Jim, Just a quick note to those interested in obtaining a simple cost-effective Faraday Cage-like enclosures to protect small to mid-size electronic devices. As has been mentioned in SurvivalBlog before, the large steel cans of popcorn sold at the large box stores this time of year make great EMP-proof storage containers. After emptying the popcorn just place your electronics into the can and place the lid on top. No need to ground the container.
I place my Fluke multimeters, spare Solar charge controllers, spare handi-talkies and mobile radios in these tins. Thanks for all you do. - Larry D.
So...after the "fireworks" are over what use will the devices be that have been stashed in the cans? This could get pretty complicated in short order. First, the radio, then batteries, a source of power generation, antenna, etc. Grows quickly. So now you are looking at a bunker or fall out shelter. Better to try though, than set back and become crispy. I suppose. I just have a large doubt that anyone who would hit a culture with EMP would politely stop there. The human race is vicious just under the surface....
Those pop corn cans are very handy to store things. If the pass slides shut and you can't get to the big city for things. They are doing a good job hold the pass road now. Go way around.
I plan to get storage shelves that are 24" wide and I can double row the cans on it. Nuts, baking chips, corn meal and so on. I will need labels on the sides of the cans. I am wondering what to make the lables of. I been useing masking tape and stick on the lid. I need much bigger labels so I see ad read them. 5 by 8 index card and and clear tape. 77" wide by 72" high by 24" deep are $149. Home Depot. Not Just what I wanted. Only size and I have to measure the room. But a couple of these may do it. They have some 4' wide but only 18" deep but mor shelves 84" tall. Only one row of cans per shelf and wasted space of 8 inches. Will matter to the room. I should count my cans and see how many and figure boxes of canned things to go on. How many shelves I need. This starting from scratch on things. Same with the yard. He will put the sprinklers and lawn in the spring. Just a dirt yard I know.
Back to can where I should be. I guess I do not have fancy electronic to put in a car. Clock and radio. Light bulbs. I do havea tape recorder. I do not have high teck stuff. Where I came from the lightening would knock out things. You had to unplug even a cord. Come down the lines and come in. I had light bulbs on go bang and the end that one. Babb's unpl;ugged her sewing machine and and left the extension cord in the plugin and it came out of end of cord. But I got hit with lightening at work here. They had a crane on the roof. I went to the window to look out and see if still raining and my hand on the sill. Came in though sill and my hands. They had white spots. I figure some metal in the sill as brick building. (old school house) I doubt cans would protect things from lightening.
My DIL when she worked and lights go off messup the computer stuff she was type. I told her save every 15 mins and then would only lose a some and not all. She had never thought of that. I am not a computer person.
I saw the lightening hit a light pole 1/2 block from where I worked. I was in the dark then. I did get all the computers back up and on line. We had a multi plexer and out provider called me da to re=program it. I did not know how and told him. Just do as he said on the phone. Yes, it worked when we got done. We had multiplexer and dumb terminals. Later they changed it to computers. We were on a mainframe from the city.
EMP around would knock banks off and about everything. I have been to bank when they were down. I sure am not up on it what it would do.
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."