EMPS AND CMES WITH MATTHEW STEINAn EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) or CME (Coronal Mass Ejections) have the potential to be one of the most disaster scenarios we can think of, yet it’s a disaster scenario that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This may be because there isn’t an easy answer to preparing for an EMP or CME, or because it’s just too scary to think about.

This week I talked to Matthew Stein about what EMP’s and CME’s are, how possible these scenarios are, and what the long term consequences would be. Matthew is an engineer and best selling author of two books very popular in preparedness circles “When Technology Fails” and “When Disaster Strikes”. He also runs the website WhenTechFails.com

When Disaster Strikes

When Disaster StrikesDisasters often strike without warning and leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Yet armed with the right tools and information, survivors can fend for themselves and get through even the toughest circumstances.

Matthew Stein’s When Disaster Strikes provides a thorough, practical guide for how to prepare for and react in many of life’s most unpredictable scenarios.

When Technology Fails

When tech failsThere’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability.

But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe.

Matthew is also our featured guest this month at The Preparedness Experience, and will be doing a live video with us on March 25th to talk more about Electromagnetic Pulses and long term preparing. 

SPP244 EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein


Mat and I had such a great conversation I had to split the show up into two parts. This week we talk about what an EMP is, who could launch an EMP strike, and some of the secondary consequences of an EMP strike.

I listed the topics we covered in this weeks show, along with all the links we mentioned as well. Next week we continue our conversation about Nuclear reactors melting down, and also how cars might be affected, how a CME is different from an EMP, and how we can prepare for them.

Show Topics…

What is an EMP and What Damage Would It Do: We started the conversation off by talking about what an EMP is, and the damage it could cause. Actually, most of this podcast is about the long term damage an EMP or CME could cause.

How Does an EMP work: The basics of the electromagnetic pulse process isn’t all that complicated, but it can seem that way at first. We talked about the E1, E2 and E3 effects of an EMP and the damage those would do. This article I wrote also goes into detail about EMP’s. 

How Worried Should We be About the Threat of an EMP: Some people think an EMP is something made up by Hollywood, and isn’t a viable threat, while others believe it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. In the show Matthew goes over just how devastating an EMP or CME would be.

Who Would or Could Launch an EMP: With so many countries having nuclear weapons these days, who should we be worried about? Is it the “Super Power” countries that are the bigger threat? Or is it the smaller countries (or terrorists) with less options we should be concerned about?

Nuclear Meltdown Scenarios: Matthew talked quite a bit about how we have over 100 nuclear reactors in the United States, and how without power these could meltdown, causing major problems for may years to come. He also wrote this article titled “400 Chernobyl’s: Nuclear Armageddon”

The Aftermath: The initial affect of an EMP or CME would be complete grid failure, but the dominoes that would fall because of this should concern us more. This is one event that could be very long term, and the chances of survival are very slim for most people.

A. American

At the beginning of the show I mentioned that Chris Weatherman (A. American) will also be a guest at The Preparedness Experience this month, and will also be doing a live video with us. Some of you may know Chris from his books where he uses the pen name A. American, and some know him from season 1 of the History Channel’s series “Alone”.

Check out Chris’s page over at the Preparedness Experience, and make sure to tune in on Sunday March 18th and watch the live video, and ask Chris questions.

Free EMP Guide

FREE EMP GUIDEI mentioned in the show that I put together a great free resource for you that goes over all the basics of an EMP, and some of the myths you may hear and read about on the internet. If your a little fuzzy on the whole “EMP thing” this is a great guide. You can click here to get your free download.


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

    1 Response to "EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein"

    • Justin Davis

      The interview with Matthew Stine was a great… And very eye opening episode. My wife and I are working towards a plan to build a passive solar home in Colorado and had a question regarding EMP’s/CME’s as it relates to solar. We are planning to install a full solar system that will not be tied to the grid. I wonder how that would be impacted in an E1 -E3 event? Specifically would the fact that it is not tied to the grid save the circuitry and components from the effects? Thank you.

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