Homeland Security Goes to "Level Four" Readiness; Meanwhile, Is CME Something We Need To Be War Gaming?
Those of us blessed to live in Texas still have things with which we must contend. Last week, the DHS went to "a level-four condition of readiness" due to "a surge of young illegal migrants traveling by themselves." No doubt those of us lamenting this will be accused of being anti-immigration (we're not) or worse (we're not that, either.) This is a heartbreaking situation spurred on by a collapsing society in certain countries south of the U.S. border, made possible by our immigration system which, in 2013, released 36,000 non-residents with criminal records back into society.
All of this, of course, pales in comparison if you believe we are due for a coronal mass ejection. One writer in the preparedness blogs posted this story citing a story from Reuters and one from Forbes which, combined together, certainly get your attention. From the Forbes piece:
"An extreme space weather storm – a solar superstorm – is a low-probability, high-consequence event that poses severe threats to critical infrastructures of the modern society,” warned Liu.
"The cost of an extreme space weather event, if it hits Earth, could reach trillions of dollars with a potential recovery time of 4-10 years . Therefore, it is paramount to the security and economic interest of the modern society to understand solar superstorms.”
A study last year estimated that a second Carrington event could cost the world $2.6 trillion.
Are you ready to live in a post-Carrington society for four to ten years? Me either.
The important thing here is not to get panicked by a Condition Taupe declaration by DHS or a electromagnetic pimp slap by our local star. Make progress as you can. Stay focused. Prepare for a wide spectrum of threats. Pay attention to the news, educate yourselves on the issues, and participate in the upcoming elections.