Written by Jerry Riley
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00
I recently read a horrifying article in Forbes magazine based on a 2007 report by the National Academy of Sciences requested by Homeland Security and just recently released. I was not gratified to see that they agree with my past assessments of the poor condition of this nations electric grid. Yeah, what a revoltin’ development this is!
As I’ve mentioned before, think of the last power failure you’ve experienced. Now imagine that power failure covering the entire county, the state, and even all of America and part of Canada. Now, add to this scenario that this failure could last for years? Why? Well, you have to take care of your car. You do routine maintenance (or you have the service department do it) but for years, no one has done much maintenance of the power grid - well, according to Forbes.
The limited maintenance project seems to be light speed ahead of any contingency plans in case of an electrical natural, or, manmade, disaster. There are over 35,000 utilities, spread all over the country and no one seems to be coordinating any plans. Look back at Hurricane Sandy. The relief and rescue efforts were hampered by trying to figure out who was in charge. That was an isolated area, compared to a regional or national power outage.
Many emergency communications systems may not operate and few have been tested in a worst case scenario. Its not enough to believe they will work, we must know that they will.
Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.
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