EMP Weapons Could Wipe Out Power Grid Impacting Cars, Water & Cell Phones - WSB-TV Channel 2

EMP Weapons Could Wipe Out Power Grid Impacting Cars, Water & Cell Phones – WSB-TV Channel 2

EMP weapons could wipe out the power grid impacting cars, water and cellphones Here in Georgia, there are many potential targets, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Port of Savannah, and Plant Vogtle.

ATLANTA — Imagine your car won’t start, no water comes out of your faucet, and you can’t use your cell phone. It is a very real threat. That’s exactly what an electromagnetic pulse weapon can do.

An EMP attack could occur with or without nuclear weapons.

Here in Georgia, there are many potential targets, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Port of Savannah, and Plant Vogtle.

One day, you might wake up and your lights won’t come on, and you can’t log into your bank account.

“I don’t work so hard for nothing for someone to zap my money,” said Ila Thomas, who lives in Forest Park.

It sounds like the plot of a scary sci-fi movie, but it could actually happen.

“We would be like cave people,” Thomas said.

“Have you ever heard the term electromagnetic pulse? » Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston asked Evelyn Lewis, who also lives in Forest Park.

“Not that I heard,” Lewis said.

Most people Huddleston has spoken to have never heard of electromagnetic pulse weapons, but Peter Pry, Ph.D. does.

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“An electromagnetic pulse is essentially a super energetic radio wave. It contains so much energy that it can destroy electronics,” said Pry, who is a leading EMP expert.

He is Executive Director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Chairman of the Congressional EMP Committee.

Electromagnetic pulses occur naturally as solar flares. NASA captured one on video in October 2021.

But man-made EMPs can be used as weapons.

Pry said an EMP exploded over North America would destroy our way of life without physically harming you.

“The EMP would pass harmlessly through your body, just like a radio wave. You wouldn’t even know it, but when you try to start your car or turn on the tap, or try your fridge, it doesn’t work. not,” Pry said.

An EMP would shut off all electricity. Cars wouldn’t start and there would be no utilities.

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The United States has PEMs, but so do China, North Korea and Russia.

Pry said the crisis in Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s thirst for war made him nervous.

“If they hit us with a super EMP weapon and combine it with cyber attacks and stuff, they could win World War 3…because our electronics are our Achilles heel,” Pry said. .

Pry said the EMP Task Force is pushing Congress to require all utility companies to harden power grid security against EMPs and cyberattacks, but so far there’s been little progress.

“There are 2,000 electric utilities in the United States and most of them are just against any action. They don’t want to protect themselves against cyber or EMP because it’s going to cost them money. ‘money,” Pry said.

When Channel 2 Action News asked Georgia Power about EMPs, they referred us to a group they work with closely with the Edison Electric Institute.

“We are very well prepared against all hazards,” said Scott Aaronson, Senior Vice President, Safety and Preparedness, EEI.

He said electric utilities spent $140 billion last year to modernize power grids and prepare for hazards, including EMPs.

“As simple as protecting power electronics or having spare equipment in case they are damaged by an electromagnetic pulse, then certainly working with our government partners to deter them,” Aaronson said.

Thomas said Washington needs to do more to make sure utility companies and other vulnerable industries protect us.

“I have to go out there and express my opinion to Washington and let them know how I feel,” Thomas said.

Pray said the federal government should require electric utilities to do more to prepare for EMPs.

He said Russia and China have hardened their power grids against the effects of EMPs.

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