Last week’s Survivalist Prepper Podcast was part 1 with Matthew Stein talking about EMP’s, CME’s, and Nuclear Meltdowns. This week we finish up our 2 part series right where we left off. We ended last week’s show talking about the severe effects a nuclear meltdown would have on Americans.

As I mentioned in last weeks podcast (view the show notes here) Matthew is the author of a couple very popular books about preparedness. The first is “When Disaster Strikes“, and his most popular is “When Technology Fails” which is a very detailed preparedness manual. 

SPP245 EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein Part 2


After we finished our discussion about what a nuclear meltdown would do, we started talking about Coronal Mass Ejections (CME’s), large scale disaster, and the effects they would have globally and locally.

Below are some of the topics we covered in this weeks show, and make sure and check out Matthews books (listed above), and his website 

This Week’s Topics…

How Solar Storms would affect our infrastructure: As we mentioned in last weeks show, and this article, a CME only produces the E3 aspect that would affect transformers and the power grid, much like the Carrington Event in 1859.

How possible is a Solar storm: The sun is very active, and these happen all the time, but if it’s directed at us, it could do massive damage. There was a near miss in 2012 and some analysts believe that a direct hit by an extreme CME such as the one that missed Earth in July 2012 could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling (and possibly destroying) everything that plugs into a wall socket.

Long term disaster scenarios: Of the large global disaster scenarios, a CME is the most likely. All out nuclear war is possible, but it is mutually assured destruction, meaning most countries are hesitant to “push the button”. Super volcano’s and asteroids could be extinction level events, but it could be thousands of years before something like this happens.

Hardening the power grid: For a number of reasons there has been a lack of interest in The lack hardening the power grid against a CME or EMP, the main one being money. Some people believe that the affects of an EMP or CME are exaggerated, and that’s where these power companies and our government are placing their bet.

The aftermath of large scale disasters: Disasters like this are why we prepare on such a large scale and try to learn as much as possible about every aspect of survival. A large scale disaster that would set up back 200 years would mean living life would be completely different, and adjusting to the new normal.

How would an EMP effect cars: There is quite a bit of conversations in preparedness circles about what affects an EMP would have on cars, and there really isn’t a definitive answer. Even if just a small number of cars were affected, it could still cause massive chaos, and widespread problems.

Matthews books: We talked about how When Technology Fails and When Disaster Strikes are different. When Technology Fails is much more detailed, and more of a preparedness manual. When Disaster Strikes is a good book too, but has a more narrow focus.

Live Videos This Month

As I mentioned in the beginning of the show, we are doing a live video this Sunday (March 18th) with Chris Weatherman about EMP’s. We will also be doing a live video with Mat on Sunday March 25th at The Preparedness Experience.

Free EMP Guide

Don’t forget to download your free EMP guide that goes through some of the myths, facts, and misconceptions about EMP’s. This guide also what an EMP is, what it could do, and also how to protect your electronics with a DIY Faraday cage.


Survival and being prepared should not only be a passion, it should be a lifestyle. The definition of a prepper is "An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances, without substantial resources from outside sources" Like the Government, police etc. I don't believe that the end of the world will be the "end of the world" I believe it will be the end of the world as we know it now. You can also find me on Google Plus and Twitter

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