How To Protect A Portable Radio From EMP
Keep a portable shortwave radio for use during a disaster
A portable shortwave radio may be the best and first item to keep and save from the effects of an EMP disaster. EMP or not, having a portable shortwave radio is highly recommended in any survival kit or preparedness plan. Listening to radio reports and collecting information after a disaster is a very important intelligence-gathering task which will ultimately help you decide how to react and what to do next. Discovering the cause and extent of a disaster will reveal the probabilities of recovery time and will likely change your plan of action to some degree.
I own and recommend owning either the Grundig G4000A or the Sony ICF-SW7600GR. Both of them are top quality shortwave radios. Do not wait any longer to add one to your survival preps. Not only is it a required prep item, but it will bring many hours of enjoyment while shortwave listening and exploring around the world.
A key advantage is, having a shortwave portable radio will allow you to hear communications from far away, presumably far enough away from an area that was not affected by the disaster. Hearing reports of the incident from other parts of the world will provide invaluable insight to the situation.
Basic description of an EMP
An EMP from a nuclear atmospheric detonation is an instantaneous jolt of tens of thousands of volts per square meter that is generated from the interaction between the explosion and the Earth’s magnetic field. The pulse occurs instantly over an area that is within line-of-sight of the nuclear detonation. An EMP detonation at an altitude of 50 miles would affect an area with a diameter of 1,400 miles while a detonation altitude of 200 miles would affect a 2,900 mile diameter area.
An EMP is a terrorist’s dream weapon because a single device could wipe out most all things electronic and effectively send the region back to the 1800′s in a flash. An EMP weapon is a very real threat in today’s increasingly unstable world, one where some nations and terrorist organizations openly wish and threaten destruction upon the West.
How to protect a portable shortwave radio from EMP
Wrap the radio with aluminum foil being sure not to leave any open exposed areas.
Wrap the now wrapped radio in a non-conductive material (or place in a zip lock bag).
Wrap the wrapped radio, which is now covered in an non-conductive material, in aluminum foil again.
That’s it. Double wrapped with aluminum foil with a non-conductive layer in between. Do not ground the package.
Where to store an EMP proof portable shortwave radio
The best place to store your portable shortwave radio, now that it is EMP proof, is in your vehicle. The reason being that if a disaster event happens while you are at home, you can simply go out to your vehicle and get the radio. More importantly, if you are away from home when a disaster strikes, you will have the radio with you in your vehicle. This is a perfect addition to add to your vehicle 72-hour survival kit.
Video how to protect a portable radio from an EMP