Large Scale Power Grid Outage Could Hit New Orleans, Nation
With our power grid continuing to age combined with a major natural disaster or terror attack, a wide scale outage could occur. Are you prepared?
NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — At Trinity Electric, we’re here to help our community. As your local electrical safety and electrical expert, we want to help keep you be informed and educated about electrical news and headlines so you can keep your home and family safe.
Our mission and vision is to help each homeowner in our community understand their home’s electrical system and what they can do to be more energy independent in the future. Our position is genuine and our perspective is neutral, and we feel we need to equip our community with some helpful information that may provide safety and security for the things most precious in life, you and your family.
There have recently been waves of articles coming out regarding a simulated power grid test to test how susceptible our power grid is to mass outages. A massive exercise is planned for November 2013 that aims to test the resiliency of the U.S. power grid to withstand major damage caused by a natural disaster or deliberate attack, the New York Times reported In August 2013. In excess of 150 entities have agreed to take part in the simulated event, called “GridEx 2.”
Around the same time frame former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made an unsettling comment recently that “a massive and serious cyber attack on the US homeland is coming, and a natural disaster, the likes of which the nation has never seen, could also be on its way”.
Ever hear about the guy who started putting up Christmas lights on his roof and used a scrawny little extension cord? And each and every year, he put up more and more lights but kept using that same scrawny little extension cord until one year his house had so many lights, it could be seen from outer space — that is until he plugged in that scrawny extension cord that is and it melted and set his house on fire.
The government report on the great northeastern blackout of 2003 cited that no utility had undertaken any major transmission project in over decade. Just like the guy with his Christmas lights and his scrawny little extension cord, utilities have been pushing our power system harder and harder each and every year for decades.
Many sections of the grid in the US are just like that scrawny little extension cord. They are analogous to a single line transmitting huge amounts of power from city to city, and they’re constantly monitored to prevent overload. However many of these lines are 80 years old. Power lines have a maximum safe load they can carry, and when pushed beyond this limit they stretch, sag, break, and even melt just like that extension cord. Overloaded power lines pose a threat to commerce, national security, and you’re very well being. Power outages each year are estimated to cost over $25 billion to our economy.
The fact that our national and local grid system is on shaky ground is reason enough for concern, but if we combine this with a potential large scale natural disaster or terror event we could be left for power without days, weeks, or even months while utility companies rebuild the grid. While in the New Orleans area hurricanes are our primary threat, we could always face other types of disasters ranging from terror attacks, grid outages and a technology overload crisis. This information should cause us to start asking the right questions: How would something like this affect me and my family and how can I be prepared?
Being informed, educated and prepared is the best way to make sure your home is self-sustaining in the event the grid goes out. A backup generator is one of the best ways to ensure your home or office will continue operating even in the event of a large scale (or even small scale) power outage.
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