How to Build an EMP Emergency Car Bag

C. Davis
By C. Davis June 11, 2015 11:51

How to Build an EMP Emergency Car Bag

The chance of getting your car stuck in the woods is much higher than an EMP strike. So you may think that it’s nonsense to have an EMP emergency kit in your car.

But think of it this way: if you are prepared for an EMP then you are prepared for anything.

When an EMP knocks out the power grid, our cars, our mobile phones, and any electronics… EVERYTHING will come to a halt! You’ll have to walk your way home no matter if your car got stuck 100 miles away, no matter if this happens when you are on a highway, in the dessert, on a cold stormy winter or on your way to work. Nobody will come for you. You’ll be totally on your own!

On your way home you may need to provide food, water, clothes, shelter, protection and aid for you and maybe your family. This is why I said that an EMP Emergency car bag will surely help in any emergency situation.

How to Build Your EMP Survival Car Bag

First things first, you need to think strategically when deciding what bag to use and what to put in it. Be sure to build it for your personal needs. There’s little sense in adding an asthma inhaler if you don’t have asthma. But if you do have, then it would be crazy not to throw one in your bag.

Here’s what you need to do by the numbers.

WMP Backpack1. The bag itself should be a backpack. The reason is you may have to leave your vehicle behind and set out on your own and backpacks are simply the easiest and most efficient way to tote your gear.

2. Footwear. This is one people always forget. If you live in a hot state and wear flip flops all the time take a pair of tennis shoes or cross training shoe boots. Hiking cross country with snakes, rocks or cactus will be challenging in flip flops. If you live in a four seasons state take a good pair of boots. If you’re driving in dress shoes or tennis shoes and have to deal with mud or wet, slushy, ice cold snow you’ll be glad you did.

Tip: Tie the footwear to the side of the pack with the laces, a zip tie or use a carabiner to secure them to the side. This way they don’t take up valuable pack space but stay with the pack. If you do leave your car you’ll be putting them on your feet so you won’t be carrying them anyway.

Sub Tip: Be sure your footwear is well broken in. Blisters while survival hiking can be problematic at best. Also, take 2 pair of socks. Keeping your feet fresh and dry is essential to your success.

EMP Survival Sleeping Bag3. A Mylar Survival Sleeping Bag to act as a survival blanket and as a Faraday Cage. If you’re freezing and going into hypothermia you’re not much good at other survival tasks. If you’re in the desert they will keep the sun off of you. Either way, a Mylar survival blanket is a must have no matter if you are on your own on COLD OR HOT weather.

Tip: Use your Mylar Sleeping bag to act as a Faraday Cage. Simply place all electronics listed bellow in the sleeping bag and sealed it. Then test it and see if it works. If it doesn’t, then put it in thee trunk and test it there. The trunk offers some protection itself.

Don’t know how to test your Faraday Cage? Read this article. (and comments)

4. A small Faraday Cage with electronics to replace the fried ones and to get your car back on the track… or electronics to get in touch with people.

Don’t be so enthusiastic about the fact that you can repair your car. Most streets will be blocked with useless cars… just like huge, long traffic jams. But the parts can be really useful if you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere.

There isn’t a general rule for the parts you need to replace. Every car has its different mechanism. But most cars will need a new PCM (Power Control Module), an Anti-lock braking system, Fuel Electronic Injection and the Electronic Ignition.

Second, you may add a small radio, an old (charged) mobile phone (one you don’t use anymore) and a solar battery charger if you want. The mobile phone won’t help you as much as you think, but the small radio (especially a HAM Radio) will probably be the only communication available after the EMP.

Also add a small hand crank powered flashlight. Don’t rely on battery powered flashlights. They’re heavier and when the batteries die you’re done.

Here are 10 easy to build Faraday Cages of different sizes. See what would fit best in your BOB or in your trunk.

Tip: People with diabetes should also store in their Faraday cage a small glucose tester.

Sub Tip: Instead of a solar battery charger you can take a Hand-Cranked Charger which is cheaper.

5. Water is essential. Keeping a gallon water jug in your car is a great idea for your emergencies plus vehicle overheating issues and more. But what happens when that water runs out? You can go with little or no food, but water is a different story. Keep the tools to make a sunshine still in your pack because even in the desert as long as you have sunshine you’ll have some water. Of course you’ll have to dig a lot deeper.

You may think: if I’m walking how can I use the still? Well if you are in the desert (where you really need water) it is best to walk in the mornings and the evenings. In the afternoons seek for shade and set the still to produce some water for you:

Sunshine Still EMPHere are the tools and how to build it. Keep a 3 foot square piece of visqueen type plastic sheeting and a cup with a broad base on it that won’t fall over easily. You can keep a folding shovel or dig your still holes with a stick or your hands.

Find a spot with soft ground and all day sunlight. dig a hole no more than a foot and a half wide. Keep digging in depth until you feel the earth is cold and moist. Place the cup in the exact center of the bottom of the hole firmly so it doesn’t tip over. Lay the plastic sheet over the hole and hold it down on all 4 sides with rocks or whatever you have. Place a small stone or object in the very center of the sheet above the whole. This will make a depression in the center of the sheet. The sun will create a sauna in the covered whole. The vapor will rise, collect on the plastic, run down to the depression and drip into your cup. The water is pure because it was steam before it dripped into your cup, so no worries there.

This still will work in nearly any environment and will also work on a boat in the ocean. Use a pan or bucket for the hole you would have dug and put a little sea water in the bottom. Place your cup and cover as you learned above. The steam is 100% fresh water that has been completely desalinated. You can survive at sea for long periods with this.

Related: H2O Dynamo – The Water Generator (Video)

Here’s Your Check List Of Items To Be Sure Are In Your EMP Survival Car Pack

6. A compass and a map. The compass is a no brainer and the map will keep you oriented, let you know what’s ahead and how far you have to go. You can’t count on the GPS… unless you have one in your Faraday Cage. And even so… some satellites will be fried from a Solar EMP or even a nuclear one.

7. A water filtration straw. This is a great device that will let you drink from many water sources that you may find on your way home.

8. A decent knife. Why? Well, only about 2,000 reasons.

9. A length of rope. Again 2,000 plus reasons.

10. A fishing hook and fishing line. If near water the reason is obvious. If in the desert catch one of the pesky bugs that’s been annoying you. Then put it on the hook. Place it in spots where you would go if you were a lizard. Trust me, if you’re hungry enough lizard looks like fillet mignon. Fishing line also makes great string, repair or suture material. Related: How to Prepare for The Coming Food Crisis

11. A first aid kit including drugs. Because survival can be dangerous and because there won’t be any ambulances to come and get you.

Be sure to take into consideration your personal needs! Think about what your main medical issues are… like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, Cardiac failure, Arthritis and so on. These issues should become top priority for you!

12. Matches and a steel striker fire starter. The striker is in case the matches get wet or fail. Also having one of those small bricks of fire starter material is not a bad idea either.

13. A Leatherman type of all purpose tool. With all the gadgets these things have on them they can come in real handy.

14. A whistle. If you know help is near a whistle can be heard a lot farther than you voice which may crack from all the yelling anyway. Also useful for scaring bears.

15. A Sturdy folding shovel. Keep one side sharp and you have a shovel, an axe, a hammer and a frying pan of sorts. It’s a great all purpose tool that you’ll be glad you have in your pack.

16. Food. Pack an assortment of dried foods. You can buy them all over the place online. Make sure to get the ones with the most nutrition. Don’t get the deserts and junk. Sugar will make you weak and weaken your immune system. You can treat yourself when you get back home.

Tip: Bring a fiber drink that you can mix with water. Many survival foods can be a little constipating. Hiking out of a problem constipated is no fun.

17. Minerals and Vitamins. Did you know that you can develop malnutrition if you lack a single vitamin in your diet? Plus I’m sure it will boost your energy, speed and concentration. They only take a small space.

18. Toilet paper. Its main use is obvious. But one sheet can start a fire from a spark. Place it under some super dry tinder, light it and voila, you have fire.

20. Some cash. Although I’m pretty sure you won’t need it in case of an EMP. You can obtain almost anything if you let people make a phone call from your phone. That will be your best thing to barter with, without actually loosing anything (if you have a manual or solar charger of course). But cash will help in other events. And I’m sure nobody make a kit only for EMP’s.

The Biggest Tip

The biggest survival pack tip I can possibly give you is: if you don’t have one built, DO IT NOW. We never know what tomorrow might bring. And telling your loved ones who are scared or bleeding that you were going to build your pack but never got around to it won’t comfort them much. Do it today, so tomorrow you can be glad you did.

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  1. eternalvitality June 15, 08:10

    Great knowledge, but too much for me….as I only live 2 miles from work….really don’t need a bag at all

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  2. Corsica June 15, 13:45

    20. An EMP powerful enough to take down your car, would also take down cell towers…

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  3. Wryter June 16, 16:57

    I love your informative articles but wish your links to other related content didn’t all end up with those interminable, boring, off-putting Clickbank videos where they talk for freaking ever without getting to the point. Far better, as far as I’m concerned, would be a link to other articles I can read for myself. If I wish to buy something I will but I won’t listen to endless drivel.

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    • left coast chuck March 8, 04:48

      Amen to that, Brother. I immediately leave the page when the voice over comes on. The nuns spent a lot of time and effort teaching me how to read. I don’t like wasting all their hard work listening to drivel. Plus I can read through way faster, (Thank you Sister Mary Joseph) than it takes to listen to the voice over.

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    • Jimbo March 11, 06:08


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    • ch February 3, 22:54

      So right. What a crock of lost time, really. Lesson learned about those click bait links!

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  4. C.N. September 9, 07:30

    all good points!

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  5. Patricia September 25, 20:21

    All of the information was great. All of the resources can be used at home in any type of emergency or disaster.
    Thank you and keep sharing,

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  6. amh March 1, 00:53

    As another Wryter commented on the talking videos…I agree. They take TOO LONG JUST TO SELL SOMETHING. I would rather read and decide if I want to purchase a downloadable book. I would rather pay extra for a real book.

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    • left coast chuck March 8, 04:50

      Same here. I would pay more for a hard copy than some poorly written download which is generally loaded with excess verbiage to make you think you have gotten something of value. Fifty pages usually condenses down to 25 pages of real information. Still more than I want to print out myself.

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    • JoAnn September 17, 00:20

      I would pay extra for a real book also. You will have light during the day, so you can look stuff up in the book, and you can carry it with you. Your electricity isn’t going to be on so you can’t leisurely sit back and read what you want in the evening. A book just makes WAY more sense. I don’t have a printer either, so just a book would be the best thing.

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  7. left coast chuck March 8, 05:05

    I keep a light weight folding hand cart in my vehicle. It is a lot easier to carry a pack on a folding hand cart than it is to backpack that sucker. With two wheels, it can be dragged over pretty rough terrain and even if it gets to the point that you have to abandon it, if you have used it for several miles, you will be glad that you had it.

    The article doesn’t include any kind of firearm for self-defense. Unless you live in one of the really left wing states you can carry a firearm in a locked container in your vehicle for self defense and in my estimation, you should. I like a rifle but a pistol is easier to carry. Extra ammo too.

    Every survival kit and article talks about fishing. Have you ever spent all day trying various lures and baits at various depths and not even had a nibble? I would rather carry a couple of extra energy bars or emergency rations than waste valuable time fishing a lake that doesn’t produce.

    I have tried the solar still with both a hole in the ground in damp soil and with green vegetation in the hole to produce water. In my opinion that is a total waste of time. The amount of water produced will merely wet your lips. At most, after all day you will get abut a quarter of a cup full of water. That hardly meets the one gallon a day requirement for a body in motion. Carry multiple water treating methods and be creative in looking for water. Toilet tanks, cans of vegetables, cans of fruit especially, puddles, hot water tanks (people who have switched to those new instant heaters are going to regret the switch if the SHTF.) even opening the highest water spigot and the lowest in a building will provide more water than the kind of solar still described in this article. Worst case, even water in the toilet bowl, after massive treatment is more water than a solar still. You just have to get over the mental picture. Boil it, chlorinate it, boil it some more. Gulp it down. Some cities are using recycled sewer water for household water. Just make sure you treat it, treat it, treat it.

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  8. Concerned in Las Vegas March 10, 19:06

    I agree with the other comments…I would rather have a hard copy than an eBook. After all how are we supposed to access all that info if out computers and phones are fried?

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  9. BonBlue March 16, 02:21

    Learn how to make, Soda Ash, i.e. Baking Soda.

    This will save you from, virus, bacteria, etc., but you cannot eat any sugar. You must make your body alkaline, & starve a cold.

    Mother Nature!

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  10. Izzy July 27, 14:28

    I would like to know where I can find the Mylar bag shown in #3. Ii looks a lot better than any I have seen so far.

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  11. et May 16, 00:07

    I agree with other comments on the videos. They start by saying that in 4 minutes, or five, or whatever, they will show you how to do something and then they go on for over thirty minutes and still you are waiting for them to tell you what they promised. I gave up on these videos, will close them as soon as they start talking.

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  12. suzie queue June 13, 16:39

    I agree with pulling a wheeled bag or small cart. I ran into a guy at a shopping center not long ago who pulled his wheeled luggage from NYC to Ohio and was just then worn out. He was ill at the same time. He wasn’t poor; and he was educated, but just walked away from his job and society and hit the road. He was at a Walmart super store so, I called the EMS to have him treated (they do that for free for “street” people in our small town) and bought him another new wheeled luggage bag and gave him my Gideon pocket Bible. He was on his way out West. I was really impressed that the bag he had, had last halfway across the country. Lot easier to pull than to pack.

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  13. Judy October 10, 16:21

    Do you always stay that close to your house or do you go on little trips for other reasons ? Going to doctors offices or some place for physical therapy or a hundren other things I can think of !

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