EMP or Electromagnetic Pulse is an extreme burst of energy that comes after detonation from a nuclear bomb. People often are not aware that devices can be damaged by EMP. Although a nuclear attack would be highly unlikely, there are still reasons why you might need to protect your devices from EMP. EMP has various sources including from lightning, electrostatic discharge, meteor EMP, coronal mass ejection, power line surge and from nuclear and non-nuclear EMP. In recent times, war analysts have concluded that if an foreign enemy would attack the US, they would likely target firsts its vital power lines and electronics. A single nuclear warhead that is detonated at high altitude would likely fry any electronic devices in a hundred mile radius. All device caught in the area of effect would get damaged from the erratic fluctuation of electric current. The United States being at war with another near pear rival is highly unlikely as of the moment but there is no telling what would happen right now since a lot of militaries have already developed ways to weaponize EMP.
If an EMP attack does happen, the US would likely suffer a lot of damage in terms of its vital systems including communications, electrical grid, air ports, train stations, appliances, vital medical devices, stop lights and industrial facilities. The Graham Commission was tasked about researching the vulnerabilities of the country from threats such as these. The commission had recommended that all vital electronic services should be safely protected and stored in EMP protected installations in order to remain functional if ever an nuclear and EMP attack does happen. They discovered that the existing infrastructure would likely crumble immediately and completely if an undesired event such as this would happen. The commission also discovered that the civilian population is terribly unprepared for this kind of disaster. There are still some ways you can do in order to protect your electronics from EMP attacks. Putting devices inside aluminum or copper containers are likely to prevent them from EMP damage. Having a galvanized metal trash coated with thick cardboard can also be a useful EMP shelter.
A unique way of protecting your electronics from an EMP and many more kinds of electrical interference is through the use of Faraday bags. Faraday containers were originally an idea of protecting vital electronics such as laptops, phones and tablet computers from the devastating effects of EMP. You might think that getting one would make you look paranoid but in fact, having such as bag in the event of an EMP calamity would make you become more prepared than everyone else. In this day and age, being prepared with EMP protection means you are one step ahead of everyone else.