Immediate Action Needed!!
- Get Thomas Popik Nominated to FERC!
- Get THIS ARTICLE to your your state Public Utilities Commission and your State Utility Consumer Advocate and urge them to write to FERC docket No. AD19-18-000 and request a public hearing. Find your State Public Utilities Commission HERE. Find your State Utility Consumer Advocate HERE. (For an example letter, click HERE.)
- Write to your Congressional Representative and tell them to join the Congressional EMP Caucus!
- Print out THIS REPORT and send to it your elected officials
- Bring this letter to your local emergency manager and get involved in preparing your community!
Take Action to Secure the Grid
The Secure the Grid Coalition believes that a two-pronged approach is necessary to protect the United States from a catastrophic long-term power outage.
First, the federal government must fix the failed current regulatory scheme which has proven unable to protect the self-regulated electric grid. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) either does not have the power – or the will – to force the industry to protect the grid and intervention is required. Congress can fix the regulatory scheme through legislation. The President has issued Executive Order 13865 which implements some of the recommendations of the Congressional EMP Commission. (See the Chairman’s Report of the Congressional EMP Commission for more details.) But it is going to take a lot of work to make sure the federal agencies fulfill their obligations and the order still does not fix the failed regulatory system – only Congress can do that.
Second, we need to prepare our communities for catastrophic disasters by building a culture of preparedness in the United States. We need Congress to reintroduce and pass the bipartisan H.Res 762 from the 112th Congress (“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding community-based civil defense and power generation”). This resolution would send a message to the 35,000 towns and cities across the United States that we need to build a culture of preparedness. This resolution:
- encourages every community to develop its own “civil defense program” working with citizens, leaders, and institutions, ranging from local fire halls, schools, and faith-based organizations, to create sustainable local infrastructure and planning capacity, so that it might mitigate high-impact scenarios and be better prepared to survive and recover from these worst-case disaster scenarios and be better able to affordably and sustainably meet the needs of the community in times of peace and tranquility;
- encourages every citizen to develop an individual emergency plan to prepare for the absence of government assistance for extended periods;
- encourages each local community to foster the capability of providing at least 20 percent of its own critical needs, such as local power generation, food, and water, while protecting local infrastructure whenever possible from the threats that threaten centralized infrastructure; and to do so with the urgency and importance inherent in an all-of-nation civil defense program developed by citizens and their local communities; and
- encourages state governments and federal agencies to support the ability of local communities to become stronger, self-reliant, and better able to assist neighboring communities in times of great need.
If we as a nation can do these two things, we will be stronger, more prepared and more resilient. But do not wait for the government to act. Work to prepare your community NOW!
What You Can Do to Secure the Grid:
Write to your representative and ask that they:
- Join the bipartisan Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus and sponsor and/or support legislation to harden the electric grid against known threats such as electromagnetic pulse (EMP), geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) or “space weather”, cyberattack, physical attack and extreme weather.
- Reintroduce and support the bipartisan H.Res 762 from the 112th Congress (“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding community-based civil defense and power generation”).
Is your representative a member of the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus? If you don’t know, you should ask them to join as I have (click here for my letter to Congresswoman Ann Kuster).
If you don’t know who your representative is, go to the U.S. House of Representatives’ website by clicking here and enter in your zip code.
You can also write, call or email the staff of the two Co-Chairs of the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus:
Co-Chair: Rep. Doug Lamborn
2402 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Co-Chair: Rep. Yvette D. Clarke
2058 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Charlyn Stanberry: firstname.lastname@example.org
What You Can Do to Secure Your Community:
Your community needs a plan for a long-term power outage. Nationally, there is no plan. Here is what we recommend:
- Meet with your local emergency manager, mayor or town officials. Ask: “What is our plan for a long-term power outage where no outside assistance is available?” If they don’t have an answer, show them this article to start.
- If your community has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), consider joining or supporting them.
- If your community does not, have a CERT team, ask your local emergency manager to support starting one.