EMP Threats and Disaster Preparedness

A lack of knowledge about and the complexity of EMPs contributes to the current failure to take preventative action, but clearly lawmakers must take action to prepare our infrastructure to handle an EMP. Given how high the stakes are, it is unconscionable that our electrical grid hasn’t been shored up against a potentially devastating threat. Surely protecting ourselves against a threat of such high magnitude is money well spent. After all, the cost of prevention is far lower than the consequences of inaction. Rather than discounting EMP as an idle threat, it’s high time for policymakers to acknowledge EMP and take actual steps towards preparedness. Congress should pass the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, and the departments of Homeland Security and Energy ought to swiftly carry out the EMP Commission’s recommendations.

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