A complete shutdown of all media and electronics, in my opinion, is a good thing. We will have some quiet time to look into our spirituality and begin to grow food in our own backyard and not depend on large industries. We will begin to work together with our local neighbors to create a new, sustainable system using new, clean and improved technology. Entrepreneurs will rush out and sell new electronic goods, including backup copies of books they've scanned as long as long as somebody doesn't tax them heavily. If you cry out for government aids then the taxes will be raised on entrepreneurs. They will not rush out and sell new electronic goods if they have too much restrictions. If a solar flare or an EMP strikes, this event will be a great adventure as long as we are free to create.
To protect your essentials such as ham radios, your ebooks, or sd cards is to put them in a zip lock bag. Wrap aluminum foil all around them then put it inside another zip lock bag. They must be airtight. This is what some low budget electronic sellers do. Others use commercial grade shielded bags. They are always ready to sell goods to you. For those that fear then end is near, just think that you can prevent this, able to solve it quickly or that the solar flares can't harm your body, then your fears will go away. Even if some older folks who can't cope, because of the lack of modern conveniences, they will just have to think positive. Satellites aren't immune from solar flares because of its location but the fiber optics Internet might be up and running within days in critical business infrastructures. I'd lived all my life without satellite services and I'm still doing good.
For those who don't believe the solar flares are coming check out Michio Kaku on Youtube.
The planetary alignment predicted by the Mayan calender could cause a major flare, cause by planetary gravitation, around 2012, right in the middle of the Olympic games event. The magnetic pole shift could also allow radiation to enter our atmosphere. Scientist have shown that a magnetic pole shift is a something of a greater possibility then we expect. I think this could happen during the planetary alignment, who knows. This is an an exciting time I want to live long enough to see, so I'm eating healthy, less meat products. I was not around when the most powerful solar storm
in recorded history last happen in 1859.