Friday, September 27, 2013

The Grid Shut-Down Drill

You may have heard about a drill that will be conducted in North America on November 13 and 14. It's called GridEx2, and will take place in conjunction with Canada and Mexico, numerous power companies, and FEMA. This drill will simulate the failure of the multi-national power grid and its aftermath.

What isn't being made clear enough, apparently, is that this will be a table top exercise, meaning it's all a simulation. The grid itself will not actually be shut down. Aside from the fact it's a chilly time of year in much of North America, can you imagine the profits lost if big commerce and Wall Street were actually offline? Eeeek! We certainly can't have that! (Never mind about people without heat or light..)

The idea behind the exercise is to troubleshoot the cascading consequences of a massive grid failure, and the resulting inability of many people to access food and water, especially urban folks, and the resulting massive chaos, civil upheaval, etc. They also want to pinpoint specific areas of grid vulnerability to a cyber attack, or a massive solar eruption.

Unfortunately, it seems that some of the more unusual components needed for grid operation aren't even made in this country, which is a huge problem in terms of restoring power if the whole grid is down. Gee, thanks, Congress, for facilitating the off-shoring of most of our manufacturing! Talk about your unintended consequences.

Anyway, based on some of the sites I've looked at and the comments posted, it seems many people are unaware it will be a simulation. But some of the articles about the drill that have run in the media haven't been exactly clear, so I can understand the confusion.

Personally, I'm a little concerned about big "security" drills anyway. For some reason they always seem to coincide with actual mayhem. Like the air defense drills on 9/11/01. And the security drills in London that coincided with the subway bombings there. And the security drill supposedly taking place during the Boston Marathon.

So you'll understand when I say I might just be picking up some more solar lanterns and canned goods over the next month! Just in case the drill coincides with something else...       ;)

5 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Great post, Anna, and excellent advise.

Personally, I'm skeptical like you. "Drills" always seem to provide the cover when actual mayhem occurs, as you correctly pointed out. They certainly provide the targeted patsies who always are blamed. For the life of me (maybe a poor cliche, given the possibilities), I can't figure out who will take the fall, or how, in early November.

Any thoughts? Anyone?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

That's excellent "advice"...

Excuse me.

I have to tell you, this upcoming drill is really playing with my mind. Was the turning off of the power recently in Detroit, in order to "teach a lesson", a simulation of what's to be replicated on a regional or larger scale?

11:30 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I know what you mean. Even though they did the first one without incident in 2011, this time it "feels" different to me.

I've been thinking for a while now that the PTB are ready to pull some kind of false flag event, especially now that so many more people are waking up to how things really work - and how we're very expendable.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I agree. I'm afraid that it has that "feel".

Watching and waiting...

7:50 AM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

It's beginning to look more and more like the main difference between 21st century Obamanation and 1930s Germany is Germany put millions to work in their own country.

Other than that, things look amzingly similar.

When does Barry "annex" the "Sudetenland" areas of Northern Mexico to placate the Republicans?

8:43 AM  

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