Information Sources

This page is currently divided into five sections: fairly good overview articles, official reports, videos, other short materials, and books. We recommend that you view only as much as you need, so as to be convinced of the problems. Otherwise you may become too overwhelmed to take action.  If you’d like even more technical information, visit SecureTheGrid.Com.

 

Fairly Good Overviews

U.S. power grid vulnerable, experts warn   (4/19/2014)

Emp Attacks — What the U.S. Must Do Now  (11/17/2010)

Nation’s aging electrical grid needs billions of dollars in investment, report says  (4/26/12)

 

Official Reports and Directives

2008  Congressional EMP Commission  [Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.]

2004 Congressiona EMP Commission  [Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack — Executive Summary.]

Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid  [U.S. Department of Energy, June 2012.]

Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat  February 2014  [Bipartisan Policy Center.]

Terrorism and the Electric Power Delivery System     [2012]  This report can be downloaded for free HERE. [It takes three quick steps to download, but you don’t have to give any personal information.]  National Research Council.

“IN THE DARK.” Military Planning for a Catastrophic Critical Infrastructure Event  [May 2011.]

Physical Grid Vulnerabilities   [February 2013]   NRC workshop on Grid Resiliency.  19 pages.

High-Impact, Low-Frequency Event Risk to the North American Bulk Power System  [2010]  Department of Energy and NERC. 120 page.

Risk Mitigation in the Electric Power Sector: Serious Attention Needed  [2012]  Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association Cyber Committee, 15 pages.

Physical Security of the U.S. Power Grid: High-Voltage Transformer Substations  (2014) (PDF)  Congressional Research Service

Presidential Policy Directive 8:  National Preparedness   [March 2011]  President Obama signed a directive to bolster the national preparedness system.

 

Videos

Rep. Trent Franks talks about the EMP threat   (10:50)  From 2011, this Congressman from Arizona gives a sobering presentation about the threat. Highly recommended!

EIS Council Summit    In this brief 4-minute video from 2013, thirteen authorities speak about the urgency of the problems. They touch on EMP and solar flares, and they summarize the multiple impacts.

National Geographic’s American Blackout.  This is an 88-minute fictional version of what would happen during a 10-day blackout of the entire grid, caused by cyber attack. This will probably stress many viewers. Hopefully it will spur you to prepare yourself for any major crisis.

EMP explained in 60 seconds.  There are some inaccuracies, but the video is mostly on target. For instance, only a Super-EMP weapon would fry almost all unprotected electronics. But a conventional nuclear weapon at high altitude would bring down the grid long-term. The final statement that we would end up in the stone age is wildly exaggerated — but unfortunately things would be very bad.

 

Other materials

Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of 2012   (7/23/14)  The odds of a huge solar storm hitting Earth in the next decade are 12%.  These are very troubling odds. If that was the odds of your house burning down, you’d get insurance and be prepared.

Disputes Dog Efforts to Protect Transmission Grid From ‘High-Impact, Low-Probability’ Threats  (8/26/2011)

Maine Leads the Nation in Dealing with EMP!  (6/14/2013)

What Was Done in Maine about the Threat of EMP and What Wasn’t Done  (2/19/2014)

Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered   (8/22/2013A)  An article about solar energy.

A new organization for cybersecurity across the electric grid  (4/13/2014)

 

Books

Apocalypse Unknown:  The Struggle to Protect America from an Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe, by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, 2013

A Nation Forsaken, by F. Michael Maloof, 2013.

 

Note: Those following the Steps who are convinced that this is an urgent problem, can go to the next step: Coping emotionally and maintaining momentum.

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