The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the release of a Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD).

Developing a strategy that lays out a clear vision, the Department of Homeland Security aims to protect critical infrastructure, prepare a response in the event of a EMP, and recover from potentially catastrophic electromagnetic incidents. 

DHS describes in their strategy the impact an EMP attack could have on the nations critical infrastructure that includes the electrical grid, communications equipment and transportation capabilities. 

The DHS urges continued efforts to continue and improve collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial decision-makers, sector-specific agencies, and private sector critical infrastructure owner-operators.

Outlined in the EMP Strategy, DHS has developed 3 main goals that they will strive to accomplish. 

New DHS Electromagnetic Incident Protection Strategy

Department of Homeland Security’s 3 Outline EMP Strategy Goals:

Goal 1: Improve Risk Awareness of Electromagnetic Threats and Hazards
Goal 2: Enhance Capabilities to Protect Critical Infrastructure
Goal 3: Promote Effective Electromagnetic-
Incident Response and Recovery Efforts