We were evaluating a business to invest in, we ask ourselves one question… “What’s the worst-case scenario?”
If we’re about to buy an apartment complex for $20 million, what’s the worst possible thing that could happen?
Well we could see another massive market crash like we did in 2008, which could potentially drop the value of the property by 50%. Are we prepared to survive that? Yes? Okay, great… Then we’re good to go.
The same goes for preparing for a disaster… If you prepare for the worst-case scenario, then anything else that happens should be taken care of by default.
So what is it?
Well assuming it’s a full-out nuclear war, the worst-case scenario is surviving the blast and waking up to a world without power.
And this worst-case scenario can actually take place much easier than you think…
In fact, it would only take one single bomb from a rogue nation or terrorist group to take out the entire US.
You see, most people don’t realize that the biggest impact from a nuclear weapon does not come from the blast itself, or the radioactive fallout, but from the electromagnetic pulse wave (EMP), the detonation creates.
Basically, an EMP overloads the circuits of electronic devices which includes the electric power grid, modern cars and trucks, cell phones, computers, generators, etc, destroying them in the process.
As you can see here, a single nuclear missile detonated at high altitude would produce an EMP wave large enough to cover the entire continental United States…
So here’s my question for you…
Do you know what will happen when this takes place? Have you ever rationally thought about it?
Well if you haven’t, I’ll walk you through it…
Should a nuclear missile detonate over the US, everything in the country that uses electricity would cease to function.
So let’s take a moment to imagine what your life would be like if the country suddenly lost all power…
And let’s not sensationalize this. Let’s just be logical and realistic…
It’s a Tuesday afternoon in May.
You’re 25 miles from your home at work.
The kids are at school.
And all of the sudden, everything goes out…
The lights… Your computer… Everything just goes silent. Suddenly outside your window you hear the squeal of screeching tires, the sound of dozens of cars crashing together, and screams from people who are panicking to get out of their way.
The EMP wave from a nuclear detonation 300 miles above you in space has fried the circuits of the vehicles below, rendering them useless.
You pull out your phone to try and call your spouse who’s on the other side of town, but it’s dead.
The elevators are out, so everyone in your office nervously winds their way down 50 flights of stairs. Once on the street, you find thousands of people who’ve exited the surrounding buildings.
Most people have no idea what’s happened, but a few have started to piece it together. Word starts to spread, and anxiety starts to build.
Your find your car, but it won’t start. None of them will.
At this point, you’re only thought is about your kids. They’re 20 miles away in school. You have no idea if they’re okay, and you have no way to call them.
And this is when the panic starts to really set in, because you realize that you have no other choice but to start walking towards them.
It’s going to take you at least two full days to walk 20 miles, and you’re wearing high-heels or business shoes and a suit.
You have no water and no food. The entire power grid is down, which means the public water system is down. The water fountains have stopped, and the toilets won’t flush.
1,000,000 other people in the city have all started to reach the same conclusion, and in less than an hour, full-scale looting of every store in the city has begun.
As people start to understand what’s taken place, they realize that this is their one and only chance to acquire any kind of food or supplies.
Once night falls, you’ll have no light, nowhere to sleep, and no way to protect yourself.
If you’re lucky enough to survive the first 48 hours and make it home, you’ll soon realize that your situation hasn’t improved.
Once again your apartment is without power and water, which means that all you have to drink are the few cans of soda left in your pantry, and you have no way to cook your remaining food before it goes bad because the gas stove is dead.
The entire city has gone dark. You look out your window and there are no moving cars, no street lights, and every home looks as if it’s been abandoned, apart from the faint candle light coming from a few.
Normally you could see the city sky-line from your place, but now it’s completely black, as if the entire city has disappeared.
As the third night goes by, and then the fourth, the sound of gun shots starts to increase, getting closer, and closer.
You pray that the power will come back on… That surely the government is fixing the problem, and that the world will go back to normal at any moment.
But it won’t.
What most people don’t realize, is that our national electric grid is dependent upon massive machines called High Voltage Transformers.
There are only six companies outside the US that make them. They weigh 100 to 300 tons each and take two years to build during NORMAL times.
Even if the rest of the world had been spared and was still fully-functional, it would take them at least 2-4 years to build enough transformers for the US and ship them overseas.
Once on American soil, it would take a military supply convoy months just to reach the installation locations spread across thousands of miles.
The reality of the situation is that the power will be out for YEARS, and most experts estimate that 90% of the US population will perish within the first 12 months of an EMP event.
But you don’t know that. You’re only five days in. And right now, all you know is that your family has just run out of food and water.
Which means you have two choices… Head out and try to take some from someone else, or watch your family starve to death.
If this sounds like an incredibly scary scenario, that’s because it is.
And we’re not talking about alien invasions, an asteroid, or something crazy here…
We’re just talking about the loss of electricity, which would result from a single nuclear detonation.
In a recent letter to investors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer warned that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is “the most significant threat” to the U.S. and our allies in the world.
It’s a situation that is becoming increasingly likely as tensions between Russia and the West continue to deteriorate.
In fact it’s so likely now, that the US government started preparing for this kind of EMP just 36 months ago.
As I mentioned earlier, they’re spending over $700,000,000 to reopen Cheyenne Mountain. The secret military base which used to house NORAD and the US Space Command.
So billionaires who are infinitely smarter and more connected that you and I are worried about an EMP, and the government is suddenly spending almost $1 Billion to move it’s bases underground for the exact same reason.
If you’re paying attention, it’s easy to see that everyone who’s in a position to understand the real level of risk here, is actively preparing for it to take place.
Not a good sign.
So given that fact, what have YOU done what to prepare for a nuclear event?
I thought so.