Total electricity loss- Crisis planning for an EMP

Physical Preparations-where do we start? What do we prepare for? (the boogie man?)

This is a post I put up back in August of 2011, during the first month of the ministry. Because it had now become buried under two hundred posts, I thought I would give it some light. This topic has come up quite a bit recently. TH

Let’s consider an emergency scenario that is possible and if it happened would be very serious and possibly life threatening.  In other words, a scenario that we can be prepared for and anticipate the problems we may need to overcome. For the purpose of this scenario the crisis is not centered in Israel, but right here in the USA. The United States is “getting what it deserves” when a nation turns its face away from God.

How can we be prepared to protect our family and survive a horribly severe crisis? A crisis of such magnitude could be described as one of “the sorrows” of chapter 24 in the book of Matthew. Or it could be considered America receiving its well earned reward. The “wrath of God.”

Our Crisis Scenario: We loose all electrical power……..All of it!” Everyone, everywhere!

If we can prepare for this possible crisis, we will be able to survive most potential hardships. 

The purpose of this crisis assessment is to get us all thinking. How do we use the assets we have to be prepared for really hard times.  Praying always that they don’t happen of course. But are there very real dangers ahead of us?

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.         Proverbs 22:3

Let’s assume that our national D/C electrical power grid is disabled or destroyed for three weeks to three months or longer! If this happened, life as we know it would totally be changed. That means that we wouldn’t have any or much electricity for our homes, businesses, gas pumps, grocery stores, cell phones, the internet or any other public services. If this scenario happened there would be total chaos and life in this country would be changed dramatically for a very long time. The realities of life without lights, refrigeration, A/C or central heating or gasoline would be soul binding to most people.

It’s my understanding that even nuclear power plants would have to shut down without some sort of outside power source to start and operate them. (That’s one of the greatest ironies.)

Please don’t laugh or pass this idea off as silly or too extreme of an example. Of all the potential extreme national disasters that could threaten the USA. This may be the most likely, least talked about and simplest for an enemy of our country to accomplish. 

You’re thinking it couldn’t happen in America! Right? Not where I live! Right? Not in the year 2011, 2012 or 14! That is too ridiculous of an idea to even consider. Our electrical supply system in this country is one of the things we depend on the most and never worry about.

Well, unfortunately, it is a very real, potential threat and danger to all of us in America. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people within the electrical industry could verify this, I believe. Check it for yourself if you have any doubts.

I was made aware of this situation over twenty years ago. At a meeting within the insurance industry, a high up official with the National Energy Agency told a group I was a part of directly about it. He explained it in graphic detail. We were given first hand knowledge of this threat to the very core of our countries ability to survive. Please read this carefully. You won’t hear about it on Oprah or on any television news show. It’s too big a problem. It’s too scary. It’s too real. Non believers couldn’t handle it. This would be a problem of biblical proportions.

Do I have your attention? Please say a prayer for discernment then read on.

Our national D/C electrical power grid is not bullet proof. It has some glaring vulnerabilities. Some of which have even been in the news lately.

It as built with a centralized control system that controls the movement of electricity to where ever it is needed in our country. These are the great big power lines you see criss-crossing America. They provide the electricity that your local power company converts to A/C power and then delivers to your home, the street lights and the hospital, etc. It is the electrical power produced by a power plant. All power plants make D/C (direct current) electrical power. The grid enables power companies to transmit that power to where it is needed. Thus it enables power companies to be able to buy and sell or share electricity when one area of the country needs more and another has excess.

The problem is that they are all controlled out of one central control center or building, in one city in the USA. All the power that runs through our entire power grid is directed from this one location. That means that one terrorist attack to one single block in America, takes our whole power delivery system down. Sound crazy? I sure thought so when it was explained to us at a meeting with the National Energy Agency in about 1990. I was invited because of my firm’s consulting role with a major insurance company regarding national “alternative energy” issues. I was not prepared for what I was about to learn.

I and a few hundred other men and women attended a half day presentation, where an official with the National Energy Agency explained our national energy grid vulnerability problems. All in attendance were stunned. Our national grid had, in effect, been designed and the controls built backwards or with upside down thinking for today’s world. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it? All in attendance had a hard time absorbing what was being said. But they convinced us it was true. Our entire national grid system had been designed to distribute electricity inexpensively and fairly. It was not designed to withstand a terror attack or a catastrophe of biblical proportions. It was not designed to survive a terrorist attack or an act of war within our own shores. That had never, ever happened before. Why would it then. Our national electrical grid was built with a centralized control or distribution system.

Since then I have had a number of opportunities to inquire of industry scientists and experts as to whether or not this situation had been rectified. As recently as 2010 I was informed by an engineer with a major California power company that it hadn’t.  There were four or five websites operating until November or December of 1999 that explained the entire problem and contained a lot more information than I could possibly remember now.  For security reasons, the group was not told the address or state that this facility was located in.  Thank-you Jesus for keeping that vital security information from us!!

Our scenario will thus be based on a singular terrorist attack in the United States that shuts down the entire D/C electrical grid.

Try, for a moment, to get your mind around a life without electricity.

We should all be able to make a plan around and for this disaster scenario. It was explained that if that catastrophe happened, there would be MAJOR electrical supply problems in our country for six months to 2 years. That was back in 1990. Let’s assume that with the advancement of computers, that the down time has been shortened to three weeks to three months. Let’s pray this is not too optimistic!

Once again, our emergency planning hypothetical scenario is that we all loose ALL or most of our electrical power for three weeks to three months or more!

The times will test us. It will test our faith and our ability to help each other. Those with the means are encourages to plan for such possibilities now.

Are You Saved? Are you sure?  Please, please make sure! There is only one way to know and be assured.   Ask Jesus!

Rom 8:16  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.

When we ask the Lord, in Jesus Christ’s name, He assures us with His peace and understanding. If for any reason you question your salvation, go to a quiet place, alone, and talk to Jesus. Repent of your sins and commit your life to Him.  Mean it and it’s a done deal. Guaranteed! He is faithful! He always listens and always responds!

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Pastor Thomas

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2 Responses to Total electricity loss- Crisis planning for an EMP

  1. ministry says:

    They could take down our energy grid without ever firing a shot.
    Take a look at this news report, just received.

    Oct. 18, 2011
    A new computer virus using “nearly identical” parts of the cyber superweapon Stuxnet has been detected on computer systems in Europe and is believed to be a precursor to a new Stuxnet-like attack, a major U.S.-based cyber security company said today.

    Stuxnet was a highly sophisticated computer worm that was discovered last year and was thought to have successfully targeted and disrupted systems at a nuclear enrichment plant in Iran. At the time, U.S. officials said the worm’s unprecedented complexity and potential ability to physically sabotage industrial control systems — which run everything from water plants to the power grid in the U.S. and in many countries around the world — marked a new era in cyber warfare.

    Though no group claimed responsibility for the Stuxnet worm, several cyber security experts have said it is likely a nation-state created it and that the U.S. and Israel were on a short list of possible culprits.

    READ: Could Cyber Superweapon Be Turned on the U.S.?

    Whoever it was, the same group may be at it again, researchers said, as the authors of the new virus apparently had access to original Stuxnet code that was never made public.

    The new threat, discovered by a Europe-based research lab and dubbed “Duqu”, is not designed to physically affect industrial systems like Stuxnet was, but apparently is only used to gather information on potential targets that could be helpful in a future cyber attack, cyber security giant Symantec said in a report today.

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    Researchers claim a new virus, dubbed “Duqu”, could be the first step in a new Stuxnet-like cyber attack.”Duqu shares a great deal of code with Stuxnet; however, the payload is completely different,” Symantec said in a blog post.

    READ: Beware the Cyber War Boomerang?

    Duqu is designed to record key strokes and gather other system information at companies in the industrial control system field and then send that information back to whomever planted the bug, Symantec said.

    If successful, the information gleaned from those companies through Duqu could be used in a future attack on any industrial control system in the world where the companies’ products are used — from a power plant in Europe to an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

    “Right now it’s in the reconnaissance stage, you could say,” Symantec Senior Director for Security Technology and Response, Gerry Egan, told ABC News. “[But] there’s a clear indication an attack is being planned.”

    Duqu is also not designed to spread on its own, so researchers believe its targets were the computer systems it had already infiltrated, Egan said.

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team issued an alert today to “critical infrastructure owners and operators” on Duqu, urging them to take steps to secure their systems.

    “The extent of the threat posed by [Duqu] is currently being evaluated,” the alert says.

    Another cyber security company, F-Secure Security Labs, also examined Duqu and said on its website that parts of its code were so similar to Stuxnet that its virus-detection system believed it was dealing with the same virus over again.

    A representative for Symantec said they were made aware of the new threat after the unnamed European research lab forwarded them a sample of the code along with their analysis comparing it with Stuxnet, which Symantec then confirmed. McAfee Labs, another cyber security power player, said they too had been given a sample of the Duqu code for analysis.

    “One thing for sure is the Stuxnet team is still active…” McAfee said on its website.

    READ: Symantec’s ‘W32.Duqu, the Precursor to the Next Stuxnet’ (PDF)

    More from ABC News

  2. ministry says:

    Please don’t blow this possibility off. The United States is very vulnerable to this possible disaster. We live in an age where the seemingly ridiculous may become the norm.

    SO WHERE CAN ONE START? Our suggestion is that you start with the priority items mentioned in other planning posts.

    Numbers ONE and TWO are the most important.
    1-A person cannot survive more than 3 days without drinking water.
    2-A person cannot survive more that 10-14 days without food.
    5-Alternative power
    6-The stores will be empty and closed, because of no electricity and no stock or employees. Get some supplies while they’re open.

    After number one, two, three and four are secured one should seriously take a look at how you are going to provide lights, power or fuel for cooking, etc.

    You’ll basically have three choices when it comes to alternative power.

    1-Buying and being able operate a full 110 watt backup power system. Like a 50 AMP gas electrical generator. Properly and safely installed and operated.

    2-Decide to downsize to a 12 AMP system. This could be accomplished with solar panels and batteries. It would also necessitate that you have appliances that will operate on 12 volt. The internet is full of websites that explain all the details on the best way to proceed with this strategy.

    3-Flashlights, candles and matches to light anything that will burn.
    I don’t recommend this alternative.

    The real point here is for you to think this through.

    Do you believe, like I do, that the covering of God is being removed from this country, along with most others?
    Do you believe, as I do, that God has finally had it with mans rebellion, pride and sinful ways?
    Do you believe, as I do, that we are living during the times of the Sorrows that the bible speaks about?

    If you do—start doing something—now!
    And remember questions number one, two and three, before you run off and start buying generators and gas cans. Please keep all this in perspective.

    We serve a good God. Jesus will help us provide……if we ask!

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