Pointing out within his story that for years, the independent media has been warning about the vulnerability of the grid and what might happen here in America should it come crashing down, Knight also warns in his video that we've embedded at the bottom of this story that the long and short term implications of the severity of this threat is something that we should have prepared for long ago: "No trains, no planes, no food, no sanitation, no phones, no money…just darkness!"
But as Forbes reported in this July 3rd story, rather than 'going forward' to 'secure the grid' with new technologies, the US government's surprising move to secure our electrical systems will be using 'retro technologies' to do so.:
Rather than bringing in new technology and skills, it will use analog and manual technology to isolate the grid's most important control systems. This, the government says, will limit the reach of a catastrophic outage.
"This approach seeks to thwart even the most sophisticated cyber-adversaries who, if they are intent on accessing the grid, would have to actually physically touch the equipment, thereby making cyberattacks much more difficult," said a press release as the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act (SEIA), passed the Senate floor.
And while our hats go off for the moves finally being made with Senators Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) leading the charge, the Bill still has to be passed by the House of Representatives before being implemented and even if that happens, a two-year pilot program which will be used to study and implement the program leaves plenty of time now for those who want to do America damage via hacking our grids to do so.
As The Hill had reported back in May of 2016 in this story titled "Why A Power Grid Attack Is A Nightmare Scenario", America being a 'civil society' completely depends upon this: electricity. Turn the power off for any extended period of time, America will nearly immediately devolve into total chaos. “In order to restore civilized society, the power has got to be back on,” said Scott Aaronson, who oversees the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC), an industry-government emergency response program.
Warning within their story: Stores are closed. Cell service is failing. Broadband Internet is gone. Hospitals are operating on generators, but rapidly running out of fuel. Garbage is rotting in the streets, and clean water is scarce as people boil water stored in bathtubs to stop the spread of bacteria. And escape? There is none, because planes can’t fly, trains can’t run, and gas stations can’t pump fuel. This is the “nightmare scenario” that lawmakers have been warning you about.
A massive electrical grid blackout in South America just a few weeks ago cast tens of millions into darkness in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay and while the 'chain of events' that caused the massive disruption was blamed upon a transmission point between two power stations that was getting too much power, causing a grand overload, Argentina's Energy Secretary issued these vague words of wishful thinking: "There is zero chance that this will repeat itself. It CAN'T repeat itself". But in this day and age of mass internet hacking, it surely can.
And according to this July 4th story over at The Verge, internet outages across America and around the world are getting much more serious and while it's been fun for some to joke about facebook, instagram and other big tech outlets going down, with the world totally interconnected in 2019, these outages have very real world effects.
In just one month in a grid-down scenario, services, supplies, and necessities will be so severe that your neighbor would kill you for food, and law enforcement will be so understaffed that they won’t be there to help. You might think this is the stuff of movies, but it is very possible, and in a very real grid-down scenario, society as we know it would stop to function.
Every single process that is run on the electric grid would come to a sudden halt. Much of what we need to survive, such as the things we eat, what we drink, and many of the comforts we have, are automated. Without a stable electric grid, they would cease.
And it’s not as if someone can just fix a power unit, or flick a switch and the grid comes back on. If crucial components of our power grid go, they need to be made again. But how can you make and repair a grid without electricity? It would be like trying to replace a lightbulb in your living room without light bulbs.
As the Prepping Guide story also reports, preparing for a long term grid down scenario is not easy with so much having to be taken into account, especially being able to survive without the modern technologies of today. The final video at the bottom of this story takes a look at group survival in a long-term grid down scenario.
In fact, you will find it would be much easier to prep for a storm or natural disaster. These events are temporary in how long they last.
One week into a grid-down scenario and you are likely to see poverty, starvation, lawlessness and a societal collapse. Preparing for this type of event doesn’t involve just having a simple food supply and a bug out bag. It requires knowing how to live without technology, and power, and develop sustainable methods of harvesting water, and providing food.
In this worst-case prepper scenario, your best method of survival is to work with a community of like-minded individuals that are able to share the workload of food growing, water collection, security, and rebuilding a society.
In this June 29th story over at Common Sense Home titled "When the Power Grid Fails – 12 Things You Need to Prepare" they drop some stunning numbers: "About once every four days, part of the nation's power grid — a system whose failure could leave millions in the dark — is struck by a cyber or physical attack.” Warning that without a plan in place, most of us would be in bad shape with an extended grid outage, experts have warned that a long-term outage that lasted for a year or more could leave 90% of Americans dead due largely to civil unrest, famine and mass starvation.
As the Common Sense Home story reports, the 12 things that we need to prepare for should the grid go down long term should be: Lighting, Batteries, Water, Toilet, Garbage, Back-up Power, Off Grid Cooking Supplies, Food, Heating and Cooling, Communications, First Aid Supplies and 'Everything Else' which includes money, supplies and protection.
So we've gone ahead and put together a list of many different items that can be purchased right now that could help you and your family make it through a 'grid down scenario' and while our list certainly isn't exhaustive, we welcome you to please share any prepping product link that you think might help others in our comment section below.
And for those who may not yet be preparing, not quite understanding the wisdom of having extra long term survival food, it's easy to sum up: While you may not need that food now, won't it come in handy during the next snowstorm that makes the roads impossible to navigate or the next hurricane or the next grid down scenario? So why is the US Senate finally after all of these years ordering the US to prepare to protect the electrical grid? For 300+ million Americans, a long-term grid down scenario will almost certainly lead to massive loss of life as America retuns to an infrastructure built to support far fewer people and our return to the dark ages.
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