Domestic Preparedness article regarding need for Resilience in the U.S. electrical grid

Domestic Preparedness article regarding need for Resilience in the U.S. electrical grid

Posted on December 11th, 2012 in Media, Media Ticker, Publications, Top Picks

As several million Americans continue to struggle with the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy, it is worth asking how the nation can better prepare to weather future natural and manmade disasters. This is particularly important in considering one of the storm’s most important impacts – namely, its near-total destruction of the electrical power grid and associated infrastructure in the states hit hardest by the storm (and the nor’easter that followed). The national electrical grid has been described by the National Academy of Engineering as the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century. Another disaster similar to Superstorm Sandy, however, might make it the most vulnerable infrastructure weakness of the 21st century. Click here for a pdf of the article.