Tech Protect Bag
Tech Protect, LLC is an organization dedicated to protecting electronic components from an EMP. Many people don't realize how damaging an EMP attack can be.
Finally! The media is starting to pick up on what we’ve been saying for years. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is going to happen. It’s just a question of when and how catastrophic at this point. (One EMP burst and the world goes dark, USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2010-10-26-emp_N.htm )
An EMP can be a naturally occurring event from Solar Flares or a man made terrorist weapon of mass destruction. Both have the same effect. They have the potential to destroy all of our electronic hardware. NASA is predicting a high potential for a natural EMP event, just like those that have happened in our past, to occur again in 2013. (See at http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/29may_noaaprediction/ The 1859 storm–known as the “Carrington Event” after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare–electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society’s high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused “only” $80 to $125 billion in damages.)
Our Way Of Thinking Must Change With Technology Changes
Our problem is that we are using the same “old” thinking of protection and preparedness for disasters that we’ve used over the past 200 years. Our way of thinking has got to change. We as individuals must take personal responsibility for protecting our investments and property, if we are to avoid disaster. Let me share an example. People and communities have been flooded out in low lying parts of the nation since its founding days. Our government(s) saw the need to protect its citizens and passed laws requiring notification of “100 year flood plains” to any individual purchasing land in an at-risk area. Flood insurance was created and sold to all needing potential protection. Those building in flood prone areas that have taken personal responsibility have changed construction and design to protect their investments (Houses on piers, sump pumps, dikes, French drains, etc).
Today our world with all of its electronic hardware is built in a 100 year Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Flood Plain! This EMP Flood is coming and we have no metaphoric piers, pumps, or dikes to protect our electric and electronic way of life. Consider all that is around you that runs on electronic circuit boards and or electronic chips of some kind. Our communication systems (Phone, Internet, radios, satellites, etc.), our power systems (Electrical distribution, fuel for cars, trucks, trains, etc), the very control or operating systems for our vehicles of all kinds and sizes now depend on electronic hardware to operate. (Other countries affected also. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/7819201/Nasa-warns-solar-flares-from-huge-space-storm-will-cause-devastation.html )
Like building the first home and barn before knowing we were in a flood plain, we have built a society over the last 30 years very dependent upon electricity and electronic control of our “hardware” of all kinds. During the last 30 years we have not experienced an EMP flood. We have had a few minor EMP “rain storms” that have taken out a few satellites and electrical distribution transformers in Canada (See Video Links below for further discussion.)
What is an EMP?
In simple terms, that I can understand, an Electro Magnetic Pulse is a release of energy or current that is trying to find a way to “ground”. As it races through the atmosphere towards earth (because of the magnetic field around the earth), it travels along the “path of least resistance” to ground. Electric overhead power lines act like antennas to attract the current because of its long wave length. The electromagnetic current that enters our power distribution system is expected to damage or destroy transformers and equipment meant to regulate the power lines. All other devices that are exposed (not stored in a protective device like a EMP bag or Faraday cage) will also have the current travel across it’s circuitry and most likely destroyed or damage it.
What can be done?
Along with common sense ideas and thinking about what is really important for surviving an EMP Flood, you can protect much of what you own! Example: A few of my first thoughts were around communication and how to protect our hand held walkie-talkies and cell phones. If this takes place and the cell towers are down for months, I do NOT want to be in line at the cell store waiting on back order for a new phone. My chain saw motor spark plug is driven by an electronic ignition system. I do NOT want to go into a major extended power outage without a chain saw. I need to protect it. I also need transportation of some kind and something that will work with me to accomplish routine tasks like a 4 wheeler, boat motor, truck, car, etc. All use electronic ignition systems! (See list of items below of what may be affected by EMP).
A Faraday Box is designed to protect again just such an occurrence as an EMP. The military uses this along with other “hardening” practices to protect against the potential EMP Flood we’ve been discussing. For us at home, this in many cases just isn’t feasible on our budgets or technical expertise.
That’s why I’m introducing a less expensive EMP Bag, called the Tech Protect Bag to place our at risk items in for storage. The bag is made of heavy duty Mylar that has a metal alloy designed into it (aluminum) and a plastic insulating covering that keeps the current from reaching your sensitive device. A simple zip lock closing at the top ensures complete enclosure and protection for your devices.
What can and should you protect at home and at the office? See a starter list contained below. What items do you have in a camper or cabin you expect to use in an emergency? Remember…. A new way of thinking. If ye are prepared ye shall not fear…
• MP3 Players of any kind
• Walkie Talkies
• Radio(s), emergency or otherwise
• CB Radios not in use
• Cell phones
• Home wireless phones
• GPS gadgets
• Electronic clocks
• DVD/Blue Ray Player(s)
• Battery chargers
• Hand held game systems
• Key fobs to vehicles or home security
• Chain Saw(s) Anything with electronic ignition
• Kitchen appliances
• Flat panel screens not in use