DO THESE IDEAS MATTER ANY MORE?
Well – the government DISAGREES.
The report describes MASSIVE effort by government and industry together.
But it makes clear that effort CANNOT PREVENT massive and catastrophic power outages affecting maybe TENS OF MILLIONS of people. Their planning addresses circumstances going beyond anything seen to date, and is all about
– Trying to lessen the worst of the negative effects
– Speeding recovery
One introductory paragraph describes potential causes
To make it clear once again — this report contains NOTHING ABOUT PREVENTION. Disasters like these cannot be prevented.
Then two short paragraphs describe the severity of possible effects
“For the purpose of this study, the NIAC focused not on the cause, but rather on the consequences of an event, which are best categorized as severe, widespread, and long-lasting. The type of event contemplated will include not only an extended loss of power, but also a cascading loss of other critical services—drinking water and wastewater systems, communications, financial services, transportation, fuel, healthcare, and others—which may slow recovery and impede re-energizing the grid.
Most importantly, the scale of the event—stretching across states and regions, affecting tens of millions of people—would exceed and exhaust mutual aid resources and capabilities. The ability to share public and private resources across businesses and jurisdictions underpins our nation’s emergency response plans and strategies today.”
We cannot just sit back and think the government will just fly in and take care of everything. It is clearly OUR responsibility to do as much as possible to take care of the health and safety of our families.