The Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) council’s second annual Earth Ex is coming Wednesday, August 22nd. You can submit an email address to get exercise notifications.
Our integrated world – and the “catch” that comes with it
In the modern world, everything we do depends on nationally and globally interconnected utility, infrastructure, resource and service networks. Together, they are much like our bodies – a fully integrated, interdependent organic system.
But there is a catch. Like our bodies, this integration – while critically important – brings with it a unique vulnerability. If any major piece fails, the whole system can collapse. Six “Black Sky” hazards represent particularly serious concerns for such vulnerabilities.
What can be done?
Sector by sector, nation by nation, leading government organizations and corporations are beginning to make investments and develop plans to build resilience against these “Black Sky” hazard scenarios. With EARTH EX, they are joining together to evaluate those plans.
But government organizations and corporations cannot do this alone. Resilience – at the level that will be needed for these extreme hazards – begins with individuals, with families and with neighborhoods.
The Individual and Family EARTH EX Experience
Individual and Family participants in EARTH EX will have an opportunity to experience the same full-scale video “injects” used by their corporate and government colleagues, as an introduction to a special, animated, interactive learning experience.
In the exercise, you will learn some of the most important preparatory steps you can take to prepare for extreme hazards:
To protect yourself and your family, and prepare to help your friends and neighbors to get through an unprecedented crisis.
Who is participating?
Professional sectors are participating in six categories:
- Utilities (electricity, water and communications providers)
- Government (all levels of government, law enforcement, finance and emergency responders)
- Non-profits (both local and international organizations)
- Health (health services of all kinds)
- Cyberworld (cyber response and forensics)
- Private sector providers (transportation, retail, factories, agriculture, finance, food and pharmaceuticals)
- And for the first time … individuals and families, adults and children
This evening Dennis Walters gave a talk on the threat of High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. For more information, you can visit his reference site at http://danaengineering.org.
Click here to download a pdf of the slides of a similar presentation that he gave earlier this year.
We hope to be able to post this evening’s slides soon.
The threat of a rogue nation or a well-funded and supported terrorist group detonating a small nuclear weapon at a high-altitude would have devastating consequences to the United States. The consequences threaten to cause the loss of millions of civilians who rely on the infrastructure to live in urban areas. In the aftermath of an attack, electrical and electronic component failures would potentially be wide-spread and long lasting. The initial response to this type of event is time critical to maintain civil order and begin the process of recovery.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, BUSINESS, AND COMMUNITY
Until local emergency plans are put into place and/or our infrastructure is hardened against these threats, the public remains unprotected and unprepared to deal with an existential threat that, at this time, has an unacceptably high probability of occurrence. The existing infrastructure allows us to live in densely populated areas that will not be able to meet minimum survival needs (Food, water and septic, medical). Experts estimate that up to 90% of the population in America would die if the electrical grid was out of service for a year. With adequate preparation, you can improve the survival of your family, business, and community by reducing the risk of a breakdown of social order. The first step at home is to assess your ability to adequately provide food and water for your family if there is extended power outage. The first step in your business and community is to identify and assess mission critical equipment that are needed to assure continuity of operations after an EMP attack.
And here is a link to a blog post with instructions on how to make simple faraday cages at home from foil and metal containers. In that post it says to use heavy duty aluminum foil. Mr. Walters said that in his testing regular aluminum foil actually made a better RF seal around items, but heavy duty foil can be used if you need more abrasion resistance. The blog post also does not mention using metal foil tape to seal your seams.