Press Release: Consumers’ Research Releases Major White Paper on the Serious Threat EMPs Pose

Washington, DC, May 17, 2016 — Today, Consumers’ Research will release a comprehensive analysis of the threats posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) events and what is being done to protect against them. EMPs, which can be caused by a nuclear detonation or solar storms, can wipe out electrical grids and other critical infrastructure. Despite widespread recognition that an EMP event is inevitable, little has been done to guard against one.

The timely release of this paper coincides with Congressional hearings into the effectiveness of federal preparation for EMPs, the new Consumers’ Research white paper:

  • Analyzes the risks posed by EMPs caused by high-altitude nuclear detonations and solar superstorms;
  • Identifies the infrastructure systems most susceptible to EMP events, including electrical power, telecommunications, fuel/energy, and banking/finance;
  • Discusses the best mitigation strategies for government and private-sector stake holders;
  • Assesses the reasons behind the poor state of EMP preparedness and lack of federal action.

“EMP events, whether caused by a nuclear detonation or extreme solar activity, pose a very real threat to the security and well-being of Americans,” said Joe Colangelo, Executive Director of Consumers’ Research and former Naval officer. “This white paper educates the public about this under-studied subject, and offers suggestions to help ensure that the government and private sector work together to protect our electrical grids and critical infrastructure.”

Consumers’ Research, founded in 1929, is the nation’s oldest independent consumers’ organization. It seeks to increase the knowledge and understanding of issues, policies, products, and services of concern to consumers—and to promote the freedom to act on that knowledge and understanding. Its magazine, Consumers’ Research, is published quarterly. Visit for more information.


For an interview with Joe Colangelo or a copy of the new EMP white paper,                contact Chris Scalia:; 703-683-5004 (ext. 103)

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