Originally Posted by orangello
Got a spare fleshlight buried in a copper-plated tackle box in the backyard, JIC.
Anyway, according to the government in a worst case scenario around 25% of small electronics (phones, laptops, microwaves etc) would be wiped out, around 40% of major parts of the grid would be damaged. It would take, in a worst case scenario, around 6 months to get everything back up and running. It would not be the end of all technology as we know it like scifi movies say it would be. It definately would not be awesome, but it wouldn't be the end either. People would still have acess to the things they needed they just might have to go somewhere to get them instead of to their laptop, or their microwave. People might have to get out more and pick stuff up as they need it instead of relying on their big freezer to store everything for a couple weeks at a time.
The biggest and worst part of an emp would definately be vehicles. Imagine if 50% (IIRC that was the percentage) of all vehicles went down. Aircraft, cars, motorcycles, boats, 18 wheelers, trains, ships, atvs, It would be a nightmare. food would be more scarce because shipping would be interupted.
Most of the disaster from an emp would be inflicted not by the emp, but by panic. I have no doubt that even though civilizations was still there, just in a crippled state, that people would go absolutely bat**** crazy. Which would result in much more chaos than the emp could ever dream of.
Many/most military and government equipment is hardened (resistant to emp) so the government wouldn't be very affected. Most big hubs for communications such as server bases and central points for the internet are hardened, so the information world would still be in good shape, though your computer may not work.
In the event of an emp, I would expect a week or so of civility followed by a few weeks of lawlessness and then the government would step in and pretty much martial law it up until everything was back and running properly.... I would say, in the case of an emp, prepare for a few months of rough times.