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May 11, 2017

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Tommy Waller | twaller@centerforsecuritypolicy.org

Texas Legislators Lead the Nation on Grid Security

Washington, D.C. – This week, the state legislature of Texas took monumental steps to secure its own part of the U.S. electric grid known officially as the Texas Interconnection.

On May 9th, the Texas Senate passed SB83 by a 28-3 vote. Authored by Texas State Senator Bob Hall, SB83 addresses the Texas electric grid’s vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse, extreme space weather, physical, and cyber-attack threats.

On May 10th, the Texas House unanimously passed Rep. Tan Parker’s HB787, which is a similar, but separate grid security bill that creates a grid advisory committee to study the Texas electric grid and its vulnerability to electromagnetic pulse and cybersecurity threats.

The Secure the Grid Coalition, sponsored by the Center for Security Policy, has been working for several years with legislators like Sen. Hall and Rep. Parker, and with executive branch officials and emergency managers across the country on this literally life-and-death issue. After all, any protracted and widespread disruption of the grid would also trigger the failure of every one of the affected areas’ other critical infrastructure. Specifically, severe disruptions would occur with potentially catastrophic consequences in such sectors as: energy and power; communications; food and agriculture; transportation; medical services; and water and sewage systems.

For these reasons, the Coalition applauds the important legislative progress being made in the Lone Star state to protect Texans against such eventualities. It urges that the steps needed to conform the two bills and secure Governor Gregg Abbott’s endorsement on the final version be taken at once.

Upon learning of the extraordinary consensus that has emerged in Austin concerning the imperative of achieving all-hazard protection for the Texas grid, Center for Security Policy president Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., said,

Texans – and every other American – should be immensely grateful for the leadership exhibited by Senator Bob Hall and Representative Tan Parker to initiate the process of securing their state’s portion of the U.S. electric grid. With threats to what amounts to American society’s central nervous system growing every day, especially from nuclear-capable North Korea and its allies, this action could not be more timely. We call on leaders in other states to regard the progress being made by Senator Hall and Rep. Parker as both a challenge and a model to achieve the protection of their part of the grid, as well.

Upon his chamber’s passage of SB83, Senator Hall stated, “I am thankful to have had the support of the Secure the Grid Coalition in helping educate Texans on the importance of grid resiliency. I intend to continue driving forward to protect the Texas grid, and I take confidence in knowing that the Coalition will continue its work, resulting in similar outcomes all across our great nation.”

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August 24, 2016

For immediate release:

The new book by emergency planner, Jim LeBlanc, is now available on Amazon.

Real Risk Management for the Electric Grid: Critical Task Planning for Long Term Power Outages

Emergency planner Jim LeBlanc has written a ground-up guide of practical steps that individuals and families can take to prepare for long term black outs. Much more than just an emergency preparedness book, Real Risk Management for the Electric Grid gives context. The government has identified specific hazards that can take down the U.S. electrical system over large areas for long periods of time. Thinking through how to prepare your family and community is just the first step to preventing the possibility of a long term black out.

Real Risk Management for the Electric Grid explains the flawed approach of big government to prevent major long-term black outs and how individual awareness is the building block for business and local emergency preparedness that will lead in helping communities understand that it is far better to prevent a long term black out than to try and recover from one. Those who adapt the skills and critical thinking inspired by Jim LeBlanc’s book will be the people who help our policy makers understand why it is so important to secure the nation’s electrical grid.

Jim Leblanc’s “Real Risk Management” provides a comprehensive explanation of wide-area electromagnetic threats, risks to our individual and corporate survival, effective solutions, and the political roadblocks to achieving national, state and local preparedness. The monograph provides excellent advice to citizens on personal preparedness and advocating for government and industry programs to protect life-supporting infrastructures. It is an excellent reference for citizens, public officials, and infrastructure services executives.
George Baker
Professor Emeritus, James Madison University
Congressional EMP Commission
Real Risk Management for the Electrical Grid gives practical information for individuals and families. If everyone were to use the checklist Mr. LeBlanc gives in the back of the book and follow his practical advice throughout the book, they would be better prepared than if they merely followed the typical advice of having food and water for three to five days. I especially liked Mr. LeBlanc’s suggestion to obtain “how to” books on pre-electric society such as the Foxfire Book Series. Being prepared for long term electric grid outage would prepare people for other emergencies.
Mary Lasky
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

 

For interviews with the author or other experts on business continuity, emergency preparedness, or national security, email securethegrid@gmail.com