"Black Sky Hazards": Feds To Wargame "Widespread Power Outages" And "Cascading Infrastructure Failures"

As the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy are preparing to wargame so-called "Black Sky Hazards" that could result in a "subcontinent scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures."  Here's how EarthEx2017 described the exercise:

Concerns have grown over the potential for severe malicious or natural “Black Sky” hazards associated with subcontinent scale, long duration power outages, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures. This creates a grim and difficult dilemma: Restoration of any sector will only be possible with at least minimal operation of all the others.

 

To deal with this deadlock, careful sector by sector and cross-sector resilience planning is crucial. However, such plans, to be effective, must be exercised. With the diversity and the national and global scale of the infrastructures we now depend on, this requires an unprecedented, multi-sector, national and international exercise series.

EarthEx defines "Black Sky Hazards" as a "catastrophic event that severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long durations."  Here are a couple of examples of things EarthEx is prepping  for:

 

Of course, large-scale natural disasters could also result in similar widespread failures of critical infrastructure.

 

According to former Florida Congresswoman Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, "Black Sky Events," though largely dismissed as a remote possibility by most, will occur...it's just a matter of when, not if.  More from Paul Joseph Watson:

“Cars would have no fuel. Restaurants and grocery stores would be bare. Electricity could be out for months in such an event,” writes Mike Vasilinda.

 

According to former Florida Congresswoman Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, North Korea’s saber rattling is making top brass “anxious” about potential society-changing disasters.

 

“It’s not “if” but “when” a Black Sky event will occur,” writes Vasilinda, an alarming statement given that she discusses meeting with “members of the U.S. military, National Guard Adjutant Generals, officials from Homeland Security, Department of Energy, FEMA, NOAA, and experts from the utility, distribution and supply sectors,” at a private summit held in Washington DC.

Perhaps it's time to do a little doomsday prepping?

Comments

Countrybunkererd DownWithYogaPants Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:44 Permalink

As IF they don't know what will happen?!!??!!!  When we go dark, we won't ever know the truth, but we will know why.  They pulled the plug and took the money.What happens when nobody can pay bills or get paid?What happens when nobody has fuel for your car?What happens when the stores don't have any food?What... oh I could go on forever.  Those three are enough.  If not, you wouldn't get it anyway.

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Lumberjack hedgeless_horseman Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

Grow plenty of barley, corn and potatoes. Make a simple column still and learn the basics of distillation.

Enzymes to have on hand:

Hitempase and alpha amylase.

Sugar helps and lots of brewers yeast.

Baking sode to adjust ph and ph strips.

And finally a hydrometer (proof tester).

The secret here is that you first ferment your material which forms a basic wine or beer (8-14% alcohol).

Note: when fermenting DO NOT exceed 100 fegrees F. It kills the yeast. Game over and start again.

When the fermentation is complete (8-14 proof) you are ready to distill at 170-190 degrees. Discard the first couple of quarts as it could be tainted with methy alcohol which is toxic (or save it as a fuel or fuel additive) and capture the rest.

Note: the waste alcohol should be 150 proof for use in internal combustion engines. You can add between 1/2 to 1 cup diesel per 5 gallons to cool it down. Runs well in chain saws, mowers, gas generators etc..

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Praetorian Guard Praetorian Guard Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:56 Permalink

...get used to this song sung by the .0001% A thousand years I've roamed the plainsAnd waved the hand of doomI've seen the tears that fall like rain from the waste and all the ruinA shadow's cast that falls from me on youA time to claimAll that's mineMy wrath is blindThe balance is where you hang I'm the WidowmakerI'm the Lord of the WingsI'm the Widowmaker The cries of sadness never heardFall deaf upon my earsThe stench of madness, raging warsI've seen a million yearsThe smell of sorrow fills the fieldsAnd lingers in the skyThe littered ground will swallow downThe souls that fill my eyes I'm the WidowmakerI'm the Lord of the WingsI'm the Widowmaker

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tion hedgeless_horseman Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:07 Permalink

It's fun to revisit these posts.  Rappelling and ascending sound like great fun - it's been awhile since the kid and I did any outdoor rock climbing, but now that our weights are almost matched it might be time to get back to it, I need to learn to tie the improvised harness though.  We both need to whip ourselves into better shape and spend less time working on our computer screen induced freckles. I think I'll have moved a couple thousand miles by the time the next symposium rolls around but I'm looking forward to it :)  Sometimes I wonder how the world will change between now and then.

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TBT or not TBT The Cooler King (not verified) Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

The biggest problem in the most populated areas of California would be water and sanitation.  Because of the end of water supplies there.   Food can be forgone for weeks but lack of clean water and lack of sanitation starts killing massively quite quickly.    The government should have EMP proofed the water delivery here long ago, but alas it still depends on a functioning grid.   As do so many gas stations.   Etc.   Yuge death toll.  

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83_vf_1100_c dirty fingernails Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:29 Permalink

Got an In Law who farms 8k acres in KS. Heavily dependent on infrastructure. Gas/diesl, computerized tractors, fertilizer, electricity. He'll still farm to feed his own but selling to the mass market will be over.The .gov does not need to run expensive exercises. Pick up a used copy of One Second After and stufy it. Pretty much covers the scenario. The Chinese will wait a year or two and then start taking Cali. After the population is starved out. 

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