Attack on the Power Grid
February 26, 2014 | 5 comment(s)
“Almost everything we do in modern society relies on electricity.” So would you be able to survive without it?
Granger Morgan, quoted above, heads the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. After a 2013 attack on an electric grid near San Jose, CA nearly knocked out Silicon Valley’s power supply, Granger and other lawmakers and analysts were shocked that no one was doing more to prevent a repeat attack.
Many wonder if we’d be prepared to live without power considering how much we rely on power.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the 2013 attack, which Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (the facility’s owner) once downplayed as vandalism, is now being treated as a possible act of terrorism.
It would actually be fairly easy for a criminal group to knock out the power grid, according to a report issued in 2007 by the National Research Council committee (which was chaired by Morgan). If the power grid was knocked out, large regions of the U.S. could be denied “access to bulk power systems for weeks or even months,” leading to “turmoil, widespread public fear and an image of helplessness that would play directly into the hands of terrorists.”
Unfortunately, as the Los Angeles Times reports, not much has been done to protect the nation’s power system. Read their full article here.
Considering this vulnerability, it’s important to be prepared on an individual level for a power outage. Think about the following:
- What would you do to protect your perishable foods?
- How would you stay warm?
- How will you see in the dark each day?
Addressing these questions will get you off to a good start. To learn more about staying safe and powered up in an outage, check out our Insight Article, “Preparing for and responding to a power outage”.
Also take a look at some gear you can add to your emergency supplies. Adding even a few basics will make your time during a power outage or blackout more comfortable, and it will feel a little less like an emergency. These product categories are a great place to get started:
What do you think is the best thing you can do to prepare for a power outage?