Whitehouse Prepares Strategy Report For Potential Catastrophic Solar Storm

 

The Whitehouse is finally taking the potential threat of a catastrophic solar storm seriously.They have developed a blueprint to create benchmarks as well as monitoring, detection, response and recovery from a catastrophic solar storm that could potentially take down the power grid for extended lengths of time.

As reported by the Washington Post:

The White House, realizing that an extreme solar storm could jeopardize the nation’s vitality and security, released a strategy and multi-agency plan on Thursday to prepare for and coordinate responses to the space weather threat.

“The plan was motivated by a recognition that we need a cohesive national network to build resilience [to space weather] and to determine what we need to know,” said Bill Murtagh, assistant director for space weather at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  “This is a real and present danger, this is a real threat.”

The plan’s development, co-chaired by NOAA, the Department of Homeland Security and OSTP, was the work of members from seven Cabinet-level departments as well as 13 agencies and service branches.

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There's a link in the article to a 44 page PDF the Whitehouse released. The PDF isn't really a strategy for dealing with the aftermath, it's more of a action plan blueprint to establish benchmarks and guide research and development of a strategy for the monitoring, response and recovery from the aftermath.

View and download the National Space Weather Action Plan (44 page PDF)

 

References:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/10/29/white-house-releases-action-plan-to-confront-real-and-present-space-weather-threats/

http://www.digitaljournal.com/science/white-house-prepares-six-step-plan-for-catastrophic-solar-flares/article/448073

http://gizmodo.com/the-us-is-finally-heeding-warnings-about-a-monster-sola-1739620903

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3302185/White-House-preparing-catastrophic-solar-flares-wipe-power-world-months-bringing-end-modern-civilization-know-it.html

http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/04/white-house-preparing-for-solar-storm-which-could-destroy-civilisation-5479508/

 

 

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