You have read the disturbing reports about terrorists who targeted power stations in North Carolina, Washington, and Oregon recently. The alarming part of this story, according to Mayor Carol Haney of South Pines, NC, is that it could happen to anyone. Frank Morris reports for NPR:
“This beautiful part of the world gets sabotaged,” said Haney. “So, it could happen to anyone. And that’s probably the most frightening for everyone– that this could happen to anyone.”
It could. Across the United States some 55,000 electrical substations are humming right now, mostly transforming high voltage from big power lines, into lower voltages for homes and businesses. Many of them are sitting ducks for saboteurs.
“The electric grid is the Achilles heel of the United States,” says Mike Mabee, a self-described “grid-security gadfly” who pours over electric company data to highlight vulnerabilities.
Like many he’s worried about Russian or Chinese cyberattacks, but Mabee says the easiest way to hurt Americans is something a lot less exotic, shooting up substations with widely available assault rifles.
“If a terrorist organization, whether homegrown or a foreign terrorist organization wants to visit damage on the United States electric grid, the easiest way to do it is by a physical attack,” says Mabee.
Action Line: Protect yourself from the damage these attacks can do to your life by preparing yourself now. Own a generator, have a plan for food (download my free special report, FOOD SHORTAGE: Crazed Hoarding Is not Preparing) and water storage (download my free special report, Emergency Water Storage: How Much, Containers, Purification & More), and develop an evacuation plan if it comes to that. In the meantime, click here to subscribe to my free monthly Survive & Thrive letter.
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