Occasionally I read an article or see a news report about the potential for a total electrical grid blackout due to a terrorist attack. I know as well as anyone that this is a possibility, but I have to admit that I don’t give it as much thought as I should.
At least I didn’t used to think much about it. But after learning about all the attempts to take down our grid that have already occurred and continue to occur daily – attacks that are seldom reported by mainstream media – I’m now thinking that it’s not a matter of if, but when.
One power company reports approximately 10,000 attempted cyber attacks per month. Many electrical utilities are reporting either daily or frequent cyber attacks, including probes on their networks that are searching for vulnerabilities. And, of course, there is also the very realistic threat of a physical attack on the power grid.
The vulnerability of our electrical grid is now fully documented, thanks to a declassified report from the National Research Council. Citing the grid’s old technology, lack of spare capacity and incapability of keeping pace with the increasing burden being placed upon it, the formerly secret report to the Department of Homeland Security states that a sophisticated assault against the grid could produce catastrophic results.
An attack could cause damage in excess of hundreds of billions of dollars and result in hundreds or thousands of deaths due to heat stress or extended exposure to extreme cold.
Our grid system is being called a “glass jaw” by industry experts, and everybody knows it, including the terrorists.
If the grid goes down, the supply chain for everyday necessities could be severely disrupted. This means that everything you count on being available at the stores you go to – from food and medicine to tools and hygiene products – might not be available when you need them.
The solution is obvious, at least for individuals. Get off the grid as much as you can, with solar panels, wind turbines, solar air heaters and solar water heaters. Then, at the very least, you’ll have the lighting, heat and air conditioning that you and your family require.