EMP Attack Response

Do you have a Local or Community EMERGENCY PLAN to Mitigate the Effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) Event?

Dana Engineering can support local emergency preparedness planning by conducting proactive assessments of critical infrastructure which may be heavily damaged by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) or a solar Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) events.  

 The effects of an EMP Attack would be catastrophic

An EMP attack could instantaneously disable most electronic devices (computer systems, control systems, financial systems, transportation systems and other public health and safety critical infrastructure) as well as major components of the electrical infrastructure, which is the lifeline of every sector of our society.  At this time our cities and communities are NOT prepared with adequate emergency planning and backup infrastructure required to prevent societal chaos and massive loss of life.

 James Woolsey, a former CIA Director, has warned that per the reference below: ‘Two-Thirds Of US Population’ Would Die From EMP Attack, September 27, 2014.  This is based on the fact that our food and water supplies, communications, banking, hospitals, law enforcement, etc., all depend on the electric grid.


The following are quotes from, Mr. Robin Manning, Vice President, Transmission, Electric Power Research Institute, June 12, 2016, Testimony to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy:

 EMP refers to a very intense pulse of electromagnetic energy, typically caused by detonation of

a nuclear or other high-energy explosive device. High-altitude EMP (HEMP) is a nuclear

warhead detonated hundreds of kilometers above the Earth’s surface to produce more

widespread effects (areas affected can be hundreds of kilometers in diameter). It is generally

accepted that a HEMP will require a high-altitude delivery device (e.g., a missile) which will

require a high level of sophistication and logistics. As a result, the HEMP threat is most often

associated with potential attacks from nation-states.

EMP events are intentional, man-made attacks of electromagnetic energy specifically for the purpose of disrupting and/or damaging electrical/electronic systems….

EMPs can occur with little or no warning . . . most operational strategies are inapplicable. Therefore, response to the EMP threat generally comes in the form of hardening assets ahead of time to reduce initial damage, reducing the duration of the interruption, and providing workable routes to recovery. 

 Individual grid components are inherently vulnerable to these threats because the severity is generally greater than the design basis for the system. Today’s power systems are operating in an increasingly complex electromagnetic environment in which large current and voltage components, sensitive electronics, digital signals, and analog waveforms coexist and interact.”

The probability of an EMP attack should not be ignored

Iran has stated a desire to attack the United States using an EMP device to destroy the electrical infrastructure of the nation.   Until recently these threats were inconsequential because Iran did not have the ability to produce a nuclear weapon or the ballistic missile needed to position the EMP devices approximately 200 to 300 miles up in the magnetosphere.

Hardening the grid helps but what happens in the mean time?

The electric power Industry and the federal government are studying ways to protect the infrastructure from an EMP attack.  At present, physical changes generally have not been installed by power producers or the federal distribution agencies like Bonneville Power.   See the following article for the current status:  https://www.energy.gov/oe/articles/understanding-risks-associated-electromagnetic-pulses

It is incumbent on all of us to protect our families and community

 Until local emergency plans are put into place and/or our infrastructure is hardened against these threats, the public remains unprotected and unprepared to deal with an existential threat that has an unacceptably high probability of occurrence. James Woolsley describes the potential consequences of an EMP attack as follows:

 “Our food and water supplies, communications, banking, hospitals, law enforcement, etc., all depend on the electric grid. Yet until recently little attention has been paid to the ease of generating EMPs by detonating a nuclear weapon in orbit above the U.S., and thus bringing our civilization to a cold, dark halt.” 

 “In October 2013, Rep. Franks and Rep. Pete Sessions (R., Texas) introduced the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. CIPA directs the Department of Homeland Security to adopt a new National Planning Scenario focused on federal, state and local emergency planning, training and resource allocation for survival and recovery from an EMP catastrophe. Yet this important legislation hasn’t come to a vote either.”

The Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, issued in April 2008, notes the following:

 “It also appears clear that greater awareness of the nature of an EMP attack and

knowledge of what prudent preparations might be undertaken to mitigate its consequences

would be desirable.”

The existing infrastructure allows us to live in densely populated areas that will not be able to meet minimum survival needs (Food, water and septic, medical).  Experts estimate that up to 90% of the population in America would die if the electrical grid was out of service for a year. With adequate preparation, your community can improve survival and help reduce the risk of a breakdown of social order because of a long- term loss of electrical power.  The first step is to assess existing infrastructure. 


Dana Engineering, Inc. provides infrastructure assessments which can provide the data needed for advanced critical emergency planning to respond to an EMP attack or CME event, including the following: 

 ·   Dana Engineering utilizes our engineers and inspectors to assess the critical infrastructure elements to determine to what extent they can be restored after an EMP attack or CME event, including:

o   Electrical Infrastructure

o   Community water supply

o   Community sewage treatment

o   Natural gas & other fuel resources

o   Agriculture and food production

o   Transportation

o   Communications

o   Medical

   Our subject matter experts review and provide information in Graphical Information System (GIS) formats and paper documents that identify the location and condition of critical resources, including:

o   Electrical Distribution Substation and Generating Plants

o   Water treatment plants and pumping stations

o   Sewage treatment plants and pumping stations

o   Natural gas lines and pumping stations

o   Major locations and numbers of livestock

o   Farms and crop locations

   A final report is prepared with community specific strategies for responding to an EMP attack or CME event to assure maximum survival, maintain the public trust and central authority, and to preserve civil order.  The report includes:

o   Recommendations for a strategy to protect resources and distribute food, water, and medical services

o   Identification of priority actions to maximize survival of the citizens

o   Specific actions to be taken:

§  Before the emergency

§  In the near-term immediately after the event (The first four weeks)

§  In the medium-term to recover and stabilize (The first three months)

§  In the long-term to reach sustainability (The first year)

Dana Engineering services include meeting with emergency planning staff to discuss the results of the assessment and identify action plan critical requirements to prepare the community to respond to the event.  Please contact us today.  We are here to help you prepare your community by taking the first steps to mitigate the disastrous effects of an EMP or CME event.

 Contact Dana Engineering, Inc.         dwalters@DanaEngineering.com      (509) 628-2024



 Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack    www.empcommission.org/reports.php

 Written Testimony, Hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy, United States Senate, Mr. Robin Manning Vice President, Transmission Electric Power Research Institute, July 12, 2016


 The Growing Threat from an EMP Attack(A nuclear device detonated above the U.S. could kill millions, and we've done almost nothing to prepare.) By R. James Woolsey And Peter Vincent Pry Aug. 12, 2014 7:14 p.m. ET


Former CIA Director Warns: ‘Two-Thirds Of US Population’ Would Die From EMP Attack, September 27, 2014