On Monday, May 11th, we had a surge of power through our house so great, that it magnified the brightness of our lightbulbs tenfold.  The lights and one of the circuits proceeded to burn out, and the surge fried anything that was plugged in—as a strong burst of magnetic energy would. Even a surge strip did not keep the cable box from being fried. This type of situation has never occurred in our home in over 50 years. The event occurred at a little after 13:00 pm CST, or 18:00 UTC. No source was found for the surge, only a fried wire, which had caused a burning smell in the home. Certainly a malfunctioning wire, more than like fried by the surge as well, would not cause a surge in power, but a reduction in it. Would the Zetas care to comment on whether we are now experiencing  EMPs from PX on a more frequent basis? If so, would it be recommended that all electronics not in use be disconnected from their power source? Space was relatively quiet, but the magnetosphere was fluctuating widely. [and from another] http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news... The cut was said to have been caused by an electrical surge. People in the area say "Smoke was coming from the electric cupboard from 86 Deansgate when the power surge hit. 4 fire engines responded to the call". Jade Barrow is a receptionist at 86 Deansgate, and said the whole building shook. She said: "The firemen explained to me that an electrical surge is like 2 magnets hitting each other. That's why it all shook because of the force."  [and from another]http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3863141%3ABlogPost%... May 15. After 15 days with approximately 300 hours of missing data, it appears the uninterrupted BATSRUS RCM image feed has resumed.


Air France 447 in 2009 and Malaysia 370 and the recent Germanwings A320 are in the news because they impact the airline industry, and the blame thus placed elsewhere. To date, pilot suicide, storms, and bad pilot judgement have been used, and how is the public to know otherwise? Electric trains such as the Disney Monorail  and DC Metro crash incidents in 2009 and the recent Amtrak 188 go into investigation while talking heads murmur about safety devices or track maintenance or mechanical failure, which ultimately get the blame.  

It is only when the public is broadly affected that the public can get a hint that something else is afoot. Cell phones are regularly having disrupted service but the blame is placed on blocked access to towers or bad weather. The blackberry outage in 2008 was blamed on a software glitch. If the public is frankly being lied to, engineers responsible for maintaining equipment and the grid are not fooled. The talk has spilled over into the press, or into conversations with the public. During the Washington DC blackout, the electrical problem was described at first by the Washington Post as a “surge”. 

This is a key determinant between a failed electrical system, a simple outage, and electro-magnetic pulse. Pulse is a surge, and the sudden increase in the amount of magnetons and their associated electrons, such that equipment controlled by a steady pace of either particle flow goes into a runaway state. When equipment is guarded by surge protection, to guard against lightning strikes, it will shut down, as a brownout situation can damage equipment. But unless a lightning strike was present, there can be no excuse for a pulse or surge other than the presence of the charged tail of Planet X, aka Nibiru.  

What can the public expect? As cell phone service and cable TV via satellite continues to degrade, as airplanes increasingly crash during complete electronics failure or are forced to land with smoke in their cockpits, as electric trains surge off the tracks and brakes fail, as transformers explode at dams and on the grid, and as residential lights flicker and erratic and unexplained and spotty blackouts descend, the public can expect endless inane excuses from the establishment. The truth will be withheld because mankind is so dependent upon his electrical systems and equipment that the thought of being without is unthinkable. It is mass denial. 

Source: ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for May 23, 2015

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Comment by M. Difato 5 hours ago

8 firefighters hurt in explosion at APS substation in Surprise

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/firefighters-hurt-battling-tra...

 Eight firefighters were injured Friday night (Apr 19) in an explosion at an Arizona Public Service facility in Surprise.Four Peoria firefighters were the most seriously hurt, with three flown to Maricopa County Medical Center's burn unit in Phoenix, said Michael Selmer, a Peoria Fire Department spokesman. One was in critical condition. The fourth was taken to a West Valley hospital.

In addition, four other firefighters for the city of Surprise were taken to a hospital for evaluation of less serious injuries, said Battalion Chief Julie Moore of the Surprise Fire Department.

The explosion occurred at the APS McMicken Energy Storage facility near Grand Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Surprise on Friday evening. The facility houses utility-sized batteries on the site used in the storage and distribution of solar energy, according to the APS website.

Firefighters were called to the substation about 6 p.m., in response to reports by a passer-by of smoke coming from the site, Moore said.

Peoria firefighters responded along with Surprise crews, treating the call as a hazardous-materials response.

A utility-sized lithium battery at the location was evaluated for hazardous chemical levels, Selmer said. While entering the facility, an explosion occurred, he said.

"They're trying to figure out what caused this,'' he said. 

He said Peoria firefighters sustained chemical burns and chemical-inhalation burns. None were identified late Friday.

"I think right now, the mood is somber because it's our firefighters,'' Selmer said, during a briefing outside Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.

Numerous firefighters, including many from Phoenix, gathered at the hospital to show support for their fellow first responders.

APS officials said firefighters were called to the location for what they described as an equipment failure issue at the substation.

The substation includes a large, utility-scale battery, officials said.

"Our first priority and concern is for the first responders. We are going to cooperate fully with an investigation to find out what went wrong,'' said APS spokesman Alan Bunnell.

Multiple fire department units still were at the scene late Friday night.

Moore said crews would be at the scene for several hours investigating the site along with APS officials..:

Updated 11:45 a.m. MT April 21, 2019 

2 of the Peoria firefighters hospitalized after APS battery explosion discharged

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/peoria-breaking/2019/04/...

Comment by M. Difato on Saturday

'Smoky odor' forces Delta flight to make emergency landing at SFO

https://www.sfgate.com/local/article/plane-emergency-landing-san-fr...

 A plane departing San Francisco International Airport Friday morning (Apr 19) was forced to return shortly after takeoff, said officials.

Delta Flight 1359 was en route to John F. Kennedy International Airport just before 9 a.m. when the Boeing 757-200 turned back due to a maintenance issue, said SFO spokesman Doug Yakel. A spokesperson for the airline explained a "smoky odor" was detected in the cockpit after takeoff. The plane turned around out of an abundance of caution.

Photo: Screenshot / Flightradar24

Updated: 10:20 am PDT, Friday, April 19, 2019

Comment by M. Difato on Tuesday

Scare on JetBlue flight prompts emergency landing in Orlando, Passengers stranded at OIA for hours

 https://www.clickorlando.com/travel/scare-on-jetblue-flight-prompts...

 ORLANDO, Fla. - A JetBlue flight made an emergency landing late Monday (Apr 15) at Orlando International Airport after there was an issue aboard the plane.

Flight 1126, traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Raleigh, North Carolina, diverted to Orlando because of an apparent issue with the air conditioning or cabin pressure.

Passengers said they noticed a burning smell shortly after takeoff.

The plane safely landed, but passengers had to wait at OIA for hours before taking off just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.

News 6 has called JetBlue for comment but has not heard back.

Comment by M. Difato on April 15, 2019 at 5:51pm

Israeli Airline Arkia Makes Emergency Landing in Barcelona Following Engine Explosion

 https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/israel-news/1714420/israeli-ai...

 Israeli airline Arkia turned around one of its planes, flight IZ272, from Barcelona to Tel Aviv, after an explosion was heard 10 minutes after take-off. The flight, which was being operated by the Italian charter company Neos, experienced a malfunction in one of its engines and had to make an emergency landing.

The flight returned to Barcelona airport and landed safely without any injuries. Passengers who were on the flight reported that they heard an explosion immediately after takeoff.

Ynet News reported that passenger Yisrael Zeri, a Municipal Council member for Ramat Gan city hall, was on the plane and said: “Immediately after take-off, we heard a number of explosions and we felt moderate turbulence. At one point, passengers who sat near the windows on the left-hand side of the plane began to scream and said that they saw fire coming from one of the engines. People began to panic. The airline attendants also began to become stresses at a certain point. When a number of passengers began to cry the crew announced that they were going to conduct a regular landing back in Barcelona.”

A spokesperson from Arkia issued a statement following the landing: “An Italian Boeing plane that conducted the flight on behalf of Arkia from Barcelona to Israel returned to Barcelona after its take-off due to a malfunction that took place in one of its engines. The plane conducted a normal landing in Barcelona. The passengers disembarked and Arkia is working on finding alternative flights to bring them to Israel as fast as possible.”

Posted: April 14, 2019 6:00 pm  (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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ZetaTalk Explanation 5/21/2016

http://www.zetatalk.com/ning/21ma2016.htm

"Explosions happen when the jet engines have fuel aflame that cannot vent, as the jet blades are stopped.."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 12, 2019 at 6:41am

https://www.mwakilishi.com/article/kenya-news/2019-04-09/kq-on-the-...

KQ on the Spot as Its Johannesburg-Bound Flight Made Emergency Landing in Tanzania After Catching Fire

Tue, 04/09/2019 @ 10:37am

Reports have emerged that a Johannesburg-bound Kenya Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Tanzania after one of its engines burst into flames.

The Dreamliner aircraft carrying 142 passengers and 10 crew members en-route to South Africa, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) managed to land safely, thus averting a possible disaster.

However, questions have been raised on how Kenya Airways handled the emergency situation.

The Daily Nation reports that an internal investigation into the incident which happened on February 12th, 2019, has revealed that there was laxity at KQ's operations control center.

The report published on Tuesday says that the national airline's operations control center failed to provide necessary assistance to the captains during the emergency.

The duty manager at the control center allegedly had no flight plan for the Kenya Airway's Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight.

The said manager reportedly advised the plane's pilots to return to JKIA despite having no flight plan. 

“The report faulted the OCC for advising the pilot to return to Nairobi when they did not even know the exact location of the plane and also for not having a checklist to refer to on the next course of action when an aircraft has an in-flight problem," the report says.

KQ said the aircraft developed mechanical problem mid-air and that a team of engineers were sent to Dar es Salaam to assess the situation.

The engineers reportedly established that the plane developed a problem on one of its engines, and the aircraft was cleared to fly again after the issue was fixed.

Responding to queries about the incident, KQ CEO Sabastian Mikosz said engineers identified the problem and recommended that the affected engine be replaced. 

“The crew shut down the engine as per procedure and diverted to Dar es Salaam. Our engineers travelled to Dar es Salaam to assess the engine and determined that it needed to be changed,” CEO Sebastian Mikosz told the Nation at that time.

The airline initially downplayed the magnitude of the incident, but the internal probe has revealed that the engine actually caught fire, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing in Tanzania after shutting it down.

“The crew then completed the remainder of the checklist items and opted to divert to the nearest suitable airport, which was Dar-es-Salaam (HTDA),” the report reads in part.

The plane touched the ground in Dar es Salaam at 1:40 pm, 35 minutes after it left JKIA.

The flight had arrived in Nairobi from New York at 7 am as flight KQ 003 before being deployed to OR-Tambo Airport at 1:05 pm as flight KQ 762.

The plane, which is one of KQ’s seven Dreamliners, has two General Electric GEnex engines and is just four years old. 

The engine that caught fire had been reinstalled seven months earlier, after being taken back to the manufacturer for repairs. The affected engine has since been flown to the US for repairs.

Comment by M. Difato on April 6, 2019 at 4:53pm

Firefighters battle blaze at LG&E substation outside New Albany

 http://www.wave3.com/2019/04/05/fire-blazing-new-albany-power-subst...  

 

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Firefighters spent hours putting out a massive blaze at an energy substation outside of New Albany, police confirmed.

It started around 7:30 p.m. Thursday((Apr 4)  , on Hwy 111, also known as River Road, at Gap Hollow Road. That’s the LG&E Paddy’s West Substation that is outside of New Albany to the southwest.

The Lafayette Township Fire Protection District shared the following video of the fire on Twitter:

A transformer inside the substation caught fire, LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan confirmed.

Whelan said no employees were inside the substation when it caught fire.

Firefighters put out the fire around 10 p.m. The department will stay on the scene to monitor the situation overnight.

There are no reported power outages in the area and LG&E said customers should not be impacted.

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Randfontein substation explodes into flames

 https://citizen.co.za/news/south-africa/accidents/2113105/randfonte...

 

Eskom confirmed a substation was burning on Saturday morning.

A substation in Randfontein exploded and burst into flames, Eskom confirmed in a tweet early on Saturday morning (Apr 6).

The fire department was attending to the scene, while the cause of the explosion was not known.

In a statement, the utility said several areas in and around Randfontein had been left without power as a result, and technicians would only be able to restore service once it was safe to do so.

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Comment by M. Difato on April 5, 2019 at 3:11pm

Cockpit odor spurs American Airlines emergency landing in NC

  WILMINGTON — Possible electrical fumes in the cockpit spurred an American Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in North Carolina.

Authorities tell news outlets that American flight 809 from Philadelphia to Orlando landed Tuesday afternoon    (Apr 2) at Wilmington International Airport. Deputy Airport Director Gary Broughton said the flight crew detected the odor in the cockpit of the Airbus A321 and deployed oxygen masks before asking to be diverted to Wilmington.

The aircraft had 178 passengers and a crew of six on board.

The plane taxied to the gate and passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft through the jet bridge. Emergency personnel were deployed but no injuries were reported.

An American Airlines maintenance crew was inspecting the aircraft Tuesday afternoon.

https://www.fayobserver.com/news/20190403/cockpit-odor-spurs-americ...

Flight Track Log 

American Airlines 809

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL809/history/20190402/1445Z/K...

Comment by M. Difato on April 2, 2019 at 3:55am

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Oakland

 https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/southwest-flight-makes-emerge...

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A Southwest Airlines flight heading to Las Vegas was forced to make an emergency landing in Oakland early Monday(Apr 1) after smoke was detected in the cockpit, authorities said.

Flight 2541 left Oakland at 8:42 a.m. and was not in the air long before the problem was detected on the Boeing 737-700 over the Central Valley.

The jet returned to Oakland International and arrived safely at 9:49 a.m.

No injuries were reported and crews were trying to determine the source of the smoke.

Southwest said the passengers would be transferred to other later flights.

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Flight Track Log (SWA2541)

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/SWA2541/history/20190401/1535Z/...

Comment by Juan F Martinez on April 1, 2019 at 4:31pm

Major Airlines Hit With System-Wide Computer Outages 4-1-2019

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/delta-united-southwest-airline/20...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 30, 2019 at 8:44pm

https://offgridsurvival.com/trump-signs-executive-order-to-protect-...

Trump Signs Executive Order to Protect US from EMP attacks

“Today’s executive order – the first ever to establish a comprehensive policy to improve resilience to EMPs – is one more example of how the administration is keeping its promise to always be vigilant against present dangers and future threats,” she said.

This comes after DHS issued a dire warning last December, admitting that the federal government was not prepared for the chaos that would follow an EMP attack and warning the public to prepare for up to 6 months without power.

The Executive Order signed by Trump on Tuesday directs federal agencies to identify pieces of critical infrastructure that could be impacted by an EMP attack. National security adviser John Bolton will be overseeing the order’s implementation.

The Executive Order Reads (and can be seen on the White House Website HERE)

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) has the potential to disrupt, degrade, and damage technology and critical infrastructure systems.  Human-made or naturally occurring EMPs can affect large geographic areas, disrupting elements critical to the Nation’s security and economic prosperity, and could adversely affect global commerce and stability.  The Federal Government must foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs.

Sec. 2.  Definitions.  As used in this order:

(a)  “Critical infrastructure” means systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters.

(b)  “Electromagnetic pulse” is a burst of electromagnetic energy.  EMPs have the potential to negatively affect technology systems on Earth and in space.  A high-altitude EMP (HEMP) is a type of human-made EMP that occurs when a nuclear device is detonated at approximately 40 kilometers or more above the surface of Earth.  A geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) is a type of natural EMP driven by a temporary disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field resulting from interactions with solar eruptions.  Both HEMPs and GMDs can affect large geographic areas.

(c)  “National Critical Functions” means the functions of government and the private sector so vital to the United States that their disruption, corruption, or dysfunction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.

(d)  “National Essential Functions” means the overarching responsibilities of the Federal Government to lead and sustain the Nation before, during, and in the aftermath of a catastrophic emergency, such as an EMP that adversely affects the performance of Government.

(e)  “Prepare” and “preparedness” mean the actions taken to plan, organize, equip, train, and exercise to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.  These terms include the prediction and notification of impending EMPs.

(f)  A “Sector-Specific Agency” (SSA) is the Federal department or agency that is responsible for providing institutional knowledge and specialized expertise as well as leading, facilitating, or supporting the security and resilience programs and associated activities of its designated critical infrastructure sector in the all-hazards environment.  The SSAs are those identified in Presidential Policy Directive 21 of February 12, 2013 (Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience).

Sec. 3.  Policy.  (a)  It is the policy of the United States to prepare for the effects of EMPs through targeted approaches that coordinate whole-of-government activities and encourage private-sector engagement.  The Federal Government must provide warning of an impending EMP; protect against, respond to, and recover from the effects of an EMP through public and private engagement, planning, and investment; and prevent adversarial events through deterrence, defense, and nuclear nonproliferation efforts.  To achieve these goals, the Federal Government shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments.

(b)  To implement the actions directed in this order, the Federal Government shall promote collaboration and facilitate information sharing, including the sharing of threat and vulnerability assessments, among executive departments and agencies (agencies), the owners and operators of critical infrastructure, and other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate.  The Federal Government shall also provide incentives, as appropriate, to private-sector partners to encourage innovation that strengthens critical infrastructure against the effects of EMPs through the development and implementation of best practices, regulations, and appropriate guidance.

Sec. 4.  Coordination.  (a)  The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), through National Security Council staff and in consultation with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), shall coordinate the development and implementation of executive branch actions to assess, prioritize, and manage the risks of EMPs.  The APNSA shall, on an annual basis, submit a report to the President summarizing progress on the implementation of this order, identifying gaps in capability, and recommending how to address those gaps.

(b)  To further the Federal R&D necessary to prepare the Nation for the effects of EMPs, the Director of OSTP shall coordinate efforts of agencies through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).  The Director of OSTP, through the NSTC, shall annually review and assess the R&D needs of agencies conducting preparedness activities for EMPs, consistent with this order.

Sec. 5.  Roles and Responsibilities.  (a)  The Secretary of State shall:

(i)   lead the coordination of diplomatic efforts with United States allies and international partners regarding enhancing resilience to the effects of EMPs; and

(ii)  in coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the heads of other relevant agencies, strengthen nuclear nonproliferation and deterrence efforts, which would reduce the likelihood of an EMP attack on the United States or its allies and partners by limiting the availability of nuclear devices.

(b)  The Secretary of Defense shall:

(i)    in cooperation with the heads of relevant agencies and with United States allies, international partners, and private-sector entities as appropriate, improve and develop the ability to rapidly characterize, attribute, and provide warning of EMPs, including effects on space systems of interest to the United States;

(ii)   provide timely operational observations, analyses, forecasts, and other products for naturally occurring EMPs to support the mission of the Department of Defense along with United States allies and international partners, including the provision of alerts and warnings for natural EMPs that may affect weapons systems, military operations, or the defense of the United States;

(iii)  conduct R&D and testing to understand the effects of EMPs on Department of Defense systems and infrastructure, improve capabilities to model and simulate the environments and effects of EMPs, and develop technologies to protect Department of Defense systems and infrastructure from the effects of EMPs to ensure the successful execution of Department of Defense missions;

(iv)   review and update existing EMP-related standards for Department of Defense systems and infrastructure, as appropriate;

(v)    share technical expertise and data regarding EMPs and their potential effects with other agencies and with the private sector, as appropriate;

(vi)   incorporate attacks that include EMPs as a factor in defense planning scenarios; and

(vii)  defend the Nation from adversarial EMPs originating outside of the United States through defense and deterrence, consistent with the mission and national security policy of the Department of Defense.

(c)  The Secretary of the Interior shall support the research, development, deployment, and operation of capabilities that enhance understanding of variations of Earth’s magnetic field associated with EMPs.

(d)  The Secretary of Commerce shall:

(i)   provide timely and accurate operational observations, analyses, forecasts, and other products for natural EMPs, exclusive of the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense set forth in subsection (b)(ii) of this section; and

(ii)  use the capabilities of the Department of Commerce, the private sector, academia, and nongovernmental organizations to continuously improve operational forecasting services and the development of standards for commercial EMP technology.

(e)  The Secretary of Energy shall conduct early-stage R&D, develop pilot programs, and partner with other agencies and the private sector, as appropriate, to characterize sources of EMPs and their couplings to the electric power grid and its subcomponents, understand associated potential failure modes for the energy sector, and coordinate preparedness and mitigation measures with energy sector partners.

(f)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:

(i)    provide timely distribution of information on EMPs and credible associated threats to Federal, State, and local governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other stakeholders;

(ii)   in coordination with the heads of any relevant SSAs, use the results of risk assessments to better understand and enhance resilience to the effects of EMPs across all critical infrastructure sectors, including coordinating the identification of national critical functions and the prioritization of associated critical infrastructure at greatest risk to the effects of EMPs;

(iii)  coordinate response to and recovery from the effects of EMPs on critical infrastructure, in coordination with the heads of appropriate SSAs;

(iv)   incorporate events that include EMPs as a factor in preparedness scenarios and exercises;

(v)    in coordination with the heads of relevant SSAs, conduct R&D to better understand and more effectively model the effects of EMPs on national critical functions and associated critical infrastructure — excluding Department of Defense systems and infrastructure — and develop technologies and guidelines to enhance these functions and better protect this infrastructure;

(vi)   maintain survivable means to provide necessary emergency information to the public during and after EMPs; and

(vii)  in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, and informed by intelligence-based threat assessments, develop quadrennial risk assessments on EMPs, with the first risk assessment delivered within 1 year of the date of this order.

(g)  The Director of National Intelligence shall:

(i)   coordinate the collection, analysis, and promulgation, as appropriate, of intelligence-based assessments on adversaries’ capabilities to conduct an attack utilizing an EMP and the likelihood of such an attack; and

(ii)  provide intelligence-based threat assessments to support the heads of relevant SSAs in the development of quadrennial risk assessments on EMPs.

(h)  The heads of all SSAs, in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security, shall enhance and facilitate information sharing with private-sector counterparts, as appropriate, to enhance preparedness for the effects of EMPs, to identify and share vulnerabilities, and to work collaboratively to reduce vulnerabilities.

(i)  The heads of all agencies that support National Essential Functions shall ensure that their all­hazards preparedness planning sufficiently addresses EMPs, including through mitigation, response, and recovery, as directed by national preparedness policy.

Sec. 6.  Implementation.  (a)  Identifying national critical functions and associated priority critical infrastructure at greatest risk.

(i)   Within 90 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and other agencies as appropriate, shall identify and list the national critical functions and associated priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets, including space-based assets that, if disrupted, could reasonably result in catastrophic national or regional effects on public health or safety, economic security, or national security.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall update this list as necessary.

(ii)  Within 1 year of the identification described in subsection (a)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of other agencies as appropriate, shall, using appropriate government and private-sector standards for EMPs, assess which identified critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets are most vulnerable to the effects of EMPs.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide this list to the President, through the APNSA.  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall update this list using the results produced pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, and as necessary thereafter.

(b)  Improving understanding of the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 180 days of the identification described in subsection (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and in consultation with the Director of OSTP and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall review test data — identifying any gaps in such data — regarding the effects of EMPs on critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets representative of those throughout the Nation.

(ii)   Within 180 days of identifying the gaps in existing test data, as directed by subsection (b)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of SSAs and in consultation with the Director of OSTP and the heads of other appropriate agencies, shall use the sector partnership structure identified in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan to develop an integrated cross-sector plan to address the identified gaps.  The heads of agencies identified in the plan shall implement the plan in collaboration with the private sector, as appropriate.

(iii)  Within 1 year of the date of this order, and as appropriate thereafter, the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the heads of other agencies and the private sector, as appropriate, shall review existing standards for EMPs and develop or update, as necessary, quantitative benchmarks that sufficiently describe the physical characteristics of EMPs, including waveform and intensity, in a form that is useful to and can be shared with owners and operators of critical infrastructure.

(iv)   Within 4 years of the date of this order, the Secretary of the Interior shall complete a magnetotelluric survey of the contiguous United States to help critical infrastructure owners and operators conduct EMP vulnerability assessments.

(c)  Evaluating approaches to mitigate the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 1 year of the date of this order, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, and in consultation with the Director of OSTP, the heads of other appropriate agencies, and private-sector partners as appropriate, shall submit to the President, through the APNSA, a report that analyzes the technology options available to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure to the effects of EMPs.  The Secretaries of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security shall also identify gaps in available technologies and opportunities for future technological developments to inform R&D activities.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of the activities directed by subsections (b)(iii) and (c)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of other agencies and in consultation with the private sector as appropriate, shall develop and implement a pilot test to evaluate available engineering approaches for mitigating the effects of EMPs on the most vulnerable critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets, as identified in subsection (a)(ii) of this section.

(iii)  Within 1 year of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the heads of relevant SSAs, and in consultation with appropriate regulatory and utility commissions and other stakeholders, shall identify regulatory and non regulatory mechanisms, including cost recovery measures, that can enhance private-sector engagement to address the effects of EMPs.

(d)  Strengthening critical infrastructure to withstand the effects of EMPs.

(i)    Within 90 days of completing the actions directed in subsection (c)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy and in consultation with the heads of other appropriate agencies and with the private sector as appropriate, shall develop a plan to mitigate the effects of EMPs on the vulnerable priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets identified under subsection (a)(ii) of this section.  The plan shall align with and build on actions identified in reports required by Executive Order 13800 of May 11, 2017 (Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure).  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement those elements of the plan that are consistent with Department of Homeland Security authorities and resources, and report to the APNSA regarding any additional authorities and resources needed to complete its implementation.  The Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Secretaries of Defense and Energy, shall update the plan as necessary based on results from the actions directed in subsections (b) and (c) of this section.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of the actions identified in subsection (c)(i) of this section, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Energy, shall conduct a pilot test to evaluate engineering approaches used to harden a strategic military installation, including infrastructure that is critical to supporting that installation, against the effects of EMPs.

(iii)  Within 180 days of completing the pilot test described in subsection (d)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Defense shall report to the President, through the APNSA, regarding the cost and effectiveness of the evaluated approaches.

(e)  Improving response to EMPs.

(i)    Within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Homeland Security, through the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the heads of appropriate SSAs, shall review and update Federal response plans, programs, and procedures to account for the effects of EMPs.

(ii)   Within 180 days of the completion of actions directed by subsection (e)(i) of this section, agencies that support National Essential Functions shall update operational plans documenting their procedures and responsibilities to prepare for, protect against, and mitigate the effects of EMPs.

(iii)  Within 180 days of identifying vulnerable priority critical infrastructure systems, networks, and assets as directed by subsection (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretaries of Defense and Commerce, and the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, shall provide the Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and the Director of OSTP with an assessment of the effects of EMPs on critical communications infrastructure, and recommend changes to operational plans to enhance national response and recovery efforts after an EMP.

Sec. 7.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
March 26, 2019.

The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Energy, Commerce and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are among some of the agencies that will be involved with protecting the country from an EMP attack as mandated in the executive order. For more information on preparing for EMP attack, check out our article here.

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