We prefer to ‘do school’ on the computer, but it would be irresponsible to not plan for an extended power outage. For such as time as this, I have books to cover all subjects including those we normally do online. For example, if we ever get cut off from Khan Academy’s awesome math program we will carry on with Saxon Math. The typing tests I have made for memorization of key vocabulary and facts for each subject are formatted to also be a handy print out for flashcards and quizzes.
From what I read about EMPs they appear to be inevitable. How to protect against them is debated. I keep hard copies of key information so school and daily living carry on whether I have electricity or not. As much as I like the convenience of electricity, I never thought it was wise to be overly dependent upon it. I post about frugal off-grid solutions on my other blog at http://hemetsunshine.wordpress.com.
WHAT IS AN EMP?
EMPS can come from both natural and man-made sources. The following are a few articles to explain them in more detail:
- http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/tech/science/2010-10-26-emp_N.htm – “Electromagnetic pulses (EMP) are oversized outbursts of atmospheric electricity. Whether powered by geomagnetic storms or by nuclear blasts, their resultant intense magnetic fields can induce ground currents strong enough to burn out power lines and electrical equipment across state lines.”
- http://weather.yahoo.com/major-solar-flare-erupts-sun-strongest-2013-105422413.html – “The sun is currently in an active phase of its space weather cycle…. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is one of several spacecraft keeping constant watch on the sun to monitor its solar activity through this active phase of Solar Cycle 24.”
- http://www.heritage.org/issues/missile-defense/electromagnetic-pulse-attack – “An EMP is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of charged particles. An EMP attack has the potential to decimate America’s electrical and technological infrastructure, effectively sending the U.S. back to the 19th Century. As society grows more reliant on electronic devices, so its vulnerability to an EMP attack.”
- http://news.yahoo.com/doomsday-fear-could-emp-throw-world-chaos-180101258.html – “Brent, the patriarch of the “Doomsday Castle” clan, thinks that terrorists or a rogue nation could loft a nuke high enough to take out the electricity grid over the eastern United States or Southeast, he told LiveScience.”
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If you would like to discuss how to cope with an EMP event, check our local emergency preparedness group at http://www.meetup.com/San-Jacinto-Valley-Preppers/boards/view/viewthread?thread=34443292. This a friendly group of concerned citizens that get together to prepare for chaotic events such as earthquakes.