An electrical grid joint drill simulation is being planned in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The EMP Commission, created by Congress, released a report in 2008 calling for increased planning and testing, and a stockpiling of needed repair items.
The SHIELD Act, which is stalled in Congress, is the first serious piece of legislation in many years to attempt to address the vulnerabilities of the power grid in. The disaster drill is being described as a crisis practice unlike anything the real power grid has ever experienced. American utility companies are responsible for running approximately 5,800 power plants and about 450,000 high-voltage transmission lines, controlled by various devices which have been put into place over the past decades.
The Times said experts call the power grid the nation’s “glass jaw.” Even the military gets 99 percent of its power the same way everyday citizens get it – from commercially run companies. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Curt Hebert stated that if the nation fails at electricity, “we’re going to fail miserably” at everything else.
Hebert also noted that during prior power grid drills, the scenario assumed the system would be up and running again relatively quickly after an attack.


If the power grid fails, a lack of electricity and food delivery are only the first wave of troubles facing the American people.
A 2012 report by the National Academy of Science said terrorists could cripple the nation by damaging or destroying hard-to-replace components, some of which aren’t even made in the United States. Details Join our daily newsletter for breaking news, special articles, personal messages from Alex, exclusive store deals, and more. Thousands of utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses are involved in the November power grid drill.
The antiquated electrical system in the United States has been one of the most neglected pieces of integral infrastructure. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, a recent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report gave the power grid a “D+” when grading various pieces of infrastructure and public services in the United States.
Some of the utility companies which oversee the power grid reportedly use “antique computer protocols” which are “probably” safe from cyber hackers,” The New York Times reported.
13-14 will focus primarily on how governments will react if the electrical grid fails and, for instance, the food supply chain collapses.


Of course, there also would not be any electric heating or cooling, which easily could lead to many deaths depending on the season. James Woolsey and others began pressuring legislatures in the states to force private sector utility companies to protect electrical infrastructure against the catastrophic effect of an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse.
The assumption is that North Korea or rogue elements within government will stage an EMP, take out the power grid, and plunge civilization into the dark ages.Former Congressman Newt Gingrich wrote a novel published in 2009 about an EMP attack.
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