Local Communities To Train For Mass Power Outage Scenario

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A full-scale training exercise known as Dark Sky is May 15-17 in Brown, Calumet, Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties.

Utility companies, law enforcement and first responders will be part of the power outage simulation.

“The what ifs. We’re trying to fill in those spots for the what ifs,” said Rob Olson, Outagamie County Emergency Management.

The National Guard says the public may notice military presence and increased emergency personnel during the exercise.

The National Guard says the training exercise is to prepare for a possible attack on the state’s infrastructure.

“Our emergency management community must be prepared to deal with the myriad scenarios and challenges posed by a long-term mass power outage, and by training together, we continue building meaningful relationships that leave us better positioned to respond to a real-world situation,” says Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general.

No homes will lose power but simulations will take place.

In Outagamie County those scenarios will include mass casualties to hazardous material and natural gas.

“We’ve got our private providers out there, we’ve got our partnerships out there that we’re all testing and ensuring that we can communicate,” Olson said. “We’re ensuring how to we support each other in the time of need.”

In Omro, National Guard soldiers will go door-to-door to conduct welfare checks as part of the training.


(WLUK) — If you see an increased emergency response presence next month , don’t worry, it’s just a drill.
A full-scale training exercise simulating a long-term mass power outage in Wisconsin will be held May 15-17 throughout the state.
The exercise, known as Dark Sky, will occur in Brown, Calumet, Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.
Dark Sky will test the abilities of private utilities, law enforcement, first responders and the National Guard to respond to the scenario.
“Dark Sky provides an incredible opportunity for our first responders, …


Mass Power Outage Training
The Wisconsin National Guard is helping communities prepare for possible long-term mass power outages. The exercise known as “Dark Sky” will be held May 15th thru the 17th in Brown, Calumet, Dane, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties. Utility companies, law enforcement, and first responders will take part in the simulation. A military presence and increased emergency personnel are likely during the exercise. …


Sounds like they want to mess with the F’ing grid.Years ago when those peeps in cali where shopoting at substation:

“The attack began just before 1 a.m. on April 16 last year, when someone slipped into an underground vault not far from a busy freeway and cut telephone cables.

“Within half an hour, snipers opened fire on a nearby electrical substation. Shooting for 19 minutes, they surgically knocked out 17 giant transformers that funnel power to Silicon Valley. A minute before a police car arrived, the shooters disappeared into the night.

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“To avoid a blackout, electric-grid officials rerouted power around the site and asked power plants in Silicon Valley to produce more electricity. But it took utility workers 27 days to make repairs and bring the substation back to life.”

Those large power transformers I think made exclusively in germany.

Large power transformers are essential critical infrastructure to the electric grid, and are huge, weighing up to 820,000 pounds. If large power transformers are destroyed by a geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) electromagnetic pulse (EMP), cyber-attack, sabotage, severe weather, floods, or simply old age, parts or all of the electric grid could be down in a region for 6 months to 2 years. This is because the USA imports 85% of them, there is competition with other nations for limited production and raw materials such as special grade electrical steel, a high cost ranging from $2.5 to $10 million dollars (including transport/installation), and they are custom built, with long lead times to design, bid, manufacture, and deliver, with components depending on long foreign production and supply chains. The United States large power transformers are aging faster than they’re being replaced, and even more are needed for new intermittent renewable generation, which has the potential to damage them if not integrated carefully into the existing electric grid. There are possibly tens of thousands of LPT’s in America, mostly built between 1954 and 1978, so an increasing percentage of these aging LPT’s will need to be replaced within the next few decades.





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