If you’ve been reading the series we have reached the point where a coordinated EMP attack has taken place. From north of Boston all the way to southern Florida, inland as far as nearly 1000 miles, every non-insulated electrical circuit has been fried beyond repair. Same in the Gulf states and the West Coast from Nebraska southward; from the Pacific from San Diego to well north of Seattle and inland as far as Colorado and Utah. Roughly two-thirds of the nation has been instantly plunged from the 21st Century to the year 1800. Now what?
Could the damage be repaired? Sure, someday! If the electronics for 2/3 of the nation are fried how will manufacturing companies manufacture? There will be no power. Even the power generating stations will be off line for years. And since the companies that make wire, transistor & circuits, etc., need power to manufacture the replacement components and they will be rendered moot, they too will be out of business, so where will the new electrical components come from?
All new electrical components will have to be manufactured in places not effected by the near nationwide EMP event. Even the electrical components on the shelves of warehouses across the nation will be useless, so only newly manufactured components will work. Just how long ya think it would take to rebuild the entire nation’s electrical grid? Say, 10 years, minimum?
Remember, all new electronics will have to be manufactured and installed in all the dead vehicles that have fried ignition systems, so every piece of electronics for every vehicle will have to be manufactured and installed to return the vehicle to its intended purpose.
What would be the first priorities to recover from a near nationwide EMP event? I guess first would be truck and auto electronics, as well as the electronics that run the gas pumps and the pumps that move the fuel through pipelines from their source to their points of distribution. Think about that for a minute. If no one can go to work because we can’t get there, who will manufacture the replacement equipment?
As well there need be provisions for feeding more than 200 million citizens. What if the EMP happens in winter? How many in the colder climates will freeze to death almost immediately? What about all the hospitals? Their generators will be fried, so no power. No surgery; no drugs and medicines will be manufactured and doled out to those in need. No ambulance to respond to the heart attack victim, and even if there were, what good would it do to transport the ill patient to a non-functioning hospital?
How will supplies get distributed? No vehicles to transport them so what good will it do to import or manufacture new ones?
The reality will dawn on the reader that we would be a nation of more than 300 million people, of which more than 200 million, perhaps as high as 275 million people will be unable to feed or warm ourselves. No one will have a job. Money would be useless – the banks no longer have any record of how much money one had in the bank, and even if that info were somehow retrieved (I know they store all info at numerous off-sight installations to protect from any sort of singular event destroying all the financial records) the bank branches have no power, so no one is there waiting for the customer to come in and withdraw some cash, and you don’t have a car to get to the bank anyway.
Can the reader grasp the level of seriousness our nation would be placed in? Everything upon which our nation is built and all the infrastructures in place that operate the economy and the nation would be a distant memory. At the instant of the hypothesized EMP event we will be transported into history. We will become a nation of 300 million that will be faced with a stark and frightening reality – that nothing is like it was yesterday. Nothing!
The first 3 parts of this series have addressed the ease of an EMP attack, the rational reasons why an EMP event would be so effective and meet the goals of a terrorist nation or entity, and the national infrastructure implications with which we will be faced. In the last installment in this series I will hypothesize the realities for the individual, society and our continued hope of survival.