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

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. 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.

  2. 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!

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

    • 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…”

  4. 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.

    • 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…

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

    • 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….

    • 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…

    • 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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…

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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”.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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