Some of you may be old enough to remember when the United States actually had a national civil defense program in place.
The Cuban missile crisis dating to the Kennedy presidency probably remains as the high water mark of the U.S. government involving the citizenry in preparedness and life-saving measures for protecting themselves against a nuclear disaster.To this day, I can still remember thinking about getting wiped off the map when I was a ten year old kid.Civil Defense 2.0 is a campaign to engage citizens at the community, state and national levels in dealing with the existential threat to the nation’s electrical grid by electromagnetic pulse (EMP). EMP is a sudden burst of electromagnetic energy occurring in the form of a radiated electric magnetic field or conducted electrical current caused by a detonating nuclear weapon or a massive, earth-directed solar storm (a coronal mass ejection by the sun).
The scientific community and military establishment including top-level governmental authorities has known about the EMP phenomenon for decades.
High-altitude nuclear detonations can result in an EMP that may cause widespread disruption to electronic equipment and networks. An EMP may cause temporary system disruptions or permanent physical damage and may result in fires, electric shocks, and critical service outages. The failure and long term blackout of the critical electric infrastructure would endanger the lives of many millions of our citizens nation-wide.
Quite simply, our cities and towns are unprepared and ill-equipped to cope with an EMP catastrophe. Because our communities are vulnerable, our own survival would be at risk.
Given the current state of U.S. unpreparedness of an EMP event, the Congressional EMP Commission estimates that within 12 months of an EMP event, two-thirds of the U.S. population would likely perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown” (1.)
As the facts below become more universally known to enough policymakers, legislators and activist citizens (as is now occurring), the vulnerability of the national grid to EMP should raise an alarm to the informed public.
- FACT: The electric grid is extremely vulnerable to a variety of natural and man-made threats.
- FACT: A long-term loss of the electric grid would be catastrophic for the U.S. population
- FACT: A danger of this magnitude is a national security concern. (and should be a national priority)
A Civil Defense Resolution from Congress?
If you are willing to do the research, you will discover as I have, that the technology for fixing the EMP vulnerability of the electric grid already exists. It’s not a simple problem of replacing or upgrading infrastructure equipment.
As is true of just about everything else in America, it really comes down to corporate, financial interests. “Follow the money” as they say. Hardening the grid against EMP is not in the short-term profit picture of the major power utility companies in the United States.
4. FACT: The electric companies have been lobbying against regulation for years.Continue at top
Government regulatory authority would have to be enacted by Congress to create provisions that would incentivize, compensate and ultimately force both private and public utilities to make the necessary investments for protecting their portion of the national power grid.
5.FACT: (On its own), the electric power industry has failed to address the vulnerabilities of the electric grid.
6.FACT: The electric companies have bought political influence with substantial campaign contributions to strategic members of Congress.
7.FACT: Congress (both Houses) has still not passed legislation to protect the grid. (as of Jan. 2015)
Self-regulation by the power companies has NOT done the job! It’s going to take Congressional action and Federal mandates to create the (monetary inducements) and bureaucratic conditions necessary to move the industry-wide, grid-retrofit process forward.
The National Framework Flaw in our Emergency Management System
FEMA and DHS National Planning Scenarios are designed to bring in outside resources if the scope of the emergency exceeds/overwhelms local supplies/capabilities. An EMP catastrophe would impact the entire nation, or at-least vast regions, all-at-once. There would be no spare capacity or reserves available. Where are the outside resources going to come from?
If an EMP calamity strikes at this magnitude, and if the grid goes down for a long period of time, federal and state aid will not be coming any time soon to the tens of thousands of cities and towns across America. In the current framework of our emergency management system, agencies do not even drill for such a scenario (the purpose of the CIPA Act).
This leads to the inescapable concluding facts…
8.FACT: The federal and state governments are unprepared for a national scale loss of the electric grid.
9.FACT: In a national scale power outage, local governments (towns and cities) will be on their own for a long period of time.(2.)
Oh and by the way. Do you think that there just might be some terrorist enemies that add the calculus of these same facts to their planning scenarios?
So while Washington wrangles over this strategic and critical national security issue, local communities need to be aware of this very plausible scenario that puts our nation’s grid at grave risk of a long term blackout.
I agree with Michael Mabee, the author of the book featured below when he states:
We need legislation to protect the grid, but we also need our communities to be prepared, self-reliant and resilient”.
Now is the time to revitalize and strengthen our shared resolve to build resilient families and form resilient communities. A really big question arises: How do we do this in the face of already-established, business-as-usual, systems that people have come to accept as “the way” things are done here in America? Get notices of new posts HERE.
Civil Defense 2.0 — Coming to a town near you?
(1.) Electric Armageddon by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
(2.) Numbered Facts copied from Michael Mabee’s blog page