The Army is working to respond to the results of a terrorist attack on a power station near Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Many soldiers and their families have been affected, and the power outages could last for some time. Residents of Moore County, including the Army personnel there, are facing a cash-only economy, with electric payments systems knocked out, and many are relying on local assistance for food and water. They could be facing days without electricity. The Army Times reports:
Tens of thousands of people braced for days without electricity in a North Carolina county, which includes an area where residents assigned to one of the Army’s largest and busiest bases live. Authorities say two power substations were shot up by one or more people with apparent criminal intent.
On Monday, across Moore County, southwest of Raleigh, businesses handed out free food or coffee and businesses without internet conducted transactions in cash. One local economic official described the area known for its golf courses and local pottery as “eerily quiet” at a time of year when businesses are normally full of tourists and holiday shoppers. County schools were closed.
“An attack like this on critical infrastructure is a serious, intentional crime and I expect state and federal authorities to thoroughly investigate and bring those responsible to justice,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper wrote on Twitter.
Traffic lights were out throughout the county. Drivers treated intersections as four-way stops, which caused some traffic congestion in communities such as downtown Carthage. A steady hum of honks could be heard as people signaled to each other when they should go at each nonfunctional traffic light. Many local businesses and restaurants displayed “Closed” signs in the windows and had empty parking lots.
Moore County — which also includes the town of Southern Pines — lies just west of Fort Bragg. Commands across the installation told Army Times that they were working feverishly to support their personnel who were impacted.
Action Line: Residents of Moore County, North Carolina, are facing hardship due to a terrorist attack on critical infrastructure. The world has watched as Russia has employed similar tactics in Ukraine by targeting electrical infrastructure there to put pressure on the government to negotiate. In both cases, citizens who were unprepared for life without electricity are suffering. The easy takeaways are: 1) keep cash on hand, 2) prepare for food shortages by downloading my free special report FOOD SHORTAGE: Crazed Hoarding Is not Preparing, and 3) prepare for water shortages by downloading my free special report Emergency Water Storage: How Much, Containers, Purification & More. Don’t wait or allow inertia to hold you back. Download them today, and get started on securing your future against chaos.
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