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Preppers and survivalists have been warning people for years that an attack from an EMP could prove deadly and costly. This attack, the government agrees, could come from a solar flare or a nuclear attack from Russia, Iran, North Korea, and/or China. A congressional report warned that an EMP attack on the East Coast would kill 90 percent of those in the area over a year due to the lack of food, money, fuel, electricity, and medical care.

Earlier this week President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to identify the threats posed by potential electromagnetic pulses (EMP). In the executive order, the government acknowledges that EMPs are dangerous to the electrical grid and water supply.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the EMP executive order will encourage “private-sector innovation to strengthen our critical infrastructure.”

EMP Executive Order

“It is the policy of the United States to prepare for the effects of EMPs through targeted approaches that coordinate whole-of-government activities and encourage private-sector engagement,” said the EMP executive order released by the White House.

“The federal government must provide warning of an impending EMP; protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of an EMP through public and private engagement, planning, and investment; and prevent adversarial events through deterrence, defense, and nuclear nonproliferation efforts. To achieve these goals, the federal government shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments,” it added.

EMP Executive Order Support

Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation’s first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, “President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that ‘strategic stability’ and ‘longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China’ are best maintained — not by a policy of mutual vulnerability — but by a policy of ‘Peace Through Strength.’ Protecting the nation from all missile threats and EMP should be the cornerstone of a ‘Peace Through Strength’ policy.”

Call to Action

Under the EMP executive order, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has 90 days to create a list of national systems that, if disrupted by an EMP, would create a national security issue. She then has a year to identify critical infrastructure that could be impacted by EMPs.

The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Energy, Commerce and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are among the agencies involved in the executive order.

In a statement, Energy Secretary Rick Perry called EMPs “a threat to our national security and energy security” and said the order “sends a clear message to adversaries that the United States takes this threat seriously.”

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