September 16th update of the news item on the upcoming electric grid test which was originally posted here on September 11, 2013.
Based on an August 16th New York Times article, it appears that this November 13th/14th drill will not involve a shut down of the electrical grid.
The North American Utility Reliability Corporation (mentioned in the above article) is in charge of planning this upcoming November drill which is called Grid Ex-II. I wrote to Bill Lawrence who is the man in charge saying:
"Dear Mr. Lawrence, ... I have a question about the upcoming November 13th/14th test scheduled to take place in just two months. First, I was wondering whether NERC the main agency overseeing this drill? Also, there are postings on the internet indicating that on these days the U.S. will be participating with Canada and Mexico in an excercise to examine the system response to a hypothetical EMP event or cyber attack and some postings claim that the entire electrical grid will be shut down during these two days. Is there any truth to this? I need to have some informed input on this since I find this hard to believe."
"Dr. LaViolette, NERC is running a simulated exercise to practice crisis response and information sharing. No real power outages will occur due to this exercise. The scenario does not involve EMP."
Checking out the NERC website, one finds that this is an expanded version of a Grid drill that they had previously conducted in November 2011. Apparently, there is a lot of misinformation that was posted about this on the internet that was not previously checked out. So disregard concerns voiced in my original posting that this exercise will involve a planned blackout and speculations that its dates may have been chosen to prepare for a real event.
I have used strikethroughs to indicate material to disregard in my previously revised posting below. Although there are many who do not trust public statements from government agencies and feel we should nevertheless prepare ourselves for unexpected events (see comments at the end of this posting).
This one predicts that it may coincide with a false flag operation: http://thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/09/07/when-the-lights-go-out-on-november-13-2013/
It is really difficult to tell from these news postings because both ideas are being circulated. This confusion may be due to people lacking a clear official statement of what is planned for these days. I have been unable to check this out with any U.S. electric utilities since I am currently in Europe. But one viewer strongly feels that this is just a test simulation and not an actual power black out (see reader comments below).
As I have warned in previous publications and outreach projects, a galactic superwave would deliver a strong EMP pulse at the time of its arrival, possibly threatening the electric grid, GPS satellites, and cellular telephone systems. One way to protect the electric grid would be to shut it down during the time of superwave arrival. If it is just a simulation with no power black out being planned, then this becomes a non issue.
To learn more about the electric grid vulnerabilities from severe space events, you may be interested to read this report from a National Research Council workshop held in May 2008: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12507. Also here is advice on disaster preparation which former NASA director Charles Bolden made to his NASA employees in 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECzjhSDD_kM.
There is evidence that our planet may have been impacted by as many as 13 minor superwave events in the past 5300 years. As many of 8 of these appear to be registered in the geologic record, as described in this Starburst Foundation news posting:
http://starburstfound.org/independent-confirmation-arrival-minor-superwave-event-774-ad/ This evidence indicates that we are currently overdue for another event.
You can find information about superwaves and superwave preparedness by going to the following pages on this site:
Hopefully we will have more information in the next week as to whether the November 13th/14th event will be just a procedure simulation or an actual grid shut down. Anyone who has obtained official information about this from their local electric utility or Homeland Security office, please comment.
Paul A. LaViolette
September 11, 2013
updated September 15, 2013