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DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
« on: December 13, 2014, 09:15:38 AM »
This figure sounds low, IMHO.

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DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm

Document says FEMA unsure of damage to grid from magnetic storm

BY: Bill Gertz    
December 12, 2014 5:00 am

Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document.

DHS’ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stated in an internal 2012 fact sheet outlining its response plan for severe “space weather” that the actual impact and damage from a future solar storm is not known.

“An analysis of the space weather impacts indicates that the greatest challenge will be to provide life-saving and life-sustaining resources for large numbers of people that experience long-term power outage from damage to the U.S. electrical grid,” the FEMA document, dated March 1, 2012, states.

The FEMA fact sheet noted the findings of a 2010 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that monitors sun storms, warning that an extreme solar storm could leave “130 million people without power for years,” and destroy or damage more than 300 hard-to-replace electrical grid transformers.

Major solar storms are rare. Two major solar disruption events took place in 1859 and 1921, times when electricity was less prevalent than today.

- See more at: http://freebeacon.com/national-security/dhs-100-million-americans-could-lose-power-in-major-sun-storm/#sthash.6trUN9I9.dpuf

Sobering stuff, and something to keep in the back of your mind when prepping.  Is it likely?  Probably not.
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Re: DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2014, 12:28:17 PM »
Maybe the left coast after the recent storm will be more pliant towards the concept of prepping.
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Re: DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2014, 12:36:54 PM »
They will just pass more laws requiring more government help in cases of emergencies.
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Re: DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 06:34:21 PM »
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  The FEMA fact sheet noted the findings of a 2010 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency that monitors sun storms, warning that an extreme solar storm could leave “130 million people without power for years,” and destroy or damage more than 300 hard-to-replace electrical grid transformers.
 

Hmmm, maybe I need more propane tanks, I can run my generator for 6 to 8 days right now.  :thatsright:
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