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It’s been called a matter of “when, not if.” Some of the most powerful people in the world are meeting to discuss how the world will react to a “Black Sky” event, a large-scale catastrophe that would disrupt the functioning of critical national infrastructure such as power supplies.

And exercises are already under way to plan how the world will cope with the inevitable disaster.

“Earth Ex,” an “Emergency All-sector Response Transnational Hazard Exercise” featuring “a remarkable range of corporations, government agencies and NGOs on three continents,” reportedly took place on Aug. 23. The “invite only” event, featuring “new exercise tools” from the Department of Homeland Security, had the objective of improving “community resilience to long duration power outage events through cross-sector exercises,” and was scheduled to last for four hours.

Different “operational lanes” have been established for different kinds of institutions, including “federal government,” “state government” and those for utilities and the private sector.

“Individual and Family Preparedness” also was one of the “operational lanes” identified in Earth Ex’s June 15, 2017, final planning document.

The Electric Infrastructure Security Council, which hosted the exercise and is staffed by former high-ranking government officials and corporate leaders from a number of allied nations including Israel, argues the connectedness of global infrastructure actually makes catastrophe more likely.

The EIS Council declares:

“Today’s lifeline infrastructures are interconnected and resourced on unprecedented scales, with supply chains spanning the nation and, increasingly, the world. With this growing integration and global reach, they have brought us remarkable capabilities.

“At a price.

“Concerns have grown over the potential for severe malicious or natural ‘Black Sky’ hazards associated with subcontinent scale, long duration power outages, with cascading failure of all our other increasingly interdependent infrastructures. This creates a grim and difficult dilemma: Restoration of any sector will only be possible with at least minimal operation of all the others.”

Recently, 200 experts from 24 countries and dozens of states met to discuss how to prepare for a Black Sky event. The Washington, D.C., summit was hosted by Rep. Yvette Clark, D-N.Y.; Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.; and several British leaders.

Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilianda, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives who attended the summit, wrote in USA Today such meetings are necessary because a Black Sky catastrophe is inevitable.

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“Our work is to learn about, discuss and plan for the inevitability of large-scale catastrophe, referred to as the ‘Black Sky events’: extreme weather, mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism, high-altitude electromagnetic pulse, Intentional Electromagnetic Interference, and coordinated physical assault …” wrote Vasilianda. “It’s not ‘if’ but ‘when’ a Black Sky event will occur. The time is now for each of us to do all we can to be resilient, to prevent – but also to prepare to restore and rebuild.”

Carl Gallups, a pastor, former law-enforcement official and author of “Be Thou Prepared,” says ordinary Americans need to do more to safeguard themselves. While the rich and powerful are clearly preparing for catastrophe, he intoned, the average person seems unaware of looming threats.

“The federal government is meeting with 200 experts from 24 countries preparing for a Black Sky event,” he said. “They’re telling us. It’s not if. It’s just when. This is going to happen, somewhere, sometime, and they’re saying, ‘We need to be prepared as nations and you need to be prepared as families and churches.’

“Are churches prepared? My family’s prepared. We’re not going to go hide under a log and eat grubs. We have food and water and clothing and weapons and ammunition stored in various places. And we know how to do it without being crazy about it. That’s what my book is about.”

Jeffrey Yago, author of “Lights On: The Non-Technical Guide to Battery Power When the Grid Goes Down,” recently told “The Hagmann Report” one electromagnetic pulse device, or EMP, could wreak nationwide havoc coast to coast.

In the interview, Yago warned the government is preparing to defend itself, but is not preparing to defend the people.

“It seems like most of the preparation this country has been doing is just for continuation of government,” Yago said. “They certainly are doing preparations and making facilities available for the government, but not only are they not doing anything for the people, but I think they made a decision years ago that it’s just physically not possible for the government to be able to provide food and shelter and water for millions of people if we have a grid-down event.”

Gallups argues churches will be one of the most critical institutions in the case of a Black Sky event, and he urged pastors to take charge of making preparedness a priority for their congregations. He maintains such actions are simply part of the Christian tradition.

Furthermore, he says a back-to-basics approach, in which Americans would learn how to survive without electricity, would simply be a way for Americans to reconnect with how their ancestors lived not long ago.

“They used to do it,” Gallups said of early Americans. “The pioneers who settled our country in the United States, that’s how they lived. They canned food. They raised their own food. They stored up. They learned how to sew and to make their own shoes. That’s how we lived until about 50, 60, 70 years ago. Now you start talking about it and people think you’re some kind of conspiracy theorist. Well, wait ’til the Black Sky event happens to you.”

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