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Dear Editor:

Local electric power literally keeps you and your loved ones alive, and your community vibrant and the nation secure. We are 100 percent dependent on it for food, water, fuel, medicine production, banking, first responders (fire/EMS/police) protection, ATM’s, you name it.

Go ahead and close your eyes and imagine a power loss right now. Generators will start, but only so long as there’s fuel. Away from home, how far a walk or drive? How much fuel do you have, water, cash (because ATM’s won’t work). At home, after driving without traffic lights, how much food and water is available? It’s winter, is there alternate heat for your home and sump pump? Are family members home, or a distance away? How much fuel do you have for your emergency generator?

Think a week — how are things going? Is your daughter home from a distant college? Your food supply is nearly gone, and stores are empty. Now think after a month and longer, especially when there is no asking anymore, but people willing to take what you have. 

Your supporting electric company is incredible at restoring power from a squirrel shorting the line, to severe storms, tornados, and hurricanes and more, — and always will be. However, threats to your existence have increased in which your electric provider is not equipped or able to restore power rapidly. Threats like cyber-attacks that destroy irreplaceable extra-high voltage transformers, generators and critical circuit breakers. Or a massive solar electromagnetic pulse which is inevitable. Lastly, a high-altitude nuclear burst (HEMP) that will degrade or destroy your electric grid.

Counting on the military — don’t. I can assure you that after nearly 40 years of military service, and planning for the worst-case (which is always the best way to plan) your military and FEMA will not be capable of helping.

Kenneth Chrosniak