On August 23, there will be an Emergency All-Sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise called EarthEX2017, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, FEMA and the EIS Council. The exercise will include widespread power outages with no solution, critical decisions, assessments, actions and cross-sector coordination, with the final phase being a “Lessons Imagined” assessment and feedback.
The mission of EarthEx2017 is to “improve community resilience to large scale, long duration power outages through multi-sector exercises.”
Saber rattling from North Korea and the specter of cyber attacks from our enemies keep us anxious.
We also worry we are vulnerable to cyber attack in our homes and businesses, banks, hospitals and schools. Worry should turn us to action to protect and prepare to repair, restore and rebuild. Resiliency is not the latest buzzword; it’s an absolute necessity.
Last week, an annual summit took place hosted by Congresswoman Yvette Clark, D-NY, Congressman Trent Franks, R-Arizona, the Rt, Honorable Lord James Arbuthnot, Conservative and the Rt. Honorable Lord Toby Harris, Labour Party of the UK Parliament.
Participants from 24 nations included defense and security ministers and experts, scientists, engineers, non-government organizations like the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and National Governors Association. Also there were members of the U.S. military, National Guard Adjutant Generals, officials from Homeland Security, Department of Energy, FEMA, NOAA, and experts from the utility, distribution and supply sectors.
The Summit work was to learn about, discuss and plan for the inevitability of large scale catastrophe, referred to as the "Black Sky events" extreme weather, mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism, high altitude electromagnetic pulse, Intentional Electromagnetic Interference, and coordinated physical assault that “severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long periods of time.”
It’s not “if” but “when” a Black Sky event will occur. The time is now for each of us to do all we can to be resilient, to prevent — but also to prepare to restore and rebuild.
To that end, ask youself
1) How would me and my family generate electricity in a power outage "with no solution?"
2) Do I have an emergency electric generator?
3) Do I have fuel for it?
4) Do I have any Solar Panels and a battery system for emergency electric?
5) How would I survive without refrigerated food, lights, heat, perhaps even water?
6) Do I have emergency food stored-up in case I lose all my refrigerated food?
If you're like most people, these thoughts never occurred to you. And most people, in a power loss with no solution . . . will die.
Don't be like most people.
The government is planning. You should too.
Here are some sources that may be of value to you: