Massive Government Drill Planned to Test Possibility of U.S. Electric Grid Going Down

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The U.S. Government is gearing up for a major Preparedness Drill that will simulate a Grid Down Scenario, one that will examine what would happen if the county’s electric grid was taken down by both physical and cyber-attacks.

powerlinesThe threat is very real and is something that we’ve covered in great detail in the past. Our electric grid is extremely vulnerable to an attack that could leave our country in the dark for weeks, maybe even months.

In preparation for this type of attack, our government is going to test the grids vulnerabilities, as thousands of utility workers team up with anti-terrorism experts, Homeland Security, the F.B.I. and other governmental agencies.

On November 13 – 14, 2013, the United States; Canada; and Mexico, along with more than 150 companies and organizations in all three countries, will take part in the GridEx 2013 Preparedness Drill -  one of the largest preparedness drills in our country’s history. They will practice for an event unlike anything this country has ever seen, one experts fear is only a matter of time away from happening.

The drill will look at how the three governments react to the loss of the power grid, and a crippled supply chain that would inevitably follow the event.

Most people don’t realize how important the grid is to almost everything in today’s world.

cell towerIt basically runs everything from our communication infrastructure, to our drinking water and our food distribution systems. But that’s really just the start. The economy, our hospitals and everything people depend on in today’s modern world would be gone.

If the grid goes down, this country will see mass panic and chaos like nothing we’ve ever experienced. And this is why we keep talking about personal preparedness.

The fact is, during a grid down situation you will be on your own. The government simply doesn’t have the ability, or the resources to help you survive. If you don’t have adequate training, emergency supplies, and the ability to survive this type of situation, your timing might be running out.

I would take this drill as a warning that you need to run your own drills, and figure out how you’ll respond to the chaos that will likely come after the grid goes down. Check out our Preparedness Resources, and learn everything you can while you still have the chance to do something about it.

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  1. PrepJack says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Time is running out on those who sit by and get fat watching TV. If the government is planning for this you better plan for it too.

    • howard says:

      coincidence capacitor ison meets capacitor lovejoy at the same time as this drill lol

      • Mcfly says:

        is that anything like the Flux Capacitor , I can use it to escape this time to go back into the past or sideways into an other dimension and play with all the actresses want

      • terry says:

        it was planned to coincide with the meteor, that way, when ,not if, but when they screw it up, obamamama can blame ISON, instead of Bush or his lastest,CHRISTIANS and the GOP

    • john says:

      how dumb can you all get. its a DRILL. did they start a fire when you did the fire drill in school???? do you know how many would die if they ever did shut down all the juice. ITS A DRILL WAKE UP. has your power ever gone off??? have you never had a storm shut you down for a couple of hours. what kind of a world do you live in??? DRILL!!!

      • Katsdmeowgold says:

        yeah, that’s what they said in Boston. Don’t worry folks, it’s just a drill. That was minutes before the bombs went off. Just a DRILL!!

      • ed says:

        yes my power was off for 2 weeks in 1994 quake in Los Angeles. Very ignorant statement to make John. My power did go off. I was prepared.

        • Kitty says:

          Parents went without power for over 4 wks in Houston after hurricane Ike, I believe. They survived. One side of many streets had power while the other side did not. It was not unusual to see very long extension cords crossings every streets. Family and neighbors worked together. When power was restored to one neighborhood, those with generators would take the generators to those with that need. What you saw on television was the worst of a really bad situation and it was not par for the course. ONE item you need to have in this type of situation: a gas can. And then you hide what you have. I live two hundred miles away and there were no gas cans to be found here or in Austin, north of us.

      • Bulldognumba10 says:

        A Screwed up one-There is nothing like a drill I had in school-Just a total AFU situation-Get real shithead!!

    • Michael says:

      Kenya power grid went down last year and they lost millions of dollars in just five hours if America power grid goes down just for 2 or 3 days it will cost billions maybe even trillions which will result in the end of our dollar congratulations this is it. Lol

  2. WW3 says:

    Things are spiraling down the drain. Hacker attacks, street thugs going crazy, the Syria crap that will probably start WW3 and now this. I’m glad I started preparing for this years ago.

    • Donna says:

      this is one more thing–http://www.eutimes.net/2013/06/obama-requests-15000-russian-troops-for-upcoming-disaster/comment-page-1/#comment-6

      • tony says:

        http://www.factcheck.org/2013/07/no-russian-troops-in-u-s/

        • dragonsong says:

          There are over 100,000 foreign troop already stationed in this country, mostly in the southwest and south, where the government expects the most resistance.

      • Sandy says:

        I heard 300,000 UN troops, not only russian

  3. Greg says:

    What the hell am I gonna do without the internet? Expect millions of people to have withdrawal symptoms and go batshit crazy.

    • Rebekah says:

      The Internet should never have been invented. I remember life before. It was better :)

  4. False Flag? says:

    Is this going to be the real false flag everyone’s been expecting?

    • Laurel says:

      I would imagine so. Whenever we hear the word “drill” we know that something is going to happen?

      • MV717 says:

        My first thoughts exactly. Isn’t what they told the marathon runners off Boston before the pressure cookers exploded?

  5. Evans\ says:

    I was in a training class this week for a company that contracts out to power plants. The man said the work load was going to be high this nov and that it is odd that they would have that many plants offline at once. HMMMmmm maybe we are going dark? lol

    • zapped says:

      That is pretty odd and if true we are screwed.

      • Todd says:

        pretty much, I just heard of it now, it would pretty bad if they decide to this drill. cause they dont let the people know. Alot of people panic pretty bad, which would not be a good thing especially for crowded cities like LA,NY,Chicago and other huge cities.

        • Dragonsong says:

          I have a camp stove with extra fuel, kerosene heater with 20 of kerosene, and a month’s worth of food and medicine, including dog food. Adding to stockpile every month.

          • grechen williams says:

            But maybe they are not evil, maybe they have come to restore the natural order to the planet in order to insure the survival of humanity, because to be honest things are terribly out of balance and if “they” dont do anything, nature might just wipe us out completly, we have done nothing but harm and pollute the earth, we are like a virus taking to many resources and over populating, we dont live in accordance with nature, doomsday preping is not going to help you, only prolong your demise

  6. JJ says:

    I lived in Phoenix, AZ and I think it was in the 90′s the power went out broad daylight on a sunny day. I think I remember hearing it was out in 4 states. I don’t remember much about it except being at work and going straight home to get my kids to keep them close and safe. Luckily it was only about 2 blocks. It was a very eerie feeling.

  7. Sunshine says:

    I actually hope it goes down for good and we can reboot this shameful country and get back to how we started. The only bad part is the powers that be probably have that plan as well except their change is not going to be the change we want.

    • B. Carter says:

      I agree with you. Our government will have a plan to survive without helping the American people. And if i live through this chaos, i will go and hunt these people (government) down myself and bring justice back to the people. Sure hope i get help from others who share my thoughts.

      • Sheri says:

        B.Carter…

        There are many people that would be right beside you. Anonymous is one of them. As far as our power grid going down and what the Government has planned, have you heard of Agenda 21, Marshall Law, Fema Camps. If you live in a city, get out. That will be a death trap. Find a spot in the hills or mountains. Pay attention to your surroundings. Does your spot have water near by? What kind of trees are overhead? The kind that lose their leaves in the winter? Do you have hills surrounding you to help keep out the wind? If you are not prepared for the worse now….do so!

      • dave says:

        you can COUNT on me ;o)-

      • tereasa patel says:

        Its not the governments fault, its the peoples fault they cry out for this and that like babies, and the government gives them what they want, and then when things go to shyt, they always have a scapegoat to blame which takes responsibility off of themselves, this is why humanity hasnt evolved to govern themselves, so that we dont need a government to do it

    • poorman says:

      So you hope it goes down why? Do you have even the slightest idea how many people this will effect and how many will die? Have you really thought that comment through. Do you know anyone on oxygen,life support or any other mechanical device that needs power to run? Have you thought of the children that will die or suffer or the people that will freeze to death? IMHO you are an idiot. I prep for disaster but hope I will never need to use anything I have.

      • annonymous says:

        Who wants to live a life hooked up to a machine anyway?

        • Becky says:

          I was in a coma and “hooked” up. For 2 weeks the doctors told my family to make my funeral arrangements. Almost 2 months went by, during that time I improved, then God woke me up. That was 6 years ago, I had to learn to walk again, and returned to work. And I’m still here, because God pulled me through. We need to put our faith in Him and He will supply all our needs.

          • Tammy Secrist says:

            You are very correct. I am glad that God healed you and that you give him the glory. Bless you!

          • DanTheMan says:

            Amen BECKY! I’m not worried about anything, you know why? I know who has the control to end my life, or live it, and if I live it according to his will, I will do everything and trust that HE has a plan for me, and my family. Bless you and your true faith, that unfortunately a lot of people don’t have, nor understand. But it’s our job to witness and show them that there is something better out there, our creator, someone who will love us and not suffer in the world. I have a NOTW (Not of this world) sticker, as I am NOT of this world, I fear nothing of man, what can they do besides end my physical life? I know who I will be beside for eternity.

      • bren says:

        That was my thoughts too poorman. Put me in mind of the Book ‘One Second After’.

        • Tammy Secrist says:

          I’ll have to look up that one too. I am currently reading a book called The Survivors:Book One. It’s very good and makes me think about all the crap going on these days and what we’re headed for.

      • Rebekah says:

        why is a shutdown planned in the winter? I see it was done in 2011 in November. On Purpose? Just Stupid? or maybe Diabolical? They fit all 3 categories! In my observation *__^

    • chris says:

      word I totally agree it would give ppl a chance to start over an live right but what im trying to figure out is what cities are going to be part of this test and how do I find out more I been looking but have found nothing on what states are going to be part of this I seen nothing yesterday and im kinda pulling for it today lol

  8. Donna Martin says:

    What about those on life support systems? Or those in need of dialysis? Or the elders who need heat in Nov? What’s the drill plans for them? Most of those folks are not well enough off to afford or maintain back up equipment and generators.

    • Greg says:

      I’m not sure that they are actually powering the entire country off…. although there are a lot of utility workers out there chattering about some odd orders. I guess you never can tell with the wackos that are currently in charge.

      • kiki says:

        The wackos in charge have always been in charge.

    • Gandalf says:

      Donna,

      The sad and brutal (but true)answer to your question is that in any real-life lengthy full-on grid down scenario, once the fuel runs out for whatever back-up generators exist; once the cars, trucks, buses, planes run dry with no more fuel coming through the pipelines…they’re all screwed! Unless folks have prepared to revert to some type of previously establised alternative power system that will get them by, they are in the long run, quite simply DEAD MEAT! If things get really that ugly? I’d estimate a die off upwards of 50% nationally, maybe more. I will not be pretty, folks.

      • Sheri says:

        They actually refer to the elder and handicapped as useless eaters (or something like that). They see them as a burden and will get rid of them. They are planning to depopulate this earth. I forget the numbers now but it’s over half they plan on getting rid of. I have food stored up and plenty of water to last perhaps 4 months but I’m thinking all that means is I’m dead in 5.

        • Guidestones says:

          The first message carved on the Georgia Guidestones is, “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”
          The world’s population is currently in excess of 7 billion – so they want rid of 90% of humanity.

        • Sawbuck Steve says:

          Sheri, check out verticle growing pots and get some seeds. Try to stock up more food and have a water supply at hand or develope one. If you can grow your own, you can eat and trade the surplus for other things. Like meds and ammo.

    • letsberealistic says:

      While it’s unfortunate that people living off electricity may die and loved ones will be sad, when it comes down to it nature will always take its course. Either our whole country lives off electricity and fake life support systems, fake medicine, fake food and eventually dies as a whole OR the weak people die, the strong people live and have a chance at creating a better, more environmentally friendly, life sustaining way of living. That’s just the way it is. I hope the power goes out. I hope our species has to learn to take care of themselves again. I hope future generations have a chance at REAL health and REAL independence. We can’t grow without growing pains.

  9. Henry says:

    They still do not have any plans for the nuclear power plants if the grid goes down more then two weeks.

    Look at what has happened in Japan! If the grid goes down for more then two weeks nuclear fallout will be almost all of the U. S.

    This is the first thing they need to work on since if they do not do something about the nuclear fallout problem then it does not matter how much we all prepare because we will all get the fallout from the nuclear power plants.

    • Henry says:

      Everyone need to study the U. S. Nuclear power plant fallout maps, go to

      http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/fallout/

      Enter your zipe code. There you will get an idea but remember that they are only giving you a 50 mile radius. The fallout can go 200 to 300 miles if the winds are strong.

      • Mike414 says:

        I have already asked that question and was enlightened to a shutdown process that happens automatically with out people on reserve gas before it runs out it basically buried the material almost permanently.

    • Nuke says:

      What the hell are you talking about?? Nuclear plants are designed for loss of offsite power and have onsite diesel generators with onsite fuel. In Japan, the offsite power and emergency power were both wiped out by the tsunami. In a blackout event, the plant still has the capability to safely shutdown.

  10. Lisa says:

    Time to get serious and make sure my plans are in place.

    • SammiD says:

      I guess this is why the government bought those millions and millions of pre-packaged meals and those billions of bullet…

  11. Chance says:

    The government is just now testing what would happen in the event of a national blackout? Ever since i hear the definition to EMP I have researched power and how to make it i sujest you do the same.

  12. Son of Liberty says:

    Why in mid-November? Everyone is gearing up for Thanksgiving, businesses will be running full bore for the holidays, gearing up for black Friday, etc. In addition, in the northern tier states it can be very cold during that time. What are they thinking? Or, is that part of their thinking? Crazy. Someone suggested a black swan event – who knows? Maybe.

    Blessings,

    • that one guy says:

      If this is the governments plan to take over and disarm/imprison us then that’s why it will be in November. Colder months make for harder travel for those not prepared. Plus the holidays work as a distraction, most will be caught off guard by this event anyways, holidays just make that list bigger. I know what I’m doing when it all goes down.. and I will pray for those who suffer greatly when their fantasy bubble they live in POPS!!

      • Prepper says:

        Possible. I am quite scared to be honest. But you never know, we may be lucky… Or they may be feeling nice.
        But this was from NERC, the actual report anyway. I REALLY doubt they would put that information on the web for people to find and be ready for (And alert others about it). They’d most likely just knock it out.
        But, I hope not, but I could be wrong, or you could too.
        And it’s not necessarily going to happen either, or to the extent we think. And November could have been chosen BECAUSE it was cold, and as a test to see what the governments would do in the cold. If traveling is harder, it could be the same for the scenario. And the holidays could to make it MORE chaotic, making it harder. I wonder why it ISN’T on Black Friday. THAT would make it bad, and easy to takeover. But now buisnesses won’t lose that holiday money. Maybe it’s a buisness strategy, making people cherish electronics more, having them buy more ipods and xboxes and crud. I really do not know. But 2 days for the entire continent? Umm… depends. If the military is protesting (Or whatever it was) about Syria, they may not let a takeover go through.
        Sure the DoD and so have armoured vehicles and big guns, but the power for it to happen rests with the people in that position.
        Will there be a takeover? I don’t know. But the least I can say it is (from my view) seemingly unlikely. We just have to wait and see…
        If they’ve been doing it since 2011 (Like the report says), they probably would have done it sooner. When people wouldn’t expect it. Now we’re warned.
        Good luck to you all.

    • ght says:

      They dgaf about buisnesses, they are already trying to crash the dollar, really though try to get your head out of the box, Thanksgiving? R u serious? Wow people are stupid

  13. Jock Doubleday says:

    Actually, it’s a beta-test for our governments’ masters at the House of Rothschild to perfect taking down the grid, under the false-flag of “solar flares” . . .

    If the Rothschilds can take down the grid – and they can – then there’s no need to worry about a public critique of a war on Syria, or a war on Iran or America, for that matter.

  14. George says:

    Will they be testing the backup generators of nuclear power plants that would be forced off-line by this scenario? You know, the ones that keep them from going all Chernobyl-ish on us? Which under previous circumstances [Mississippi river nuclear plant] have completely failed?
    Those honorable nuclear profiteers who would NEVER abandon a nuclear plant to its catastrophe under civilization collapse. Yeah, right.

  15. Patty Leija says:

    I was told that in a small city in Texas where I used to live that the water went out. Within 2 hrs all the water in stores was already gone and fights breaking out. Can you imagine what would happen to society if the grid went down even for a while!? Frightening!

    • that one guy says:

      If truck drivers stopped delivering today store shelves would be empty in 3days at the most. Add no water into the mix, plus no heat in November.. it will make every “end of the world” movie look like a Disney show.

  16. Joe says:

    I’m not worried about nuclear plants; they all have diesel backup generators, as do major bank hubs, hospitals, 911 command centers, etc. The worry is going to be about food and water to survive for any length of time. The stores will be looted empty, as they were in New Orleans during Katrina. Water will cease to be pumped through the piping grid as power runs out. Unless you have a well with a manual pump, you won’t be receiving any additional water. So, you better have a stock of food and water already in place and an arsenal to protect it, which I have; been preparing for it since 2008. But I’m an old man and my stuff will go to my kids/grandkids. I’ll just quit taking my meds, which won’t be aavailable anyway, and quietly pass on into the heavens. Good luck to all!!

  17. Jessica says:

    I’m freaking out! What if it lasts longer than 2 days? What states is it going to effect? How am I suppose to keep my 2 year old warm!? We live in VA and November can be cold! Omg I’m actually scared!!!

    • aniee says:

      Have you ever heard of layers. Stop with the whining. Have you never been camping? Just make sure you have plenty of food and water on hand, also flashlights and candles, a portable radio, charcoal for the grill (outside of course) a weapon to protect yourself with, good locks on the doors, unplug all your favorite electronics and plan to play with the two yr. old a lot.

      • DEE KIMMEL says:

        FYI for ALL: 1 crayon will burn for 30 min, place a gallon of water near the light and it will magnify your lighting around the room better. This would be a backup to you if you ran out of candles, lamp oil, ect. Just do some research and get prepared for your childs sake!!

    • humbleservant says:

      Your reaction is scaring me if its any indication of how most people will react, people are spoiled as hell! Omg! No electricity how am i going to stay warm without my heater! Biotch its called blankets! This is why homeless people will survive and you spoiled brats wont

    • annoyed says:

      The same way they survived and stayed warm before the invention of electricity, you know one of those natural ways to create heat? I think its called fire. :o)

    • leah says:

      I understand where you are coming from- I hope that you’ve taken this time to put some extra food and water away, and pull out the clothes for layering. We live in a cold state too.. I guess if we have to hang around the house in our snowpants to stay warm.. that’s what we have to do. :) Hang in there, we will all get through this.

  18. prepper james says:

    oh yeah this would be some crazy shit

  19. Denny smith says:

    Ok the grid is vanurable, has been for years,,, let’s see, let’s not fix the issue, how about we just shut it down and see what’s happens,,, yup, that’s the ticket,,,, this is so government thinking ,,,

  20. This is scheduled to be a table top scenario, NOT an actual grid shutdown! They wouldn’t expose themselves to such a high level of damage liability by actually shutting down the grid. They’re doing this to identify their weak points so they can develop more reliable solutions. I think it will provide valuable information to keep the grid UP, at least for awhile, when something tries to affect it in the future.

    • Karen says:

      I do hope you are right, I would not think it is an attack either, they would never tell us and the danger they would America in for two days could be devastating, all these mmillionaires are not going to let their businesses crash and all thier money go down the drain . I hope you are right.

    • Vikki says:

      I hope it’s a “tabletop “scenario, but it coincidentally is coinciding with the FEMA region 3 buildup.That is what is worrisome.All those supplies, troops, trainings, weapons, all to be ready by Oct. 1. Makes you go , “Hrmmmmmm”!

  21. Randy says:

    When was the official date they were going to intergrate the East and west coast grids with the mexico grid?when they were seperate atleast not all would go down now soon all are to be tied together with mexico-a foreign country.Still no reliable info on the multistate grid collapse years ago.could have been anything bt once load tripped ot overloaded downstream.Harbor freight sells cheapest storebought panels get the 25% cupon from sunday paper.Candles and matches are cheap at grocery stores.Dollar store solar lights work to just bring them in at night.

  22. Becky says:

    That last part gave me a good idea I think we are going to do a test run turn off our breaker box and water for a full 7 days and see how we hold up! Wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it this winter as well, see how we hold up under extreme conditions!

  23. patti says:

    ok, all this sounds reasonable; maybe.. But than again why is fema district 3 ordering all this food, antibiotics and ammunition? Whats up there?

    • Keith says:

      Hi Patti, I agree. Staying alert and prepared is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Even if nothing happens, it still pays off being prepared. “Preparing to fail is not preparing…”

  24. Virginia says:

    Several weeks ago, I ran across this GridEx II info. I searched and searched for what cities this is going to affect, but to no avail. I’ve even contacted http://www.nerc.com, but to this day they have NOT responded to my request.

    http://www.nerc.com/pa/CI/CIPOutreach/Pages/GridEX.aspx

  25. Raven says:

    Are you people serious? Two days I can do on the toilet, for Pete’s sake. Even the freezer contents will still be good. Living without power is NOT hard NOR that life changing, more of an adjustment. Most people have a couple cans of soup and peanut butter in there cupboards. Need heat? Get a simple kerosene heater and a 5 gallon can with kerosene. and fill your bathtub to flush the toilet. Wake me when it is important.

    • Keitth says:

      Are you serious Raven? I can only suggest that you may want to make an appointment with your nearest proctologist and find the best soothing ointment after spending that much time on the toilet… However, since you have such a high interest in looking through the binoculars in reverse, you may want to turn them around, get off the toilet, wake up and really take a look at what’s going on around you… Do you not know that man has dominated man to his own injury time and time again??? Best wishes on your 5G of kerosene too…

  26. Roger says:

    This “test” is “nice” if people are aware of it and can be prepared. The first of the month is when the welfare checks come out. The first of the month is also when many other people get paid. What are these people suppose to do if they have nothing and know nothing of the “test”? When people die because of lack of meds or for some other reason brought on by the “test” who will claim responsibility? Will their death just be chalked up to a “test” failure? The middle class and the ones below the middle class are just fodder and screwed. I don’t mind loosing TV, internet, or a bunch of other things but some people can’t survive with out basic necessities like insulin and other medical needs. What will be written on their tomb stone?

  27. Darlene says:

    Good Grief, people…use the brains God gave you! They are NOT actually going to shut down the grid…as someone above said it’s a ‘table top’ exercise for the govt. and different agencies to see where the vulnerabilities lie IF the grid ever does go down and what to do/how to prepare for/fix it. Please forgive me for saying this, but the lack of common sense demonstrated by the posters here who actually think the plug will be pulled on the 14-15 is frightening….truly embarrassing.

    • cody says:

      They already did a drill like this in 2011 on 11/16-11/17 I’m not expecting anything out of the ordinary. BTW I work at a power plant in the north east, we didn’t even know it happened. I recently found documents that stated my region participated in the drill. Nothing to lose sleep over….

      • Darlene says:

        Exactly! Thanks Cody.

    • Keith says:

      Good grief Darlene, we should be like you, slow to think and quick to speak and never question anything and just live a bliss. I’m jealous that I can not trust the government like you can…

    • annoyed says:

      So tell us enlightened one, why are they building fema camps around tje country and buying, gold and ammo, and food, why are they.trying to take guns from citizens, and tapping thier phones(patriot act)? Oh right because its just an exercise to see what would happen “IN CASE” chaos breaks out? i think your embarassing.

  28. nicole says:

    Wow lord help us

  29. ALIVE says:

    For anyone wondering what’s going on as per teir III in fema regions, which covers west virginia, washington dc. And pennsylvania… here’s what’s going on. They are preparing for an issue, before they do the issue, so that they can try and restrict us more with our rights. The united nations pushed a memo out that’s restricted regarding this, and other topics in the last few months. I can not confirm or deny the possibility of martial law being declared and an outside source being used against the us. Be beyond prepared have all plans set in place emergency ones included. They want our guns and our lives take theirs. III% til my death

  30. MotherLodeBeth says:

    First off I am no conspiracy theory or chicken little type person running around yelling ‘the sky is falling the sky is falling’.

    On Friday when I heard that the guy who walked into the Navy port in D.C. and killed all those people and injured even more, had been reported to the Navy by a police dept who had responded to a call where the man was acting mentally unstable,and that it never went past the Navy personnel who got the report, I will admit I asked myself if this man was an innocent pawn used by the feds.

    Simply because the feds under the President want to take away peoples firearms and what better way than create an opportunity to cause more concern in the public. Bear in mind the news reports note this man had a shot gun he had broken down, and a hand gun. Yet no detectors for metal or ammo chemicals at the front desk?

    Have always believed the pharmaceutical industries motto was ‘create a need and fill it’, and now I sometimes wonder if the federal government doesn’t have a similar motto, where they create problems where non exist in order to push thru new laws that restrict ‘we the peoples’ Constitutional rights.

    So yes, I do wonder what nasty tricks the federal government is up to and if drills are just drills or if they are a way to see how scared citizens get and what they will do.

    Am sure the federal government folks hope citizens will remain lazy, sheeplike and willing to do whatever they are told as long as they have junk food and tv.

    Just some food for thought…

  31. Donna says:

    Take a deep breath! I have never believed a damn thing they have ever said! Its nice to see people questioning! However! Panic is not the answer simply more confusion! Its getting hard to determine truth from lies anymore! And something is gonna give .. its not going to be pretty.. timeing is everything .. and they want us to panic.. be as prepared as you can. Stay calm! Thats all we can do! And hope your in the right place at the right time!

  32. Deanna Johnston Clark says:

    I was 12 when people were building fallout shelters and going on and on about nuclear war…as if crawling out alive would be good. My mother never bought any of it. She said she just knew God had His own friends in high places… and she was right. Curtis LeMay was trumped by Kennedy, by Hammarskjold, the Pope and Kruschev…
    In 1962 and 1969 I ran into tanks and soldiers in Oxford Mississippi and DC…it was ugly, but it ended. Odd this teenager was in both places! Maybe God wanted me to write this comment!
    My twitching nose tells me there will be a time soon to have a week’s supply of necessities…banks will be down. Have cash and prepare to be kind. Fear is the child of guilt. Compassionate people are fearless and Heaven protects them first.
    I was in a hurricane in 1979 with a child and dogs…a week with no electricity. Always have extra food and supplies anyway…grid or not.
    God bless all here!

  33. c says:

    Lets start this by sayig I’m a laid back 25 year old woman who flys by the seat of my pants…I don’t believe everything I read or hear either. That being said even I still have food, water, gear, heirloom seeds and some vital skills. People who say that preppers are crazy and that this stuff will never happen are just being ignorant. whether it happens planned or just happens at random you need to be able to take care of yourself in an emergency. Unless you already grow and store your own food. Think of all the lost skills that people my age have forgotten. Our Grandparents would be rolling in they’re graves. We are Americans yes but we are not Gods gift to man kind. We are not immune to conflict. We have yet to see true tragedy on our soils in our life time. We have been lucky and its made us soft. A lot of other countries cannot say the same. If You think that people in Africa wouldn’t prepare if they were in your shoes and had the (luxury)/option too your crazy. This can happen anything can happen. You don’t have to be a crazy person about it. Your nay saying arrogance is sick Darlene . Hopefully somebody will help you when you need something yet have nothing to trade. You don’t have to be in any catagory of politics or anything to be ready for stuff whatever it may be. These people that you think are loons, are skilled and ready for whatever. Not all of them are fearful, OCD sky is falling types. They may be your normal next store neighbor with a stock pile of hidden food that you would never expect. Our gov. has given us no reason to trust them. They are not your friend and will not be around when you need them. Think smart and try not to make and ass of yourself anymore.

  34. Sawbuck Steve says:

    There is little time left. Prepare as best you can. Store water… as much as possible. Food for atleast 3 months but two years would be better.That would give you time to grow your own in pots or some of it anyway. Ammo. Forget about the govt. You can’t match them. Prepare for looters and thugs. Pray it doesn’t come down to guns but be ready in case it does. Learn. Read.

  35. Joseph Garnier says:

    What part of drill don’t you understand? Drill means simulation. The will probably run detailed simulations across the country on the mainframes of utility companies, constantly changing the parameters of the disaster to ensure ability to cope. Get real!

  36. TripodXL says:

    WOW! Did anyone go to GridEx 2013 and ACTUALLY READ about the “exercise”? Did anyone actually download the AAR for GridEx 2011 and read about what they do? FACTS: 1. You should always be prepared for 3 mos on your own. 2. They aren’t shutting the grid down…duh! 3. It is an EXERCISE, read the PDF there (table top, scenarios and role playing), much the same as we “game” scenarios in the military. 4. Nuclear reactors do have two weeks of fuel for their backup generators BUT they have to get either fuel or line power restored in two weeks or there WILL BE A PROBLEM. While they can “shutdown” the reactors in a few hours they require electricity to “keep cooling” the reactor for MONTHS TO YEARS for residual heat in the core as well as cooling the stored, spent fuel rods and other nuke waste. 5. There is no “secret squirrel” magic shutdown to “bury” the nuclear waste, doesn’t exist…don’t know where that even came from. 6. Be careful what you wish for…you might get it. For those that want a “reset” a) it takes about 3 days to empty store shelves b) it takes 3-4 days without water to die c) it takes about 6 weeks to starve to death w/o food d) from the previous if the grid went down for 8-12 weeks70-90% of the nation would die without outside intervention, assuming it isn’t world wide. 7. The govt. can’t feed us. Assume an outage for ONE month, therefore 30 days x 2 MREs/day x 90% of 330 million = 18 billion MREs. We haven’t mfg’ed 100 million MREs in the entire time we’ve had them…. 8. There are 100K “foreign troops” on our soil…at almost any time as we train them, and have been doing that for DECADES, used to teach them. We train them on weapon systems sold to them, integration with our forces to prevent multi-national “fractricide”, professional officer training and development, etc. And BTW that includes Russians.
    I am a serious, dedicated prepper. My supplies vastly exceed the minimum needed to survive what has been described above. It only makes sense. It is INSURANCE, just because it makes sense (house, car etc.), not because I dwell on conspiracy theories and wring my hands over it daily. Should you be prepared for months of survival on your own, IMHO YES. But I don’t need a tin foil hat and I don’t believe most of what the govt. OR anyone else says without some credible PROOF along with basic “critical thinking skills”. Especially in regards to bizarre statements that don’t match what the OP’s article said. No where did the OP say they were taking the grid down. AFTER the “GridEx 2013″ part of the posting was the exhortation “to be prepared” for grid down sits and what the consequences of a grid down would be for individuals that don’t prepare, CUZ there ain’t gonna be no help form any one else. Use your mind, as it is your best weapon for survival. Preparation gives you the freedom to do so!!! Be well.

  37. Indiana Prepper says:

    While this “drill” may all be an “innocent” tabletop exercise, I can’t help but recall the following:

    On the same day that the OKC bombing took place, the local ATF office was participating in a drill to simulate a terrorist bombing.

    On the same day that the 9/11 attack took place, the government was running Operations Vigilant Warrior and Vigilant Guardian,simulating hijacked planes being flown into buildings.

    On 7/7 in London, a drill was underway simulating buses being blown up by terrorists(coincidentally, it involved the same buses where the real event actually happened.)

    In Aurora Colorado, a drill was planned simulating a mass shooting at a public place.

    In Sandy Hook, a drill was planned to simulate an attack on a public place.

    In Boston, during the marathon, a drill was underway to simulate a terrorist bombing.

    In Texas a massive hospital drill was planned for the same day that a huge fertilizer plant explosion occurred.

    All of these terrible events occurred when governments were planning or holding drills that were eerily coincidental with real events that mimicked or exactly duplicated the events of the planned drills.

    Many here seem to suggest, nothing but a drill folks, move along.

    Draw your own conclusions, as for me, I am wary of ANY “drill” even if it is an “innocent tabletop exercise”.

    • John smith says:

      No those were just attacks

  38. Frani says:

    I always trust what I do not see or what is behind things and FEMA has Region 3 right now being set into play and from what I understand, they have not said why, but this could be the very reason why as there is alot of civil unrest in West Va and Va and the surrounding states of Washington DC but check it out for yourself in google search. I have been prepping, better safe than sorry for if it has not happened, it will!! Anything is possible, and even if it last a few days, who is too say that when we least expect it, then as in Noah’s day, when all seemed well for the Non Preppers, eating, drinking, building, marrying and then suddenly, Snap…I say prepare and prepare even if things all of a sudden seem so Rosie…..Trust what you do not see, the opponent is always creating distractions or diversions away from the truth.

  39. Nam Marine says:

    Should have seen this coming people !

  40. Wide Awake says:

    I’m more worried about looters taking my stash than the government. You can be ready as hell but trusting anybody in a time of national disaster is what will be your downfall.

  41. meeshell says:

    why don’t we tell our enemies how vulnerable we are!!!!!!! Saying stuff like this for anybody to read….. this blows my mind!

  42. Nannie Sillavan says:

    You mean they are so heartless that they will leave hospitals and home with out power for freezers, oxygen , and let all the food supple ruin that people have worked and paid for , for later use. There will probably be looting and robbery , murder and no telling what for people just to survive ,they only will be thinking of them selves and their family. This will have the world with more dead people than any war. There should be some way of evaluating a possible problem like this with out the actual drill.

  43. Jeanie says:

    They can not even get a health care plan off the ground without it crashing what makes them think they can do this?

  44. tristan says:

    this is it folks the dictator is going to make his ‘power grab’ good america i hope to see when its over sans liberals and communists.. God Speed to you all.

    • noone says:

      this is not it

      give until 2016

      this is a test it is only a test

      2016 is IT

  45. Castaway50 says:

    First of all, hospitals and some shopping malls have their own back up generators. But why do this in the winter time? Better to do it in the spring when if they do shut the power down, we’re not going to be freezing our asses off for their stupidity.

    • noone says:

      you think they care?

  46. BiggWill says:

    This will mot be a drill as they say…two comets fully charged will be in our vicinity ant the same time of this so-called drill…BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING

  47. Watcher says:

    Just a side thought didn’t we have one of these in 2011?

    NERC Announces Grid Security Exercise

    WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) announced it will conduct a cybersecurity incident readiness exercise, called GridEx 2011, in November as part of its ongoing cyber readiness program. The grid security exercise, scheduled for November 15-17, will test NERC’s and the electricity industry’s crisis response plans, and validate current readiness in response to a cyber incident. The exercise also will serve as an opportunity to enhance collaboration and strengthen industry security processes and capabilities.

    [Announcement]

    Posted On: 05/03/2011

    http://www.nerc.com/pa/CI/news/Pages/NERC-Announces-Grid-Security-Exercise.aspx

  48. d says:

    Fear is satan’s game and it loves to freak everyone out. Stop being nervous and let God lead you to what is right. satan is a liar..

  49. d says:

    Everyone remember y2k..yeah right, had everyone worried. Oh what about the mayan calender predicting the end of the world? Oh here is a doozy, the meteor that was supposed to strike the earth? Oops..Relax yall..

    • Ti says:

      Remember Hurricane Sandy, Katrina and countless other natural disasters? What about 9/11 and Fukushima? What about the collapse in Egypt that is bound to happen here?

      Being prepared is wise, so instead of focusing on doomsday events maybe you should look at what’s really happening to this world.

      By the way this site has written countless article debunking all the idiot doomsday people and often tells people to focus on the most likely disasters not the end of world garbage.

    • noone says:

      Because it was the most expensive remediation in history. I was part of it. Companies all of the world spent a trillion $ to fix the code so idiots like you could say “nothing happened derp.”

      Please educate yourself before you type again.

      • SJ says:

        Amen Brother. It chaps my hide to hear people say Y2K was a farce/hoax/etc. IT folks around the world worked their butts off so nothing would happen. Businesses spent boatloads of money updating software and hardware. Y2K was a flipping VICTORY.

  50. K. Stufflebeam says:

    That’s right folks, it’s GridEx II, from the people that brought you GridEx I, Y2k, The Zombie Appocolypse, Armageddon, and many more. Guaranteed to have you stocking up on flashlights, generators, canned food, camping gear, bomb shelters and much, much more useless equipment. And say, don’t forget to stock up on the new and improved Twinkee. That’s right, new Twinkees, with a shelf life of 100 years, resistant to nucleur blasts and much much more…

    Just another tall tale from conspiracy nutz to make tons of money from overprised “survival” equipment. How many times will America fall for this propaganda.

  51. sabrina says:

    I say let it happen to get us ready ..but I’m only worried about
    My food in my freezer

  52. Donna says:

    If they do this for even just the 2 days and so many people know nothing about this its gonna be bad,my daughter works in a elderly care and didnt know anything about this i told her,and she was no way,the elderly peoople are gonna be scared and not just them this will throw alot of people in a panic,we will be fine,just as long as they only do this for 2 days we shall be ok God bless us all.

  53. LaTonya Fields says:

    I live in Killeen Tx. and I am a war veteran so I understand what you the government is trying to do. Is there anyway we can find out what states or cities are going to be affected by this shutdown?

  54. Barek Odumba says:

    Show me where one single shut has ever happened!!!! These guys are playing you all for fools!!! Have you ever missed a meal, do you think someone will support you dumb asses!!!!

  55. KeithM says:

    I live in the northeast and have not noticed any power outage as of 1440, 13 November. I will notify if I notice any power problems.

  56. Dean Thorn says:

    I wish you would not post things that you are just assuming are going to happen. Obvious it was a false alarm because it did not happen. When I posted this on FB my brother replied “sounds like Y2K to me.

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