. These people probably started to tremble at the word elevator above and don’t need any other explanation for why they shouldn’t be in that area. For the rest of the people, think about this. When an EMP attack occurs, you will be stuck in a little box, either by yourself or packed in with a lot of others. The lights will be off and you are not going to get a light source from anywhere else. Unless your building has a plan in place where they rescue those in the elevator right away when an emergency happens, you could be looking at a few days stuck in that little box. Not really a pretty picture to be dealing with. You might be thinking that you could just hop out the top and get to safety. This might be an option, but you are probably stuck between floors so this can be tricky. You will have to get out of an elevator, climb up or down to another floor, and somehow manage to get out, all in complete darkness. It is probably safer to just stay put until help arrives.
3 – Hospital Needing Special Machines In most emergencies, the hospital is the best place for you to be when it strikes. Most hospitals are going to have back up machines that are meant to never go out, no matter if anyone else in the area is having difficulties or not. This allows the hospital to continue taking care of the patients who are there. But when an EMP attack occurs, a hospital is going to end up as a disaster. After the attack, people are first going to head to the hospital in the hopes of being taken care of. But just like the rest of the country, the hospitals will have lost all of their power as well and they will not be able to help those who come in. This can be bad for you if you are in need of some special care. Those who are in critical condition at the hospital and are on machines to help them survive will be the first to die. There is not going to be enough time to save them before the situation can be resolved and the hospital is going to have no way to help save these people. The machines will be useless and many people will die at the hospital and even at nursing homes as well. Everyone is going to make their first stop the hospital. This is a place of safety and security. They know that they can be taken care of there and they hope that they will be able to get the care that they want. Some people may just go there because they know that it is a constant and with all of the other issues going on in the chaos, they want that help. The issue now is not that the hospital doesn’t want to help you out, they have just lost all of their capabilities of providing help, especially when it comes to anything that would need life support or another machine to help out. The EMP attack wiped them out and with all of the people coming in, they just do not have the staff to help out everyone as quickly as they are demanded. This just results in more chaos for everyone involved. Even if you need help after the EMP strike, it is probably not a good idea to head to the hospital. Anyone who is going to require a machine to help with breathing or another issue is going to be out of luck. The others are all going to be running over each other, scared, in the hopes that they will get some of the help that they need. The nurses and doctors will be overwhelmed and it is not likely that you are going to get any help. Find a way to make the situation better for yourself but just stay out of the way when it comes to going to the hospital.
4 – By a Nuclear Power Plant These kinds of plants are going to run on a “controlled meltdown” kind of state. This means that when they are in meltdown state they will emit large amounts of heat, resulting in steam from water that is pumped around these rods. This is going to produce electricity near the power plants. Now what is going to happen to this electricity when an EMP occurs? When the EMP causes electricity to fail, the backup generators will come up in order to make sure that everything continues to operate safely; at least in theory. Just like with the airplanes above, the backup generators will not be able to do their jobs because they are fried when the EMP occurs. The wiring is going to cause most of the damage to the area. When the fried generators and the power failures occur together, there is not going to be a nuclear meltdown to deal with. Over the next few weeks, there will be a lot of radiation that goes into the air, going to the people, streams, lakes, and land for many miles around. If you happen to be downwind of the power plant, it is best to get as far away as possible when an EMP occurs. It is best to be as far away from a power plant when an EMP occurs. For those who live in the same area, it is a good idea to get far away and you might want to consider not moving near one if you are worried that this strike is about to happen. Even if you do not live near a power plant you are going to want to be careful. This radiation can easily get into the drinking water by going into the streams and lakes around it. This can result in those who are no where near the power plant getting a touch of radiation when it enters their water.
5 – Near a Tunnel on the Freeway or Highway Being on the road at all when the EMP attack happens is not a good idea. It is likely that your car is going to stop working and you will be stuck without a working vehicle. But this is really the least of your problems. When the EMP attack occurs and you happen to be in a long tunnel, you might find that all of the lights have gone out. Now what are you going to do? Many people will probably be freaking out. First off, their car has stopped working for no particular reason and so they are stuck in the middle of nowhere and they will have to walk in order to get anywhere. But before they are able to get out of the car to do some walking, they are stuck in a long tunnel with absolutely no lights to help them out. Without the lights in the tunnel, it can become very hard to know where you are, which way to turn and just the fact that the lights are out means that it is already going to be scarier and more confusing than before. This is a dangerous situation. You could end up stuck in that area for a long time. Even when the sun comes out it is going to be difficult to see through the tunnel because they are so long and unless you are near the end, you are not going to be able to see anything. Next, you have to worry about the fact that there might still be a few cars that are able to work through this. Most of the cars will fail, but some of the newer energy efficient ones may still be able to run even after the attack. Now that you are stuck in a tunnel and cannot move or see, this means other people cannot see you as well. If on the off chance one of these cars ends up in your area, you could be seriously injured if they happen to hit you, whether you are in the car or trying to walk around in order to get out. Even if the other person knows they hit you and wants to help, they won’t be able to see you so your help is not very likely. Now that the chaos is running rampant in the country because of the attack, people are more likely to do things that they would not do. You might find that while in the tunnel, you will run into someone and they may not be as nice as they were in other times. You will want to be careful, even when you are outside the tunnel around other people at least until some semblance of normalcy returns. By the way, if you happen to be the only one with a car that is working after the attack, it is best to be careful. People will be desperate for a car that works and you never know who might try to make it their own.
6 – Subways For anyone who is a bit claustrophobic, it is a good idea not to get stuck inside a subway when you are worried about an EMP attack. This mode of transportation is very popular in many of the big cities in the world, but you might find that walking or riding your bike to work and the other places you want to be is a much better idea if you do not want to get stuck when the lights go out. Subways are run on a lot of energy. They need the energy in order to keep on the tracks. They need it in order to get moving in the beginning. They need it in order to stay on schedule, to make sure that everyone has the right ticket, and to too fast or too slow so that accidents do not occur. Without energy of some sort, the subways are going to come to a standstill and you will not even be able to get out of the vehicle. Think of the chaos that is going to happen when all of a sudden, the lights all go out. This will occur not just in the subway, but also in the tunnel that holds the subway and you are not even able to get a slight light from your cell phone to illuminate the way. The subway is not going to move and the only way for the conductor of the machine to tell you anything is by coming back and trying to shout over all of the screams and chaos. The speaker system is down so they cannot use their usual way to talk to you. Most people in this situation are going to take an instant to let it sink in, and then they are going to want to run and get out of the subway as soon as possible. But this is not something they are going to be able to do. The subway doors are powered on electricity as well so the doors will basically be closed shot on you until some emergency personal are able to make their way to see you. And honestly this is probably going to take some time. Be careful of pick pockets and other criminals when you are on the subway. There are usually quite a few of them in the subway because they see the hussle and bustle as a good way to get what they want. Now that there is even more chaos and confusion and there are not lights, they will have a pretty good chance of stealing anything of value you have, making the situation even worse for you. Some people might try to get out going on the top of the subway and this is really going to depend on how the subway works. If it is possible, some people can climb out the top and be able to at least go for help for the rest, as long as they aren’t still scared and just trying to get home. You have to be careful on the tracks as well though, this can be a dangerous location to be and often you might get harmed on the tracks or through other means simply because you are not able to see. For the most part, it is going to be best to just stay in the subway when an EMP attack occurs. This will ensure that you have everything in order and that you do not get lost or hurt. There will be help that comes at some point and while it might not be any fun, it is better than ending up dead.
7 – Cold Climates It would not be a good idea to be living in or visiting a cold climate of the country, especially if it is the middle of winter when the EMP attack occurred. Your gas company is also going to suffer from being shut down when the EMP occurs and then you will end up without the ability to get the heat that you want. It is best in these situations not to be in the cold parts of the country. If you live somewhere that is warm, it is not quite as big of a deal to not have electricity. You can go outside and enjoy the sun when you can and just jumping in the ocean, if you live there, or using a bit of water is easy to cool yourself down. On the other hand, it is a lot harder to get by in the north without electricity. Why is it so much harder to survive in the north without electricity? To start with, the sun does not stay out as long in the north, even in the summer and especially when it is winter; there are a few weeks at least in the winter that will be more dark than light. Without electricity, it can be really hard to get around and see the things that you would like. Once the winter months come around, you have even more things to worry about. Without electricity, there is no way to get gas into your home and so it is a very cold winter for you to enjoy. These two things can make being in the north very miserable as well as dangerous and many people would end up dying from the cold. The best solution is to move down south or at least stay out of the north when you suspect an EMP attack is going to occur. If that is not possible, it is a good idea to be prepared. Keep some form of light around that does not include any electricity so that you are able to see at least temporarily until something else gets figured out. You should also start to develop another method of heating for when the gas goes out. A fire place can be nice since you can start it on your own and get the wood that is needed to keep warm. Prepare plenty of blankets as well. It is a good idea to get out of the you are elderly, have young children or do not do well in the cold. It might take a long time to get the electricity back and going without heat if you are in these groups can be miserable.
8– Grocery Stores To some people this is the place that they should be. It is likely to stay warm for a long time after the electricity goes out and you will have a lot of food and water available that you can live on for a long time. But don’t you think that other people will be thinking the same thing, especially once the attack occurs? Being in the local grocery store or any of the stores in your town is not a safe idea to go with and it is best if you pick somewhere else to be during this time. In fact, you should have prepared yourself ahead of time to figure out how to live without having to rely on the food that is in the store so that you can get ahold of. Why is it so dangerous in the grocery store? Most people are not prepared for an EMP attack. They do not know how to make their own food, can, preserve or anything else like that. They also do not know how to make their own clothes, fix things on their home, or survive without all of the conveniences of modern society. When they realize that something is wrong and that food is not going to be readily available anymore, where do you think they are going to head? Everyone is going to head into their local grocery store and grab as much of the food as they can. They realize it might be a long time before more food is able to get in and they do not want themselves or their families to starve. They will grab anything and everything off the shelves, and soon utter chaos and lots of fighting will begin to occur throughout the store. It is not a good idea to get in the middle of this because you will end up losing out. So you might be wondering what you should do in order to make sure that you have the food and other products that you and your family need. You should be prepared ahead of time and learn how to be self-sufficient before the attack occurs. Have some food saved up in your pantry and all of the food and tools that you need. This will help you to not have to go into the local store at all and you can get in and they do not want themselves or their families to starve. They will grab anything and everything off the shelves, and soon utter chaos and lots of fighting will begin to occur throughout the store. It is not a good idea to get in the middle of this because you will end up losing out. So you might be wondering what you should do in order to make sure that you have the food and other products that you and your family need. You should be prepared ahead of time and learn how to be self-sufficient before the attack occurs. Have some food saved up in your pantry and all of the food and tools that you need. This will help you to not have to go into the local store at all and you can make it for years without other help.
9 – Submarines and Boats Just like you do not want to be in the air when the EMP attack occurs, you also do not want to be in a boat or in a submarine. These both will lose out on their connections with those on land and depending on how they are set up, they might not be able to get any electricity in order to work. This might sound like something that is silly and it probably is not quite as bad as on land when you are on the boat, but do you really want to be stuck in a submarine under water with no way to get out? You will most likely end up floating to the bottom of the ocean and without any cabin pressure to keep you safe, you will be dead even faster than those who were in the airplane and with no change of survival. If you are thinking that an EMP attack is about to come, you might want to forego that cruise ship or underwater adventure that you were thinking about. It is going to be just as chaotic as on land and you might be a long way from land and stuck there for quite a while.
10– The Only Car that Works As mentioned a little bit in a previous chapter, most of the cars in the country are going to go out of order once the EMP attack occurs. Most people will be stuck wherever they happened to be when the attack occurred and they will not be able to get the vehicle to start up again. Even your vehicle is going to be affected because it has a circuit and sometimes, such as with the GPS or other systems, it could be connected to a power company that is going to go out after the attack. Now let’s say that you are one of the lucky ones that had a care that did not go out when the at attack occur. Some of the newer hybrid or specialty cars may not have the issue of going down or you may just be lucky and still have a car that is running. Do you really think that you are all that safe? Sure, if you keep on driving and do not stop, you probably will be safe. But what is going to happen when you have to stop for some reason. You probably are in a lot of trouble because someone else is going to notice that you have a car that works and so they will go and try and take it. Whether you are at home or driving on the road, someone is going to take notice and soon they will want to be the owners of the one vehicle in town. This is going to create a lot of problems for you. While you might have had a few extra days of getting around and getting to the places you want to be, you are going to have issues with others who think that you do not deserve the car and that they do. You will probably barely get out of it before noticing ten people in the bushes who are all about to jump you in order to get the car. This really is not all that safe for you. Now that you have the car, even if you were good friends with the people of the town to start with, you will probably have to deal with stick ups, threats, and people just straight up taking the car. The best advice: if you do have a car that works, you might want to consider just putting it in the garage as soon as possible and then acting like it is not there unless you have an extreme emergency. This will make others believe that you are in the same predicament as they are and they will not try to harm you or even consider that something is in the garage. Or, if you insist on still driving the car, you might want to just get ready to hand over the keys to the first person who stops you. This can save a lot of trouble in the long run and allows someone else the opportunity to get stopped and hurt by others. Besides, you may find that it is difficult to find gas for your car to keep it going for very long without electricity and a vehicle to transport the gas. Even worse, with an electric car, it might keep going for a little bit, but there is no longer the possibility of a charging station so it is going to run out eventually as well. If you have a car that works even after the attack, you still want to be careful. It is best to just consider it a lost cause and avoid all of the trouble.
It is important to be prepared for when an EMP attack occurs. You do not want to be caught off guard and then be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Many people think that this kind of attack is never going to happen to them, but what would you do if all of the power and electricity, pretty much the lifeblood of the country, went out tonight. Use this guide to understand the 10 places you should stay away from at all costs if you want to be as safe as possible when the EMP attack occurs.
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