15 Tips for Navigating Home AFTER an EMP

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 15 Tips for Navigating Home AFTER an EMP

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An EMP isn’t a fictional novelty anymore. Sadly, we face the possibility of a strike from several sources today – North Korea, terrorists, etc.


The ramifications are horrifying. After a full hit the United States could literally be set back 200 years – except that our people are not equipped to live as our ancestors did back then. Without electrical power and modern conveniences, society would crumble rapidly.


And there is no telling when an EMP attack might happen. There will be little warning. One should assume that if it happens, it will happen when you’re out and about, away from home.


The challenge, then, will be making it back home safely. Here follows some information on doing that.

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Jeremiah Johnson ran a list of 15 Tips for Getting Home After an EMP. Find the original list over at Ready Nutrition along with all kinds of good reads.


Johnson sets up a frightening yet plausible scenario:


“You’re cruising down the highway in your 2013 four-door sedan, having just dropped the kids off twenty minutes ago to the swim club.  Now you’re on the open highway with a heavy traffic flow…about 5 miles from the edge of town and 7 miles from work.  You’re listening to the radio, when suddenly it crackles and goes dead, along with your engine.  You look around and pumping the brakes manage to slow down and then drive off the road onto the shoulder, just feet away from the back bumper of another vehicle.

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The vehicle comes to a stop, and you try the ignition again.  You look at your watch, a Casio G-Shock, to find there is no display.  You reach for your cell phone.  Nothing.  It’s dead.  There are perhaps a dozen cars around you…half to your front and half to your rear.  All of them have stopped, and most of the drivers have gotten out.  You hear the sound of an engine, and looking up, see a ’58 Ford pickup truck weaving in and out of the stalled traffic, moving toward your rear, away from town.  The book “One Second After” has just played out in real life.  The United States has been attacked by an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon.  You’re 15 miles from home, and the “S” has hit the fan.”

So, at that point, what do you do?


Here is a summary of the 15 Tips:

  1. Have a plan.


This is something you need to develop now, not then.

2. Get away from people.


You will need to leave immediately. All those around you may not be so friendly in the end. Have your gear ready: bug out bag, firearm, boots, etc.

3. Travel smart. Stay just off the roads if you can. Minimize being seen as you move. Do not attract attention.


  1. City Folks:


If you live in the city and are caught outside, going back may not be the best option (avoid people). You may want to consider a rally point outside the area where you can meet up with friends and family.

5. Long distance.


If you know you likely have several days of travel, be ready. Have all the gear for camping, foraging, etc. Use a route map but do not mark where you’re going. No one but you and yours need know.

6. Stress


There’s going to be a lot of it and you’ll have to deal with the new realities. Be ready. Have a plan that you can adapt as needed and prepare to gather and use all the information you can.

7. Travel in the dark.


Use the night to hide your movements. Use stealth.

8.The family.


They, all of them, must know the survival plan in advance and be ready to use it when the time comes. Make a plan and share it with them. Do not delay.

9. Avoid people when you travel.


Stay away from groups, towns, even other families. There will be enough uncertainty as is, you don’t need to add any more. Most people are decent but you won’t be able to take any chances if you want to get home safe and sound – and fast.


  1. Arriving at home.


Meander as to throw followers off your tracks. You don’t want any company at this point. Approach the house slowly and carefully. You may need to “clear” it if things don’t seem right. Consider an “all-OK” signal those already home can use to alert you or others on the approach.

  1. Hostages.


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You may return to find your family being held hostage – by anyone. Be prepared to deal with this situation with fast and brutal force. Your only concern at that point is making everyone safe by any means necessary.

12. Once home, prepare to fight!


You’re home but danger may come knocking at any moment. In addition to trying to rebuild you will likely have to fend off invaders determined to take what you have. Prepare them an appropriate welcome.

13. For the long haul consider having a second, hardened set of electronics. Or, keep a regular set of what you might need in a Faraday cage.

14. Be armed at all times.


Everyone in the group, outside of small children, should know how to use weapons. Everyone will become a sentinel or infantry in the aftermath.

15. You may have to abandon ship.


Be ready for a full-fledged bug out if things at home don’t work out. Prepare in advance as best you can; have a place, a retreat, in mind where you can go.

*Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.


Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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