EMP and North Korea, and Power Grid Failure

The electric grid would experience total failure from an EMP attack, with well over 30,000 amp surges destroying the high voltage transmission lines and the transformers and switching stations.  Repairs would not be possible in our lifetimes.

If the Pentagon is scrambling to protect America’s power grid amid fears of attack by North Korea, we certainly don’t know about it.  As far as we can see, NOTHING is being done by our government to prepare. Former CIA Director James Woolsey:

“According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year – killing nine of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.”

President Trump is facing this threat head-on and he is not backing down. He told Reuters,

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.”

North Korea realizes they can’t beat us with brute military force on the conventional battlefield. We are way too strong for that.

However we do have a weakness that North Korea or other foreign terrorists can use against us…

Our crumbling electric grid

Former CIA official Dr. Peter Pry warns,

“There is an imminent threat… to the national electric grid and not just to a single U.S. city.”

If our electric grid fails, it will be like watching America have a heart attack right before your eyes. Because when the heart stops pumping… everything shuts down and the patient flat lines.

Our enemies could cripple our great country in a matter of minutes, without having to fire a single bullet. They could just sit back and watch as we self-destruct through looting, rioting, starvation, pandemics and worse.

It’s a frightening idea, but worst of all…

It may already be happening.

On April 21, three major U.S. cities – New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco – experienced virtually simultaneous power outages. Businesses emptied. Schools closed. Subway commuters were stuck underground in the dark.

Rumors immediately started flying that a cyber-attack had caused all three blackouts.

The “official” word in San Francisco was that the outage was caused by a fire in a substation. In Los Angeles, high winds were blamed. In New York, an equipment failure was the announced culprit.

Perhaps those were the real causes. Or maybe these simultaneous blackouts were dry runs for future attacks.

We may never know the truth.

And then there was the San Jose, CA incident in 2014, where an entire transformer station was shut down due to loss of cooling fluid in the transformers.  The transformer casings were punched full of holes with AK-47’s.  The clean-up by the attackers was so professional that there are no leads.  Fortunately for Sillicon Valley, there are several other transformer stations in the valley that the power was re-routed through until the casings could be repaired.

But former CIA Director Dr. Peter Pry says that attacks on just 9 of the nation’s 55,000 electrical substations could result in nationwide blackouts for up to 18 months.

The 18 month figure is based on how long it takes to replace the transformers.  However, keep in mind that these transformers – as large as a house and costing millions, are built in China.  Do you think if our country is in free fall they will take an order for transformers from us?  Truly, no.  A more accurate time estimate is:  after you are dead.

Our government is woefully unprepared.  And so are virtually all Americans, save a few that have the knowledge and sense to prepare.

It seems like the government has been fixated on taking more and more away from people who worked hard to earn it, while doing virtually nothing to secure our nation’s infrastructure.

They’ve ignored dire warnings from experts about the grid’s vulnerability to physical, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and cyber-attack by North Korea, Russia, China and even ISIS and other terrorist groups.  Not to mention trying to shut down the coal industry, which generates around 25% of our electricity.

“Our death toll would be staggering” reports FOXNews. We’re all fine when the power goes out for a few hours and even days. But an extended blackout would be devastating.

Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy predicts,

“… should the power go out and stay out for over a year, 9 out of 10 Americans would likely perish.”

If the grid goes down…

Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Your life would be frozen in time right at the moment the power fails. Lights all over the country would go out, throwing people into total darkness.

Without access to a generator, your fridge, electric range and microwave would be dead. All the food in your fridge and freezer would spoil.

Your well couldn’t pump any fresh water into your house. And even if you don’t have a well, a total grid failure means no fresh water to drink, cook, or clean with, because city water also requires electricity.

Even worse, you would have no water to flush your toilets!  And, if you are on city sewer, even if you could, it would back up very quickly.

You wouldn’t be able to operate your radio or TV, or charge your cell phone, so you’d feel isolated and cut off from your friends and family.  Your cell phone would probably be totally dead, if the grid died from EMP.  The likelihood is, your car would cease functioning – again, if there was an EMP event.  It’s many microprocessors would be fried. If you were driving home on the freeway, all the cars would suddenly lose power.  You would have to walk home.

Sadly, this is NOT science fiction or some crazy doomsday theory…  But “normalcy bias” makes it difficult for Americans – who are used to focusing on what entertainment to watch, or what games to play, to focus on this horrific scenario.  Denial is so much easier!

And retired CENTCOM General Lloyd Austin says,

“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when.”

Of course General Austin is talking about a grid failure, NOT an EMP attack.  However, a grid failure without EMP, such as by a terror attack or some other means, would be nearly as bad as an EMP attack.  At least cars, radios, cell phones would still work – as long as you have a supply of electricity handy, such as a generator.  Even that is a short-term help, as gasoline production requires the electric grid, so supplies would disappear quickly.  And again, in the case of an EMP attack, any solar electric system would be fried unless it was protected from EMP – which means off-line and inside a Faraday cage when the EMP wave hits.

Will you be prepared for this devastating crisis… one that could take months or even years to recover from?

How will you stay safe… warm… and protected?

Hopefully, over the months ahead, we will help you with that.  Our plan is to discuss specific steps you can take to be prepared for such a horrific event as a grid failure.

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